As I sit here watching fresh snow fall I am reminded that the holiday season is upon us. For all of my friends, family and loved ones in the United States I hope that each and every one of you have a very Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.

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With American Thanksgiving here means that Black Friday and the Holiday Season is upon us. As usual, I release a holiday gift guide based on products that I’ve personally used and recommend. In the past, this gift guide has focused on products that are under $100. However, I thought that I would change it up this year simply because there are too many gadgets that are more than $100 that I’d like to recommend.

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the offing maybe now is the time to take advantage of some sales. So without further delay here we go.

Gift Under $25

Believe it or not, there are a myriad of great gifts for under $25. Among these options are gifts like the Tee Claw. It’s a multi-purpose tool that allows golfers to practice without using those annoying rubber tees when you’re at the driving range. Tee Claw allows users to employ real golf tees. Not only that you can use Tee Claw as a very effective training aid whether it’s putting doing the “gate drill” or the full swing working on club path. A terrific stocking stuffer. Tee Claw is currently offering a sale. 2 3-pack kits including lanyards for $21.95. Visit the Tee Claw website for more information.

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Also in this gift category is the Stick-It Magnetic Golf Towel. Stick-It utilizes a a high-strength magnet (25 pounds of pull) and a high-quality micro-fiber golf towel which absorbs water quickly and dries fast. You can use this towel tee to green and requires no bending to pick it up after use. You simply “stick it and pick it”. It’s a great alternative to traditional towels, transports easily from tee to green and stays on the bag without falling off. Not to mention you simply un-clip the magnet and throw easily into the washing machine to wash it. My review of the Stick-It  Magnetic Golf Towel is coming out and it’s worth the $24.95. For more information or to order please visit Monument Golf.

Gifts Under $50

Alright, there’s a plethora of options at this price point. One of the most obvious things to purchase at this price point is golf balls. Name a manufacturer and they all have one to satisfy your needs. If it were me looking for a golf ball in this price point I’d either look at the Srixon Q Star Tour, Vice Golf Pro Soft, or the Tour B range from Bridgestone Golf. There are others out there for less money but these are the top golf balls that I’ve tested where the budget leaves you a little extra for something else… or a little bit to get yourself something nice. After all, you’ve been good all year right?

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There is no way that I could mention gifts under $50 without mentioning 2UNDR. 2UNDR is known for a couple of things. First, they are the most comfortable undergarments that I’ve worn in my life. Secondly, the “Joey Pouch” which goes a long way in aiding the comfort of these undergarments. Featuring creature comforts like their “No Drip Tip” the boys are happy all day and night long. They have several cuts of boxer briefs, long underwear, shirts, caps and more all for under $50. Go to the 2UNDR website for more details and pricing.

Gifts Under $100

So now we’re starting to get into gift suggestions for under $100. As will be the case for every category there’s a proverbial cornucopia of ideas at this price point. Among the better one’s from my experiences include any of the product range from Arnold Palmer Apparel. Every piece is of the highest quality and extremely stylish. All of the pieces are under $100 and a 100% from the profits goes towards Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation. For more information please visit Arnold Palmer Apparel for more information.

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While I cannot comment on their most recent wedges I can comment on their initial foray. Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company released their TK wedges in January of 2015. These are wedges that feature a ton of loft options. They offer great feel, forged heads, premium shaft options and a gentle price tag of $75 each (plus shipping). For more information please visit benhogangolf.com. Help your loved ones short game. They’ll love you forever.

Gifts Under $200

Be Original. Enjoy the walk. My favorite brand of golf shoes is without question TRUE Linkswear. I credit their shoes with saving my leg in 2014 after I developed gangrene leading me to fight to keep my right leg. Since then they’re the shoe that I swear by on and off of the course. Give your feet a break with their all-world comfort and versatility. In 2018, they launched the TRUE Original $149 and their TRUE Outsider $169. These shoes have been phenomenal and the TRUE Outsider is great for literally any function.

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It’s early in the testing process but I’m going to make a point of mentioning the Tour Edge Golf Exotics EXS Hybrid. This is a piece of equipment for the 2019 product cycle. It features a premium Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei CK Blue shaft in many flex and loft options. The face is hot, light and responsive and sets up beautifully in the address position. Boasting Cup Face Technology with Variable Face Thickness (VFT Technology) the sweet spot is expanded.  You get a golf club with a ton of tech for $199.99.

