TaylorMade and Microsoft launch GPS stat tracking band

TaylorMade and Microsoft have teamed up to launch the Microsoft Golf Tile

Microsoft Golf Tile
TaylorMade & Microsoft have launched the Microsoft Golf Tile

TaylorMade and Microsoft have announced the launch of the Microsoft Golf Tile, an application on the Microsoft Band that will provide GPS yardages, shot tracking and statistical analysis

TaylorMade and Microsoft have announced an exciting new partnership that will see them team up to launch the Microsoft Golf Tile, a new application on the Microsoft Band.

The Microsoft Golf Tile will be one of a series of new applications that provide golfers with yardages, shot tracking and statistical analysis.

The first to be released, the Microsoft Golf Tile will have functionality including shot tracking and detection, GPS yardages to the front, middle and back of the green, and a digital scorecard.

It’ll also cover biometrics, such as how many calories you burn, how many steps you take, your heart rate, and the duration of your round.

While the shot tracking, GPS yardages and biometric data are available on the Microsoft Band throughout your round, a summary will also be available on the Microsoft Health application (iOS, Android and Windows Phone) when you are away from the course.

Microsoft Band

The new Microsoft Band in action

Following the launch of the Microsoft Golf Tile will be another golf based app in the coming weeks, the myRoundPro From TaylorMade.

It will be a standalone analytics platform that can be used in conjuction with the Microsoft Golf Tile to analyse your on-course statistics in much more detail, including insights into new data like strokes gained and proximity to the hole, as well as more common figures like fairways hit and greens in regulation.

Explaining the decision to partner with Microsoft, TaylorMade CEO David Abeles told GM: Digital technology is playing a bigger part in peoples’ lives today. This is no different in the golf space, so it was a natural fit to partner with Microsoft in developing this innovative platform, aimed at enhancing the golfers’ experience through a series of unprecedented smart technologies.”

Microsoft Band and Microsoft Golf Tile details

The Microsoft Band will retail at £169.99 (UK and US only) via retailers including Amazon, Curry’s, PC World and 02.

Microsoft Band

A screen shot of the new app
Jake O'Reilly specilaises in equipment coverage, and joined the Golf Monthly team in 2013. Before this he graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a Sports Journalism and Media degree, and worked at a number of British golf magazines. Follow Jake on Twitter @jake0reilly