Golf gadgets. There used to be no such thing, but just like how technology has found a way into all of our lives, it’s even made its way into golf.
I, for one, welcome it with open arms. Using these gadgets can help you improve your handicap and become a more elite player (if you’re unsure as to what your handicap is, you can find out here).
Let’s take a look through these simple, yet effective gadgets and tools to help you analyze your skill, and outswing the competition.
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- 1 #1 TecTecTec Professional Rangefinder
- 2 #2 Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors
- 3 #3 Garmin Approach S60 GPS Golf Watch
- 4 #4 SwingTIP Golf Swing Analyzer
- 5 #5 Swing Recording System, by Golf Gadgets
- 6 #6 KARECEL Rechargeable Hand Warmer
- 7 Do Gadgets Really Help With Golf?
- 8 How to Use the Data You Capture
- 9 Getting Better With Technology’s Help
#1 TecTecTec Professional Rangefinder
TecTecTec is one of the few brands that makes actual golf rangefinders without also trying to make it about hunting. Most commonly, rangefinders are used by hunters, but they stuck to their guns.
The laser pinpoint accuracy allows you to find the range of anything up to 540 yards away—arguably more than you’re going to need for most uses.
It’s accurate within a single yard, giving you one of the most precise measurements possible without causing a burden to your wallet.
So why do you need a laser rangefinder to improve your handicap? To prevent overshooting. Using a rangefinder gives you the precise distance.
As a test when you go to use this, estimate how many yards away you think the hole is, and then see how far off you were. Our depth perception gets skewed at a certain distance, so let TecTecTec do the rest of it for you.
#2 Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors
These things are accurate depictions of how AI can actually improve our lives. You get fourteen sensors in this kit, which is pretty insane, but it gives you a chance to put them on all of your clubs.
You get information based on every single shot you make. Speed, distance, form, everything you can imagine. When you take some time to inspect the data later, you will see highlights of where you should be looking to improve your golf game.
These partners AI with real-time monitoring on your smart device. Download the app, hook this up to your phone, and let these little sensors do the rest of the work.
You’re not doing anything different, you’re just attaching them to the handles of your clubs.
#3 Garmin Approach S60 GPS Golf Watch
Garmin is known for being one of the top suppliers of various tech for fishers and hunters, so it only makes sense that they would spill over into sports.
This watch includes a crazy high level of GPS functionality, including over 40,000 preloaded courses found around the globe installed into the internal memory. No downloads or updates required.
Unlike your current wristwatch, this includes a smaller watch face at just 22mm total width. It’s more form-fitting and less restricting to your wrist, so you can still swing like a champion.
The strap fits comfortably, the display is bright for those days that are just pure sun with no clouds, and the touchscreen makes it easy to configure your settings.
Know exactly where you are with accurate measurements to landmarks on the golf course, while knowing how close you are to the hole as well. It’s a nifty gadget that helps out when you least expect it.
#4 SwingTIP Golf Swing Analyzer
Attach this to your primary club, and you’re going to be fed information on a constant basis that can help with your swing.
Paired with iOS and Android, the SwingTIP is basically a digital coach that you only have to pay for one time. You’ll receive suggestions and analytics regarding every single swing.
While you can’t improve your game 100% (otherwise, you’d be the best golfer in history), you’ll absolutely be able to improve your game, percentage point by a percentage point, and achieve a higher overall level of play.
#5 Swing Recording System, by Golf Gadgets
If you want to take a less analytical approach, you can use a simple swing recording system. Basically, your phone plus a really good amount for your golf bag.
I’ve tried to use a standard phone tripod or grip (like the ones you would put in your car), but they just don’t work the same.
This clamp is designed to hang onto the lips of most golf bags, so you can actually leave it be without worrying that your new iPhone is going to drop off.
Be sure to check if it fits your phone size before deciding whether or not you want to buy it.
Recording your swing gives you the unique opportunity to analyze the information from an over-the-shoulder perspective, which we obviously don’t get the pleasure of doing in most other things.
You may judge yourself harshly, but it’s all for the best to achieve a lower handicap.
#6 KARECEL Rechargeable Hand Warmer
I’m not going to stop golfing because it got a bit chilly. I won’t do it. What I will do is admit that when your hands are cold, your joints are stiff, and it may decrease your swing form and performance.
These change the scope of how that works. KARECEL’s rechargeable hand warmers give you a bit of an edge on those chilly days, so you can swing without any restrictions. While this isn’t directly related to your swing, it’s a way to ensure your grip is solid.
Do Gadgets Really Help With Golf?
They can, but there’s a big prejudice against using any sort of tech in golf, which I find to be a little ridiculous.
Look around you: tech is going to be driving the cars on the same road as you without anyone behind the wheel (depending on when you’re reading this, that might already be a reality for you). It’s everywhere, so why not golf?
Gadgets will help you, they will not do it for you, which is where the biggest misconception is.
We know for a fact that data analysis of just about anything can give you important information on how to improve or become more efficient in anything. It’s all about efficiency.
While I say that you should be playing golf because you enjoy the sport, it would be ludicrous to say that I haven’t gotten frustrated during different plateau periods when I learned how to play.
Everyone does, and these gadgets can tell you where it’s going wrong through hard data, not an opinion of the guy who only spends time at the club/course to drink.
You’ll ever see hardcore personal golf coaches using tech to help them better determine where the issue resides in your form.
Gadgets can help you if you’re open to the idea, but if you simply want to get better without them (which is beyond possible), that’s a road you can take as well.
How to Use the Data You Capture
Every app and gadget is different, but if it’s recording your progress and swings, then you’re going to get a bunch of information.
In most instances, you can take that raw info and figure out how to apply it on your own, or you can use different online calculators and app functionalities to tell you what it all means.
I think that if you’re going to get data-gathering gear, let it do the rest of the work for you. It’s supposed to be helpful, not give you a bunch of math homework, you know?
Reread or inspect the data from your last game right before you head out to your next. That way it’s fresh in your head, and you know where you need to improve.
If you have a friend with you, as you should, they can help to remind you what the data says.
Whether you need to swing harder, wider, or your stance just isn’t helping, it’s about how you use the data in the end. Gathering it and doing nothing with it would be foolish.
But I believe you want to be a better golfer, and I know how bad you want it, so track your stats and see what you can do to improve.
Just don’t let the data completely control all of your decisions in golf. Remember to have fun with the sport above all else.
Getting Better With Technology’s Help
Technology is pretty fascinating, especially when it can help you out in golf and other sports.
Using this gear and information can not only make you a better player, but it will increase your appreciation for the mathematics of this sport.
Overall, after using some of these myself, I can say that there’s a lot more that goes into golf than people realize—even frequent players.
There are so many variables, but so much you can control to counteract them at the same time. I hope you’ll find these useful, and use them yourself to improve your game in the near future.