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Tommy Snell: Santa's Warming Up his Golf Cart

Attention all golf shop shoppers! Christmas in the mirror is closer than you think. With that special day fast approaching, loved ones who want to buy that special golfer gift might start to panic.

No fear! My Top 10 Golf Gifts list is here.

10. Hoverboards-okay so they're not designed to carry clubs or for moving around the golf course, but any junior golfer--not recommended for seniors--would love to have one this Christmas. Interestingly enough, Nevada Bob's in Gulfport is selling out of them as soon as shipments arrive.

9. Golf Balls-always make the list because golfers always need golf balls, especially bad golfers. Make sure you buy the brand your golfer uses. Cheap imitations not accepted. If you don't know, pick up some Chrome Soft.

 8. Shirts-first time on the list, but golfers can always use shirts, especially good ones. With new materials making closets swell, you might have to empty the confines to make room. My favorites: Antiqua's Desert Dry series, UnderArmour's Coldblack, Bobby Jones XH2O and Nike's Dri-FIT.

7. Putters-even though putters are personal as razors, golfers never frown on the one-putt gurus by PING, Odyssey and Scotty Cameron. Dollar Putter Club. That's an idea. Golfers change putters faster than Mickey Rooney changed wives.

 6. Clubs-a difficult decision, but if your favorite golfer has strategically left little suggestion crumbs around, take note. These three top my list: the new AP2 716 irons by Titleist for the single digit maestro, Cleveland's interchangeable MT, TT and Altitude for the "decent" golfer and PING GMax with COR-Eye technology for game improvement, a fancy euphemism for "you suck but you love the game."

 5. Driver-"tell me what you want, what you really, really want." I'll tell you what golfers really, really want. More yards. More fairways. Don't want to disappoint? Hang a new Taylormade M1 driver on the tree.

4. Shoes-let's face it. FootJoy is the industry standard for golf shoes. The DryJoys Tour and HYPERFLEX perform as expected. Want a change? Try Skechers. Matt Kuchar loves them.

3. Training Aid-don't be fooled. My favorite training aids come from EYELINE. The putting mirror is an old standard, but make sure your golfer will use it before you buy. If your golfer likes to tinker, wrap a training aid.

 2. Golf Trip: this make my list every year, for obvious reasons. Before you book, do some research. Make sure your golfer wants to play that special course. The Homestead, The Greenbriar and Pebble Beach top my 5-star list for couples, while Harbor Town and Sawgrass are great for buddies and couples. Bandon Dunes still stands alone as the best trip for those who just can't get enough golf and walking.

 1. Laser-nobody does it better than Bushnell. The new Tour X has it all. "Slope Technology when you want it, tournament legal when you need it." Never need slope? The Tour v3 offers "The Perfect Combination of Speed, Accuracy and JOLT."

Tommy Snell, golf coach at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, writes a column for the Sun Herald.

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