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Best Buys

Caught Dad trying to regift that croquet set you gave him last year? Take heart. Our holiday gift guide is full of expert picks — covering gadgets, décor, toys and more — that everyone on your list (and maybe you, too) is guaranteed to love.

Author JACQUELINE DETWILER

GIFT GUIDE: SPORTS & ADVENTURE

Expert Pick
IN THE BAG

What does a golf pro covet for the holidays? Holly Juergens, manager of the Pebble Beach Golf Links Pro Shop, wants a Callaway Hyper-Lite 4.0 golf bag. “It’s functional and sharp, has extra padding and fantastic balance and weighs only 4 pounds,” she says. It also has a foam hip pad and a velour-lined valuables pocket. Now, if only your approaches could look as stylish and effortless as you do when you’re strolling toward the green.  
$170 / www.callawaygolf.com

HANGING BY A THREAD
The big problem with hammocks — inasmuch as there is one — is that they don’t magically appear when you need them. Until that fateful day you happen upon a grove of them right at nap time, you’ll have to settle for the tie-anywhere Kammok.  
$99 ($29 for straps) / www.kammok.com

WHAT A RACKET
Whether you’re a tennis novice or Rafael Nadal himself, you can still benefit from a larger sweet spot. That’s the idea behind Prince’s new EXO3 Tour Team 100 racket, which has a hitting area the size of a pony. OK, not really. But it is big.
$189 / www.princetennis.com

BOARD OF CORRECTIONS
Ah, the age-old surf dilemma: It’s easier to catch a wave on a long board, but more fun to ride it on a short board. Not so with the Meyerhoffer 2, a long board with a short-board profile cut into the side. Voilà: easy waves and tight turns.
$895 / www.surfindustries.com

EASY RIDER
The blackout matte finish on Trek’s 9th District city cruiser makes it look like the kind of bike Batman might ride if the Batmobile were in the shop. Plus, it has Bontrager all-weather tires and a nine-speed drivetrain. Now all you need is a bike cave.
$750 / www.trekbikes.com

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