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Best Gifts for Golfers

If you have a friend who is a golf enthusiast and don’t know what kind of gift you should give him/her on a birthday or on other special days, then stop overwhelming yourself with different ideas. Just remember that if you love golf, you love it forever and any gift connected  to golfing would have been a great idea.  I will try to offer you some ideas to make your golfer friends happy with the “right” gifts.

Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors is the best game analyzer with 14 sensors and each of them are supposed to pair with each club. The shot-tracking system automatically analyzes every shot a golfer hits. With the help of artificial intelligence it offers you to consider the tour analytics and make smarter decisions in hitting the ball right way. Buyers are often attracted with Arccos Caddie’s durable battery which is meant to last at least 5 years. This gadget helps you identify the strengths and weaknesses the user has. This kind of gear has been “legalised” according to the rules of golf from 2017.

If the golfer that you’re choosing gift for is left handed, then getting him/her a left handed club set might be a good idea. I am not southpaw myself, so can’t recommend exact clubs. I think this GolfClubsGuru guide about buying best left-handed clubs will be a good start.

Those who love practicing and improving themselves to become a better player, it’s always a good idea to choose a gift which will help them developing their skills. Such kind of gift is Blast Motion Golf Sensor.  Blast motion sensor pairs with an app and instantly gives an information about your swing. This way it gives you an opportunity to train yourself more effectively based on the real data of your improvements rather than guesswork. The package you buy contains everything you need to use the device including charging pad with USB power cable and two rubber attachments for the device.  Blast Motion Golf Sensor is not really a good idea for the ones who is not keen on practicing and whose priority is just to hit some balls to have fun. You will be amazed by seeing how little the device is and despite its tiny size, it’s so effective and helpful.

If your friend loves travelling and goes on a trips to play golf, there is one thing you should definitely get him. This is Holderness and Bourne Byers Duffel Bag. This bag is a perfect combination of style and tradition and is for golf players who appreciate golf not only as a good sport but sees the beauty and style in it. This bag has an additional waterproof compartment for your golf shoes which makes the product even more convenient. Although it’s not really cheap, I think the quality and esthetics of Holderness and Bourne Byers Duffel Bag is worth spending some money.

There are many golf players around me. They are my friends and most of the times I’m getting confused about what to buy them on their birthdays or holidays. Everytime I tried anything besides golf equipment they got disappointed, however golf is life for them so if you also have such friend, then don’t spend much time thinking what kind of gift you should choose, directly start looking for a golf-themed present. In that case, I hope this article will help you a great deal.

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Things to keep in mind when buying a driver

If you want to play golf, you’ll need to buy golf clubs, and the most important of them all is a driver. It is the first club to use, and is superior to others in size as well as importance. Drivers have largest club heads of all other types of clubs as well. Driver is the club you use to make first, most important shot. That’s why it’s extremely important to get the task of choosing a driver just right. Beginners usually tend to go for forgiving drivers. These are drivers designed to “forgive” beginners for their mistakes. What i mean to say by that is, mistakes made using forgiving drivers aren’t as damaging as those made with normal drivers. Forgiving drivers have their disadvantages too, as reducing impact of mistakes doesn’t come without a cost. That’s why experts choose to go with other drivers, although it must be mentioned that divers used by experts are sometimes very forgiving as well.


Club head of a driver always plays very important role in determining forgiveness of said driver. The ones with large heads tend to be much more forgiving than those with small ones. The reason for this is simple – larger clubheads tend to have large sweet spots, so they are easier to hit properly. 460cc is the maximum size of head, as defined by official golf rules, but some people choose to use small club heads as well. Obviously, they have their reasons for doing so, but we shouldn’t get into that now.

Because of their importance, drivers also tend to be single most expensive clubs in most club sets. Golf club manufacturers spend a lot of money to come up with new designs and features that would improve golfer’s game. In fact, as we’ve previously mentioned, game improvement drivers are in huge demand lately. I think drivers can improve your game to some extent, but not to extent that people imagine. Driver alone can’t fix all your mistakes, it takes rigorous practice to achieve true mastery of golf. Although some types of drivers, like offset and draw type drivers, can certainly reduce the frequency of a slice, which is common swing problem among golfers. Still, those clubs, especially the draw drivers, work much more effectively if coupled with some relevant training with golf instructor.

If you are a person with tight budget but don’t want to get something crappy, there are few routes you can take. First of all, you can read reviews like these, which will help you determine which driver you need and maybe, if you have budget for it, will allow you to buy new clubs. My favorite solution to such problems is buying clubs that are in used condition. Second hand clubs tend to cost half of original price, and sometimes even less. If you know what to look for and how to do it right, you should be able to find barely used clubs for very reasonable price in no time. You have to be careful though, because there are a lot of scammers out there. These scammers usually try to pass off knockoff used clubs as the real ones and get you to pay a lot of money for these terrible clubs. Try to not fall for that. Craigslist is especially unsafe for complete beginner looking to buy golf clubs, but eBay has buyer protection and seller ratings, so it’s a bit more safe. Although there have been some excellent driver deals on craigslist, so i wouldn’t recommend ignoring it entirely. I have also heard good things about CallawayPreowned, but i haven’t bought any used drivers or other clubs from there myself. Amazon is usually good for new clubs, but for second hand clubs, it has very little pool of options. Garage sales and your local retailers might be other possible places to check out, and they offer added advantage of being able to actually hold and try your golf clubs in person before paying anything for them.

There are also other types of drivers, for example, mini drivers. They are much more accurate than normal ones and have few other advantages as well. Obviously, one key flaw that they have, at least compared to normal drivers, is shorter distance. Because of their shorter length and smaller head, they are not able to send ball flying as far as normal drivers can.

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Can golf club reviews be trusted?

I’ve been a golfer for good 20+ years now, and the sheer number of people reviewing golf clubs has always surprised to me. To me, reviews are completely unnecessary. I think people should go into the store, start picking and trying golf club sets one by one, and finally pick one that they like the best. Whether it is the looks or material or anything else, i think the result is the same. Especially in modern age, basically all manufacturers make really good clubs, and it’s pretty hard to say any of the new golf club sets are bad. They are just different types of players, and for different heights, but you can find out about both of these issues by trying out the clubs at the store and having them made custom fit for your height. And one more thing – i think proper fit is the most important metric of all. I’ve seen guys who spent days and nights reading about golf gear and bunch of other tutorials on how to choose them, and when they finally pick something, it’s not their fit and their game suffers a lot. And that’s one of the reasons why i’m kind of turned off by whole review thing.


It’s not like i’ve seen any of these reviewers go like “this  X club is bad so don’t buy it, go for the Y club”. No, they always have to make it complicated – list minor details of X and all the tiny flaws it has, and same thing for Y club. But at the end of the day, you have to make a choice, and unless you are a matrix, you can’t process all this information to make proper decision. It’s not even worth trying, because it will get you super stressed and depressed in the end. Not to mention the opportunity cost – the time you waste on reading these reviews. Some people, who really like knowledge, can sit around for days finding the best product to buy. But that’s when their love of knowledge actually works against them, because in the time they spent on that, they could have created value in their fields of expertise, and gotten paid handsomely. So you can either buy a product which is good, but with few flaws, or spend days and nights trying to find a perfect product, golf club in this case, if such a thing even exists.

So i’ll leave you with this – simplicity is the key. I find Amazon’s review system to be very valuable because it’s super simple. I go on the site, search for what i want, and set ratings to 4.5 stars and above. Basically everything i get is high quality product, and i have only spent 3 minutes finding that out.

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