As usual, Father’s Day 2018 shares the stage with the final round of the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, which will put dad in the mood to get out there and tee it up himself, for the rest of the summer and beyond. We’ve come up with a few cook gifts to really get the golf juices flowing.
Golf’s No. 1 Performance Tracking System, Arccos 360 combines Live Shot Tracking, GPS 2.0 and a proprietary Tour Analytics platform to help golfers of all abilities lower their scores and have more fun. Boasting new sensors that are 50 percent smaller and lighter than the first generation, Arccos 360 automatically records every shot a golfer makes without the need for tagging or other disruptions. It then analyzes a player’s data in real-time, revealing strengths and weaknesses to enhance on-course decision-making. Users with at least five rounds completed can access the new Arccos Caddie, golf’s first artificial intelligence platform. It uses data from Arccos users as well as GPS information to provide users with suggestions for their optimal strategy on nearly any hole in the world. It also provides incredibly accurate GPS distances to any point on the hole and even calculates a “Plays Like” yardage that takes into account the impact wind and elevation.
BRIDGESTONE TOUR B SERIES BALLS
Designed utilizing data from more than 3 million ball fitting sessions, the TOUR B line features the TOUR B X, XS, RX and RXS. TOUR B X and XS are designed for low handicap golfers looking for exceptional feel. A softer urethane cover formulation provides excellent spin and greenside control, while increased distance comes from enhanced aerodynamics and improved 330 Dual Dimple design. The RX and RXS are for mid-to-low handicappers, delivering explosive distance and optimized trajectory thanks to high repulsion construction and new 338 modified Dual Dimple design. The RX will help players hit more fairways while those looking for unmatched feel will gravitate toward the RXS.
BUSHNELL PHANTOM GPS RANGEFINDER
Bushnell’s smallest stand-alone rangefinder yet, the Phantom comes preloaded with more than 36,000 courses and provides simple measurements to the front, center and back distances of the green – along with up to four hazard/layup distances per hole. The Phantom unveils “Bite Technology.” Equipped with a high-powered magnet the Phantom can easily attach to a cart bar or any metal surface, providing quick and easy yardage readings. Additional features include auto course and auto hole recognition, shot distance calculator and long battery life (play up to two rounds before charging).
CHASE 54 APPAREL
Chase 54 offers golf collections for men and women, sold through many green grass courses, resorts and clubs. Their design team concentrates on true on-and-off-course garments that travel well. Start with the lightweight Landing full-zip jacket crafted from the brand’s ClimaFuze fabric technology, offering an easy layer for a brisk morning and water repellant protection to keep you dry. Second, the Pixel polo offers both style and comfort, boasting a subtle, trendy all-over gingham pattern. The removable collar stays keep you looking sharp, while the DryFuze fabric technology works to transport moisture from your skin to the clothing’s exterior. The UPF 50+ stretch material allows for freedom of movement and protection from the sun. Finally the Meta short is a classic that works well on and off the course, again crafted with DryFuze fabric technology. The stretch fabric provides mobility when swinging. Added details like waistband gripper tape and deep pockets will make the Meta your go-to short.
ECCO MEN’S BIOM HYBRID 3
The latest evolution in the award-winning BIOM line, ECCO BIOM Hybrid 3 features an all new Tri-Fi-Grip outsole designed with three zones of performance for ultimate stability, durability and rotation through the swing. Boasting Gore-Tex waterproof construction, the ECCO Yak leather upper offers exceptional breathability and stylish color options, along with an option for BOA lacing.
18Birdies Premium Membership includes brand new features that will elevate your golf game! Premium Members have full access to Caddy+ including shot tracking, club recommendations based on shot history, and course conditions as well as advanced stats, our full side game library and more.
GALVIN GREEN INTERFACE-1 JACKET
From the Official Outerwear Supplier of the European Ryder Cup Team, Galvin Green has introduced a completely new jacket technology for 2018. The Interface-1 hybrid jacket range offers a mix of lightweight protective shell layer fabric technology, designed for ultimate comfort for golf. The Lance full-zip jacket is water repellant, completely windproof and extremely breathable. Offered in a variety of colorways, the jacket provides protection from the elements on and off the course.
GLOBAL GOLF U-TRY
U-try allows golfers to test new equipment on their schedules and on real golf courses, helping them make informed decisions on the best club for their game. Featuring brand-new drivers and fairway woods from Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, TaylorMade and Titleist, golfers can select up to two clubs on www.GlobalGolf.com/U-try and Globalgolf.com ships the clubs for a trial fee per item. Customers will also receive a complimentary Arccos Driver unit with each driver they are testing. Within 14 days, customers either keep the club(s) and pay the current list price – minus the trial fee – or return them with a prepaid shipping label.
No company on earth has helped more golfers improve than GOLFTEC. They teach approximately 1 million lessons annually around the world with the average student dropping seven strokes from their game. The company has locations in every major metropolitan area in the United States and nearly 200 around the world. GOLFTEC provides comprehensive instruction on all aspects of the game as well as comprehensive club fitting services. Proven to benefit players of all skill levels, GOLFTEC works with each individual to create a plan tailored to their specific needs. The company pioneered a step-by-step approach that builds skills faster and provides lasting results. It is a convenient and effective one-stop-shop for every game-improvement need.
