Father's Day, which coincides with the final round of the 117th U.S. Open, is quickly approaching. That means one thing — it's time to get something memorable for those special dads. Here are some last-minute gifts that any father would love.
TaylorMade Spider Tour Red putter (Price: $300)
The most popular putter model on the PGA TOUR could help dad make a few more putts, thanks to the high-MOI design that mitigates misses off the heel or toe of the face. The heavier head also keeps the head from twisting during impact, which should cut down on those misses from inside 5 feet.
Bose SoundLink Revolve Bluetooth 360 speaker (Price: $200)
This portable speaker is small enough to fit in the golf cart or a carry bag. The 360-degree speakers pack a punch on or off the course, and the durable, water-resistant rubber material on the unit ensures you don't have to worry about it tipping over or getting jostled. Bluetooth connects directly to your smartphone.
Callaway Chrome Soft X golf ball (Price: $40 per dozen)
Designed with direct feedback from its Tour staff, Callaway's four-piece Chrome Soft X features a firmer Dual SoftFast core and overall compression (90 instead of 75). Going to a slightly firmer ball should help those with higher swing speeds achieve more consistent spin throughout the bag. If dad still gets it out there, this ball should fit his game.
Orange Whip trainer (Price: $109.99)
Every golfer wants to swing like a Tour pro. But there's more to an efficient, repeatable swing than simply taking a good rip at the ball. The Orange Whip helps ingrain the proper transition and lag through a flexible shaft that has a heavy ball attached to the end. To attain the correct transition, a pause is required at the top that acts as a tempo reminder before starting the downswing. Larger muscles, part of the foundation of a consistent swing, are also required to get the correct whip-like action.
Titleist Vokey Design 456.14 20th anniversary wedge (Price: $250)
The 20th anniversary Vokey Design 456.14 is more than your standard retail offering. Designed after Bob Vokey's original 456.14 wedge that debuted on TOUR in 1997 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, the limited-edition model has a rounded profile and increased offset. The 14 degrees of bounce make it a good option in soft conditions and bunkers.
Bushnell Pro X2 rangefinder (Price: $500)
Bushnell's Pro X2 is basically two rangefinders in one. For the casual round, the unit's slope function makes it possible to get the exact yardage regardless of elevation. When the slope function is turned off, via a switch on the side, the rangefinder becomes USGA conforming for competition play. The JOLT technology provides short vibrating bursts to reinforce the PinSeeker technology when it locks onto the flag.
Arccos 360 Performance Tracking System (Price: $250)
Arccos' 360 platform gives dad a virtual caddie when he hits the course. The tracking system compiles data gathered through its club-based sensors and, with the help of Microsoft's Azure cloud-computing services and machine learning capabilities, provides optimal strategies and club recommendations. Based on data the company has gathered, the average golfer improved their handicap by an average of 2.77 strokes while using Arccos last year.
PXG 0811LX driver (Price: $850)
PXG's 0811X is the driver of choice on the PGA TOUR, but for the dad who doesn't swing it like a Tour pro, the company offers a slightly lighter head — 7 grams less than the X — for golfers with slower swing speeds. Inside the head, PXG added a patented honeycomb TPE design in the sole that improves sound and works in tandem with a carbon fiber crown to save weight and lower the club's center of gravity for additional forgiveness.
DST Golf Compressor (Price: $99)
Created by former European Tour player Bertie Cordle, the DST Golf Compressor has become a common sight on TOUR with more than 313 players currently using the training aid, including Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson. The idea behind the curved shaft is to give players the sensation of a delayed strike or lag impact where the hands lead the club head through the ball, resulting in a club face that's under control after contact. The position is maintained with the help of a curved shaft that replicates the shape of a normal shaft under maximum load while keeping the hands ahead of the club face.
Seamus U.S. Open Bronze Cut-Out ball marker (Price: $40)
Father's Day coincides with the final round of the 117th U.S. Open. To celebrate the year's second major championship, Seamus created a hand forged, bronze cut-out ball marker of Erin Hills' clover logo. Each ball mark is hand hammered and includes the words "2017 U.S. Open Erin Hills" stamped on the back.