A Last Minute Golf Gift Guide for the Hacker in Your Life

Love it or hate it, the holiday season is good for at least one thing — new golf stuff. There isn’t a golfer alive who wouldn’t love some new clubs, balls, gadgets, apparel, or a free round or two, the hard part is narrowing down your options. With the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals gone, and the big day closing in, time can be a factor too.

So to make it easy the CGB crew has narrowed our 2019 last minute gift guide down to 10 items that are — or should be — on every golfers wishlist.

#1 Athalonz Shoes

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Give the gift of power with a pair of the longest shoes in the game. There’s a reason why players like World Long Drive Champion Kyle Berkshire and others wear Athalonz— ground contact, comfort and stability are absolutely critical. Solid footing is what Athalonz stakes its name on backing it up with the science behind longer drives and more fairways. Anthalonz golf shoes are designed to promote the natural transfer of forces throughout your entire golf swing.

The subtle, modern slip-on design stands out in all the right ways, with natural colors offset by a bright leather-colored band wrapped around the heel, and goes with just about any outfit, too.

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#2 UpSide LockOn Rangefinder

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UpSide’s LOCKON rangefinder is a must for golfers looking to hone in on their distances with an easy-to-use device without paying an arm and a leg for a bunch of unneeded features. The instant response and accuracy and slope-calculating tech are fantastic, but the greatest selling point of the LOCKON, and its namesake, is the badass magnet built into the side of the unit to attach to your cart or clubs for easy access.

With just the right amount of data, the LOCKON magnet, and an unbeatable price, UpSide clearly has its sights set on changing how we look at high-tech golf accessories.

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#3 ProGolfLabs CBD Gum

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Whether you’ve tried it for yourself or not, you’ve no doubt heard of CBD by now. The natural compound known as “cannabidiol,” derived from hemp cannabis sativa plants, has taken the natural health supplements market by storm. CBD products tout a variety of health and wellness benefits to better just about every aspect of your life — your golf game included.

Pro Golf Labs’ ProG1 CBD chewing gum offers a safe, unique, and effective alternative to other CBD products. Beat the jitters, aches and pains on the course once and for all.

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#4 Epoch Eyewear

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You’ve heard the saying, it doesn’t matter what you shoot (as long as you look good doing it.) Veteran-owned Epoch Eyewear is bringing affordable, quality sunglasses to the masses with styles built for on and off the course. From sporty and performance to casual and high end, you’ll be hard pressed to not find a pair that’s just right.

If you’re looking for a signature style without paying for brand names Epoch has familiar makes and models starting for around $20 — need we say more?

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#5 BombTech Wedge Set

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Bombtech Golf has become a lot more than just a driver manufacturer. We were pleasantly surprised by the Grenade wedges several years ago and our feelings are still the same — these clubs are definitely worth giving a shot if you’re wanting more bang for your buck, literally. At the time, we wished the company would offer different finishes to highlight the stylish club head design, and now that wish has come true.

The limited edition Volcano Torched wedges set is, simply, BADASS. If you’re looking for a deal on some head-turning quality wedges, consider your search over.

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#6 The Big Beertha

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What’s a good day out on the course if you’re not tossing a few back? The Big Beertha has brought all the glory of party-style drinking to your local golf club, and we’re here for it. The design mimics that of most modern-day drivers, making for the perfect disguise from the course marshal and fitting perfectly into any golf bag.

Crack one open and fill the head of the Beertha, ready your gullet and toss it back. Now we’re ready to play some golf!

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#7 Birdicorn Divot Tool

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The tagline “The best divot tool in golf,” is a little misleading when you’re talking about Birdicorn’s claim-to-fame. Don’t get us wrong, it is the best repair tool on the market, but that’s literally a fraction of what this product can do. Birdicorn’s genius lightweight design packs 6 functions into one easy-to-use tool; a repair tool, putting alignment aid, grip rest, bottle opener, line stencil, and ball mark holder (fits any 1″ ball marker).

The compact, ergonomical design fits comfortably in your pocket, meaning you’ll have absolutely no reason to leave pocked greens behind you on the course.

