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It isn’t just a stereotype: A favorite pastime of many dads is golf, and chances are, any golf-loving dad will probably want to tackle 18 holes this Father’s Day. The game might require skill, but it’s also a great way to relieve stress, bond with family, friends, colleagues and clients, and strive towards reaching goals like finally getting that birdie!
Top 10 gifts for dads who golf
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If your dad is a golfer, gear that celebrates this pastime would go over well for Father’s Day, which is approaching fast: it’s Sunday, June 19! Whether dad is a self-professed pro or just getting into the sport, there are lots of fabulous gift ideas to help him celebrate his love of the game. From a fresh new polo shirt to impress on the course, to a rangefinder to help him improve his game or even a perfect set of clubs for newbies, we have you covered.
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1. For the dad who plays often: A set of golf balls
Chances are if dad plays often, he is always stocking up on a new set of balls. Whether he loses them in the nearby water, misplaces them or likes to try different types to find the perfect one, you can’t go wrong with the Titleist Pro V1x Golf Balls. The highly rated balls promise to go longer distances with a consistent flight, low long game spin and high trajectory. With a softer feel, dad will up his putt game, too. Thanks to the bright yellow color, these balls are also easy to spot when they’re driven farther than everyone else.
2. For the fashionable dad: lululemon polo and shorts
Dad will look and feel great in this Lululemon Men's Metal Vent Tech Polo Shirt 2.0 that is designed with elastane to improve stretch so Dad’s shirt isn’t sticking to him when he’s sweating by the ninth hole on a hot summer day. Dad will appreciate that it’s machine washable, too, so he can wear it for his weekly games without having to send it for dry cleaning.
Some dads love a good pair of golf slacks, but others want to let their legs roam free in a cool pair of shorts, like these Lululemon Commission Relaxed Fit Short 11-inch Warpstreme Golf Shorts. With four-way stretch and extra room around the buttocks and thighs, they will let the golfing dad in your life move as he needs to in order to make that shot.
3. For the dad who’s new to golf: A set of golf clubs
Whether dad recently picked up golf and has been borrowing his buddy’s or boss’ old set, or is in need of an upgrade, the Top Flite 2022 XL 13-Piece Complete Golf Clubs Set is a good option for dads who play right-handed. The complete set includes 13 pieces, from a driver to a putter, all made of graphite and steel with headcovers included. He’ll feel like a real Tiger Woods walking onto the course with this set, all neatly housed in the transport bag he can hoist over his shoulder.
We didn’t forget about the lefties! Dad might be a south paw or just prefers to play that way (he swears his drive is better!) Grab the same Top Flite 2021 XL 13-Piece Complete Golf Clubs Set with left-handed gear.
4. For the dad who plays in style: A leather golf glove
Help him improve his grip and look cool while doing it with the Nike Men's 2021 Tour Classic IV Golf Glove. His hands won’t get clammy and sweaty because it’s designed to be breathable thanks to the perforations. It will fit, well, like a glove thanks to the angled tab closure that adjusts for most hand sizes. Dad will appreciate the stretch zones on the back of the hand and fingers as well that allow for a good range of motion.
5. For the serious player golf dad: A handy rangefinder
Once dad is fully into the game of golf, he’ll want every gadget and gizmo that can help. A rangefinder like the Callaway 200s Slope Laser Rangefinder helps him visualize accurate yardage and slops, locking into a pin from up to 275 yards away (or measure in meters if he prefers). It's compact and lightweight, so he can tuck it into his pocket as a secret weapon for the next game. All his golfing buddies will be jealous they don’t have one, too.
6. For the dad who’s bag is worse for wear: A new cart bag
If dad’s golf bag is rife with holes, stains, scuffs and tears, it’s about time to upgrade to something new. The TaylorMade 2022 Cart Lite Cart Bag is not only finished in striking red and black colors, it’s lightweight and employs a 14-way padded top design. It also has 11 pockets, so he can carry his set of clubs, balls in the 360° zip-off ball pocket, pen in the pen port for keeping score and other accessories. There’s even a large integrated cooler pocket for water, snacks or other drinks of choice. With a push cart-enabled base, he’ll be able to travel from one hole to the next with ease.
7. For dad’s after-game celebrations: A set of golf ball-shaped whiskey chillers
Once dad has finished a game and finally shot below 120 strokes or got that hole-in-one, help him celebrate with this set of two adorable Golf Ball Whiskey Chillers he can plop in a glass with two fingers of his favorite liquor. They just need to be placed in the freezer for at least four hours before they can be popped out to celebrate. Each ball is 1.5-inches in diameter making them perfectly sized for a standard whiskey glass. The set even includes a velvet pouch so he can bring them on vacation.
8. For the dad who travels: A GPS golf watch
Named among the best golf watches you can buy in our tests, the Garmin Approach S12 GPS Golf Watch is the perfect gift for the golfer dad who likes to play at different courses, and might even travel across the globe to check out the greens. With more than 42,000 courses pre-loaded, he can use the watch to see the full course, including yardages to the front, back and middle of the green along with hazards and doglegs. He can also use it to keep score, participate in weekly leaderboards and pair it with the Approach CT10 club tracking sensors to see how far he hits each ball. With an up to 30-hour battery life and display that’s easy to see in direct sunlight, it’s a travelling golf player’s dream to give dad a leg up on the competition by getting instantly familiar with every green he’s on.
