UTNT’s 2019 Holiday Gift Ideas

In the lane… Snow is glistenin’. Well, not quite. As I sit here in my recliner, with a coffee on my right, my Labrador Retriever on my left and a scene right from both “Frozen” movies (in the midst of a freezing rain storm) outside. I thought, what better time than now to compile my holiday gift guide to help you find the right gift for the golfer in your life or for yourself. For under $150.

So here we go. Get roastin’ your chestnuts on an open fire. Start decking those halls. Because, it’s a winter wonderland out there and baby… it’s cold outside.

 

ZOOMTEE – I won’t waste any time putting this stocking stuffer on the list. While there is a golf course that recently banned plastic tees it’s one course. These golf tees are amazing and since I opened them I have used just one tee. Rugged, durable and easy to find. Those facts would qualify them as eco/course-friendly in my books. They set the perfect tee height every time (for a driver), act as a divot tool and a groove cleaner. A ton of practicality for an item that costs starting at $4.99 for a three-pack. They have other options and packs that go up to $13.99. ZOOMTEE

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2UNDR – Give the gift of tidings and joy this year with undergarments from 2UNDR. I won’t mince words. I first started wearing 2UNDR in 2012 or so when I attended my first or second PGA Show. The rest is history. I’ve watched this brand grow and their undergarments are comfortable beyond comprehension. But they are so much more than underwear. Their range of loungewear like their t-shirts, long-sleeved hoodie t-shirt and more are just excellent additions to the 2UNDR stable. High quality, great feel of hand, fun prints and more. What more could you want?

Shameless plug here. Want a discount?  Look no further. Because I have a discount code for you. By using 2undr.shop/untilthenexttee you’ll save 20%. Or there’s web code NEXTTEE20. The discount is not applied to clearance items or the NCAA range. Prices start at $33 CAD. 2UNDR

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Wilson Golf DUO Professional – Golf balls. You can never have enough of these right? Well, unless you’re a ball hawk and you have barrels full in your garage. Either way, in what may have been the bigger surprises for me this year the DUO Professional golf ball by Wilson Golf made the list. Sure, certain golfers have to play a different brand but this golf ball from Wilson was a juggernaut in testing. This ball exhibited the best greenside characteristics that I’ve ever witnessed, is long, and it feels great!! (Review here). Now available in bright matte finishes too. Brighten up the holidays and place a dozen under the tree. Wilson is also currently offering free personalization as well. $34.99 USD/doz Wilson Golf Balls

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Skechers GO Golf – I know that getting somebody’s shoe size can be difficult if the shoes aren’t for you. But, if you have access to getting someone’s shoe size maybe a nice pair of Skechers GO Golf shoes might be a nice idea. With a variety of styles for both men and women and packed with tons of features and technology from Skechers’ vast R&D into feet and footwear you can’t go wrong. My feet are picky about footwear and I have to be as a Diabetic with many other leg issues. All that I can say is that Skechers has always tested well and my feet love them. Starting at $95.00. Skecher’s

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SUB 70 Golf Pro Fairway – Does your long game need help? Are you looking for an easy to hit fairway wood? Here’s a golf equipment brand that’s doing it right. SUB 70 Golf. Producing quality equipment without a premium price tag. In what world can you purchase a brand new set of irons for less than $430 USD/$570 CAD? You can’t unless it’s SUB 70 Golf. Well, their Pro Fairway metal wood tested very well here at UTNT (Review here). For a fraction of the cost of others out there, you can get a fairway wood that has a degree of adjustability (spin rates) and is just a flat-out performer. Oh, and the price is pretty attractive too. Starting at $149 USD SUB 70 Pro Fairway

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Happy shopping and Happy Holidays from your friend at…

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Medi8 Holiday Gift Guide Ideas

One of the agencies that I’ve dealt with over the last year is Medi8 Limited. The Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire England-based public relations firm is the client of companies of Lamkin Grips, American Golf and many more. Another company that they represent is Big Max Golf. The well-reputed brand is offering many great holiday deals. Check them out.
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BIG MAX
The award-winning BLADE Quattro pushcart from BIG MAX combines 4-wheel stability and Fold Flat technology to deliver unrivaled levels of practicality on the course, in the car and stored away at home. A host of features such as footbrake, organizer panel, storage compartment, and height-adjustable handle complete this stylish practical package, and when purchased in White/Red this holiday season, BIG MAX will gift a Rainsafe, full bag waterproof cover and Quick Lok Towel accessory absolutely free.
$299.99