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#8 Jones Golf

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Jones Golf is one of the the perennial trendsetters in the golf industry, staying on the cutting edge of performance and design with a nod to the game’s traditional style. Top-quality golf and travel bags, apparel, accessories and more, you really can’t go wrong with any of Jones’ offerings. But to narrow our selection down to one, we’ll highlight the product that “started it all” — the Original Jones. Less is more in the case of the Original, featuring a 3-way top divider, (2) front pockets and (1) back pocket, an unstructured body made of water-resistant nylon, and a single strap. It’s the definition of a traditional golf bag and sure to please anyone on the receiving end. What’s more, Jones offers customization to all its products, making it even easier to come away with a one-of-a-kind piece.

Golf has always been a game of style, class, and tradition, and it always will be. Companies like Jones Golf Bags exude that aesthetic with a perfect balance between the then and now, and setting the standard for the game’s next generation.

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#9 Oak & Anchor

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“Go low. Stay fly” — a sentiment every golfer should live by. From throwback to modern, Oak & Anchor definitely has something for you or the golfer on your list — unless you’re looking for a “dad hat.” Each line sports a flat bill and snapback, and designed with just enough flair to suit any look while standing out amongst the crowd. Along with limited releases, O&A has too many designs to settle on just one — they’re all worthy of a spot in your collection. Quality material, designs, and a prices that fit any budget, O&A is a hat company for the people.

Join the ranks of the Oak & Anchor faithful — you’ll never look back.

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#10 MyLesson App

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Golf is hard. Golf lessons won’t make it easy by any means, but they can make it a little less hard. But choosing an instructor and location, finding the time to commit, and the overall costs can sometimes be as complicated as the game itself, which is no solace to looking for help. That’s where the MyLesson App and it’s online, one-on-one instruction comes in — it’s as easy as 1-2-3, as the cliche goes. Choose your instructor from MyLesson’s list of PGA coaches, a process made easy with filters including cost, skill-level, overall rating and more. Then just schedule any time and find a WiFi-connected location that works for you, and start improving your swing.

With live, custom instruction from anywhere, signing up for MyLesson may very well be the easiest part of the game.

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G-Tech Apparel has the hottest cold season item for your wishlist

G-Tech Button imageCold weather sucks — especially for golf. Colorado is no stranger to much-less-than-favorable temperatures, but oftentimes you just gotta say fuck it and get some swings in when you can. That usually means throwing on an uncomfortable amount of layers, adopting the legendary “Tommy Two-Gloves” look, and every other feeble attempt at staying warm, and still freezing your ass off. The fact remains that cold weather golf just sucks and always will. Thankfully, though, G-Tech Apparel is making the cold season a lot less sucky with its patented heated hoodie.

G-Tech Lee hoodieThis will be one of the easiest reviews we’ve ever written given the quality, look and performance of the two CGB branded hoodies we received just in time for the Colorado cold season. Even without its signature feature the hoodie impresses: the polyester/spandex material in the hydro-thermal hoodie is water-resistant, sporting a semi-glossy finish and stylish modern lines. It’s a sturdier hoodie that’ll keep you toasty on its own as well, with a substantial hood that covers your head, hats and beanies comfortably, too, without messing up your line of site when addressing the ball. First impressions placed G-Tech easily in the running for a daily use sweatshirt — and we haven’t even gotten to the good stuff yet.

Second impression: Holy shit. This is a game changer.

My first round in the G-Tech heated hoodie came on a 45-degrees at tee off kinda day. I made it to the first green before needing to lower the temperature setting from high to medium to keep from sweating, and never once found myself shivering or needing to warm my hands with anything but the heating “Therma Grip.” It had topped 58-degrees by the end of the round and the low setting kept me comfortable through the home-stretch. I had figured the battery pack would’ve died well before our 4+ hour round was over, too, but it lasted closer to 6 hours by the time all was said and done.

G-Tech Craig imageG-Tech’s patented Therma Grip is what brings the heat to this heated hoodie with low, medium and high settings. The control button rests on top of the pocket and couldn’t be easier to use. Hold down the button and select your setting (green/yellow/red = low/medium/high, respectively) and you’ll feel the heat distribution begin almost immediately. The heated grip rests in the belly pouch of the sweatshirt — along with the battery pack — and feels like a small strip of padding designed and fastened to be held in your hands. It may sound a little awkward, and granted it was at first, but that the heating element/battery pack placement adds about the same amount of girth as a pocket full of gloves, hand warmers and whatever else is the only not-spectacular thing we can say about this product. Don’t worry about it impeding your swing in any way, though, it won’t — and with the heat resting on your belly your core stays toasty too.

