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Father's Day should be a golfing dad's bonanza

William K. WolfrumBy William K. Wolfrum,
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Many golfers were taught the game by their dads, so Father's Day is a chance to repay that debt. (.)

This is the day a golfing dad waits for all year. Nothing compares to Father's Day when it comes to Dad getting what he really wants.

Christmas is wonderful, but more often than not shoppers are waylaid by the endless yuletide promotions, meaning fathers tend to get stuck with a tie, or a singing fish he can mount on his wall. Birthdays are often no better, as emotion takes over and "World's Best Dad" shirts, mugs and hats suddenly come in vogue.

Okay, maybe it's not quite that grim. But Father's Day is the one day Dad should definitely get what he wants. And if your dad is a golfer, we're here to help make it easier.

Clubs: Upswing Golf

If your father has expressed an interest in hybrid drivers, a visit to Upswing Golf is a winning idea. With Upswing you can set Dad up with some solid golf clubs at a fraction of the price as you'd pay for name-brand clubs, hybrid or not.

"Our introduction into the golf industry was to start with simple clubs that perform without having to use flash, gimmicks or odd shapes. There will always be people who want to try a bigger-headed club or some new twist, but that is not our targeted customer," Upswing founder Richard Merk recently told GolfInstruction.com.

With 17- and 21-degree hybrids listed at less than $100 to wedges that come in at $70 (and won't destroy golf balls), Upswing is producing solid clubs and garnering interest from players in the know.

Shoes: ECCO

Count Fred Couples as one of ECCO's newest fans - he now wears the brand for all his golfing.

ECCO's spring/summer 2006 men's golf collection adds four new styles to the roster of returning favorites. Available in a multitude of colors and inspired designs, ECCO men's golf shoes retail for $140 to $400. Equipment guru Kiel Christianson is so impressed with his ECCO Casual Cool Hydromax that he's considering adding them to his wardrobe full time.

"My pair is the espresso-espresso color combination, and even my wife, who looks askance at most golf fashion, remarked how very cool these are," Christianson wrote. "I am seriously considering popping out the spikes after a round and wearing them as casual street shoes."

Balls: TaylorMade TP

With its new TP Red and TP Black, TaylorMade has jumped back into the golf-ball market. The red has a larger core and thinner mantle, while the black's thicker mantle helps create a higher launch angle for greater carry and distance. Both sell for $55 a dozen.

A good book: The Secret

Ben Hogan had a "secret" that helped him cure a vicious natural slice and sent him on his way to one of the greatest careers in the history of professional golf. Michael Cortson's The Secret to a Great Golf Swing promises to reveal this valuable info within its 80 pages.

And if that's not enough, Cortson's own story of fighting back from a near-death experience with cancer that spread to his pancreas, liver and colon should help give anyone that extra boost of inspiration they may need.

"I was in a nursing home on an end-of-life program. I was determined to beat it all, and I did! The cancer cleared up! The docs freaked out!" Cortson writes in his helpful and inspiring book.

Fast Fact

Father's Day dates 1910, when it was conceived by Mrs. John B. Dodd of Spokane, Wash.

For more information

Upswing Golf
14269 N.E. 200th St.
Woodinville, WA 98072
Phone: 425-984-2337
Web: www.upswinggolf.com

ECCO Internet
16 Delta Dr.
Londonderry, NH 03053
Phone: 877-240-2365
Web: www.eccousa.com

TaylorMade Golf Co.
5545 Fermi Court
Carlsbad, CA 92008-7324
Phone: 760-918-6000
Web: www.taylormadegolf.com

The Secret to a Great Golf Swing
Web: www.michaelcortson.com

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William K. Wolfrum keeps one eye on the PGA Tour and another watching golf vacation hotspots and letting travelers in on the best place to vacation. You can follow him on Twitter @Wolfrum.

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