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One of my favourite products discovered at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show and a product that tested extremely well was Aftershokz Trekz Air headphones. These received a very complimentary review and won the Teezy Award for Top Accessory at the 2018 PGA Show. These open concept headphones use Bone Conduction Technology to deliver great sound. Not only are they wireless and employ Bluetooth but they are very safe. For more information please visit the Aftershokz website for more details.

Gifts Under $350

Even though I haven’t had it in hand or made passes with it yet I just want to float the idea of the Exotics EXS driver again from Tour Edge Golf. For $299.99 and offering a ton of tech this driver is at least worth a mention and a look.

At any rate, this gift suggestion is going to be one of the last reviews for 2018 and one that will be released real soon. What do you get when you have a GPS Watch, sensors for the end of your golf clubs and an in-depth performance tracking system? The answer is the ShotScope V2. Wearable GPS Technology that helps golfer improve by letting them know their tendencies. Important analytics like average distance, putts per round, fairways and greens hit in regulation and so much more. The best part.. unlike other similar versions out there in the marketplace this one involves no tagging clubs. Just get up to your golf ball and fire away. The Scotland-based company retails them for 225 GBP which translates to roughly $288 USD however by visiting ShotScope.com you’ll see that they have some holiday season pricing.

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If you’re about making New Year’s Resolutions and your goal is to lose weight and get into better shape than maybe trading the riding cart for a push cart is an idea. If there is one that I recommend it would be the Clicgear 3.5+. With features like maintenance-free tires, smooth movement, a large storage net, ease of folding/unfolding and a wide variety of accessories available you can let your imagination run wild. With a multitude of color options there is an option for everyone. It might have launched in 2007 but there have been several enhancements to improve on an award-winning design. Approximately $300 CAD.

Gifts Under $500

I won’t list more than one in this category. But the one I am going to list for under $500 is a product that I would invest that kind of money into long before buying a new driver for the same money. The gift suggestion is the FlightScope mevo. Practice with a purpose. Know exactly how far you hit each golf club and know the particulars. With data recorded like clubhead speed, ball speed, smash factor, back spin you’ll have all of the data (or nearly) that you could ever need. In my review I had a wishlist for this product for them to include AoA and Club Path but at $499 this is quite a lot of bang for the buck. Especially, when comparing to other launch monitors worth thousands more. Great for practicing indoors or outdoors. If you’re stuck in a dome during the winter then this is a gift for you. Visit my review or flightscopemevo.com for more details. They are offering $50 off for Black Friday pricing.

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I hope that this guide has helped you find a gift for your loved ones or perhaps yourself. There are great gifts available at every price point. From my family to yours please be safe this holiday season. Happy Holidays!

Until The Next Tee!!

 

 

 

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I thought that I would write a quick update on upcoming products in for testing. Before continuing, I just wanted to thank all of the manufacturers past and present that have given me a chance to look at their products.

One of the products that I was excited to test was Arnold Palmer Apparel. Arnold Palmer Apparel was awarded the Teezy Award at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show for top apparel brand. Between their affordability when compared to similar brands it was a pretty easy decision. The brands philanthropic philosophy means that it donates all of the net profits to Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation. That in turn made an easy decision a no-brainer. #LookGreatDoGood

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The Turtle Hill Mid-Layer from Arnold Palmer Apparel.

A product that I received for testing and review back in January hasn’t worked out as of yet. No fault of R-Motion (The Golf Club) that my laptop or desktops lack the necessary specs to make the simulator work. I’ve been trying to address the situation however other more important situations arose and I had to take care of those pressing issues first. I’m finally going to have the budget to get a proper laptop to make the system work. Stay tuned!! (Brian, I haven’t forgotten about you)

Getting back to apparel I have two other companies whose apparel I’m currently testing. Antigua Sportswear and an amazing pair of Loudmouth Golf pants. The new StretchTech fabric used by Loudmouth Golf now is lightyear’s better than the past. It’s softer, lighter and it really seems to breathe much better. We’re just starting to see golf weather here in Niagara over the last two days. finally, some serious wear testing. To hold the pants up is a belt from Nexbelt… the belt with no holes. Cut to your size and away you go. I’ve worn the belt on one occasion and I like it. The model I chose is from the “Fast Eddie” collection.

