GIFT GUIDE: ’Tis the season for giving


The song is correct – it really is the most wonderful time of the year. And just in time for the holidays, some of the game’s top manufacturers have debuted products that will make perfect gifts for the golfers on your gift list. But no one’s going to think twice if you get yourself a little something, too.

TaylorMade Rocketbladez: Each TaylorMade Rocketbladez iron sports a bulked-up toe that lowers the CG to yield a high ball flight and steep landing angle. A speed pocket behind the clubface enhances feel and distance on both nutted shots and mis-hits. ($899 per set with graphite shafts, $799 with steel.)

Callaway cleatless Master Staff: Callaway’s cleatless Master Staff has more of a substantial bottom to it than most non-spiked shoes. The TPC midsole has more cushion, while the high-end, full-grain leather upper is traditionally styled. ($160.)

Cobra AMP Cell driver: Cobra’s AMP Cell driver boasts “MyFly” technology, which means each driver gives you six loft settings. You read that correctly. The lofts are 8.5, 9.5, 9.5 with draw, 10.5, 10.5 with draw and 11.5 degrees – each with the face angle automatically placed in square or draw position, as needed. ($375.)

Cleveland Golf 588 Altitude hybrid irons: Cleveland Golf’s 588 Altitude hybrid-iron set is weighted and shaped to help you simply hit higher and longer shots. Built with forged clubfaces, the set aims to blend seamlessly with the company’s upcoming 588 Mid Trajectory and 588 Tour Trajectory irons that feature some similar characteristics to the Altitude while having a little less game-improvement clubhead style. ($799 per set with graphite shafts, $699 with steel.

Oakley’s RadarLock Pitch eyewear: Oakley’s RadarLock Pitch eyewear in carbon fiber comes with a golf-specific G30 Polarized lens. It’s not too dark for shadows and not too light for direct sun. Contrast increases in shades of green, so you can better read undulations. ($300.)

adidas Golf puremotion: adidas Golf’s puremotion accommodates more athletic golf swings. These very lightweight, breathable and natural motion shoes deliver stability via enhanced flexibility, which increases ground contact for more power – even though they’re spikeless. A wide, web-shaped forefoot allows for more natural movement of your feet, as well as improved balance during the swing. ($120.)

Ball Talk: Ball Talk, a CD by Bob Scott and the Putters, offers a compilation of catchy songs with titles such as “That’s Good,” “Just One Bad Swing,” and “Old Man Par,” just to name a few. Scott, a professional drummer, singer and amateur golfer, has been playing the game since he was 14 years old and currently holds a 10 handicap. The CD can be purchased online at Amazon. Just search the title, Ball Talk. ($12.50.)

GolfTEC Game Improvement Package: GolfTEC, which has been helping golfers play better and enjoy the game more for the last 15 years, is offering a game-improvement package that includes a 60-minute swing evaluation, a 30-minute follow-up lesson and a practice session. To order, call (877) 446-5383 or visit The offer expires December 31, 2012. ($199.)

Birdie Savings Card: The 2013 Birdie Savings Card is on sale now at all Roger Dunn and Golf Mart stores. The card offers golfers two rounds of golf at 40 percent off rack rate Monday-Thursday at more than 50 Southern California golf courses. Golfers also receive a round of golf at Black Gold Golf Club in Yorba Linda for $30 and a round of golf at Los Serranos Country Club, the official course of Roger Dunn, for $14. Both rates include cart. Additional bonuses this year include Unlimited 2-for-1 green fees at PGA West (Stadium Course excluded) Sunday-Thursday and a one-year subscription to Golf Digest. The card can be purchased in stores or online at ($49.99 or for $89.99 with an SCGA handicap.)

Butch Harmon About Golf presented by Titleist: Butch Harmon has released a comprehensive golf instructional two-DVD set titled Butch Harmon About Golf presented by Titleist. “My thoughts were to create a DVD that was designed to help your game, capture and retain your interest, and to entertain you. Unlike any other golf instructional DVD ever produced, I’ll share my thoughts supplemented with those of the game’s greatest golfers that I’ve had the privilege of working with,” says Harmon. The two-DVD set contains more than 250 specific tips from the man voted No. 1 in Golf Digest’s annual ranking of America’s Best Teachers for the past 11 consecutive years. Available for $79.95 online at

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