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GolfWRX’s 2020 Fathers Day Gift Guide: Staff picks

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It’s that time of the year, dads! And here’s our traditional GolfWRX PSA for everyone else: Father’s Day (June 21) is rapidly approaching. And as we do every year, we’re rounding up the best gifts for dad.

First, 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.

Here is the GolfWRX staff’s wishlist for Father’s Day…and yes, sometimes we dream big.

Ben Alberstadt (Editor-in-Chief)

Golfers Journal Subscription: Starting at $75

Whether he’s from a generation where print publications were all there were or he’s a younger model of the paternal unit with hipster leanings (and a cabinet full of vinyl albums), Dad will love this quarterly periodical and its in-depth stories and best-in-the-industry photography. Seriously: If he loves to golf and has any sense of nostalgia (or just loves good content), this is the play.

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Bushnell Wingman: $149

Music? Check. Distance to the pin? Check. Bushnell’s Wingman can be easily mounted to your golf cart (via BITE magnetic technology) and just as easily delivers the numbers and notes you need to maximize your enjoyment of a round of golf. If only it served drinks…

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Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x: $52/dozen

If your dad is anything like mine, he loves to play the Titleist Pro V1 but often opts for cheaper models because he doesn’t want to spend the money on himself. TLDR; get dad the golf ball he really wants.

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Brian Knudson (Host of “Two Guys Talkin’ Golf”)

Garia Monaco Golf Cart: $24,000+

I know this is cool and crazy expensive, but your dad could be a crazy cool and expensive guy. If he lives on a golf course or can bring his own cart, there aren’t many out there this luxurious. With all sorts of custom options, a 25 mph top speed, and 10″ aluminum wheels the Monaco could be nicer than his car. The Monaco even has an optional refrigerator to keep his drinks and snacks cool!

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Stewert Golf X9 Follow: $2,499

With so many golfers now walking due to world health, why not take a weight off dad’s shoulders? Considered one of the best electric carts on the market, the Stewert X9 Follow has all the features dad will want and even some he didn’t know he needed! This cart will automatically follow dad all around the course, has a remote control, and its rechargeable batteries will probably even last through 36 holes.

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Ryan Barath (Canadian, Host of “On Spec,” Digital Content Creation Lead)

Swiftwick Golf Socks: $14.99 and up

Socks might seem like a last-minute thought, but they should really be considered one of the most important pieces of your wardrobe when you head to the course. You don’t realize how important sock are until you’re wearing a really bad pair. Swiftwick socks are made in the USA and offer one of the most comfortable fits for a lowcut no-slip sock. They offer extra cushion, moisture-wicking, and stay in place—what more could you really want from a sock?

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TaylorMade Golf TP5 Pix: $44.99 a dozen

Every golfer needs golf balls, and with the New TaylorMade TP5 PIX you get golf balls with the 5 layer performance of the TP5 along with the increased visibility and easy to align the technology of ClearPath Alignment. The markings were co-developed with the Rickie Fowler and now you can give dad a “Box of Swagger.”

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Gianni Magliocco (Assistant Editor)

King’s Golf Cardigan Sweater: $140

Want to make your father feel important this Sunday? Then get him this cardigan fit for a King. The cardigan is part of the PUMA x Arnold Palmer Collection and honors the great Arnold Palmer who was often seen in the same sweater style. The item features an alpaca, wool-blend fabric, real shell buttons, and can be had in either Legion Blue or Pale Pink.

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True X Linksoul Slip: $148.00

Summer is here, and as far as slick summer golf shoes for on and off the course go – the True x Linksoul slip has it all. The slip-on shoes contain a sweet suede upper, a microsuede lining that oozes comfort, and a strap that provides for effortless adjustability for the course. Perfect for the everyday father!

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Johnny Wunder (Director Of Content, Host of The Gear Dive)

Vessel Sunday 2.0 Carry Bag: $245

Now more than ever, carrying your sticks will be something you will be doing more and more. Vessel 2.0 is the best Sunday bag on the market in my opinion. Its a Sunday bag that lives right between a nap sack and your standard carry bag. The bottom line its the best of both worlds. Light and durable, how can you beat that?

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G/Fore Gloves: $35

The essentials are always the best gift to get any golf crazed dad. The G/Fore gloves are stylish yet subtle, have a ton of options and ultimately they are just cool because they are G/Fore. G/Fore is cool.

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TGD: TGD: Faldo, New TM Irons Drop, Bryson and Rickie scoop with Cobra Tour Manager Ben Schomin and the decline of my golf game

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On this episode of TGD brought to you by Titleist, Johnny goes in on the new TaylorMade MB, Faldo on Bryson, the demise of his golf game and some nuggets on Rickie and Bryson with Cobra Golfs Tour operations manager Ben Schomin.

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GolfWRX Classifieds (07/09/20): YES! Putter, Mevo, Honma irons

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member mlp021 – Flightscope Mevo

If you are looking to add some fun to your practice routine, while also getting useful data to help you improve and become more consistent, the Mevo is one of the best options around.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Flightscope Mevo 

Member OpenPar – YES! Golf Holly Putter

Finding any classic YES! putters in good shape continues to be more difficult, but this Holly looks like it hasn’t seen many rounds of golf, and it even comes with the original cover! Yes!

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Yes golf Holly

Member niznikd – In plastic Honma TW 747V Irons

These are a steal of a deal and just a third of their original asking price—and did I mention BRAND NEW!

