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Best Golf Gifts: 30+ Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Golfers (All Price Ranges!)

I get it, trying to find the best golf gift idea for your husband, father, or any other golfer in your family can be really difficult.

There are thousands of different golf products out there, and if you listen to the marketing, they’re all touting themselves as the “latest and greatest”.

But most of them? Aren’t very good.

Luckily I’ve used and reviewed dozens of the best golf products on the market. So whether you’re looking for a gift for Christmas, Father’s Day or a birthday, I’m going help you find the very best golf gifts for the golfer in your family – regardless of budget.

Being that it’s that time of year again, we’ve updated this post for May of 2021 to include all of our favorite gift ideas for Father’s Day. We have something for every price point and type of golfer in year life.

And the good news? This year there are more great golfing gifts out there than ever before.

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The Very Best Golf Gift: Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors ($180)

For the last three years, my best gift recommendation has come from Arccos Golf.

This isn’t just me picking a random product, either.

This is legitimately my most gifted golf product of the past few years – I’ve probably given a half dozen of them as gifts to different people in my life.

Their Arccos Caddie Sensors and Smart Grips are honestly some of the coolest and most useful golf products on the market.

Why?

Essentially they track every shot you hit so that you get statistics about your game that were previously only available to Tour players.

Whether you’re looking for a gift for a gadget lover, scratch golfer, or for the person just getting going – this will help all of them.

They have two products to choose from the Smart Sensors and Smart Grips.

For the diehard, better golfer, the Grips are more seamless and it’s what I personally use.

But as a gift or if you’re unsure of what to get, the sensors may be a better bet.

You can add them to any club without having to re-grip them.

Something to note, is that after the first year, there is a $99 subscription fee to use Arccos.

  • Who is it for? The person who plays at least once a week and love to geek out about stats and review every shot of every round they play.
  • Who is it not for? The device is super simple to use, but I wouldn’t recommend it for people who are totally tech-illiterate.
  • Our Review: Arccos Caddie Review – Game-Changing Golf Grips and Sensors
Best Overall Gift
Arccos Caddie Sensors - Use code "BREAKINGEIGHTY" for 15% off
$179.99

Ever wanted Tour left analytics on your game from every round you play? With Arccos Caddie, it's possible. This is one of our absolute favorite golf products. Use code "BREAKINGEIGHTY" for 15% off.

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Best Golf Travel Gift: Jones Weekender Golf Bag ($165)

The team at Jones has made a name for themselves as having one of the coolest brands in golf. They took a vintage brand that most people hadn’t thought about since the 80s, and kickstarted it into one of the most interesting boutique companies in golf.

Specifically, their Weekender Golf Bag might be the most in-demand duffel in golf. Its unique clamshell design allows you to store more stuff, while also keeping it organized in the process.

I’ve been amazed at just how much I can fit in it, and the fact it easily converts into a backpack makes it super versatile.

Not to mention, it just looks sweet.

  • Who is it for? The person who frequently takes weekend trips, and wants something versatile and trendy.
  • Who isn’t it for? The person who only takes longer golf trips and doesn’t have a need for 2 to 4-day bag.
  • Solid Alternative? Club Glove Last Bag ($299). I’ve hauled my clubs all over the world in my Club Glove and it’s held up against the total beating I’ve unleashed on it. Update for 2021: Another year, another half dozen golf trips, and it’s still performing like a champ.
  • Jones Weekender Duffel Review
Jones FC Weekender Duffle Bag
$165.00

This is one of the most well-designed duffle bags we've ever used. You can fit enough clothes for a week, and look really good doing it. Highly recommend.

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08/04/2021 11:33 pm GMT

Best Golf Training Gift: Blast Motion Golf Sensor ($149)

Blast Motion Sensor on a 7 iron

Blast Motion Sensor on a 7 iron

Have you ever watched the pros and wondered how their swing tempo looks so effortless? Or how they manage to hit the ball straight every time they want to?

Yeah, me too. And the Blast Motion Golf Swing Sensor may be the single best device I’ve tested to help you improve your tempo, square up your club at impact, and give you an obscene amount of club data for when you’re practicing on the range or putting green.

This will help not only hit straighter, more consistent shots, but it’ll help you drain more putts as well, leading to lower scores.

And considering that many of us are still under quarantine heading into this Father’s Day? This might be the best way to improve your putting stroke or swing at home.