Ending with a bit of advice: when you buy your G-Tech heated hoodie (starting at $149) you’ll want to buy two, especially if you have a girlfriend/wife/etc. — this may be the most steal-able hoodie out there. As of this writing the company’s website says all products are sold out, so keep an eye out for new arrivals when they drop.

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Rhoback performance polos are cool in more ways than one

Rhoback featuredFor all there is to love about summertime golf there’s one thing we all struggle with: beating the heat. Cold beers and bucket hats can only go so far when you’re already sweating by the time you reach the first tee box, and heaven forbid a good-looking cart attendant catches you rocking any less than flattering sweat stains out there. The clothes you wear on the course matter in more ways than one, whether you’re out there flexing your look or just trying to meet the club dress code.

Rhoback polos are made for those living an active lifestyle on and off the course, with a range of colors and styles suited for anyone’s taste. As a matter of fact, the company “craves activity” and is dead set on changing the way you think about your summer active wear. The quick drying and extremely breathable material — 92% poly and 8% spandex — is all but unnoticeable on the course, which is a good thing. No matter the temperature or precipitation in the air, Rhoback polos keep you looking great, and cool, without worrying about sweat stains, wrinkles or becoming disheveled and needing to change right after your round. That’s part of the company’s goal, to design all day active wear, ready to go from the course to a meeting to a dinner date without hesitation. The comfort fitted polos don’t impede your swing in any way and look sharp tucked or untucked no matter the outfit. The sturdy self collar holds its shape well and is all but guaranteed to never “bacon,” speaking to the durability of Rhoback’s designs as well.

Rhoback Casey Jones

The Casey Jones

To see the difference between Rhoback and standard golf shirts, imagine the difference between wearing a black polo on the hottest, sunniest day of the summer versus a white polo, or a long sleeve versus a tank top — it’s night and day. After two rounds at altitude in the baking July sun I should feel like a hot, sweaty mess (as indicated by the sweat stains covering my hat) but my Rhoback Casey Jones polo still looks fresh off the rack, and I could keep chasing the sunshine for another 18.

It’s not that Rhoback is the one and only company making great summer active wear, but Rhoback is making it more practical and accessible than others. Many a golf shirt looks, well, like a golf shirt and not always an appropriate option for off the course outfits. But Rhoback’s subtle, classy designs can be paired with just about anything, for just about anything — not too flashy or overpowering.

If you’re looking for a high performing active polo ready for whatever you can throw at it, out Rhoback polos to the test.

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Golfkicks says screw your everyday golf shoes

I am not one for gimmicks or novelty products — cheap, one-use-only items that usually just end up sitting in the junk drawer — but I am a shoe junkie. So when a couple of boxes of GolfKicks showed up at the CGB headquarters I found myself feeling skeptically excited to try them out.

The idea behind GolfKicks is simple: turn most any flat soled pair of shoes into golf shoes by adding spikes. Thoroughly enticed by the notion of turning any shoe I want into a fly pair of golf shoes, I spent months trying to decide what brand would be best suited for a trial run. I knew I wanted something cheap in the event I totally ruined them, but also something I’d want to wear regularly incase the GolfKicks performed as advertised. I also wanted something familiar in both fit and style, with nothing else like it already available as a golf shoe, and finally settled on a pair of classic Vans checkerboard slip-ons ($50 brand new).

GolfKicks in hand and thinking I’d done enough homework on my choice of test shoes — I’d also seen a pair of the same shoes while scrolling GolfKicks’ Instagram — I figured I’d be hitting the course in no time at all, but that wasn’t the case. I learned Vans’ sole pattern is “not ideal” for GolfKicks after visiting the installation tutorials on the company’s website. Flat, minimally textured shoes work best, but the company says there’s been enough interest in the Vans pairing for them to be “going with it,” and providing a Vans-specific installation video, too. So far, so good.

