Like any other human being, each golfer is different. They may play a common game with common equipment, but their playing styles and temperaments come in all kinds. A golf gift that's truly special is one that speaks to the personality of its recipient. Here are some examples of golf personality types that can help you find a suitable gift for the golfer in your life.
This golfer takes his game very seriously. He doesn't let silly things like family gatherings or near-apocalyptic weather conditions keep him from the course. He will use anything and everything that can give him an advantage over the competition. Support his maniacal drive with these high-performance and technologically advanced gifts:
This guy is the opposite of the Athlete. He appreciates a good round as much as anyone, but ultimately, golf is a way for him to hang out with his friends and in many cases, have a few drinks as well. If you want to get him the most cutting-edge driver on the market, fine, but know that's more of a status symbol to him than anything else. These gifts will be just as appreciated:
The Underachiever is, well, just that. He tries so hard but still can't keep up with his buddies. These gifts may be tricky to pull off without hurting anyone's feelings, but if your Underachiever has a sense of humor about it, they can be just the pick-me-up he needs:
The Newbie is the beginner golfer who's very excited about the game and can't wait to hit the course. Encourage him, but be careful not to overspend on him because there's a still chance that he may lose interest.
Female golfers can fit into any of these categories, but the Diva is a special lady. Her preference for all things hyper-feminine doesn't mean she isn't a highly skilled and highly competitive golfer. These gifts will appeal to both her girly tastes and her athletic prowess:
This guy loves his golf, but it's not the only sport in his life. The Sports Fanatic is crazy for his teams and their stats, and don't you dare challenge him on them. These gifts let him show off his team spirit on the golf course:
The History Buff believes that one can't truly be a golfer without a thorough knowledge of golf's rich history. He fondly reflects on the glorious era of Bobby Jones and Ben Hogan, even if he wasn't alive to see them. Inspire his real or imagined nostalgia with these classic gifts:
This person first took up golf in order to look "ironic". He soon found a genuine love for the game, but he still wants to look cool on the course. Make The Hipster happy with apparel that says, "Hey, I may be playing among the elderly but I'm very much alive!":
This person could be a co-worker, a rarely-seen relative, an unexpected house guest, or anyone whom you don't know much about. You do know that he likes golf, though, which makes even a general golf gift a little more special than a completely general gift. Any golfer can appreciate a DVD of the classic comedy Caddyshack. Even non-golfers can get into The Big Miss, Hank Haney's account of the six turbulent years he spent coaching Tiger Woods.
While every golfer could use some tees or club cleaner, a golf gift tailored to his or her personality makes it even more memorable. It's easy to find the perfect gift for your favorite golfer when you keep in mind what makes that person special.