2006 Fathers Day Gift Ideas

Fathers Day is just around the corner so it's time to get serious about your gift giving. Sure, you can go mainstream and buy a shiny new 460 cc driver, waterproof shoes or crested golf shirt. Or, you can surprise him with one of these practical pieces.

SkyCaddie, $399
This personal GPS device snaps onto your belt or bag and presto-it displays exactly how far away you are to the front, middle or back portion of the green. SkyCaddie also shows you the distance to hazards and lay-up areas. Dad can even map and save info of his home track if not found in its course database. Yearly memberships run $19.95 to $59.95. 888-SKY-GOLF or skygolfgps.com

A Lifetime of Lessons, $19.95
Too many instructors create paralysis by analysis in students' minds. The best teachers follow one simple motto: KISS (keep it simple stupid). Marshall Smith has kept it simple on the lesson tee for the past 60 years. His tee-to-green primer, A Lifetime of Lessons (Triumph Books, Chicago), may just put some juju back into your game. Lessons was co-written by Dave DeNunzio, who, coincidentally, joined GOLF MAGAZINE last month to oversee our instruction coverage. kiss-golf.com.

Suunto G6, $399
This gizmo looks like a wristwatch but records your swing tempo, rhythm (top of backswing to finish), backswing length and club speed. Tracking these factors in real-time allows you to determine, and repeat, your best swing. G6 also records on-course stats such as number of putts, sand saves, GIRs, etc. suunto.com/g6

AlmostGOLF, $13 per dozen
Here's a chance to practice at home without fear of breaking a window or endangering the neighbors. The Point3 is a solid-core, limited distance orb that flies one-third as far as regular balls. It also feels more like a real ball than typical foam or plastic ones and is endorsed by Dave Pelz, GOLF MAGAZINE's Technical and Short Game Consultant. almostgolf.com

Speed Stik, $99
Build clubhead speed, flexibility and balance with this aluminum rod. Start off by swinging slowly and increase until you reach max speed (monitor progress by checking the speed gauge). Speed Stik is a lot like a weighted club. But it's better than that because weight is spread across a larger (3 1/2- to 4-foot) area. Speed Stik comes in Red (24 ounces), for folks who are 175-plus pounds; Blue (19 ounces), for those lighter than 175; Xtreme (17.6 ounces) targets junior golfers. 480-951-6800 or almostgolf.com

Rob Sauerhaft is the Managing Editor of Equipment for GOLF MAGAZINE. E-mail him your questions and comments at golfletters@golfonline.com

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