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GolfWRX’s 2017 Father’s Day Gift Guide

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A reminder from your friends at GolfWRX: Father’s Day is June 18. And as as we do every year, we’re rounding up the best gifts for dad. This year, we’re doing something a little different with the guide. Rather than breaking down gifts by price tier, we’re breaking them down by “dad.”

What the heck does that mean? Well, we’ve identified some basic dad types, like “The Purist” who loves classic golf architecture, hickory clubs, and the traditions of this game. There’s also “The Gearhead,” who in addition to living in the GolfWRX forums, can’t wait to get his hands on the latest and greatest in golf equipment.

But as we say every year: There’s no better golf-related Father’s Day gift than a round of golf with pops. Be it a country club or your favorite muni, take the time to get together to play 18 if you can.

Also, a GolfWRX pro tip: If you’re getting dad a gift that’s usable on the golf course, present it to him at the course: There’s nothing like whacking a new driver (that someone else paid for) off the first tee. But let’s get to the gifts.

The Purist

A Life Well Played by Arnold Palmer $13.29

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With his passing last fall, it’s a great time for dad to brush up on Mr. Palmer and his distinguished legacy by reading this anthology of anecdotes and life lessons from the King. Buy it.

Lee Wybranski print (or painting): Varies

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While dad may not know artist Lee Wybranski by name, he’s certainly familiar with Wybranskis. The official U.S. Open poster painter/designer, among other things, Wybranski has a bounty of works for sale on his website.

Louisville Golf Hickory Intro Set: $825

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If dad’s considered getting into hickory golf, there are two routes he can go: assemble a set of vintage weapons from eBay, or buy a new set of hickories from Louisville Golf. Consider the latter if he’s just getting started. Learn more.

The Gearhead

All equipment recommendations were/are the leading vote getters in our 2017 GolfWRX Members Choice: Best Golf Equipment polls.  

Callaway Epic GBB Sub Zero Driver: $499.99

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The GolfWRX Members Choice for Best Driver in 2017, pops will be primed to launch bombs with the Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero in his bag. Buy it.

Mizuno JPX-900 Tour Irons: $1199.99

JPX900_Tour_CloseUpMizuno’s JPX-900 Tour irons were the leading vote getters for GolfWRX Members Choice: Best Players Irons in 2017. If dad’s a player, these are the sticks he needs. Buy them.

Callaway Apex CF ’16 Irons: $1199.99

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If dad’s a little higher handicap or is looking for more distance/forgiveness, consider buying him Callaway Apex CF ’16 irons. They were voted the Best Game-Improvement Irons of 2017 by GolfWRX Members. Buy them.

Ping G Irons: $110-125 per club

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While voting hasn’t yet wrapped up in our GolfWRX Members Choice: Best Super Game-Improvement Irons of 2017 Poll, the Ping G is the current leader. If dad’s a higher handicapper, these clubs will make a difference in his game. Learn more.

The Techie

Arccos 360: $249.99

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Arccos continues to push the envelope in golf technology. If your dad’s a techie, he’ll love playing around with this combination performance tracker/virtual caddie. Buy it.

Bushnell Pro X2: $449.99

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The standard in rangefinders. If your dad doesn’t have a rangefinder, he needs one. And this easy-to-use model will impress everyone in his Tuesday morning foursome. Buy it.

SkyTrak Personal Launch Monitor: $1995

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Expensive? Yes. But if you have a couple of brothers and sisters, consider splitting the cost for this game-changer in personal launch monitor technology. Better yet, SkyTrak is running a Father’s Day special. And if you’re on the fence about pulling the trigger, or resident tech nut, our Kane Cochran has a detailed review. Buy it.

If you’re looking for a more affordable rangefinder (or maybe even a more premium model, who knows), check out our list of the Hottest Launch Monitors of 2017.

The Clotheshorse

Bradley Allan Contrast Stripe Polo: $89

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Straddling the line between traditional and modern, we like what Bradley Allan are doing. This contrast polo hits all the notes and won’t get lost in his closet with his 17th solid blue polo shirt. Learn more.

Ecco Cage Pro Boa: $229

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The Ecco Cage Pro Boa are supremely functional and comfortable golf shoes. Dad probably doesn’t want to be wearing screw-in spikes at his age, and if he’s s bit of a fashion plate, he’ll love these shoes with their bold orange sole and distinct upper. No laces is a nice touch, too. Buy them.

Holderness & Bourne Byers Duffel Bag in Nantucket Red: $225

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For the weekend or the gym, Holderness & Bourne’s Nantucket Red duffel takes an iconic color and uses it in this versatile and classy looking bag. Learn more.

The Instruction Fanatic

The Anatomy of Greatness by Brandel Chamblee: $17.40

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Love him or hate him, Brandel Chamblee’s book is the hottest golf instruction book on the market right now. Whether dad ends up agreeing with the Golf Channel analyst or thinking he’s a behind-the-times blowhard, he’ll want to read this book. Buy it.

