How to Infuse Your Holiday With Your Love of Golf

December 19th, 2014

When you’re a true golfer at heart, it is something that is celebrated year round, not just on those beautiful spring weekends out on the course. The holidays are a great time to incorporate your love of the game into things that you do. Holiday party for work? Bring some golf balls for the White Elephant gift. Family Christmas Party this weekend? A perfect time to start planning your getaway golf vacation with your brother-in-law.

It wasn’t too long ago that my family decided to draw names for each family member and make Christmas gifts for one another using the spare golf balls. The results were beyond creative. A cabinet with golf balls for handles. A life-size game of Chinese checkers with colored golf balls instead of marbles. It was pretty cool.

So how can you infuse your love of golf into the holidays? There are great examples of Christmas-Golf Traditions everywhere.

First, let’s start with the decorating. Sure, this may seem like a silly task, but what better way to infuse your golfing passion than to make a cute little decoration on your tree. Last thing, I promise. This table decoration is both Christmas-y and will be the talk of the party. Okay, fine. Send these ideas to your wife.

One awesome tradition that I can totally get behind is the idea of an Annual Golf Cart Holiday Parade. There are several places that go all out in regards to decorating and parading their embellished golf carts down the street. Captiva Holiday Village in Captiva, Florida hosts one of the most spectacular parades in early December to kick off the holiday season. The resort decorates from top to bottom in holiday lights and holds holiday-themed events each weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Santa Claus makes an appearance in each year’s holiday golf cart parade, too.

Disney’s Fort Wildnerness throws a golf cart parade around Christmas. Characters like Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse come out for the parade, complete with Christmas Trees, fake snow, and lights on each of the golf carts.

Besides dressing your golf cart up for the holidays, how about starting the tradition of playing a round dressed up as the big man, himself? Santa Claus costumes may be hard to find this time of year, but if you’re one of the lucky ones, get into the holiday spirit by going out to the golf course dressed up as Jolly Old Saint Nick.

Bubba Watson got into the spirit by doing just that… if you haven’t seen BubbaClaus yet, you’re missing out. Just in time for the holidays, BubbaClaus dropped his first single this week. Perhaps this is the start of a new holiday tradition for Bubba, and for us.

But of course, the holiday season is about much more than Santa Claus, golf cart parades and decorating your Christmas Tree. It is about giving back, and each year golfers and country clubs partner up to throw holiday tournaments for their chosen charities. What a way to give back, simply going out and enjoying a round of golf.

So now matter how you choose to incorporate your love of golf into your holiday plans this year, we hope you have a wonderful holiday. From my caveman family to yours, Happy, Happy Holidays!

Holiday Golf Gift Guide: 2014′s Best Gifts For Golfing Buddies!

December 18th, 2014

2014′s Best Gifts For Golfing Buddies!

 

The holidays are about taking time to show your appreciation of those closest to you. And it doesn’t get closer than the buddies who meet you at 7am on a chilly course once a week! Give your golfin’ buddies a gift they’re sure to love this year with any one of my Best Gifts For Golfing Buddies!

 

1 My Sack Golf Ball Holder

The Original Ball Holder. Are you looking for the perfect, unique gift, or do you just want to show up on the golf course or elsewhere with a great conversation piece? This unique, ultra suede, patented sack is guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone’s face. Its functional design holds golf balls, beer pong balls, stress balls, poker chips, etc. Let your imagination run wild.

 

 

2 Three Dozen Titleist Pro V1 Mint Used Golf Balls

By utilizing large core, multi-component urethane Elastomer technology, the ProV1 became the #1 non-wound golf ball in just its first week on the PGA Tour. With this Tour-proven feel, higher ball speed, and lower spin, you get the kind of distance that’ll do any true caveman proud.

 

 

3 Ray Cook Multi Fit Golf Glove

Finding a glove that fits is very difficult, and every company’s cut is different. Ray Cook Golf has just designed a glove that will give every golfer the perfect fit, regardless of you hand size!

 

 

4 Cobra Golf Reversible Beanie
When it’s chilly outside and you have an early-morning tee time, keep your ears warm and your head in the game. The Cobra Golf reversible beanie is an easy essential to stash in your golf bag and pop on your dome when you need it. It’s soft, warm, comfortable and there for those days when a traditional golf hat just doesn’t cut it.

 

 

5 Heat Wave Instant Reusable Hand Warmers
Heat Wave instant reusable hand warmers are a must-have for any golfer! Since these can be re-used hundreds of times, Heat Wave hand warmers will be the last you’ll ever need to buy. Heat Wave hand warmers are great on-the-go and can also relieve Carpal Tunnel and Arthritis pain.

