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Amateurgolf.com 2013 Holiday Gift Guide
19 Dec 2013
by Benjamin Larsen of amateurgolf.com

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The holidays are upon us and it's time to find gifts for the golfers in your life. But where do you start?

We're here to help.

Introducing the amateurgolf.com 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, a comprehensive listing of some of the year's best equipment, apparel and golf gear sure to put a smile on the face of the golfer on your list this holiday season. Learn about great products and how they'll fit your golfer's bag and game.


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APPAREL & OUTERWEAR:


ProQuip USA Lambswool Sweater: Wearing the right outerwear is the key to stretching your personal golf season as long as possible and ProQuip's new Lambswool Sweater might be the perfect apparel item for determined golfers in many locations Review | Buy »

Maide Highland Pant: We want functionality. And, perhaps above all else, we want to look good. The Highland model from new golf apparel company, Maide Golf, sure helps us get there. Review »

ProQuip Trophy Rain Suit: When it comes to keeping you dry and comfortable, ProQuip really knows their business! Review | Buy »


GOLF TRIPS & TOURNAMENTS (If they've been VERY, very good):



Pine Needles-Mid Pines: Stay and play at the home of two fabulous Donald Ross courses. Review »

Bandon Dunes: See why we keep heading back for our annual Two-Man Links Championship! Website/Registration »

IBEROSTAR Team Championship Mexico: A two-man event held on two of the Cancun area’s finest tracks? Where do we sign up? More Info »

Bermuda: Mark Twain, who found inspiration on the islands of Bermuda famously said, “You can go to Heaven. I would rather stay in Bermuda.” Twain may not have been much of a golfer (remember he also said that golf was “a good walk spoiled”) but the golf in Bermuda is, in fact, heavenly. Review »

Before we move on to the next section, here's a caveat. Buying equipment for an avid golfer is tricky - we're peculiar beasts when it comes to picking new gear. But if you suspect they need something, try to listen and look for clues and be sure to buy from worldwidegolfshops.com, home of not only a stellar return policy but a 90 day playability guarantee as well. You can make the equipment decision risk free by going this route. So, with that in mind, here goes:


Drivers








DRIVERS AND WOODS


Titleist 913 Driver: One of the top- performing drivers on the PGA Tour this season can also help the golfer on your list. See the improvements in Titleist’s 2013 release. Review | Buy »

Callaway X Hot: Callaway sure used the right adjective to describe their first driver released in 2013. The face is hot on these drivers. Enough said. Review | Buy »

Ping G25: According to the Back9Network's Adam Fonseca, the PING G25 driver should be considered a major competitor to any other driver on the market. Review »

Callaway FT Optiforce: Lightweight and still powerful, it’s all about clubhead speed when striping with the FT Optiforce line from Callaway. Review | Buy »

Cleveland 588 Altitude: Another lightweight option among drivers released in 2013, the 588 Altitude is non-adjustable, and a solid choice for mid-handicappers. Review | Buy »

Nike VR_S Covert Driver: Nike made a splash with its signing of Rory McIlroy earlier this year but the Covert Driver lived up to the hype. The unique ‘cavity back’ driver is a good choice for most skill levels. Review | Buy »

TaylorMade SLDR: The TaylorMade SLDR driver has been tested at recent events on the PGA and European Tour, and player reaction has been positive. Review | Buy »

Titleist 913 Fairways & Hybrids: The 913 fairways and hybrids, like the 913 driver released late last year are a new --- and improved --- take on the successful 910 models released in 2010. Review | Buy »

Callaway X Hot Pro Fairway: Similar to the X Hot Driver, these babies are long and hot! Review | B uy »

Irons









IRONS AND WEDGES


Titleist AP2 714 Irons: he latest Titleist AP2 714 irons retain their predecessor’s good looks and “just right” head size preferred by better players. But under the beautiful chrome/satin combination finish lies a club that reflects third-generation technology. Review | Buy »

Titleist CB, MB 714 Irons: For the better players, there wasn’t much changed from the previous iterations. Review | Buy »

Ping S55: Like the S56 irons that they replace in Ping's line, the new S55 irons are designed for accomplished players who prefer a small, blade-style head. Review »

