It may be cold and snowy in many parts of the world in December.
Nevertheless, if you have a friend or family member who loves golf, Christmas is one of the best times of the year to gift them something memorable — something that will either help their game or enhance their looks on the course.
There are plenty of great potential gift ideas when it comes to golf. Depending on your budget, you might consider anything from minor accessories to balls, clubs, launch monitors, or full golf simulators.
In this article, we’ll review our picks for the best golf Christmas gifts for 2020 over a wide range of budgets.
Our Top Picks For 2020 Golf Christmas Gifts
The following are our top selections based on our own testing, research, and experience:
Golf Launch Monitors
- FlightScope Mevo Launch Monitor
- FlightScope Mevo Plus Launch Monitor
- Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor (MLM)
- Wedge Guys Golf Grip Kit
- Himal Golf Travel Bag
- Athletico Golf Shoe Bag
- Team Golf NCAA Contoured Headcovers
- SkyTrak SIG8 Golf Simulator
- Phigolf WGT Edition Golf Simulator
- SkyTrak SwingNet Golf Simulator Package
Why is the FlightScope Mevo Launch Monitor at the top of our list? Because it’s affordable, portable, provides long-term benefit, and pretty much any golfer can use it to improve their game.
Used by high-profile Tour players like Bryson DeChambeau, it provides real-time performance data and has a video capture feature that you can use to spot flaws in your swing. It’s small enough that it can fit in the palm of your hand.
Mevo uses 3D Doppler radar technology to measure carry distance, ball and club head speed, spin rate, flight time, vertical launch angle, apex height, and smash factor.
To effectively use the Mevo, you’ll need to download the Mevo app on your iOS or Android mobile device.
The Mevo+ Launch Monitor is quite a bit more expensive than the Mevo, but the added cost is justified: faster, stronger performance, increased range, and a stronger connection is noisy environments, not to mention the increased number of data parameters.
The radar technology of the Mevo+ measures an impressive 16 ball and swing parameters — 8 more than the original Mevo. These include not only the essentials like distance, ball speed and club head speed, but also spin loft, spin axis, roll distance, lateral landing, and shot shape.
Several apps (FS Golf, FS Skills) are available for use with the Mevo+, and the launch monitor is also compatible with E6 and The Golf Club software.
If you like the idea of giving the gift of a launch monitor but want to kick it up a notch, consider the Mevo Plus.
The Rapsodo MLM can be used at the range or with a net. An iOS device is required — once you pair it with the unit, it will provide you with six data measurements, video playback of your swing, and an active ball tracer that follows your shot from strike to landing.
Although it’s not compatible with Android devices, its active ball trace feature really sets it apart from another launch monitors in its price range. If your giftee has an Apple smartphone or tablet, the MLM should be at the top of your consideration list.
The Titleist Pro V1 and V1x are considered the “golf standard” in golf balls and are among the most widely used on the PGA Tour.
With a thinner thermoset urethane elastomer cover, larger casing layers, and an advanced formulation fast core, the Pro V1/V1x provides more ball speed and less spin in the long game and consistent, precise stopping power in the short game.
In general, the Pro V1x delivers less spin, a higher trajectory, and a slightly harder feel than the Pro V1. The Pro V1x is better suited for higher swing speeds.
Srixon is one of the best golf ball manufacturers in the business. If your giftee prefers a soft feel, consider the low-compression SOFT FEEL model.
The Srixon SOFT FEEL features a FastLayer Core, which gradually transitions from a firm outer edge to a soft inner core. This snaps back to shape more quickly after impact, resulting in more ball speed off the tee without sacrificing feel.
The SOFT FEEL also features Srixon’s proprietary 338 Speed Dimple pattern, which improve flight aerodynamics.
SOFT FEEL LADY is available for women.
Used by top pros like Rory McIlroy, the TP5/TP5x is designed to deliver full tee-to-green performance without compromise. It’s one of the highest-rated and best-selling golf balls of 2020.
