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Swinging In Style

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For every golfer, the game is a passion, and like every passion, it is meant to be indulged. Whether you take to the green five times a week or the same number of times a  month, playing with panache can make it a different ballgame altogether. From fancy bags to premium carts, and jewelled gloves to floral visors, the market is full of accessories to pamper the golfer in you. And even if they won't get you an easy birdie, they will definitely help mark your presence on the golf course, that too, in style. Here are our picks:

Mercedes Benz cart: Golf carts are both a necessity and a luxury. If you are not game for walking all 18 holes, a cart is a must. But even if you are fit enough to walk, zip around in a cart for the sheer pleasure of it. Today's carts aren't the simple white box on wheels, but come in all shapes and sizes, and have features comparable to luxury cars. If you wish to make heads turn as you cruise down the fairway, check out the range from Mercedes Benz. With custom bucket seats, fibreglass body and tinted windshield, the carts come in two, four and even six passenger models. These carts typically have a 3.8 hp electric motor and 48-volt chassis. Of course, be ready to shell out at least $13,000 (Rs 6.5 lakh) for one.

Louis Vuitton bags: While there are a variety of bags to choose from, none creates as striking an impression as a Louis Vuitton. It is the ultimate in luxury, and is manufactured only on special orders. Once a client places a request, it is created at the Louis Vuitton workshop in Asnieres, France, down to each unique specification. You can place an order for this luxurious addition to your golfing gears at any Louis Vuitton store across the world, including those located in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Price on request.

The Stewart Luxury Pull Cart: A pull cart or a trolley is another one of those accessories that you may or may not need. But if want to leave an impression on the greens (and not necessarily through your game) then you must have the F1 Lithium remote-controlled golf trolley manufactured by a British company Stewart. Considered as one of the most elegant pull carts in the market, it is a true combination of style and function. Once charged, the integrated-lithium-ion battery lasts for more than 36 holes, and the built-in display screen shows the playing time among other details. The sleek model weighs around 14 kg and can be stored and transported in even the smallest of sports cars. But be prepared to spend £2,000 (Rs 1.6 lakh).

Gloves: While gloves are recommended for most golfers for a good grip on the clubs, our pick of designer gloves are aimed at women. Check out the Sassy Swing range of gloves, made of soft leather, with gold, silver and Swarovski crystals hand-beaded to give the appearance of a matching bracelet and ring. What's more, the beads can be used as a stroke counter.

Then, there are floral golf gloves, made of the finest leather, from Fairway Skins Company. Priced at $36 (Rs 1,800), these gloves have prints of flowers and butterflies on them, distinguishing them from their plain vanilla cousins. There is also a huge range of gloves available on websites such as www.gloveit.com, and you can pick anything from animal prints to rainbow designs. And while you are at it, you may like to pick up matching visors and tote bags as well.

Watches: Most wives complain that their husbands lose track of time when they are playing a round of golf. A watch, then, is probably an ideal gift for them. And if the wife is not that generous, you could treat yourself to one. Tag Heuer has had a long association with the game, and offers a range of watches for the professional golfers.

Made of ultra-light titanium, stainless steel and silicon rubber, the watch weighs only 55 gram, almost 60 per cent lighter than a steel one. Priced at Rs 86,000, it comes in black, white and pink editions and has Tiger Woods signature engraved on the back case. Of course, the erstwhile champion himself sports one on his wrist.

Shoes: Golf shoes are one of those accessories that not only add to your style quotient, but also help improve your game. Unlike regular shoes, they have spikes that help maintain grip even on a slippery ground, ensuring you don't lose your step while taking that all-important swing. Ecco is the leading brand of golf shoes in the world and its men shoes are priced at $180-450 (Rs 9,000-22,400) while for women shoes, the range starts at $150 (Rs 7,500). Ecco is worn by most professional golfers including former world No. 1, Frederick Steven Couples.

So next time you hit the fairway, dress up in some of the most desirable accessories, and be on par with the stylish lot.

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(This story was published in Businessworld Issue Dated 21-11-2011)


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