  • Who is it for? The person who likes to dissect every part of their golf swing in order to improve it based on real data.
  • Who isn’t it for? The person doesn’t like to practice and who just wants to hit a few balls, and head straight out to the course.
  • Review: Blast Motion Golf Review: A Ton of Tech in a Tiny Package
Blast Motion Golf Swing Analyzer
$135.94

Blast Motion is one of the best ways to track the intricacies of your golf swing. It works especially well for getting your putting stroke on plane, and is a fantastic way to practice on the range, on the putting green, or even better, at home.

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08/04/2021 11:39 pm GMT

Best Golf Launch Monitor #1: Flightscope Mevo

FlightScope Mevo

When it comes to portable launch monitors FlightScope is probably the most well-known brand out there. With data-nerd Bryson DeChambeau being an ambassador, you know it’s going to give accurate results.

When it comes to affordable launch monitors, there are two options we recommend: Flightscope Mevo and Rapsodo MLM.

The FlightScope is going to be a little bit easier to use, and the biggest difference is that it can be used indoors as well as outdoors. So if you have a winter garage setup, the FlightScope is the clear winner.

The convenience of the built-in holder for the Rapsodo is great, but usability on the FlightScope is a bit better.

I’d check out both of our reviews, as well as our direct comparison – because there isn’t a clear winner here. It truly depends on what you’re looking for.

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$499

A fantastic launch monitor at a great price. If you're looking to dial in your distances, but not spend thousands on a Pro-Level Flightscope or Trackman? This is for you. And you can save 10% using the code "BreakingEighty10"

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Best Golf Launch Monitor #2: Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor ($499)

Standard non-camera view of the Rapsodo MLM.

Standard non-camera view of the Rapsodo MLM.

In previous years, my recommendation for the best golf gadget was the Swing Caddie Portable Launch Monitor. At around $300 that’s still a solid option for the golfer who loves to grind away on the range.

But now after testing the Rapsodo MLM? I have a new driving range love affair.

The Rapsodo Launch Monitor not only tracks and stores every shot you hit, but it also turns your camera phone into an incredible training aid as well.

The fact this device integrates with the app via your smartphone, takes accessibility to a whole new level. It uses the same doppler radar technology that devices 20 times the price use, so accuracy is very good.

It has more features than the Flightscope, but we found it not to be quite as easy to use.

  • Who is it for? The person who wants to practice more, but usually gets too bored to make any progress.
  • Who isn’t it for? Once again, the person who has no interest in practicing.
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  • Review: Rapsodo Launch Monitor Review: Is it Worth $500?
Rapsodo MLM - Use Code "BreakingEighty" for $50 off
$499.99

Looking to make the range fun again? Rapsodo MLM is for you. The Rapsodo is the most full-featured launch montior under $500. Plus the games and social aspect will make practice actually enjoyable to do.

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Best Value Golf Simulator: Optishot 2

Let’s face it, golf simulators aren’t cheap. Most of them cost over $1k, and a really good setup can easily go well into five figures.

The OptiShot 2 on the other hand is a truly affordable golf simulator at $399.

Is it as accurate and realistic as devices costing 10x? No. But does it work well enough to be a truly enjoyable and useful training tool? Absolutely.

This is one of the most affordable and enjoyable ways to golf at home with your friends.

OptiShot 2 Golf Simulator

This might be the most affordable way to get a true golf simulator experience at home. It won't be as accurate as much more expensive models, but considering the price, it does everything I'd hoped it would.

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Best Golf Rangefinder: Bushnell Pro XE ($549)

 

I’ve found that a rangefinder is one of the most asked for golf gifts you can find. Why? Because to know exactly how far away you are from the pin on any given spot on the golf course will give you a huge advantage.

This is an absolute must for any regular golfer.

My personal favorite is far and away the Bushnell Pro XE.

It’s the latest from the most recognized brand in golf rangefinders, and it has my favorite feature: jolt. As soon as it locks onto the flag it will vibrate to let you know with absolute certainty you have the right distance.

But not only that, it takes it a step farther and incorporates temperature and barometric pressure (altitude) into it’s “plays like” readings, making it one of the most technologically advanced rangefinders ever made.

Not to mention the magnet feature, which was a surprisingly nice addition.

This is without a doubt the very best rangefinder I’ve ever reviewed and is a noticeable upgrade from last year’s X2. It isn’t cheap, but if you want a product that will last for years – this is it.

