It’s a day of thanks—yes, for family, friends, and good health. But also for golf! As professional play (in the US, at least) takes a rare respite and amateur golfers throw in their spikes to feast on turkey and pigskin, we asked our staff to think about a new golfing discovery. who helped them enjoy or enjoy the game more in 2022. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Old course, new couch
This season, the golfer in me is grateful to have…a couch. Specifically, the black drawer adjacent to a wooden plank in the center of my good friend (and colleague) Sean Zak’s St. André’s living room. My year 2022 has been filled with golfing adventures that happened mostly by chance, and none better than the trip that brought me to Scotland in July. Sean, who spent the summer living in St. Andrews, brought the journey from fantasy to reality when he offered to put me up on his retirement. I stayed for three glorious days of golf, pints and food, quickly learning that a Scottish golf trip should be items 1, 2 and 3 on every golfer’s bucket list. Yes, I slept like shit, but looking back now, I couldn’t have done otherwise. (Thanks as a bonus to the CaddyDaddy Constrictor 2 travel bag, which safely transported my clubs and a load of extra souvenirs across the Atlantic.) —James Colgan
I’ve always loved fall golf, but my hands are getting really cold. Then they go numb. Besides, it’s less fun to be outside, especially when you catch a skinny one — yowzah! But now I’ve finally embraced the winter glove lifestyle. You can take them off for real shots or putts if you like, but on really cold days I wear them all the time. Happy hands take a happy walk. —Dylan Dethier
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FootJoy WinterSof Pair
Proven, water-resistant Sure-Grip Autosuede knit palm provides a soft feel and consistent fit with sure grip in cool weather.
Pair of 3
My wife recently got into the game and the par 3 courses have become our new go-to. Fortunately, our Long Island, New York home is near two great options: Sumpwams Creek Golf Course and Robert Moses Pitch and Putt. Spending more time on the course with a beginner helped me get back to basics. I focused on my short game more than ever and didn’t care about the results. Our par 3 rounds helped improve my corner game and resulted in some of the most fun golf I’ve played this year. If you live on the south shore of Long Island, play a game of Robert Moses through the sand dunes and jump into the ocean when you’re done. It’s a perfect summer afternoon. —Tim Reilly
Talk about a flex
One of the most impactful realizations of middle age is that you’re not going to live forever, which – buzzkill! – means you’re not going to be golfing forever either. But at 55, freshly operated on my shoulder, losing strength and flexibility, I hope to hold on as long as possible. A few months ago I broke down and bought a GolfForever swing trainer. Maybe you have seen one. It’s a weighted stick, essentially, and it comes with bungee-like resistance bands that lock onto your doorframe (or other fixed base), creating a simple yet sophisticated golf-specific training tool. There’s also an app that lets you customize your workout schedule. I’ve been there for less than half a season, training from the comfort of my office, and I’ve already noticed marked changes in the way I feel and move. Golf forever? Unlikely. Still, it’s good to set the bar high. —Josh Sens
GolfForever Swing Trainer
Durable lightweight and medium strength latex practice cords with nylon safety sleeve which, when combined with the included bar or grips, create two distinct golf practice tools.
Dad’s Old Clubs
In terms of my golfing life, this year I’m thankful for my dad (and his decision to buy new clubs). Although he didn’t play a club until he reached adulthood, he got my siblings and I hooked on the game when we were barely walking. Almost as important: he continues to give me his old irons when he receives new irons, as he did this fall. —Kevin Cunningham
fashion and function
I’ve always coveted that seemingly ubiquitous street-chic look: leggings, quarter-zip, puffy cardigan. You see iterations of it all over the place in the fall, but I never felt good about trying it myself, mainly because I never landed on a vest that felt right for me. That all changed this year, when I received Foray Golf’s packable padded vest in a beautiful robin’s egg blue. Not only is it as light as air, but it’s also warm – perfect for crisp Arizona mornings. I wore it to school, to the soccer field, for weekend runs and to the golf course too. It’s flattering and functional – everything a girl could want. And for that, I am very grateful. —Jessica Marksbury
Foray Golf Packable Quilted Vest
Featuring a water-repellent nylon shell filled with insulating synthetics that won’t hurt any goose. Best of all, they pack into a neat little pouch, perfect for travel or mid-ride temperature drops.
Data and Speed
The biggest help to my game this season was implementing a data-driven improvement approach with the help of Arccos Golf to track my stats and understand areas of my game that needed attention. . With Arccos I discovered that my iron game needed some serious work and I made sure to focus more of my attention on practicing that part of my game. Another big key to improving myself this year has been the speed training, which allowed me to stay off the tee longer and helped me hit more greens due to having less club on those greens. Speed training has become much more common among golfers of all skill levels and by spending time laying down I have not only made the game a little easier but also more fun. —Ryan Barath
Arccos Smart Sensors (GEN 3+)
The new GEN3+ system features 14 sensors (one for each club in your bag), including: 13 new ultra-lightweight and low-profile sensors with long battery life and power saving mode.
I love this loft
I have stubbornly refused to play a lob wedge my entire golf life simply because I thought I could hit all the shots I needed with a 58° wedge. I could not. So this year I’m grateful that I finally decided to add a 60° or 62° wedge to the bag to help me around the greens, because having a little help hitting those super cool but bad mega savvy – floppers are always fun. —Jack Hirsch
I used to think all wireless speakers were created equal – until I tried the Rokform G-Rok Wireless Golf Speaker. It’s light enough to clip to the bag when walking, which is a huge plus when I want music, but it also has a ridiculously strong magnet that keeps it attached to the cart. And the audio quality? I would put it against anything else on the market. —Jonathan’s Wall
Who is that man?!
This year, I’m grateful for my very first pilot tryout. This time last year, I had no routine or consistency off the tee. But that all changed after a few lessons and a fun and easy fitting experience at GOLFTEC. I made a few key changes to my swing which were easily explained by my coach. Even still, I needed a new driver with maximum forgiveness. Enter the Callaway Rogue ST Max, which I love. I’ve since taken three strokes off my handicap and reaped the rewards of longer, straighter and more consistent rides. —Connor Federico
wave healing power
This Thanksgiving, I give thanks for golf. I know, I know, the guy who works at a golf publication grateful for golf isn’t the most creative answer, but let me explain. This year has been difficult for me. I had lows that I had never had before and a lot of days weren’t easy. But through it all, I had this silly game, and all the people I met through it, who helped keep me going. When the going got tough, golf reminded me how lucky I really am. Whether it’s enjoying a pint at Merion or gazing at the vast Pacific Ocean from the Monterey Peninsula or playing scraggly munis with my best friends, this year has provided many bright spots, and many of them came to the golf course. Life isn’t always easy, but I’m filled with gratitude knowing I have golf to get me through it all. — Zephyr Melton