2023 Gift Guide For The Upcoming Holidays

The FJ Flex #56287 Golf Shoe


One of the most important pieces of golf equipment is shoes. Over the years, I have reviewed many brands, material compositions, spiked and spikeless, laced, and BOA Fit System shoes. 

One of the very best, in my humble opinion, is the FootJoy FJ Flex, Style #56287 golf shoe. 

This shoe stands out alone amongst the plethora of many different styles and material varieties being offered in the golf shoe domain.

Its USP (Unique Selling Proposition) is it is an "easy wearing," great looking, modern, and sneaker-style shoe with the mesh-type fabric enhancing the comfortableness I prefer in a golf shoe. It is like comfort food, so to speak. I find it to be a very enjoyable and well-supported shoe, which is of paramount importance, especially at my senior-level status. Its mesh uppers provide an extremely comfortable fit and breathability.

What I truly like/love about this particular shoe is the performance mesh material, which gives me incredible all-day wearability both off and on the course. I love the colour selections offered (black, navy/grey, white, and grey) and the wide size options are always a plus!

Another USP of the shoe is the StratoLite cushioning designed specifically for golf — it absorbs walking impact and returns energy for an extremely comfortable feel.

On support of the shoe, a soft EVA midsole provides increased underfoot cushioning, enhanced comfort, and exceptional stability.

As for traction, the VersaTrax outsole is engineered with traction elements to create an outsole that is perfect for on-course performance with wear-to-the-course versatility. Each traction zone is maximized during your swing and provides exceptional grip when walking the course.

REKS Sunglasses

These REKS Trivex sunglasses are, in my opinion, the very best sunglasses for golf! Even better, they are also available for prescription users.

REKS designed their non-polarized golf lens to have a lighter tint than a full sunglass, allowing more light into the eye resulting in a more precise visual experience. The Trivex precision GOLF lens features REKS’ rose amber-tinted lens for superior contrast enhancement with a multi-layer silver mirror on the front. REKS also has a brown polarized Trivex® Color-Boosting® lens preferred by many golfers for its superior contrast qualities and the glare reduction produced by polarization.

Unmatched Clarity and Color Enhancement

Trivex® lenses are known for their unrivalled clarity, but when combined with Color-Boosting technology, they offer a visual experience that is second to none. The lenses are infused with special dyes during the manufacturing process, which heightens the contrast and makes colours appear more vivid and distinct. This is not just beneficial for everyday wear but can be particularly advantageous for activities like golfing where seeing the subtle contours and hues of the green can improve your game.

Impact Resistance and Durability

One of the cornerstones of Trivex® lenses is their incredible strength. They are crafted to be shatter-resistant, providing peace of mind for those with active lifestyles or for anyone who demands more from their glasses. This robustness does not come at the cost of comfort, as Trivex® lenses are also lightweight, making them ideal for extended wear.

100% UV Protection

Protecting your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun is a critical aspect of eye health. Trivex® Color-Boosting lenses offer 100% UV protection, ensuring that while you are enjoying the enhanced colours and contrast, your eyes are also shielded from potential damage. These high-impact-resistant lenses are treated with hydrophobic, scratch-resistant, and anti-reflective coatings designed for improved performance. The intelligent warrior values the all-day comfort REKS frame styles, but personally, the Sling-Blade model works great for me as there is no frame edge below eye level. REKS offers a dozen iconic styled frames including wrap-around styles. All REKS frames are unbreakable, yet weigh less than 1 ounce, and all have REKS Soft Touch® rubberized finish for amazing comfort and feel.

The SLING-BLADE is mission-specific — maximum performance in the precise confines of serious competition. Tinted lenses and unbreakable frame material let you see it through to the end.

REKS’s polarized Trivex® Color-Boosting lenses are engineered to reduce glare off horizontal surfaces such as water, sand, and roads, and are especially good for outdoor sports. Polarization reduces eye strain, improves clarity, and enhances colours.

All REKS eyewear carries a 2-year warranty covering frame damage, a hard protective case with zipper, and a 30-day, 100 percent, no questions asked, money-back guarantee, with free shipping and returns on all orders to the US.

REKS’s customer service is outstanding!

I encourage you to visit their site for special offers and detailed information on their eyewear.

Club Champion

Improve your golf game with a custom golf club fitting.

Club Champion’s mission is to help golfers shoot lower scores by custom-fitting every club to the individual. Each one of their locations features industry-leading technology and thousands of club combinations, ensuring your bag is properly-suited to your game. From putters to wedges to woods, their master club fitters will remove any worries you have in your equipment to give you complete confidence through the bag.

Club Champion is giving readers access to their most generous offer of the year. Get a $100 full-bag fitting or a $50 single-club fitting when you book using the code 100Holiday and purchase a club following your fitting. Fittings must be booked before December 4, 2023, and completed before January 31, 2024. Head over to www.clubchampion.com to find your closest Club Champion store and be ready to hit the ground running next year.