 

 

6 Stinger Value Pack Tees
Stinger “COMPETITION” tees average 14 yards farther than a golf ball hit off of a regular tee.! The thinner head and shaft of the Stinger Golf Tee minimize golf club obstruction and deflection, thereby maximizing club head stability upon impact. This improves golf ball flight direction as well as distance.

 

 

7 Champ Golf Flix Divot Repair Tool
The new Flix Lite automatic opening divot repair tool is our lightest and most ergonomic tool yet, this tool is designed for the golfer that needs a light yet rugged repair tool that, when slipped in to the pocket, is hardly noticeable. Flix Lite comes supplied with a Flix branded magnetically attached ball marker.

 

 

8 Callaway Golf Club Cleaning Brush w/ Zinger
Featuring a dual sided brush with both heavy nylon and soft nylon bristles, the Callaway Golf Club Cleaning Brush keeps your clubs clean and looking great! It conveniently attaches to bag with spring activated auto-retractable zinger!

 

 

 

9 Aqua Caddy Portable Club Head Cleaning Device
Compact and portable, the Aqua Caddy is a soft-sided golf club head cleaning system that is specially designed to hold water. An interior agitating mesh helps loosen and break away dirt, mud, sand, or grass, while a slotted lid surrounded by brushes cleans the grooves of your irons, hybrids, and most fairway woods. By cleaning the clubs immediately after your shot, it ensures the best possible club-to-ball contact and helps to prolong their life. Measures approximately 5-1/2″ Diameter x 7-1/2″ Length.

 

 

 

10 Callaway Golf Kick Back Putt Cup Gift Set
The perfect way to practice at home, at the office, or on the road! This battery-operated automatic ball return shoots the ball back at a minimum of 10 feet! Comes with 2 Callaway balls!

Holiday Golf Gift Guide: 2014′s Best Ladies Golf Gifts!

December 15th, 2014

2014′s Best Ladies Golf Gifts!

 

It’s not just about the men who golfer! Got a lovely lady in you life who loves the links? Don’t worry! Scratch is here to help with your holiday shoppin’! Give her the best this year with one of 2014′s Top Ladies Golf Gifts!

 

1 Taylor Made Ladies Rocketballz Stage 2 Fairway Wood

Our Longest just got Longer-ier. The increased distance comes from a combination of improvements that includes an improved Speed Pocket design and a new, ultra-strong and ultra-fast club face material called RocketSteel that we developed in cooperation with Carpenter, a company renowned for expertise in creating high-performance metals. RBZ Stage 2 fairway woods also feature a low-profile head shape with a shallower club face and lower CG location that makes it incredibly easy to launch the ball off the turf on a high and long-carrying flight. The white, glare-resistant crown features a unique black, yellow and gray decal designed to help you frame the ball opposite the center of the face, and easier to detect exactly how the club head is aimed to give you confidence that the face is aligned exactly the way you want it before you start your takeaway.

 

2 Pinnacle Ladies Gold Ribbon Golf Balls

Pinnacle Gold Ribbon offers excellent distance from tee-to-green with even softer feel on all shots, as well as delivering consistency and quality that you can trust. You’ll also score short game control for finesse around the greens. And that feels good.

 

 

3 Lady Classic Soft Flex Performance LLH Golf Glove

These new gloves from Lady Classic allow for a full range of flexibility and the perfect grip. The light and form fitting material allows for optimum comfort and control. Lady Classic’s attention to detail presents lady golfers with a highly fashionable glove. The added leather patch on the palm and thumb give you the extra wear ability for a longer lasting glove. You will not be disappointed with the Soft Flex. Glove comes with free removable ball marker.

 

 

4 Adidas Adizero Tour Ladies Golf Shoes

The Adizero is one of the lightest, yet most durable golf shoes ever created. Its shape is designed to provide optimal roll and freedom of movement throughout your swing, and its CLOUDFOAM sock liner provides a soft, gentle cushioning that helps to promote a balanced, comfortable swing. The upper sole is made from Adidas SPRINT SKIN microfiber for superior fitting comfort, and also features ClimaProof technology for maximum waterproof protection.

 

 

5 Glove It Pink Link Shoe Bag
The Glove It Pink Link Shoe Bag is perfect for any lady looking to keep their shoes clean and neat. It is as functional as it is stylish, you will Glove It! The 12″ X 7″ pink patterned bag comes with a full-length zipper, a top carrying handle, and mesh ventilation.

 

 

6 Tifosi Ladies Dea Sunglasses with Interchangeable Lenses
Tifosi Optics Interchangeable sunglasses feature decentered shatterproof polycarbonate lenses to virtually eliminate distortion, give sharp peripheral vision, and offer 100% protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays. Lens installation and removal is fast and easy. Includes 3 Interchangeable Lenses!