  • Who is it for? The regular golfer who wants a rangefinder that will last for many seasons to come.
  • Who isn’t it for? The person who already has one they love. While small things have been improved with newer models, the chances are if they’ve bought one in the last few years, it will still do the trick.
  • Solid alternative? Bushnell Tour V5. The V5 is one step down from the Pro XE, but I found myself falling in love with it. It’s fast, accurate, and lightweight. And if you go with the non-slope version? It’s only $300. Here’s my full Bushnell Tour V5 Review.
  • Review: Why the Bushnell Pro XE is the Best Rangefinder in Golf
  • Other Rangefinders: This one not the right fit? Here’s our list of the best golf rangefinders on the market.

Best Budget Rangefinder: Precision Pro NX9 HD ($269)

Precision Pro NX9 Grip

The better way for me to hold the NX9 to make it easiest to use.

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The Bushnell I listed above I believe to be the best rangefinder on the market – assuming cost isn’t a factor. But let’s be real, most of us don’t want to drop over $500 on a rangefinder!

That’s where the Precision Pro NX9 comes in.

This rangefinder will give you the exact same distance as the Bushnell, it will do it just as fast as the Bushnell, and it even has a built-in magnet to make it even more convenient to use.

And it does all of this by being close to half the price. The fit and finish may not quite be as high end, but Precision Pro makes a fantastic product and they have world-class customer service if anything were to happen to your device.

  • Who is it for? The person who wants a high-quality rangefinder and cares more about a great product than a name brand.
  • Who isn’t it for? The person who always wants the very best of the best, regardless of price.
  • Solid alternative? The Precision Pro NX7 is still for sale and is also an excellent rangefinder at an even cheaper price. It isn’t quite as fast and doesn’t have the built-in magnet, but you won’t be disappointed.
  • Our Review: Precision Pro NX9 HD – The Best Budget Rangefinder?
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Best Rangefinder Alternative: Bushnell Phantom Golf GPS

Bushnell Phantom

Looking for a gift around $100 that will be incredibly useful for the golfer in your life?

Then look no further than the Bushnell Phantom GPS. This is for the golfer who generally rides in a cart, and its ease of use is very impressive.

It automatically detects the course you’re on, and then you just attach it to any metal surface on the cart (it’s magnetic), and away you go.

There’s also a clip that allows you to attach it to a golf bag or belt, but this is primarily for cart riders.

  • Who is it for? The golfer who predominantly rides in a cart and who doesn’t need distances down to the centimeter, but is happy with front, back, and center of the green.
  • Who isn’t it for? Golfers that carry their bags, and are good enough to go truly flag hunting and need rangefinder level accuracy.
  • Solid Alternative? Bushnell iON2 Golf Watch. Similar to the Phantom, but for your wrist!
  • Review: See our Review of the Bushnell Phantom Here
Bushnell Phantom 2 Golf GPS
$209.00

Are you a cart golfer, who would rather get your yardages with a quick glance, rather than using a rangefinder or your phone? If so, then the Phantom 2 GPS was made for you.

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08/04/2021 11:58 pm GMT

Best Gift Golf Bag: Stitch Golf SL2

Stitch Golf Bag SL2

We picked the Stitch SL2 as the best-looking golf bag of the year, and for good reason.

The thing is beautiful. 

Everything about it feels high-end, and when you throw in the personalized nameplate you can get with your initials? It feels like the ultimate bag to give as a gift.

It’s not the cheapest bag on the market, but if the golfer in your life is someone who likes to carry their clubs and has an appreciation for style? This is the gift for you.

Best Looking Golf Bag
Stitch Golf SL2 Bag - Use Code "BE20" for 20% Off
$368

If you're a walking golfer that has an appreciation for good style, then the SL2 is one of the best golf bags you can buy. It looks good, is extremely comfortable, and also makes an excellent gift if you're looking to give someone a high-end bag. Use code "BE20" for 20% off orders over $150.

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Best Golf Gift for the Partier: Chippo Golf Set

Chippo Golf

Who doesn’t love a game of cornhole with a red solo cup in hand, during a summer night’s BBQ?

The only thing missing? Golf, duh.

Chippo is the answer for that.

It’s cornhole, but it’s golf – and it’s awesome.

