6 Ultimate Gifts for Golfers they’re Guaranteed to Love

6 Ultimate Gifts for Golfers they’re Guaranteed to Love

Know a golfer but never know what to buy them for their birthday or Christmas? Although golfers will always appreciate more golf balls, do you worry that yet another box can leave them feeling a little… uninspired? Well worry no more, we’ve got you sorted. Sure-fire to make the golf enthusiast in your life happy, one of our 6 ultimate gifts for golfers will have you crowned as the ultimate gift giver.

We know that it can be hard to understand what kind of gifts for golfers are actually useful if you’re not a player yourself. You can listen to them talk about birdies and bogeys and all the golfing terminology that you sort of understand but what will actually be helpful on the course?

Personalised Golf Clubs Silver Sports Bottle

This Personalised Golf Clubs Silver Sports Bottle by I Just Love It is both durable and stylish and will prove super handy on the green, especially during the hot summer months. You can personalise it with initials and a year to make it extra special for the lucky recipient.

Why: Combining functionality with style, this sports bottle is cool and classy whilst the extra personal touch is the icing on the cake.

Price: £12.99

Golf Set

Have you noticed their golf clubs looking a little tired recently? Most golfers would love a new set of golf clubs but never go ahead and treat themselves, always window shopping but never taking the plunge.

We all know that it can be hard to spend money on a treat for yourself when you have so many other financial commitments, especially for a weekend pastime. That’s why golf sets are such great gifts for golfers – they’re unexpected but massively appreciated.

Our golf package sets at Pro Rider are great quality and affordable. They’re fantastic entry level sets, making them great gifts for golfers who are starting out, haven’t been playing for long or don’t play too regularly.

We have our own great value Pro Rider golf clubs starting from £100. If your budget is a little higher, we also sell a range of Ben Sayers golf clubs starting from £279.98. Our sets come in three different colours, blue, red, and purple, making them that little bit more personal to the player.

Ben Sayers Golf Clubs and Present with text

Our Choice: Ben Sayers M15 Graphite/Steel Golf Set

Why: This set features all the essentials with 12 clubs including a driver, woods, irons, hybrids, and a putter. Each club is intelligently designed to help the user improve their accuracy, distance, and control.

Price: £279.98

Personalised Golf Glove

We love this Personalised Golf Glove sold by notonthehighstreet. Not only will it prove useful on the green, it’ll always remind them of you and they’ll be excited to show it off to their golfing buddies.

Why: It’s thoughtful, purposeful, and a great personalised gift.

Price: £23.50

Electric Golf Trolley

If you’re looking for a long-lasting gift that will not only be greatly appreciated but will also have a positive impact on your loved one’s game and, more importantly, their wellbeing, an electric golf trolley is the perfect gift. An electric golf trolley eases things up for golfers by taking the strain off muscles and joints and giving them more energy for a stronger game.

A golfer carrying their clubs around the course increases their risk of injury due to the frequent strain put on their back and shoulders. Electric golf trolleys significantly reduce this risk, meaning that not only is the product itself long lasting but the benefits are too.

Having a healthy back and shoulders is crucial to a successful game and a powerful swing, so it’s paramount that golfers take care of these important areas. If you’re interested in finding out more, take a look at our post on the other benefits of an electric golf trolley.

We have a wide variety of electric golf trolleys starting from £199.98, ranging in colours, battery type, and extra features such as a GPS/phone holder.

Pro Rider Electric Golf with Present and text

Our Choice: Pro Rider Electric Golf Trolley with GPS Phone Holder – Black & Yellow

Why: This electric golf trolley really makes a statement on the green. Lightweight yet sturdy, it has loads of cool features for a great price.

Price: £219.98

A Golf Day Out

For the golfer that has everything, why not treat them to an experience instead of something they don’t need. BuyaGift have lots of different golf experiences all over the country for great prices.

Why: Making memories are priceless and last forever – what’s better than a forever present?

