For the perfect dad: Father's Day gift guide

By Bailey MosierJune 9, 2013, 7:00 pm

If you're still looking for something to get your dad this Father's Day, the search stops here. Does he need more golf balls? Always. Perhaps something to help perfect his swing. Some new swag so that he at least looks the part – ya know, while the more technical stuff works itself out? Or how about a delightful tale of Jack Nicklaus' lifelong coach Jack Grout written by his son? It's all here.

1. Criquet shirts 

Criquest shirts

Criquet is an Austin, Texas-based startup company founded in 2010 that combines old-school prep with quality, environmentally friendly fabrics.

The company has a variety of men's shirts as well as shirts for boys. Get one for your dad and yourself, and wear them to the course together.

Choose from a variety of styles, colors, short- and long-sleeve offerings which range in price from $42 to $95. For more information or to purchase Criquet apparel, click here.


2. Personalized ProV1'sFather

Titleist is once again offering free personalization for Father's Day. Until June 30, 2013, personalization charges will be waived on all Titleist Pro V1, Pro V1x, NXT Tour, NXT Tour S, Velocity and DT SoLo golf ball orders of just one dozen or more.

Customers may create their unique message imprinted on the golf ball in up to three lines of block text in black, blue, red, pink or green ink colors.

Check with your local authorized Titleist golf ball retailer for more information on availability and pricing, and for further details, click here.


3. SwingTIP

SwingTIP

SwingTIP is a golf swing analysis tool that syncs a motion sensor attached to any golf club with your smartphone for instant results each time you swing the club. The results include video-like animations of your swing from three angles and key performance metrics along with instructional tips and videos, so once you've identified problem areas with your swing, you can learn to fix them. The latest version also includes auto-video capture, to examine your posture and alignment and easily share with a friend or coach.

The SwingTIP device retails for $129.99. For more information and to purchase one for your father, please visit the SwingTIP website.


4. Headcovers

Seamus Golf

Seamus

Oregon-based Seamus Golf makes artisan golf headcovers and fine woolen accessories from traditional Scottish clan tartans and harris tweeds. Husband and wife co-owners Akbar & Megan Chisti combined their passion and expertise to create these unique and meticulously made headcovers that are making waves at the finest courses and clubs around the world.

The headcovers range in price from $45 to $75. For more information, or to purchase some for your father, visit the Seamus Golf website by clicking here.

Stitch

Stitch

Stitch is a North Carolina-based company that sells handcrafted leather headcovers in cool, retro styles. If your father's golf bag is due for a makeover, check out these sleek, sophisticated styles. The headcovers range in price from $34.99 to $54.99.

For more information or to purchase Stitch headcovers, click here.


5. Jack Grout: A Legacy in Golf

Jack Grout

For golfers and non-golfers alike, this is the delightful and heartwarming tale of Jack Nicklaus' teacher, Jack Grout, and his journey through golf.

You can purchase the book from Amazon by clicking here.


6. Nike FuelBand

Nike fuel Band

Ever wonder just how many steps you take in a day? Or how many calories you burn? With the Nike+ FuelBand, now you'll know.

The Nike+ FuelBand measures everyday activity – like running, walking, dancing, basketball and dozens of activities – and turns it into NikeFuel. It tracks calories burned, steps taken and more. It's also a great watch. Get one for your dad today and tell him to get moving.

For more information or to purchase a Nike+ FuelBand (which retails for $149), visit the Nike website by clicking here.


7. Taylormade R1 Black driverGift Guide

After three years of making only white drivers, Taylormade Golf recently released the R1 Black. It features the greatest range of adjustability of any driver in the brand’s history – it can be tuned 168 different ways to specifically fit a player’s swing to optimize distance and accuracy.

If your dad is in need of a new driver, but hasn't fancied the all-white offerings from Taylormade as of late, get him one of these – a classic look on the latest technology.

The R1 Black retails for $399. For more information or to purchase the driver, click here.

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Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 11:04 pm

Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.

While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.

He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.

"A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."

Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.

"If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."

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Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 10:39 pm

When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.

Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.

"I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"


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The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.

Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.

"It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."

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DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 9:16 pm

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.

Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing frequency.

"It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."

Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.

Johnson appeared much more willing to consider a reduced-distance ball option at the Hero World Challenge in November, when he sat next to tournament host Tiger Woods and supported Woods' notion that the ball should be addressed.

"I don't mind seeing every other professional sport, they play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball," Johnson said. "In baseball, the guys that are bigger and stronger, they can hit a baseball a lot further than the smaller guys. ... I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage."

Speaking Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Johnson stood by the notion that regardless of whether the rules change or stay the same, he plans to have a leg up on the competition.

"If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."

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LPGA lists April date for new LA event

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 17, 2018, 8:18 pm

The LPGA’s return to Los Angeles will come with the new Hugel-JTBC Open being played at Wilshire Country Club April 19-22, the tour announced Wednesday.

When the LPGA originally released its schedule, it listed the Los Angeles event with the site to be announced at a later date.

The Hugel-JTBC Open will feature a 144-player field and a $1.5 million purse. It expands the tour’s West Coast swing, which will now be made up of four events in California in March and April.

The LPGA last played in Los Angeles in 2005. Wilshire Country Club hosted The Office Depot in 2001, with Annika Sorenstam winning there.