  • Who is it for? If you’re someone who ever has BBQs, parties, tailgaters, or any other gathering of golfers, this is one game you’re going to want to have in your arsenal.
  • Who isn’t it for? People without friends. Sorry, just callin’ it like it is.
  • Our Review: Chippo Golf Review: Yep, It’s Golf Cornhole at Its Finest.
CHIPPO - Golf Meets Cornhole

Love to throw parties, bbqs, and play golf? This is the ultimate backyard game for golf lovers.

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Best Gift for a Hot (or Cold Day): SIC Cups ($20)

SIC stands for “Seriously Ice Cold” and I’ve gotta say – they live up to the name.

The founder hit me up a while back asking if I wanted to check one of his “golf ball coolers” out.

And I gotta say, I was skeptical – on a lot of levels.

But after receiving a few, and using them, I gotta say I’m impressed!

The cups keep drinks hot or cold just as well as my Yeti tumblers do, and do it for less money.

The ones I received also have a golf ball design on them, that is more subtle than it sounds and is a perfect nod to golf for the golfer in your life.

They have a variety of sizes and styles to choose from as well.

SIC Water Bottle Review: It’s my favorite water bottle ever.

Best Water Bottle
Seriously Ice Cold 27oz Water Bottle
$20.99

No joke, this is my favorite water bottle ever. I use it every single day, and it comes in a bunch of different sizes and styles. But this 27oz is my personal favorite.

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08/05/2021 09:15 am GMT

Best Take on a Boring Gift: Bn3th Underwear ($30)

Bn3th

Bn3th

You know how you’d usually groan when your mom or significant other buys you underwear for Christmas? 

No more.

Bn3th Underwear is hands down the best I’ve used, and now that their latest models (finally) have a built-in fly, they’re perfect for the golf course.

The material is super comfortable, you’ve got plenty of mobility, and they have some fun prints as well.

  • Who is it for? The active man who wants high-quality layers that is durable, comfortable, and convenient.
  • Who isn’t it for? The person who thinks spending $30 on a single pair of underwear is a waste of money.
  • Solid Alternative? Kentwool Tour Standard Golf Socks. For socks, they aren’t cheap, but they’re the single best pair of socks (not just for golf, for anything) I’ve ever owned. And this is a gift, so you can afford to spend a few bucks more 🙂
  • Review: Underwear So Good, I Had to Do a Review of It
Best Golf Underwear
BN3TH Men's Classic Boxer Brief
$29.95 - $44.95

I've tried out a few different pairs of Bn3th over the last few years, and these latest boxer briefs? My favorite underwear ever. Great for working out, golfing, or everyday. Highly recommend.

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08/05/2021 12:03 am GMT

Best Golf Pants: Bluffworks Ascender Chinos ($125)

Bluffworks Original Chino Pants

Me wearing my Bluffworks pants while hiking in the Dolomites.

These are a bit left field, because they aren’t technically golf pants – but rather, travel pants.

And they’re my favorite travel pants.

Why?

Because they’re incredibly versatile, comfortable, and durable. You can dress them up and wear them to dinner, they’re perfect on the golf course, or you can take them on a hike (like I did in the Dolomites above).

I wear these for at least half of my golf rounds when I’m on the road, and like them more than any of my pants from actual golf brands.

Who is it for? The traveling golfer who wants versatile clothes that also look good.

Who isn’t it for? Honestly, I’m not sure. These pants are GREAT. And they come in a variety of different cuts and styles for all body types.

Solid Alternative? Nike Flex Slim Golf Pants. These pants from Nike are my other go to these days. A little bit slimmer than a traditional golf pant, and look great.

Review: Bluffworks Review: The Best Travel Clothes Ever

Best Golf Pants
Bluffworks Ascender Chinos
$125

These may not technically marketed as golf pants, but they're my favorite golf pants. I wear them all the time, and they work great off the course as well.

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Best Golf Gift for the Arccos User: Arccos Link ($99)

Arccos Link

I mentioned above how I think Arccos Caddie is the best overall golf gift for the year. 

But what about the person who already has Arccos and loves it? 

Well this year, get them Arccos Link.

Arccos Link is an accessory that you clip to your belt that allows you to use the system, without having to keep your phone in your pocket. This has historically been one of the dealbreakers that have kept people from trying out the system.

