Archive for December, 2016

Junior Golf: Buy The Right Golf Bag

In today’s Wednesday Waggle we will open up some ideas for gifts that may not have been on your radar. Let’s think outside the box and buy something different, like a new golf bag! Which style is the best for a junior golfer?img_0102

In today’s Wednesday Waggle we will open up some ideas for gifts that may not have been on your radar. Let’s think outside the box and buy something different, like a new golf bag! Which style is the best for a junior golfer? (Dufner photo golfdigest.com)

We don’t think about golf bags too often in our house, partly because S3 had school-issued bags in high school and college. Another bag can come in handy, however. If your son has gotten bigger, he probably needs a larger bag.

Depending on his skill level, strength and typical weather conditions, his required features on the bag can vary. If for example, he’s not carrying 14 clubs, buy him an ultra lightweight adult bag with just a couple of pockets. It likely won’t have a stand but that’s OK. The very light weight combined with a limited number of clubs will make it a pleasure to carry. There are a number of adults who like to walk and prefer these bags to stand bags because they just weigh little to nothing. Also some of the walkers don’t carry 14 clubs, sometimes to reduce weight, but sometimes to force creativity by having only a few clubs. This is a ton of fun, by the way!

Next size larger would be a stand bag, a bag with collapsible legs that extend out to keep the bag “standing” when it is set down. These bags are 1 of the great golf inventions of all time. All school bags are stand bags and your son will love having 1.image

Now a school-issued bag gives you no choice, but when you pay for a stand bag on your own, here are the things to pay great attention to. 1. Make sure the rubber tips on the ends of the legs are seriously attached, not just slip-ons over the metal end. When these come off, replacements are difficult to get and the bag will want to slide when your son attempts to stand it on a slick surface. For something so minor, it is a real pain. 2. Check the weight. Some bags are amazingly light, while others are ridiculously heavy. 3. More pockets are better. Really your son will want a pocket to put a water bottle in and depending on the make and model of bag, it may be an insulated pocket or just a stretch web pocket. This is a must have. Most bags will have enough other pockets for extra gear plus an umbrella slot. (image: affordable golf)

The next 2 larger sizes of golf bags are the cart bag and the Tour bag. Neither is appropriate for your junior golfer. They are too big and not practical.

Please follow the golf equipment sales going on right now. Be patient and you will find some golf bags on sale. Have fun!

See you on #1 tee with that new stand bag… Sam

 

 

 

Junior Golf: There’s Still Time

In today’s Monday Mulligan we will take a look at the calendar and see that we still have time to order a customized gift for our junior golfer.image

There are several places offering Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls personalized with both name and custom numbers at no upcharge from the regular price. Mom and Dad, this is a great deal! This is something we have never done before and really I don’t know why. S3 has played Pro V1x’s for years, so this Christmas Linda and I ordered him a dozen with his special number and his nickname on them. He’s gonna love them! (jennleforge.com)

The Golf Warehouse, www.tgw.com, was where we ordered ours, but a quick glance around www.amazon.com, showed that Srixon, Bridgestone, TaylorMade and more also offered some type of personalization. If you aren’t finding your junior golfer’s specific ball offered for customization, buy a new brand. Just match it to your junior’s swing speed and compression requirements. These are so cool! Your kiddos will show these balls to their friends and everyone will want to get some! What fun!

Something else there’s still time to do is get some special monogramming or embroidery on a piece of clothing. Would your daughter enjoy a new cool weather golf vest, sweater, pants or windbreaker? It’s easy to get some special details put on these items and with most online retailers it only adds a day or 2 to the shipping times. Be advised that doing this to rain gear is likely to invite leaks, so let’s keep our good rain gear waterproof.image

This next suggestion is just so simple and inexpensive, you’re going to certainly want to give this to your young golfer. For years we have had S3’s name or initials embroidered on his caps and visors. It looks great, is inexpensive and you can get everything done in your area. Buy the cap/visor, find an embroidery shop, select font, font size and color. Pick the finished product up in a couple of days. So easy!

See you on #1 tee looking customized… Sam

Junior Golf:Tiger’s Return And More Gift Ideas

In this Friday Flop Shot we will look at the much anticipated return of Tiger Woods to the pro tour and since it is that time of year we’ll also offer up another gift idea.img_0106

It’s been talked about for months. It’s been on again and off again, but he has finally teed off in a PGA Tour event. Tiger finished his 1st round in competition in more than a year with a 1-over par 73 at his event, the Hero World Challenge. This is a field of 18 top players and no cut, so Tiger gets to play 4 rounds against tough world-class opponents. (photo offcoursegolf.com)

After 4 birdies in the 1st 8 holes, he was out in 33. The back 9 was less productive as he came in with a 40, totalling his 73. His swing looked good and he seemed to be healthy and pain-free. Glimpses of the old Tiger showed up, but so did a bit of short game rust and some errant tee shots. Tiger’s not back yet, but he is on his way. The Hero World Challenge continues through Sunday.

Hey Dad and Mom, another excellent gift idea for your daughter! Push carts! http://www.amazon.com has them from around $50.00 and up. We bought a Clicgear 3.5 a couple of years ago and really love it. It is absolute top quality with desirable features for $219.00. You can literally push it with 1 finger. Linda, S3 and I have all used it at 1 time or another. No negatives, none. (image the pro shop )image

A couple of things to keep in mind. 1st check how much room you have in your car. While most models fold up smaller than you’d expect, they still take up space. Buyer beware! Also, your young man, once he gets into high school, may not wish to continue to use the push cart. It’s not manly! Ok, that frees it up for other family members to use. A tip, always buy the best quality you can afford. Quality pays for itself in the long run.

See you on #1 tee with that new push cart… Sam

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