It’s that time of year again when you are trying to figure just what to give Dad. This becomes a really easy decision, if you simply go the gift card route, but it is rather impersonal to say the least.

Here are some intriguing suggestions:
Free Personalization on the New Chrome Soft Golf Balls
image002The Chrome Soft Golf Ball is designed for Tour Proven performance with exceptional feel. The 4-piece construction and Dual SoftFast Core provide higher ball speeds and optimal spin rates to maximize performance through the bag.
Now through June 30th, Callaway is offering free personalization on The New Chrome Soft Golf Balls (white and yellow) online and in retail stores across the country.
$39.99 www.callawygolf.com


Ping G Series Graphite Driver w/Tour Shaft


image004Last year PING had the best-selling driver in the G30 model. This year, their new PING G has attracted a new set of devotees to the PING clan.
What the G driver offers is what every golfer desires – faster club head and ball speed. Using proprietary Turbulator Technology, VorTec and face/crown transition to combine for more efficient air flow, there is definitely a noticeable difference over the G30 version – all good.
The T9S Titanium face is thinner and hotter for maximum distance and deflection. The club’s adjustability with its 5-lobe hosel sleeve, allows ±1 degree of loft adjustment.
Another improvement is the DragonFly Technology – ultra-thin crown sections save 8 grams of weight to optimize CG (Center of Gravity) and MOI (Moment of Inertia) – making the G one of the most forgiving and consistent drivers on the market currently.
The aesthetics of the club and speed generating aerodynamics that reduce drag 37% and increase carry distance 3-4 yards are additional attributes, all of which make this driver one of the most sought after in a crowded field.
Available in 9° and 10.5° lofts with a TOUR 65 shaft, though other shaft options are available.
To fine-tune your launch conditions prior to a round, adjust the loft up to ±1° using Trajectory Tuning 2.0, which utilizes a lightweight, aerodynamically efficient and high-strength 7075 aluminum hosel sleeve.
G drivers are available in three models to fit your desired trajectory: G Standard, G SF Tec (Straight-Flight Technology), and G LS Tec (Low-Spin Technology).
$429.99 www.pinggolf.com


Give Dad a New Game-Changing KLVN Golf Bag This Father’s Day



image005The KLVN bag is the world’s first combination golf bag, featuring a durable cart bag with a deployable lightweight walking bag in a single, streamlined design.


Golfers can ride with the cart bag and eject a lightweight walking bag with a simple push of a button.
The KLVN bag has a multi-point cart strap system, ensuring the bag remains secure and upright while riding. One-Touch removable, customizable pockets allow golfers to completely change the look and functionality of their bags.
The bag also features concealed rubberized wheels and is constructed from a core of lightweight, high-density, injection-molded plastic.
MSRP: $389. www.klvn.com




image007Dad can always use a new set of irons. These new Cobra irons are selling well because they perform, are aesthetically pleasing and very user friendly, plus they have a great price.
The award-winning KING F6 irons are designed for distance, with forgiveness, feel and control. Delivered in a classic head shape for superior confidence in every shot. The KING F6 irons reinvent set construction, giving golfers the ultimate progressive set, engineered with COBRA’s new TECFLO system. The TECFLO system (Technology Enhanced Cavity Feel Launch Optimization) is the combination of multiple technologies and advanced constructions creating a progressive iron set designed to optimize the performance of every iron.
In order to achieve optimal performance on shots, the F6 iron set is engineered with four different iron constructions. Long irons (3i-5i) are comprised of a full hollow construction, mid irons (6i-7i) are half hollow construction and the short irons (8i-PW) feature a deep undercut cavity-back design, while the wedges (GW-SW) feature a specialty muscle back shape and tour contoured sole.
$799 (4-Gap Wedge). www.cobragolf.com .


Golf Pride TOUR SNSR Putter Grips




Golf Pride is the most used grip on image011the professioimage009nal tours for a reason – the quality, the feel and performance is unequaled! Their new putter grips are excellent in every respect. Golf Pride’s new oversized TOUR SNSR putter grip series features a soft-tuned rubber formulation that gives these grips an extraordinary feel, and encourages a lighter grip pressure that golfers seek in creating a smooth stroke. The new SNSR compound also enhances Tour-level feedback into the hands to improve player distance control. Players can dial in the feel that fits them best with two Tour proven shapes, the TOUR SNSR CONTOUR (pistol) and the TOUR SNSR STRAIGHT (non-tapered).
All four TOUR SNSR models feature a wide paddle front, sculpted to promote lighter grip pressure and consistent hand placement. Additionally, they are each finished with a traction-textured design that provides heightened feel and moisture control. Each shape is available in two oversize options, 104cc and 140cc.