And the feature that I might like even more? When you use Arccos Link, you’re able to use Arccos and a Bluetooth speaker at the same time. So you don’t have to sacrifice your tunes in the name of stats.

Who is it for? The person who already has Arccos Sensors and uses them on a regular basis.

Who isn’t it for? People without Arccos, or golfers who don’t mind having their phone in their pocket while they play.

Best Gift for the Home Course: GolfLogix Green Books ($30-50)

GolfLogix Green Books

Each hole has two green maps that help with slope and speed.

GolfLogix Green and Yardage Books were a surprising new product last year. For a company that made a name for itself with a mobile phone app, to create an analog yardage book was an interesting move.

But these books are incredibly detailed, and if the golfer in your life has a home course they play day in and day out, one of these books will make a fantastic gift that will help them shave a few strokes off each round.

They aren’t exactly cheap at $30-50, but that’s why it can make a great gift for someone who might not ordinarily buy one for themselves.

My review of GolfLogix Green Books

Golflogix Green Books
$30-50

Want a leg up on your golf buddies? These green and yardage books from GolfLogix will give you more information than you've ever had before about greens, breaks, and yardages. Definitely worth it for a course you play frequently.

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Best Golf Glove: North Coast Golf Gloves ($25)

North Coast Golf Gloves

I love supporting smaller and lesser-known companies, and North Coast is one of my favorites I’ve come across this year.

They make leather golf gloves that fit well, look good, and are durable. I’ve been using the same glove for going on 20 rounds now and it has continued to hold up better than gloves from many of the name brands that I’ve had.

This is one of those gifts that is great because the golfer in your life may not be familiar with North Coast, but they’ll be glad you did your research when they find their new favorite golf accessory.

Who is it for? Any golfer who wears a glove when they golf.

Who isn’t it for? The person who is already married to a particular brand and isn’t open to something new.

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Best Golf Polo: Holderness and Bourne Maxwell ($90)

Holderness and Bourne Maxwell

There’s more competition than ever these days in the golf polo market, and many of them are VERY good options.

But of all the polos I have, the one I find myself reaching for most often is the Maxwell by Holderness and Bourne.

They have close to a dozen other styles, but for me, this hits the right balance of fit, look, and performance – while still maintaining its roots in golf tradition.

You can’t go wrong with any of their polos though.

Who it’s for? Someone who loves the tradition of golf, but still likes a little modern flare.

Who isn’t it for? The person who is happy buying a polo from a big box store.

Solid Alternatives? Looking for a consistent fit and a ton of print options? Rhoback. Want bolder styling? Redvanly.

Best Golf Polos
Holderness & Bourne Performance polos
$90

Not only do Holderness and Bourne make some of the best golf polos in the world, they're run by two of the best people in the world. Great style, great comfort, great performance.

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Best Lifestyle Apparel: Redvanly 

Larkin Hoodie - Redvanly

I knew Redvanly was branching out into some more lifestyle-oriented styles for 2021, but I didn’t realize just how good they’d be.

I personally wear the Larkin Hoodie all the time (in fact, I’m wearing it as I write this). It’s comfortable, fits perfectly, and the performance material just feels high-end.

I have a feeling any golfer in your like will enjoy this as much as I do, whether on the course or off.

Check out my review of the Redvanly Lifestyle line of Clothes

Best Hoodie
Redvanly Hoodies
$125

I live in the Larkin hoodie from Redvanly. It's comfortable, feels very high end, and fits great.

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Best Golf Shoes Under $100: Footjoy Flex

Footjoy Flex Golf Shoes

The Footjoy Flex Golf Shoes

The Footjoy Flex have so much going for them. They’re incredibly comfortable, you can wear them off the course easily if necessary, and the best part? They’re really affordable coming in at under $100 – which is tough to do for golf shoes these days.

The only drawback is they aren’t waterproof, so if you’re looking for a golf gift for the golfer who plays a lot in inclement weather, these may not be the best fit.

But if you want a solid fair weather golf shoe, you won’t find many better options than this.

Who it’s for? Golfers who want to be comfortable on the course.

Who isn’t it for? Golfers who play a lot in the rain or early morning dew swept rounds.

Solid Alternative? Nike Roshe G. Another excellent golf shoe, at a similar price, with the Nike name.

Review: Footjoy Flex: The Best Golf Shoe Under $100?

