Father’s Day is around the corner and if you’re a last-minute shopper like I am, you’re probably still looking for gift ideas (though it is Father’s Day practically every week for my step-dad). Well, you’re in luck because WUP has some great products — everything from the latest hot clubs to the hippest gadgets — that your golf-crazed dad will love.
Bushnell NEO XS
The NEO XS is an easy-to-use GPS rangefinder, with instant measurements for golfers in a simple, lightweight and comfortable form-factor. The watch comes preloaded with over 33,000+ courses in more than 30 countries, features market-leading battery life and can be used as an odometer on the course or while exercising off the course.
I’ll be honest — I was a little skeptical of the watch before I tested it. I like having exact yardages by using a rangefinder (or caddie), but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I like the NEO XS. It provides you with the center of the green yardage, along with the distance to the front and the back of the green. The best part, though, is that it gives you the hazard layup distances, like to the “end of the fairway” or how far it is to carry a water hazard and/or bunkers.
The battery life is pretty good, too. I’ve found that it lasts up to three rounds, which is better than using an app on your phone. I also was wary of the NEO XS because it looked large and clunky and as you may know, I’m a petite person, who doesn’t wear a watch on a regular basis, so I thought it might be cumbersome. However, that wasn’t the case — it’s so lightweight and didn’t impact my swing.
Count me a big fan and proponent of this handy device, and your dad will probably love it, too.
This gadget is aimed at golfers who want to improve using technology by allowing them to learn the true distances of each of their clubs and gather stats like fairways hit, greens in regulation, number of putts and more. It’s also recently been approved by the USGA. In short, I call it “Shot Tracker” for amateurs.
I’m a bit on the fence about this product. I love it in theory and I recommend checking it out because I haven’t given up on it yet. I’ve been testing the product in my last five or so rounds, and I’ve found the whole “tapping” the end of the club, where you gently pat the “chip” at the end of the grip against the device worn on your belt a bit cumbersome. It takes some getting used to , especially on the greens, and sometimes I’ll go an entire hole forgetting to “tap,” so it obviously won’t record my data. Good news is you can go back on the computer and enter the the strokes you forgot. Bad news is I have early onset Alzheimer’s.
But it is fun to go back and see your stroke data and how far you actually hit your clubs. Lesson learned: You really don’t hit it as far as you think (and I tend to be conservative when it comes to my distances — as in, I underestimate how far I hit it, or so I thought). I’ve yet to explore the social aspect of it and I think I need to continue testing the product to fully appreciate its all-around abilities. Oh, so the takeaway is, GAME GOLF is a keeper if your dad is the ultimate golf nerd.
TaylorMade SLDR S Metalwoods
The slogan for the new SLDR S metalwoods is “Distance for all,” and the product developers at TaylorMade have delivered. The low forward center of gravity (CG) combined with lofting up produces higher launch and lower spin, which maximizes distance.
Lofting up is for everyone, including PGA Tour players. Both J.B. Holmes and John Senden have won this year using TaylorMade drivers with 12 degrees of loft. Keith Sbarbaro, the Vice President of Tour Operations at TaylorMade, explained the revolution occurring at the highest level of professional golf, “Historically on the PGA Tour, guys would de-loft their drivers in an attempt to achieve a lower ball flight and gain distance. But when we introduced low forward CG, players started to see huge distance leaps from added loft. This has been a monumental shift in the way of thinking and a breakthrough in unlocking more distance. With SLDR S, the same dominating distance is available to golfers of all abilities and swing speeds.”
The technology is packaged in a visually appealing set of metalwoods. The classic shape is finished with a silver crown and a black button-back for alignment purposes. You are not only going to love the distance, but you are going to love the look too.
Extra Info: The SLDR S Driver is available in four high-lofted options (10°, 12°, 14°, and 16°), and comes with the lightweight Fujikura Speeder 57 graphite shaft. It comes with a 20g sliding weight for shot shape adjustment.
