Golf Gifts: For the Experienced Golfer

Whether it be Fathers Day, Mothers Day, Christmas, birthday, or any other gift giving occassion, a golf gift for an experienced player is a sure winner, if it's the RIGHT gift.

Let me start by saying that experienced golfers and novice golfers are two entirely different players with different wants and needs when it comes to their golf games. The experienced golfer has been playing for quit some time and probably has developed personal preferences in the types of balls, clubs and equipment he or she uses while playing.

Purchasing a set of new clubs for an experienced player might be a nice idea. However, you would definitely want them to be involved in the selection and buying process. You want to be sure they are even in the market for a new set of clubs, and that they get the right clubs. Many experienced or good golfers become very attached to their clubs, or very selective when purchasing a new set. Also, many experienced golfers have clubs "fitted" for their body style and game, so they need to be included the process of buying the clubs. You wouldn't want to purchase them a set of clubs that they would never use, or that are not appropriate for their level of play.

Golf balls are always a welcome gift, provided they are the right brand and type. Many experienced golfers are as selective with their golf balls as they are with their clubs. You can easily find out what ball they play through general conversation, or from someone who knows them or their golf game quite well. Again, purchasing an experienced golfer the wrong brand or type of ball would just be foolish, they would never use them, except maybe for practice.

Golf bags, shoes, and apparel are all items that a golfer may want and need, but they may have a personal preference when it comes to these items as well. Your best bet here may be a gift certificate at a golf store or proshop.

Stay away from any of the golf gadgets, trinkets, items to hang on their bag, silly golf hats, etc. They probably have received similar items in the past, and may no longer find these items as cute, or as humorous, the second time around. Also avoid things like instructional books, videos, and swing trainers. They have already been exposed to most of these items, and not knowing their level of play, you really can't be sure if any of these items would even benefit their game.

So, what do you get them? A gift certificate for a round of golf at a course they would like to play, or regularly play, is a good gift. A gift certificate at a golf or pro shop that they can use for either lessons or equipment (balls, clubs, apparel, gloves, etc.) A golf trip to a well know resort is a great gift. Tickets to PGA event is also a great gift. They might also enjoy a good book on golf courses, golf history, golf stories, or on any one of the many great players of the game.

Of course, it all depends on your budget. The potential for gift ideas is endless. Golf is an extremely popular sport, and golfers worldwide are spending millions playing the game. Any gift, appropriate for experienced player, would be welcomed, used, and enjoyed. (If it's the RIGHT gift!.) Remember, it is the thought that counts.


Ernie Horning is a business owner and avid golfer, and also writes articles for

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