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Last Minute Father’s Day Buyer’s Guide – 2nd Swing Golf

Last Minute Father’s Day Buyer’s Guide – 2nd Swing Golf

Greetings fellow 2nd Swingers!

The biggest holiday of the golf season is upon us…  Memorial Day and the 4th of July are for barbeques and yard games.  But Father’s Day, that is a day for Golf!

Before you pack up your clubs and your pops in your SUV (or fuel efficient sedan) this weekend for your annual round at ______, why not add a little cherry on top of the gift this year?

It’s not too late to surprise Dad with a couple dozen of his favorite balls on the first tee box come Sunday.  Or, if you’re feeling extra appreciation for the man who gave you life this year, why not get him a brand spankin’ new golf club—or a whole set?

Only four more days and counting, but have no fear, we’re here to help:  Introducing 2nd Swing’s ‘Last Minute Father’s Day Buyer’s Guide’, a short list of what we think are 2013’s best buys for Dad.

 

THE LIST

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Ping G25 Driver

HOW WILL IT IMPROVE HIS GAME?

The PING G25 driver is extremely forgiving.  The famed G20’s next gen relative boasts a face that is .140 inches taller, making it even more forgiving than its predecessor.  The result is a clubface with very high MOI (moment of inertia), which reduces the twisting on off-center hits.  Additionally, the Ultra-thin Crown material and construction keeps swing speeds optimal, ideal for the dad advancing in years.

WHY IS IT A SMART BUY?

The G25 belongs to a class of game-improvement drivers made by major manufacturers.  The market value of clubs in this category, of this caliber range from about $300 – $400 NEW.  The G25 comes right down the middle when priced NEW, but out-performs many of its competitors across all categories, consistently, making this driver a very smart buy.  As far as used models go in the online marketplace (Amazon, eBay and others) the G25 driver in ‘Good’ used condition sells for around $270.

NEW:  $350

PRE-SWUNG:  $270 (good condition)

 

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TaylorMade R1 Driver

HOW WILL IT IMPROVE HIS GAME?

The R1 Driver is arguably the most adjustable driver on the market.  With 7 standard and 5 upright variations of loft between 8 and 12 degrees, this instrument can be tuned to fit any swing—or any course!  Recently, TMaG released the R1 Black Driver for that percentage of the public (your dad may belong to this group) that still insists on shirking the white club trend.

WHY IS IT A SMART BUY?

TaylorMade has long been a leader in the metal woods market, the R1 and R1 Black drivers being no exception.  TMaG, however, has been offering manufacturer discounts on these items and many retailers are offering the savings.  2nd Swing is offering $100 off the $400 NEW ticket, other retailers are offering the savings of $50 – $100 as well.  On the pre-swung market, an average condition R1 driver sells for about $230 on average.

NEW:  $400 ($300 w/ Promo Pricing)

PRE-SWUNG:  $230 (average condition)

 

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PING G20 Driver

HOW WILL IT IMPROVE HIS GAME?

If it was good enough to win Bubba Watson the 2012 Master’s, then it’s probably good enough for your dad.  But we understand if you’re skeptical, we also have very high opinions of our dads here at 2nd Swing.  Why does the longest driver on tour appreciate the PING G20?  Because this club is ultra-forgiving and outfitted with enough tech advances to give you workability as well—something any dad will appreciate, whether he’s a 2 or a 20 handicap!

WHY IS IT A SMART BUY?

Because its one generation passed, the G20 series drivers NEW prices have dropped significantly from a $300 to a $200 ticket, in some cases.  The buy gets even smarter when you survey the pre-swung market, where the prices drop further to around $155 on average.  However, 2nd Swing is offering these as low as $139.99 in above average condition!

NEW:  $250 – $200 (depending on retailer)

PRE-SWUNG:  $140 – $180 (depending on retailer)

 

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TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Fairway Wood

HOW WILL IT IMPROVE HIS GAME?

With the additional 10 yards added to its predecessor’s already-ridiculous 17 yard gain, it’s easy to overlook the RBZ Stage 2 Fairway‘s easier-than-easy launch-ability, as well as its optimal forgiveness.  Sure, your dad will hit it farther with the RBZ Stage 2, but he’ll also hit more fairways, and hit them more often.

WHY IS IT A SMART BUY?

TMaG is also slashing prices with promos on this category-leading model.  Now is the time to buy, people, the late golf season start has the smartest brands getting ahead of the sales curve by offering never-before seen discounts on new in-line product.  2nd Swing Golf is one of the retailers offering the $50 discount on new RBZ Stage 2 fairways.

NEW:  $250 ($200 w/ Promo Pricing)

PRE-SWUNG:  $170 (good condition)

 

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Adams Idea Super S Hybrid

HOW WILL IT IMPROVE HIS GAME?

The Adams Idea Super S hybrid is the first of three clubs on this list to be dubbed, ‘staff favorites.’  What’s a staff favorite?  It’s a club that an overwhelming percentage of our own here at 2nd Swing have purchased for themselves or a loved one.  It’s no wonder in regards to the Super S, as Adams has truly outdone themselves with this latest offering.  Ultra forgiving, ultra playable (from almost any lie) and easy to launch, this hybrid will benefit a player of any skill level.

