Although Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed, there may be a few people left on your holiday shopping list. For the golfers on that list, here are a few ideas.
One of the biggest problems we all have this time of year is putting on those extra pounds. Weight loss Coach Larry Jacobs has a tele-seminar series (www.weightlossforgolfers.com) that helps golfers navigate a difficult time of year when dietary temptations are rich, plentiful and powerfully seductive.
"With a change in eating habits, it's possible to start 2013 a lot lighter than you were on Thanksgiving," said Jacobs, who has helped clients adopt healthful diets and lose pounds since 1983.
He offers his live and interactive "Weight Loss for Golfers" tele-seminar every four months. The best part is it isn't a diet. There is no calorie counting, no starving, just a change in your eating habits. The program determines what the best foods are for that individual to support his or her weight loss goals, and what foods do not. The tele-seminars are easy to follow and can be done in the privacy of the home and at a pace you set.
The latest fad in foot wear comes from GoBe (www.gobegolf.com). This "go anywhere" design features the Talon tread allowing for superior traction without the need for cleats. In addition, these shoes are designed by PGA and LPGA professionals and are incredibly comfortable.
GoBe uppers are 20 times more water resistance that treated leather. The cushioned EVA insole offers superior comfort and helps keep your feet cool, dry and fresh, all while offering great traction in a shoe you can wear from the house, to the course and then out to dinner afterward.
"We believe that spikes add pressure points that tire feet," said Joe Allen, GoBe president. "With that in mind, GoBe designed a sole with traction that allows the player to maintain swing performance without the need for spikes."
GoBe footwear is available through the website with prices starting under $140.
For the golfer who enjoys his or her time in the den, Burton Golf (www.burtongolf.com) has the Den Caddy. Made from textured, durable buffalo vinyl, this accessory is perfect for the den or office.
The Den Caddy is a 10-inch wide by 20-inch tall replica of a Burton staff bag. It has two pockets for storage, a belly pocket that may be embroidered and zipper pulls. The caddy also holds up to 24 dozen balls for putting or chipping practice in the den.
The rules require us to mark our golf balls so that we can positively identify them. Rather than putting a simple circle or dot on the ball, why not give it some style? Thanks to Tin Cup (www.tin-cup.com) you have a huge variety of designs at your disposal.
Tin Cup enables you to mark your ball with a personalized marker using the logo or design of your choice. Your ball slips into the cup, which covers about half the ball, and you use markers to fill in the cut-out design to personalize your ball. There are designs for colleges and universities, animals, military logos, four leaf clovers, flags and even a snowman. My favorite is the Havana cigar.
Tin Cups start under $20 for just the cup, and with ultra-fine markers and a handsome leather pouch included, run about $30.
NewSpin Golf's Swing Smart (www.swingsmart.com) is a Bluetooth-enabled sensor module that attaches to your golf club's shaft. The device, which weighs less than an ounce, wirelessly communicates with a free app for an iPad, iPhone or iPod device.
Golfers using the device and app can read information on swing tempo, swing speed, face angle, angle of attack and then provide tips to make your swing work.
In addition, the app will show you your swing path and plane in a 360-degree, three-dimensional view. It then highlights the exact route of the club head from any angle. The app even works for putting and you can save your best swings and data for later reference. The unit retails for $249.99 and is available directly through the website.
One of the most simple swing aids comes from Avid Golf (www.avidgolfusa.com). The Swedge is designed to fix your hook, cure your slice, improve your accuracy and increase your distance.
Shaped like a quarter-piece of pizza, the Swedge fits under your right armpit for right-handers, opposite for lefties. This helps golfers focus attention on keeping that arm in its proper position during the swing. No more "flying elbow."
The Swedge is proudly made in the U.S. and features a nylon shell that helps keep it from getting dirty or absorbing sweat. There is also a clip attachment so you can put it on your golf bag for easy access. It retails for just $19.99 and is available through the website.
Now go get those last few items you need to finish your list. Maybe Santa will be as good to you.
James Stammer has been an avid golfer and golf enthusiast for nearly 40 years. He hosts the Thursday night golf show on WSTU 1450-AM. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.