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Hot Golf Ideas

9 great items to please golfers in the group

Bottle Cat

Water trap. EK’s Bottle Cat clips onto a golf bag; slip the rubber ring around the neck of a water bottle to keep it handy. Comes with a detachable buckle ($9.99 each; orders of 24 or more, $5 each) or without ($8.99 each; orders of 24 or more, $4.50 each). ekusa.com

TeamUSA Hat

Brimming with pride.
As the athletes gear up to compete this summer in London, why not help golfers show their support (and keep the sun out of their eyes) with Team USA hats? The men’s versions start at $14.95 and go up to $55 for a Ralph Lauren bucket hat; women’s visors cost $12.95. teamusashop.com

Nike Dunk ShoeSure footing. You might have noticed that Tiger Woods no longer wears the traditional (read: severely uncomfortable) golf shoe. He strides courses in special Nike sneakers that will come on the market next year. In the meantime, the sports company sells similar golf shoes, called the Dunk, for men and women, for $100. nike.com

Bushnell NEO Watch

Distance meter. Long the champion maker of range finders that measure how far away the pin is, Bushnell Golf has now put its technology on players’ wrists. The NEO+ Golf GPS ($199.95) reads shot distances for 25,000 preloaded courses and has a 14-hour battery life. bushnellgolf.com

Yoda head cover

Jabba the putter.
Have any Star Wars fans to please? Let Yoda, Darth Vader and the rest of the gang dress up their clubs with headcovers available from Amazon, from about $21 to $35.

iPing app

App for that.
The new iPing putter app (free from iTunes) for the iPhone 4s and fourth-generation iPod Touch, used with the Ping cradle ($30; ping.com), helps duffers hone their putting strokes. The device clips onto the putter’s shaft and analyzes the stroke by type, impact angle and tempo.

Jack Nicklaus Wine

Cheers to Jack.
New from Jack Nicklaus Wine is the first in a series of magnums commemorating the great player’s 18 major championships. His first victory as a professional and his first major was the 1962 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club, and the first wine in the series is a 2009 Bordeaux blend priced at $600. uncorked.com


No-fly zone. The BugBand uses geranium oil to battle critters organically. The insect repellent is available in a variety of colored wristbands ($4.95), a pump spray ($4.95 for three ounces), towelettes ($24 for 25 twin packs) and diffusers ($19.95). bugband.net

Titleist ProV1Name that ball.
Instead of logoing balls (or in addition to it), why not personalize some for a favorite VIP? Find out what kind she favors and get her name stamped on a box full. Personalization is free for a box or more at many online dealers, including Golfballs.com. Don’t know what kind of ball to choose? The Titleist Pro V1 is a crowd-pleaser.