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Captain Stricker given six picks for US Ryder Cup team

US Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker (left) and Europe skipper Padraig Harrington
Stricker (left) and Harrington have both served as Ryder Cup vice-captains before stepping up this year

Steve Stricker will select half of this year’s United States Ryder Cup team after the PGA of America made changes to the qualifying process.

The US captain will make six selections to add to six who qualify through a points system – the team usually has eight qualifiers and four wildcards.

The coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancellation of qualifying events and a change to the US selection criteria.

The US play Europe from 25-27 September at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

“With all the various changes to the 2020 schedule, it quickly became apparent that we would need to amend our selection criteria,” Stricker said.

“We agreed that a smaller sampling of 2020 events – including just one major (the US PGA Championship from 6-9 August) – would justify a one-week extension of the qualification window and an increase in the number of captain’s selections from four to six.”

The BMW Championship, which concludes on 30 August and is the second of the tournaments that make up the FedEx Cup play-offs, will mark the cut-off for points accrued through the season for US selection for the Ryder Cup.

Stricker will reveal his captain’s picks on 3 September, the day before the season-ending Tour Championship.

Europe are the defending champions having won the biennial tournament in France in 2018.

This year’s captain, Padraig Harrington, will have four wildcard picks to add to eight who qualify through a points system.

European Tour chief Keith Pelley has already said that a decision on the Ryder Cup will be made by the end of June.

The PGA Tour resumes on Thursday with the Charles Schwab Challenge at Fort Worth, Texas, the first event to be held following a three-month break because of the coronavirus crisis.

It is the first of five PGA Tour events that are scheduled to be played behind closed doors.

There will be live text and radio coverage on the BBC Sport website of all four days of the tournament.

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BBC Sport golf correspondent Iain Carter

After weeks of negativity regarding prospects for the Ryder Cup taking place in September, this announcement indicates organisers remain hopeful it can happen.

Stricker was the man who last week said it would be a crime if the match is played without fans. He now wields huge power over the make up of the US team because half of it will be made up by his selections.

With the men’s game about to resume in the United States, the PGA of America will be monitoring closely the success of forthcoming tournaments and especially July’s Memorial event which intends to have some spectators present.

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Varner III and Rose share lead as PGA Tour returns

Justin Rose and entourage at Colonial Country Club
Justin Rose and his playing partners were trying to observe social distancing guidelines during their round
-7 J Rose (Eng), H Varner III (US); -6 J Vegas (Ven), A Ancer (Mex), C Morikawa (US), J Thomas (US)
Selected: -5 T Lehman (US), J Spieth (US), X Schauffele (US); -4 I Poulter (Eng); -2 R McIlroy (NI), B Koepka (US), M Fitzpatrick (Eng); -1 G McDowell (NI), S Garcia (Spa), J Rahm (Spa)

American Harold Varner III birdied the 18th to take a share of the first-round lead with England’s Justin Rose as the PGA Tour returned on Thursday in Texas.

Both players hit bogey-free seven-under-par 63s at a quiet Colonial Country Club, with no fans present.

Northern Ireland’s world number one Rory McIlroy shot a two-under-par 68.

The early starters observed a poignant minute’s silence at 8.46am local time in memory of George Floyd, the African American who died in police custody.

Eight minutes and 46 seconds is the length of time Floyd was filmed being pinned under a white officer’s knee. His funeral took place in Houston, Texas on Tuesday.

Varner III, one of the few black American professional players on the circuit, spoke at length with PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan before this week’s Charles Schwab Challenge. They discussed the Tour’s “potential role in the national conversation and solution” amid global protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement against racial injustice.

On the course, Varner III birdied his first two holes and was four under after nine. He then birdied the 10th and 12th holes but missed opportunities to join Rose at the top of the leaderboard before holing from 10 feet on the last.

When asked whether the death of Floyd, and global protests had affected his play, he told Sky Sports: “I didn’t think about it out there. I got in my zone. I love playing golf and am fortunate to do this for a living,.

“The platform I have is through golf so I know playing well is a part of that. It goes to show how life is precious and you take every day for what it is.”

Normally, Varner III’s final birdie would have been met with a deafening roar. But these are not normal times.

The eerie silence that followed was a stark reminder of how lacking in atmosphere the day felt.

South Korea’s Sung Kang hit an ace at the par-three-13th but there was no fist-bumping with his playing partners or caddie, just a walk to the green to pluck his ball from the cup.

Gone too were the huge spectator stands that frame many greens. That allowed television viewers to see more of the course, but they were also treated to some colourful language that may otherwise have been drowned out by spectator noise.

And while social distancing guidelines were in the main reasonably well followed, there were lapses, such as when Varner III signed a ball after finishing his round and handed it to a woman who gingerly accepted it with her fingertips, or the fist bump he exchanged with a man on his way to the scorer’s hut.

Varner III was by no means the sole culprit, but his actions were magnified by cameras following his every move as he left the 18th green.

But, as McIlroy pointed out before the tournament, mistakes will be made as they adjust to a new way of playing.


Stars announce return to action in golf

This is the first PGA Tour event since The Players Championship was abandoned after one round on 12 March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The first five tournaments are being played behind closed doors but the Tour hopes to have fans at the Memorial event in Ohio in July.

Rose, who set the early pace, started on the 10th hole and chipped in from the edge of the green with a fairway wood to open with a birdie.

He was four under after seven and told Sky Sports: “I didn’t play particularly well the first six or seven holes but the putter was hot.”

Rose, who won this tournament in 2018 with four rounds of 66 or better, then had a run of three birdies from the first before finishing with six straight pars.

Marquee group fails to fire as friends’ fortunes fluctuate

Rory McIlroy
McIlroy missed several birdie opportunities on a frustrating return to playing

The top three in the world, McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Brooks Koepka were all drawn to play together. All three birdied the first but were unable to build on that early momentum.

McIlroy was back at level par after bogeying the sixth but was two under by the turn. However, nine straight pars followed.

American Koepka, ranked third in the world, had four birdies and two bogeys in his two-under 68, while Spaniard Rahm, bogeyed the last to finish on one under par.

The group ahead of them featured American friends Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, who shared an ‘air high-five’ as they finished up on the 18th.

World number four Thomas had the bragging rights with a six-under 64, to sit one off the lead with Jhonattan Vegas, Abraham Ancer and Collin Morikawa.

Spieth, who has fallen to 56th in the world rankings, is one of nine players a shot further back on five under, but Fowler had four bogeys in his final five holes to fade to three over.

Elsewhere, Ian Poulter posted a solid four-under-par 66, while fellow Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick joined McIlroy on two under.

Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell is one under, with England’s Matt Wallace a shot back after carding a 70, while compatriot Danny Willett took 71 shots.

