Most dads are always giving. On Father's Day, it's time to give him a little something back. If you need a few ideas on what to get him, here are a few.
Men love gadgets. Golf Buddy's (www.gpsgolfbuddy.com) Voice+ and WT3 are GPS watches that give you accurate yardages anywhere on the golf course. With over 36,000 courses preloaded on this watch, your dad will never have to ask, "How far is it to the green?" again.
Both products provide easy to read distances, and the Voice+ even talks, giving you the yardages you need to select the proper club.
If dad would rather go with a laser than a GPS system, try the line of products from Leupold (www.golf.leupold.com). With five choices, there is bound to be one that fits his needs.
Leupold rangefinders are simple to use, just aim and squeeze. The latest designs feature a bright, vivid display for easier reading. You can use the scan mode to find yardages to several targets quickly and easily.
Another neat gadget is perfect for traveling golfer. ShaveTech (www.shavetech.com) is a USB rechargeable shaver that is about the size of a deck of cards. With its sleek, lightweight design and compact size, dad can take this shaver anywhere he goes, allowing him to always be well-groomed.
Being USB chargeable, means that dad can quickly and easily charge his ShaveTech anywhere in the world without the need for adapters or wall outlets. Comes in two colors, black and white, along with a soft protective case and cleaning brush.
Dads can always use some fashion sense. So how about a new belt? The NexBelt (www.Nexbelt.com) is cut to size and features no holes. Instead there is a unique ratcheting system that allows for one-quarter inch adjustments. There are more than 80 designs to choose from and the buckle even flips down to reveal a ball marker.
A recent study showed that 70 percent of the dads surveyed said that they would love a pair of sunglasses for Father's Day. The right eyewear not only helps dad perform his best, but helps him with his mental game as well.
Oakley (www.oakley.com) has golf-specific eyewear starting at $150 a pair. The company's Polarized G30 lens helps players analyze the slope and detect the smallest variations in grass and terrain, and enhances depth perception. Many choices in frames are rimless allowing for unobstructed downward vision and ventilation to prevent fogging.
Oakleys also feature nose and earpieces that grip as you perspire so that they stay in place during the golf swing. Many of the frames also allow you to switch out lenses as conditions change.
If dad is going to protect his eyes, he should also protect his face and head from the sun as well. Head'n Home Handmade Hats (www.headnhome.com) are the finest shade hats you can buy. These are proudly handmade right here in the USA by the same family that founded the company in the early 1970s.
Head'n Home hats are stylish and most are made from water-repellant suede or smooth leather with a UPF 50+ rating. They also have a nylon mesh that provides cooling airflow while blocking 70 percent of the sun's rays. Their most popular hat, the Breeze, is available in eight colors, comes in six sizes and has a removable chinstrap for windy days.
You cannot play in Florida without getting surprised by a rainstorm at some point. The Dry Hood by Sun Mountain (www.sunmountain.com) is just what dad needs to keep his clubs and grips dry when that sudden downpour catches him.
Designed to fit any golf bag the Dry Hood completely covers the top of the golf bag while its accordion style allows for easy access to clubs. It comes with a carry case and slips inside longer pockets of any golf bag.
Dads are usually quite busy. Some find time to practice putting at home or in the office or even at the course over a lunch hour.
In my opinion one of the best putting aids on the market is the Putter Wheel (www.putterwheel.com). It teaches you to "roll" putts instead of "hitting" them.
The Putter Wheel looks like a golf ball with the top and bottom thirds removed. When you place the wheel on the green and stand over it, you immediately know if your eye line is over, inside or outside your target line. If your stroke isn't square and down the target line, the wheel immediate starts to wobble like a drunken sailor. Dad can even use it before every round to "dial-in" his stroke.
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.