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The AQUA Sport 2 is a 100% waterproof cart bag that features a 9.5-inch organizer top with 14 full-length dividers, 7 spacious pockets, oversize putter well for large grips and an ultra-lightweight of just over 5 lbs. For the holiday season, this stylish, waterproof and washable cart bag comes with a FREE matching AQUA umbrella (while stocks last), making sure you and your golfing gear stay dry on the course.
$299.99

Available in Black/Silver, Charcoal/Black/Red, Silver/Black/Cobalt, Red/Black/Silver,
Navy/Black/Silver

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The AQUA Wave is a stylish, lightweight, and 100% waterproof stand bag. The Wave’s 8 ½” top extends into 4 full-length dividers, while its 6 waterproof pockets, air channel straps and ultra-lightweight of just over 4lbs make the bag a hugely practical and colorful addition to any golfer’s gear. For the holiday season, this stylish, waterproof and washable cart bag comes with a FREE matching AQUA umbrella (while stocks last), making sure you and your golfing gear stay dry on the course.
$249.99. Available in Black, Red, Yellow, White/Orange, Petrol

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To purchase visit https://us.bigmaxgolf.com

In My Opinion…

An opinion… Do I have one? Absolutely! You need to be more active, you need to go out more and you need to exercise more. These are things that I always hear and have for many years from numerous people. Am I the only one to hear it? No, but I have no issue speaking about it or at least not anymore.

 

First of all, let me introduce myself.  My name is Crystal Toth and for those that aren’t familiar with me I am Alex’s (@UntilTheNextTee) wife and I’m also now his photographer and a contributor. There are many things that I’ve seen him do over the years or said things to him that I would never voice to strangers. Well guess what? Time’s up!

 

During Alex’s time building up his blog, website and his social media pages I’ve been beside him through it all. In the beginning, I was taking pics for him which is something that I love to do and especially for him. There are so many things I can photograph with him that others may not get. Like his relaxation as he is taking shots or practicing his swing or even just walking down the course. “Anyone can take those pics” I’m sure you are thinking, the difference is, I get him at his best when he can be real and just be him. That is why I do it. Over the last few years that has changed and he was the primary photographer.

 

In September 2018, Alex had a stroke which resulted him in needing to slow down, this is where I come in. Having been told that he needed to slow down a little he asked me to assist him. This year, I’ll be attending the PGA Show for the first time and attending it with media credentials. I will have full access with him and the freedom to take any photos that I want. Perhaps, there’ll be some that others may not be able to get. Or maybe, some of the celebrity appearances.

 

During this time as his contributor I will be covering a large variety of things. Things that Alex has more or less neglected. I’ll be bringing women’s golf products to the forefront, be it clothing for women including the companies that specifically have stuff for the “larger” woman, accessories and maybe gifts. For example, Alex I have a love for our dog Muskoka and I will also be looking at items maybe for him too (C4 Belts). So to say there will be a change is an understatement.

 

I will be bringing a different perspective to the sport and I can almost guarantee that
not everyone is going to like what I have to say but “Freedom of Speech” is a thing right? I would be a liar if I didn’t say I can sometimes be a little opinionated which brings me to me writing this tonight.

 

As I previously stated, there have been a lot of people say to me (and I know many others) “exercise, play sports etc.” I cannot count the number of times that I’ve heard that. In addition, I also cannot count the number of times that I have broken down into tears due to these statements, opinions or even while being in stores and looking at clothing that would not fit me. It made me feel “fat” and “unattractive” and “less important”.

 

This is why I am starting with this piece. The PGA Show is around the corner and I am looking on the site to see what items I can view. There are so many but at the same time there is not enough. I say not enough because while there are many golf apparel companies out there, there are not enough to cater to what I like to call “The Real Woman”. A lot of these companies cater to size 00 to maybe a size 10, 12 at the largest. That is hardly realistic nowadays. There are many women out there that are bigger and
can’t get their clothes. I am one such person, I saw a few really nice apparel companies that I was interested in going to see but I decided I was not going to go to their booth.

 

Why you ask? Simple, part of my goal with being a part of this blog is not only to take pictures and videos but to also contribute. I cannot contribute an opinion on something that I am too big to try on. There are many women out there that are smaller and can try a larger variety of clothing but why should I contribute to what I personally feel is a discriminatory line. I want to be able to contribute to women like myself not a size 00. Why should larger people have to wear “unattractive” outfits just because they are bigger?

 

Why do I not exercise outside of my house? Because I am embarrassed and afraid. I am afraid of being judged and having those companies, people etc. looking at me and saying “Oh my goodness” look at the size of her. I’ve heard this too many times where I am afraid to go out and try something new, I’m afraid to try and play golf because I am afraid of the judgement and the ugly outfits that bigger people are forced to wear. If we can look good maybe we can feel good. People need to stop judging us, bigger or
smaller and just judge us as an individual not a size. I can personally say that I know what it is like on both sides of the fence even though I now hear “you are too fat” I also used to hear “you are too skinny, it looks unhealthy”

 

Like I said earlier…… Just my opinion.

