This year’s major championships were scheduled at a wonderfully diverse set of venues – Augusta National, TPC Harding Park, Winged Foot and Royal St. Georges. We had the Olympics in Japan and the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits as well, setting up 2020 to be one of the best years ever for golf lovers.
Then, the COVID-19 pandemic changed everything.
However, a bright spot emerged: From coast to coast, people realized golf is a great activity that can safely continue during the pandemic. Rounds played skyrocketed, equipment sales boomed and the sport attracted more new players.
Holiday shopping this year promises to be a little more challenging than in years past, but if there is a new golfer on your list or someone who has been playing for years, Golfweek has a great list of gift ideas anyone would love.
When a chill is in the air, this water-resistant top provides golfers with warmth and breathability. It is thin and moves with a player’s body, so it will not restrict a swing.
Designed to protect a blade-style putter, this cover has tanned cowhide on the outside and soft fleece on the inside. The magnetitic closure keeps it securely in place.
This device fits the beverage holder of a golf cart or can be attached to any metal surface thanks to a powerful magnet on the unit’s side. Using Bluetooth, it allows golfers to stream music from a smartphone. With the press of the remote control’s button, the Wingman announces the distance to the front, middle and back of the green on the hole being played.
Home fitness equipment has never been more popular, and resistance bands allow athletes to build strength and widen their range of motion, plus the bands can be stored in a small space. Clench offers a wide variety of resistance levels, and the company’s handle system makes it easy to simulate free weights. Its anchor system easily can mount to a door to help turn any room into a gym.
In 2018, Phil Mickelson went on a week-long fast and drank nothing but water and a coffee mixture developed by PGA of America professional and fitness guru Dave Phillips. The Hall of Famer lost weight and felt energized, then he and Phillips founded Coffee for Wellness to help others use coffee to boost their focus, recovery and longevity. “The Good Stuff,” which adds a slight cinnamon taste, is designed to be added to your coffee. It is a blend of natural ingredients designed to reduce stress and fatigue. Available in whole bean, grounds and Keurig cups, plus there are monthly subscription options.
Worn by scores of tour pros every week, the StaSof glove is made from specially treated leather to provide a luxurious feel, better moisture control and a precision fit.
Hyperice makes numerous percussion massage devices and became the official recovery device of the PGA Tour in October. The Hypervolt with Bluetooth has three speeds and comes with several attachments that can massage muscles during a warm-up, then speed recovery after walking 18 holes or working out. The device pairs with a smartphone to change speeds when following video routines to focus on specific muscle groups on the Hyperice app.
Wind- and water-resistant, this vest is ideal for when you can’t tell what the weather will do on the course.
This 3.5-pound bag can be set up as a single-strap carry bag, or golfers can add the second strap and carry it like a backpack. Accessories can be attached to its D-rings, and the mesh sleeve is a handy spot for a Bluetooth speaker.
The high-end maker of yoga and fitness apparel also offers golf clothing for men. This slim-fitting shirt has plenty of stretch to move with your body as you swing, wicks moisture to keep you dry and features antimicrobial elements in the thread that reduce odor-causing bacteria.
Hoodies were taboo on the golf course for decades, but thankfully they have become accepted when temperatures drop – we’ve even seen pros wearing hoodies in tournaments. The Therma is soft, stretchy and provides low-profile style and insulation.
With a style that blends sports sunglasses with a modern, angular-look, the Portal with PRIZM Sapphire lenses sharpens your vision, brings out blues and greens and enhances peripheral vision.
Nothing feels as luxurious as a cashmere sweater, but there is functionality to it, too. Cashmere is extremely light yet provides plenty of warmth, making it ideal for chilly days. This classic edition from Peter Millar is available in 10 colors.
Ranging in length from 8 feet to over 15 feet, these training matts provide a smooth roll and help golfers (including 2020 Masters champion Dustin Johnson) hone their strokes and speed control when they can’t get to the practice green. The automatic ball return ramp makes practice sessions go more smoothly.
From the office to the course, game-winning confidence and timeless style are available in Puma’s Cloudspun Crewneck. Featuring an ultra-soft fabric, this likely will become a favorite sweater.
Paired with an iPhone or iPad, this launch monitor provides data such as carry distance, launch angle and spin rate while showing a tracer pattern of shot flights. The system also shows the distance gaps between each of your clubs. Recently updated with an indoor mode, Rapsodo now gives data when hitting into a net.
The perfect top to wear on chilly, breezy mornings at the course, this jacket will keep a cold wind from ruining a round. Vents in the back release excess heat. Made from water-resistant polyester, it has elastic pieces at the wrist and packs compactly into its own pocket for easy storage in a golf bag.
Made with bridle leather and contrasting stitching, this wallet’s left side has four slots to hold credit cards and identification. The right side holds a scorecard, a yardage book or a passport.
Available in a set of four with polished wood and four symbols of the King in colorful needlepoint.
Can one bag be a weekender, a work bag and a cooler? Yup, thanks to a pair of inserts that attach to the Birdie Bag using magnets. The “Work” insert holds a laptop, files, books and loads of papers. When it’s party time, swap in the “Cooler” insert to keep beverages frosty for up to 24 hours. The Birdie Bag holds clothing, shoes, a dop kit and other accessories when both inserts are removed.
This bag is made from easy-to-clean and rugged sailcloth and vinyl and features four full-length dividers in the top plus seven pockets.
If you love stylish timepieces but want data on the golf course, this is what you want on your wrist. The screen looks like a sporty chronograph, but thanks to Google’s WearOS, it connects to a smartphone to deliver notifications, provide health and wellness information and keep you connected. On the course, the Tag Heuer golf app provides 3D of the hole you are playing, tracks your shots and provides game-improving stats.
Forty-five inches long and made from hickory, these alignment sticks pay homage to a particular player who has 82 PGA Tour wins and 15 majors to his credit.
With a more-fitted cut, built-in collar stays and a tight pattern, the Zinna is a polo shirt for on the course or off. The cotton and polyester blend is soft to the touch and dries quickly, yet is wrinkle-resistant and machine washable.
This lightweight, wrinkle-resistant pullover has a microgrid lining to encourage breathability and provide extra warmth.
Double-wall vacuum insulation keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for hours. The cup and the lid are dishwasher safe.
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