Technology advancement has had a tremendous impact on the sport of golf over time transforming playing equipment, golf balls, apparel etc. A lot of research and development has been invested in production of training aids and accessories to help professionals and amateurs to improve their game. Here are five accessories that can help you improve your game:
Golf alignment sticks are the most basic training aids. They are a pair of slender sticks that are placed on the ground to give you a visual aid as to how to align your body and the club face at address on the practice range. They help in creating a consistent alignment routine during pre-swing setup. Alignment sticks can be used in a number of drills for the long and short game.
Over time the grooves on your wedges and irons wear and become dull and need to be sharpened to maximize their performance. Most sharpeners are made out of steel and vary in sizes to fit different size grooves. They clean and sharpen the grooves in the club to extend the life of the wedges and irons. This will add a new life to your clubs and enable you to make shots with accuracy.
Golf Range Finders
Range finders are designed to help players make a more precise decision. Most courses are marked at intervals of 250, 200, 150, 100, and 50 meaning players have to estimate distances in between. A rangefinder is a binoculars-like device that uses technology to determine the distance to the hole. Golf distance finders enable you to measure the distance from your golf ball to the pin or other target area on the course for appropriate club selection. There are two types of rangefinders; GPS and laser rangefinders. Laser range finders work by using a laser beam that hones onto the pin. Though they do not require the course to be mapped, they can take longer to get a distance measurement than a GPS-based rangefinder. The GPS range finder uses a satellite mapping system and previously recorded or mapped locations to provide distances to various locations on a hole thus require less time to determine your distance to the hole or other points on the golf course.
Smart Golf watch
Smart watches use GPS technology to tell you your distance from the green, the pin, water hazards, and more. They provide detailed maps of every hole and hazard on the course. GPS smart watches are loaded with the maps of over 41,000 golf courses. Apart from providing exact distances to the, middle and back of the green, smart watches also provide information relating to wind speed and direction.
An Interactive Putter is fitted with a sensor in its grip that analyzes the pace and movement while you putt. It relays the information to a mobile app which gathers and analyses critical information on your putting motions. For instance, TaylorMade’s Spider Interactive measures key putting stroke metrics including timing (backstroke time, forward stroke time, tempo), impact stroke speed and face rotation enabling users to easily analyze details of their putting stroke and track progress over time.