11 common golf gift mistakes made by non-golfers

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11 common golf gift mistakes made by non-golfers

November 27, 2015

Caricature Headcover

Unless someone specifically asks for it, avoid animal or cartoonish headcovers. Most players like the free one they received from a club purchase, and if they do want to get colorful with that piece, they likely already have one in place. And no, this has nothing to do with the fact that these things give me nightmares.

Lost Golf Ball Sunglasses

As denoted by the product name, these glasses supposedly aid in finding wayward Titleists. Three problems: 1) They don't work; 2) If you need glasses to locate a ball, chances are it's WAY gone; 3) These look like the shades people in their 80s wear while driving.

Ivy Cap

Rising star Bryson DeChambeau is trying to bring back this fashion. Alas, the ivy cap -- also known as the Ben Hogan hat -- will likely generate a share of ridicule towards its owner. Let a golfer's game, not his apparel, draw attention. Speaking of hats...

Umbrella Hat

Unless you're Bill Murray, no.

"The Legend of Bagger Vance" DVD

Years from now, historians will investigate how a movie with Will Smith and Matt Damon missed its mark. Let me save them the trouble: Watch Damon's swing, and it will all make sense.

Glow In The Dark Golf Balls

As we've noted in this realm before, night golf can be a great experience. However, playing in the dark is a rarity, and does not necessitate the purchase of an entire pack of balls. Don't buy your loved ones something they might not be able to use.

Any Book Promising To Make Golf Easy

If this idea is conveyed on a book's cover, toss it aside. Because its content is full of lies. Golf is a lot of things, but easy is sure as hell not one of them.

Golf Bumper Stickers

I have an aunt who, God bless her heart, has given me at least four different car decals as presents. All four are sitting in a closest.

Mobile Golf Ball Washers

Every golf course, on nearly every hole, has a ball washer near the tee, and now, most golf carts come equipped with the tool as well. So I have no idea what scenario would necessitate this product. Golf bags are heavy as is without this clogging up space.

Stroke Counter

There's this new invention called a "scorecard" that courses give out for free that accomplishes the same task. Also, if you're score is so high that you need a counter to help with the math, trust me, you don't want to see the final tally.

Novelty Golf Balls

Personalized inscription balls are one thing. But anybody who ruins a perfectly good balata by decorating it in the ball of another sport needs to be dragged into the street and beaten.

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