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Six Great Gadgets to Up Your Golf Game 27

Posted on October 30, 2015 by Brooke Chaplan

golf gadgetsGolf is simultaneously one of the most fun and frustrating games you’ll ever play. Even players with a lot of skill and experience have days where nothing seems to be in their favor. For any budding golfer, consistency is the most valuable skill you can learn in your game. It takes skilled practice to truly see permanent gains in technique and performance, and often that requires the knowledge and feedback of an experienced golf coach.

For the large majority of us, hiring a skilled teacher isn’t always an option, which means you must find another way to improve. Luckily, we live in the 21st century and there are many new gadgets and technologies created solely to improve your golf game. If you want to improve your swing, or your overall game, take a look at these awesome new technology options.

SWINGBYTE
This nifty golf gadget is just about the next best thing to having a personal coach, only maybe even better! The Swingbyte records a wealth of information about the swing of whoever uses it. Some of the data that it makes available includes a 360 degree perspective of swing speed, club head path, angle of attack, club head angle, and even club head acceleration.

The Optishot 2 Golf Simulator
Sometimes there just isn’t a golf course available to practice on. At times like this, it’s great to be able to turn to the Optishot 2 Simulator. This clever tool attaches to any club, and if the user has enough room to swing the clubs, game on! Many real life golf courses are made available virtually through this device.

Golf Cart Hovercraft
Some golf courses are harder to negotiate by foot than others. For courses like these, players should make use the Golf Cart Hovercraft. This fully functional hovering vehicle will cross grass, sand, and even water with equal ease.

Glow in the Dark Balls
This is one of the simplest, and most effective golf gadget ideas. Simply charge the balls for a short time then play to your hearts content, even well after sunset. You’ll never have to buy a new batch of balls again.

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