2010 Holiday Gift Guide: Gift of Golf

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tigerwoodspgatour.easports.com The uber-popular video game series has added a Ryder twist to its 2011 edition. Players can play the Ryder Cup Challenge at Celtic Manor Resort in Wales, site of the 2010 Ryder Cup. An online team option allows gamers to play against friends over the internet with up to 12 players on each team.
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By Patrick Mateer, 117 pages, Four Under Golf L.L.C., $14.95, fourundergolf.com Believe it or not, there actually was a time when it was not acceptable for a round of golf to take upward of five hours. If Patrick Mateer has anything to say about it, that time may come again. In The Return of the Four Hour Round, Mateer examines the reasons behind the gradual slowing in the pace of play and lays down some simple ground rules for a perfect (and punctilious) round of golf.
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By George Peper and Malcolm Campbell, 304 pages, Artisan Books, $40, amazon.com More than 30,000 courses call themselves links, but authors George Peper, the former editor of Golf Magazine, and Malcolm Campbell, the former editor of Golf Monthly, say only 246 courses make the cut. True Links visits them all with eye-popping photography in this handsome book.
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$80, capeclogs.com Sliding out of your golf shoes and into comfy sneakers feels great after walking 18 holes. Give your wife or girlfriend the same feeling, and support a good cause, by picking up these clogs. For every pair of "Pink Ribbon" clogs sold, Cape Clogs will donate $5 to support The Ellie Fund's innovative Care for the Caregiver program which provides breast cancer patients with transportation to medical appointments, childcare, housekeeping, groceries and meals free of charge.
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$160, ogio.com The Helios is the lightest bag in Ogio's new UltraLite Series, tipping the scale at just 3.3 pounds. But while weight was shaved all over the place, features like a fleece-lined valuables pocket, a hydration pocket and ventilated shoulder straps remain.
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By Kevin Cook, 236 pages,W.W. Norton & Company, $24.95, amazon.com Kevin Cook's rollicking biography follows gambler Titanic Thompson — the inspiration for Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls — from the Jazz Age to the 1970s as he travels pool halls, poker rooms and golf clubs in search of the next sucker. With cameos from Lee Trevino, Minnesota Fats and a Chicago-area hacker named Al Capone.
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$150, oakley.com Ian Poulter, Ben Crane, Charley Hoffman (shown) and Louis Oosthuizen all won golf tournaments in 2010 wearing Oakley sunglasses. The company's G30 lenses boost visual contrast—especially in flat light and overcast skies—to make reading greens and seeing your target easier.
8 of 16 Courtesy of Vharness
$200, vharness.com Endorsed by PGA Tour player Rocco Mediate and instructor Jimmy Ballard, the Vharness uses a cord-and-harness system that attaches the grip of the club to your shoulders. The tension between the club and the harness around your body ensures that you maintain proper posture and plane throughout your swing. While it may look complicated, the Vharness is actually designed to work with any swing path or style, and it doesn't require any "swing thoughts." It's a true "keep it simple" swing aid.
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$32, amazon.com In the fourth installment of our best-selling lesson manuals, Golf Magazine assembles an all-star cast of putting experts—who teach a combined 200+ Tour professionals—to help you eliminate the fear and doubt you have about your putting game, and replace it with new, proven ways to make putts.
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$140, ecco.com, Buy on Golf.com When Fred Couples shot a 66 at the 2010 Masters, it turned a lot of heads — and many of them looked straight down at Freddie's Ecco Golf Street Premiers, a golf shoe designed to look a lot like a sneaker. Ecco describes the design as "footfirst," because it puts a premium on comfort rather than traction. Still, to combat the shoe's lack of traditional spikes, the outsole features nearly 100 "traction bars" for enhanced grip. Unlike Fred, however, we recommend you wear socks...
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$50 (1997), $125 (1991), balblair.com More than 70 years before Old Tom Morris won his first Open Championship, John Ross made the first batch of Balblair. This year you can choose between two vintages, the 1991 and the 1997. The '91 has hints of citrus and butterscotch while the '97 has notes of raisin, vanilla and oak.
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$400, skygolf.com, Buy on Golf.com SkyGolf's latest foray into the GPS market is the SkyCaddie SGX. The unit comes preloaded with 30,000 basic course maps and can hold detailed hole information on 50 at a time, so you'll always know how far you are from the pin or a host of layup spots. The 3-inch LCD screen makes it easy to read all of the features SGX is packed with, including IntelliGreen, which rotates your view of the green depending on your position to reveal the best angle of attack.
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$150, kodak.com The Kodak Playsport video camera is small enough to fit in your pocket, shoots razor-sharp HD video (1080p), has image stabilization and is waterproof down to 10 feet in case seeing your swing for the first time inspires you to chuck it into a lake. At home you can plug it into your TV using an included HDMI cable or plug it into your computer (PC or Mac) and use the included software to see and print nine-image swing sequences you can take to your pro.
14 of 16 Courtesy of Big Cup Golf
$27.95, bigcupgolf.net The Big Cup is a portable device that expands the golf hole to almost twice its current size — from four and one-quarter to eight inches in diameter. It's a great tool to make the game easier and more fun for beginning golfers, while experienced golfers can use it to gain confidence in their putting stroke.
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johndalysprostrokegolf.com The latest golf video game to hit the market, John Daly's ProStroke Golf intends to compete with the popular Tiger Woods franchise. The game — avaiable on X-Box, PS3 and for the PC — stars John "Grip it and Rip it" Daly himself, and is compatible with the new PlayStation Move device, allowing players to shape shots like a pro.
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$14.95, tauntr.com When Tiger Woods flubbed a shot into a photographer's lens at the Ryder Cup, a famous sport image was made. But in the days and weeks after the action ended at Celtic Manor, everyone became transfixed by the cigar-smoking man watching Woods. Even CNN.