Price: £20-£169

Remote Control Golf Trolley

If you’re looking to really treat the golfer in your life, a remote control golf trolley is the epitome of golfing gadgets and quickly becomes a golfer’s best pal on the course. Remote control golf trolleys are totally hands free and aside from being a cool gadget, they have also great health benefits. Eliminating the need for carrying golf clubs, remote control golf trolleys reduce the risk of back pain and allow for a golfer’s full energy to be put into the game.

Although remote control golf trolleys are a pricier present, they’re long lasting and their health benefits mean that they’re ideal gifts for golfers who love to get out on the green but tire out easily. Our remote control golf trolleys start from £399.98.

Pro Rider Remote Control Golf Trolley with Present and text

Our Choice:Pro Rider Electric Golf Trolley with Remote Control

Why: It’s not only cool; it also helps golfers to reserve their energy so they can give it their all on the green. The fact that it’s one of the best priced remote control golf trolleys on the market is also a bonus.

Price: £399.98

Bonus Gift: Electric Golf Trolley Winter Wheels

If the golfer in your life already has a Pro Rider electric golf trolley or if you’re planning on buying them one and are feeling super generous, our bespoke winter wheels are the perfect complimentary gift. At £89.99, these wheels reduce damage to the fairway, allowing golfers to play all year round. This is especially handy during winter when many courses enforce a ban on trolleys without these specially designed wheels.

Golf Ball with Hearts

Hopefully our 6 ultimate gifts for golfers has left you feeling inspired. After getting them one of these gifts, you can go back to giving them golf balls – the ‘pair of socks’ of the golfing world.

If you’re keen on the idea of getting a golf trolley as a present but have no idea where to start, check out our really useful guide on which golf trolley is best.

If you’re ready to treat the golfer in your life but you need some more details on our products, please give our Pro Rider sales team a call and they’ll be more than happy to go through any questions that you have.

How To Not Lose Your Edge: 4 Golf Tips for Seniors

How To Not Lose Your Edge: 4 Golf Tips for Seniors

“If you watch a game, it’s fun. If you play at it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf.”

– Bob Hope

At 42, Tiger Woods won at the East Lake Golf Club on the 2018 PGA Tour championship, beating Billy Horschel, a player 11 years his junior. After a string of injuries and with the majority of major golf championship winners being in the region of 31-35 years old, Tiger beat the odds on the course. If there’s one thing that we can learn from this win, it’s that, with determination, you can certainly keep your edge – despite your body working against you.

We’re not saying that you can defy the laws of nature and, as you age, your performance will naturally deteriorate. This blog post won’t provide a magic answer to prevent this from ever happening but it will certainly help to advise on what measures you can take to slow this down, helping you to enjoy your time on the green for longer. Read on to discover 4 handy and actionable golf tips for seniors looking to keep the edge in their golf game.

Silhouette of man playing golf against the sunset

Enjoy Your Game More by Knowing Your Limits

It can be hard to recognise our own limits, especially when we’re used to performing to a certain standard. As we get older and our performance slips, frustration and stubbornness can often creep in, getting the better of us. The best thing you can do is let go of that obstinacy, listen to your body, and adapt your game play to your ever-changing limits.

The first of our golf tips for seniors is to be realistic about the relationship between your physical ability and the conditions of the course. If a course is hilly or has a lot of forced carries, you’ll tire yourself out quickly, ultimately having a negative impact on your game. When you get older, difficult courses present a challenge with very little reward. There’s also no shame in leaving the tips behind and playing the forward tees.

Take the weather into consideration. Golf may be regarded as a year round sport but this flexibility changes when you get to a certain age. Older bodies are biologically sensitive to the cold, a fact of life that we can’t combat. Choosing to play in the cold not only has an effect on your mobility but also on your enjoyment of the game, therefore defeating the true purpose of the sport.

Remember that the most important thing is to actually enjoy the game. If you relax and have fun, chances are you’ll find you play better, ditching the duffs and pulling in the pure shots.

Bottom Half of a Man hitting a Golf Ball

Master Your Swing

Many say that a strong swing needs power and flexibility, so what does that mean for those of us that aren’t as strong or flexible as we once were? Many senior golfers who struggle with rotation automatically revert to the “Merry-Go Round” swing where the arms swing straight in the backswing and finish high in the follow through. If you particularly struggle with rotation or find yourself doing this, try rotating your back foot outwards around 20-30 degrees.