The TP5/TP5x features a proprietary 5-layer construction, including:
- a Tri-Fast Core for minimal drag and high carry
- a very soft and durable cast urethane Dual-Spin Cover
Combined with a Speed-Layer System (four increasingly stiff layers) and a new high-flex material called HFM, the TP5/TP5x golf balls give you more ball speed through a greater rebound effect, more carry off the tee, more spin and precision around the greens, and better control in the wind.
In general, the TP5 delivers more spin, a lower long-game trajectory, and a slightly softer feel than the TP5x. The TP5 is better suited for slower swing speeds.
If your friend or family member has ever needed to regrip golf clubs, they know how much of a hassle it can be. This golf grip kit by Wedge Guys makes the regripping process super easy.
It’s a massive seller with high reviews from customers. Depending on the specific kit you choose (Light, Standard, Deluxe or Ultimate), it may include grip solvent, grip tape strips, a retractable hook blade, and a rubber vise clamp for getting the job done.
Note that while solvent and grip tape are included in all kits, the rubber vise clamp and hook blade aren’t offered in the Light package.
This soft-sided, best-selling golf travel bag by Himal makes travel easier and more fun. It allows you to easily transport your golf equipment between airports, to the course, or to any other travel destination.
It can not only carry clubs, but also golf shoes, keys and accessories. It features heavy soft padding for damage protection, wheels, and an interior strap to minimize jostling and movement of your clubs in the bag.
If your friend or family member travels with their golf equipment, this is the perfect gift for them.
The Athletico Golf Shoe Bag is currently the #1 best-selling golf shoe bag on Amazon with an impressive 960+ reviews.
And it’s such a hot seller for a reason: it’s affordable, well-made, uses zippers, has side ventilation to allow your shoes to breathe, and features side pockets for balls, tees, socks, etcetera.
This bag allows you to easily carry your athletic shoes with you at all times — great to store in the trunk. It is made with 600 Denier polyester that is naturally resistant to dirt and mud.
Is your golf gift recipient a fan of a particular team in football, basketball or another sport? Let them display their support on the golf course with these NCAA headcovers, printed with their favourite team’s logo.
These contoured headcovers are made of buffalo vinyl and synthetic suede, with a nylon sock that protects shafts. Thick padding will ensure that your clubs are safe and secure.
Three are included in a pack: one for an oversized driver (#1), and two more (#3 and #X) for fairway woods, hybrids, and utility clubs.
Looking to go all out? Want to blow them away? Then consider a full golf simulator package like the SkyTrak SIG8, put together by Shop Indoor Golf.
With this simulator setup, you can count on being able to dial in your swing and take your game to the next level.
The package includes the SkyTrak Launch Monitor, a SIG8 simulator screen & enclosure, hitting mat, projector, landing pad turf, floor mount enclosure, and side barrier netting.
This is one of the most value-packed, affordable golf simulators on the market right now. Your giftee will certainly never forget it.
Do you like the idea of gifting a golf simulator system but don’t want to spend thousands of dollars for a higher-end setup? We totally understand.
The Phigolf Simulator, priced at well under $500, is considered a mobile simulator game; it’s compact, portable, and can be played anywhere indoors or outdoors.
It uses a multi-axis sensor that is attached to a club or the included swing stick. After you make your swing, your in-game character will mimic your swing movements and hit the ball.
Twelve full world-famous courses are available to play on the WGT app, and multiplayer and tournaments are available.
You’ll need an iOS or Android device to use the Phigolf Simulator, but for the price, it’s a boatload of fun, and it has great reviews to boot.
Screen and projector setups for golf simulators tend to be very expensive. To still be able to view a golf simulation and save a lot of money, you can use a net setup instead.
The SkyTrak SwingNet package pairs the SkyTrak Launch Monitor (Game Improvement Package) with Rain or Shine Golf’s in-house SwingNet hitting net, which is low-profile, compact, and has strong impact resistance.
What’s great about this net is that it’s versatile and highly portable, so you can easily move your simulator setup around to the living room, basement, backyard, garage, or any other space as you please.
