Father’s Day 2019: 8 Great Gift Ideas
- Category: Inside Golf
- Published: 2019-05-30
By DR. BARRY LOTZ, Inside Golf
Imagine the look on Dad’s face when you tell him that you’ve made plans for him to sail around the British Isles for 14 nights onboard the luxurious Azamara Pursuit, play 6 rounds of golf at some of the world’s best courses, and attend two days at The Open.
I have been fortunate enough to have taken two trips with Perry Golf. Without any fear of contradiction, I can say that Perry Golf is the absolute best golfing trip I have ever experienced to date!
PerryGolf was founded 35 years ago, in 1984, by two Scottish brothers, Colin and Gordon Dalgleish; and is widely known today as one of the leading providers of golf vacations to The Old Course at St Andrews Links.
Travelers on PerryGolf’s 2020 British Isles Golf Cruise will visit nine ports beginning in Dublin before concluding in Southampton on July 6-20, 2020. The itinerary is beautifully balanced with famous city experiences like Belfast, Glasgow, and Edinburgh, plus terrific golf at Royal Portrush, Carnoustie, Turnberry and Royal County Down.
The conclusion of your voyage will be particularly memorable as you will attend the final two rounds of The 149th Open at Royal St. George’s, where Harry Vardon, Walter Hagen, Greg Norman and Darren Clarke have solved this dynamic layout and claimed the Claret Jug.
Previous guests on these cruises to The Open, sometimes referred to as The British Open or The Open Championship, have said, “The greatest golf voyage a true golfer and student of the game could ever experience” and “Surpassed expectations by 1000%!”
Those interested in this luxury cruise experience to The Open in 2020, are encouraged to visit, and to book early for the 2020 British Isles Golf Cruise and the 149th Open.
Nexbelt – The Belt with No Holes
Prices range from $47.99 to $68.99
Based on technology that has been around for 25+ years, Nexbelt has positioned themselves as the best ratchet belt company in the world. They re-engineered it and made it better – Entrepreneur 101.
I have been wearing the Nexbelt since they were introduced at the PGA Show in Orlando in 2015. I simply cannot live without the belt! Just the ease of adjusting the belt to any position is what makes this belt so great, you never have to worry about finding a hole that usually isn’t there where you need it and trying to seat the pin therein. The belt can be adjusted in quarter-inch increments, rather than one inch found in traditional belts.
The Nebelt Go-In! Golf series, has two sizes which fit (virtually) all and no holes, and is worn on the PGA Tour by Kevin Na. The belts are as high a quality as you can find – one size for those with waists ranging from 28 to 40 inches and another for waists ranging from 38 to 50 inches. The buckle contains a hidden ball marker.
The Go-In! Golf series features a variety of colors (including white), including all types of leather and braids. I highly recommend these belts and to see a full range visit Nexbelt’s web site.
NoSweat Hat Liner
A 12 pack retails for $14.50. For a useful Father’s Day golf gift, this might be the best bang for your buck.
Summer is coming, which in turn brings a lot of sweating. Basically, every golfer who wears a golf cap, other than the pros who get 6 new hats at the start of every tournament, can benefit from this new product recently introduced at the 2019 PGA Show in Orlando.
Solution: The NoSweat hatliner. This is the ideal gift if your dad is a heavy sweater, or plays a lot of golf during the summer.
NoSweat’s patented SweatLock™ technology instantly absorbs sweat and dries immediately, allowing golfers to perform at their best, without the distractions that traditionally come with sweat.
Hygiene is another key component that NoSweat prides itself on, helping to eliminate sweat stains and deterioration to headwear, along with helping prevent acne caused by headwear.
The sweat absorbing disposable liner works with hats, helmets, hard hats, and visors. Its simple peel and stick application allows users to stay dry on-the-go, and works with any sports or outdoor activity that involves headwear.
The NoSweat Golf Hat Liner is a disposable Liner / Sweat Absorber that sticks on the inside of ANY hat, cap or LID and soaks up sweat so you do NOT have sweat dripping down onto your face and into your eyes or glasses while you are golfing.
The NoSweat Liners Instantly Absorb & Lock Sweat Inside the Product.
NoSweat’s patented design and SweatLock technology is engineered to absorb forehead sweat and clear your line of vision while you are on the field... Allowing you to keep your eye on the prize and take your game to a whole new level.
Additionally, NoSweat also helps you keep nasty sweat stains off of your favorite helmets and hats and its
No Scent technology helps prevent stains and eliminate odors, keeping your LID Cleaner. Fresher. Longer.
Golfers all over the world are currently using NoSweat to help them keep sweat off their face and out of their eyes and glasses.
