Golf has mostly remained unchanged for more than two centuries, but that’s only what it looks like from the outside. Behind the athletes and their gear though, the technology has changed drastically. Whether you want an indoor launch monitor to improve your game, or a new pitching iron for that perfect close quarters shot shaping, technology has played a huge part in improving their original designs. So, without further delay, let’s dive into some of the best options for both indoor and outdoor golfing gear available to golfers today.
If only there was a way to analyse our swings digitally with perfect accuracy – nearly anyone can become a better golfer by identifying the flaws. The thing is, there actually is such a thing, and it’s known as a golf swing analyser!
This sophisticated piece of tech records your swings, posture, lift, etc. via 3D motion sensors. All that visual information is then transferred to your smartphone, where the associated application provides the digital analysis you need to improve your game.
Golf launch monitor
A golf launch monitor is an essential piece of technology that helps golfers stay on top of their game, even when they are inside. Get a portable one and you can essentially start practising even while you are in the hotel on a business trip.
If you have not used a golf launch monitor before, then keep in mind that above all else, the golf launch monitor needs to be one that provides accurate ball data regarding carry distance, ball & swing speed, smash factor, side & top spin details, launch & side angles, etc.
Various other factors such as size, portability, accompanying or supported simulations software, multiple mode support, etc. are also important, but accuracy of the ball data must be top-notch for any of it to be useful.
A laser rangefinder enables the golfer to be absolutely precise in flag accuracy, and good ones should come with the following features:
- Two lasers for seamless switching between gradients and plain ground
- Indicator vibration or light to help golfers differentiate between the flag and trees in the back
- 6x magnification or more
- A high quality display
- 1000 – 1200 metres distance coverage
DMDs are less accurate than lasers for measuring flags, but GPS watches and other wearables add an unmatched convenience factor. Most of the new ones also come equipped with full-colour maps for thousands of courses preloaded in them. Pros use both; laser for accuracy and GPS devices, aka distance measuring devices for convenience and speed.
The all-important golfing shoe
If you can’t get your balance and your footing right, you will never be able to reach your best swing potential, and you will find it exceptionally difficult to make tight, precise shots off balance! This is why getting your golfing shoes right is so important.
Look for weatherproofing, flexible traction, fit locking and of course, comfort. Golf takes time, and it involves a lot of walking, so unless your shoes are particularly comfortable, you need a new pair. As a matter of fact, pro golfers generally have at least two pairs in their bag at all times. The clubs you carry are the most important pieces of equipment in your golf bag for sure, but nearly everyone at a certain level gets those right. What does make a difference when the skill levels are uncomfortably close, is the training you put behind your game, as well as the support gear you use on the course, and off it. All the gear we just discussed will help you with getting that extra bit of advantage over your opponents.