A hitting mat is included in the package. The minimum space requirements are 8 ft high x 8 ft wide x 3 ft deep.
The MAVRIK is one of Callaway’s newest driver models, packing cutting-edge technologies like an A.I. Flash Face, Jailbreak, and T2C Triaxial Carbon. It also has an aerodynamically-optimized shape for reduced drag.
The MAVRIK is a consistent all-around performer; it has great distance, exceptional forgiveness, and is easy for any high or mid-handicapper to hit.
Because of its fairly wide appeal, chances are that your giftee is going to love the MAVRIK driver, which is backed by a high average customer rating.
Every golfer needs a few quality wedges. Wilson’s Harmonized Classic Wedges are very popular and have terrific reviews.
These wedges feature a unique sole design that allows players to easily open up the clubface for more loft and softer landings. This gives them much more versatility on approach and chip shots.
The Wilson Harmonized Wedges have a traditional shape. They’re available in a silver, high-polish finish and an anti-glare black chrome. The lofts are 50°, 52°, 56°, 60°, and 64°.
Many players who previously struggled from inside 60 yards say that these wedges are a game-changer.
The TaylorMade P790 is one of the best modern irons you can get today. It’s considered a players iron, but its characteristics also make it a great choice for higher-handicaps who want to challenge themselves to get better.
The P790 iron features a forged hollow-body construction, Speedfoam injection (very light urethane foam which improves ball speed and feel), forged progression, and low-profile tungsten weighting for a higher launch.
These irons strike an excellent balance between distance, forgiveness, launch and workability. If your giftee doesn’t mind moving away from the super-GI class, you should seriously this model.
Of course, no bag is complete without a fairway wood. If we could recommend one fairway wood above all others, it would probably be the G400 from PING.
Not only have we had awesome results with it in our tests, but it has some of the highest average customer ratings as well. Its special maraging steel face is extremely strong and flexible, yet thin enough to generate unprecedented ball speeds.
The center of gravity (MOI) of the G400 is positioned low, and with a high MOI, this leads to an easy launch and a ton of forgiveness.
G400 users love the shallow face and the big distance it generates. For many, it produces the best feel of any fairway wood they’ve ever used. Your giftee will almost certainly be very happy with it.
A golf bag is the perfect Christmas gift: essential to all golfers, not cheap enough to disappoint, and not expensive enough to make your giftee feel guilty.
The FlexTech by TaylorMade is a beautiful choice for a stand bag. It emphasizes convenience and comfort with:
- FlexTech Stand System: a proprietary collapsible, smooth-release base system that allows you to easily set your bag down and grab a club without resistance.
- Water-Resistant Valuables Pocket: seam-sealed and made with a micro-suede lining. Use it for your keys, wallet, or any accessory.
- Self-Adjusting Strap System: designed to fit your body type so you can carry your clubs easily and comfortably.
Customers love the light weight of the bag, how comfortable the carry is once you correctly set the strap length, and the very minimal club crowding.
The C-130 is Sun Mountain’s best-selling cart bag. It’s extremely well made, with thirteen pockets, a reverse-orientation top with three utility handles, a Smart Strap System, a rangefinder pocket with magnetic closure, and cart bumpers.
Running the full length of the bag are fourteen individual club dividers, including a dedicated putter compartment. Pockets include two velour-lined pockets (one water-resistant), a ventilated cooler pocket, a rangefinder pocket, and two full-length apparel pockets.
The bag can be securely attached to a cart with Velcro straps, and all pockets are accessible in this position. A matching rainhood is included.
Customers love the functionality of the pockets, but more than anything, they are amazed at the durability of the bag. Many golfers have used their C-130 for 3+ seasons while seeing little to no wear-and-tear.
Cobra is well-known for making quality golf equipment, and their ULTRALIGHT Cart Bag is no exception. It has received glowing ratings from buyers.
First off, as the name indicates, the ULTRALIGHT is very lightweight at just 5.3 lbs. It features a Pass-Through cart strap that enables access to every pocket while the bag is strapped in.
