Im­prove by em­brac­ing tech­nol­ogy

From shot tracker sand launch mon­i­tors to Gps trol­leys ... tech can help lower your scores

Today's Golfer (UK) - - Contents - Chris Jones, Edi­tor

Iplayed golf re­cently with a gen­tle­man called John who “didn’t do” tech­nol­ogy. He had one of the first steel-headed Call­away driv­ers in his bag; blade irons with faces about as hot as an ice­berg; he used balls he found in the rough, a worn Bulls­eye put­ter and he guessti­mated all his yardages.

The thought of own­ing a mo­bile phone didn’t re­ally ap­peal (“if peo­ple re­ally want me, they know how to get me”). He wasn’t very so­cia­ble on so­cial me­dia (he’d never heard of Twit­ter) and the only pad in his life was used in cricket.

Part of me ad­mired his am­biva­lence (as we waited between shots and I checked emails on my phone!). But good tech­nol­ogy – in your house, in your car, at work – is meant to make life eas­ier, safer, more en­joy­able. And it can help you play bet­ter golf.

We’ve ded­i­cated a chunk of this issue to the best tech in golf, with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on the tech that can help lower your scores.

We’ve de­lib­er­ately steered clear of the tech­nol­ogy in hot new driv­ers and ul­tra-for­giv­ing irons (though Ping’s new G400 range on page 104 seems to de­liver on both counts) and in­stead fo­cused on the gad­gets and giz­mos de­signed to make the game a bit eas­ier, a bit more fun, and iden­tify where you can im­prove and lower your scores.

There’s all the new GPS and laser tech for 2017, plus the lat­est launch mon­i­tors. But we’ve also found some re­ally clever stuff, such as the glasses that help you read putts, the brain­wave-read­ing head­band that’s help­ing Justin Rose, the un­be­liev­able putting tech now be­ing used by the word’s best, plus the shot-track­ers that, ac­cord­ing to one in­ven­tor, we’ll ALL be us­ing within four years. Well, all ex­cept John!

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