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E Q U I P M E N T 36 NOV/DEC 2017 SOLUTIONS FOR THE GIFTING-CHALLENGED GREAT IDEAS FOR WHAT TO GIVE YOUR FAVORITE GOLFER BY ED TRAVIS TECH GIFTS TO WOW Arccos 360 Shot Analysis System: Game ana- lyzers give you live shot tracking from a sen- sor that fits unobtrusively in the butt end of the grip of each club. The Arccos 360 ($250) is the second generation of a proven system that records the placement and distance of every shot while doubling as a GPS system for exact yardages. In combination with a free app for Android or Apple smartphones, data is instantly available with sophisticated ana- lytics in five areas: driving, approach shots, chipping, sand play and putting. Bushnell ProX2 Laser Rangefinder: More Bushnell brand laser rangefinders are used by PGA Tour players and their caddies during practice rounds than any other brand and the reason is they work and work well. The Pro X2 has metal housing covered in rub- ber so it's rugged and operation is simple … just sight the target and press the button. Features we like include push button switch- ing between slope compensation mode and regular mode plus the ProX2 subtly vibrates when the laser locks on. With distance rang- ing out to 1,300 yards this one is at the top of everyone's list. Retail price is $500. W hen it comes to buying holiday gifts for the golfers in your life, there's no need to be "gifting-challenged." The solu- tion is not difficult if you keep a couple of rules in mind: First, the latest trendy ideas in apparel or gear are probably not a great option unless the recipient is the type of person who goes for that kind of thing. You can tell by what she or he buys for themselves, but if their self-bought colors and cuts are traditional, your gift should be as well. Classics are classic for a reason; they've stood the test of time and are usually a safe bet whether it's a golf shirt or any kind of gear. Secondly, if a golf club or clubs are on the list, please be sure to have them fitted by a professional … gift certificates are ap- propriate. There's nothing worse than spending all that money for a club that "doesn't work." Finally, take your time. Visit your local golf retailer – they have trained staff to help you find just the right gift in whatever price range you want. To get you started, here are some items California Golf+Travel researched for the coming season …ones that we like. (Truth time – I hope my family is reading this). 1 1 2 2

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