G.O.L.F stands for Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden. You might have heard of that before, but it is actually an urban legend. While the game of golf is enjoyed by women, it is still very much a man’s game. Men make up nearly 80 percent of the golfers in America. What is it about the sport that men love? One theory is that it’s linked to their instinctive desire to hit objects with sticks, as a defense mechanism, which could explain why they also love baseball, hockey and shooting pool.
Another reason is that Golf is a game men love to conquer because it is very challenging. It’s a one-on-one game were they compete with them self in attempt to achieve a lower score than their handicap, which means their average score. So while in other sports the winner is the person or team with the higher score, in Golf that is actually the opposite. He is ultimately competing against himself every time he goes out on the course, trying to lower his average score.
And, let’s not forget it is another way he can get together with his buddies, engage in some friendly competition and kick back a few drinks while enjoying the outdoors.
So now that you may have a bit of insight as to why he loves the game, here’s a few gifts that will help him improve his game:
Golf Lesson With A PGA Pro
This is the ultimate best gift for the Golf lover. PGA Class A Professionals are universally recognized as the leaders in the field of golf instruction. The instructors include regional PGA Teachers of the Year, Collegiate coaches, and former tour players.
With a private lesson from a PGA Class A Professional, he will discover techniques and strategies for improvement that would otherwise take years to learn. He can learn to add distance to his drive, improve his short game, or learn how to finally hit his irons straight, the professional instructor will help him reach any desired goals.
SensoGlove- Golf Training Glove
Every golfer wants to hit the ball far and the natural instinct is to swing harder and faster. But trying to swing with more power causes a death grip, creating tension in the hands, wrists, arms and shoulders. The result is a less than smooth swing and, even worse, tightened muscles. Tight muscles result in slower – not faster – club head speed. SensoGlove is the first and only golf glove with built-in sensors that can constantly read the pressure of his grip. Practicing with SensoGlove will teach him the correct grip pressure for a smooth, consistent swing that delivers greater distance, enhanced precision and lower scores!
The Orange Whip Golf Training Aid
This product was developed to be the most dynamic and practical golf swing aid on the market. Most golfers that struggle to improve on their game have a tendency to hit at the ball rather than swing through the ball, focusing too much of their attention on their position and over complicating their swing. The Orange Whip helps to achieve the key element that the PGA pros have- the ability to swing in rhythm while maintaining balance. It conditions the user to maintain balance and swing in an athletic motion that creates greater power, accuracy and consistency.
Magazine Subscription to a Golf Magazine
There’s no better way for him to improve on the course then to read up on tips on how to improve his golf game from the professionals.
Golf Digest provides instruction from the game’s hottest pros – Ernie Els, Justin Leonard, Phil Mickelson, and Tiger Woods. It gives better tips than any other golf magazine. In every issue there are two tear-out sections – Basicd: a refresher on fundamentals and Pocket Tips: a review of the issue’s best tips. Also included are equipment reviews, America’s greatest 100 golf courses, feature stories, and much more.
Golf Tips Magazine provides instruction and tips to golfers of all levels. Its articles are written by teaching professionals who offer insight into the sport. Each issue features equipment guides, selection guides, instruction of new and old techniques and information on challenging courses.
Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game
The best players know that golf is a game of confidence, and concentration–the ability to focus and block out distraction. The goal of achieving clear thought is also at the heart of Buddhist teachings. In his highly original and groundbreaking book, noted PGA coach and Buddhist instructor, Dr. Joseph Parent, draws on this natural connection and teaches golfers how to clear their minds, achieve ultimate focus, and play in the moment for each shot.
Zen Golf presents a simple system for building “mental game mastery.” Dr Parent’s unique PAR Approach (focusing on Preparation, Action, and Response to Results) guides golfers with specific techniques for each aspect of their games. This personal teaching regimen that has helped improve the games of professionals and amateurs alike. By combining classic insights and stories from Zen tradition, Zen Golf helps eliminate the mental distractions that routinely cause poor shots and loss of concentration, allowing golfers to feel in “the zone” that professionals have learned to master.
Yes, that’s right, he can practice his game any time… even in the bathroom!
These items won’t really improve his game, but they are great gift ideas for Golf lovers:
MySack Golf Ball Storage Sack
This unique ultra suede patented sack is guaranteed to bring a smile on his face. Its functional design holds golf balls, beer pong balls, bullets, poker chips, etc. It comes with two balls (naturally) and a carabiner-style clip that attaches to his golf bag for easy access.
Callaway Ball Warbird Plus Golf Balls (12-Pack)
You can never go wrong buying golf balls for the Golf lover. It makes a great add-on to any gift, especially the MySack Golf Ball Storage Sack. Without getting into specifics that I simply don’t understand, in a nutshell, these are the new golf balls on the market that will help him achieve maximum distance, long drives, and promotes a stronger, more penetrating ball flight that cuts through the air. Rated 4.5 stars based on 19 customer reviews, so they should be pretty good.
You can also get him the TaylorMade Penta TP Golf Balls (1 Dozen)- a little pricey, but they are engineered with five levels of performance to enhance all five shot categories–driver, long-irons, mid-irons, short-irons, and wedges.
Lost Balls: Great Holes, Tough Shots, and Bad Lies
This book is a wonderful gift for golf lovers. The photographer combines his humor and and photographic genius to capture unique and colorful photographs taken on some of the best greens in the world. Photographs features the under-celebrated wayward shot, its landing locale and the unexpected encounters with wildlife on and off the green.