Improve Dad’s Golf Game with The Inside Striker Training Aid
This a portable training aid designed to reinforce the proper swing plane, eliminate your slice and provide instant feedback. And it does!
You can use the Inside Track with any club in your bag and achieve greater consistency with every club, thus improving your overall game and lowering your scores and handicap.
Additionally, you will eliminate the dreaded “Over-the top” swing and “Outside-in” swing path.
The unit features an Alignment Troth to work directly with your Alignment Rods, enabling a better set up and posture. It also promotes a square putter face at impact.
The unit is rugged in construction and easily fits in your golf bag.
Keep Dad Healthy – These Two Products Should Always Be on Hand During a Round of Golf
$19.99 to $23.99
1st Tee PLUS Energy Bars and Think Jerky, are perennially the most consistent products in this domain.
1st Tee company is also a platinum sponsor for The First Tee, whereby 1st last year donated $30,000.00 to First Tee, a youth development organization.
What’s so good about 1st Tee’s products are that they blend nutritional science with great taste.
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The 1st Tee Plus+ Bar – Start Calm + Focused, contain Chamomile, hops and valerian root to boost calmness and focus.
As implied, the 10th Tee Plus+ Bar, has protein, green tea and panax ginseng extracts to sustain energy for any activity, especially on the back nine.
All 1st Tee and 10th Tee Trail Mix Bars and Snack bars are formulated with tasty nuts, seeds, oats, grains, natural sweeteners and more.
Think Jerky – Healthy and Delicious
A variety pack of 8 is available for $34.99 with free shipping over $65.00
Founder, Ricky Hirsch, was shocked to discover that most jerky products are pumped full of sugar, so he set out to create a jerky that is both healthy and delicious. By partnering with some of the world’s best Chefs, consciously minimizing sugar and salt, and only using the healthiest ingredients, Ricky takes Jerky from gas station to health food.
Each flavor is crafted by a different celebrity Chef, including Michelin-Star winners, James Beard Award winners, and world-famous restaurateurs, such as Chef Doug Sohn of famed Hot Doug’s, Chef Laurent Gras, a three-star Michelin Chef, Chef Matt Troost, 2x BaconFest Champion and Food Network host, and two-time James Beard Award chef, Gale Gand.
Flavors consist of Sweet Chipotle (Matt Troost), Ginger Orange (Gale Gand), Turkey Sriracha Honey (Gale Gand), Turkey Jerky Thanksgiving (Laurent Gras), and Classic Flavor (Doug Sohn).
Their beef jerky is to die for! Only 100% grass-fed beef is used. Their Turkey Jerky is delicious. They simply make the best energy bars and jerky. 1st Tee is the distributor for Think Jerky.
Think Jerky® is very involved with charity. Through their partnership with the David Lynch Foundation, Think Jerky® donates a percentage of all profits to teach veterans with PTSD how to meditate to heal themselves naturally.
The award-winning Swedge is a small, washable half-moon pillow covered with durable nylon casing that slips under your arm to help the golfer stay connected throughout the golf swing.
It helps correct and eventually eliminates one of the oldest issues in golf, that of the “Flying Elbow.”
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It easily clips on to the golf bag for a quick adjustment anytime and can be custom-logoed for golf outings, promotions, gifts or tournament prizes.
The Swedge is made of water-resistant durable nylon and is available in three colors, black, red and blue. An added convenient feature of the Swedge is that it is fitted with a carbineer clip that attaches right on to your golf bag for immediate use.
The New Target Series Tour X Dream Putter from MLA Golf
Which Dad is not looking for the holy grail when it comes to putters?
This may be the answer. I know it is working rather well for myself and our testing group.
With its pioneering Multiple Line-detector Activation (MLA) alignment technology, MLA Golf Putters have been designed, initially in Switzerland, using leading academic research.
The USP (Unique Selling Proposition) is the putter’s combination of their patented visual alignment technology with the grip technology that P2 Grips offer. This putter is going to help a lot of golfers, at all skill levels, improve their accuracy and their distance control on the greens."
What truly sets the MLA Putter apart from the competition is its US patented MLA (Multiple Line-detector Activation) Alignment Technology that will revolutionize your putting.
The Tour XDream pushes everything to its limits. A putter performing at this level will make an impact not only on your game but on your putting as a whole. Perfect weight distribution with all benefits of greater roll and higher MOI, including an interchangeable weight system, along with the world leading U.S. patented alignment system, will make this putter your dearest possession. The Tour X dream is a 100% CNC FULL MILLED and is worth the test.
It is available in RH and LH, has a head weight of 375 grams, is available in lengths of 32”, 33”, 34”, 35”, 36”, and has a loft of 2.5° and a lie of 71°. WEIGHTS: 2x 5g, 2x 10g, 2x 15g included. OPTIONS include a CUSTOM LOFT: -1° +1° and a CUSTOM LIE: -2° +2°.