$24.99 per grip. www.golfpride.com.


Devereux Andrew Polo Shirts



You can’t go wrong giving Dad a great shirt for Father’s Day!




Devereux who entered the golf market a few years back, has become one of the most sought after high-end shirts. Their quality and design are excellent. They wear well, look great and feel marvelous.
The Andrew Polo is a beautiful lightweight oxford pique that has a heather effect and consists of 60% Polyester and 40% Pima Cotton.The Andrew is a uniquely crafted shirt that was designed with “Swing-Free Tailoring” for optimum on-course performance and a stylish look off-course.
The distinctive seams on this shirt allow for a golfer to complete a full turn without motion being restricted by side seams. The Andrew is available in Aqua, Coral, Navy and Steel.
$75 www.dvrxgolf.com.


Fancy and most distinctive footwear for Dad



Biion is a shoe for the Tastemakers, the Trailblazers, the Trendsetters, and the Influencers; made for the person brave enough to break away from the norm and play by their own rules. Biion’s Footwear’s ultra-light, ultra-flexible Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate (EVA) material composes each Biion shoe keeping you light on your feet throughout your day. EVA’s Nano-molecular structure also provides an effect of smoothness and gives a consistently comfortable fit. Biion’s flexible, form-fitting EVA moves with your body with every step, giving you a connection to the ground like no other shoe. It’s the closest you’ll ever feel to walking in bare feet! This distinctive line is unapologetically fashionable and features a color spectrum and performs like no other, which embodies the company motto, “Defiantly original designs.” There truly is “Nothing Like It”.
The shoes are really comfortable and can be used on and off the golf course. It is definitely a conversation starter!


$99.00 www.biionfootwear.com
The TeeSquare Swing Training Aid.




This little disc not only is an actual tee, butimage016 it is a golf improvement tool that works.


Improve Your Balance and Ball Striking!
When you’re set up over the ball, the disk of the Tee Square Swing Training Aid will be hidden by your ball. If you sway to one side or the other, or aren’t squarely positioned over the ball, the disk will be visible.


$14.99 for two training packs at www.tee-squre.com


The Impact Snap
This is a solution that almost every golfer would like to uimage018se in their golf game. One of the better training aids that has come to market.
All golfers envy the pro’s ability to incorporate the lag into their personal swing. Either they do not know how to do it, how it feels, or how to get help.
The key to consistency is the impact position. Too many golfers are flipping and rolling, or casting. There are 3 distinct moves to get into a great impact position.


Lead forearm supination/trail forearm pronation


Lead wrist flexion/trail wrist extension


Ulnar deviation in both wrists to snap downwards


It’s a lot to take in and understand. The Impact Snap training aid is the answer.
$85.00 www.impactsnap.com


The Buccaneer Head Cover by Daphne’s Head Covers.
A great gift from a great company! Daphne’s Head Covers have 175 plus golf club covers in their line to choose from; including animals, super heroes and just for fun covers. Each cover is fully lined and elasticized to ensure a secure fit on your clubs. Their head covers are designed to protect your woods and putters, period.
Each cover is guaranteed for life. Inside the label you will find Daphne’s factory phone number. Should you have any problems with your head cover, Daphne’s will fix it expeditiously.
They are also happy to guide you to the golf shop in your area that carries Daphne’s Head Covers.


Average prices run between $28 to $40. 
As one can see, this year’s opportunities for gifting are excellent. Dad will appreciate and welcome any of these products that are sure to enhance his golf experience.
Barry Lotz, J.D., Ph.D. is the director of the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America. He is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America, the California Golf Writers Association, and serves both as a Consultant and Mediator to the golf industry. He is also the author of numerous books, including “333 Best Web Sites for Golfers”, “How to Build Business Relationships through Golf” which is in the Top Ten Golf Business Book’s bestseller list. His latest book,” The Right Mind for Golf”, released last year, is now in its 6th printing.
He can be reached at www.pgtaa.com or drlotz@cbsgolf.net

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 The 2016 PGA Show’s Most Impressive Products


Part One

The 2016 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL attracted golf buyers and sellers from around the world to drive a 3 percent increase in overall attendance, despite the early-week Winter Storm Jonas impacting the East Coast of the United States. The top five countries (outside of U.S.) represented in attendance were Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Mexico and Germany. The top five U.S. states represented in attendance were Florida, New York, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

This year’s show was well attended by both exhibitors and visitors, even without familiar names such as Nike, Mizuno and Sun Mountain. For the first two days everybody seemed to be writing orders. Callaway, PING, Titleist, Bridgestone, Cobra and Tour Edge were consistently busy, as were Carnoustie, SunIce and Devereaux.

The Demo Day was the busiest I have ever seen and perfect weather was the order of the day.