 

7 Vegas Foxyware Ladies Bling Towel
Every woman loves a little bling! Choos from 2 fun, sparkly designs of this rhinestones on this tri-fold golf towel. It’s 100% cotton, measures 16″ x 25″, and features a grommet and hook to easily attach to any golf bag!

 

 

8 Callaway Ladies Opti-Dri Sleeveless Polo
Simple, stylish and utterly essential, the Callaway Opti-dri Sleeveless Polo is one of those core pieces you need in your closet for the course. This solid-color ladies’ golf polo pairs easily and offers the performance features you want and need to remain comfortable and focus on your game: opti-dri moisture management technology and opti-shield UV protection from the sun. It’s made of 100% polyester and has an embroidered contrast Chevron logo at the center back.

 

 

9 Mobile Warming Gear Ladies Heated Fashion Jacket
The Ladies Heated Golf Fashion Jacket is a stylish yet functional golf jacket for every woman on the golf course even when the air is chilly. It is non-restrictive, and has been designed by PGA professionals for those cold-weather rounds. Powered by a rechargeable lithium battery, Mobile Warming’s heated jackets and vests eliminate the layering that restricts full swing motion. The clothing comes with three heating panels, two on the chest and one on the back, lined with steel alloy fibers that work to insulate the upper body quickly, for up to 10 hours.

 

 

10 Golf Digest: Golf for Women Caddy
From Golf Digest, this handy chart is perfect for your golf bag or pocket. Packed full of tips to sharpen up your game! Packed full of tips to tighten up the game of every level of golfer, this subject includes Reading the Hole Map, Club Selection, Shot Selection, Escaping Trouble and more. Laid out with easy to find solutions, this is a tool you’ll want at the course to reinforce your game

The Best Golf Movies of All Time!

December 12th, 2014

It’s that time of year again. The outdoors look blustery and cold and an evening spent inside watching classic movies sounds thrilling. Sports movies have always been winners at the box office. People want to feel that underdog spirit and watch unremarkable people do remarkable things. I mean, who doesn’t get a little teary-eyed after watching “Remember the Titans” on a lazy weekend afternoon for the 18th time?

There are countless movies out there about football, basketball, hockey, even soccer. But golf? There just aren’t many. I would argue there are five, maybe six, great golf movies out there worth talking about. Does anyone know why that is? You see plenty of biographies about golfers, or golf played in a movie, but rarely movies purely about golf.

Anyways, here it is…Maybe you agree, or maybe you have your own favorites, but I’ve compiled a list of my favorite golf movies for you:

  • 5. GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED – Based on a true story, the 2005 movie starring Shia LaBeouf tells the story of golf champion Francis Ouimet. In the early 1900s, golf was a game for the wealthiest people, and Ouimet was a working-class immigrant who fell in love with the game. After a club members as him to play, he wins over other club members and earns a chance to play in the US Amateur Tournament. His story is one of many struggles, but the underdog always comes out on top, right? One way or the other.
  • 4. LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE – Not all golf movies can inspire laughter, some just inspire. Bagger Vance (2000), with it’s all-star cast of Will Smith, Matt Damon, and Charlize Theron, is quite the drama about a World War I veteran, Rannulph Junuh, whose entire company is wiped out in battle. Once a golf legend before going to war, he looks to pick up the game of golf after years of not playing. Of course, a love story is intertwined to the plot. A “mysterious traveler” named Bagger Vance helps Junuh get back into the swing of things (pun intended), and the game of golf ultimately saves his life. Cue the tears.
  • 3. HAPPY GILMORE – Perhaps the most popular golf movie over time, Happy Gilmore, played by Adam Sandler, is the epitome of golf comedy — the perfect amount of stupidness and reality all mixed into one. A short-tempered hockey failure picks up the game of golf to win money for his grandmother. He is coached by a one-handed golfer who was attacked by a crocodile, while his pajama-like clothing and rage outbursts on the course draw crowds to the tournament. Oh, and he also falls for the tour’s PR girl. So it goes without saying, Happy Gilmore is a winner.
  • 2. TIN CUP – A classic mid-nineties rom-com with the perfect amount of golf sprinkled on top. With Kevin Costner playing the washed up golf sensation who now owns his own driving range in Texas. After being invited to caddy at a local benefit tournament, he decides to get back in the game, and, ultimately, get the girl — Molly, played by Renee Russo. Maybe it’s the countless number of cameos made by PGA players, or maybe it’s the awesome nickname that is “Tin Cup”, but this movie ranks high on my list.
  • 1. CADDYSHACK – This is a no brainer, it is hands down the best golf movie of all time. Caddyshack hit theaters in July of 1980 and even after 34 years old, the Baby Ruth scene still makes for a hilarious gag at any pool party. Doodie! It’s the story of caddies looking to make money for college by working at an upscale country club — and all the shenanigans that go with it. The cast of Rodney Dangerfield, Chevy Chase, Ted Knight and Bill Murray, is a phenomenal array of comic actors who have coined phrases that are still quoted today on any golf course in America. It’s almost unfair that any other golf movie has to be measured up against it — that gopher stole the show. Gunga, gunga la-gunga!

