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6 Gadgets Every Golf Needs
In this video, Joel Tadman and Kit Alexander discuss the six gadgets every golfer needs to own in order to not only improve their golf but make their rounds a more enjoyable experience.
Everything from the humble pitchmark repairer to the techy shot-tracking systems, make sure you watch this video for the latest and greatest gizmos that could make all the difference to your scores!
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6 Gadgets Every Golf Needs
1. Distance Measuring Device (DMD)
One of the best DMD's you should think about is a laser rangefinder because they are simple, easy to use and they give quick yardages to the flag and other points of interest like trees and bunker lips. Getting the right yardage is imperative in terms of picking the right club which definitely saves shots - laser rangefinders deliver in this regard and one of the best golf laser rangefinders (opens in new tab) on the market is the Bushnell Tour V5 Shift.
Bushnell Tour V5 Shift Laser Golf Rangefinder
The V5 Shift comes packed full of technology such as Bite technology which is a magnetic mount and Pinseeker with visual JOLT technology which is a red ring that flashes as JOLT vibrates to give the golfer even greater feedback and confidence to know they have locked onto the flag.
It also comes with a new and improved slope algorithm and Slope-Switch technology which allows the user to turn the slope function on or off.
US Buy Now at Worldwide Golf Shops for $399.99 (opens in new tab)
UK Buy Now at American Golf for £359 (opens in new tab)
SkyCaddie SX400 GPS Rangefinder
Alternatively a GPS device is something to think about if you want to invest in a DMD. Models like the SkyCaddie SX500 and SX400 GPS give lots of information such as yardages, hole maps, hazard lists, and plenty more.
We particularly recommend these GPS devices if you play a lot of new golf courses that you are unfamiliar with. The SX400 is SkyCaddie’s attempt to make a more compact handheld compared to the SX500. It features SkyCaddie’s Pin Position feature which provides the ability to get distances to the day’s pin positions. Dynamic HoleVue technology is present as well as the IntelliPath Technology, which gives yardages to targets along and beyond your target line.
US Buy Now at Rock Bottom Golf for $299.99 (opens in new tab)
UK Buy Now at Scottsdale Golf for £289 (opens in new tab)
2. Pitchmark Repairer
The humble pitchmark repairer is vital to every golfer's equipment setup. We all get annoyed seeing unrepaired marks on the green so we should all carry one to repair depressions in the green as we go.
3. Golf Trolley
Regardless of how unsure you are on what the best electric golf trolleys (opens in new tab) or best golf push trolleys (opens in new tab) are right now, the investment in a really good model is one you won't regret.
The best electric models can do all the hard work for you, taking the stress off the legs or shoulders and preserving energy for the last few holes so you can finish your rounds strongly.
Push trolleys in particular are great if you play on a flat course and want something you can leave in your car or garage between rounds with nothing to worry about. They also tend to be lighter, cheaper and also fold away a little smaller than the best electric trolleys.
4. Shot Tracking Technology
Thanks to the best golf GPS (opens in new tab) apps and tracking devices, golfers can see their stats like never before, accessing all kinds of data about their game to really pinpoint where their strengths and weaknesses lie.
Shot Scope V3 GPS Watch and Tracker
There are a number of very cool devices on the market such as the Shot Scope V3 kit above which allows you to track your every move on the course thanks to sensors in your clubs and intuitive, user-friendly apps. In GPS + Performance Tracking mode, the V3 will automatically detect shot locations and thanks to the new colour screen, it is easy to read and easy to use.
Arccos Caddie Link
The Arccoss Caddie Link is another excellent shot-tracking option which has made a huge difference to the usability of the app and trackers. It clips easily on to your belt or trouser pocket and pairs to your phone via Bluetooth, so you can now store your phone away in your golf bag and get on with your round only accessing the Arccos app on your phone for yardages and caddie advice functions if you want.
US Buy Now at Arccos for $129.99 (opens in new tab)
UK Buy Now at Arccos for £119.99 (opens in new tab)
5. Putting Mats
One of the best golf accessories (opens in new tab) we recommend getting, especially given the very real possibility of occasionally wanting and needing to practice at home, is a good golf putting mat.
With mats, gates, holes and mirrors, a good putting kit can help you work on your stroke and technique anywhere which could be the difference between holing those five-footers, and not.
PuttOUT Putting Mat
One of our favourites is the PuttOUT Putting Mat. Complete with printed alignment guides, target points and distance markings, the mat replicates a medium-to-fast green to help you improve your putting stroke and work on drills in the comfort of your own home.
US Buy Now at Amazon for $89.99 (opens in new tab)
UK Buy Now at American Golf for £59.99 (opens in new tab)
6. Launch Monitor
Like GPS devices, the best golf launch monitors (opens in new tab) have completely changed the way golfers practise, learn and get custom fit for equipment.
Accurate club and ball data allows numbers like clubhead speed, carry distance, spin and much more to be seen instantly for incredible feedback.
The numbers can explain why you might have a tendency to slice it or hook it, and you can then correct your swing to eliminate bad tendencies.
Additionally many of the best models have fun games you can play too, or you can play entire rounds at famous tracks as well which is very entertaining indeed.
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The SkyTrak launch monitor delivers instant and real-time 3D shot analysis and ball-flight data, and the company offers a high-definition simulation package for the ultimate setup. It’s a very portable launch monitor that can be used anywhere once paired to a device through its inbuilt wi-fi.
US Buy Now at SkyTrak from $1,995 (opens in new tab)
UK Buy Now at SkyTrak (opens in new tab)
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A golfer for most of his life, Sam started playing the game to prove he was the best player out of his father and two brothers.
He quickly became a golf equipment expert and has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice, and spends a lot of his time putting golf gear, apparel and shoes to the test.
He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since February 2018. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.
A jack of all trades across print and digital formats, Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well.
Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five.
Sam is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TS3
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circa 62 #6
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