Whether this will convert to an increase in business, only time will tell, though positive attitudes heard from attendees and exhibitors may warrant a better 2016.

These 10 products below, together with a brief synopsis, were those products that I felt deserved your attention, and they will be fully described in Part Two next month, as we conclude our product testing and evaluations of the below mentioned products.

GolfBuddy LD2 & the WT5 GPS Watch

1The LD2, GolfBuddy’s first foray into the ladies watch market, combines Swarovski crystals with a genuine leather strap, a stainless steel bezel and a mineral crystal lens for a crisp display. Each element has been designed to ensure a luxurious look and feel. The Swarovski crystals are produced with a light sapphire hue, while the interchangeable wristband is made with an alligator grain.

The WT5 watch is elegant and provides full targets and hazards information.


BioMech Acculock Ace Putter

2Heath Slocum, Tim Clark and Bo van Pelt use this putter. With scientific principles that produce a more natural and consistent putting stance and stroke behind this putter, and with its performance and aesthetics all working together, it all makes sense. The AccuLock Ace was designed with a forward shaft lean that allows the club grip to rest against the leading forearm during the stroke. To achieve the optimal forward lean and lie angle, the shaft was attached to the rear of the putter head.

The absolutely smooth roll and feel exemplify pure putting, resulting in more sunk putts! Another great attribute of this putter’s design is that it can also prevent and reduce back problems according to Dr. Frank Fornari and Dr. Gwen Bauer, the putter’s developers. BioMech has also partnered with the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) to reengage golfers and enhance the joy of the game to players impacted by Parkinson’s.



3Their two new products are simply marvelous and truly useful. The XL1000 is like nothing you’ve seen before from Laser Link Golf — their first “hold to your eye” rangefinder. A new design, new features, and new modes add a new dimension to the most complete line of laser rangefinder products in golf. The Swing Caddie 2 Portable Launch Monitor is amazing and gives Trackman a run for their money at considerably less cost. This company knows about distance finders and launch monitors, both of which will definitely make you a better golfer and enjoy the game of golf even more!


Stewart Golf

4The most beautiful, sleek and fun electric golf trolley available ever bought to market. Though very expensive, at least a $1,000.00 more than its competitors, this is the real McCoy! I love the way it follows you around the golf course.



5For the past 20 years, Carnoustie’s premium golf apparel brand has been the choice of well-dressed golfers. Visit any upscale, daily-fee course around the country, what stands out in the pro shop is the Carnoustie brand for men and women. Their styles are not the cutting edge trends or tailored fit profiles so dominant today, but what you will find is a steady stream of timeless designs that are well constructed out of premium fabrics.

In my opinion, Carnoustie has the classiest, best looking and highest quality golf shirts currently on the market!


Krank Golf

6This is the driver that the major driver manufacturers do not want you to know about. Its performance and distance can equate to 20 – 30 yards longer on every drive.

How could it not be good if it has won 8 Long Drive Championships? If I can achieve 18+ more yards, imagine what you can do!


PING G Series

7As always, PING products are outstanding and this year’s G driver is no different. It is an upgrade to the G30 series, the best-selling driver of 2015. In fact, their whole new G Series of driver, fairway woods and hybrids, will markedly improve your game, especially if you take advantage of being fit by a certified PING fitter.



8Consistent super quality product continue to emanate from this company. Their new JGR Driver and JGR Hybrid Forged irons and their B series balls perform superbly.



9If you are looking for one of the most, if not THE most comfortable golf shoe currently available, then Skechers is your answer. Matt Kuchar loves them and I truly believe you will be thrilled with the fit. I know I am. Spikeless and Spiked, men’s and women’s golf shoes are available in great designs.


Leupold GX-3i2 Range Finder

10 The King of range finders and GPS. Unrivaled quality, accuracy and aesthetics make their products “want to have and need to have” instruments. The Fog Mode feature is awesome.

Fueled by an exclusive rangefinder engine technology, years in the making, DNA Technology (Digitally eNhanced Accuracy) propels golf laser range finding to new levels of precision and speed. Get faster, more precise ranging with resolution to within 1/10th of a yard against all background colors and textures. DNA takes the groundbreaking GX-3i2 to a new level!


Barry Lotz, J.D., Ph.D. is the director of the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America. He is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America, the California Golf Writers Association, and serves both as a Consultant and Mediator to the golf industry. He is also the author of numerous books, including “333 Best Web Sites for Golfers”, “How to Build Business Relationships through Golf” which is in the Top Ten Golf Business Book’s bestseller list. His latest book,” The Right Mind for Golf”, released last year, is now in its 6th printing.

He can be reached at drlotz@cbsgolf.net