  • So there it is, my extensive list of the best golf movies. Runners up include A Gentlemans Game and Caddyshack 2 (*cringe*). I’m sure there will be many of you who disagree – or maybe agree entirely – so have at it!

    Holiday Golf Gift Guide: 2014′s Best Stocking Stuffers!

    December 11th, 2014

    2014's Best Stocking Stuffers

     

    Gifts don’t only show up under the tree you know. There’s gotta be some loot hanging from the mantle as well. But sometimes, finding those little gifts is much harder than you’d think. So, I’ve put together this list of the best golf stocking stuffers of the year. I only had one rule for making it: That everything on the list has to be able to fit in a standard holiday stocking. Enjoy 2014′s Best Stocking Stuffers!

     

    1 Heat Wave Instant Reusable Hand Warmers

    Heat Wave instant reusable hand warmers are a must-have for any golfer! Since these can be re-used hundreds of times, Heat Wave hand warmers will be the last you’ll ever need to buy. Heat Wave hand warmers are great on-the-go and can also relieve Carpal Tunnel and Arthritis pain.

     

    2 Four Yards More Golf Tees

    The “4 Yards More” Golf Tee is a reusable golf tee that will add more yards to your driving distance. The tee is designed with a rigid polymer stake and a dynamic elastomer crown. The body and individual fingers of the crown flex with the force of the drive to reduce resistance at impact. The ball launches off the tee with less friction and lower ball spin resulting in longer, straighter drives.

     

     

    3 Fine Tune G-Clip 4 In 1 Compact Golf Tool

    The popular G-Clip™ is a four-in-one belt clip and golf tool in a compact device that attaches to the golfer’s belt. No longer does the golfer have to fish through his/her pockets searching for a ball marker, ball mark repair tool or a golf tee. Weighing just 1 oz., it’s so small you won’t even know you are wearing it.

     

     

    4 Etonic PowerSpike Cleat Kits

    Etonic’s new PowerSpike features eight vertical traction legs and one center spike post. This unique design created specifically for Etonic by Softspikes provides superior traction, stability and durability to maximize power transfer to the ball. Provides green friendly action with center spike traction!

     

     

     

    5 Wilson NFL Team Logo 6-Pack Golf Balls
    No brand is more closely tied to the NFL than Wilson, the official football of the NFL since 1941. Show your team loyalty with your favorite team printed on your golf ball. The Wilson NFL Golf Balls are two-piece distance balls, and come in 6-Ball packs. Choose from 10 different NFL teams!

     

     

     

    6 Callaway Odyssey Poker Chip Ball Markers 3 Pack
    Don’t you hate it when you miss that 3 foot putt for birdie? Do you want to make more putts? Check out these authentic Odyssey Poker Chip ball markers, which feature a putt alignment aid on reverse side. By using the line on the ball marker to assist in lining up your putts, you will be on your way to sinking those birdies. Don’t take a gamble on your next putt. Whether the greens break or are a straight shot, with this Poker Chip you’re sure to find the right line.

     

    7 PGA Tour APU 2200LS Portable Charger
    Keep your smart phone going on the course with this officially licensed PGA TOUR APU 2200LS USB Mobile Charger. It features a lithium ion battery and has a LED flashlight built-in! It also comes with its own cloth storage bag to keep it safe!

     

     

     

    7 Yurbuds Ironman Inspire Headphones
    Yurbuds Ironman Inspire Headphones are ergonomically designed to avoid nerve rich areas of the ear for long-lasting comfort. Made with medical-grade, flexible silicone, they are ultra-soft and comfortable for hours on end. Yurbuds are designed to allow in ambient noise so you’re aware of your surroundings during active use. Developed for training in any conditions, Yurbuds® endure through rain, water, and sweat!

     

     

    9 Golf Basics: Golf Digest Caddy
    From Golf Digest, this handy chart is perfect for your golf bag or pocket. Packed full of tips to tighten up the game of every level of golfer, this subject includes Reading the Hole Map, Club Selection, Shot Selection, Escaping Trouble and more. Laid out with easy to find solutions, this is a tool you’ll want at the course to reinforce your game.

