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Rick's Picks: High tech holiday golf items

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Out of all the sports I cover, golf has to be the one where technology changes the most.

What's new for one year, is quickly replaced by something better the next year. Technology never stops moving- especially in the golf universe.

Picking out that right golf gift doesn't have to be a daunting task, and there is still time to to get a great high tech golf gift for the duffer in your life.

Here are some great golf items if your golfer wants to add a little fun, innovation, and technology to their game.

Ernest Sports

For $250 you get a great product from Ernest Sports that will make an immediate impact on your golf game. There is no substitute for practice when it comes to golf and Ernest makes products that allow you to get more out of your practice time.

For example, the ES12 is a portable launch monitor that gives you instant feedback. Instant feedback when you are on the practice range is key.

Why is this a great gadget?

It's accurate.
The data is valuable.
It's easy to set up and use.
Can be used anywhere.

The ES12 helps you get the most out of your golf practice time.

ECCO Shoes

Some of the best golf shoes are ECCO and they have a new addition to their line. ECCO Street EVO One, a performance hybrid golf shoe that takes the award-winning ECCO Dynamic Traction System (E-DTS) and adds an array of proprietary stabilization features. ECCO makes golf shoes out of the best materials and strives to be stylish, comfortable, and durable.

Galway Bay

Galway Bay makes quality golf products. Apparel you can wear in virtually any weather. Jackets, all-weather pants for men, women, and juniors. Some great holiday deals can be had at the last minute.

Microfiber Caddy Towels (Club Glove, Spotless Swing)

It doesn't matter what time of the year, you need a good towel with you on the course. The new microfiber caddy towels from companies like Club Glove and Spotless Swing are not only quality towels, but in many cases they can be had for under $20. Tour players and their caddies know the value of these moisture soaking towels. The towels can absorb an unbelievable amount of moisture and still perform. The mircofiber fabric is gentle but also a workhorse on the course. There is technology in golf towels.

Kenny Giannini Putters

Can't wait to see what Kenny Giannini has in store for 2014, but for now they have a selection of beautiful custom putters that will fit any golfer's game.

One of the early pioneers of milled putters, Kenny Giannini is part of milled putter 'history' with 35 years experience crafting some of the best putters. His putters have been used by tour winners for years, and he has mentored the top industry names in putter design. You can't go wrong with a Kenny Giannini putter in your bag.

Rainstik Golf Bag Umbrella

The Rainstik is pure genius. A regular golf shaft with telescoping capabilities that fits right in your golf bag with a pop up umbrella. Stores in your bag like a normal club, but you are now ready when it starts to rain. The canopy is pretty durable and this is a great stocking stuffer for any golfer. Even if the "heavy stuff" isn't going to be coming for some time, get the Rainstik. It also works with power carts, pull carts and caddies. A bargain at $14.99.

Merry Christmas, happy holidays and hit them straight in 2014.

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