Look Better, Play Better: 5 Golf Related Christmas Gifts That Should Top Your List

The Christmas season is upon us, which conveniently doubles as an excuse to get yourself or the golfer in your life a present that might make the next trip to Myrtle Beach even better.

As the fat man prepares to load his sleigh, here are five golf-related Christmas gifts that should be atop your list.

– The old wingtip style golf shoe is dead and in its place is a new generation of footwear featuring a more casual look and superior performance. If comfort and versatility in a golf shoe are important, a pair of TRUE Linkswear’s TRUE All Day Knit II ($145) is what you want to find under the tree. This lightweight, breathable shoe comes in 11 colors and it can be worn on or off the course. The all-terrain grip means you never have to worry about slipping, and the better half will be happy to see you wearing them on your next dinner date to boot.

– The rise of direct-to-consumer golf balls has been a boon for players, allowing innovative new offerings to break through. Leading the revolution is OnCore, a Buffalo-based company that offers balls tailored to everyone from beginners to Tour pros. If you are an intermediate to advanced player, instead of defaulting to the Pro V1, give OnCore’s VERO X1 ($40/doz) a try this Christmas. The 4-piece, cast urethane ball will save you a few dollars and it has 60 percent less side spin, according to testing, than the Pro V1 or 1x. The ELIXR 2022 ($30/doz) is ideal for mid-handicappers, delivering enhanced feel around the greens and maximum distance. Also available this holiday season is the brand new VERO X2, OnCore’s newest four-piece Tour-caliber ball with a 95 compression for even more distance and control for golfers with high swing speeds.

– A hoodie always makes for a great gift, and that is doubly the case when it’s one of RADMOR’s new offerings. The fast-emerging brand’s Higgins Hoodie ($120) will immediately become your favorite. Made with sustainable materials, the Higgins Hoodie is designed for athletic performance and comfort. Founded by a pair of golf teammates at the University of Washington, RADMOR also offers a full line of shirts, outerwear and accessories so options are aplenty.

– We live in the information age and if you want to arrive at the first tee confident you know more about the course than the guys you are playing with, order PuttView’s industry-leading greens and yardage maps ($29/$49). The PuttView yardage and greens guides detail everything from fairway slope to the severity of undulation and direction of the break in greens. This is the best yardage book/greens map on the market if you want to shave strokes on your next visit to Myrtle Beach.

– As always, the ultimate Christmas gift is a Myrtle Beach golf trip. The Founders Group All-Inclusive is the area’s premier package, allowing golfers to choose among Founders Group International’s 21 courses, including Grande Dunes Resort Club, TPC Myrtle Beach, King’s North (top photo)and Pawleys Plantation. Throw-in range balls, free lunch and two draft beers each day and you have