GolfKicks come with most everything you need for installation — the spikes, a small Phillips head screwdriver and a marker for pilot holes — but you will need a 5/32 drill bit to make pilot holes. For my Vans, though, the company suggests using a slightly larger bit for the pilot holes, as well as Shoe Goo or another strong glue to secure the spikes to properly, so it cost me another trip to the store and a few extra bucks before I was ready to go. Once you have everything you need, installing your GolfKicks is as easy as marking your spots, making pilot holes, and screwing them in. The company suggests starting with 8 spikes per adult shoe — 4 on the heel and 4 for the toe —  though each set comes with plenty extra in case you want to add a few more, or need some for replacements.

Regardless of the shoe, your pilot holes are important to make sure you screw the GolfKicks in properly by hand. You want to make sure the bottom of the GolfKicks spikes are flush with the sole of the shoes, without stripping the thread by trying to tighten them too much. For my Vans, I added a dollop of Shoe Goo to each pilot hole before screwing the GolfKicks in, and had to let the adhesive set overnight. GolfKicks are meant to be permanent, meaning don’t try to take them out and reinstall them whenever you want. You’re putting literal holes in the bottom of your shoes, so even if you do remove them chances are your soles are already damaged — another reason why shoe choice is important.

24 hours later and I’m on the course with my new golf shoes — playing a short 9 at Cherokee Ridge Golf Course. Walking on hard surfaces proves a little uncomfortable as you can definitely feel pressure points on the bottom of your feet coming from the spikes. It’s not a deal breaker, though, and may not be noticeable in other shoes with more favorable soles. On the turf, though, the pressure points disappear making the shoes feel a lot more like a regular pair of golf shoes.

Swinging hard from every kind of lie I could find, even deliberately trying to pop a spike or two out of the shoes, I found myself pleasantly surprised at the feel and performance of the GolfKicks. Not a single spike had loosed by the end of the round, and numerous double-takes, complements and questions I got about my “Vans golf shoes” made the afternoon all the more enjoyable.

Cool as they are, GolfKicks will not replace your everyday golf shoes, especially if you’re playing a lot of golf or walking the course regularly. But it is one of those few novelty items that lives up to its promises, cheap and easy enough for anyone to try, and A LOT of fun. I couldn’t be happier with my Vans, and you better believe I’ll breaking them out again when the feeling’s right. If you’re looking to take your golf shoe game in to another level, add a pair of GolfKicks to your collection.

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Too good to be true? Athalonz golf shoes promise more distance and fairways

“Distance” is the Holy Grail for golfers everywhere. Every golfer I’ve ever talked or given lessons to always asks how to hit the ball farther. Even without them asking, the constant barrage of $600 drivers all the major manufacturers, specialized balls promising extra yards, and distance-driven strength training is a testament to that never-ending chase to hit the ball as far as you can. But the quest for longer shots actually starts from the ground up — literally the only point of contact between us and the ground, our feet and the shoes we’re wearing — an oft overlooked source to maximize distance.

Athalonz is a golf shoe brand many may not be familiar with. But those who hit the ball really, really far, including many on the World Long Drive Tour, are wearing these shoes. Why? Because those who can hit the ball 400 plus yards know ground contact is absolutely critical.

If you’ve ever had your foot slip on wet grass while making a golf swing, you already know the importance of maintaining solid footing — even more so when we’re swinging the club harder to hit the ball farther. Solid footing is what Athalonz stakes its name on, going as far as guaranteeing longer drives and more fairways.

AthalonzThe science behind these shoes is what drives the company (the EnVe model alone holds four US Patents). “Shoes are a force transfer system. Via physics principals, the forces can be manipulated to improve power,” the company says. Anthalonz golf shoes are designed with “the right angles in the right places” to promote the natural transfer of forces throughout your entire golf swing, increasing your power by “at least 9%,” the company says.

Now, I’m no scientist, and I’m often skeptical of gains such as those when advertised — I can’t confirm or deny a 9% increase in power with any real data. But after a number of rounds in varied conditions, I can confirm the comfort and stability Athalonz offer, letting me feel free to swing I hard as I can without worry of slipping out of my shoes. The subtle, modern slip-on design stands out in all the right ways, with muted colors offset by a bright leather-colored band wrapped around the heel, and goes with just about any outfit, too.

