The 2019 Golf News Net Father's Day gift guide is here
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The 2019 Golf News Net Father’s Day gift guide is here



Father's Day is a nice holiday. But it doesn't get anywhere near the level of love Mother's Day does. Yeah, the US Open finishes on Father's Day, which is a nice touch. But no one says something like "every day should be Father's Day," or anything that endearing or emotional compared to Mom's Day.

On Father's Day, dads get nice Facebook posts, maybe a phone call, some hugs and kisses. It's swell. But more so than Mother's Day, the celebration is gift-centered. On Mother's Day, you get together with your mom and say thanks for everything from conception to that point. On Father's Day, you text your dad and get him his 16th hammer -- or a belt, or something else supposedly manly. It's just the way it is.

But that doesn't mean Father's Day has to be centered on a one-way exchange of thoughtless gifts. No, sir! Rather, dads can get something kind of cool for Father's Day, that might well be practical but doesn't have to be. (Again, the hammer.) But if you're buying a gift for a dad who likes golf, then you can't half-ass it. Golf dads are subject to all kinds of lame gifts: a bag of tees, some kinda golf ball sleeve holder, iron covers. The kind of stuff golfers don't buy but around which a cottage industry has formed, created by people who dream up useless products based on looking at golf through the prism of stock photography.

Don't be a dud. Don't give a bad gift. If you're going to give a golf dad a golf gift for Father's Day, make it some of these gifts -- ones I personally love and use on a day-to-day basis.

Bushnell Golf Pro XE laser rangefinder ($550)

The Bushnell Golf Pro XE laser rangefinder is extraordinary. It makes golf quicker, easier and more enjoyable, and it does that by using a laser to accurately tell distances of objects on the golf course. That means Golf Dad will know how far to hit a shot to be successful, even though he -- playing the percentages here -- almost certainly won't hit it that far. However, Golf Dad will feel better knowing the on-board weather tools and slope-measuring capability will give him a weather-and-topography-controlled distance that is as good or better than any caddie can offer.

Yeah, this is a pricey rangefinder, but doesn't Golf Dad deserve the best?

adidas Golf Boa Forgefiber golf shoes ($220)

When Golf Dads are playing golf, they want to be comfortable and having a good time. A key part of that is the shoes on their feet. There's a lot of time standing in golf, and if a Golf Dad can feel like they're walking on air from the first tee to the final green (and maybe after a few beers in the clubhouse until Uber arrives), that's a big win. Be the reason Golf Dad feels comfortable playing golf, and he'll always think fondly of the gift you've given him.

The adidas Golf Boa Forgefiber golf shoes are maybe the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn. They feature adidas' Boost cushioning, which returns energy to the golfer with every step. They are spikeless, which means less stress on the feet, but they have an X-traction outsole that keeps Golf Dad from slipping. The Forgefiber process used in offering stability in the upper keeps the shoes lightweight. The Boa closure system allows Golf Dad to adjust his shoes with just the twist of a dial. With a bunch of color choices, you're bound to find one Golf Dad is going to like.

Straight Down golf apparel

Golf clothes aren't nearly as stuffy as they once were, but Straight Down makes golf apparel that's inspired by a West Coast vibe that takes modern looks and blends them with performance materials so Golf Dad looks and feels great on the course.

From the Strut short, available in 10 colors, to the versatile Dodge polo to the Shuman polo, which is a great complement in seven colors, Straight Down has a look for every situation.

Straight Down apparel is priced to fit many budgets, and the high-quality apparel will be sure to be in Golf Dad's repertoire for years to come. (And you can cave 25 percent right now on their website with the code SDDAD19.)

Sunfish Photoflux golf headcovers

Golf Dad has plenty of opportunities to show off his personality and a little flair on the golf course. A great way to do that is with headcovers for his driver, fairway woods and/or hybrids. There are lots of great headcover makers, but Sunfish offers a great option particularly for Father's Day. It's called Photoflux, and with it, Sunfish can print photos and images directly on to a leather headcover.

All you have to do is select a size and style, upload the photo you wish to use and then order. It's a great way to remind Golf Dad of some of the great times you've had with him, and it'll make him smile every time he sees it. (Which Golf Dad sometimes needs on the golf course.)

About the author

Ryan Ballengee

Ryan Ballengee is founder and editor of Golf News Net. He has been writing and broadcasting about golf for over a decade, working for NBC Sports, Golf Channel, Yahoo Sports and SB Nation. Ballengee lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his family. He used to be a good golfer.

Ballengee can be reached by email at ryan[at]thegolfnewsnet.com