If you're shopping for the perfect holiday gift for an outdoors-lover or golfer, there are a number of choices that are guaranteed to delight the recipient.
Land-based anglers will love Fort Lauderdale writer Steve Kantner's book "Ultimate Guide to Fishing South Florida on Foot," which has detailed information on where and how to fish canals, beaches and piers for everything from bass and bluefish to snook and tarpon. A father told me his son used the book, which sells for $29.95 at area tackle stores and online, to dramatically improve his success at area piers.
Duck hunters appreciate quality shotshells. Among the best that I've used is Winchester's Blind Side. The shells have unique hexahedron-shaped pellets that cause more damage than round pellets, plus they stack tighter in the shell, so there are 15 percent more pellets. For South Florida waterfowlers, Blind Side in shot sizes 5 and 6 is ideal for teal and ring-necked ducks. The shells are available online for $25 a box or $199.90 for 10 boxes at several retail sites.
A Trulock choke tube will help your favorite duck hunter get the best patterns and performance out of those shells. The 3 Pack Waterfowl Choke, which sells for $119.99 at trucklockchokes.com, has close range, mid range and long range chokes. The extended chokes are installed and removed by hand, so you can easily swap out the tubes depending on whether the ducks are decoying or flying on the outskirts of your spread.
Another handy item for shotguns, as well as rifles, is a set of Uncle Mike's swivels, which allow a hunter to attach a sling to the gun. Prices are less than $22 at shopunclemikes.com.
If the hunter on your shopping list uses a pop-up blind for deer or turkeys, a comfortable seat like the Magnum Tripod Chair from Hunter's Specialties will be much appreciated. The lightweight chair doesn't take up much room and it's the ideal height for shooting a gun or bow. The chair, which sells for $44.99 at hunterspecialties.shptron.com, is also great for camping and spectating.
The golfers on your gift list will always look good wearing a Nexbelt to hold up their shorts or pants. The unique belt does not have holes. Instead, it has a ratcheting system that allows the wearer to adjust the belt in quarter-inch increments, so it can be fitted to your comfort level that particular day. Belts come in canvas, polyurethane and leather and with interchangeable buckles. The golf series of Nexbelts have a flip-down buckle with a ball marker inside. The belts are sold at pro shops and retail for $50 to $60 at shopnexbelt.com.
Golfers can loosen up before a round, improve their swings and their flexibility with the SKLZ Gold Flex. Available in 40- and 48-inch lengths, swinging the Gold Flex builds strength and improves swing tempo. It also can be used for stretching the lower back, hips and legs, and to massage tight muscles. The Gold Flex retails for $60 to $70, but the sklz.com website is offering 30 percent off many of its products on Black Friday.
If your favorite golfer struggles to get out of sand traps, the Mel Factor sand wedge is the solution. Made by Brian Symonds of Winston Trails Golf Club in Lake Worth (winstontrailsgolfclub.com), the design of the super-sized wedge makes golfers hit down so the ball pops out of bunkers. My dad has the wedge and said he's not only hitting the best sand shots of his life, he also uses it to hit flop shots for the first time in 50 years.
Golfers serious about improving would like Game Golf, which allows them to track every stroke they make. The system employs a wearable device and tags that you insert into the handle of each golf club. Tap the device with the tag before each shot. After your round, go online to see the distance and direction of every shot and identify trends that you can improve upon, like underclubbing approach shots. Game Golf is available at golf retailers and for $199 at gamegolf.com.
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