Technology has been improving year after year in the golf industry. Some of it is a bit too far in my opinion but there are many useful gizmos and gadgets that are on our radar this season. We will cover them more in depth in our weekly editions of The Tinker’s Nest.
There are so many cool apps available for golfers to improve their games and enjoy their practice/rounds more. We as golfers almost all have the PGA Tour app and hopefully the New England Golf Monthly app. However, a must have is the Golf Rules Quick Reference App that lets you decide on quick rules decisions out on the course.
Bags and Carts
Some of us are riders and some walkers. Many like to push and others go the electric route. Brands like Alphard, Bag Boy, ClicGear and Sun Mountain all have great products. The silencer bag system by OGIO now available in a stand bag and GolferPal’s new folding electric cart, the EasyPal are both something to add to your purchase list this season.
The grip leader on tour and with club manufacturers is Golf Pride. Their new MCC Plus 4 was a show stopper featuring a built up lower hand which is what must players on tour request. Super Stroke known for its putter grips came out with Plus Series Grips with Counter Core Weight Technology. A 50 gram weight can be changed back and worth to turn any putter into a traditional or counterbalance setup. Super Stroke also entered the market this year with a full swing grip called the Tour Extreme (TX1) featuring an upper cord that extends further down the grip then most others. The other major players like Iomic, Lampkin, Pure Grips, and Winn Grips also came out with some must haves for the season.
Lasers & GPS Units
We all know that a laser is more accurate than a gps, however a gps unit ca act as a personal caddy for the average golfer providing them valuable course management information that they would have to shoot with their laser to discover. There are some solid new products in this space this year from brands like Bushnell, Garmin, Laser Link, Leupold, Nikon and Precision Pro. We have our eyes on the new laser from Callaway and the gps watch from Golf Buddy.
The days of just your professional having the launch monitor to fit you on and analyze your data may be over as this year there are a few affordable consumer models that hit the market. Pioneers like Flightscope, Foresight and TrackMan are still the best money can buy. We love the new SkyTrak Personal Launch Monitor as it is accurate and affordable providing ball speed, launch angle, back spin, side spin and side angle to your mobile device. Best of all it is wireless so it is completely portable!
Music on the range and on the course has defiantly reached the game. It is possible in the near future tour players will approach the first tee to their own entrance song. The PLAYERS Championship just named its unofficial theme song for 2015, “Love the Way You Love” by Stephen Carey. The PUMA Sound Chuck, Amp Caddy, and OontZ AnglePLUS to name a few have all enter this space. Earbuds by Bose, Ultimate Ears and Bang & Olufsen to name a few have become very popular on the range, putting green and during work outs!