 

Until The Next Tee!!

Ho…Ho…Holiday Season (Gifts Under $100)

The time of the year is upon us. With Remembrance Day come and gone and Thanksgiving Day having been celebrated in the United States the holiday season fast approaches. Sure there are a multitude of gifts for golfers out there that can break the bank but what for those who are on tighter budgets? Believe it or not there is a cornucopia of great presents out there for under $100. Let’s take a closer look at what can be wrapped and placed under your Christmas tree or Festivus pole for those that have tighter budgets.

 

CHASE 54 – There’s a reason why I haven’t written a review for some time about this apparel brand. The reason is that quite simply I cannot write an objective review because of my allegiance to this brand. I have been a somewhat quiet part of TEAM 54 for a few years now. Why? The people around this brand are like family and I feel like I belong. Then you factor in the fabrics of their clothing which in my opinion are the “best in the biz”. The fabric always has great hand and they also pack some innovation into their styles like their GloFuze Technology. Speaking of their styles. The designs that Chief Designer Lulu Faddis comes with are sleek, fun and very stylish for both genders (Ladies fashions go up to 2XL). There is a Black Friday and Cyber Monday BOGO Sale coming up doubling down could be great for less than $100.

CHASE 54 Website

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Swing Wizzard – Other than receiving a holiday miracle or a trip to somewhere warm golfing may not be in the cards this holiday season. Yeah… yeah I know! There are the spoiled folks in warmer golf climates that can golf all year round. But the cold, snow-laden golfers need a way to practice their game or keep sharp. For those in need of a training aid that allows you to practice indoors and focus on key aspects of the swing give Swing Wizzard a look. For $79.95 you get a very effective training that gives you instant feedback regardless of the fact that you don’t need to strike a golf ball. Keep the fun in fundamentals and keep on top of these oft-overlooked positions throughout the golf swing. Every position from address, ball position, swing plane, position at the top and release are all things that you can work on with the Swing Wizzard. Worth the investment and please see my review for more information.

Swing Wizzard Website

 

Asher Golf – Unless the golfer on your list is in the minority of golfers that do not wear a glove you can never go wrong with selecting golf gloves. Especially when the golf gloves only cost $12 per glove. This is where Asher Golf is great. I remember when the brand brought out a range of gloves called the “10 Buck Chuck”. Of course, in that time fuel and manufacturing costs have increased so in the world of checks and balances the cost of each glove has now become the “12 Buck Chuck”. For $12 the gloves that you get are a very good quality, pretty durable and are fashionable. The color options are great as there is a color for every color in the rainbow. You can literally have a glove to match each of your golf ensembles. Great value and very practical.

Asher Golf Website

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36 Golf Company – Golfers are a funny bunch and for a good majority their sport becomes a passion, obsession and in many cases an addiction. But who wants to wear their golf apparel at home when they’re enjoying a sip of something or other? That is where a golf lifestyle brand like 36 Golf Company can come in handy for those looking for gifts for golfers. what 36 Golf Company brings is a combination of headwear, t-shirts, hoodies and accessories. The clothing is comfortable and you can wear their gear whether you’re at the range, at your friend’s house for a bonfire or at the gym. Making it an even better value is that the brand is based in Toronto, Canada. So if you live near anywhere else in the world where the exchange rate for currency is in your favour look no further than 36 Golf Company.

36 Golf Company Website

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Rosemark Grips – I am about to release a review in the very near future on this product. I had the opportunity to test the second generation of putter grips from Rosemark Grips this summer/fall. Testing with these grips has been fantastic and to be honest what the Thorn 1.25 and Thorn 1.52 grips represent are the best feeling putter grips that I have used… period! The texture is second to nobody and they feel great!! The mantra behind Rosemark is “Tension Free Putting” and that it is. The arms stay loose because of the texture and the shape of the grip itself. Loose arms lead to a putting stroke with more flow. The cost per grip runs from $25-$40 per grip and comes in a wide range of colors. Lydia Ko got to her #1 World Ranking in Women’s Golf using a Rosemark and there is a reason why she has gone back to them.

Rosemark Grips Website

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There are a host of options in this category of gifts for golfers and these are just a few of them based on my personal experience using these products. I have no doubt that whatever you get for the golfer in your life or buy and put under the tree yourself will be much appreciated. Happy shopping… and Happy Holidays!!

 

Until The Next Tee!!