rsz_golf_photo.jpgMother’s Day and Father’s Day are both fast approaching. Gone are the days when getting dad a plaid tam o’shanter, or getting mom some pompom socks would cut it. Today, golf gifts for the parents are all about tech.

Gifts for Gearing Up

 

You likely know TomTom from their in-car GPS navigation systems, and now they’ve brought that technology to the links, and to your wrist. The TomTom Golfer GPS Watch promises to improve your game by accurately calculating green distances, showing you where hazards are, and tracking stats like your score, distance, and round time.

Another great golf gift gadget doesn’t slip on your wrist, but on your clubs instead. Arccos Golf is a fully automatic GPS and golf stat tracking system, with sensors that fit snugly over each of your clubs. They record data and then analyze your stats, which are available instantly with the free iPhone app. Arccos says the trackers have zero impact on your swing because they weigh next to nothing.

Gifts for Practice

skliz golf net.jpgSometimes it’s not convenient or affordable to get out on the course often to practice. With the SKLZ Multi-Sport 8ft Golf Net, you can train at home; either in your garage or out in the yard. This net is the largest of the ultra-portable, quick-assembly nets, and the large coverage space and included golf target allows you to practice all types of swings easily, and without onerous setup.
While you’re practicing your swing, you can train yourself out of a nasty slice. Pair that net with a SKLZ Slice Eliminator Swing Path Trainer (photo at top) . The elevated guide bar with adjustable pads helps guide your swing path and prevent swaying.

Still not sure how you’re doing? Get a robot’s keen video eye to watch and tell you! The Zepp 3D Golf Swing Analyzer gives you feedback via 3D and video analysis which can help you assess power and distance, club speed, swing plane, tempo, backswing position, hip rotation, and more.

Gifts for Getting Out There!

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We’ve all heard that we need to get up and move more.  A sedentary lifestyle is not good for us, and sitting in a golf cart all morning isn’t going to score you a lot of fitness points. Why not get off the cart, and stash your clubs in the Sun Mountain Speed Cart? This three-wheeler makes it easy to take your clubs along for the ride. Its mag wheels mean smooth motion, and adjustable smart brackets will hold your golf bag in place. It also folds down easily so you can store it, or pack it in the car.

Another great gift idea for out on the links is the Victorinox Golf Tool. It’s made by the same folks that fabricate the outdoor staple, the Original Swiss Army Knife. This golf kit keeps a divot repair tool at your fingertips, alongside ball marker, tee punch, bottle opener, blade and a host of other handy tools, all in one place.

Any of these gifts would make a golfer mom or duffer dad smile, possibly more than even that macaroni bracelet or kleenex bow tie your made them way back when. Was there an amazing golf gift you gave to a parent and they loved? Share the experience in comments below.