Have a friend or family member who is trying to get into golf but doesn't know where to start or how to move their game in the right direction?
This holiday season, you can help them get their game off the ground, so to speak, by following PlayBetterStore.com’s list of Game Improvement Golf Gifts for Beginners. There are thousands of golf products out there that can help fine-tune a player’s pre-existing swing mechanics or assist someone looking to hit their driver a few yards further.
But for beginning golfers, those products just get in the way.
Watch and Learn | Instructional DVDs
The most important thing for a golfer who is just starting out is developing an understanding of the fundamentals needed to improve their game. And that’s where three DVD sets put out by big-time professional golf coaches can be incredibly useful.
Leadbetter Interactive ($69.95), The Next Generation with Sean Foley ($49.95), and Butch Harmon: About Golf ($79.95) are all tremendous products that teach the basics of the golf swing and show a number of faults that can limit a golfer’s potential. Leadbetter, Foley and Harmon coach some of the best players in the world, but their tips are also priceless for a beginner who needs to learn everything from how to hold a club to swing tempo to where to position the ball in their stance.
These DVD sets also work for players who are a step or two along in the learning process. All beginners should watch as many of these instructional titles as possible to gain a better understanding of the golf swing and realize what it takes to improve.
Get a Grip | Golf Gloves
Another perfect gift item for the beginning golfer is the Leadbetter Correct Grip Golf Glove ($24.95). This USGA approved golf glove is great for beginners who need to learn the proper way to grip a golf club. The grip is the key foundation to a good golf swing, and the Leadbetter Correct Grip Glove not only is a great training aid, outlining the proper path for the club to rest in a player’s hands, but it also is comfortable and serves as a tour-class golf glove.
This would make for a great stocking-stuffer.
Whip It Good | Orange Whip Swing Trainer
All of us – golfers and non-golfers – could benefit from improved flexibility and balance, as well as a powerful core. The Orange Whip ($109) helps in all those areas, while also teaching beginning golfers the correct tempo of a golf swing.
This product is great for the basement or backyard and also can be used to loosen up before hitting a bucket on the range or playing a round.
Slow Down & Power Up | PowerChute Swing Speed Trainer
More advanced golfers might use the PowerChute ($69.95) to build swing speed and increase distance off the tee, and that certainly applies for beginners, as well. But where the PowerChute will probably best help beginning golfers is that it will allow them to feel proper sequencing and lag with their driver, which is key to developing better swing tempo and avoiding casting, which robs golfers of their power off the tee.
This is a great product that only needs to be used for 5-10 minutes at a time but can strengthen key muscles and help beginners develop the correct mechanics when swinging their driver.
A Driving Range in Seconds | ProAdvanced Pro Return Net
If you’re looking for a net that is easy to set up, take down and put away, the ProAdvanced Pro Return Net ($149.99) might be just what you need. It’s a full-sized net that can be set up anywhere and is super easy to fold up and store.
Beginning golfers need as much practice as possible, and the ProAdvanced Pro Return Net allows you to take full swings indoors and out, and doesn’t require nearly the assembly time as most nets out there.
The ProReturn Net lives up to it's name. The net is designed to catch the ball and roll it back out to the golfer. This allows you to use just one ball and save time by not having to retrieve balls from the net.
Work on Your Touch | ProApproach Golf Net
In our tests, the ProApproach Net certainly lived up to it's name. Balls hit into the net were caught and rolled back out to the golfer. This allows you to use just one ball and save time by not having to retrieve balls from the net.
Beginning golfers need to get a feel for the proper way to attack wedge shots and chips around the green, and the ProApproach Golf Net will help users improve their short game distance control right at home.
Distance Matters | GolfBuddy Voice GPS
When out on the course, beginning golfers don’t need to waste time trying to figure out whether they’re 163 yards or 170 yards from the pin. They don’t need the exactness, and they don’t need the distraction that comes with taking out some of the more advanced range finders and needing to focus on the flag stick.
The GolfBuddy Voice Golf GPS ($149.95), however, is a no-nonsense device that will allow a beginning golfer to focus on his/her round without fooling around with a complex gadget. The GolfBuddy Voice can clip onto your hat, belt or any other garment and stays out of your way while providing distance to the hole (spoken and displayed). It is super accurate, comes pre-loaded with 25,000 worldwide courses, and also allows beginners to measure the distance of their shots - which is big when you're starting out and need an idea of how far you hit each club.
One Tool, Many Uses | Golfers Toolbox
Finally, the Golfer’s Toolbox ($79.95) is a great gift for beginning golfers because of how it can help during practice sessions. This "Swiss Army Knife" of golf training aids can help with so many aspects of the game including alignment, ball positioning, swing plane, and even stretching.
The Golfer’s Toolbox fits right in a player’s golf bag, and combines many of the aspects of various training aids into one easy-to-use product.
Of course these are just a few of the products that can help a beginning golfer elevate their game.
PlayBetterStore.com carries a complete collection of golf's most effective training aids, practice gear, and on course accessories that make golf more enjoyable for golfers of all levels.
If you're in doubt of which of these tools to gift this holiday season, there's always our very flexible eGift Cards which allow golfers to browse and shop at their leisure - and they never expire.
Happy Holidays from All of Us at PlayBetterStore.com!