Let’s get physical
Summer is fast approaching and plenty of gadgets can help you get fit for the season, writes Jennifer Dudley- Nicholson
PING CRADLE American Golf, $ 40, americangolf. com. au
Yes, technology can help cut your golf handicap. This $ 40 cradle from Ping is available to fit the iPhone 4 or iPod Touch and attaches to the top of your putter, just below the grip. Once fitted, it uses your Apple gadget’s accelerometer and a free iPing app to measure three aspects of your putt: whether your stroke is straight; the angle of impact with the ball; and the tempo of your stroke. It measures five strokes a session and the results indicate whether your putt is consistent and reliable. Users can store results and compare them to pros such as Nick O’Hern. It might not do anything for your drive, but this app and cradle are easy to use and are helpful.
GARMIN APPROACH G3 Garmin, $ 349, garmin. com/ au
GPS technology is hardly new to drivers, pedestrians or even mountain climbers, but golfers? Garmin is breaking new turf with the Approach G3, a pocket-friendly, AA battery-powered satellite navigator designed to keep you on course. This lightweight but rugged, stoneshaped device will help you find a nearby golf course and, when on the green, will pinpoint your location and show you the field ahead, including tree coverage. The G3 will also let you measure your distance from the hole and can act as a digital scorecard. Though less weighty than the last model, it is thick and its 2.6-inch screen appears grainy.
JABRA SPORT-CORDED Jabra, $ 69.99. jabra. com. au
Any music-plugged gymgoer will tell you that keeping earbuds in their rightful place is hard work. Jabra has tackled this problem with its Sport-Corded earbuds that not only hook over your ear but can be bent into position to ensure they stay in place. The Sport-Corded earbuds also come with a short yellow cord that can be extended with an included lead, and everything is covered in plastic to resist rain, dust and shocks. Most importantly, these iPhone-friendly earbuds also come with an in-line remote that lets users pause or change songs, control the volume and take phone calls. These earbuds are well-made and handy on a run.
BELKIN DUALFIT Belkin, $ 19.95, belkin. com/ au
It’s not the most advanced fitness gadget, but this DualFit armband can be incredibly handy. Made from black neoprene, this armband hugs the curves of its charge closely, whether that’s an Apple iPhone 4, Apple iPod Touch or Samsung Galaxy S II ( several versions are available). The neoprene material is sweat resistant, to keep your gadget dry and, even better, it is possible to make selections through its transparent plastic face, eliminating the need to remove your gadget from its embrace. The armband stays in place using Velcro but users will need to wash the armband occasionally and its face can show fingerprints.
GARMIN FORERUNNER 610 Garmin, $ 449, garmin. com/ au
This fitness gadget is much more than a wristwatch, though it does make an attractive timekeeper. The clock face on the Garmin Forerunner 610 is touch sensitive and, when it is not showing the time and date, can be used to pinpoint your location, record the distance you’ve travelled, note the time you took to cover that distance and, with the assistance of an included chest strap, measure your heart rate. All of these details can be wirelessly uploaded to Garmin’s servers so you can check your progress on any computer. A touch screen, speedier processing and wireless data transfer make this a cut above the rest.