Pros advice

When gift buying goes bad!

A new survey shows that most golfers never get a gift they want, with the majority never even making it out of the box.

There’s nothing worse than tearing away beautiful wrapping paper on Christmas morning only to discover the contents are well below par. Even the most practised pro finds it hard to feign surprise and delight when faced with disappointment. Sadly, according to a survey conducted by Europe’s largest golf retailer, American Golf, the majority of golfers experience this sinking feeling every single time they open a lovingly chosen golf gift.

Cheap and novelty golf balls top the list of worst presents ever, but surprisingly right up there are clubs and gloves for the wrong hand! Toilet putting games, automatic putt returners and ball monogrammers also rank highly as unwelcome gifts. Most unfortunately, the majority of presents, particularly the novelty ones, never even make it out of the packet – let alone onto the golf course!

Clearly our nearest and dearest need some help to choose the perfect golfing gift, which is why American Golf’s retail team has put together their top tips for choosing the right golf gift this Christmas.

Try and find out:

• What their handicap is?

• How often they play?

• Are they right or left handed?

• What balls are in their bag?

So to avoid Christmas golf gift faux pas’ make sure you steer clear of the novelty gifts and let staff at American Golf make this a very Merry Christmas for everyone.

Have a look at some of the brands which come highly recommended by our loyal customers:

Golf Clubs - Nike, TaylorMade, Callaway, Mizuno, Cobra, PING, Titliest, Benross

Golf Clothing - Galvin Green, adidas, Green Lamb, PUMA, Oscar Jacobson, Under Armour, Cutter & Buck, Royal & Awesome, Calvin Klein

Golf Footwear - FootJoy, Stuburt, Ecco, Nike, PUMA, Ashworth, adidas, Callaway

GPS - Garmin, Shotsaver, SkyCaddie, Bushnell, TomTom, Nikon, GolfBuddy, Snooper

Golf Balls - Titleist, Srixon, Bridgestone, Pinnacle, Second Chance, Challenge, Callaway, Wilson

Golf Trolleys - Motocaddy, Powakaddy, ClicGear, BIG MAX, PowerBug, Stewart, GoKart, Skymax

Golf Bags - Sun Mountain, Cleveland Golf, Fazer, MacGregor, Wilson Deep Red, Powakaddy, PING

Golf Training Aids - Zepp, GAMEGOLF, SKLZ, PGA Tour, Izzo, GolfBand, Swingyde

Golf Accessories - Masters Golf, Daphne's Headcovers, Asbri, Golf Pride, Premier Licensing, Trion:Z, Winn Grips