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Celebrate Father’s Day with plenty of golf options

Please, no ties or boxers. Golfing fathers will tell you what they want, what they really, really want, and socks are not on the list. Dads want drivers, hybrids, putters and tee times. This year's Top 10 Father's Day Golf Gifts promises to alleviate the trepidation of finding that special present for your favorite golfer.

For this year's list, I solicited some help from people "in the know" and in the shop. I asked professionals what they would want this Sunday, and their suggestions just happened to make my list.

10: Metal Tumbler-Diamondhead's Chris Altese said he had everything, but on second thought he would like a metal tumbler. A Yeti or similar beaker that keeps drinks hot or cold fits nicely in the golf cart drink holder.

9: Dinner and a Round with Family-Grand Bear's Ian Kahn proposes a good meal after a family day of golf.

8: Focus Band-In case you haven't heard, technology has arrived. Kenny Hughes, who teaches golfers of all ages, labels it the No 1 gift in 2016. World No 1 Jason Day uses it.

7: New Set of Irons-Golfers love new irons. TaylorMade M2 and Apex Black Limited will certainly excite any father, but for the real connoisseur without a budget, wrap up the high-end Titleist C16 Limited.

6: Golf Balls-Callaway's Chrome Soft Truvis with soccer colors white/red or yellow/black are showing up quite regularly on the links. ProV1's are still the best seller, but golfers do have alternatives.

5: Lessons-Kyle Ramey, head professional at Windance CC, recommends a series of lessons with a local golf professional, and he has a few appointments available.

4: Golf Shoes-Foot Joy remains a favorite among golfers, but NIKE, ECCO, Adidas and now Skechers offer some stylish footwear for your favorite father.

3: The Ryder Cup Experience-Okay, so a trip to Hazeltine might be a bit expensive, but a price can't be put on USA vs Europe memories. Need more? What about a Golf Medal trip to Rio?

2: New Grips-Not the most exciting gift, but maybe the most useful. Golfers have a habit of using grips a bit too long. Don't want to grip an entire set? Help him re-grip that putter. "Say no to taper" with SuperStroke or "Square your Face" with the new Flat Cat.

1: Tee Time-A round of golf for four or a tee time for two tops this year's list because that's what golfing fathers want. Whether it's an 8:06 at TPC Sawgrass or a Twilight Rate at the local club, golfers just want to play a round.

Tommy Snell, golf coach at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, writes a column for the Sun Herald.

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