The SIDEWALK Putting Mat System & StrikeItBlind the Short Game Plate Training Aids
$69.95 SIDEWALK Putting Mat 
$149.95 StrikeItBlind Putting and Short Game Package

The average golfer will take between 30 to 40 putts per round of golf — roughly 40% of their shots. I challenge you to go to your local club or driving range and find the average golfer who spends 40% of their practice time dedicated to putting.

The Sidewalk is a tool that enables you to work on your putting both at home and on the course. Its simple concept will make you an expert on reading the break, distance, and speed to straight.

PGA TOUR players love this product. Steve Alker of the PGA TOUR Champions is a huge proponent of the SIDEWALK putting system. If you want some more confidence over those testy par putts on the course, this is the best product to help you lower your scores.

The Short Game Plate StrikeItBlind is going to help your chipping, pitching, and bunker game. For brevity, this description below covers just pitching. For full details on all BlindStrikeGolf’s products and videos, visit their website.

Pitching is the only move in golf where we are using the right hand for right-handed players and the left for left-handed players to produce the strike.

It mirrors a tennis forehand motion where a player cocks the club up in the back swing, but uses the motion of rotation of the body to deliver the club through the ball. It’s not a hit, it is a rotation. The inventor and founder of BlindStrikeGolf, Dutch Skiver, refers to this motion as “Cock it and Pocket.”

The BlindStrikeGolf short game plate StrikeItBlind produces the environment needed to accomplish it every time.

FYI, I personally use both The SIDEWALK putting mat and the StrikeItBlind Putting and Short Game Package.

Blindstrikegolf is a wonderful resource for all their training aids being offered and carries the endorsement of the PGTAA (www.PGTAA.com).

Bushnell Wingman View GPS Golf Speaker

The Bluetooth, rechargeable Lithium Ion Wingman View allows you to listen to your favourite tunes and get both audible and visual distances around the course. It features high-quality audio combined with a viewable LCD screen that provides distance and music information.

The Wingman View features the same outstanding sound quality you’ve come to expect from Bushnell Golf, with a new LCD screen that provides visual distance and music information.

Get audible distance readings from 36,000+ courses worldwide through the Wingman View by simply pressing the remote button.

The Professional Golf Teachers Association of America - PGTAA
$995.00 Home Study Course
$2,495.00 On-Site Course

Become a PGTAA Professional Golf Teacher

Isn’t your spouse always telling you how much they love golf, have the knack for teaching golf, especially kids, and would like to change their life’s direction?

Now they can enroll in the PGTAA’s Home Study Course or On-Site School. The Professional Golf Teachers Association of America has been certifying both men and women golf teachers since 1997.

Amongst its many graduate members are the likes of Gary Gilchrist, Mark Immelman, Dr. Patrick Cohn, and Michael Kletz, all of whom are very highly regarded for their teaching skills and clientele. PGTAA graduates can also be found at many well-known golf courses, such as Pebble Beach and Torrey Pines, and at many universities, such as Columbus State, GA, Waynesburg University, PA, and Brevard College, NC, to name a few. I am personally involved with the PGTAA.

For more specific details visit www.pgtaa.com.

Logo Chip Business Cards

I use these logo chips for the PGTAA, PGA TOUR players, and for my golf writing business cards. Of course, I also use them as ball markers. The response is always complimentary and golfers are enamoured with the chips. These logo chips are so cool!

As a holiday special ask for the FREE 100 chips when speaking to Mike.

Why continue handing out paper business cards when business card chips can be your all-in-one business card?

Golf Ball Marker for Clients
Tee Gift to Sponsor Golf Tourneys
Event Giveaway
Magnetic Chips for Advertising (only .20 more)
Promo- Redeemable Coupon Chips

Call or email Mike Blake (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and mention my name, Barry Lotz.

Happy shopping, happy holidays, and enjoy your new toys, equipment, and clothes!

About the Writer
Barry Lotz, J.D., Ph.D. is the director of the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America. Visit www.facebook.com/PGTAA to see all the latest mental strategies, travel, and equipment reviews. Currently, he also works with between 10 to 12 PGA TOUR players on the mental side of golf.

He is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America and serves both as a consultant and mediator to the golf industry. He is also the author of numerous books, including “333 Best Web Sites for Golfers” and his previous book, “How to Build Business Relationships Through Golf,” which is still on the Top Ten Golf Business Book’s bestseller list. His current book, “The Right Mind for Golf,” is now in its 13th reprint and is available on Amazon and at the Torrey Pines Golf Course. Just released on June 1st, his new book, “The Right Mind for Putting,” is now available at www.pgtaa.com.