FootJoy Flex Golf Shoe
$70.00 - $154.99

When it comes to affordable, spikeless golf shoes, the Footjoy Flex is a fantastic choice. It's super comfortable, under $80, and is one of the best value golf shoes out there.

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08/05/2021 12:59 am GMT

Best Sleep Gift: Ooler Sleep System by ChiliPad ($699+)

Ooler Sleep System

The Ooler Sleep System from Chili.

How do I know this is a good gift for golfers? Because this is what I asked my wife to get me, for my birthday this year.

And honestly? I love it.

Essentially it’s a water-regulated mattress pad that you can set to the specific temperature that is most desirable for you. You can set it anywhere from 55 degrees to 115 degrees.

For me, I’m a solid 55-degree person, and I’ve found lowering my body temperature a bit has led to faster recovery after workouts, deeper sleep, and generally a better sense of restfulness.

The standard version is called a ChiliPad and doesn’t include the app, sleeker design, and scheduling features of the newer Ooler. But either will do the job just fine. 

It ain’t cheap, but it’s worth it.

  • Who is it for? The person who wants the absolute best sleep possible and isn’t worried about the price.
  • Who isn’t it for? The budget-conscious sleeper
  • Solid Alternative? Rather than the Ooler, the ChiliPad gives you the same sleep benefit, without having some of the fancier features.
Best for Sleep Health
Ooler Sleep System by ChiliPad
$600-1400

The Ooler is a total game-changer. You can easily make your mattress as hot or as cold as you want. I sleep with it at 55 degrees every night, and it's made a noticeable difference in my sleep quality. It's not cheap, but it's worth it.

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Best Recovery Tool: Theragun Mini

Theragun Mini

Is the golfer in your life getting a little bit older this year? It’s time to start helping them take care of themselves off the course, so that they can spend more time on it.

The Theragun Mini is a massage gun that packs a huge punch in a small package. It’s the entry-level Theragun product, but for most people? This is the one to get. It’s very powerful, and more portable than the more professional models. This makes it easy to travel with, or use around the house.

  • Who is it for? The person who is always complaining about aches and pains
  • Who isn’t it for? Someone young enough not to recognize the benefits of recovery
  • Solid Alternative? Theragun Elite. If you’re looking for a gift for someone who takes their recovery really seriously? This is the one for you.
Best Recovery Tool
Theragun Mini - Portable Muscle Treatment Massage Gun
$199.00

I wasn't sure I believed the hype of the Theragun until I used it for a few weeks myself. For the price of a single massage at a fancy resort, you get nearly all the benefits, in a portable package that will last you for years.

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08/05/2021 02:18 am GMT

Best Golf Books for a Gift

Let’s face it, in terms of something that’s easy and affordable, there probably isn’t a better golf gift than a golf book.

Here are a few of my favorites that I’d recommend:

Need more? Check out my recommendation for the best golf books on the market in 2021.

Best Golf Video Game: PGA Tour Golf 2k21 ($60)

PGA Tour 2k21

Unfortunately, EA Sports has all but let our previous pick (Rory Mcilroy PGA Tour) completely fall by the wayside.

We thought this year’s PGA Tour 2k21 would harken back to those days, but it’s more simulator-heavy as it’s built on the platform of “The Golf Club” games.

Either way, the bottom line is that this is the best golf game on the market right now. So if there’s a golfer in your life who is looking to play against their favorite pro, or play some sweet courses like TPC Sawgrass – this is the game to get. It’s available on Switch, PS4, and Xbox, so regardless of what console you have – you can play.

Who is it for? The golfer who also loves playing video games.

Who isn’t it for? The golfer who doesn’t like video games.

Solid Alternative? Top Golf Pro Putt. This is a little more niche, as you need a VR setup like the Oculus Quest 2 in order to play it, but wow. 

PGA TOUR 2K21 - PlayStation 4
$19.99

If you're looking for an excellent golf video game, this is the one for you. It's more realistic than the old school Tiger games, and the course designer adds hours of replayability. Plus you can buy it on just about any platform out there.

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08/05/2021 12:59 am GMT

Best Tour Golf Balls: Vice Pro Plus Golf Balls

Vice Pro Plus Golf Balls

 

For this year’s gift guide the incumbent Taylormade TP5 (which is still phenomenal) is losing our best golf ball recommendation to the Vice Pro Plus Golf Ball.

