With the holidays just around the corner, here are several gift ideas for the golfer in your family.
America’s St. Andrews
With the 2015 U.S. Open less than a year away, a new book, America’s St. Andrews, tells the intriguing story of how Chambers Bay in the Puget Sound region of Washington state was able to attract one of the most coveted events in the sports world. Written by longtime newspaper sports writer Blaine Newnham and edited by Tom Cade, who’s also editor of Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, America’s St. Andrews contains stunning photographs of a sand-and-gravel mine transformed into a venue to host the biggest sporting event in Northwest history. The book tell how it all happened, from Thomas Chambers chasing away the Canadians in the 1800s to Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg chasing—and implausibly catching—a dream in the 2000s. The stunning photographs throughout the book are from a talented trio of photographers: Rob Perry, Jason Mercio and Chris Anderson. Priced at $39.95, America’s St. Andrews is a hardbound coffee table book with a dust jacket, 12 inches wide by 9 inches high, containing 160 pages, and 182 photos and images. Shipping is free in the U.S. (americasstandrews.com)
So, you’re golfing nine holes before work and need to shave a little time off your schedule. How about a quick shave en route to the office with ShaveTech, an inexpensive yet very functional electric razor? ShaveTech is a sleek, USB chargeable razor that can be thrown in your golf bag for that last-minute shave before you head to the office. Not only do you get a very close shave, ShaveTech can be charged using any standard USB port, meaning it can charge anywhere in the world without any adaptors or wall outlets. On a recent golf trip to Iceland, the ShaveTech was a godsend. Normally, I have to find the right adaptor to plug my razor into. Not so with the ShaveTech. Also, after it is fully charged, the ShaveTech will last for about 30 minutes. The ShaveTech retails for $29.99, and is available in black or white. (shavetech.com)
FootJoy WeatherSof Golf Glove
No matter what time of year or the conditions on the golf course, you can’t go wrong with the FootJoy WeatherSof golf glove. It combines revolutionary performance with maximum durability while providing a consistent soft feel for the game. The WeatherSof is designed with premium cabretta leather that’s specifically located along the thumb and extended palm patch, which extends durability and grip performance in key wear areas. FiberSof material has been developed for a softer feel and more consistent, comfortable fit. Strategically placed Dual PowerNet mesh inserts are located across the knuckles, and add an extra measure of comfort as the hand flexes. The WeatherSof retails for $13. (footjoy.com)
Earlier this year, Simple Golf Products introduced the Bunker Buddy golf practice aid that is designed to help golfers of all skill levels improve their bunker play.
Hitting a golf ball out of a bunker, particularly greenside bunkers, is a challenge to all golfers. The ongoing question that every golfer faces: How far behind the golf ball should you hit into the sand? If you hit too far behind the ball, it stays in the sand; too close, and you risk blading it into the next county. Bunker Buddy solves that dilemma.
Now when practicing a bunker shot, simply place a Bunker Buddy disc behind the golf ball with its leading edge adjacent to the ball. Ideally, the golfer swings the club so it enters the sand just behind the Bunker Buddy. The result is the ball flying out of the bunker and onto the green.
The Bunker Buddy’s distinctive orange color makes it easy to locate and retrieve. It is also made of a soft, pliable plastic material so even if the golfer inadvertently hits it, it won’t be damaged.
Bunker Buddy discs are 2 1/8 inches in diameter and come packaged in a two-pack clamshell. Bunker Buddy is available nationally at select retailers. Simple Golf Products’ mission is to put the simple back into golf. More details about the Bunker Buddy are available at simplegolfproducts.com.
Finally, there’s a baseball cap made specifically for women and girls. Designed by ADActivewear, the Hytail Hat was born from necessity. Founder Tess Rogers was fed up with uncomfortable caps that didn’t accommodate ponytails, sunglasses, or the unique needs of the active woman. While on vacation, she decided it was time to come up with a new design that everyone from golfers and sailing enthusiasts, to runners, athletes, and soccer moms could enjoy.
The Hytail Hat looks similar to the classic baseball cap, but has been designed specifically to meet women’s needs. It sits higher on the head, allowing a woman to wear everything from sporty shades to large stylish sunglasses with ease, and has a large hole and wide band on the back of the cap to accommodate ponytails of all sizes and hair types without pulling or crimping. The innovative cut of the hat pulls hair high off the neck to keep cool and collected while on the go.
While the hat is available in a number of colors and designs, Rogers was inspired to add a special Breast Cancer Hat in honor of all women having to put up a fight. Rogers experienced this struggle first hand with her mother who battled brain cancer.
ADActivewear will donate 20 percent of the net proceeds of every Breast Cancer Hat sold to the Breast Cancer Fundraiser. This organization raises money for local hospitals and clinics, encourages involvement of young professionals in lending a helping hand, and pays tribute to those battling and surviving. The money they raise helps fund programs and special services insurance doesn’t always cover. (adactivewear.com)
Rick Stedman is an avid golfer, RVer and writer. Rick writes a weekly golf blog, “The 19th Hole,” which is published every Saturday at rvlife.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.