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9. For the dad who needs to keep hydrated: A large water bottle
When it comes to water bottles, no one does it better than YETI. And with this extra-large 36-ounce bottle, dad will never go thirsty on the green. As one of the best YETI products we have tested, the YETI Rambler 36-Oz. Bottle with Chug Cap is double-wall vacuum insulated so dad’s drink will keep chilled through the entire game. Grab a gulp by removing the Chug Cap, which is shatter-resistant and dishwasher-safe to ensure that germs and mildew don’t accumulate. With several colors to choose from (as well as sizes), you can grab one that fits dad’s personal style and even matches with his golf gear. Yeti is offering free text and monogram customization from May 26—June 1, so take advantage of this offer because he definitely won't want to lose his special water bottle, which makes a great addition to Yeti's Hopper Flip Soft Cooler to keep Dad's lunch cold even after 18 holes on a hot day.
10. For the dad who loves to have fun: A golf pong game set
Golfing isn’t all serious business: when he can’t get out to a course but still wants to practice his puts, the PutterBall Golf Pong Game Set will offer loads of at-home fun for both dad and the kids or grandkids. Consisting of a golf mat, two putters, two golf balls and golf hole covers, it’s perfect for the backyard. While you need to buy the carrying case separately, you can use one to pack the set up and bring it to a friend’s house, the beach, park or anywhere the urge to put strikes.
11. For the golfing dad who has everything: A golf essentials kit
You might think the golf-loving dad on your list has everything he needs since he has been playing for ages. In this case, get him the Golf-EZ Golf Essentials Kit that has tons of items he might find useful but has never bought for himself. The kit includes a microfiber towel, retractable cleaning brush, foldable divot repair tool, tri-line golf alignment kit, four-piece marker set, 10 golf tees and a golf pencil, all housed in a durable carrying case with a clip for the golf cart bag. He’ll love being able to keep the equipment he already has in pristine condition and having extras of those items you can never have enough of.
12. For the dad who needs some golf guidance: A GPS rangefinder
Dad might need a little bit of assistance navigating a new golf course, and the Golf Buddy Voice 2 Talking GPS Rangefinder is a perfect, easy-to-use hands-free accessory. It provides a video of the green from the right and left, displaying the distance from his current position to the front, middle and back of the green, along with shot distance measurements. But the best part: Dad can clip this to his halt or belt and listen for the audible voice guidance. It comes loaded with data on more than 40,000 courses from 170 countries, so no matter where dad plays, this little gizmo will be his virtual best friend.
13. For the sporty dad: A baseball cap
If dad isn’t fond of wearing visors or bucket hats while he golfs, preferring to go the sportier baseball cap route, consider the Adidas Men's Superlite Relaxed Fit Performance Hat. Available in a variety of colors (we’d opt for crisp white for golfing!) it’s lightweight with mesh for good airflow and to wick away moisture during a hot and humid summer day. Made of a polyester/spandex blend, it has a hook and loop closure on the back that is adjustable to fit.
14. For the neat and tidy dad: A golf trunk organizer
If dad loves to keep things neat and tidy, he will be squealing with delight at the Athletico Golf Trunk Organizer + Shoe Bag for keeping his golf essentials neatly in the trunk for grabbing and going whenever the inspiration or opportunity to play hits. The large organizer is designed to hold every golf accessory you could possibly need in a pinch including balls, gloves, tees, hat, shirts and even pants, with built-in grommets and ventilation to ensure everything stays fresh. The bonus shoe bag even has its own side pockets for a couple of balls, socks and more. During the off-season, Dad can swap out his golf gear and use it as a basic trunk organizer.
15. For the quirky dad with a sense of humor: These cute novelty socks
Forget the socks that say you’d rather be drinking wine or coffee: The I'd Rather Be Golfing Novelty Socks are the perfect choice for the golf fanatic dad. Appropriately finished in green, they are made from combed cotton, spandex and elastic so they won’t slouch or bunch, and are machine washable. One size fits most and this is the perfect add-on to a gift that will make him smile from ear-to-ear.
16. For the dad with mobility issues: A golf ball grabber
If Dad’s golf balls keep ending up in the water, behind trees or in other hard-to-reach spots when he has off days, instead of contorting or stretching his body to grab them, the prowithlin Golf Ball Retriever with 2 Golf Ball Grabbers will provide some relief. It extends up to six feet (a nine-foot option is also available) and clasps around the rogue ball using the automatic locking device so he can reach it without having to bend down. It’s light and durable as well, and retracts to a compact size for popping into his golf bag. With two in a set, dad can keep a spare in the car or share with a golf companion.
17. For the dad who’s gotta wear shades: These cool lenses designed specifically for golfers
These Back 9 Blackout sunglasses are designed specifically for golfers. They have non-reflective lenses and come with special grip coating on the frame to ensure they don’t slip down his nose while he’s arched to get that perfect putt. The snug fit, meanwhile, means they won’t fly off or fall out of place during his intense swinging motion. With polarized lenses and 100% UV protection, dad will be glad to change his ways and don a pair of these beauties while playing.
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