As a teaching pro and all around avid golfer practicing and playing way more than my body oftentimes can withstand, finding comfortable, durable, and stabilizing shoes is critical to the enjoyment of my golf round — and my distance numbers — and Athalonz may just be living up to all of those promises.

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TRUE Linkswear is making the best damn golf shoes. Period.

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TRUE Original

TRUE Linkswear has a simple ask: Enjoy the walk. And they’ve made it extremely easy.

To say the 10 year-old company is making the best golf shoes money can buy may be bold enough, but I’ll take it one step further and say TRUE Links is also making the best lifestyle shoes money can buy.

I’m not lying, but first I’ll make our case for them on the course.

We were first introduced to the TRUE Originals ($149) and the TRUE Outsiders ($139) two years ago when they graciously sent a few pairs to the CGB headquarters. Both lines tout casual yet athletic designs — clean lines and simple, tasteful features, and just the right amount of edge — but the performance of the shoes is what’s most evident at first look.

Set atop the company’s signature cross life rubber tread is beautiful full grain waterproof leather, layered with a waterproofed Symptax bootie, and coated with a water repelling “system.” All this is to say that, according to the companies website, TRUEs are the highest performing waterproof shoes in the game. The company backs that claim up with a 2-year waterproof guarantee — depending on the model — but they may be selling themselves short.

(For those curious and or concerned about where TRUE’s waterproofing products are sourced, the company places a high priority on health and environmental safety. See this page for more details.)

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TRUE Outsider

Colorado can’t compare to the sogginess of the Pacific Northwest, where TRUE Links was born, but we do have a fair share of elements to deal with on the course all year round. A little more than 2 years in, and after countless rounds in rain, sleet, snow, ice, mud and everything else, our TRUEs are still going strong. Aside from the nicks and creases that come with normal wear and tear my Outsiders perform like new, keeping my feet dry, and happy.

The comfort level is off the charts, mainly due to the wide base sole that lets your arches and toes spread out naturally as you step and swing — particularly important for those of us with wider feet — and the foot-conforming inserts have only gotten more comfortable over time. The sturdy tread proves reliable no matter how wet and slippery the conditions, and moves like tennis or hiking shoes. Strolls down the fairway aren’t interrupted by any rubbing, pinching or other discomforts either. You truly couldn’t ask for more from a golf shoe on the course.

To many, though, golf is more than a game; it’s a lifestyle. It only makes sense a golf shoe company would deliver a product built for the grind on and off the course.

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TRUE Knits

We live an active lifestyle off the course — hiking, skiing, camping, sports, etc. — so the TRUE Outsiders and Originals remain a go-to for worry free footwear. My pair is a must for trips to the creek at the local dog park (where the 2-year waterproof test for this review occurred). No matter how much mud and gunk I traipse through, a simple rinse with a damp rag and these shoes and ready to go again.

Other times, though, something a little more relaxed is in order. That’s a perfect time to bring out the TRUE Knits. The Knits’ ($129) design is more in the casual sportswear realm, meaning high points in performance can still be expected on and off the course, and they’re a perfect tennis shoe substitute. Clearly, the Knits are not waterproof, but the polyester material does keep your feet dry in dew-like conditions — and talk about ventilation.

The Knits are effortlessly cool. The design is sleek and sublet at first glimpse, but a closer look reveals a classic wingtip pattern formed into the beautiful material. On more than one occasion I’ve taken my Knits from a business meeting straight to the tee box, and never fail to earn some compliments along the way.

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TRUE OG Premium

The TRUE OG Premium ($179) is the company’s latest release. While we have yet to get our hands on them — or feet in them, if you will — the OGP may the best TRUE shoe yet. As noted in the product description, it’s basically the Original design wrapped in a ultra premium vintage brown leather. Given TRUE’s performance track record and the stunning design, the OGP went to the top of our 2019 wishlist immediately.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, know that we have nothing negative to say about TRUE Linkswear’s offerings (except wishing there were even more lines to shop from). With unmatched performance, unquestionable style, and the highest quality materials, TRUE Links is making the best golf and lifestyle shoes. And that’s no lie.

Enjoy the walk.

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