Listen to live commentary of Friday’s second round and follow live text updates on the BBC Sport website.

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Time for tournament balls to counter DeChambeaus unreal drives – Montgomerie

Bryson DeChambeau
DeChambeau, a US Amateur champion, is unique in having all the shafts on his clubs cut to the same length

Colin Montgomerie believes the “time has come” for officials to introduce a “tournament ball for professionals” to curb long hitting off the tee.

American Bryson DeChambeau averaged 345 yards off the tee in round one of this week’s Charles Schwab Challenge – the 2019 PGA Tour average was 294 yards.

“To see him carrying 330 yards in the air, this is getting unreal,” said Montgomerie on BBC Radio 5 live.

“Something has to be done or these classic courses cannot be used.”

DeChambeau, who is joint second on 10 under par after two rounds at Colonial Country Club in Texas, has bulked out during the enforced three-month break caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’ve put on about 20lb [since the lockdown] and about 45lb in the last nine months,” said the 26-year-old after Friday’s second round.

“My ultimate goal is to get as strong as I can, applying some force and speed to the swing to see what it can handle.”

Montgomerie admitted he “could not believe” the size of DeChambeau and how far he was hitting the ball.

“He is huge,” said the 56-year-old Scot, a record eight-time winner of the European Tour’s Order of Merit.

“It’s great to see athleticism in the game but this is a whole new game we are beginning to witness.

“On Friday, Bryson had 10 holes on which he was within 100 yards of the green for his approach. And if you include the four par threes that means there were only four holes on which Bryson was more than 100 yards away for his approach.

“The game has changed dramatically. It’s now brute force and a sand wedge.”

The R&A and the United States Golf Association (USGA), who administer the rules of golf, are evaluating options after releasing a report in February that claimed the increase in hitting distances and course yardages “is detrimental to the game’s long-term future”.

“I’m an advocate of what Jack Nicklaus proposes – a tournament ball for professionals, that goes only 80-85% as far,” Montgomerie said.

“The time has come, because we can’t be building courses at 10,000 yards.

“We haven’t the money or the space and there are the obvious ecological reasons. A tournament ball would be a massive step, because of that term “bifurcation” [professionals playing different rules to amateurs]. Yet haven’t we reached that stage, now?”

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The stark divide between Straight TikTok and Alt TikTok

Mashable is celebrating Pride Month by exploring the modern LGBTQ world, from the people who make up the community to the spaces where they congregate, both online and off.


If you’ve been on TikTok long enough, you’re probably familiar with Alt TikTok. If you haven’t heard of that term before, it’s probably because you’re on Straight TikTok. 

TikTok is notorious for its viral dances, lip synced “acting,” and uncomfortably horny POV videos in which the user pretends to take the audience out on dates. 

But on another side of the platform, which algorithmically recommends content based on each user’s preferences, is “Alt TikTok.” Also known as “Gay TikTok,” “Beans TikTok,” or “Elite TikTok,” the subsect rejects mainstream trends in favor of surreal humor and alternative aesthetics. Shaped by the dredges of emo culture and the heavy Dadaist influence of its millennial predecessors, Alt TikTok embodies all that is queer. 

And it’s no wonder that many LGBTQ users find themselves on Alt TikTok; queer culture has been intertwined with alternative aesthetics for decades. Finding community with others rejected by the mainstream is deeply rooted in LGBTQ history.   

On Alt TikTok, a stuffed Kermit bathed in red light swings from a ceiling fan as ominous music bellows below it. In another video, a person in stunning green hair clad in leather lip syncs, “Lemme get this straight,” before the TikTok transitions to them wearing a basic tank top and jeans with no makeup. They gag at the sight of their own “normie” appearance as the opening bars of Tame Impala’s “The Less I Know The Better” begins. In a video with 475,000 likes, another user writes, “What straights alt tiktok is” as she mouths altered lyrics to Doja Cat’s “Cyber Sex.” Then the music changes to a cover of “Ameno,” a song generated by virtual Vocaloid artist Hatsune Miku, and kicks off a slideshow of Elmo burning and former president Barack Obama superimposed on a banana.

The stark divide between 'Straight TikTok' and 'Alt TikTok'

The stark divide between 'Straight TikTok' and 'Alt TikTok'

“Ameno” is now a wildly popular sound on the app, and is often associated with Alt Tiktok’s more surreal videos, including ones poking fun at Elon Musk and Grimes for naming their baby X Æ A-XII.

Una Smoole, a 19-year-old student in San Diego, went viral on the platform for her video imagining what she would look like if she was straight. Her video was viewed more than 2.8 million times, and the sound from her video is used in thousands of videos from LGBTQ users similarly imagining what they would look like if they were heterosexual. The reimagined versions of themselves are nearly all depicted in a negative light: boring, mainstream, and basic. 

“We are already alternative,” Smoole said in a Facetime interview with Mashable. “Of course you can be fucking straight and like golf or whatever, no one’s saying you can’t do that. But I think there’s something that goes hand in hand with already not fitting the mainstream in some aspect, so you cling to the non-mainstream.” 

She noted that as an adolescent, she often rejected what was popular in her Catholic middle school: brand-name clothing, looking preppy, and listening to Top 40s. Smoole is not the only young person who felt her identity manifest in external expression — that feeling is virtually universal. 

In his book Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity, queer theorist José Muñoz reminisces about growing up in the outskirts of Miami as a queer person of color, and how punk music helped him come to terms with his identity. 

“Punk made my own suburban quotidian existence radical and experimental — so experimental that I could imagine and eventually act on queer desires,” Muñoz wrote. “Punk rock style may look apocalyptic, yet its temporality is nonetheless futuristic, letting young punks imagine a time and a place where their desires are not toxic.” 

“Queer belongings,” as Muñoz phrases it, have long been rooted in punk music. The 1980s not only birthed ballroom culture, but also Queercore, a punk rock movement formed by members of the LGBTQ community as a rejection of society’s expectations of “normal.” 

Beyond the music itself, members of the Queercore movement established communities that encouraged anything but the mainstream. The documentary Queercore: How To Punk A Revolution dives into how the movement’s prominent members established the offshoot of punk music. One of the resounding mantras of the movement was, “Heterosexuality is the opiate of the masses.” 

“[We were] refusing to be part of the status quo, refusing to accept the mantle of so-called normalcy,” Genesis P-Orridge said in the documentary. 

P-Orridge was the lead vocalist of the band Throbbing Gristle who used the pronouns s/he and h/er. H/er presence in the avant-garde scene gained the name “Godparent of Industrial Music.”

So it’s natural that after decades of rejecting and being rejected by the status quo, as P-Orrdige put it, young queer people would reflect that sentiment on whatever platform their generation uses most.