     

     

     

    10 Ray Ban Aviator Sunglasses
    The frames are light and these sunglasses are targeted towards both men and women. It is a must-have accessory for all who want to look stylish and is of the few models that will always remain in vogue. Get that classic cool look with Ray Ban Aviators!

    Holiday Golf Gift Guide: 2014′s Best Bags & Carts!

    December 8th, 2014

    2014's Best Bags & Carts

    If there’s one thing every golfer needs it a good bag! If your buddy’s has too many holes and broken zippers, surprise him this year with the best of the best. These are 2014′s Best Golf Bags & Carts and are sure to please any golfer on your list – heck ask for one yourself!

     

     

    1 Ogio 2014 Giza Cart Bag

    Grab them a classic cart bag! The Ogio 2014 Giza Cart Bag features a 10″ United 15-way cart top and a putter pit for over-sized grips. It has 7 zippered pockets as well as an insulated zippered cooler pocket and a weather-resistant fleece lined valuables pocket!

     

     

    2 Nike 2015 Air Hybrid Stand Bag

    The Nike 2015 Air Hybrid Stand Bag has everything you need! It has a 14-way divider top for all your clubs! It’s double strap system makes it easy to tote around the course. The Air Hybrid Stand Bag comes with 12 pockets including a rangefinder pocket and a cooler pocket!

     

     

     

    3 Nike 20XI Staff Bag

    Get the same bag used by the Nike tour pros! The Nike 20XI Staff Bag features 6 way divider system for all your clubs! It has 8 pockets, 6 of which are zippered to keep your gear safe. It also features a molded handle for easy lifting.

     

     

     

    4 Axglo Flip N’ Go Push Cart

    Axglo Flip N’ Go Push Cart is the perfect golf cart whether you’re an amateur or a pro! It’s unique and gliding system that completely eliminates the occurrence of scratches to the body frame when folding and unfolding of the push cart. It’s one of the smallest foldable golf push cart in the market, which makes it easy to carry or store away! The bag holding rack supports most golf bags of different sizes with adjustable bag strap to secure the golf bag in place! The Flip N’ Go also features a large capacity console for storage of personal effects, golf balls, and other accessories!

     

     

    5 Bag Boy Navigator Elite Electric Cart
    The top-of-the-line Bag Boy Navigator Elite Electric Cart really earns its “elite” title! It’s full color interactive screen shows battery charge status, distance traveled, time, service and maintenance sensors! It feature Straight Tracker Technology – a unique gyroscope navigation system maintains a straight path on the toughest terrain! It comes with full directional remote control – forward, left, right and reverse plus speed control! This cart makes 18 holes a breeze!

     

     

    6 Bag Boy T-2000 Golf Travel Cover
    Travel can be hard on your clubs. Keep them safe with the Bag Boy T-2000 Golf Travel Cover. Bag Boy’s Patent Pending Ergonomic Pivot Grip twists to the bag position which reduces arm and wrist strain in transit! It also has a lockable, full wrap-around main zipper to simplify access and packing. The T-2000 features a unique design to keep you clubs and bag safe while you travel!

     

     

    7 Wellzher 0.9 Collapsible V2 Sunday Bag
    What differentiates Version 2 from the previous model? Wellzher’s 0.9 Sunday V2 Golf Bag is now stronger than it’s ancestor with it’s new patent hived pattern, PU coating fabric. Extra club space was added by creating the bag length longer, which also creates more stability while carrying the bag with clubs in it. The bag can still fold like a shirt for easy storage and comes with enough space to hold accessories important to your game, and a water bottle. The Wellzher 0.9 Sunday Bag is the lightest of them all, and now with a collapsible body for easy storage. The new, larger 6″ top now allows 14 clubs and creates improved access for inserting and withdrawing of clubs. This Sunday bag now comes with our new Hydro-X weather and dirt-resistant fabric to withstand against the elements.

    Amazing and Crazy Golfing World Records

    December 5th, 2014

     

    Bigger. Better. Faster. Stronger. We all have a little bit of a competitive side, it’s human nature. In fact The Guinness Book of World Records exists for the sole purpose of recording the longest, furthest, heaviest, biggest, smallest, best-est of just about everything.

    Golf is no different. Records exist, whether good or bad, so that we can compare the current to the past. There are people who make a living counting and recording statistics so that we can know exactly who did the very best… or very worst.

    What are some golf records you may be interested in? Longest drive? Lowest score? Most difficult course?