Nike Forged Pro Combo: The latest version, best suited for mid- and lower- handicap players, arrived in stores Nov. 1 . Review | Buy »

TaylorMade SpeedBlade: Following buzz over the last 12 months surrounding theRocketBladez Irons, R1 Driver and, most recently, theSLDR Driver, TaylorMade unveiled its new SpeedBlade irons. Review | Buy »

Callaway Apex Irons: More evidence that Callaway is after the category of player, which could be referred to as “purists looking for a competitive edge”, comes this fall in the form of the new Apex forged irons. Review | Buy »

Titleist 712 Utility: For better players, this might be the best utility iron on the market. Review | Buy »

Titleist TVDK Wedge: Talk about a winning wedge, the TVDK was in the bag of Adam Scott at the Masters, and Jason Dufner at the PGA. B uy »

Callaway Mack Daddy 2: According to Roger Cleveland, all models offer relief in the heal, so that when you open the face the leading edge isn't too high off the ground. Review | Buy »

Apparel









PUTTERS


Scotty Cameron Futura X Dual Balance Putter: Similar to the long version used by Adam Scott to win the 2013 Masters, this piece of technical wizardry provides maximum stability through the stroke and at impact from a high MOI, counterbalanced design. One of many models for anchored putters to be thinking about now in light of the 1/1/2016 rules change. Review

Odyssey Tank Putter: Moving from an anchored putter? Odyssey has several choices that should be looked into, including a putter designed for Arm Lock (think Matt Kuchar) and the new Odyssey Tank. Review | Buy »

Cleveland Smart Square: The recently unveiled, black-headed, mallet-style putter is basic in the sense that there are very little technical advances seen in the engineering. Review | Buy »

Nike Method MOD: In February 2010, the Nike Method putters arrived in pro shops, and now the company is extending the putter family to include four Nike Method MOD putters Review | Buy »


SHAFTS & GRIPS:



True Temper XP Series: Featuring optimized trajectory in multiple super light- weight designs, the XP series is engineered to be the longest and most forgiving steel iron shafts in the game today. Review | Buy »

Lamkin i-Line:
Color may be in, but comfort and performance are what really matter when you choose new grips for your golf clubs. Lamkin's new i-Line grips, made in partnership with IOMIC, offer all three characteristics. Review | Buy »

Lamkin Crossline ACE 3GEN: A true tacky and shock-absorbing grip, the ACE 3GEN are played by golfers of all levels. Review | Buy »

Project X PXv: The lightest shaft in golf, the PXv39 can no doubt withstand the rigors of super fast swing speeds.
Review | Buy »


GOLF BAGS:



Sun Mountain 3.5 Deluxe (AGC members- only edition): See the bag amateurgolf.com Player Staff Members are wearing and rep our movement today! Review | Buy »

Sun Mountain Micro-Push Cart: Micro- Cart’s small folded footprint and light weight make the cart easy to get in and out of a vehicle. Also, due to the patented four-wheel design, the cart has a low center of gravity which results in superior stability on the course. Review | Buy »

Jones Golf Bags: Jones Sports Company has brought back the Jones Golf Bag, which ruled as an industry staple in the 1970s, '80s and '90s and simplifies the game. Review | Buy »

STOCKING STUFFERS:



Titleist Free Golf Ball Personalization: Titleist is offering free personalization on every Titleist golf ball dozen through the end of the year – a joyous occasion for golfers and holiday gift givers alike. Buy »

GolfSense 3D Swing Analyzer: You won't believe the amount of information GolfSense's new device and app can provide for just $129.99. Review »

True Temper Performance Fitting: There’s absolutely no denying the professional success of True Temper products and its customization process. Schedule the golfer on your list for a shaft fitting and watch them thank you all year.
Review
| More Info »

CHAMP FLYteePRO: Launched at the 2013 PGA Show and named the 'Official Tee of Demo Day', the FLYteePRO --- an evolution of CHAMP's original FLYtee--- has been infused with Kevlar® to allow for extra long life. Review »

PlayKleen Towel: The PlayKleen towel is without a doubt the best performing golf towel on the market today. The microfiber wonder comes in some fun colors and designs and rolls up for easy wrapping. Review »


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