Let’s get phys­i­cal

Sum­mer is fast ap­proach­ing and plenty of gad­gets can help you get fit for the sea­son, writes Jen­nifer Dud­ley- Nicholson

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Tech -

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.

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