Gear-wise, the game of golf has come a long way, particularly in the last decade. With companies continually introducing more forgiving clubs and longer flying balls, golf equipment is far more Tin Cup than it is Bagger Vance.
However, the equipment that has really elevated golf and taken players to new heights is the stuff suffused with technology. Range finders, apps, computer programs and more have tapped into the analytics trend to make it easier for golfers to choose the correct club, improve their swing and size up a course.
With the U.S. Open set to tee off next week at Erin Hills, and you seeking the perfect gift for your dad this Father’s Day, here’s a list of the top technology-inspired golf gifts on the shelves this season. (Sorry, no hockey stick putters!)
1. Tec Tec Tec Golf Rangefinder VPRODLX 1K $249.99
Make sure your dad is hitting pin seekers on every shot with Tec Tec Tec’s newest and most advanced rangefinder. This lightweight and waterproof rangefinder offers ultra-clear vision while measuring distances up to 1,000 yards away, and its patented PinSlope technology will guarantee Dad will never miss short or long again.
2. Bushnell Excel Watch $249.00
Does your dad prefer to get his GPS from a stylish wristwatch? Then the Excel watch is the way to go. Preloaded with more than 35,000 courses and offering Bluetooth capabilities, it provides easy access to course updates, distances and more right on the Bushnell App. This is sure to keep him on par every time.
3. Arccos 360 and Arccos Caddie Subscription $249.99
Golf’s first ever artificial intelligence platform is not exactly I-Robot carrying around your bag, but it’s darn close. By recording every shot that the Arccos community hits from up to 40,000 courses worldwide, it helps you strategize on every hole while analyzing your strengths and weaknesses to give you real-time data on your club choice and more.
4. Cobra Connect King F7+ Driver $399.99
Cobra has integrated Arccos technology right into the handle to create the world’s most technologically advanced driver. Track drive length and location and determine distances to the green. Then review your stats and see how you fared in virtual long drive competitions with players from around the globe.
5. GOLFTEC Lessons Pricing Varies
Help dad become the golfer he has always dreamed of with lessons from GOLFTEC. Coaches use video to break down the motion of your swing while providing you with a comprehensive motion analysis and a plan to improve. Golfers of all levels have seen their score drop an average of 7 strokes. That’s enough to win a lot more rounds.
6. Bridgestone BFit App Free
Using the BFit app you can videotape your dad’s swing right from your phone to break down stats like swing speed, launch angle and ball velocity—and determine the right ball for him. Then use that information and get him a nice package of shiny new Bridgestone golf balls like the E6 series.
7. The Radar Golf System $499.95
Every golfer’s dream is to not lose any more golf balls. Radar Golf equips each ball with a microchip that sends radio frequencies back to a handheld tracking device pinpointing the exact location that you hit the ball, and with a dozen balls, you should be set for a while. Just be prepared to fight for them…