The Vice Ball is what I’ve personally been buying myself, it performs as well as any ball on the market, and is less expensive.

It also has a bit of underground cool factor that brands like Titleist and Taylormade simply don’t have – which is part of what makes it a cool gift.

The fact you can get them for $15ish less a dozen makes it a no-brainer.

  • Who is it for? The good golfer who needs a pro-level golf ball.
  • Who is it not for? The weekend duffer or person who prefers the cache of having ProV1s
  • Solid Alternative? Titleist ProV1. For the average person, this is still the golf ball to have. So even if there are better balls, at cheaper prices, a box of ProV1s will always make a golfer smile – regardless of their skill.
  • Review: Vice Pro Plus Review: How do they compare to ProV1s?
  • Best Golf Balls: Want some more golf recommendations? Here’s our take on the best golf balls.
Best Golf Balls
Vice Pro Plus Golf Balls White, One Dozen
$34.99

I get asked a lot about what golf balls I play. Most of the time? I play Vice Pro Plus. I certainly like ProV1s, but at a fraction of the price? I think these are just as good.

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08/05/2021 01:14 am GMT

Best Cheap Golf Balls: Noodle Long & Soft ($22 for 24 balls)

Noodle Long and Soft Golf Ball

Sometimes you just need a casual gift for the casual golfer, that won’t break the bank.

For so many of us, the most useful gift like that is a box of balls.

And our favorite golf balls for the average golfer who doesn’t need anything special, but doesn’t want to be hitting rocks either?

The trusty Noodle golf ball.

For $22 you get a box of 8 sleeves (24 balls), and they were good enough to have me shooting an 86 at TPC Sawgrass this past winter. I was shocked at the quality of the ball for the price, and it’s my number one recommendation for golfers who don’t need anything fancy.

Best Cheap Golf Balls
Noodle Long & Soft Golf Ball (Pack of 24)
$21.99

I was surprised by how good these balls were. Now, it's all relative, they're no Tour-level ball. But at this price, for the average golfer who isn't a single-digit handicap, these will serve you just fine.

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08/05/2021 12:28 am GMT

Best Golf Gift Under $20: Golfing Gizmos Club Brush ($14)

Sometimes you don’t want to spend a ton of money on a gift, and you just need a little golf stocking stuffer. While a bag of tees is always a good stocking stuffer, I’d recommend checking out the Golfing Gizmos Club Brush.

It’s built extremely well, has a retractable cord for easy access from the bag, and even comes with a bonus divot tool and ball marker. Golfing Gizmos Club Brush

Who it is for? The person who wants to give a golf gift, not spend a fortune, and has no idea what else to get.

Who is it not for? The person who has zero interest in cleaning their clubs. Ever.

Solid Alternative? Greens Towel (Pack of 3). Every golfer needs a good towel to attach to their bag to clean clubs, balls, and whatever else gets dirty out on the course. These microfiber towels are an incredible deal and are the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for the casual golfer. And at $13 for the three-pack? You can’t go wrong.Links:

Best Golf Stocking Stuffer
Golfing Gizmos Golf Club Brush Cleaner
$13.99

Everyone needs a club brush. And when you throw in a divot tool, and ball marker? This is a great, low cost stocking stuffer for the golfer in your life.

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08/05/2021 01:33 am GMT

Best Golf Magazine: The Golfers Journal

I’m not sure there is anyone out there pushing golf content and community forward more than The Golfers Journal.

They’ve taken their passion for the game and not only created a beautiful magazine, but they’ve expanded into merchandise and events, with a fiercely loyal following.

The stories are great. The photos are beautiful. And whether you’re looking for a piece of Broken Tee merch, or want to read the quarterly physical magazine. This would make an excellent gift to the diehard golfer in your lifel

There’s been a rising trend lately premium magazines. Most of them are in the $30-40 an issue range and come out 2-4 times a year.

In the golf space Caddie Mag is probably my favorite. They do an awesome job with their photography, writing – and it simply makes you want to go out and golf.

They aren’t cheap, but unlike your typical issue Golf Digest it’s something you’ll collect and return to on a regular basis.