Immersing myself in the alternative…made coming to terms with my queerness feel more natural.

I, a cusper who teeters on the divide between Gen Z and millennials, had Tumblr as a teenager. My dashboard was an eclectic mix of fanfiction, indie music, and reblogs of people sporting gorgeous neon hair and a multitude of piercings. Rejecting the mainstream was subconscious, but I found myself gravitating away from traditional clothing choices and popular music long before I figured out my sexuality. Immersing myself in the alternative, like Muñoz writes, made coming to terms with my queerness feel more natural. 

And like the divide between the two sides of TikTok, Tumblr faced its own division between two types of users. In 2013, at the height of Tumblr’s popularity, users were torn between “hipster Tumblr,” dominated by aesthetic edits and music suggestions, and “fandom Tumblr,” which thrived on fanfiction, alternate universe pairings of characters from Firefly and Doctor Who, and artwork depicting scenes from their favorite series. Those on hipster Tumblr detested those on fandom Tumblr, and vice versa. Twitter sees a divide between the “online” and the “locals,” the latter of whom are considered “normie” and bland. Sexuality may not be the dividing factor for these other platforms, but there was still a distinct elitism among those who didn’t align with mainstream ideals. On TikTok, falling on the LGBTQ spectrum and presenting alternative aesthetics swim in the same pool of content. 

Much like “local Twitter” or “fandom Tumblr,” Straight TikTok is often oblivious of the fact that it’s ridiculed by its alternative peers. A sound made by a member of Alt TikTok was used for a dance routine by more mainstream TikTokers Ondrea and Tony Lopez. The sound is a mashup of several sounds, including a Spongebob quote and an iPhone ringtone. As TikTok user riotgrrll pointed out in a duet with the Lopez brothers, the sound was made to make fun of Straight Tiktok’s affinity for dancing to “literally anything” and its creator was proven right. 

There’s a sense of reclaiming what made them weird from those who were ostracized. The elitism comes from years of not being included. 

“Every school has that little community, not that everybody’s gay, but everybody’s a little different,” Smoole continued. “I feel like I’ve observed that for so long, that there was a time of not being able to understand why I couldn’t be a part of [the normal kids.]” 

And one doesn’t have to be part of the LGBTQ community to find themselves on Alt TikTok, as one self-identified straight woman in a long-term relationship with a man pointed out in a video from late May realized. TikTok’s shadowy algorithm is something of a Sorting Hat, in determining which side of TikTok users belong to. She likely continued to engage with videos on Alt Tiktok, until her For You Page was only made up of LGBTQ content. In the video, which now has 152,600 views, user squidward_tortellini, playing her TikTok algorithm, asks herself, “Why are you gay?” 

“Who says I’m gay?” she responds. 

“You are gay,” the algorithm affirms, as she dances under the words, “TikTok continuing to give me that elite shit.” 

Nia Stanford, an 18-year-old student and communications intern in New Jersey, had the opposite experience. In an Instagram DM, she explained that while she came out in the eighth grade, she didn’t begin experimenting with her style until her junior year of high school. At the time she wanted to emulate e-girl aesthetics. She attributes that desire to the new content she was consuming online — before using TikTok, she was surrounded by mainstream trends. 

“There is a sense of pride in claiming stake in otherness.” 

A TikTok she posted describing roller skating sensation Ana Coto as the “intersection” between straight TikTok and Alt TikTok went viral with 72,000 likes because she appeals to both heterosexual and LGBTQ users. There’s a sense of elitism on Alt TikTok, like being in on a secret joke that those who wear Brandy Melville and dance to Doja Cat don’t understand. Those who can laugh at weird humor, like on department store TikTok or beans TikTok, were in on the joke. Like Queercore, Alt TikTok is rooted in a firm rejection of the mainstream. 

“Alt culture usually comes with strife — feelings of rejection from mainstream culture, interpersonal struggles, identity issues…This also results in resentment towards the mainstream culture,” Stanford said. “So to be associated with that can feel like erasure or like assimilating into a culture you resent and that has rejected you. There is a sense of pride in claiming stake in otherness.”

No matter where you fall on the sexuality spectrum, there’s probably a place for you on Alt TikTok — at least, if the algorithm decides you’re worthy of it. 

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Clubhouse Games breathes life into old classics with fresh, calming vibes

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It’s possible Mario’s Game Gallery, originally released for Windows in 1995 with seemingly little involvement from Nintendo, was the first video game I ever played. It was pretty mediocre. You could play a handful of half-baked games like checkers and yahtzee against Mario, and it’s only notable because it was Charles Martinet’s first gig voicing Mario, a job he hasn’t given up in the 25 years since. 

I didn’t care. I loved it.

My inexplicable childhood attachment to a rare, ill-conceived computer game may explain why I was so down to check out Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics for Nintendo Switch. This new oddity comes directly from Nintendo and is exactly what its name suggests: A collection of 51 mostly tabletop and card games from around the world that Nintendo doesn’t have to pay licensing fees to use. It’s available June 5 on the Nintendo Switch eShop.

Do I enjoy playing these sorts of games with physical game pieces or cards in real life? Not really! But neatly package them together in a video game with some light Nintendo aesthetic touches and I am in.

Mahjong Solitaire has some fun Nintendo-inspired imagery in it.

Mahjong Solitaire has some fun Nintendo-inspired imagery in it.

For $40, you can play everything from checkers and blackjack to Japanese mahjong, air hockey, nine men’s morris, billiards, and hanafuda by yourself or against others locally and online. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of some of those because that’s honestly the ideal way to approach Clubhouse Games.

Every single game in Clubhouse Games comes with a short video introduction in which fully voiced characters who look like wedding cake toppers give you a basic rundown of what to expect. After that, every game also has a detailed text tutorial explaining not only the rules of the game in question, but also offering hints and strategies. A few of the most complex games, like chess and shogi, even have multi-part interactive tutorials to make extra sure you’re not lost.

Once you’re actually in a game, everything is presented cleanly and efficiently. You can toggle on-screen assists on and off in games like chess, where they tell you exactly where a highlighted piece can go and how much danger they’ll be in if they land on a specific space on the board. Nothing is left to chance unless the game demands it.

Henrik suggests some games you can play by yourself.

Henrik suggests some games you can play by yourself.

The value of Clubhouse Games lies not just in playing, but in learning. Nintendo’s insistence on including games that western players in particular may not be familiar with is for the best. Koi-Koi, for example, is a Japanese hanafuda card game that’s a little tough to wrap your head around at first. To be honest, I never fully figured it out. Still, I felt mildly culturally enriched from the experience. I love that Clubhouse Games gave me an approachable window into something that’s been popular on the other side of the planet for hundreds of years.

