Hats off to the president and vice president of my local men’s golf association at River Oaks in Sandy, Utah. The club has been including very nice gifts for their members as a thank you for signing up for the yearly league. Last year it was a personalized water bottle. When I was president of the league for seven (long) years, I didn’t think of that, though we did give the members a prime rib dinner at the end of the season.
PitchFix Gift Set
This year’s gift is ironically a product I received for review a few weeks ago and which I was about to post about, PitchFix. PitchFix is a switchblade divot tool of very high quality design, style, and workmanship.
The tool comes in a nice branded tin along with two extra ball markers. Very classy.
I also like the fact that the whole men’s association has divot repair tools now. I hope they use them!
This would make a very nice and classy Father’s Day gift. If you want to buy one now, follow this link to several PitchFix models on Amazon.
There are not too many people who know as much about golf gadgets as yours truly. In fact, I know too much. That’s a discussion for another day.
Today I’m happy to post a golf blog on the best Father’s Day golf gadgets. The gadgets below have all been reviewed here on Hooked On Golf Blog. You can click the link to read the full review or the link to buy one directly. I try to make it easy for you.
High End Golf Laser Rangefinder – $464
Though I have not posted my review yet, I can tell you this is one badass golf laser. Quickest and most accurate unit I’ve tested to date. The price is a bit steep, but this is a quality piece.
Budget Golf Laser Rangefinder – $172
The most reasonably priced, accurate laser I’ve tested. A great deal for dad (or mom, or son, or sister, or priest, or rabbi).
Putting Analyzer for iOS or Android – $199
User your smartphone or tablet with this device to hone your putting skills.
Pocket Golf GPS – $99 (no-brainer)
This golf GPS goes in one’s pocket, or on one’s belt. Super light. Clear display. Easy to use. Great for senior golfers.
Golf Practice Chipping Net – $34.99
This chipping net can be used indoors or out. Less than $35? Money well spent.
Game Golf Score/Shot Tracking System – $199
Game Golf was one of Hooked On Golf Blog’s 2014 products of the year. It is an awesome system that tracks every shot and lets you analyze on your computer at home. Shots are plotted over a map and every club distance is measured. Many more cool features included. Very cool golf gadget!
Personal Golf Launch Monitor – $198
Another one of the best products of 2014. This unit shows golf club head speed and all sorts of other great golf launch characteristics. Great for practice and club testing.
Frogger Golf Cart Poncho – $44
Very affordable golf cart cover by Frogger. The “poncho” is so portable it can fit inside a golf bag!
Bushnell NEO Golf GPS
I certainly can’t blame my golf accessories if I miss a green or a target! When I’ve got the Bushnell NEO Ghost pocket golf GPS on my person I have a light and easy to read yardage. Let’s take a look at the NEO Ghost in detail.
- Preloaded with 33,000+ courses
- 14 hour battery life. Number of holes or rounds obviously depends on pace of play.
- Auto course recognition
- Auto hole advance
- Clear and large yardage numbers, easy to read
- Up to four hazard distances per hole
- Easy-to-use interface
- Multi-function clip and USB charging cable included (clip to belt or golf bag)
- Super light
- Available colors: black, charcoal, green, white
On The Course
First things first. To get the NEO Ghost ready for a round it needs to be charged. Unlike many golf GPS units, the NEO Ghost has a standard micro USB port. It can be charged with a regular micro USB cable one might use for a smartphone or other USB peripherals. Since it has no proprietary bizarre cable to charge it, you won’t end up on your first trip to Bandon Dunes realizing you can’t use your GPS because you forgot the funky charger. Rant over…
A full charge lasts forever, or up to 14 hours. I say forever because I can go several rounds before having to charge the unit. Other GPS units I’ve reviewed barely last more than one round.
The size and ease of use of the NEO Ghost is a big selling point. The soft edges and rounded corners slide in and out of my pocket easily. Nothing sharp to bug me when the unit is in my pocket. It is so light that I can hardly tell it is on my person.
Invaluable and accurate golf data in the palm of my hand!
Looking at the display is refreshing. It is super simple with big clear yardages. The big number is the center of the green. The smaller numbers represent yardages to the front and back of the green. The unit will also provide crucial information regarding hazard yardages, like greenside bunkers. It is always great to know the exact yardage to “cover” a bunker.
The unit powers up quickly and automatically knows the course I’m playing. With 33,000 courses it is unlikely a user will run across a course which is not in the unit.
Ranging from $99 to $129, the NEO Ghost golf GPS by Bushnell is a very affordable and easy to use golf measuring device. It delivers solid data, is sharp looking, light, charges easily, and lasts a long time. Fantastic.
The NEO Ghost would make a great golf gift for Father’s Day, Christmas, Birthdays and more.
Father’s Day is coming up quickly. It’s time to write up a golf apparel script for dad. Below is my list of Father’s Day apparel suggestions which are guaranteed to make pops the hippest, sharpest dressed golfer in his group. Click the links within the text to go to the original golf blog post.
Don’t let dad get caught with his pants down. Get him a nice golf belt from Beltology.
Dunning is one of the best golf apparel brands available. Want to class it up for dad? Get him a Dunning polo like this incredible piece.
Classy, comfortable, stylish shorts which come with a tiny edge in the form of the classic skull and golf club bones logo. Welcome to Tattoo Golf. Golf shorts unlike any other.
Hybrid Golf/Street Shoes
These hybrid golf shoes are good looking enough to wear to a wedding or out on the town, yet still perform great on the golf course. Dad will dig ’em.
Outer Top Layer
Dunning’s golf apparel products are SO good I couldn’t resist putting another on this Father’s Day gift guide. When it is a little too chilly to roll with just a golf polo, this Dunning 1/4 Zip Thermal will take the edge off the cold but not the golf swing.
Kentwool is hands down the best golf sock maker in our solar system and perhaps beyond. I haven’t received any sock samples from outside our solar system, so I can’t be 100% sure though.
Dunning Golf makes fantastic apparel items, from underwear to pants, shirts, and outerwear. The line is some of the best of the best in golf apparel. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to review Dunning’s offerings and let my readers know about this wonderful apparel company.
Today’s piece is the Dunning Solid Mesh Contrast Collar Signal Golf Polo. Yes, it would be better with a longer name, but we can only go with what they give us.
Dunning Solid Mesh Contrast Collar Signal
This polo is a high high contrast green and gray. It’s hard to describe the color of green but the best way I can describe it is vibrant or perhaps electric. Despite how vibrant the green is, it is still very classy and not too over-the-top. Not sure how they manage that but they do.
When wearing this polo with a pair of gray Dunning shorts, the color scheme is tremendous. In fact, it made me want to redesign my website with the same color base? What other golf blogger has an outfit that matches his/her website?! Seriously.
This polo makes me look much better than I normally do…
The fabric in this polo is 100% polyester. I’m a big fan of “polys” and not so much a fan of cotton anymore. Polys are so much easier to care for, don’t wrinkle, don’t shrink. They last forever and are very strong and durable.
Despite being a poly, the polo is as comfortable as any golf shirt I’ve worn.
The flexibility and fit of this great polo lend themselves to a free and unrestricted golf swing. The mesh fabric helps keep the player cool and wicks moisture away.
Hard to write 2,000 words on a shirt review so I’m not going to try. One final word comes to mind on this one and it rhymes with Dunning:
This Dunning polo would make a fantastic golf Father’s Day gift.