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The Players Championship is a celebration of Mother’s Day, while the U.S. Open is a celebration of Father’s Day — since it falls on U.S. Open Sunday every year. As such, the best possible Father’s Day gifts (that aren’t on this list, of course), are in this order:

  1. Winning the U.S. Open.
  2. Having your father caddie for you while you play in the U.S. Open.
  3. Attending the U.S. Open with your father.
  4. Buying your father a gift from the U.S. Open.
  5. Anything else.
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The merchandise tent stands tall on top of the perch of the temporary U.S. Open town of pavilions.

Let’s assume you’ll be going with option No. 4 this year, and that’s where we come in. The merchandising situation can be a little overwhelming at the U.S. Open because of the sheer size of the tent, the number of choices to make and the ridiculous amount of people. Luckily, there are some standout candidates for purchase, whether they’re for your pops or not.

There are also plenty of options for women and children, which you should be sure to check out while in the tent. And if you’re NOT attending the U.S. Open, click here to browse the online store.

Necessary gadgets

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What’s something you use on nearly every hole of golf you play? A ball marker. Most golfers use a quarter or a type of coin. Why not use something unique, like these markers with the awesome Oakmont-U.S. Open logo on them.

Even if your dad doesn’t hit many greens in regulation, the divot repair tool can still help him repair the ball marks in his putting line from golfers who do. The repair tool sets are available for $32.

Coasters

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Dads drink beverages. Whether it’s coffee, tea, water, or something cold and frosty, they’ll want a coaster to keep from ruining their table. For only $13 dollars, these coasters are a steal, and they’ll always be put to good use.

Man cave

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While the furry squirrels are cool, and so are the metallic U.S. Open at Oakmont signs, the star here is the hanging bottle opener with a bottle cap catcher. It’s well worth the $52.

Dad’s stomach is growling… for beers

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These are the most awesome growlers I’ve ever seen. The U.S. Open-Oakmont logo is on the front, and U.S. Open winners from Oakmont are listed on the back. They’re available for $75, while the Steins (bottom) sell for $22 each.

Hats, hats, and more hats 

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There’s an entire corner of the merchandise tent dedicated to just hats. It’s a lot to handle, especially if you’re shopping for someone else. I’ve picked out my favorite, and what I believe to be the most unique, but you might be on your own trying to judge what dad will like best.

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This hat is a bit outlandish, but when he shows up to that July 4th cookout rocking it, he’ll be getting all of the compliments. It’s $34.

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If you’re dad is into camo, or hunting gear, this hat from Imperial is a drop-dead winner for $27.

The squirrel cartoon logo comes on a 47 Brand hat ($27), and on a flat-and-yellow brim, snapback version as well. If your dad is into snapbacks, there’s a few other options he may like, pictured in the gallery above.

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The plaid white-and-green fitted hat, with the USGA logo and a clover as the back emblem, is a can’t miss for a dad who likes to be a bit eccentric with his fashion choices.

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Bring dad back a taste of Pittsburgh, and its sports teams, with one of these black-and-yellow hats from Imperial. The highly recommended Tour visor is $32.

Black and yellow

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There’s more than just hats that represent the colors of the Pirates, Steelers and Penguins, however. Check out this entire line of clothes inspired by the heart of Steel City.

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This Camo jacket has a slick logo that ties in the United States (stars), Pittsburgh (stripes), and Oakmont (squirrel) and sells for $145.

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This hockey-inspired sweater (left) sells for $105, while the t-shirt (right) is $45.

Good in any weather

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Waterproof pullovers make awesome gifts, because they can be used on and off the golf course and in various weather conditions. This white pullover from Sunice has a multitude of pockets for storage, a sweet American Flag type logo on the right shoulder, the U.S. Open-Oakmont logo on the left chest, and is only $139.

Casual gear

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Maybe dad’s not a golfer, or you want to get him some gear for off the course. This U.S. Open hoodie is understated and comfortable, and sells for $75. The “USGA” printed on the hood is a nice touch.

UsOPenMerch29The logoing on this stretch-fit, gray t-shirt from Under Armour is a little less subtle, but the shirt is so cool — and keeps you cool — that it won’t matter.

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These long sleeve tees — green with the squirrel-cartoon and blue camo — each sell for $45.

Local talent

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Artist David Lussier is selling replicas of his original painting of the 18th hole at Oakmont, ranging from $95-$6000, depending on your budget.