    There are also some weird records. What about the most golf balls held in one hand? The answer is 27, according to The Guinness Book of World Records, by Italian Silvo Sabba in October of 2012. The rules for breaking this record required Sabba to pile as many standard sized golf balls in just thirty seconds, using just one hand. No adhesives or glue could be used and after the thirty seconds is up, Sabba then had to hold the balls for ten more seconds. Twenty-seven golf balls in one hand is a feat, and one that hasn’t been broken in over two years.

    What about the largest collection of golf clubs? Robert Lantsoght of Malaga, Spain holds this record with 4,393 individual clubs. He displays his collection at his restaurant on the Costa del Sol. Lantsoght began collecting his clubs in 1992 and says he continues to improve upon it weekly. Now that’s a lot of clubs!

    Spain also has the record for the most golf balls hit simultaneously with 1,873. The event was organized at the Real Federacion Espanol de Golf Course in Madrid in September 2009 to support Madrid’s bid for the 2016 Olympics. The event was also to help the recognition of golf as an Olympic sport. Although Madrid lost the Olympic bid to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, golf will be played in the Olympic games!

    The Guinness Book of World Records also has a record for the youngest golfer to get a hole-in-one on a golf course. The category is divided between males and females, and the female holder of this record is Soona Lee-Tolley, who, when just 5 years and 103 days old shot a hole-in-one on a par 3 at Manhattan Woods Golf Course in West Nyack, New York. The record was set over 7 years ago on a hole measuring 125 yards long. The male record holder, by the way, was 4 years and 195 years old.

    The youngest player to score their age is a Japanese player Tsugio Uemoto, who scored a 68 at the Higashi Hiroshima Country Club on October 22, 1996. He was born in July of 1928.

    There are also records for the golf courses themselves. The record for oldest golf course is The Old Course at St. Andrews Links in Fife, Scotland. The oldest documented evidence that people played golf here dates back to 1552. The world’s highest golf course, Yak golf course, is measured at 13,025 feet above sea level in Kupup, East Sikkim, India. The largest golf facility on the planet is in China. Missions Golf Course, last measured for the record in December 2006, has twelve fully-functional 18-hole courses. It also has a new par 3 course since breaking the record. And the longest golf course? Also in China. The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club is a par 72, 8,548 yard course. The longest single hole on the course is the fifth, measuring 711 yards and is a par 5.

    Not surprisingly, the man himself, Tiger Woods, holds the record for highest annual earnings for a golfer. Between the months of June 2009 and June 2010, Woods brought in a whopping $105 million, including an annual payment of nearly $30 million from sponsors alone.

    Oh, and in case you wanted to know, the record for longest usable golf club was set just last month in Arlington, Texas by Michael Furrh. He constructed a club that measured 20 feet and six inches long, driving a ball a total of 63 feet.

    There are a ton of totally random and fun golf records in The Guinness Book of World Record. When I searched the world golf on the website, a total of 84 records popped up. There are records for most disc golf played in 24 hours, most golf carts in a parade, and even the largest golf lesson (1,073 participants if you were wondering).

    Holiday Golf Gift Guide: Golf Gifts Dad Will LOVE!

    December 4th, 2014

    Great Golf Gifts For Dad!

    For many of us, it was our Dad who first showed us how to swing a club. This holiday, get him a golf gift that he’s sure to love. You don’t have to break the bank either on a present for dear old dad. Scratch here has compiled a list of prezzies for golfin’ dads everywhere. Whether it’s advice from his favorite pro or a pair of classic golf shoes, he’ll be excited to find any of these gift ideas under the tree!

     

    1 Putting My Way by Jack Nicklaus

    Jack Nicklaus is considered the greatest player of all time by countless golf fans around the world. His astounding tournament achievements (including a record eighteen professional major championship victories, among them six Masters), along with the powerful legacy he has built as a golf-course designer and golf book author, give him both an unrivaled grasp and multifaceted understanding of the game.

     

     

    2 Tom Watson Lessons of a Lifetime II Golf Training DVDs

    The ultimate Watson learning experience. Lessons of a Lifetime is just that, lessons learned from childhood through competition, gifts from great teachers he encountered, from grip to chip shots to confident putting and effortless-looking drives, Watson’s winning ways are interpreted for you by Tom Watson himself.

     

     

     

    3 Ray Cook Vega Golf Shoes

    The Ray Cook Vega golf shoe is as capable as they come. You will not find this kind of value in any other shoe on the market. This shoe is fully waterproof and designed to keep you stable and sturdy throughout your swing.

     

     

     

    4 Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls

    Tour-proven from every corner of the world, the Pro V1 golf ball is made to deliver distance, consistent ball flight, a soft feel, and the ultimate in greenside control. The new Pro V1 has an improved durability, so you won’t have to worry about partial wedge shots taking the cover off on one shot.