SLDR S fairway woods are equipped with the Fujikura Speeder 65 graphite (43.25”) shaft and are available in five models/lofts: 3W (15°), 3HL (17°), 5W (19°), 5HL (21°), and 7W (23°).
SLDR S Rescue is equipped with a Fujikura Speeder 72 (41.25”) and is available in four models/lofts: 3 (19°), 4 (22°), 5 (25°), and 6 (28°).
Prices: Driver for $329, Fairways Woods $229, and Rescues $179
TaylorMade SLDR Irons
TaylorMade SLDR irons are high-tech, distance enhancing irons packaged in a classic shape. The style of the iron promotes confidence at address, and the combination of the Speed Pocket and ThruSlot Technology will give you five to ten yards of extra distance.
Tomo Bystedt, Director of Product Creation for Irons, Putters, and Wedges at TaylorMade, explained the added distance is the result of increased ball speed, “Golfers want to hit their irons far, which has put us on a path to engineer iron sets that have driver-like face speed. To find that speed, we created ultra-thin faces, introduced Inverted Cone Technology and now an enhanced Speed Pocket with ThruSlot Technology.”
In addition, the polymer filling in the Speed Pocket of the 3-7 irons and the shock-absorbing badge in the back cavity of the 3-9 irons promote a crisp sound and a solid feel.
Extra Info: SLDR Irons are available in 8-piece sets (4-AW being the most popular) in a choice of KBS’s new Tour C-Taper 90 steel shaft (regular or stiff flex), which is engineered to promote launch and spin control, and Fujikura graphite in three weights and flexes: 77-grams (stiff), 67-grams (regular), and 57-grams (senior). The irons feature a hand-polished chrome finish.
Each iron has a Golf Pride Tour Velvet 47.5 gram grip. Custom shaft and grip options are also available.
Price: $899; wedges (SW, LW) are sold separately for $119 apiece.
G/FORE is perfect for the style-conscious dad. If you thought it was cool to match your glove to your outfit (which I do every round now), then you and your dad will definitely get a kick out of the brand’s shoes. They’re perfect to wear for a round of golf or even just walking around the town and even for the office. I can’t wait until they come out with the ladies’ line!
Oh, your dad will also *love* this hat. After all, who doesn’t dig FORE PLAY?
Bubba Box by BirdieBox
BirdieBox has teamed up with Bubba Watson and Fancy.com to create the ultimate Father’s Day gift for the golfing dad. Featuring an assortment of exclusive gear hand-picked by Bubba, the two-time Masters champion is donating all of his proceeds directly to The Bubba Watson Foundation. Packages are available in two sizes and boast a total value nearly double the retail cost. These ideal gifts include a PING Bubba Visor (BirdieBox global exclusive), Oakley Short Sleeve Greene polo (as will be worn by Bubba at the US Open), sleeve of Titleist ProV1 logo balls, KENTWOOL USA Performance Socks, special Bubba head cover from Daphne’s and free one-month BirdieBox subscription.
Price: $75, $125
Galvin Green Millard Polo
Galvin Green introduces the Millard Polo with body-mapping technology that increases ventilation in key areas to ensure players remain dry, cool and comfortable even in excessive heat. Part of the brand’s Ventil8 series, the Millard is constructed from fibers engineered with unique performance properties that will never wash- or wear-out so Dad has a shirt he can wear season after season. Additional characteristics include a UV protection rating of 20+ and permanent antibacterial features for exceptional odor control, so he stays comfortable and protected from during hot summer rounds.
Nike has a golf ball for every skill level, and there is a great way to figure out which type of RZN ball works best for you (link)*. The RZN Platinum is a tour ball with moderate spin, and the RZN Black is a tour ball with less spin. The RZN Red is engineered for a longer carry distance, and the RZN White has a softer feel than the Red, and can be used by a wide range of swing speeds.