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Also, Lee Wybranski shows off his original works that capture Oakmont’s iconic Church Pew Bunker, which are available in a wide price range as well.

Hand-forged church pews

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As seen in the photo above, a hand-crafter representing Seamus Golf out of Oregon was providing custom engravings on bronze, copper and steel ball markers with the U.S. Open-Oakmont logo. They’re available for $32.

But the winner of the U.S. Open Merchandise tent has to the hand-forged Church Pew Bunker replica bottle opener (resting against the anvil) made from mild steel and copper, which comes with a leather satchel. Of course, the iconic Church Pews sit between hole Nos. 3 and 4 at Oakmont. The real pews will set you back costly strokes, while the bottle opener from Seamus will set you back $90.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Nick Shak

    Jun 20, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Does anyone have one of the bucket hats for sale or know where I can buy one? The merchandise tent was sold out by Friday and I would really like one! Please someone help me out!!!!

  2. don d.

    Jun 17, 2016 at 1:26 am

    Best buy US open socks. The prices are steep to say the least. Everything is big and expensive. US Open is definitely not my first pick for spectating.

  3. KCCO

    Jun 16, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    How are the food prices in relation to The Masters? As I was so surprised by the low cost of concessions at Masters.

  4. ooffa

    Jun 14, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    45 bucks for a T-Shirt. Now that’s a value. OMG they are insane.

  5. John

    Jun 14, 2016 at 10:43 am

    The week after the US Open is when the real deals can be had. Lots of big discounts on their site. Also, joining the USGA gets you a free US Open hat every year delivered right to your mailbox. A great cause and a free hat to boot.

    • Adrien Jenot

      Jun 14, 2016 at 10:50 am

      Thanks guys, I must be blind.

      • AllBOdoesisgolf

        Jun 14, 2016 at 11:15 am

        USGA lost my membership when they went ahead and told singles they have no business posting scores because they don’t trust them. I will keep my dollars local and help out the First Tee.

        • Scott

          Jun 15, 2016 at 9:36 am

          Great point. They lost me when they started being sponsored by non-U.S. auto companies.

        • Kevin

          Jun 15, 2016 at 9:43 am

          Not sure how the USGA will ever go on without your 9.99. Hope you are giving more to the First Tee, IMO the best organization out there

  6. Adrien Jenot

    Jun 14, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Will this stuff be available on the USGA site those snapback are too slick!

    • mitch

      Jun 14, 2016 at 10:28 am

      they have a link to the store before the top ten list above.

      • Adrien Jenot

        Jun 14, 2016 at 10:53 am

        FML all the stuff I want isn’t on the USGA site it’s event only… I just want that damn snapback and maybe the crazy fishing hat…

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Don’t get AMP’d up. Rickie is just testing shafts, y’all

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As you may have seen in our tour photos this week, Rickie Fowler has a new/old set of irons in the bag. Specifically, Fowler is gaming a set from 2013: the Cobra AMP Cell Pro.

But WHY?! Didn’t we just hear all the buzz about his self-designed Rev33? Well yes, we did.

Although the rumors and conspiracy theories may run wild, in this case, it’s a nothing burger.

He’s testing shafts folks, Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100, specifically, to get ready for major season.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – JULY 02: A detail of the bag and clubs of Rickie Fowler of the United States during the first round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic on July 02, 2020 at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

But why didn’t he put them in the Rev33?

That’s a simple one as well: time and economics. Rather than pull apart his gamers or have a set chauffeured in from Carlsbad, Fowler, who was messing around with the AMP’s at home and who doesn’t have Rev33’s with X1oo’s hanging on his wall, brought them to Detroit this week to test.

If all goes well, we can count on a set of Rev33’s with X100’s to be built at HQ. If not, no harm, no foul, and we go back to the Rev33 with his normal KBS C-Taper 125 S+ shafts.

If anything, I find the coolest thing here is Rickie’s instinct to not be wasteful. That’s a good thing right?

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The best golf clubs for the money

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What are the best golf clubs for the money?

It’s a common question golfers ask, and depending on your skill level and budget, the answer can vary greatly. So, to help you figure out what the best clubs for you are, we’ve broken it down into a few categories to help you in the decision making process.

