Father’s Day is upon us, and that means the golfers in your life — not only Dad but Grandpa, uncles, maybe a brother or two — are at the top of your shopping list these days. Following are a few ideas to get you rolling and have something wrapped and ready before they head out the door for their weekend round with the buddies or settle in for the final rounds of the U.S. Open.
OptiShot Infrared Golf Simulator
Dad can play golf year-round and at any hour, hitting the world’s best courses – with no flights. An affordable, accurate in-home simulator, OptiShot allows golfers to play world class courses any time using their own clubs. Requiring only 8½ feet of swing space, it connects to any Windows computer via a plug-and-play interface. The durable swing pad features 16 state-of-the-art optical sensors that instantly transmit visual shot feedback and data for clubhead speed, face angle, swing path, distance, tempo, face contact and ball flight. Life-like new graphics and a broad range of features enhance user experience and promote skills development, including pin-point practice range, course physics, additional game types and complete in-system translation to six languages.
$399.99 | www.OptiShotGolf.com
Tin Cup Golf Ball Marking Stencil
Tin Cup allows a golfer to create a persaonalized ball mark by tracing the logo or design of their choice with a fine-point Sharpie pen. Choose from any of the nearly 100 existing designs or customize your own mark. Best-selling models include Jolly Roger (skull and cross bones), Luck of the Irish (shamrock) and Five O’Clock Somewhere (martini glass)
Select marks can also be used as alignment/game improvement tools. And remember, USGA rule 12-2 requires a player to be able to clearly identify his/her ball
$19.95 | www.tin-cup.com
The No. 1 app for golf, GolfLogix is easily downloaded to more than 60 smartphone models for 32,000 golf courses worldwide. For $20/year, can track every shot to learn club distances and shot trends. Provides accurate distances to points throughout the hole, yardage book quality imagery, scorekeeping, logged club tracking to produce mapped history of every hole and aerial flyovers just like you see on TV. It’s the first company to introduce handheld GPS to the golf industry and holds a U.S. patent for its unique GPS and Internet-based club tracking application. A partnership with GolfNow allows members to book discounted tee times from within the app.
$19.99/year | www.GolfLogix.com
Boccieri Golf Secret Grip
Boccieri Golf’s Secret Grip, endorsed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus, allows players to benefit from the same unique counterweight technology that the Golden Bear relied on to win 18 major championships. The patented grip compound is 40 percent heavier than standard and a tungsten weight in the butt-end (17 grams) raises a club’s balance point, promoting consistently crisp contact, greater control and distance. It’s Only grip that improves the golfer’s swing mechanics, not just hand traction. It’s easy to install on clubs produced by any manufacturer for an instant boost in performance
Numerous PGA Tour superstars have relied on counterweighted clubs for years, now this technology is available to the masses at an affordable price
$16.99 per grip | www.SecretGrip.com
Win a Miura Stand Bag
Miura Golf is celebrating Fathers Day by giving away an excellent Miura stand bag -- perfect for the winner, or the winner's Dad. All they have to do is tell the best father-child golf story. Golfers can enter the special contest on Miura's Facebook page. By 'liking' the page and clicking on the special contest button, they can go to a form that allows them to enter information, including their favorite father-child golf memory in 250 words or less. The winner will be announced on Facebook and Twitter on Fathers Day, Sunday, June 16 (also the day of the final round of the U.S. Open).
How to enter the Father's Day Giveaway:
Step 1: Click the contest tab at www.facebook.com/MiuraGolf
Step 2: Scroll down and click the option to share your s story
A unique game improvement tool that provides instant and accurate feedback on critical elements of a golfer’s swing, this small Bluetooth-enabled module wirelessly communicates with the company’s free-to-download app, compatible with iPad, iPhone and Android devices. Users simply mount the sensor to the club shaft and the software instantly displays detailed analytics on key stats such as tempo, swing speed, face angle and shaft lean. A “3-D Swing-View” allows players to see the path of their club head in motion from a variety of angles. Golfers can save data from their best swings to use as a point of reference at any time. Legendary instructor Peter Kostis provides in-app video tips and strategies on developing the ideal golf swing.
$249.99 | www.swingsmart.com
U.S. Open Towel
The final round of the U.S. Open is on Father's Day. A U.S. Open towel by Devant is the perfect memory of his special day. The U.S. Open towels are made of 100 percent cotton and come in two sizes, 16x24 inches and 16x40 inches. There is also a microfiber towel that comes in a caddie size of 16x32 inches. The U.S. Open towels come in three different design options — U.S. Open logo, U.S. Open Past Champions and U.S. Open logo with repeating background.
$22-25 | www.usgashop.com
Every golfing Dad loves the movie Caddyshack. Devant Sport Towels has a series of Caddyshack towels that Dad would love to sport on his golf bag. Devant offers three Caddyshack towels, Bushwood - A Tribute to Caddyshack, A Cinderella Story and Rodney Dangerfield (pictured right). Devant is the only company that uses a patented Image Dye™ process to produce the highest quality image on a towel. The process produces a sharp image of a piece of artwork or photograph while keeping the towel soft and fully functional.
$24.95 | www.devantsporttowels.com
Bag Boy Travel Cover
If Dad likes to take his clubs on the road with him, Bag Boy's T-2000 travel cover is the perfect gift. The T-2000 features a Pivot Grip™ handle that rotates 360 degrees, reducing arm and wrist strain for Dad when he is transporting his clubs. The T-2000 is made of durable nylon and features an ultra-thick wrap-around padded top, sturdy PVC back with an extended ABS base for maximum club protection, two oversized garment pockets and a shoe pocket. The deluxe in-line skate wheels provide the traveler smooth and quiet rolling action. The travel cover fits a 48-inch driver and up to a 10-inch cart bag.
$189.95 | www.bagboy.com
TriSwivel Push Cart
If Dad likes to walk when he plays golf, the TriSwivel push cart is perfect for his game. The push cart features a front wheel that swivels 360 degrees for effortless maneuverability on the course. The swivel wheel can be locked in place by engaging the remote Swivel Lock Out when walking hills or long distances. The TriSwivel is fully loaded with dad-friendly features. The cart has a one-step handle adjustment, handle mounted parking brake, oversized storage bag, scorecard, umbrella and integrated beverage holders and is cart bag and stand bag compatible with upper bag bracket. The simple three-step folding process allows for compact storage.
$269.95 | www.bagboy.com
Datrek Go-Lite Stand Bag
If Dad walks and carries his bag, the Datrek GO-LITE 14 stand bag (pictured left) is perfect. The sleek design of the GO-LITE 14 stand bag weighs only 5 pounds, making toting the bag easy. Made of durable nylon material, the GO-LITE 14 featurea 14-way mesh-padded top with full-length individual dividers and an ergonomic handle integrated into the top. There is ample storage room with five pockets, including a large garment pocket, fleece-lined valuables pocket, insulated beverage sleeve and an oversized ball pocket. The GO-LITE 14 has a padded double shoulder strap to make walking and carrying easy and comfortable. An additional feature of the GO-LITE 14 stand bag is a cart-friendly base, adaptable for push carts and riding carts.
$149.95 | www.datrek.com