I’ve played with a Titleist ball my entire life and I’ve even switched over to the Nike RZN Black/Platinum (haven’t decided which one I like better yet).
*Golfers can use the RZN Recommender digital tool to find their perfect ball: Nike RZN Recommender
Nike TW ’14 Mesh shoe
The Nike TW ’14 Mesh is the perfect summer shoe for the athlete in you. It is important to treat yourself right when you are doing all that hoofing down the fairway, and a lightweight, breathable mesh upper will keep your feet feeling fresh. The Dynamic Flywire cradles your feet as you make a nice turn on the ball, and the low profile Integrated Traction gives you exactly what you need to stick the finish.
Extra Info: The TW’ 14 Mesh is available on Nike.com in White/Black-Volt-Wolf Grey and Base Grey/Black-Lagoon Red-Dark Base Grey.
Keep dad cool — in more than one way. Designed and developed to raise performance levels by helping regulate body temperatures, adidas Golf engineers have revolutionized golf apparel technology with proprietary climachill fabric, engineering the most breathable material the company has ever incorporated into its apparel lines.
Delivering a cooling sensation upon contact with the skin, small aluminum dots were strategically located inside the back neck, one of the warmest areas on the human body. The climachill fabric construction utilizes woven titanium fibers that maximize surface contact with skin. Remarkably light, climachill fabric acts like an open mesh to increase air permeability, drawing heat away from the body and allowing for unmatched ventilation and evaporation of sweat to keep golfers cool like never before.
First of all, the adicross gripmore features premium sport-styling and has tremendous comfort and casual crossover appeal. In addition to the fantastic look and feel, the shoe utilizes 43 “gripmore” cleats that are directly injected onto the sole of the shoe. A grand total of 243 points of contact give golfers all the traction and stability necessary to excel at 18, 36, or 54 holes in a day.
2013 U.S. Open Champion Justin Rose is a big fan, “I’m always looking for footwear that provides traction without compromising comfort, style or on-course performance. With gripmore, I have the versatility of a spikeless shoe combined with the performance of a cleated shoe. It’s the best of both styles.”
Extra info: adicross gripmore is available in three colorways: aluminum / running white / light scarlet; running white / running white / light scarlet; and black/ running white / light scarlet
Cobra Golf Design Lab
Cobra Golf’s new site that allows you to design a customized BiO CELL + driver using preferred specs, colors, patterns, shaft and grips — design one for your dad to represent his school colors or his favorite sports team.
This is super sweet, not to mention lightweight, which means it’s easy to carry around and use. Swingbyte is a revolutionary golf training aide. A Bluetooth-connected device attaches just below the grip of any golf club and captures detailed 3D information about the golf swing with your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Captured information effortlessly syncs to the cloud, so you always have a record of your game.
TaylorMade MicroLite Stand Bag
MicroLite is the lightest model in the TaylorMade stand bag lineup at 4.5 lbs. Features include a 4-way top, six-pocket system, embroidered logos, anti-split stand system, 4-point shoulder strap, EVA ergonomically molded hip pad, a cart-compatible base, Velcro glove tab and zip-off ball pocket. The most noticeable feature of MicroLite is the square-top design, which makes the bag aesthetically unique and functional. The square design allows for easier removal and return of clubs without tangling, as well as secure fastening during cart usage.
If your dad is a big traveler and brings his golf clubs along with him, then this travel bag is a necessity for him. Trust me, I lug my sticks with me from week-to-week on Tour and the Club Glider has been practically life-changing. You no longer have to kneel down to the ground to load and unload your golf bag! There is a leg mechanism that extends and retracts in one easy motion, so that you can roll the bag around the airport easier than your suitcase (careful: sometimes it glides so well that it can get away from you!). What about protection? No worries! — there’s dense foam padding through the top of the bag to protect your clubs through the adversities of travel. It’s a must-buy for the golf-addicted jet-setter dad.