A natural part of ageing is a reduction in our physical strength but you’ll be amazed by the difference a good grip can make on your swing. The best way to improve your grip is to rotate your hands slightly clockwise on the club. If you’re not sure on the correct angle, start by taking your stance and place your club in the normal position for swinging. Next, take your right hand and lay the back of it on your right thigh. Finally, bring your hand back up to the club and that’ll be the angle that you want your hand on the club to ensure a tight and strong grip.

Although you might not be able to get the distance you once did, if you master your swing in relation to your physical ability then you won’t be far off the green after teeing off.

Silhouette of man stretching by a bench in front of the sea

Keep Fit and Always Warm Up

You’ve heard it before – “always warm up and stretch before any physical activity” – but how many times have you received and then ignored this advice? Well, ignore no more; this seemingly obvious tip will make all the difference to your play.

Always get to the course early and warm up for a minimum of five minutes before your game. The main areas in which you’ll want to stretch out the muscles and joints are:

  • Shoulders
  • Hips
  • Ankles
  • Legs
  • Back

Do some research on some light stretch exercises that focus on these areas – and do them regularly. It won’t be long before you notice an improvement in the flexibility and strength of your muscles, giving you the best chance for a great game.

To give you a head start, we’ve added some basic stretches below (always check with a medical professional to ensure that it is safe to attempt these):

  • Improve your shoulder flexibility with some simple shoulder rotations, rolling them forwards and backwards.
  • Build your ankle strength with cal raises and seated ankle rotations, rotating them clockwise and anticlockwise.

Although regular stretch exercises will aid in building your strength, you’ll want to put minimal strain on your muscles and joints as you get older. The more you push yourself, the greater chance that you’ll injure yourself, so remember to keep your exercises light. Consult your doctor if you have any issues with your physical health and you’re nervous about any of the stretches. What might be good for someone else might not necessarily be best for you.

Photo of Golf Cart carrying Golf Clubs on a river bank with reflection in water

Invest in Equipment

The last of our golf tips for seniors is all about having the right gear for your game. The nature of the sport means that you’ll be twisting and lifting repetitively, putting strain on the same muscles over and over again. This strain results in back, shoulder, wrist, and elbow pain being amongst the most common injuries in golf. Playing with the right equipment will be one of the best investments you make and, incorporated with stretching, will help to prevent these issues and so make a huge difference to your game.

Carrying your bag or pushing and pulling a standard trolley soon tires you out as well as increases the risk of repetitive strain injuries. Using an electric golf trolley, however, eases the load of your equipment – and you’ll be surprised by the positive impact it has on your play.

Not only does an electric golf trolley reduce your risk of injury, you’ll also be able to maintain energy and stamina for a longer and more successful game. If you have a spare five minutes, why not take a look at our blog post on the benefits of an electric golf trolley to learn more about this fairway essential. You may also want to look into trying a longer putter to reduce the stress put on your back.

Back of man with arms outstretched in front of a field and mountains

In a nutshell, it’s all about taking the right steps to look after your body and remembering to have fun: these are the true secrets behind keeping your edge in golf as you age.

If you’re interested in investing in an electric golf trolley or any other golf equipment, have a look at what we have to offer in our golf products at the Pro Rider Leisure website. If you’re unsure about a product or have any further questions, please feel free to get in touch with our friendly and experienced team who are happy to help in every way that they can.

Cycling for Mental Health: 5 Life-Enhancing Benefits of an Electric Bike

Cycling for Mental Health: 5 Life-Enhancing Benefits of an Electric Bike

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving”

– Albert Einstein

Worrying, stressing, and feeling low can be exhausting. When you’re not feeling at your best or your mental health is struggling, even getting out of bed can be daunting. Your mental wellbeing and physical health are very closely linked so if one is suffering, it’s very common for the other to be impacted as well.

Your mental and physical health can be interdependent; therefore, it’s important that you keep active to attain positive mental wellbeing. Whether you need to build up your energy again after a bout of low mood, need to manage your mental wellness due to disorders such as S.A.D and bipolar or just want to ensure that you maintain positive mental health, exercising will be a huge contributor in supporting this goal.