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PICO PERSONAL CRAFT BREWER
Pico Model C is a cool, craft beer brewing appliance that simplifies the homebrewing process and makes it fun and easy for anyone to brew their own fresh, delicious craft beer. With their online Freestyle tool, users can customize any number of PicoBrew’s base recipes, give the creation a unique name and PicoBrew then custom manufactures the PicoPak and delivers it fresh and ready-to-brew with the name laser-etched on the front of the PicoPak. It comes with a 5-liter serving keg, which makes it easy to take your keg to the course or to a post-round party. Pico Model C uses compostable PicoPaks, which contain the fresh, pre-measured hops and grains needed to brew fresh, brewery-quality craft beer every time. Since the beer is fresh, there are no preservatives or artificial ingredients. In addition to customized recipes, over 100 PicoPaks from award-winning craft breweries all over the world are available. Brewing takes about 2 hours. Beer is then automatically transferred to a brewing keg. Just add yeast, set aside and let the beer ferment and then carbonate. In about 7-14 days (depending on the recipe) you’ll have 5 liters of fresh craft beer that it is ready to chill and serve.
R-MOTION SWING ANALYZER
From the leader and innovator in data-driven sports technology, Rapsodo, R-Motion offers an affordable way for rookies and pros to perfect their swing at home. The Simulator and Swing Analyzer features a lightweight tracker that offers in-depth stats on club and ball speed, launch angle, distance, swing path and smash factor. All data is accessible through the new R-Motion app, allowing golfers to perfect their game and minimize any handicaps.
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SWANNIES GOLF HATS AND SANDALS
Swannies believes that caps are worth more than their utility, embracing both functionality and a classic style for every season. Make a statement in Swannies’ Delta hat featuring the brand’s iconic swan emblem, a triple reinforced sweatband and lightest in class design, keeping Dad cool and confident before, during and after his round. It’s made of water-wicking polyester and spandex. Since 2015, Swannies’ flagship golf sandal has swept the casual golf scene. The first-ever golf sandal, the Swannies Classic Sandal features an athletic, comfortable fit designed to be worn from front door to first tee to 19th hole. Adjustable synthetic leather strap designed for performance and comfort; slip resistant footbed and military grade softspikes offer superior traction and a built-in speed allows the footbed to stay with the foot while the spikes adhere to the ground.
If Dad is a range rat (or wants to be), this powerful, personal and portable launch monitor is a must-have. About the size of an iPhone with a large amber-tinted screen that’s readable even in bright sunlight, it sets up in seconds and measures carry distance, swing speed, ball speed and smash factor, with numbers displayed instantly. As you hit shots, a pleasant female voice states the carry or total distance for each one. A slim remote control allows you to switch clubs and change lofts on drivers, fairway metals, utility metals and wedges to match your clubs’ characteristics. Along with Practice mode, SwingCaddie offers “Target” mode with present distances from 40 to 200 yards, which helps dial in average distance for each club, and an “Approach” mode for practicing short game shots from around 40 to 95 yards.
Offering incredible performance at an unbeatable price, the VPRO500 laser rangefinder measures up to 540 yards and is accurate within one yard. The premium, multilayered optical lens combined with diopter adjustment and 6x magnification provide an ultra-clear and accurate view. It is incredibly lightweight (0.41 lbs), water-resistant and features three scanning modes to adapt for every situation – Pinseeker Mode, First Target Priority, and Continuous Scan Mode. The VPRO500 is available in standard and “S” editions featuring PinSlope Technology to calculate elevation-adjusted distance to target. Free with purchase is a shock-resistant carrying case, CR2 battery, wrist strap, microfiber cleaning cloth and quick start guide.
TRX HOME2 SYSTEM
TRX is one of the most popular pieces of all-in-one, total- body workout equipment on themarket, used by literally hundreds of thousands of fitness professionals, enthusiasts, celebrities and virtually every major sports team in the United States. The newly designed Suspension Trainer takes functional training to the next level with adjustable foot cradles, a new sleek design and one-year subscription to the dynamic TRX app, which features dynamic in-ear audio coaching and cueing for the ultimate gym in a box. The TRX app works with popular wearables and features 80-plus workouts including Suspension Training, Cycling, Running, Yoga and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). The app’s audio coaching delivers the experience of working out with a personal trainer, while continuously tracking effort and energy expended, and responding with guidance and motivation throughout the workouts. Users can also stream music from a variety of popular digital music platforms during workouts, while the app self-adjusts volume levels to ensure that audio coaching feedback remains clear and audible.
UNDER ARMOUR UA TUNED EYEWEAR
For 2018, Under Armour Eyewear is introducing two new lens technologies, one for on-course performance and one for post-round recovery. The UA Tuned Golf lens features a proprietary tint formula for heightened contrast in bright conditions while offering exceptional clarity. Giving golfers a competitive edge, the technology improves depth perception and enhances definition of the fairway and greens to better plan shots, read putts and assist with course management. An anatomical fit eliminates pressure for comfortable all-day wear. The UA Tuned Recovery lens utilizes a proprietary and restorative color profile that eliminates harmful violet light and allows helpful blue light to regulate natural circadian rhythms and rest eyes before their next peak performing state. You can spend more than five hours in the sun during a round; you rest your body, why not rest your eyes?
WILSON DUO SOFT OPTIX BALL
The World’s Lowest Compression Multi-Layered Golf Ball is now even harder to ignore.Available in six matte finishes: red, green, yellow, orange, pink, and a women’s matte white finish, DUO Soft Optix balls are easier to track. They are the only 29 compression matte balls on the market.