     

     

    5 Crospete Shoe Tote Bag

    Keep your spikes safe and smell free in this golf shoe Bag. It features ventilates side panels and enough space to hold shoes up to size 14.

     

     

    6 Adidas Puremotion Solid Jersey Polo

    Are you looking for a polo to match your game? Something sharp, bold with a classic feel? Look no further, The Adidas ClimaLite solid stretch jersey polo has everything you want in a golf shirt. The lightweight fabric offers prime moisture management to keep you dry and feeling fresh through the 18th green. Add in a little stretch for comfort without restriction and you will be driving it to the hole all day.

     

     

    7 Devant Caddyshack Tribute Towel

    Devant has teamed up with artist David O’Keefe to offer some unique golf towels! Channel your inner Caddyshack moment on the course with these limited edition beauties. A classic golf movie captured on a golf towel, Caddyshack Tribute is now available in this unique David O’Keefe characterization design.

     

     

    8 Heater Holder Golf Cigar Holder

    If you’re like me and millions of others, you probably enjoy a cigar during a round of golf. In fact, the golf course is a great place to light up a heater. The problem is: from tee to green, beautiful green grass doesn’t just happen, it takes tons of weed killers and fertilizer to make it that way. The last place you want to set your cigar is on the ground. That’s why we developed the HeaterHolder, -which attaches to the rain-hood snaps of your bag. The HeaterHolder is great because it does the job, and it’s convenient. It holds your cigar off the ground and away from harmful pesticides, dirt and sand. Let’s face it, there’s enough going on during a round that you shouldn’t be distracted by having to babysit your cigar.

    Holiday Golf Gift Guide: The Top Ten Gifts Under $20!

    December 1st, 2014

    The Top Ten Gifts Under $20!

     

    You don’t have to break the bank this holiday to give them a gift they’ll love! Scratch here has the perfect guide to scoring awesome but affordable golf gifts! You won’t have to shell out much for the picks on these Top Ten Gifts Under $20!

     

    1 Nike Mojo Golf Balls

    Give the gift of Tour-level performance this year with Nike Mojo Golf Balls! Nike MOJO golf balls designed for maximum distance for average swing speeds. 2-piece construction and a low compression core make the Nike MOJO golf ball perfect to maximize distance for golfers with average swing speeds.

     

     

    2 Bandit Maximum Distance Golf Balls

    Bandit Golf Balls are great for your friend who just wants to have fun on the course! The Bandit Maximum Distance golf ball is designed to violate the rules and specifications set by the USGA and Royal & Ancient Golf Club and outdistance the #1 USGA approved balls, as well as any other illegal golf ball! The are not recommended for tournament play (unless you want to cheat!). The Bandit golf ball was designed to make golf more fun, drives longer, scores lower, and wager wins more frequent!

     

     

    3 FootJoy WeatherSof Golf Gloves (2-Pack)

    Just like tees, any golfer is always going to need gloves! The Footjoy WeatherSof glove combines maximum durability with a consistent, soft feel. They’ll love the premium Cabretta leather located along the thumb and palm patch extends the glove’s durability and grip performance in key wear areas.

     

     

     

    4 Callaway Kick Back Putt Cup Gift Set
    The Callaway Kick Back Putt Cup Gift Set is the perfect practice tool for the home or office! They’ll be able to practice putting anywhere! The battery-operated, automatic ball return shoots the golf ball back a minimum of 10 feet!

     

     

    5 Nike Jacquard Towel
    Don’t forget to bring a towel! The tri-fold towel is made of sheared 100% cotton velour to provide value and durability. The Nike Jacquard Towel features carabiner attachment system for easy attachment to a golf bag. It also has a dual-textured surface that provides a soft section for the face and a ribbed section for clubs.

     

     

    6 Aqua Caddy Portable Club Head Cleaning Device
    Compact and portable, the Aqua Caddy is a soft-sided golf club head cleaning system that is specially designed to hold water. An interior agitating mesh helps loosen and break away dirt, mud, sand, or grass, while a slotted lid surrounded by brushes cleans the grooves of  irons, hybrids, and most fairway woods. By cleaning the clubs immediately after a shot, it ensures the best possible club-to-ball contact and helps to prolong their life.

     

    7 Ray Cook 24″ Chipping Net

    Perfect for your buddy’s home practice green aka his backyard! The Ray Cook chipping basket is constructed of durable non-rip nylon and is the perfect tool to help perfect the short game.

     

     

    8 Callaway Starter Gift Set

    Don’t know what to get them? Give your golfin’ friends a little bit of everything with the Callaway Starter Gift Set. It includes a Callaway logoed divot tool, 5 Callaway golf tees, 2 Callaway golf balls, an Odyssey poker chip, a golf Ball Marking Tool With marker, and a Callaway valuables pouch!