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Batman wishes that his utility belt was this cool.

 

Even though I didn’t receive my TRUE Linkswear Originals and Outsiders necessarily for testing and review purposes. I will be reviewing these shoes. Jason, Ryan and company moved from the desert back to the Pacific Northwest and after being lost briefly the brand is back doing what they do best. Making uber-comfortable golf shoes. Folks, these shoes are next level comfort!! Oh speaking of comfort and performance. Incrediwear sent me a few of their pieces. This performance and recovery wear is off to an amazing start in testing. The Recovery Leg Sleeves have been amazing in the early stages of testing.

I was named a product tester for Golf Pride. Currently, I’m in the process of installing their new Tour Velvet Align grip. The Golf Pride Align grip was a runner-up for the PGA Show Version Teezy Awards for “Top Component” category. While I was at the show I also got my hands on a couple of the new SuperStroke Soft Wrap TC full swing grips. These grips feature no taper.

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I’ve also received some tech gear recently. Thanks to ShotScope for giving me the opportunity to have a serious look at the ShotScope V2. A GPS Watch that also features a performance tracker. Also, I received another Teezy Award winner this time from the “Top Technology” category. The FlightScope mevo is a multi-sports radar that features Doppler technology. When used for golf the mevo is a launch monitor that fits into the palm of your hand. Metrics that it measures includes but is not limited to ball speed, launch angle, spin, smash factor and clubhead speed.

I’ve gotten some work in with a really neat product from Monument Golf. The “Stick-It”. This is a towel that\s magnetic and you don’t have to bend over to get your hands on it. On top of that keep your eyes open for all sorts of “First Look Reviews” featuring 2018 golf equipment as based on my experiences from the 2018 PGA Show. Heck, who knows what else will develop in the meantime. Golf season is finally here and it’s going to be a busy yet exciting season.

Until The Next Tee!!

 

It seems so long ago that I was prepping to head down to Florida for the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show. I headed out from the Niagara Falls, Ontario area the 19th of January and after an eventful trip I just got home at 7:30 this morning. Already the planning has begun for 2019. Too soon?

There were a lot of cool things that happened on this trip with much of the focus being on different things that I saw or encountered at the PGA Merchandise Show. While I’ve touched on some of those things through various posts it’s just now as I go through my pictures where I realize… “Oh yeah… I forgot about that!”. Recently, I announced that I was going to announce an “awards presentation” being the first annual “Teezy Awards” (PGA Show Edition). There’s going to be awards presented for many different things. Of course there are the usual suspects. Best driver, best fairway woods, best irons but I’m also going to focus on some gadgetry, gizmos and apparel as well. I’m even going to give an award for the best finish on a driver (metalwood). I admit that just recently I skimmed quickly through the “Hot List” and while I agree with some there are several that made me laugh out loud…. based on my findings.

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This trip also saw me get skunked as far as fly fishing goes. That has never happened and to not catch a fish over 2 weeks is more humbling than the game of golf. I was an outdoors guy long before I was a golfer. Out of all of my times that I’ve spent in Florida I had never seen a space launch. That changed this time when I was on hand to view the launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket from Kennedy Space Center. It was amazing to be a part of history.

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I played golf while I was in Florida that took place on three different and new courses (to me). I’ve already written a review on the disappointment that was Apollo Beach Golf Club. What a shame! But I would also play golf at two other courses. The first was just outside of Lakeland called Schalamar Creek. What a beautiful course!!! The day that I departed I would play a quick nine at Bartow Country Club. I played well but the real focus of golfing was to do product testing and use a reconstructed swing. My time with LPGA T&CP Hall of Famer Kay McMahon and learning about EduKAYtion Golf (8.5 Golf) is going to be the focus of a feature article. Her methods make learning the golf swing… easy! No joke!! Testing of the new TaylorMade Golf Project (s) golf ball was amazing and the new Stick-It Magnetic Golf Towel from Monument Golf is as great as an accessory that I’ve come across. Have you heard of UFM? You will and the new kicks from TRUE Linkswear are better than ever.

I’ve been a little less active lately but that is going to be changing in a real hurry. Look for all kinds of articles, reviews and more in the very near future. This is going to be a very fun 2018. #seeuonthenexttee #fightandgrind

Until The Next Tee!!