Golfers are often a traditional bunch, rightly scorning gadgets that can give unfair advantages and can quickly make the game less classy. But increasingly, some gadgets are improving the game for players with subtle improvements to how you play.
GPS products like like Garmin’s Approach series help map out the course, while gadgets like the iON Camera, GolfSense and Game Golf are used off the course to help improve and analyse your rounds. We’ve sorted through the best of the gadgets, ahead of summer holidays and golf tournaments.
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8 best golf gadgets
8 best golf gadgets
1/8 Garmin Approach S4 (watch)
If you’re looking to map out your game so you know what’s facing you, GPS giants Garmin are the leaders in golf course maps, and the S4 — the top of their range until the more expensive S6 is released soon — shows why. It’s touch screen, rugged and waterproof, with a long-lasting battery, and as well as guiding you around the course can show you statistics as well as notifications from your iPhone. It looks as good as a GPS-enabled watch can, too, and is available in black and white. £240, Amazon
2/8 Garmin Approach G6
If you’d rather a handheld GPS — for reasons of space or screen size — is the most impressive one available. It has much of the same features as the watches, plus a colour screen and the ability to use it as a score card and track your friends or opponents. Like the watch it tracks your shot lengths to provide statistics, and its still small size means that it can be easily attached to a golf bag. £214.50, Amazon
3/8 Powakaddy electric trolley
If you’re tired of lugging your trolley around the course every week, this electronic one lightens the load without being too showy. One push of a button starts it trundling, meaning that you can walk alongside it. Comes with a range of accessories and the battery is rechargeable in a docking station. £299, American Golf
4/8 iON Camera
This is a small action camera made specifically for sports, with a rugged design that includes a plastic-coated lens and fittings to allow to be mounted on equipment such as helmets. It has a built in screen — which is good enough to check it’s pointing in the right direction but not for watching back, which you can do on the bundled software or live over its wifi connection. That helps you analyse your swing and watch back how you play. £299, Debenhams
This gadget clips onto your gloves and analyses your swing. The data’s sent to your phone or tablet which will then visualise your swing and see how you’re keeping to pre-set goals. If you think something’s wrong with your play but aren’t quite sure what, this might be the thing to help you find it. £91.47, Amazon
6/8 GAME Golf
GAME Golf maps your entire trip round the course, using small devices attached to your club and trousers. It uses that data to create statistics and a heat map of your journey around the course, which you can use to analyse and improve your game. £199.99, Amazon
7/8 Bushnell Tour V3
If you want to know exactly how far you’ve got to the pin, this laser range finder can do it with pinpoint accuracy. They might be a little frowned on by some more conservative golfers, but you are at least likely to become popular with your playing companions. The device automatically picks out the flag — avoiding any mistakes — and tells you with sharp precision exactly how far you should be hitting. £255, Amazon
VPAR does much of the job of the high-end GPS units, but on the phone that you likely already carry around the course with you. It works as a digital scorecard, and can use that information to create live leaderboards and statistics. And it’s a GPS, too, showing your way around the course. Free, Apple App Store and Google Play Store
While many golf gadgets can seem like toys, the Powakaddy solves a problem and does it quietly and effectively. Garmin’s handheld G6 is also serious: it solves problems like carrying around , and gives you an easy to look at map of the course.
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