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: 747V Honma Irons

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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Morning 9: Why a fanless Ryder Cup never made sense | Rapid LPGA restart | How Tiger practices putting at home

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1. Officially no Ryder Cup in 2020…Prez Cup moved to ’22
What was widely reported is now official. Our Gianni Magliocco…”On Wednesday, it was officially announced that the 2020 Ryder Cup had been postponed and rescheduled for September 21-26, 2021.”
  • “Subsequently, the next Presidents Cup which was initially scheduled for September 30-October 3, 2021 will now be played in September 2022.”
  • “Per the announcement on the Ryder Cup website, the decision to postpone “was based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
  • “Speaking on the postponement, PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh stated…
  • “Unlike other major sporting events that are played in existing stadiums, we had to make a decision now about building facilities to host the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits. It became clear that as of today, our medical experts and the public authorities in Wisconsin could not give us certainty that conducting an event responsibly with thousands of spectators in September would be possible. Given that uncertainty, we knew rescheduling was the right call. We are grateful to PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan and our partners at the TOUR for their flexibility and generosity in the complex task of shifting the global golf calendar.”
2. A fanless Cup never made sense…
ESPN’s Bob Harig…”Some 50,000 spectators a day packed Hazeltine four years ago. They came ready and roaring, fueled by flowing alcohol and the freedom that comes with a Ryder Cup, where cheering and booing is expected and taunting of the opponent comes with the territory.”
  • “It was much the same two years ago at Le Golf National outside of Paris — although the event was lacking the boorishness observed two years before that — when the Europeans romped to victory in front of a serenading home crowd.”
  • “That, in essence, is the Ryder Cup….And to not have that in any form would be nearly as depressing from a sporting standpoint as what all have endured during these unprecedented times.”
3. Forecaddie on LPGA restart
Golfweek’s Forecaddie…”After nearly five months off, LPGA players can finally begin to explore what their comeback on tour might look like, and there’s not much time to ease into things either. The decision to travel overseas for two weeks in Scotland looms large ­- not to mention the possibility of fans in Toledo. To the Forecaddie, in many ways it feels like a straight plunge into the deep end.”
  • “One day after two events in Scotland were confirmed for next month, the LPGA hosted two tour-wide conference calls on Wednesday and sent out a couple of surveys.”
  • “The Forecaddie certainly didn’t expect the LPGA to offer its players anything remotely close to the $100,000 that PGA Tour players received after testing positive for COVID-19. It looks like LPGA players will receive a $5,000 stipend if they test positive during a tournament and $2,500 if it happens while at home. Same for caddies.”
4. Playing while testing positive
Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard…“In what the PGA Tour is calling a clarification regarding its health and safety plan, players or caddies who continue to test positive for COVID-19 can now return to competition under certain guidelines.”
  • “Last week, the Tour announced a move to a “test-based model” for asymptomatic cases, which means that anyone who tests positive would be allowed to return competition if they returned two negative tests that were administered at least 24 hours apart.”
  • “Wednesday’s clarification addressed a player or caddie who continues to test positive after 10 days since the first symptoms appeared and hasn’t had a fever for 72 hours. That player would be allowed to return to competition with certain restrictions.”
5. LPGA return environment
Golf Channel’s Randall Mell…“There are all kinds of challenges for the women going overseas, even with Scotland set to ratify the United Kingdom’s foreign athlete quarantine exemption, which will allow Americans and players from other foreign countries to avoid the 14-day quarantine required upon arriving.”
  • “That exemption doesn’t include parents or agents.”
  • “That’s a challenge for young players accustomed to traveling with their parents, a fairly common practice in the LPGA ranks.”
  • “The Women’s British Open is creating a “bio secure zone” at Royal Troon, allowing only players, caddies and other essential personnel inside the zone, which restricts movement to the course and designated hotel.”
6. Workday features COVID-19 grouping
Todd Kelly for Golfweek…“Nick Watney, Denny McCarthy and Dylan Frittelli, who all tested positive for COVID during the PGA Tour’s restart and who the Tour says continue to test positive, are in the field at this week’s Workday Charity Open and, after a late change to the tee times, will play in the same group for the first two rounds.”
  • …”The Tour said it is following the CDC’s symptom-based model for those three golfers, as they have continued to return positive tests but they all meet the CDC guidelines for Return to Work.”
7. Asia Pacific Ams canceled 
Golf Channel’s Brentley Romine…“The Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific, set for Oct. 7-10 in Thailand, and Asian-Pacific Amateur, scheduled for Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in Australia, will not be played this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
  • “While the women’s championship, which was already rescheduled from last February, will return next year for its third edition, to be played Feb. 4-7 at Siam Country Club, the men’s championship does not have a future date at this time. It was supposed to be contested at Royal Melbourne this fall.”
8. Rocket Mortgage ratings
Geoff Shackelford…”Another very solid weekend for PGA Tour ratings with not much sports competition due to the pandemic and a late start for NASCAR’s rance, a July 4 weekend that should have substantially cut into numbers, did not.”
  • “Bryson DeChameau’s win at the Rocket Mortgage Classic was up 56% from 2019 and if you ignore the silly demographics, earned plenty of eyeballs.”
9. Tiger’s at-home practice putting routine
In case you ever wondered how one of the greatest flatstick wielders practices his putting…
Explaining to GolfTV’s Henni Koyack, Woods revealed how he consistently focuses on his putting from 6 feet and in before going straight into a heavy workload of lag putting.
  • “I end up doing a few sets of chalk lines from probably about 6 feet and in. I work on my start line (and) I try and get that dialed in. And then I really don’t spend a whole lot of time in the 8-15 foot range.
  • “Once I get a lot of my dialed-in time on my putting, then I’ll lag putt a lot and start trying to get my feel in my fingers and how I like to release the putter and feel it in my stroke. I like to do designated tee drill, line drill and then lag putt to death.”
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