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.
A Life Well Played by Arnold Palmer $13.29
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
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
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.
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
Mizuno JPX-900 Tour Irons: $1199.99
Callaway Apex CF ’16 Irons: $1199.99
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
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.
Arccos 360: $249.99
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
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
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.
Bradley Allan Contrast Stripe Polo: $89
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
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
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
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
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.
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.