Technology That Will Improve Your Game

The right piece of technology can make your life so much easier on the golf course. From eliminating guesswork to game analysis and better practice, here’s our pick of the Top 5 electronics to help every part of your game.

Bushnell Phantom GPS

Bushnell Phantom GPS

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The Bushnell Phantom GPS is a standalone, simple and easy to use GPS distance finding device. Here are a few tips on how the Phantom can help you play better golf:

1. The Phantom’s ease of use saves you time which can save you strokes! Most players begin to lose strokes when they feel rushed on the golf course by the group pushing from behind. With the new, built-in Magnetic design for easy mounting/viewing, nice large display, auto course recognition and auto hole advance, the Phantom requires the least amount of operation on the course. The time saved allows players to relax and focus more on their game - shooting better scores!

2. For most players, playing to the center of the green is the smartest play. Accurate data to the center, front and back of each green lets you know the area where it’s safe to hit the ball. Just because a pin is located on a particular part of the green doesn’t mean that’s where you should play. Playing to the center and knowing the range short and long, will help you make better club selections and avoid big numbers. And, with up to four hazards on every hole, the Phantom lets you know the areas/distances you want to avoid. Knowing more than just distances to the pin can help players avoid mistakes and save strokes.

3. Better scores require a little planning! When you buy the Phantom you also get access to the Bushnell Golf App. With digital hole layouts & 3-D flyovers (both with distance markings) of over 36,000 courses, the App can be a great tool for helping players learn more about the courses they play every day or to get familiar with a new course you plan to play. Developing a strategy with your tee shots and giving yourself the best opportunity (not always hitting driver) saves strokes! The included Score Tracking feature is a great way to analyze your progress over time.

TGW Rangefinder

TGW Phoenix Slope Rangefinder

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The Phoenix Slope rangefinder by TGW is a point-and-shoot, optical rangefinder and is a serious tool for helping players save strokes on the course. Here’s a few of the ways it does just that:

1. The 6X magnification makes it easy to zero in on your exact target for precise measurements, and the advanced target lock function ensures confidence knowing you have the exact measurement you are looking for.

2. The Phoenix also offers a scan function that lets you press and hold to measure various distances around your target for better club selection.

3. Let’s talk a little about uphill/downhill measurements. Assuming an approach shot comes into a green at a desired 45° landing angle, every yard/meter of elevation (plus or minus) adds or subtracts a yard/meter to the distance the shot will "play". The slope feature on the Phoenix rangefinder allows players to accurately measure and make compensations for uphill or downhill shots. With slope engaged, this rangefinder is perfect for taking notes during practice rounds or for everyday recreational use. Change out the chip on the side of the unit and slope is disabled, making this unit legal for tournament play.

Garmin Approach S20 GPS Watch

Garmin Approach S20 GPS Watch

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The Garmin Approach S20 GPS watch combines performance, technology, and style for a great asset on and off the course. Here’s what it can do for you:

1. Not only is the Garmin S20 an excellent tool as a range finding device for approach shots, providing distances to front center and back of the greens - it also has a unique Green View mode that lets the user see the shape and layout of the green. Players can manually position the pin in that day’s pin location for more accurate yardages. Numerous hazards on each hole are mapped and players can also track their shots and measure distances with clubs hit for post-round analysis.

2. A nice convenience of the Garmin watch is that it stays with you. Should you be expecting an important text, email or phone call, you will receive alerts anywhere so you can stay connected on the golf course.

3. The Garmin S20 is also a great-looking timepiece that can double as your everyday watch. Lightweight and functional, it will provide daily activity tracking, and smart notifications come preloaded with more than 41,000 courses with automatic updates.

Arccos Tracking System

Arccos Tracking System

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Arccos designed a system to track every swing you make on the golf course to help you analyze and improve your game. We’ve outlined just a few of the ways it can help you on the course:

1. The Arccos tracking system automatically syncs with your phone via 14 club sensors that are installed on each of your clubs grip. The system tracks your shots throughout every round automatically. By tracking and evaluating the data, golfers can take advantage of computer tracking to help them play smarter, better golf!

2. Arccos 360 not only tracks your shots, it develops tour-like analytics on your game. The data provided lets players know their strengths and weaknesses. And by knowing our weaknesses, we know what to practice to make the fastest improvement. Arccos users improve their handicap nearly 50% faster than the average golfer!

3. Arccos Caddy takes it to the next level by tracking the 120+ million shots taken from the archives community on more than 40,000 golf courses. This insight shows you the trends of most players on certain holes so you can see the best way to score on each and every hole. Arccos Caddy also accounts for elevation and weather data that will affect your shots – including wind speed, wind direction, precipitation, temperature and more. This gives you the "plays like" distance for the best club selection and provides a GPS rangefinder view that displays the result of your shot just like you were playing in the elements!

SkyTrak Launch Monitor

SkyTrak Launch Monitor

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The SkyTrak launch monitor is a high-performance piece of technology now available to every golfer. This unit helps you measure swing data and simulate real golf conditions to practice on your own time at home. Having your own launch monitor has major benefits for you as a golfer:

1. SkyTrak syncs wirelessly to your device or PC and simulates the flight of the golf ball as you hit into a net for visual feedback. Repetition and practice, as everyone knows, are some of the main components to improvement and consistency.

2. The SkyTrak also accurately measures and displays valuable data in regards to the flight of the ball. By seeing all the data in front of you for every swing, you can learn what to practice for the best results. SkyTrak displays information on:

Ball Speed – the more the better (the main component of distance)
Launch Angle/Vertical – for most of us, around 12⁰ with a driver and 20⁰ with a 7 iron
Launch Angle/Horizontal – Ideally 0⁰ (depending on the type of shot). This is a result of the club face (left/right), relative to the target
Backspin – 2500 – 3000 rpm w/the driver and 6000 to 7000 rpm with a 7 iron
Spin Axis – Below +/- 500 rpm produces a fade or draw. Exceeding +/-1000 becomes a slice or hook. This is an effect of the player’s club path relative to the face angle.

3. Knowing the ideal conditions allows you to make the proper adjustments to your swing and your clubs to maximize performance. With the ability to practice, challenge other players with competitions, develop personal skills assessments, and play numerous golf courses, the SkyTrak ensures you’ll never get bored!

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