This is how it works...
We all have internal guides to compare and analyze sensory information that control pace and direction of putts. The MLA putters are designed to take advantage of these guides. MLA Putters worked with Dr. Lennart Högman, Ph.D. Dr. Högman has studied the perceptual process for more than 20 years and has performed studies that have revised the science between the human's perceptions and the human being's motor skills. Dr. Högman says: "An alignment system that acts upon multiple line detectors is a key to obtain veridical motion perception and a perfect in-line stroke surface."
The brain consists of 100,000 line detectors that are divided into a number of groups that help us decide what is straight. A simple line, for example, activates a group of detectors. When several groups of detectors are activated, these help the brain to make correct judgments. However, the more line detectors that are stimulated will not automatically lead to a better line judgment. On the contrary, this can create a "competition" between the line detectors that will lead to different degrees of (so called) optical illusions.
MLA has a selection of models to fit your criteria. Their Tour Series Collection starts at $649.00 per putter and consists of all three putters in the collection.
P2 Putter Grips – #ScienceMeetsFeel
$299.00 with free USA shipping
The unique patented design of the P2 Putter Grip allows the shaft to be positioned along the underside of the grip encouraging the golfer to position their hands and wrists higher at address. This off-center shaft design is proven through independent biomechanical testing to improve putting performance. Hand and wrist movement is restricted, producing better control of the putter face, with more putts being struck from the sweet spot.
P2 Grips tested by Quintic Consultancy revealed the following performance benefits:
- Putts were struck closer to sweet spot.
- Putter face was prevented from twisting open or closed at impact.
- Hook or slice spin was reduced
- Putts started closer to the intended starting line.
The P2 grip through its shape and soft tacky texture promotes even grip pressure, while eliminating tension in the wrist and forearms. This helps the arms to swing freely, further enhancing a more stable, consistent and reliable pendulum putting stroke.
Premium Club Fitting = Instant Success + Dad Will Be Most Grateful
Golfers Tested, Added an Average of 21 Yards Off the Tee
With advances in club technology, most golfers could easily hit the ball farther and more accurately using properly fit clubs. Yet a GOLF Magazine study found that 90 percent of U.S. golfers might be playing with improperly fit clubs.
“It never ceases to amaze me that golfers buy clubs off the shelf and assume they’re right for them,” says world-renowned instructor David Leadbetter. “Whether you’re a great golfer or a casual one, a custom club fitting is one of the quickest ways to improve your game.”
Club Champion, based in Chicago, offers hundreds of shafts, many not available through most other fitters and retailers. With more than 35,000 head and shaft combinations, the goal is: find the best components to lower a golfer’s scores. Club Champion stands out because its clubs are built in-house to exacting tolerances on variables such as swing weight, length, lie and flex, which do alter performance. Its experience and know-how in combining these intricate parts separates Club Champion from its competition. They deliver a Tour-quality fitting that produces longer, more accurate shots with a nearly 100 percent satisfaction rate.
A Golf Digest study found that eight out of nine Club Champion custom-fit golfers lowered their scores by as much as six strokes per round and added as many as 21 yards off the tee. Frank D’Angelo (Malvern, PA) reveals, “I was a 12 index before I went to Club Champion and I’ve shaved about six shots off my handicap. It’s a premium store and you get premium service.”
While anyone can benefit from premium club fitting, it’s especially helpful for the golfer who wants to optimize performance. Explains PGA Tour Veteran, Jay Williamson. “I had access to every brand of shaft and head, but never understood what they did for me. I couldn’t experiment like I do at Club Champion.” Williamson notes that his custom-fit clubs added an average of 15 yards to his driving statistics.
Whether you’re looking to buy new clubs or just upgrade your current set, Club Champion guarantees that a premium club fitting will improve your game. At Club Champion, you don’t just buy clubs, you buy guaranteed improvement!
For information or to book a fitting at one of Club Champion’s more than 60 studios across the country, visit clubchampiongolf.com or call 888-340-7820.
A golfing Dad will appreciate any of these gifts. Happy Father’s Day!
About the Writer
Barry Lotz, J.D., Ph.D. is the director of the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America. Visit www.facebook.com/PGTAA to see all the latest mental strategies and equipment reviews.
He is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America and serves both as a Consultant and Mediator to the golf industry. He is also the author of numerous books, including “333 Best Web Sites for Golfers” and his previous book, “How to Build Business Relationships Through Golf,” updated for 2011, is still in the Top Ten Golf Business Book’s best seller list.
His latest book, “The Right Mind for Golf,” is now in its 7th reprint is available on Amazon and at the Torrey Pines golf course.