     

     

    9 Golf Genie  Tee to Green Pocket Guide
    Golf Genie is the award winning Tee to Green Pocket Guide that provides PGA-tested instruction for all the key golf shots and expert tips to quickly fix problem swings. Golf Genie is designed by top PGA professionals for on the course play and off the course preparation. This handy guide has colorful illustrations in three categories – Basics, Advanced Shots and Quick Fixes – and conforms to USGA Rules of Golf. With superior, easy to understand graphics and text, easily portable and accessible – this guide fits in the pocket or golf bag. Includes free iPhone App with purchase!

     

     

    10 Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book 20th Anniversary Edition
    The most beloved golf book of all time, Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book has become required reading for all players and fans of the game, from beginners to seasoned pros. In this classic book, which is named for the red notebook he always kept, Penick’s simple, direct, practical wisdom pares away the hypertechnical jargon that’s grown up around the golf swing, and lets all golfers, whatever their level, play their best. This twentieth-anniversary edition features a treasure trove of rare images from the Penick family archives, commemorates Penick’s lasting achievement with a moving new foreword by 2012 Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III-whose father learned the game under Penick’s tutelage and reminds golfers everywhere to “take dead aim.”

    The Best Black Friday Deals Can Be Found From Your Couch!

    November 28th, 2014

     


    Looking for great Black Friday deals for the golfers on your list? You’ve come to the right place.

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Carolers are singing, mom is baking in the kitchen, and your favorite stores are opening at the most insane hours to ensure that you, the savvy consumer, can stumble through the aisles, groggy and still sporting bed head, to find the season’s hottest deals.

    When did Black Friday really get big? This Caveman believes the Black Friday tradition is rooted more in the novelty of the idea than actually trying to save money. Think about it: your entire family is in town, you have spent the evening before gobbling up turkey and yelling at the football game. Then you make plans that sound fantastic while you are sipping on your third glass of wine and enjoying some pumpkin pie. Get up early and shop!? Sales and Christmas decorations?! I’m in!

    But then the alarm goes off. It’s 4:00am and you still feel a little drunk from the night before. Whose idea was this anyway?! Every year I hear people say they are giving up on the tradition of Black Friday and yet still manage to wake up at the most obnoxious hours of the morning to partake in the craziness.

    The lines are long, it’s snowing and freezing cold. Everyone is miserable from little sleep, or lack of it entirely. The sweet elderly woman you let ahead of you in line then turns around and snaps at you for getting too close. You’ve found some good deals, but it’s nothing that you’d wait in line two hours for. It’s now 9:00am and you’re ready for bed. We are NOT doing this again next year, you say, knowing full well that you’re telling yourself a huge lie.

    Black Friday has become a hot topic of debate on social media in years of late. Some people find it “disgusting” that stores are opened on Thanksgiving day. “Let these people stay at home with their families!” While the other side chimes in with their rebuttal: “if they didn’t want to work on Thanksgiving, they shouldn’t work in retail!”

    It’s madness, truly.

    However, there is a way to stop the madness! The vicious cycle of early morning Black Friday shopping can be stopped and you can still take full advantage of something we all have at our disposal. You may have heard of it, it’s called the internet.

    This year, like years of recent past, Black Friday horror stories can remain a fond memory if you have a golf lover on your list this year. (Or, since we are all being completely honest, if you want to take full advantage of the holiday deals to upgrade your own golf paraphernalia). Perhaps it’s because I am the cute little mascot for an internet merchandiser, but I’m a strong supporter of online shopping, myself.

    Lucky you, you’ve come to the right place. It may take a little effort, as in just a click of the mouse, but we’ve got some hot Black Friday deals for you.

    Fill the stockings with these great stocking stuffers this year. Make it a Golf-Themed Holiday with personalized golf balls, the perfect pair of socks, and some tees. By the time they empty their stocking, they won’t know what else they will need for the spring.

    But wait, there’s more! For the electronics lover on your list, check out these great gift ideas. GPS units, GPS watches, and Rangefinders, galore!

    And of course, if you’re not quite sure what to get that picky person on your list, gift cards are always a safe bet. It’s the perfect combination of thoughtful and not overparticular.

    Rock Bottom Golf has some great deals this holiday season, and you won’t have to move off your couch. TaylorMade drivers for under $100?!? What else do you need?

    So jump into modern times and ditch the hassle and headache of Black Friday shopping this year. That way you can spend your Thanksgiving evening with family and friends and enjoying that fourth and fifth glass of wine.

     

    Need more help? Check out my Holiday Gift Guides!

     

    2014's Best Golf Gifts