We are down to the wire. Fathers' Day is right around the corner. If we guys played our cards right a month ago, we are due some fantastic payback. If not, you may have to shop for yourself.
Golfers are difficult to buy presents for. Most men grab what they want, when they need it. Chances are you will have to be clever to find the right golf gift for the "father" in your life.
While women love shoes, most men are fond of them as well. The latest shoe trend is ones that allow you to go anywhere. You put them on at home and spend the day at the club, on the course, and even running errands on the way home in them.
Ecco Shoes (www.ecco.com) BIOM Technology used scans from the feet of 2,500 athletes to design a shoe lineup that promotes a natural foot position, full length foot support while ensuring unequaled comfort.
Tipping the scales at only 10 ounces, the BIOM Zero is the lightest and most flexible golf shoe that Ecco has ever produced. Made with a premium Caldera leather upper and using the company's unique direct-injection process you get a flexible, water-resistant shoe without glue or stitching.
Is there a better way to kick off the summer than with a new golf bag? The Revolver LE from BagBoy (www.bagboy.com) features a unique rotating top with Clip-Lok technology to lock your clubs into place. No more need to dig a club from the back of your bag while it's on the cart. Simply rotate the top and the club you need is at the front. This bag has full-length individual dividers, a cart strap sleeve, integrated trunk lift handle, a deluxe padded shoulder strap and more.
We need to protect our eyes and help our game. XX2i Optics (www.xx2i.com) features a low-cost line of sport sunglasses starting under $55 for a pair that features polarized interchangeable lenses. Adding more frames and lenses is simple and easy, allowing you to switch out lens and frame colors to match your mood or attire.
The glasses make reading greens and the contours on the fairways much easier. You can also use these for the beach, while out on the boat or driving.
Most men follow sports of some kind. Many have a favorite team or follow their alma mater. Team Golf Licensed Golf Accessories (www.alumnigolf.com) is the largest supplier of NFL, NHL, MLB and collegiate licensed golf accessories in the country.
Team Golf offers bags, umbrellas, balls, headcovers, towels, tees, ball markers and a host of other golf-related accessories with your "father's" favorite team or university logo on them.
Another good stop for college golf items is the College Golf Store (www.collegegolfstore.com).
In competition, golfers are required to mark their golf balls so that they can identify it as theirs. Instead of a putting a simple dot on the golf ball, get dad something more fitting with his personality.
Tin Cup (www.tin-cup.com) is a system that enables you to "Make your Mark" with a personalized ball marker using the logo or design of your choice. You can pick from the many designs on the website or contact them to have your own design made into a Tin Cup.
To mark your ball, you simply slip the ball into the cup. Then, using a fine point marker, fill in the stencil and you have a personalized mark. I use the Havana Tin Cup to make put a cigar logo on mine. The cup alone costs less than $20, and there are kits available for $30 that include the cup, two markers, a bag clip and a leather pouch.
Golfers love caps. It's a good idea to wear one to keep the sun off your face and head. It's also a great way to show off your club logo or that of your favorite golf company. Most clubs have embroidered hats and shirts available in the pro shop. Drop by your dad's club and pick out a shirt or a hat or a towel with the logo on it.
You can even call one of his favorite courses and see if they will take an order over the phone and ship items to you. A few years ago I called Augusta National and they were very accommodating. They took my order for a hat and a shirt over the phone, charged my credit card and shipped it to me. I'm tempted to try it with Pine Valley.
Another idea is to take dad out for a round of golf and lunch or dinner. Maybe even try a course that he has never played.
Whatever you choose, just remember, that it's the thought that counts!
James Stammer has been an avid golfer and golf enthusiast for nearly 40 years. He hosts the Thursday Night Golf Show on WSTU 1450-AM. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.