Father's Day 2017 Buying Guide: Best Golf Technology Gifts

Some people are never exactly sure when Father’s Day is. They know it’s somewhere in the middle of June, yet every year the date is one week away and it’s a mad scramble to find dad the perfect gift.

Not this year.

Forget the neckties and grilling accessories. This Father’s Day – Sunday, June 18th, by the way – things are going to different. How? By giving dad something every father needs: the latest and greatest in golf technology.

And at  PlayBetter.com, we’ve got you covered with the top-of-the-line golf gadgets that are sure to bring a tear to dad's eye. So take your pick of some of the top gift ideas for Father's Day this season!

 


Golf Simulators & Launch Monitors

SkyTrak Golf Launch Monitor & Simulator – starting at $1,995

In short, this is the ultimate Father’s Day gift. Just awarded, the Golf Digest Editor's Choice for Best Golf Simulator, the SkyTrak Simulator has completely revolutionized the golf industry and allows you to enjoy an amazingly realistic golf experience virtually anywhere – including right in your own home.

We’ve  written several articles on SkyTrak and its array of features, so we won’t bog you down with all of that here, but this simulator gives golfers real-time practice with instant and accurate feedback on some of golf’s most legendary courses. SkyTrak pairs with your laptop or tablet and takes you along a variety of playing options, whether you want to practice your putting or driving skills, or play a full 18 holes. The advanced techonology of the simulator takes into account ball speed, launch angles and dozens of other data points to accurately measure and record each shot. Imagine being able to golf at Augusta National, St. Andrews and Congressional Club all without stepping foot of the house! That’s exactly what you’ll get to experience with the SkyTrak.

If you’re leaning toward spoling dad with a SkyTrak (do it!) be sure to research everything carefully to make sure he can properly use the simulator. As expected, you’ll need to have the proper space in your home or office to accommodate the simulator and room to swing the clubs, but we’ve laid all of that out for you here (https://www.playbetter.com/skytrak-golf-launch-monitor/#Setup-space). Want to see dad go wild this Father’s Day? Get him the SkyTrak and rack up those brownie points.


Golf Laser Rangefinders

Bushnell Pro X2 Golf Laser Rangefinder - $499.99 

Look around the golf course these days, and you’ll see a number of players holding little binocular-type devices up close. No, they’re not all amateur bird watchers. They’re using a laser rangefinder to get an accurate reading on their next shot. It’s become one of the hottest golf accessories out there, and for the top choice, look no further than the Bushnell Pro X2 Rangefinder. Using the Pro X2, golfers can get pin readings within a 1/2-yard accuracy and up to 450 yards away. The Pro X2 features both standard and slope edition readings, and is easily changed with the toggle of a switch right on the device.

The Pro X2 looks great, too. It boasts a sleek design and stable-grip technology makes holding and using the device a breeze. It’s waterproof and comes with 6X magnification as well as PinSeeker with Jolt Technology, giving you a tiny vibration when the device has locked onto its target and that means more confidence for you on the course. There are a lot of rangefinders on the market right now, but none that match the caliber of the Pro X2. If you’re looking for the best of the best, the Bushnell Pro X2 is well worth the investment. And doesn’t dad deserve the best?

Leupold GX-5i3 Rangefinder - $549.99 

Just like the Bushnell X2 Pro mentioned above, the Leupold GX-5i3 is among the best of the best when it comes to rangefinders.

“But wait, PlayBetter folks, how can this one be the best if the Bushnell X2 Pro is the best??”

It’s true, there can only be one “best” rangefinder out there, but honestly we’re torn between these two models. The best answer is it really comes down to preference. What sets the GX-5i3 apart from its competitors is the use of Digitally eNhanced Accuracy (DNA) which is the most powerful and accurate system rangefinders have to offer.

It also features True Golf Range (TGR). This means the display is incredibly accurate because in addition to measuring the distance of a shot, the rangefinder takes into account incline/decline measurements, current temperatures and even the altitude at which you’re playing. That’s Leupold’s version of the slope features on other devices and offers unparalled accuracy.

With the Club Selector feature, the GX-5i3 gives you range information and club recommendations that match up to the slope of a particular shot and even a certain golfer’s hitting strengths. Simply put, this rangefinder gets to know you and your habits over time to create a more personalized partnership on the course.

And just like the Bushnell Pro X2, the GX-5i3 is just visually stunning. It’s sleek, compact and fits perfectly in the user’s hand, leaving no doubt in your mind which shot to take next. Again, both the Pro X2 and the GX-5i3 are the best rangefinders money can buy. You really can’t go wrong with either.


Handheld Golf GPS


Golf GPS Watches

Garmin Fenix 5 Multi-Sport GPS Watch - starting at $599.99
(check out our fenix 5 store - Free Next Day Shipping & 90-Day Returns!)

For the dad who’s more of a runner, Garmin’s fenix 5 lineup makes for the perfect gift. Part GPS watch and part fitness tracker, the demand for this watch has been off the charts, and for good reason. The fenix 5 tracks your activities in everything from day-to-day errands to biking and hiking, even sports like golf and swimming. It offers advanced runner dynamics and feedback, things like real-time heart rate, recovery times and lactate threshold.

But this watch isn’t just for runners. Dads who like to swim can track their distance, pace and stroke count, while dads who enjoy time on the trail biking and hiking can monitor all of their vital statstics and have the ability to know exactly where they’re headed with state of the art topographical maps.

And of course, golf dads don’t need to worry. The fenix 5 provides distances to the front, middle and back of each green on the course and features detailed stat tracking, AutoShot and GreenView.

The best part about this gift? While it is easily the best GPS watch to use while burning those calories, the fenix 5 is perfect for everyday use, too. With an available Sapphire edition, the watch is stunningly beautiful, with a bold watch face that delivers crisp and clear readings, whether you’re checking your step count, monitoring the afternoon’s weather or deciding whether or not to reply to the boss’s email (nah, save it for later). The fenix 5 is truly the most complete GPS watch out there and a gift that will pay dividends for years to come.


Golf Game Trackers

Arccos 360 Stat Tracker - $249.99 

We all know some dads have the tendency to, erm, embellish their accomplishments on the golf course. Hey, it’s not their fault. They just want to make sure you’re proud of them. In any case, with the Arccos 360 Stat Tracker, dad won’t have to worry about his friends and family not believing he drove a tee-shot 300 yards.

The Arccos 360 is essentially a golf tracking system. A small device is easily attached to the top of the club, and records everything from distances to accuracy with each swing. Then, that data is transferred automatically to the Arccos app on your smartphone, allowing you to relive your round and improve your game.

What’s great about the Arccos 360 system is the fact that you simply don’t have to do anything extra or different: simply attach it to your club and get to golfin’. The sensor even has a battery life of up to two years, so there’s no charging required. And having the data land right on your smartphone makes it convenient to track your progress or brag to your co-workers about that shot on the 15th.

In addition to being a stat tracker, the Arccos 360 also acts as a golf GPS. The app provides one-touch front, middle and back readings on more than 40,000 golf courses, meaning you can forget the GPS watch or tracker and simply take advantage of Arccos 360’s versatility.

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