Best Damn Cigars For Golfers

If you're thinking about enjoying a cigar the next time you play, remember that there are literally thousands of options available for your next smoke. Consider our Editors' Choices for the best cigars for golfers.

Released on 4/19/2016

Transcript

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You know, there's something about the robust aroma of
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a lit cigar that has this Pavlovian-like effect on golfers.
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I mean, it makes you wanna tee it up, right?
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Well, if you're in the mood for
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a cigar or two the next time you play,
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we went out and found the best damn cigars for golfers.
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So what makes a good golf cigar?
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First thing is quality.
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You do not want a machine-made cigar.
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What's a machine-made cigar?
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Pretty much anything you see
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behind the counter at a gas station.
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What you're looking for is a hand-made cigar
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and you can find these at any tobacconist
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that has a humidor.
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The next thing to remember is freshness.
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When you pick up a cigar and pinch it,
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it should feel a little spongy to the touch.
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If it's dried out, it's gonna burn unevenly
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or won't stay lit on the golf course.
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Either way, it's gonna ruin your cigar experience.
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The next thing to remember is that size matters.
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You don't want a small cigar when you play golf
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because it's only gonna last a hole or two, that's no fun.
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You want something in a 48 to 50 ring gauge.
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That's the diameter of the cigar.
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That's probably gonna last you seven, nine, maybe 10 holes
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and you'll really enjoy it longer.
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So two more important factors to think about are draw,
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which I'll talk about in a second,
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and also the strength of a cigar.
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You want a mild to medium-bodied cigar, at the most.
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A really strong Cuban cigar is gonna make you so loopy
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you'll either miss that five foot putt or who knows,
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you might even put the cigar out with your tongue.
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Draw, so what does that mean?
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Well think about the thickest milkshake you ever had.
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Remember you were trying to work it through that straw?
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I mean, that was real effort.
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Well, the same holds true for a cigar.
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You want it to be able to smoke easy.
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So the last thing to consider is price.
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We don't want you to break the bank
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when you go out and buy one of the cigars.
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In fact, we don't think it should
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cost any more than a sleeve of balls.
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So if you remember these things when selecting,
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the next time you're on the course,
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you'll be puffing one of the best damn cigars in golf.
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