Subtle gift ideas for Father’s Day

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

I realize Father’s Day is still a little ways off, but I feel it’s never too early to start dropping some subtle gift idea hints. Fortunately for me, I got some help via an interesting e-mail this week. How thoughtful of Golfing magazine to send me their Father’s Day gift guide.

Here’s a few of the featured items you might want to consider for “dear ol’ dad” if you’re stumped for something other than another new necktie this year, and you have a burning desire to spend (waste) your hard-earned money.

Swing Speed Radar®with Tempo Timer (New, unique golf training device) The new Swing Speed Radar with Tempo Timer measures a golfer’s actual tempo time from club takeaway to ball impact, as well as the swing speed of the clubhead as it approaches the ball, providing unmatched utility in a single, affordable device. The Swing Speed Radar with Tempo Timer can be used by golfers of all ages and skill levels to optimize their swing mechanics for distance, control and accuracy. Price: $149.95

Golf grapplers (This rubber-spiked, slip-on overshoe easily converts any casual or athletic shoe into a golf shoe. With superior traction, the lightweight Golf Grapplers provide a convenient and affordable alternative for golf enthusiasts of any level. They are great for travel, as golfers need not struggle with finding space for golf shoes in a suitcase or suffer through playing in uncomfortable golf shoes.) Price: $24.95.

Man, thank God for that item. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve “struggled with finding space” for my golf shoes in my suitcase.

I especially like this next one. It comes with a money-back guarantee if it doesn’t make dad “putt like a pro.” It says it’s “Guaranteed to take six stroke off his game.” I’m pretty sure even after I used this product, I’d be getting my money back. It’s only $200. Are you kidding me?

The Kure (Dad will putt like a pro… guaranteed, or your money back!) The Kure is the fastest-growing putting aid used by tour professionals today, and the only training device that literally retrains your eyes and brain on how to execute a successful putt. Guaranteed to take six strokes off his game, the Kure will make golf more fun for Dad. It’s easy to use, portable, useable indoors or out, for all skill levels, and is compatible with any putter.(Nothing to lose…but strokes off his score!) Order today! Four easy payments of only $49.99.

Finally, I don’t know how any golfer has ever managed to survive without these next two products. Whatever happened to just going out to the course and playing a round?

ProPlay Golf Performance System (Capture and analyze your game anywhere with the high-tech, one-touch, pocket-sized ProPlay. This easy-to-use, portable, high-resolution video system enhances the quality of any practice session. ProPlay has a variable speed, real-time, frame-by-frame playback, and its Global Shutter provides distortion-free videos. Easily import, edit and e-mail video files. ProPlay ships complete with video camera, full-featured Scratch Swing Analysis Software, mini-tripod, soft travel pouch, charger and cables, packaged in a hard carrying case.) Price: $449.

Sonocaddie V500 Golf GPS (Sonocaddie V500 combines the best of all GPS features with no downloading and no annual fees. The extra-large, sunlight viewable touch-screen shows precise distances to hazards, plus front, center, and back of green. Pre-loaded with full-color layouts of almost every U.S. course, satellite images and flyovers are available with optional packages. “Touch-point” technology lets you see the distance from you to any spot, and also the yardage remaining from that spot to the green.) Price $399.

This probably explains why I’ll never challenge for the Rockford Men’s Golf Championship. I think most of these products are merely designed to separate an individual from their private collection of dead presidents.

Abi and Mer, save your money, I can always use a new necktie.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

From the May 26-June 1, 2010 issue

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