This attitude is exemplified by a global view that acts as a sort of central hub. You can spin around the globe, finding named figurines who will recommend games to you based on different criteria, such as games that Nintendo used to manufacture before it got into video games or games that are good time wasters on a flight. Other players’ figurines will show up here too, if you want, bringing a selection of games they recommend. I appreciate the attempts to contextualize these games rather than just throwing them in front of the player in list form.

Clubhouse Games presents itself with extraordinarily calming vibes. It’s casual Friday at the office in video-game form. The music is sparse but lively where it needs to be, and the little pre-game videos have just enough banter in them to feel human. In general, Clubhouse Games has a wholesome austerity jammed into just about every corner, including the limited (but very funny) character creator. Yes, I chose the same figure as Henrik from above because he’s perfect.

That's a guy with a good mozzarella sticks recipe and an above-ground pool.

That’s a guy with a good mozzarella sticks recipe and an above-ground pool.

Unfortunately, Clubhouse Games isn’t always the best version of itself. Not all 51 games are worth your time, with sports or sports-adjacent games feeling the most pointless. Billiards is passable, but golf, bowling, and fishing all feel like throwaways. Golf and bowling specifically are not anywhere near as fun or nuanced as their Wii Sports counterparts from nearly 15 years ago. You can reliably get a strike in almost every frame by bowling with the Switch’s touch screen, and the motion control support isn’t much more difficult to cheese.

Multiplayer is an obvious draw here, but a couple of quirks hold it back from greatness. Playing locally works about as you’d expect, with the options of sharing one screen or playing on multiple Switches in the same room using one copy of the game. Playing on one screen sadly locks out almost every card game, since many of them ask players to keep their hands confidential. Maybe just buy a deck of cards if you and your roommates are bored enough to play Texas hold ’em with each other.

There’s also something called Mosaic Mode that lets you place multiple Switch screens next to each other to create larger playing fields in some games (Super Mario Party had a similar feature), but I couldn’t properly test it out with just my Switch.

Bowling stinks.

Bowling stinks.

Nearly every game supports online play with strangers or friends, but in limited pre-release testing, there was about a half-second of latency that made anything requiring reflexes not especially fun to play. Slower games are still tolerable, but air hockey is a no-go, in other words. This was true for me on both wifi and a wired connection, unfortunately. Nintendo is still Nintendo.

Despite those minor annoyances, Clubhouse Games is a welcome $40 distraction from the crumbling world outside. This isn’t some branded cash grab like that lovably crummy old Mario game I told you about earlier. It’s confidently modest new packaging for games that are older than any of us and will surely outlive us, too. Clubhouse Games knows exactly what it needs to be and doesn’t aspire to much else. We could probably all learn from that.

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30 great Memorial Day deals on things you actually want

Memorial Day weekend historically offers a ton of discounts on products you’d want to have for the summer. This summer looks a bit different, so the deals should too.

That’s why we’ve rounded up 30 of the most exciting products currently on sale that will still be useful in the current climate. To get an extra 20% off on everything listed below, just use the promo code SUMMERSAVE20 at checkout.

For a limited time, you can stock up on a three-pack of iPhone-ready lightning cables for much less than usual. Use the promo code SUMMERSAVE20 to pick up this bundle of 10-foot long cables for just under $14. 

Is your house getting stinky from all the time spent sitting around in it? This ozone generator promises to also remove foul odors in addition to purifying your living area. This particular device usually sells for $33, but you can pick it up for a low $20 after the aforementioned coupon. 

Keep track of those most precious to you with this discounted Bebcare iQ Wi-Fi HD Smart Baby Monitor. This internet-connected device can give you a live view of everything going on in your child’s bedroom, directly from your phone. Plus, it features two-way audio so that you can hear-and-respond to requests with ease. Use the promo code SUMMERSAVE20 to drop the price down to just $207 from its original $309 selling price. 

For just $12, you can preserve and improve the ergonomics of your Nintendo Switch Lite with this protective case. It comes in three different colors and has a nifty kickstand for tabletop gameplay. Just make sure to use the promo code SUMMERSAVE20 to get the discounted price. 

Finally master your home theater system with this discounted Monster SMART Universal 2-Device Remote Control. This remote can control both your TV and your Windows Home Theater PC with ease. It features a QWERTY keyboard, which can make it easy to input text. This smart remote typically sells for $30, but right now, it can be yours for $16 after you use the promo code SUMMERSAVE20.

The importance of sanitizing your hands and gadgets has never been more evident. With that in mind, the SaniCharge Phone UV Sanitizer warrants serious consideration. This device sterilizes while charging your Qi-charging enabled phone. This handly device can be yours for a little over $30, after using the coupon code SUMMERSAVE20. 

Organize and streamline your everyday carry with this two-pack of KeySmart Flexes. This nifty accessory eliminates bulky keychains and stores up to eight keys. This bundle would typically cost $20, but it can be yours for a low $10 after using the coupon code SUMMERSAVE20. 

Seriously upgrade your work-from-home setup with this Rymek Retro Bluetooth Mechanical Keyboard. In addition to looking impressive, mechanical keyboards, like this one, have been shown to increase typing speed and accuracy. Sound compelling? Use the promo code SUMMERSAVE20 to drop the price down from $255 to a low $144. 

Create new, more compelling images for your Instagram account with this discounted Tenikle 2.0: Bendy Suction Phone Mount. This nifty little accessory can act like a tripod, selfie stick, car mount, and attach to just about any surface. The Tenikle gives you a lot of flexibility when looking for new angles to create images and videos. Use the promo code SUMMERSAVE20 to drop the price down to a low $19. 

Project up to a 200-inch TV show or movie with this discounted Prima 1080p HD Pocket Projector. This Android-powered, portable projector can keep you entertained for up to three hours on a single charge. After the promo code SUMMERSAVE20, you can own one for just $224. 

Create your own lattes at home with this discounted Alessi Pulcina Espresso Maker. This espresso maker with a retail price of $120, can be yours for just $40 with promo code SUMMERSAVE20. This stunning and capable espresso maker can brew delicious coffee with a rich aroma. And, thanks to its unique design, it will not create coffee with a bitter aftertaste. 

Block out noise and keep focused during your workout with this HUB: Hi-Fi Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds, which deliver over 100 hours of playtime, thanks to its charging case. This successful Indiegogo-funded project can be yours for just $56 with promo code SUMMERSAVE20, which, suffice to say, is much more affordable than AirPods. 

Create better images with this portable Pictar Smart LED Light. Ask any photographer and they’ll tell you, the most important thing in photography is light. With this helpful accessory, you can add light to any scene and drastically improve image quality. Use the promo code SUMMERSAVE20 to save $18 off its original price. 

