Remember the time you broke the neighbor’s window? The time you got called into the principal’s office? The time you drove the family car into a ditch? The time you…well, let’s not talk about that one. The point is, your dad did his time, and now it’s time for you to step it up and get him something he’ll love (and actually use) for Father’s Day. Following are some of our favorite items fit for a father:
Players Towel – Starting at $20
Is your dad still playing golf with that ratty old towel hanging from his bag? Help him step it up in style with the microfiber Players Towel, which can be personally embroidered for free with his name, nickname or even his favorite four-letter word (fore!). Developed by a former tour caddie, this high-performance towel absorbs up to 300 times its weight in water, and it has been used by seven winners on the PGA and LPGA circuits already this year.
Callaway uPro MX Golf GPS – $199
Your dad may still prefer having a Leatherman in his pocket instead of an iPod, but that doesn’t mean he can’t use the latest technology to select the right club and raise his game. With the uPro MX, he will have access to real-time data for more than 25,000 preloaded courses right out of the box. A touch-screen interface makes it easy to navigate, there are no extra fees or hassles unless your dad wants to go all out and purchase added ProMode features, which include high-resolution images and flyover videos. You can get it from our friends at Golfland Warehouse.
RuleSixteen Ball Marker & Divot Tool – $15
From the creative minds at Rule Golf comes this nifty two-in-one tool in a slim stainless steel package. When dad is ready to mark his ball and repair the damage from his awesome wedge shot from outer space, he’ll just slide the ball marker out with his thumb to reveal the divot repair tines, James Bond style. Better yet, the wafer-thin marker is rectangular, so he can use it to help visualize the line of his next putt.
Piretti Cottonwood II Putter – $250
Dad’s not getting any younger, and that means that he might be getting a little yippy on the greens, too. To the rescue comes the sleek Cottonwood II blade by Piretti Fine Putters. At 365 grams, the head on this putter is heavier than most blades, which may help your dad recapture the smoothness of his former stroke. Best of all, this carbon steel putter boasts an old-school look and superior milled quality that your dad will appreciate.
Sumi-G Money Clip – $21.99
It’s time for dad to say hasta la vista to that bulky old wallet that weighs him down on the course. Sumi-G offers a full line of ultra-cool golf accessories, and when your dad finally hits that elusive hole-in-one, he’ll be proud to whip this stylish money clip out at the 19th hole, unfurl a Benjamin and buy drinks for everyone. This one-piece clip is double sided, so it holds cash on one side, and cards on the other, with no hinges or magnets.
Putter Perfection by Sean Weir – $12.99 on Amazon
In the shameless self-promotion category, we recommend getting your dad Putter Perfection, the new book on putter fitting by PutterZone.com’s Sean Weir. It’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks, and that includes putter fitting. Ask your dad about the loft and lie angle of his putter. If you get a blank stare in return, then he needs this book.