  • Who it is for? The golfer who is sick of the traditional golf magazines and looking for something new
  • Who isn’t it for? The people who think spending a premium price on a “magazine” is stupid
  • Solid Alternative? Caddie Mag. Very similar to TGJ and equally as enjoyable to read.
  • Another Alternative? Hodinkee Magazine. Same concept, but covering the world of horology and watches. If the golfer in your life also has a thing for nice timepieces, this is a MUST have.
Best Golf Magazine
The Golfers Journal
$75/year

Right now I think The Golfers Journal is the best in the industry when it comes to combining fascinating stories, beautiful photography and a sense of community. Their quarterly magazine is excellent and would make a great gift.

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Best Thoughtful Gift: Seamus Golf Headcovers

Seamus Golf Headcovers

love Seamus Golf. When you see other people who have their head covers, you’re in the “club” – and it almost always leads to a good conversation.

I think this is a great, thoughtful gift. Because it’s something your golfer might not buy themselves, but will totally appreciate once they have them. For instance, I bought both my dad and my father-in-law driver covers for our wedding day. They also have a lot of other cool golf accessories, and most of them can be personalized.

  • Who is it for? The person who wants to give something a little bit more sentimental than just a box of golf balls.
  • Who isn’t it for? The diehard brand fanatic, that doesn’t want to see anything other than a big logo on their clubs
  • Review: Seamus Golf: The Best Headcovers in the Business
Seamus Golf Headcovers

Not only do they have the best headcovers in the business, but they've expanded far beyond that. Seamus is quite simply the coolest accessory brand in golf. Everyone should have at least one Seamus piece in their bag.

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Best Gift for the Younger Golfer (Or Music Lover): JBL Clip 3

JBL Clip 3

These days it’s far more commonplace to listen to music on the golf course. I hardly remember any rounds as of late where someone didn’t have a speaker turned on.

However, finding the best speaker for the golfer in your life can be a challenge.

Well, look no more.

The JBL Clip 3 is quite possibly one of the best golf gifts you can buy, despite not technically being a golf product.

This speaker sounds good, is louder than it looks, clips to your golf bag, and only costs $50. 

You just can’t beat that.

JBL CLIP 3 Bluetooth Speaker
$42.40

It may not techncially be a "golf speaker" but it might as well be. No speaker has the same combo of sound quality, convenience for golfers, and price, as the JBL Clip 3. This is a no brainer.

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08/05/2021 01:54 am GMT

Best Gift for the Lady in Your Life: Chrysmela Earring Locks

Chrysmela Earring Back

Chrysmela Earring Back

Any of us who does anything active with women on a regular basis has probably found themselves scouring the ground looking for that one lost earring.

For lady golfers, this can happen all too often – but it doesn’t need to!

Chrysmela earring locks help keep earrings secure and definitely gets my pick for one of the best golf gifts your wife didn’t know she needed.

Best Gift for Women
Chrysmela Earring Lock
$50.00

Does the lady in your life love golfing, but hate losing her earrings while out on the course? This solves that problem, and makes a fantastic gift.

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08/05/2021 02:13 am GMT

Want Even More Golf Gift Ideas?

I put together an entire book on my favorite golf resources. It’s called the Breaking Eighty Arsenal, and guess what? It’s absolutely free!

So if you haven’t found the perfect gift idea in this list, then I’ve got dozens more in the book.

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  1. Matt

    Hey Sean, I love the Arccos set, but for anyone looking, Arccos has a drastically improved hardware lineup being released soon. It’s up for preorder at their site.

    Much smaller design, better battery life, better bluetooth connectivity, etc.

    Cheers.

      • Matt

        Just read the review. Loved it.

        I’m having such a hard time justifying the upgrade for now. I’ll probably grab it mid 2017.

        Your final thoughts on the 360 product were identical to what I was thinking:

        Nothing mind-blowing from a current-Arccos golfer perspective; having said that – 9/10. 🙂

        I like the more social aspects of GameGolf, and wish Arccos would start thinking along those lines.

        Love the list. I have the Zepp 2. It is a fantastic piece of equipment. Word to anyone thinking of using it: Grab a pro first, tell them about what the zepp does, then tailor your lessons and what to work on based on the results.

        Cheers brother. Happy Holidays.

  2. Steven

    Great List. Definitely a few things I want. I also 100% agree with the Bushnell and Golf Odyssey recommendations.

    Side note – I was wondering the other day why there isn’t an app for an iPhone that uses the Doppler radar technology. The Swing Caddie looks great, but it also looks like an iPhone. If someone could create an app that is reliable, the app would sell a ton.

    Keep up the good work.


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