Turn your backyard barbeque up to 11 with this discounted Resound XL: Portable Bluetooth 5.0 Speaker. This super capable, portable, and Bluetooth-ready speaker can crank out the tunes for up to 30 hours. It’s compatible with any Android and iOS device and comes in a variety of colors. Use the promo code SUMMERSAVE20 to drop the price on this, usually $70 speaker to just $19. 

Every toolbox needs a measuring tape. And if you’re looking for a versatile, super-smart model without the bulk of a traditional one, consider this discounted Rollova 2.0 Digital Ruler. This successful Kickstarter project can measure anything, including curved objects. Right now, it can be yours for just under $62, after you use the promo code SUMMERSAVE20. 

This ProBASE X Laptop/Monitor Stand and 6-in-1 Hub offers a ton of useful features you’d be happy to have while you work from home. It will prop up your monitor for better ergonomics, but it can also add several useful, easy-to-reach ports, too. This versatile stand usually sells for around $160, but the SUMMERSAVE20 code drops the price to a low $116.

Keep your growing battery collection neat and orderly with this discounted ZeroDark Battery Organizer and Tester. This particular organizer can store up to 110 different batteries and can be used to test the voltage levels of each. Use the promo code SUMMERSAVE20 to drop the price down to a low $16. 

Prevent back pain while you work with this Cushion Lab Ergonomic Lumbar Pillow. This lumbar pillow uses extra dense memory foam to provide additional support for your back, which also helps relieve pressure. Typically this cushion would cost you over $45, but with the code SUMMERSAVE20, you can order one for just $26. 

Do you love the golf course, but wish it included more beer pong? Consider picking up this PutterBall Backyard Golf Game for just $135.99. This fun game combines the best of both worlds in a package everyone can enjoy. This set includes the putting green, two golf balls, two putters, and 12 turf hole covers. Use the code SUMMERSAVE20 to save a ton off the retail price of $190.  

Minimize contact with high-traffic doors, handles, buttons, and more with this two-pack of Hygiene Hand tools. For just $16 (after the coupon code SUMMERSAVE20), this handy stylus and door opener can help you stay safe in common areas. Plus, it easily attaches easily to your keychain so you’ll never forget it at home. 

Do you want to work on your laptop a bit more comfortably? Consider the Stan Desk: Adjustable Standing Desk. This adjustable standing desk can prop up your laptop to a more ergonomic position, and help you avoid back and neck pain. Usually selling for $246, the promo code SUMMERSAVE20 drops the price to a low $160. 

Sleep more soundly thanks to this discounted LectroFan High Fidelity White Noise Machine. Offering up 10 different fan sounds and 10 different noise variations, this noise machine is perfect for those who want a little help falling and staying asleep. Pick it up for $32 after the promo code SUMMERSAVE20, which is $20 less than what’s currently on Amazon. 

Down to a low $30 with promo code SUMMERSAVE20, the H2 Headlamp is an essential accessory for anyone who wants to go camping or backpacking this summer. It’s waterproof, rechargeable, and keeps your hands free. It offers three different brightness settings and can last up to seven hours on a single charge. 

Turn standard toilet paper into a hygienic stand-in for flushable wipes with this discounted Fohm Toilet Paper Foam and Dispenser Set. A starter pack with a three-month supply of foam will cost you just $48 with promo code SUMMERSAVE20, down from its usual price of $80. 

With everything going on in the world right now, it’s not a bad idea to own one of these Digital LED Infrared No-Contact Thermometers. This thermometer is helpful, not only as a warning of symptoms but also in terms of preventing the spread of germs. This no-contact thermometer would generally cost $130, but when you use the SUMMERSAVE20, the cost drops to $64. 

Upgrade your cutlery with this incredible set of Damasukasu Japanese Chef Hanshu Knives. This three-piece set includes a 7-inch Nakiri vegetable knife, an 8.5-inch slicing knife, a 5-inch utility knife, and a beautiful storage box. This $300 can be your for a low $56 after using the promo code SUMMERSAVE20. 

Can’t land a dentist appointment? You can still brighten your smile with this discounted Bianco Smile Teeth Whitening Kit. Usually, this kit would cost you $80, but now you can pick up a set for just $28 with the discount code SUMMERSAVE20. 

Sleep is one of the few pleasures left to enjoy in these uncertain times. Luckily, these Bamboo Comfort Luxury Sheet Sets are down to new low prices. The sheets are made with hypoallergenic material and can keep you fresh in the coming summer months. When you use the promo code SUMMERSAVE20, prices start at just $26 for a four-piece set. 

Keep your hands clean in the kitchen with this iTouchless 13-Gallon and 2.5-Gallon Automatic Sensor Trash Cans. Usually selling for nearly $160, this automatic, high-capacity trash can will cost you just $80 after the promo code SUMMERSAVE20. 

Skip the fuss of traditional matches and upgrade to a Saberlight Bolt for just $10 today. This stylish accessory uses a free-form plasma arc to light numerous things, such as candles, grills, and whatever else you may need. Unlike matches, the Saberlight Bolt is wind-proof, splash-proof, and uses a rechargeable battery.  Just make sure to use the promo code SUMMERSAVE20 to get the best price. 

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40 deals on Fathers Day gifts that are actually pretty useful and fun

The father figure in your life may seem like the low-maintenance type, but trust us when we say that he’s tired of receiving socks and mugs every year. (In 2020, Father’s Day falls on June 21. You’re welcome.) We know you mean well, but how about giving him something he would actually like and use?

Don’t fret — we did the work for you. Lo and behold, here is a roundup of things your dad will appreciate receiving on his special day. Everything on the list is on sale for an extra 15% off with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

For the dad who always smells great

Popeye Gift Set: Pre-Shave Oil, Shave Cream, Post Shave Lotion

This set will have him looking and smelling fresh before, during, and after shaving his beard and ‘stache. It includes pre-shave oil, shave cream, and aftershave that will make his skin feel soft as a baby’s bottom. Usually on sale for $49.99, get it for only $42.49 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

LVL Shave Co: The Ultimate Neck Groomer

Ideal for, uh, shaggy dads, this neck groomer comes with three interconnected razor strips and two plastic handles and is designed to shave the back of the neck for quick cleanup. The set includes prep and aftershave lotions, too. It’s only $47.59 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

Tommy Bahama Island Life Men’s Eau de Cologne Spray

If he likes warm, spicy scents, he’ll surely appreciate this Tommy Bahama Island Life Cologne spray infused with notes of bergamot, nutmeg, and cedar. Snag a bottle on sale for $21.21 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

Burberry Weekend Eau De Toilette for Men

If he likes smelling fancy, this Burberry eau de toilette was inspired by London and British icons and concocted with notes of fresh lemon, grapefruit, and sweet tangerine, as well as notes of oakmoss, ivy leaves, and sandalwood. Grab a bottle for $18.69 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

