Everyone knows golf is mental game—but these days, it’s a tech game, as well.
Whether you’re hoping to improve your swing or measure distance, there are golf gadgets that can help. So, before you hit the fairway, hit the Internet, and stock up on tools to improve your scorecard. Here are five of the best:
1. 3Bays GSA Putt
Nothing sours a great drive down the fairway like a three-putt on the green.
The 3Bays GSA Putt analyzer captures the motion of your club head while you’re putting and instantly delivers relevant data to an app on your iPhone. (Sorry, Android users—for now, this is iOS-only.) Now you can analyze your consistency, face angle, impact speed, and more.
The little golf gadget plugs into the top of your putter and should work with any model.
2. Bushnell Tour X Rangefinder
The Bushnell’s Tour X Rangefinder relies on laser accuracy to give you the exact distance to any spot on the fairway or green. It comes with interchangeable faceplates—one for USGA-compliance, the other with Bushnell’s Slope Technology, which takes into account any uphill or downhill slopes between you and the target.
As golf gadgets go, this is perhaps the most essential.
3. Garmin Approach S2
The Garmin Approach S2 GPS Watch straps a world’s worth of golf courses to your wrist—over 40,000 of them, all preloaded, all stocked with yardage data for the front, back, and middle of the green. The S2 also measures shot distance and provides layup and dogleg distances. It includes a digital scorecard and free lifetime course updates. As an added bonus, this golf gadget even tells time!
4. JLAB Crasher Slim
Want to enjoy some tunes between rounds, or maybe listen to the local weather report? Pair the JLAB Crasher Slim Bluetooth speaker to your phone and fire up the music or radio app of your choice. Available in blue or black, this surprisingly svelte speaker can easily tuck into a golf-bag pocket. It’s good for up to 10 hours on a charge, and it doubles as a speakerphone for hands-free calls.
5. Zepp Golf 2
If you want to analyze more than just your putt, clip the Zepp Golf 2 to your glove and hit the fairway.
This incredible little sensor measures the most important aspects of your swing: everything from club speed and plane to tempo and backswing length. All this data gets fed to your Android or iPhone, where the Zepp app provides instant swing-improving evaluations.
With golf gadgets like this, the future’s just a putt away.