WHY IS IT A SMART BUY?

Adams always has some of the more sensible pricing for top-notch quality and pro-level performance.  Their hybrid technology can’t be beat, and neither can the prices.  Hands down, consistently one of the best buy brands in this club category.

NEW:  $150 ($130 @ 2nd Swing)

PRE-SWUNG:  $100 (good condition)

 

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PING G25 Irons

HOW WILL IT IMPROVE HIS GAME?

The second 2nd Swing Staff Favorite on the list is the PING G25 irons.  TMaG’s RocketBladez are the industry leader in this category this year, but the G25’s should not be overlooked.  Or underestimated.  These irons are perhaps PING’s easiest-to-launch GI irons to date.  Combine that with PING’s trademark affinity for producing some of the most forgiving irons around and well, you’ve got dad a set of irons that will make each round a supreme joy!  And isn’t that what we’re really trying to give him on Father’s Day anyway?

WHY IS IT A SMART BUY?

Amazingly priced for the level of performance and quality craftsmanship make the G25’s a very smart buy.  And they’ll last dad forever.  PING irons are known for their durability and lack of wear over time, giving them higher than average resale value.

NEW:  $612.50 (7 piece set) *only 10 e-tailers are authorized as PING internet dealers globally

PRE-SWUNG:  $550 (average condition)

 

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Vokey SM4 Wedge

HOW WILL IT IMPROVE HIS GAME?

If you’re dad is the kind of golfer who desires supreme control on approach, then he probably already has a Vokey wedge.  But he could use another.  Presumptuous?  Hardly.  The fourth generation of Vokey’s Spin Milled Series (hence, the SM4 moniker) have upped the ante once more on tour-regulation groove technology, as in: these wedges will give any player optimal spin while staying within groove regulations.

WHY IS IT A SMART BUY?

The pricing for the Vokey SM4 wedges are comparable to their competitors.  What is not comparable is Vokey’s ability to fit their wedges to any swing style.  Whether your dad is a sweeper, a digger or has a neutral swing, Vokey has a wedge for him.  As if that weren’t enough, there are almost as many bounce options available!

NEW:  $130

PRE-SWUNG:  $92 (good condition)

 

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Bettinardi Matt Kuchar Signature Putter

HOW WILL IT IMPROVE HIS GAME?

The verdict is in:  Anchored Putting is an official no no on tour come 2016, and many players are already following suit.  One of the most famous (and, this year, winningest) of these players is Matt Kuchar.  But Kuchar did not shirk the belly putter just because of the new ruling.  Instead, he pioneered a new putting stroke and teamed with high-end putter maker Bettinardi Golf to design the next generation of belly putter—one specifically designed for the new ‘Kuchar grip’ and putt stroke.  Want to learn how it works?  Here’s a demonstration video:

 

WHY IS IT A SMART BUY?

The tag on this putter is high end, but that’s not why it’s on our list.  This putter is another staff favorite of ours, because the Kuchar putter, like all Bettinardi-made gems, has some of the best feel and sound you could ask from a club.  There’s scarcely a putter out there that can compare with the soft feel and luxurious aesthetics of a Bettinardi.  Additionally, unlike most major manufacturers who use oversees manufacturing, Bettinardi putters are 100% made in the USA, in Tinley Park, IL, just outside Chicago.

NEW:  $375

PRE-SWUNG:  No pricing available

 

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Datrek Spitfire Stand Bag

HOW WILL IT IMPROVE HIS GAME?

It doesn’t matter if your pops is a walker or a rider, the Datrek Spitfire Stand Bag is the perfect.  Ultra lightweight materials and construction make this bag comfortable enough to carry 36 holes!  And, because of its reasonable spacious compartments and innovative pocketing design, makes the perfect companion for cart rides and pull carts alike.

WHY IS IT A SMART BUY?

The Spitfire Stand Bag, brand new, is perhaps one of the smartest deals out there.  Competitors in this category have bags priced upwards of $150.  The Datrek Spitfire comes in at $129.99, however, 2nd Swing is having specials running through the golf season on Datrek bags, discounting this particular model to $79.99 band new!

NEW:  $130

2nd SWING NEW PRICE:  $79.99

 

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Bridgestone Tour B330-RX & Tour B330-RXS Series Golf Balls

HOW WILL IT IMPROVE HIS GAME?

Bridgestone golf balls are truly quality golf balls.  Both of these models are designed to optimize for amateur swing speeds under 105mph.  Featuring Bridgestone’s innovative Dual Dimple Technology, these balls deliver soft feel and lower spin on high-range shots.  Get more distance and control with the Tour B330-RX and Tour B330-RXS series golf balls.

WHY IS IT A SMART BUY?

If your dad desires tour-validated performance from his golf balls (and, who doesn’t?), but doesn’t want to pay the full tour-validated ticket, these balls undercut their closest competitor’s pricing by about $3 a dozen.  It may not sound like much, but it adds up over a golf season, which means more rounds shared by you and your pops!

NEW:  $45 (dozen)

 

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY EVERYONE!


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