Brutus Beard Company: 3-Piece Gift Set

If your dad likes maintaining his beard, this set can help him keep it in tiptop shape. It comes with a three-in-one beard wash that keeps the hair nourished, beard balm to give it a special hold, and beard oil to keep it looking soft and well-groomed. The set is on sale for $33.99 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

For the golfer dad

PhiGolf: Mobile and Home Smart Golf Simulator with Swing Stick

Non-contact sports may be allowed in most places now, but what if he wants to chill and play at home? This set features an entertaining golf simulator complete with a real golf swing, allowing your pops to play a round of golf in the house, at his office, or just about anywhere, really. Snag it for $212.49 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

Callaway Executive Putting Mat

If his living room floor won’t do, this putting mat is designed to improve his at-home golfing experience. Crafted with high-quality materials, it allows for better simulation of actual putting surfaces. It can be yours — or his, really — for $33.99 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

Callaway Golf Trunk Locker

Now, if he’s actually heading to the golf course, this trunk locker can help him organize his gear, all thanks to its easy-access storage compartments with sturdy dividers and easy-pull zippers. It’s on sale for $47.59 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

GOLFBUDDY Aim W10 GPS Golf Watch

Encourage him to bring his A-game every time with the GOLFBUDDY, an easy-to-use watch equipped with features to lower his score and win against his buds. It provides accurate distance measurements and is pre-loaded with 40,000 golf courses across 170 countries so he can use it anywhere. It’s on sale for $161.49 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

GoGolf GPS Accurate Rangefinder

GoGolf GPS is a lightweight rangefinder that allows your dad to line up his shots more accurately. With a single push of a button, he’ll know the distance to the pin right away. It’s on sale for $76.49 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

Izzo Golf: Sharp Shooter Putting Trainer and Game Set

Designed for both indoor and outdoor use, this set will allow your pop to develop speed and accuracy at home. It comes with hanging and swinging targets that can either be used for practice or gaming. It’s on sale for $20.39 with the code GIFTFORDAD15. 

Izzo® Triple-Chip Chipping Net

As for short shots, this chipping net has three different targets to help him boost his game. It’s easy to assemble and is collapsible for quick storage and portability. Get it for $20.39 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

PutterBall Backyard Golf Game

If you want to relate to his love of golf but are not too fond of playing, PutterBall may be the happy medium you need. It combines golf and beer pong, allowing for the ultimate dad bonding activity. The set is on sale for $144.49 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

For dads who love to cook and grill

Slide and Serve BBQ Skewers Bundle: 3 Sets

If he never shuts up about his BBQ-ing skills, you can indulge him with this bundle that makes grilling shrimp, beef, chicken, and veggies a whole lot easier. Get a three-pack for $31.44 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

Connect-it BBQ Tool Set

You can also streamline his cooking process with this BBQ toolset that features a spatula and a fork that can be connected to serve four different functions: individual, tong, server, and storage. It’s on sale for $33.99 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

Firepod: Portable Multi-Functional Pizza Oven

Your dad may not be a pro chef, but he can make one mean pizza with the Firepod, which functions as a pizza oven, BBQ grill, and lava stone. All he needs to do is interchange the cooking sets depending on what he feels like cooking. It’s on sale for $305.99 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

FrankOne™ Brewer + FrankCoffee

Instead of giving him a “World’s #1 Dad” coffee mug (again), gift this FrankOne Brewer. It reduces the bitterness and acidity of hot coffee and creates an intense and sweet glass of cold brew — fast. It also comes with FrankCoffee, a blend that has a deep body, with hints of chocolate and a citrusy aftertaste. Get it for $84.15 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

Otto Lite: Professional 1,500°F Steak Grill

If your dad loves him some meat, this grill allows him to cook steakhouse-quality steaks with absolute ease. With extreme temperatures of up to 1,500°F, the steak comes out with a delicious and crunchy sear that seals in juices and flavor. It’s on sale for $594.15 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

Heat Resistant BBQ Gloves

No one likes the idea of getting burned while cooking, baking, and grilling. These gloves are crafted from three premium materials, providing comfort and maximum heat protection. And while they’re extra sturdy, they’re also flexible enough to hold smaller kitchen utensils. Get a pair on sale for $16.99 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

GrillEye® Pro Plus: Hybrid Grilling and Smoking Thermometer

The GrillEye PRO Plus boasts patent-pending hybrid-wireless and Adaptive Display System technology to deliver limitless range and optimal power range. It lets your dad take your BBQ parties to the next level with its built-in custom or preset temperature alarms, timers, various probe ports, and WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. Get it on sale for $84.99 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

Sukasu Osami Three-Pc Chef’s Knife Set

Any home cook worth their salt needs the right knives. This set includes Sukasu Osami blades built to work with even the toughest of ingredients, allowing your dad to make meals as a professional would. The set is on sale for $33.99 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

Q-Swiper® BBQ Grill Cleaning Bundle

Cleaning up after a BBQ is no joke, but this cleaning bundle has the tools to make the process easy. It comes with the Q-Swiper Grill Brush that strips away all the grime from the grill, along with food-safe grill cleaning wipes and reusable cleaning cloths. Get it on sale for $28.04 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

Craft Beer Homebrewing Kit

Your pops can finally graduate from his boring six pack with this craft beer kit. It contains everything he needs to brew his own Oktoberfest Ale, a blend with a subtle bitterness, caramel sweetness, and a clean, dry finish. The kit is on sale for $39.06 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

For the on-the-go dad

Keyport Pivot Outdoor Plus Bundle

Is he suffering from the pocket bulge syndrome? You can save your dad the embarrassment and gift him this keychain that consolidates most of his everyday carry items. It’s part hi-tech key organizer, part Swiss Army knife, and part lost-and-found service for the dad who loses his keys. Usually on sale for $46.99, it can be lowered down to $39.94 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

Luxitude Groomer, Beard Trimmer, and Shaver

For dads on-the-go, this Luxitude Groomer is designed for mustache and beard trimming, hair clipping, body shaving, and precision facial styling, giving him a perfect trim every time, everywhere. It’s rechargeable and comes with a docking station, clipper head attachments, lubricant, and travel case. Get it for $20.39 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

Carbon Fiber Compact Key Holder and EDC Tools Pack

Aside from having the capacity to hold up to 18 standard keys, this accessory also functions as a brass door opener, bottle opener, sim opener, mini spray bottle keychain, and retractable keychain. And now that we should be extra wary about touching public surfaces, it also comes with a key door opener to eliminate the need to touch surfaces directly. The set is on sale for $25.49 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

