6 Ideal Father's Day Golf Gifts
Dad will play better, smarter, and more comfortably with these outstanding products.
1. Golf Night Out with Michael Breed
Photo courtesy of MichaelBreed.com and Golf Channel
Give dad a front-row seat to hear the high-energy host of Golf Channel’s The Golf Fix at the Westchester Broadway Theater in Elmsford on June 21. The ebullient Breed will talk about golf instruction, tell you how to improve your game, share stories from the PGA Tour, and explain what motivates him to excel in his chosen field.
“From 7 to 9, you’re going to get a presentation that covers full swing, short game, and putting,” Breed says. “We’re going to look at some videos of the best swings in the game. I’m also going to tell some stories about The Golf Fix and teaching touring professionals.”
VIP tickets, which include a backstage pass and meet-and-greet with Breed, as well as live entertainment by network recording star (and excellent golfer) Joe Horowitz, are $200. General admission is $125. All guests will receive a gift bag valued at more than the price of admission. It includes a copy of Michael Breed’s Effect to Cause DVD, Let’s Do This! Ion Loop bracelet, a sleeve of Titleist ProV1s, a Golf Pride grip, and a pair of FootJoy socks, among other items.
The presentation isn’t just about golf, either. Breed will talk about life in a family afflicted by Alzheimer’s and will contribute a portion of the proceeds to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. “My Dad died of Alzheimer’s in 2001,” he explains, “and I thought I could do something here to help the cause of finding a cure.”
2. Golf Buddy Voice 2
The Voice 2 ($150) gives dad the distance to both the center of the green and front and back with the simple click of a button. This second generation of GolfBuddy’s line of audio-distance measuring devices is perfect for the golfer who wants the yardage information without the hassle.
Increased battery life of up to 14 hours means the Voice 2 can be used on back-to-back 18-hole rounds. You can also switch between a male and female voice for distance readings. A line of accessories created specifically for the Voice 2 allows it to be clipped on a hat to provide distance readings directly into the ear, worn as a watch, or be clipped onto your belt or pocket. It’s water-resistant, too.
"The Voice 2 comes with everything the Voice had but with superior specifications,” says Harry Jung, creator and president of GolfBuddy.
The Voice 2 also has a shot-distance measurement feature. And like all GolfBuddy GPS products, it features dynamic green-viewing capabilities based on the golfer’s position, automatic course, and hole recognition, and comes pre-loaded with more than 38,000 courses worldwide with free lifetime software and course updates.
3. Titleist 4UP Golf Bag
The new Titleist 4UP StaDry stand bag ($245) provides lightweight waterproof performance through high-tech construction and advanced waterproof technology for exceptional versatility and durability. At just 3.5 pounds, it is the lightest Titleist stand bag ever. David Young, director of golf at Sleepy Hollow Country Club, says, “Our members are very sensitive to the demands of our caddies. The 4UP has passed every test.”
The 4UP design features a lightweight, durable, nylon waterproof shell with a three-way divider, foam-padded straps for comfort and cushioning, as well as ample storage room and protection. The bag’s performance-grade aluminum legs are tough and durable but extremely light, while the new Active Recoil Stand System reduces weight and allows for easy activation.
"We are continually improving our designs to ensure that we meet and exceed the needs of dedicated golfers,” says Jane Casanta, Director of Marketing, Titleist Golf Gear. “The development of 4UP concentrated on cutting-edge design technologies and materials, quality workmanship, and an extensive PGA Professional and player testing process. The result is a stand bag that provides performance distinctly worthy of the Titleist script.”
4. Flat Cat Putter Grips
Flat Cat ($28) is a game-changing putter grip that promises to help golfers of all abilities make more putts and lower scores. The grip’s unique Flat 1 technology puts the feeling of square in the palm of a player’s hands, helping them to square their putter face at impact. Its innovative design works with every putting style, conventional, left-hand low, saw, claw, and more. Because each side of the Flat Cat grip is in a parallel plane with the putter face, a reference point and personal feel is established instantly.
Legendary golf instructor Hank Haney partnered with Flat Cat and says, "Flat Cat’s design creates a seamless connection between you and the face of your putter.” Flat Cat was developed in consultation with PGA pro Mike Heisterkamp and longtime Whistling Straits and Pinehurst caddy Charlie Spain.
Flat Cat comes in four sizes: Slim, Standard, Fat, and Big Boy.
5. Antigua Heathered Polo
One of Antigua’s most popular performance golf polos from the 2016 spring/summer collection makes an excellent gift for the golfing (or any other) Dad. It’s the Element Heathered short sleeve polo.
“Element simply demonstrates that the fabric of a garment can be the garment, reaffirming our ‘less is more’ adage,” says Sean Gregg, Vice President of Product Development and Marketing support. “The exaggerated heather fabric was engineered at the yarn level by twisting long contrasting strands of color fiber so that when they were inevitably knit into the fabric, the outcome of the irregular heather effect becomes the style’s appeal.”
The fabric also uses Antigua’s Desert Dry moisture wicking for additional comfort. $70
6. 18 Holes with Bing
Dad can’t spend 24 hours of every day on the golf course, so giving him a good golf book to peruse on rainy days or the night before a big round is a great gift idea. 18 HOLES WITH BING: Golf, Life and Lessons from Dad ($23) will fill the bill perfectly. The book offers a new glimpse of the man from the vantage point of his son, Nathaniel, who pays tribute to his father in 18 enlightening stories and entertaining anecdotes of Der Bingle’s time on the course, the tournaments he created, and the lessons he shared with his son through the game.
Nathaniel Bing is an accomplished golfer and golf executive who won the United States Amateur Championship in 1981, is a former European Tour player, and was host of the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am for eight years. His co-author, John Strege, is the author of five books and currently writes for Golf Digest.