There have been an abundance of studies on the effect exercising has on mental health and we already know that it:

  • Releases endorphins which elevate your mood
  • Reduces stress
  • Aids in better sleep
  • Raises self esteem
  • Increases energy levels

But what stands out about cycling in particular? Whilst all forms of exercise can have a positive impact on mental health, there are extra benefits to consider with cycling.

Sprouted plant in plant pot

Build up your energy again

If you haven’t exercised in a while and you’re at the beginning of your journey of achieving a healthy and positive mentality, don’t feel as if you need to jump straight into it feet first. Take things at your own pace; building your fitness will go alongside building up your psychological wellbeing and confidence. Cycling is a great way to get back into it – you can go at your own speed, have time to reflect, and also explore nature as you ride.

We know that it can be hard to get up and find the energy to exercise. There are a lot of anxieties, a lot of “what ifs”, especially if poor mental health has limited your fitness for a period of time. If you’re worried about your fitness or feel that you need a little boost, an electric bike can give you that little push when you need it. What’s more, you won’t need to worry about cycling too far to then realise that you don’t have the energy levels to get back home.

Silhouette of girl taking photo and bike

Reconnect with yourself and rediscover your passions

We spend a lot of our life indoors, in artificially lit rooms, in front of artificially lit screens. We’re biologically designed to live active lifestyles outdoors, so it’s no surprise that the sedentary habits of a typical lifestyle in Western society can have a detrimental consequence on our mental health. We already know the benefits of exercising on your mental health, therefore, why not combine this with the positive link between nature and wellbeing?

Exercising in a gym can’t compare with the sights, smells, and feelings that you’ll have when out cycling. Cycling amongst nature’s surroundings gives you a chance to enjoy fresh air, give yourself some headspace, and experience beautiful new places. An electric bike can support you in cycling to parts of the countryside that you might not have previously had the fitness to reach, meaning that you can discover new, remote parts of the country that you can enjoy all to yourself.

Mindfulness is very important when it comes to championing a positive mental health and cycling is a great method of practising mindfulness. Take some time out during your route to indulge in something that you enjoy and rediscover yourself, whether this is reading, writing, painting, meditating, photography or any other passion you may have.

Silhouette of two cyclists against sunset sky

Connect with others

It can be very isolating when you’re struggling with your mental health. Keeping social and spending time around other people can have a huge benefit on your wellbeing, helping to decrease the risk of depression. Looking after your wellbeing includes nurturing your relationship with others and connecting with people.

Whilst it’s important that you talk about what’s bothering you, sometimes, when you’re feeling down, you don’t always want to sit down and talk. Cycling is a great solution to this barrier, giving you the opportunity to be around others whilst eliminating the need for long, in-depth conversation. Similarly, if you’re anxious about not having a common ground for conversation, enjoying a ride in beautiful scenery with someone offers an easy way to connect with them. You may feel even more confident to discuss your feelings after reflecting on your thoughts during your ride.

Two adults and child holding piggy bank

Reduce financial strain

Financial worries can have a huge impact on mental health; not just through the stress and worry induced but also the knock on effect from feeling trapped at home. For those who don’t have a car or don’t have the financial freedom to get buses and taxis, getting to and from work, appointments or social gatherings can prove difficult. Cycling gives you the chance to socialise without spending any money and also allows you to get around without having to worry about lack of funds. You can discover further benefits of using an electric bike for your daily commute in our recent blog post.

In the long run, cycling can help to relieve some financial strain as electric bikes are cheaper to run than cars. Buying an electric bike will either be one lump sum payment or you can look at spreading out the cost with 0% finance. There are a few future costs that you’ll need to consider with an electric bike, including the electricity needed to charge the battery (this is minimal at around 10p per charge), servicing, and any future repairs or battery replacements.

Alleviating financial strain will have a positive impact on your mental health as you’ll have less stress and more independence. Having a bike gives you the freedom to spend time with others or get out of the house without reaching for your wallet each time.

