As I was staring at my blank screen trying to feed my cerebral cortex with coffee, struggling to pry a blog post out of my cranium with a digital crowbar when my buddy John Duval from Into The Grain suggested that I do a holiday golf gift guide. Fantastic idea. I did do a Black Friday golf post a few days ago, but this guide below will be a more comprehensive top 10 list covering everything from clubs to bags to golf balls. Each suggestion will link to my product review so you can get details and links to the manufacturer’s web sites. Only products I’ve actually tested/reviewed will be on this list.
I review about 400 billion golf accessories every year, a fraction of the number that hits my doorstep. A few fantastic accessories have stood the test of time with me. Below are the best ones I can suggest:
Frogger BrushPro – Under $20
The Frogger BrushPro, which I reviewed clear back in 2007, is probably THE most used accessory in my arsenal. I use the brush pro to keep my grooves clean, so I can have the best spin and control on my irons and wedges.
Rain Wedge – Under $20
The Rain Wedge is such a cool invention. I did my first review of the Rain Wedge clear back in 2006 and I still use it. I have a newer model I’ve used and will post a supplementary review soon. Basically the Rain Wedge is a retractable rain cover for the golf bag, sort of like a half umbrella. But it easily folds out of the way when you need to grab a club or put a club away. When not in use, it fits easily into a pocket or into a club slot.
iPING Putter App & Cradle – $25
I recently reviewed the iPING iPhone putter app. This is a very cool tool to analyze and improve your putting stroke. You can even compare your stroke with tour pros, or find the best putter (PING of course) for your putting style.
Sumi-G Head Cover
Sumi-G Head Covers – $20-$40
Perhaps the coolest looking and most innovative golf accessory EVER, the Sumi-G head covers protect golfer’s expensive woods and hybrids. No need to bend over and pick them up off the ground either. Just scoop them up.
FootJoy Layering System
There are so many great apparel manufacturers in the golf world. On the higher end I love Greg Norman‘s offerings and have many Norman items.
Valuable trade secrets about to be revealed here… One way to get a lot of free golf in, is become best buds with the director of golf at your home course. Wondering how this leads to French golf pencils at Staples?
“Crayons De Golf”
The other day I stopped by the course to chat with my director of golf buddy. We decided to run a quick errand for the course, along with grabbing lunch. The course had run out of golf pencils and he needed to get some. Somehow he knew that the local Staples had golf pencils. I thought that was quite entertaining, and was even more entertained when I learned that the pencils were French.
Oui Oui! Crayons De Golf!
So if you golf pros or merchandise guys out there are freaking out because somehow you’ve run out of pencils at your local course, you know you can pick up some “crayons de golf” at the local Staples.
I’m NOT one of the crazy ones who gets up at midnight and shops on black Friday. I usually wait until December 24th to do my golf Christmas shopping. But for those of you HOG readers who are shopping for golfers on your Christmas list, here are a few suggestions I have for you, featuring friends of HOG. These are my personal suggestions and I have not been asked, or paid to post these.
The Prazza golf ball locator could be the Hooked On Golf Blog golf gadget of the year for 2011.
About The Prazza Golf Ball Finder
The Prazza golf ball location system comes from some brainiacs in the Netherlands. The setup is comprised of two components, the ball and the ball tracker.
The locator device, or tracker, gives a visual direction to the ball in the form of arrows on the unit’s screen, and also vibrates in the searching golfer’s hand more and more as he gets closer to the soon to be formerly lost spheroid. The device uses RFID, or active radio frequency identification to find the ball. Balls within around 100 yards pop up on the tracker, and the unit can even find a ball submerged in water up to eight inches.
I’ve reviewed about 4,578,093 golf gadgets and I must say, not many can top this one. The Prazza golf ball radar unit is a system which comes with golf balls equipped with transmitters inside, which can be located by a hand held device which give the golfer visual and vibration feedback which enables the player to find his ball, ANYWHERE. It will even find a ball in water.
I’ll be doing a more detailed review of the Prazza golf ball finder soon, but had to share this video as soon as I had it posted to the HOG/TGS YouTube channel: