Finding the perfect holiday gift can be maddening (is this the color they’d want? Is it something they already have? Is it so last year?), but really, once you have a sense of a person’s taste, it’s not impossible. This season, we’ll be talking to members of various tribes to find out exactly what to get that college student, or serious home cook, or Star Wars fanatic in your life. Think of it as a window into their brain trust — or, at least, a very helpful starting point. Today, nine golf dads (and two golf moms) on the gifts they want for the holidays.
“Of course, the ultimate dream is a round of golf at Augusta National, which you can’t play unless you’re a member or you volunteer at the Masters tournament. Next comes any device that could possibly seriously improve your game. There is a tool that looks like a club but has a hinge in the center. You swing the club in perfect tempo and the hinge doesn’t release. A quick jerky swing puts a right angle in the club. One of the best trinkets I got was an imprint on a golf ball from a friend that said, ‘This ball lost by Bob Sutherland.’” — Bob Sutherland
“Distance viewers are great, and can come as a watch or a camera. My wife actually got me one last year, but it’d be great to have a new one. They are accurate and help on judgment shots. I’d love a nice head cover for my driver and woods, too. They can be personalized.” — Marc Schneider
“Though golf is mostly behind me (I’m cured), I do still have a list. Hybrid golf clubs — like the Tour Edge club — are all the rage, and have been for a while. A supercomfortable shoe, like these Nike Lunar Controls. And I’m obsessed with these soccer-ball-looking golf balls.” — Michael McCully
“It sounds crazy, but every golfer wants more golf balls. I grew up with golfer parents and they always asked for golf balls for the holidays, which I didn’t get. But golfers lose golf balls like crazy. Men really like expensive golf balls. It makes them feel powerful. I like Titleist ones. I would also like a new bag, but I don’t want the typical, logo-ed Callaway bag, and I don’t want camo print.” — Deb Wiley
“Seamus headcovers are overpriced, but you can’t find anything else like them; they are a must-have, especially when you compare them to the ones that come with clubs. The National Park Pendleton hand towel would make a really good golf towel. The Stitch Stand Bag is so sweet — I love the double strap. I am dying for the Jones utility series, which is ultralight, only five pounds. The Sunday carry bag would be great to have one, or even two, of — it’s great for an “extra set” when I have a friend coming along who is learning and should stick to irons. For a nerdy golfer, get [the book] Every Shot Counts. I do analytics and this thing is a masterpiece. Lastly, a Golfnow VIP membership. It lets me just get reservations over and over again, and not worry about the fees. It’s like golf … freedom.” — Richard Swette, usability analyst
“A week of golf in Ireland. Ideally at Old Head, which is incredibly dramatic.” — Allan Murphy
Bonus Golf Dad Gift
Good Morning America host Michael Strahan told us about a golf gift any golfer would love: “If you golf, you know that when you’re slicing the ball and can’t make good contact, it’s not fun at all. This is a set of three little sensors that you hook onto either side of your hips on your belt, and then at the end of your club. Then, through an app on your phone, it’ll tell you when you’re leaning too far into it or if you’re dropping your shoulder, or what have you. Amateurs or pros — which is what I consider myself (that’s a joke) — can benefit from it. It’s amazing. Now you don’t even have to have all the cameras hooked up to check your form.”
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