Best golf clubs for the money

Beginner Golfer – Entry-level budget

Getting your first set of clubs is all about maximizing value to get enjoyment out of going to the course or the range and most often involves buying a complete package set. Could you go directly to a high-end fitter to have them set you up with thousands of dollars would of gear? Of course, but it would be like getting handed the keys to a supercar without ever having a driver’s license—drive over a few curbs with a starter car before taking those skills to a four-lane highway.

Now just because you’re looking at a box set doesn’t mean you don’t have options. Wilson, for example, offers various sized sets for golfers based on static height measurements—which is a perfect starting point. It’s important for you to start off on the right foot, and even if they aren’t a perfect fit, the closer you are to the ideal set will make getting started a lot easier and a lot more fun.

The other option is to buy used, and with so many resources available online including used specialty sites like GolfAvenue.ca, you can find clubs in the 5-plus-year-old category that are going to offer tremendous value if you know where to look. This way of shopping for clubs often requires a bit more research to make sure you are buying the best clubs suited for your game, but depending on what you buy, you could get many years out of clubs purchased this way.

Check out the podcast link below for the GolfWRX, On Spec Episode- Building a $500 golf bag:

Play a lot of golf, and looking for value

This is where I believe most golfers tend to fit in, and it is also where you have the greatest number of options when looking for equipment. The idea of value will mean different things to different people, but when looking to get the most out of your equipment, getting fit is going to offer the best long term value for your game.

Depending on where you are buying your equipment, you can still buy “new” but purchase a previous generation model to save sometimes up to 30 percent, and if you are one of the lucky ones that happen to fit into “off the rack” irons and wedges, minus a grip or lie adjustment, then you can once again shop for previous-generation gear and see huge savings while still getting the best equipment for you.

The other option of getting great value and great quality equipment is shopping DTC—direct to consumer. There are a number of brands that have forgone the traditional selling channels and allow you to purchase custom-fit clubs direct for up to half the cost of traditional manufacturers including Ben Hogan, New Level, and Sub 70. These brands offer top-of-the-line gear, but thanks to their marketing approach and streamlined operations you can get fantastic value and high-quality gear built just for you.

Play a lot of golf – spare no expense

If you fit into this category, you are going to have the greatest number of options when it comes to finding equipment. Just like with any consumer product/experience, this approach is the most expensive, but it also puts the highest value on maximizing performance over anything else.

The most common scenario is working with a brand agnostic club fitter and if you are looking for one near you, check out our GolfWRX best drivers of 2020 article for our list of some of the best club fitters and facilities in North America.  Brand-agnostic fitters won’t limit your set by brand and will instead go through every option within your fitting parameters to make sure you are getting the most out of your clubs.

The best golf clubs for the money but will ultimately be based on your budget but the price doesn’t have to be a reflection of the amount of fun you can have playing golf.

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We want our members’ WITBs! Submit your WITB to be featured on the GolfWRX front page

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Greetings, GolfWRXers!

WITB (both member and Tour) has been at the heart our site since day one. Today, it’s a major component of our front page content, and there is no shortage of member WITB threads in our forums as well.

What we’d like to do is standardize the presentation of some member WITBs and member WITB photos so we can feature them on the front page. More to the point: We want to showcase our members’ WITB in the same way we do, say, Tiger Woods on the front page.

We think that beyond the “seeing your name in lights” factor, it’ll create some really cool material for the front page and it will also be incredibly informative and helpful for fellow members.

So, what do we mean by “standardizing” the presentation?

Look at Tiger Woods’ 2020 Farmers Insurance WITB below.

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (9 degrees)

Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 60 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees)

Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 70 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees)

Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 80 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P7TW (3-PW)

Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade MG 2 “Tiger MT Grind” (56-12, 60-11 degrees)

Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS

Grip: Ping PP58 Blackout

Golf Ball: Bridgestone TourB XS

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

Additionally, we will showcase an image of the club in question for each section and a full bag shot (minimum dimensions 1024×768) as the featured image. For the purposes of the thread, feel free to add all the photos at the end or insert them throughout.

In addition, feel free to add a paragraph or two about your set up, the method behind your madness, your age, current handicap index etc. Anything you feel that’s relevant and that you think your fellow WRXers will find informative and beneficial!

We’d like you, GolfWRXers, to share your WITBs in this thread using the format above.

So get submitting your WITB in our forum as we’ll be publishing them on our front page over the coming days and weeks!

Share your WITBs here.

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