The ULTRALIGHT Cart Bag has thirteen pockets including a large insulated cooler pocket that can hold 12-ounce cans. There’s also a dual fleece-lined valuables pocket, fleece-lined rangefinder pocket, oversized apparel pockets with key clip, and several ball pockets.
Customers find that the ULTRALIGHT Cart Bag does everything that it’s supposed to, and does it well. The full-length club sleeves work nicely, there’s plenty of storage space, and the slick design (at least 5 colour schemes are available) turns heads at the golf course.
It can be tough to decide on a golf Christmas gift for your friend or loved one because there are so many different possibilities, from tiny ball markers or tees to the largest golf simulator systems.
This brief buying guide will help you narrow down your choices. Here are the most important factors you need to consider when figuring out which gift will be best to give:
Your budget is obviously essential, especially when you’re giving a gift — it’s the thought that counts, right?
If you’re looking to spend a small amount of money, you might consider balls, clothing, or various golf accessories.
If you have a mid-range budget, you may consider wedges, irons, drivers, GPS units, rangefinders, or bags.
If you’re really looking to go all-out, you can look at launch monitors, golf nets, golf hitting mats, and even full golf simulator packages.
Here’s something to also keep in mind: if you’re getting something expensive like a golf simulator, financing options (go here) may be available that allow you to pay for it over the course of a year or longer. Don’t forget about this option.
Another important thing to consider is: what does your giftee need or want?
For example, do they have a decades-old set of clubs and could use a replacement? Are they running out of tees, is their glove wearing out, or do they need a new batch of quality balls? Do they wish they could play and improve their game indoors without going out to the course every time?
Before choosing a golf gift, try to find out his or her situation. Consider asking them in a subtle way what golf item they’d really love to have. This will inform your choices better than anything else.
Alternatively, you can gift your friend or family member something that would surprise them but is appealing to every golfer, like a launch monitor or rangefinder.
One thing to consider is your relationship to the giftee and how close you are to them.
If you’re giving a golf Christmas gift to a work colleague or acquaintance, you shouldn’t spend that much money; small golf accessories or balls will do.
If you’re giving a gift to a friend, you’ll probably want to up the ante a little: golf clothing, footwear, a driver, wedge or rangefinder.
If you’re giving a gift to a very close friend or a significant other, you may choose a mid-budget gift like a portable launch monitor or a very expensive gift like a full set of irons or a golf simulator.
These are general guidelines as to what might be appropriate, but at the end of the day, it’s your decision.
The last thing you should consider is the current weather and season. Unless you’re in a southern location where it’s warm year-round, or you live in the southern hemisphere, it’s going to be cold and snowy in December.
If this is the case for you, you should lean more towards items that can be enjoyed indoors rather than those that require a trip to the range or golf course.
Golf Christmas gifts that are perfect for indoor use include launch monitors (that work with a net), hitting nets, putting greens, and golf simulators. Nets and simulators will also allow your giftee to hit new clubs or use a new bag from the comfort of their own home.
Even if you gift something meant for outdoor use, however, your giftee can always wait until the weather warms up and enjoy it then. This is why we put weather at the bottom of our buying guide list.
There are a ton of great golf gift ideas to choose from in 2020, covering a wide range of budgets from $10 or less to $10,000 or more. The same can’t be said about many other sports.
Whichever gift you choose, your giftee is sure to be very appreciative. Finding a suitable gift is certainly possible with some research.
Each of the Christmas gift ideas reviewed above offer exceptional value for the cost. We’ve given you the information you need to make a decision; now it’s up to you to go the rest of the way.
While it’s possible that no gift will tick every one of your boxes, some will come pretty close to doing so.
We highly recommend reading customer reviews of golf products to help you assess their quality and performance. This will help you a lot in the decision-making process.
Thanks for reading our 2020 golf Christmas gift guide. Which gift are you considering? What did your giftee think of your choice? Let us know by leaving a comment below.