GolfWRX Father’s Day gift guide
By Zak Kozuchowski and Rob Miller
Dad deserves the best. That’s why we’ve put our heads together and come up with six Father’s Day gifts that are sure to keep him smiling until next Father’s Day. Skip the tie, and get Dad on of these cool gifts that will make him the envy of his Sunday foursome.
Adidas Samba Golf Shoes
Adidas is bringing new meaning to the term “foot wedge” with its new Samba Golf shoe. The company’s legendary soccer shoe is now available in golf form, complete with a high traction outsole and spikes that will give Dad firm footing from any lie. It’s a great way for Dad to show off his soccer spirit on the course. Even if Dad’s not a soccer fan, this extremely comfortable classic looks great with pants and shorts, and is available in enough colors to match any outfit. Click here for the Adidas Golf footwear site, where limited edition styles are currently on sale. Price: $100 to $120.
Back 9 Varsity Headcovers
Dad may or may not remember the days of Arnie’s Army, but regardless, retro is in – especially with golf head covers. Back 9 creates some of the best retro-styled head covers around. Their Legend Series has many colors and styles to choose from, including the new Legend Varsity Collection (pictured). They’re available in several attractive color combinations including blue, black, green and red. Unlike the ones Arnie used, they’re ultra-soft with plenty of padding. And for a few extra dollars, you can have them monogrammed (up to 15 characters). Price : About $30 each. back9usa.com
Callaway upro mx+ GPS
Callaway is jumping back into the GPS arena with the long-awaited upro mx+, an updated device with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a GPS. If Dad is a technophile, this is the device for him. Its strongest feature is the ProMode, which will give a realistic aerial look at a hole using actual photography. Accurate yardage to hazards and other on-course targets are also calculated. It’s very lightweight and uses a slick touch-screen interface. In testing, the on course experience for us has been great. We particularly like the simple, one-handed operation. From Callaway Golf: http://www.callawayuxplore.com/upro
Matrix Shotmate One Touch Mini GPS
Think a typical GPS is too complicated for dad? You may want to consider the Matrix Shotmate. With virtually no learning curve, Dad can master it in just a few clicks. Attach the tiny device to your hat, belt or bag and click the button. The Shotmate knows what hole you’re playing and responds with the yardage to the center of the green (there’s a Meters mode, too). Click the button again and you can enter “tracking mode”, which will allow you to track distance on your last shot. In practice, it works very well. It can really speed up a round, since there are not screens to look at and not confusing functions to learn. Best of all, perhaps, is the $150 price tag. From Matrix: http://www.shotmategps.com/
PING Nome 405 Adjustable Length Belly Putter
If Dad needs help with his putting, a belly putter might be a good place to start. Belly putters anchor the putter to the body, removing certain variables that make it easier for some golfers to hole the crucial they need to beat their buddies. If Dad’s belly has gotten bigger in recent years, you don’t need to worry about what length might fit him. PING has created an adjustable belly putter that conforms to USGA rules and easily transitions from 37.5 inches to 46.5 inches, a range that will fit nearly every golfer. It’s available for $299.99 at Golfsmith.
TaylorMade ATV Wedges
Buying wedges for a golfer can be tricky. Things like bounce angle, loft, camber and sole relief complicate the process. But TaylorMade believes they’ve made the process much simpler with its ATV wedge – a club the company claims lets golfers play any shot from any lie. In testing, we’ve found that the 56 to 64 degree lofts truly shine around the greens. Give Dad a gift he’s be able to enjoy every time he tees it up. ATV wedges retail for $119, and can be purchased through TaylorMade’s website, http://taylormadegolf.com/TaylorMade/ATV-Wedge/DW-JN785,default,pd.html.
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Photos from the 2023 Valero Texas Open
Ah, the Valero Texas Open — a tournament as rich in history as it is in Texan charm. The event has been around since 1922, making it one of the oldest on the PGA Tour calendar.
Over the years, it’s been held at a variety of courses across the Lone Star State, but it’s found its home at TPC San Antonio in recent years. Some of the biggest names in golf have taken home the title here, including Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan, Lee Trevino, and Ben Crenshaw. But the real star of the show? That would have to be the legendary Texan wind, which can turn a benign par-4 into a 500-yard monster faster than you can say “y’all.”
Per usual, GolfWRX was on site to check out what the pros are playing with the Masters just a week away.
Check out links to all our galleries, below.
- 2023 Valero Texas Open – Monday #1
- 2023 Valero Texas Open – Monday #2
- 2023 Valero Texas Open – Tuesday #1
- 2023 Valero Texas Open – Wednesday #1
- 2023 Valero Texas Open – Wednesday #2
- Chandler Phillips – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Hayden Buckley – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Brandon Wu – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Rickie Fowler – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Paul Haley II – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Kevin Chappell – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Austin Truslow – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Peter Lansburgh – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Peter Kuest – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Trevor Werbylo – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
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- Padraig Harrington – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Ryan Fox – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Ricky Barnes WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Hayden Buckley’s custom Cameron putters – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- S H Kim’s custom Cameron putter – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Beau Hossler’s custom Cameron putter – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- New Garsen grip – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Brent Grant’s custom Cameron putter – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K Three – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Luke Donald’s new Odyssey Twelve putter (w/ SuperStroke grip) – 2023 Valero Texas Open
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Spotted: Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K Three “anti-right” prototype putter
Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K putters have really taken off on tour, and we have seen a handful of models in tour player’s bags. The latest version we spotted out on tour is a very unique design.
Odyssey makes this putter head with a standard flow neck that offers plenty of toe hang for golfers who prefer or need that weighting. This prototype has a long slant neck installed more near the center of the putter head that lets the toe sit slightly up in the air when held horizontally. This is pretty different since most putters sit with the toe hanging down towards the ground or are face balanced (face sits parallel to the ground). A full shaft offset looks to be achieved with the slant neck and the look at address is definitely different.
We spoke to Callaway PGA Tour manager Joe Toulon about the putter and he had the following to say
“On course [we had a player who] had a little push bias that didn’t necessarily show up in practice but it is something that he felt on course. So we wanted to build something that was a little easier to release and maybe not necessarily open the toe as much in the back stroke and not have to work as hard to release it in the through stroke. That was kind of designed to give a little offset and when you rested it on your finger it would rest toe up a little bit. We thought for that player it would help him square the putter face at impact rather than leave it open a little bit.
“It was more of a concept we had and will continue to work on it. When we had it on the truck and we were hitting some putts with it we noticed that you had to work really hard to push this putter. We wanted to make an anti-right putter. Just a fun little concept that we have an idea and work with our tour department to test things out.
“It isn’t something that ended up in a player’s bag but we learned some things in that process and will keep in mind for future builds and projects.”
The finish also looks to be a little different than the standard Tri-Hot 5K putter’s black and silver motif. The face and neck are finished in silver and the rear done in more of a blueish-gray tone. The White Hot insert looks to be standard and the sole still contains two interchangeable weights.
The shaft looks to be painted in the same metallic red as their standard Stroke Lab shaft, but we don’t see a steel tip section. Not sure if this putter has a full graphite shaft or painted steel.
Check out more photos of the Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K Three Putter.
More “Spotted” pieces
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