KOLD™ Vacuum Insulated Bottle

This double-walled and vacuum insulated bottle will help your dad’s favorite drinks retain their flavor and temperature. With leak-free lids, he can take it to the gym, office, and beyond. It’s on sale for $15.29 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

For the music lover dad

Altec Lansing ALT-500 Turntable

Dads who love vinyl and the good ol’ days of music will appreciate this turntable that plays LP records, as well as music via Bluetooth or via RCA output. It’s on sale for $63.71 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

Marshall® Acton II Wireless Smart Speaker

If he’s fond of creating playlists and jamming to them, he’ll probably want this Marshall Action II Voice speaker that delivers well-balanced audio, complete with smart tech that allows it to be controlled by voice. It connects with Alexa, allowing him to control his music hands-free. Get it on sale for $186.99 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

Marshall® Mode EQ Wired Earphones

If he’s not too keen on smart speakers, you can gift him this premium quality Marshall earphones instead. While they’re designed to be compact, they deliver maximum sound output and boast a clear midrange, extended highs, and deep bass. Grab a pair on sale for $46.74 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

For the adventurer dad

The BeachBox: Portable Shower and Storage

For the adventurous dad, the BeachBox is an insulated shower tank that allows him to shower and rinse after a sand-filled beach day or camping excursion. That way, he won’t have to make a mess in the car or at home after a surf or hike. It’s on sale now for $144.49 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

Dave Jr. Duffel Bag

Built for travel and sports, this bag features an 18-ounce waterproof tarpaulin body and armor-plated SuperFabric bottom to withstand pretty much anything. It has heavy-duty handles, military-grade metal hardware, and burly zippers, too, as well as a padded adjustable shoulder strap for versatility while your dad’s on the move. It’s only $107.09 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

For the handyman dad

Rollova 2.0 Digital Ruler

Your handyman of a dad will love this state-of-the-art digital ruler that measures virtually any surface. It can measure curves, lines, and a variety of surfaces that are compatible with major units of length. With a single roll, it delivers an accurate measurement on the built-in OLED screen. Grab it on sale for $65.44 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

Nix Mini Color Sensor V2

With this in tow, your dad can quickly identify any color with a simple scan. It pairs with a smartphone app and functions as a real-life eyedropper tool, allowing him to match any surface to an existing color. Fancy enlisting your pop to help you remodel your apartment? Grab it on sale for $71.36 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

Other fun dad things

RepliTronics USB Charge Machine

Ideal for techie dads with an attachment to the ’80s, this USB charge machine is a mini replica of the iconic arcade machine. But this one’s also equipped with five USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 quick-charge port, making of capable to refueling six USB-compatible devices simultaneously. It’s only $42.49 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

Omega 2.0 Inkless Pen

Pens are usually seen as safe gifts, but this one is extra special as it doesn’t require ink. It features an AXL-METAL tip that doesn’t have to be sharpened and won’t run out, making this the last pen your dad will ever need. At only $25.49 with the code GIFTFORDAD15, you can buy one for yourself, too.

Mini Magic Wireless Photo Printer and Six Thermal Rolls

If your dad is the nostalgic type, he can instantly print photos with this printer that thermally transfers images to print — no ink needed. With the accompanying app, he can also edit the pictures, and print texts, labels, to-do lists, and more. Snag it for $50.99 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

DIY Drone Builder Kit

For dads who love building things, he’ll love tinkering with this DIY Drone Builder Kit, which allows him to put together his own drone and make it soar, too. It comes with an onboard camera and can be controlled using an app. It’s on sale for $50.99 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

DIY Sprayable Vinyl Wrap Kits

This sprayable vinyl-based wrap kit can give your dad’s wheels a new color with a smooth, high-gloss finish with just a few coats. Get it on sale for $69.66 with the coupon code GIFTFORDAD15.

Vortix Melo Massager and Six Interchangeable Heads

If you can’t afford to gift him multiple gift certificates to a luxurious spa, a great workaround would be to give him this massager that’s designed to deliver quick relief. Featuring six intensity levels and different head attachments, it offers a satisfying relaxation experience for the muscles in the back, neck, feet, legs, hips, and arms. It’s on sale for $84.99 with the code GIFTFORDAD15.

The Dad Law Book

Perfect for your pals who are soon-to-be dads, this book is the ultimate dad primer, with over 200 pages filled with unwritten rules of dad-hood. Snag a copy for $27.95.

The Dad Book: Truths, Hacks, and Dad-isms

Unlike the Dad Law Book, this parenting book may not have any useful parenting advice, but it’s filled to the brim with popular jokes and funny insights. It’s on sale for $20.95.

Dad-isms 2020-2021 Father’s Day Calendar

A lifetime spewing corny jokes probably already has your dad running out of material. This hilarious 365-day calendar is packed with cards with printed dad-isms, giving your pops new jokes (whether or not they’re funny is another question), puns, and bits of wisdom he can share at the dinner table. Get it for $25.95.

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14 golf gadgets on sale for playing on the course and inside your house

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Golf may be one of the few sports that has built-in social distancing, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. And besides, it’s not like you always have the time to head to the course for a full round, you know?

Whether you want to practice your swing at home or need new accessories to last an entire tournament, here are great golf tools on sale:

Callaway Executive Putting Mat

Made with premium quality materials, this executive putting mat was designed to help you finetune your game anywhere you are. It comes with a moveable putting cup that is 1/4 inch smaller than regulation to sharpen your aim. For a limited time, it’s on sale for $39.99.

Callaway Tour Set: Hat, Clip, Par-Tees, and Balls

An ideal present for any avid golfer, this set features a durable canvas cap with 30+ UV protection and a built-in moisture-wicking headband, a stainless steel hat clip, virtually unbreakable par-tees, and two golf balls. Grab the set on sale for $23.99.

Callaway Pro Series Hitting Mat

Replicate the feeling of being on the course with this hitting mat with a true-turf surface, simulating real-life fairways or tee boxes. It comes with one patented tee holder and three rubber range tees to allow you to line up your ball exactly as you would on a course. Get it for $159.99.

PutterBall Backyard Golf Game

If you want to infuse more fun in golfing, this game lets you play round after round of PutterBall. If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically a combination of golf and beer pong, creating hours of endless fun. Snag it on sale for $169.99.

Izzo Golf: Sharp Shooter Putting Trainer and Game Set

Whip this baby out everywhere you go, and you’ll instantly have a setup that allows you to fine tune your putting stroke. It’s designed to help you develop speed and accuracy, and can be used indoors and outdoors. It’s on sale for $23.99.

Callaway Golf Trunk Locker

With easy-access storage compartments, built-in wall dividers, and easy-pull zippers, this trunk locker is the secret to making any golfer’s trunk much more organized. Usually $69.99, it’s on sale for $55.99.

