Father's Day is this Sunday which means most of us will be sitting with our families watching the U.S. Open or on the golf course. If you're lucky, you can pull off both. It happens every year around this time, golf stores and websites are overwhelmed with people wondering what gift to buy this year.
As we get closer to the deadline, we can expect to pay more for shipping but here are a few items to consider when shopping for Dad this Father's Day:
1. Pro Compression Golf Socks: I wear these almost every round I play and I only have one pair. That means I either don't play enough or the socks sit in my trunk until it's time to play again.... either way I need another pair. These are the best socks I own and I wish I had them when I was an "athlete" in college. If you're going to spend on money on clothing for Dad, don't make it a tie. These socks will last a long time and make him more comfortable on the golf course. A seriously great golf gift. Visit their website: http://www.procompression.com/. Cost is $25 and up.
2. Photo Ball Marker: I wrote about these during the holiday season. A unique golf gift that Dad will be able to carry with him during every round. Whether the picture is of you and Dad, a favorite picture he has or an image from his favorite golf course, this is a great gift. You can visit the website www.photoballmarker.com or use the link on the side of the page to save $5.
3. The Swinkey: It would take another article just to tell you what The Swinkey does so I'll try to sum it up... just about everything. I use it as a tool warm-up and stretch before a round and it's a for protecting my clubs when I travel. Those are probably the two least exciting features of this magical golf "tool". It's also a camera mount, a putting trainer, helps with your swing plane, helps with setup... I think you get the point. This thing is pretty awesome and I'm glad it's in my bag. Visit their site and check out the videos to really learn what they can do: http://www.swinkey.com/.
4. A Gift Card: Spare me the line that this is impersonal. A gift card to help Dad get a the new driver he wants or a another golf club might be a great gift. Picking out clubs is a challenge even for those who know what they're looking for. Gift cards are not just for shopping. Consider buying Dad a round at a great golf course he's always wanted to play or even at his local favorite. A round of golf (maybe for two so he can bring a friend) is a great gift for any golfer.
5. Golf Accessories: Sometimes you just can't pick one thing. If that's the case, package together some golf balls, a towel, ball marker, divot tool and anything else you can think of. Check out the guys at Rule Golf or the Players Towel if you want to customize something. These are all things golfers use and can really never have enough of.
Bonus #6: This one is a long shot but if your Dad (mine is not) is tech savy, how about a golf app. I recently downloaded and used the Mobitee Golf App as my GPS and it's been great. If your Dad has a smartphone, consider picking up the tab for a gift like this!
Happy Father's Day!