It’s Ryder Cup time once again, that time on the sports calendar when the greatest golfers in the world come together for a U.S. vs. Europe battle to one seemingly unavoidable conclusion — a Team Europe win.
In recent years, Americans played well in the initial rounds of the Ryder Cup, only to choke the championship away in the final holes. With the red hot Rory Mcilroy leading the charge for Europe and both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson out of action, oddsmakers don’t rate the U.S. chances very high.
So, stop worrying about international competition and worry about your own golf game. More important, try giving yourself a golf gift from the possibilities below.
Kentwool Golf Socks: Advertising themselves as the World’s Best Golf Socks, Kentwools come in different lengths for both long pants and shorts wear. However, any man who plays the gentleman’s game of golf in short should be relegated permanently to the mini putt-putt course. The extra added bonus of wearing Kenwool Socks is that they can be worn off the golf course to give your wardrobe a little extra color.
Devereux Golf Wear: While the brand might not be a household sports apparel name like Adidas or Nike, Devereux stresses fashion in its golf apparel. Including hats, shirts, sweaters and pants, Devereux’s fall line changes up the colors and patterns for an autumn look. But the materials remain top shelf and the prices stay within reach.
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Gary Player “A Game for Life” Training DVDs: The winner of nine Majors, Gary Player is a hall of famer and international golf legend. This multi-disk set explores Player’s history and philosophy while looking to instruct viewers on the finer points of the game. Player like to tie the lessons of the game into the experiences of life, elevating this set above average instructional DVDs.
Cleveland RTX 2.0: A series of rescue wedges specially designed to get the ball spinning off impact — helping your pitches and flop shots to stop cold on the green. Available in the classic range of angles up to 60 degrees, the RTX 2.0s are great for a player who lacks an approach club for shots within 100 years.
Tom Watson “Lessons of a Lifetime II” DVDs: Tom Watson brings the experience that won him eight Majors to this three disk training set. In the 1970s and 1980s, Watson was the leading PGA money winner fives times and PGA Player of the Year six times. During those years, Watson was the only man who could give Jack Nicklaus a run for this money.
Nicklaus Golf Balls: Speaking of The Golden Bear, the greatest golfer of all time and the winner of 18 Majors, Jack Nicklaus is now offering his own line of golf balls. The best part of trying out these new pellets is that a portion of the proceeds go to charity in the form of The Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.
In the Sand Golf: In the purely “for fun” category, In the Sand Golf collected overhead images of sandy bunkers and assembled them into a natural alphabet. Buyers can then purchase mugs, prints and other products with any name or message they like literally written in the sands.
Adidas Custom Ryder Cup Footwear: Finally, we have the most exclusive Ryder Cup item we could find. These limited edition Adidas are designed to salute members of the U.S. and European teams, allowing fans to pick up a little piece of their team spirit. As Adidas puts it, “The limited-edition footwear collection combines design elements and color combinations for the American and European squads, and is composed of three of Adidas’ most popular shoes in 2014 – Adizero One, Pure 360 and Adicross Grip More.”