Callaway 200s Laser Rangefinder

Featuring Pin Acquisition Technology (PAT) and Slope Mode, this range finder is capable of providing precise distance measurements. It features a no-frills design and is super easy to use, making it an ideal tool for finding the perfect shot. It can be yours for $169.99.

Callaway Cooler Set

Never go thirsty on the course with this cooler set that comes with a six-pack lined cooler and two magnetic cozies. It can hold a six-pack of cans with ice and is easily collapsible for convenient storage. You can also attach the magnetic cozies to the metal frame of electric golf carts for easy access. It’s on sale for $19.99.

Callaway Cart Cooler

Capable of holding twelve 12oz cans or nine 750ml bottles, this cart cooler is perfect for days spent at the course when the sun is extra punishing. It collapses down to just three inches for easy storage and has a built-in adjustable strap for hanging off of pushcarts. Grab it on sale for $39.99.

HomeCourse® Indoor Golf Simulator Enclosure

Recreate a realistic golfing experience at home with this simulator which creates an indoor driving range right in your living room. It comes with a screen made of ballistic grade material that can absorb the impact of a golf ball, along with a sky netting and pro-arms to contain errant shots. It also flexes at the bottom so the ball can roll back to your feet. Get it for $1899.99.

GOLFBUDDY Aim W10 GPS Golf Watch

The W10 by GOLFBUDDY is a wearable that has all the features you need to lower your score and win the game. It dispenses accurate distance measurements, distances to targets and hazards, and instant recognition as to which hole you are playing. It also comes pre-loaded with 40,000 golf courses across 170 countries. It’s on sale for $189.99.

PhiGolf: Mobile and Home Smart Golf Simulator with Swing Stick

Sometimes, simply swinging your club can be a huge stress reliever. Whether you want to take a break from work or need to practice at home, this golf simulator and swing stick delivers an immersive game that allows you to play a round of golf at home, the office, or just about anywhere else. Use coupon code GOLF10 at checkout to get this product for 25% off

GoGolf GPS Accurate Rangefinder

With just a single push of a button, this rangefinder automatically tells you your distance to the pin. It works with both Android and Apple devices and easily clips to your glasses, visor, cap, or shirt. Snag it for $89.99.

Izzo® Triple-Chip Chipping Net

They say that the key to better golf lies more in the short shots than the long ones. If your goal is to improve your short shots, the Chipping Net is a tool that can help you master them. Fast and easy to assemble, it features three different targets for practicing multiple types of shots. Get it on sale for $23.99.

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This coyote playing golf in a backyard alone knows how to have a good time

Did you know coyotes can’t pass up a chance to play golf in a backyard?

Well, maybe some of them can, but not this playful scamp who was seen tossing a golf ball around on someone’s personal putting green.

According to the video description, on May 22, a coyote wandered into a Tarzana, California, backyard and brushed up on its golf skills. The owner of the Ring camera said that after about three minutes the coyote left, but perhaps it will return for another midnight game sometime soon.

Next time you’re bored or feeling a little lonely, remember this coyote and know that you don’t need another person to have fun. If this coyote can throw a golf ball around for like three minutes, you can entertain yourself, too.

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RIP, Bose AR, We Hardly Knew Ye

OK, I gotta milk this bomb photo Sam Rutherford took of me in the Bose Frames one last time ‘cause Bose AR is dead.

OK, I gotta milk this bomb photo Sam Rutherford took of me in the Bose Frames one last time ‘cause Bose AR is dead.
Photo: Sam Rutherford (Gizmodo)

Bose seemed like a company that had a slightly different, incredibly interesting vision for augmented reality. It was different from other tech companies’ approaches—Bose put AR in its Bose Frames sunglasses, but it wasn’t like the AR glasses or headsets that are already on the market. In lieu of holographic images superimposed on the real world, Bose’s AR was audio only. The strategy was new, but now it looks like Bose’s gamble didn’t pay off. Instead, the company has decided to shut down its ambitious Bose AR division, according to Protocol.

Apparently, the writing has been on the wall for some time. Bose’s John Gordon, the senior vice president of consumer electronics who spearheaded the AR wearables initiative, left the company in June 2019—about six months after the Frames launched. In April, Bose posted an FAQ explaining it had decided to close its Bose AR public beta SDK. Citing an unnamed source, Protocol also says that several people on the company’s AR team left the company this past spring.

Protocol’s report notes that Bose also began scrubbing its website of any mention of AR around the same time. It’s true that AR is not prominently displayed on Bose’s homepage, and a former URL for Bose AR apps now redirects to a headphones product page. However, querying “augmented reality” on its site brings up six products that still support the feature, including the Frames. The product page for the Bose Frames also still notes the glasses are “Bose AR enabled.” So it tracks that while this decision was probably a long time coming, Bose likely only pulled the plug somewhat recently. Gizmodo reached out to Bose to confirm these details, but didn’t immediately receive a response.

A Bose spokesperson did, however, tell Protocol that “Bose AR didn’t become what [it] envisioned,” and that the company found its AR program was more suited for “specific use cases, not for broad, daily use.” As a result, the company will end support for third-party developer apps in mid-July.

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In many ways, this news is hardly surprising. The Bose Frames were a neat product, and audio-only AR is actually less distracting in practice than traditional AR headsets. That said, $200 wasn’t cheap for a gadget that mostly functioned like a pair of discreet headphones. Plus, the available AR apps weren’t exactly plentiful. When I reviewed the Frames, I was mostly limited to a few navigation apps, a handful of audio-based story games, and some sort of virtual golf caddy. In the end, the Frames were more of a cool experimental gadget for early adopters than something the average consumer was likely to wear on a daily basis.

Bose itself has also had a rough go of it recently. Earlier this year, Bose announced it was closing all of its retail stores in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Japan. In a statement to Gizmodo at the time, Bose noted that the decision would result in hundreds of layoffs but that the company was committed to providing outplacement assistance and severance to affected employees. Then in March, it was revealed that Bose’s CEO Phil Hess had also quietly left the company around the same time as the store closures.

Bose’s woes mirror those of other high-profile AR headset makers—even if it opted for a less intensive, audio-only approach than its rivalss. In March, Magic Leap reportedly put out feelers for a buyer before laying off roughly half its staff, and then magically suckered in another $350 million in funding a few weeks ago. In general, consumer AR glasses haven’t caught on the way tech companies have hoped, with most pivoting to more lucrative enterprise solutions. Bose’s audio-only AR would’ve faced an uphill battle here, especially when pitted against the Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 and Microsoft’s HoloLens 2.

As of right now, Apple’s rumored AR glasses could stand the best chance of success when it comes to consumer-friendly AR. And as for my pair of Bose Frames collecting dust in my drawer, I guess at the very least they’re still pretty cool sunglasses.

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