Father’s Day is the annual celebration for dad’s everywhere and, as a card-carrying dad, I for one am not looking forward getting another “funny” tie nor “Gee, isn’t that nice” sweater. My closet hardly needs any additional inventory.
What I and all the other fathers who play golf appreciate are thoughtful and useful gifts we can use on and off the course.
California Golf has come to the rescue for those who may be stuck for ideas with some golf gifts we really like and hope our families will get the hint.
Bettinardi Armlock Putter
One of the hottest trends in golf is the putting style made popular by PGA Tour star Matt Kuchar: The so-called armlock method. Bob Bettinardi makes Kuchar’s putters and we like Bettinardi’s 2019 Studio Stock 38 Armlock model. A compact mallet with deeply milled grooves in a pleasing platinum finish. Find them at worldwidegolfshops.com for $450.
Bettinardi Cigar Ashtray
If dad enjoys a good cigar then he will love Bettinardi’s Custom Cigar Tray. Each is milled from aircraft grade aluminum and has room for a custom logo or message in the center. It’s available in five stock colors including red, dark green, blue, black and gray. See them and order at Bettinardi.com, priced at $220.
Bushnell Pro XE Rangefinder
Golf is a lot easier when you know how far the target is and there’s no better way to do that than the Bushnell Pro XE Laser Rangefinder. It compensates for uphill/downhill slopes, vibrates when the flagstick is targeted and has a range of over 500 yards with 7X magnification. There’s even a magnetic mount. See more details at worldwidegolfshops.com. Priced at $550.
Cleveland Golf RTX 4 Wedges
Tour Zip Grooves give more control and shot options. Offered in 18 loft and bounce combinations, each has a compact confidence-inspiring shape ideal for shots into the green or those tricky greenside pitches and chips. The RTX 4 wedges offer a choice of Tour Raw, Tour Satin or Black Satin finishes. Check them out at worldwidegolfshops.com. Priced at $140 each.
G/Fore MG4.1 Shoe
When it comes to golf shoes it is incredibly important for them to be both functional and comfortable, but what can get lost in those mechanics is an attractive aesthetic. The new MG4.1 from G/FORE has all of these qualities. The one-piece knit upper, stretch lattice mid-sole, cushioned footbed and sawtooth pattern sole offer stability and easy wearing. In the classic Snow color, MG4.1 will be available June 15. See GFORE.com, where they’re priced at $185.
Linksouldier Golf Bag
A clever name for this minimalist carry bag from Linksoul. The Linksouldier LS933 weighs just 4.8 lbs. with a dual strap for comfort and pop-out stand legs that spread wide to ensure stability. The convenient molded handle and three pockets including a beverage sleeve make it a real winner. Choice of three colors for $225 at worldwidegolfshops.com.
Gauge Design makes the new M.I.A. putter by milling 303 stainless steel and T6061 aluminum in a sophisticated two-piece construction. Dad will like the traditional look of and the extreme heel and toe weighting, which increases MOI and reduces twisting. For more information or to order, go to GaugeDesignGolfShop.com. It’s priced at $549.
In one-word electric bikes are fun and Pedego is a leader with 15 models to fit any lifestyle or need. We like the user-friendly Interceptor, made with quality materials and construction. It has a 500-watt motor and the charge lasts up to 60 miles. It comes in four frame colors with prices starting at $3,295. See details at PedegoElectricBikes.com.
PUMA Pineapple P Cap
Trendy caps are in style, just look at the players on the PGA Tour, and PUMA’s Pineapple P Snapback is leading the way. The pattern has “instant spring break vibes” combined with a slightly curved brim. It’s made of polyester with a moisture-wicking headband and features prominent “P” logo in front. The one size fits all piece can be found at PumaGolf.com. It’s priced at $30.
Srixon Z Star Golf Balls
Every Dad can use more golf balls and the tour-category Z-Star and Z-Star XV from Srixon offer distance plus added spin. Z-Star has three layers with a urethane cover while the Z-Star XV (white or yellow), also with a urethane cover, is four layers. Both have Spin Skin, a coating to help grip an iron’s grooves, and are priced at $39.99 on worldwidegolfshops.com.
Tour Edge Exotics EXS Driver
Any golfer will love the Exotics EXS driver from Tour Edge, the same model used to set the World Long Drive record for women at a mind-blowing 413 yards. It has all the best technology including movable weights, an adjustable hosel, carbon fiber and Tour Edge’s exclusive Roll Face. All for the golfer-friendly price of $299.99. Check it out at worldwidegolfshops.com.
Turtle Shell Speaker 3.0
Let dad take his tunes to the course with the Turtle Shell 3.0 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker from Outdoor Tech. It’s tough, good looking and produces great sound. It comes with a built-in power bank (3600 mAh) and has the ability to connect wirelessly to multiple speakers. Best of all it lasts 20 hours on a full charge. Check it out at OutdoorTechnology.com where it’s priced at $99.95.
UAG Phone Case
Ever drop your phone? You need a protective case, so why not the best? That would be the UAG Monarch. It has five layers of rugged lightweight protection plus it slips easily in and out of your pocket. They offer models for iPhone XS, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy 10 and Google Pixel 3. Pick your color: black, crimson or carbon fiber at UrbanArmorGear.com. It’s priced at $59.95.
U.S. Open Tickets
Attending a U.S. Open makes a great memory for any dad, and this year the championship is at Pebble Beach on the Monterey Peninsula June 10-16. A variety of ticket packages are available for both for the tournament and practice rounds, with prices starting at $60 for single-day practice round admission. Visit USGA.org to order.
Volvik Marvel X Collection
If dad is your superhero, or he’s just a superhero fan, the Volvik Marvel X limited edition golf balls are for him. The sets include four Volvik Vivid matte finish golf balls and a magnetic hat-clip ball marker outfitted in Captain America, Iron Man or Spiderman themes. The ball itself is a three-piece construction that produces a mid to high trajectory and has a 75 compression rate for low spin off the driver and high spin off wedges. Check worldwidegolfshops.com for the limited edition offerings that are priced at $24.99.
XXIO Prime Driver
XXIO makes the Prime family of woods specifically for those with moderate swing speeds who also want lots of forgiveness. The titanium clubhead and special graphite shaft of the Prime driver make it very light so it can be swung faster, and with its cup-face construction, the sweet spot is larger. Find more information at worldwidegolfshops.com, where it’s priced at $850.