Tathata Golf In-Home Training Program: $179.95

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Tathata Golf’s in-home training program is steadily growing in popularity. On-demand, in-home instruction with a unique, martial arts-based foundation, Tathata is resonating with golfers and instructors. Dad can see what it’s all about for less than three bucks a day. Learn more.

FocusBand: $500

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If dad’s an instruction enthusiast, he’ll be interested in this product. The FocusBand professes to be able to measure when an individual is “in the zone” based on a number of measurable quantities (eye movement, etc). At the very least, it’ll help dad, who might tend toward paralysis by analysis, to quiet his mind on the course. Learn more.

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  1. G

    Jun 11, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    another pos trying to impersonate Obs

  2. G

    Jun 11, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    you are a sick gearhead trying to impersonate Obs

  3. Old Putter

    Jun 11, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    THE WALKS THE COURSE
    62″ Miami Dolphins double canopy umbrella…
    That’s what’s up

  4. Tazz2293

    Jun 9, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    A pink duffle bag. Just what every dad wants

    • BRI

      Jun 10, 2017 at 12:35 am

      Uhhh… Dad…. It’s, uh, NANTUCKET RED. yea.

  5. dr bloor

    Jun 9, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Wanted to check out the canvas bag a bit more, but the Holderness site won’t let you browse without coughing up your email address.

    • Tazz2293

      Jun 9, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      I went to the site. When I clicked on Fabric & Trim email request popped up, I closed that and have no problems browsing the site

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How big of a deal is slow play in professional golf?

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Over the last couple of weeks, there has been plenty of talk of slow play regarding some of the players on tour. Discussions reached a fevered pitch Sunday at the Genesis Open. On the back nine, J.B. Holmes added to his reputation for slow play after taking a minute and a half to hit a putt.

This incident comes a few weeks after Brooks Koepka stated that he goes to the bathroom so his group gets put on the clock to combat slow players, which has faced some slight backlash from players like Bryson Dechambeau. However, this recent instance has proven that there is possibly something to be observed in Koepka’s remarks.

Even Peter Kostis made comments during the broadcast that “he [Holmes] could have been going through most of his routine while his playing competitors were putting.” Holmes would take 1:20 to hit a putt that he eventually missed, and then continued by plumbobbing his 1 foot tap in.

I’m not saying that this is the reason for his win over Justin Thomas, because JT clearly lost his mojo during that final round. Though there is something to be said regarding the etiquette of the game when you deliberately slow the group to a crawl when there is no need for it.

Golf already takes the longest time of any sport to play, which hurts its popularity and television viewership because no one has six hours to watch a round of golf. And remember, a slow player in one group effects the group behind him/her, and so on.

I feel like slow play should be held in the same regards of yelling in someone’s backswing in that it is one player affecting the play of others. It’s rude and inconsiderate to your playing partners, on top of making it a bore to watch for the many on course patrons and those viewing around the world.

What do you think, GolfWRX Members?

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Hidden Gem of the Day: La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc, California

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These aren’t the traditional “top-100” golf courses in America, or the ultra-private golf clubs you can’t get onto. These are the hidden gems; they’re accessible to the public, they cost less than $50, but they’re unique, beautiful and fun to play in their own right. We recently asked our GolfWRX Members to help us find these “hidden gems.” We’re treating this as a bucket list of golf courses to play across the country, and the world. If you have a personal favorite hidden gem, submit it here!

Today’s Hidden Gem of the Day was submitted by GolfWRX member EllaRose909, who takes us to La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc, California. Developed in 1986 by Kenneth Hume Hunter, Jr, the track sits 30 miles north of Santa Barbara, and in Ella’s description of the course, she highlights the challenge that La Purisima will serve up should you tee it up here.

“The course is next to the ocean near Santa Maria CA. You play the front nine out East with the wind to your back. The back nine is played west back to the clubhouse in the teeth of the ocean breeze/wind. When you get done playing 18, you feel like you have played 36 holes. It is a great track, a former US Open qualifying course. I once played with a 60-year-old hacker; he quit after 14 holes!”

According to La Purisima Golf Course’s website, walking 18 holes during the week will cost from $34 to $59, while to play on the weekend the rates range from $42 to $73.

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Check out the full forum thread here, and submit your Hidden Gem.

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On Spec: A talk with TXG’s Director of Club Building Mike Martysiewicz

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TXG’s Director of Club Building & Fitter Michael Martysiewicz joins host Ryan Barath to talk about club building, equipment for 2019, WITB, favorite artisan companies, and what got him to where he is today. You can follow Mike on Instagram, and you can follow along with TXG there, too.

Remember that you can always follow along with host Ryan on Instagram and follow the show there are well. Never be afraid to reach out!

Check out the full podcast on SoundCloud below, or click here to listen on iTunes or here to listen on Spotify.

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