Man on bike in mountains

Create new goals and discover your strength

An important element of positive mental wellbeing is regularly setting goals and working towards them. Boosting confidence, raising self esteem, and improving emotional health all give you a sense of achievement that is unparalleled. When setting goals, make them specific and achievable; this will give you a higher sense of accomplishment and won’t feel so overwhelming. Cycling presents an opportunity to set definitive goals that can be gradually increased. You can start off small and keep setting new, larger goals until little wins snowball into big wins.

If you feel like you’re ready for a long difficult ride, go with your instinct – just don’t overexert yourself. Don’t, however, feel like you have to start off big; even a small bit of exercise can make a massive difference and that first cycle can feel just as much of an achievement as a four day cycle trail. Remember to take pride in your personal achievements, no matter how small they may seem to others.

Map out a journey and gradually increase the length of your ride. Once you’ve doubled the length of your original journey, take a look back at the original route and compare how you feel now to the first time that you cycled that route. Each time you do this, you’ll realise how strong you are and eventually your self-belief will far outweigh your self-doubt.

Girl looking across town with sunset

Start your journey

If you’re not quite ready to get out on a bike just yet, here are some other starting points:

  • Yoga – Have a look at yoga clubs nearby or if you’re not ready for that, there are lots of yoga videos on Youtube so you can do this in the privacy and comfort of your own home or garden
  • Walking – even a short walk can make a huge difference, so try build this up to be longer and longer each time
  • Couch to 5K – a running plan set up for beginners by the NHS, this 9 week programme will gradually build up your fitness and stamina.

If you feel ready to begin your journey towards achieving mental wellbeing and start cycling for mental health then why not take a look at our electric bike range. If you’re not sure which bike would be best for what you need, take a read of our handy blog post on ‘Which Electric Bike is Best’. Alternatively, get in touch with our dedicated and knowledgeable Pro Rider Leisure team who will be more than happy to help.

12 Valuable Tips for Cycling in Hot Weather

12 Valuable Tips for Cycling in Hot Weather

There’s nothing quite like feeling the wind in your hair and the sun on your back as you power down the roads, your surroundings turning into a blur. Summer has finally arrived and we are really excited to get out on our bikes and make the most of this amazing weather. High temperatures and bright sunshine, however, can bring about a myriad of issues for cyclists, which is why we’ve put together these handy tips for cycling in hot weather. By following these simple pointers there’s no reason why you can’t have a fun and rewarding ride whilst still remaining safe and healthy.

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7 Benefits of the Bioflow Magnetic Bracelet for Golfers

7 Benefits of the Bioflow Magnetic Bracelet for Golfers

Have you heard of magnetic bracelets before? We’re not talking about the old-fashioned copper kind either but the unique and edgy Bioflow Sport. Its sleek and cool design certainly makes this wristband stand out from the crowd; worn by some of the best golfing professionals in the world, the Bioflow Sport has a global following with thousands of people benefiting from its unique technology every day. Today, we’re taking a look at why golfers specifically may benefit from the magnet therapy contained in this smart piece of wrist wear. Continue reading “7 Benefits of the Bioflow Magnetic Bracelet for Golfers”

11 Simple Tips for Successfully Playing Golf in the Rain

11 Simple Tips for Successfully Playing Golf in the Rain

Muster your courage as today we’ll be discussing something that many leisurely golfers actively try to avoid – playing golf in the rain. Whilst it’s true that many players initially see a drop in their performance, we’re here to tell you that it’s not all doom and gloom. As a matter of fact, there’s no reason why – with the right preparation and plenty of persistence – you can’t play well in wet weather. We’ve put together 11 tips to better arm you against inclement weather and give you the confidence to get out on the green come rain or shine.

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4 Surprising Ways an Electric Golf Trolley Benefits Your Game

4 Surprising Ways an Electric Golf Trolley Benefits Your Game

Unfortunately, most of us amateur and recreational golfers don’t have the budget to pay for a professional caddie – as brilliant as that would be – so the next best thing for moving your gear around the green is an electric golf trolley. Affectionately known amongst the golfing community as a ‘leccy’, an electric golf trolley is a battery powered cart that transports your golf bag and equipment for you. Continue reading “4 Surprising Ways an Electric Golf Trolley Benefits Your Game”