The OptiShot 2 Golf Simulator New for 2015 is a must-have for some indoor golf fun either in the clubhouse or your man cave. The system made by OptiShot comes with an Infrared Optical Swing Pad where you perform your swings. For indoor use, it is recommended to use foam practice balls, but it doesn’t really matter what kind of balls you end up using. The infrared sensors are the main ingredients to get this to work.

You guys hammered us with recommendations for several of Martin Chuck’s training products. Sure, we love the Tour Striker Educator, but this list gives us the opportunity to introduce you to the new Smart Ball. The Smart Ball helps keep you connected while eliminating that nasty chicken wing action.  It weighs next to nothing, and because it’s inflatable, the Smart Ball takes up nearly zero space in your bag.
Clubhead covers protect the clubs from striking each other and from weather and incidental damage while in the bag, make clubs more identifiable at a glance, and provide a personal touch to a player's clubs. The most common clubhead covers are for a player's driver and fairway woods, as modern designs have large hollow heads and long shafts that make them prone to damage, but covers for hybrids, putters, and even irons/wedges are also marketed.
ECCO started the hybrid golf shoe craze and the Denmark-based company still does it the best. ECCO crafts its classic kicks from supple, luxurious leather that comes from its own tannery, one that's the fifth-largest in the world. The ECCO Casual Hybrid (MSRP $160) is quite simply one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes you'll ever wear, with a trendy style designed for both on and off the course. And casual is right there in the name. Don't worry about losing your footing, the TPU outsole has more than 800 traction points for incredible grip. (eccousa.com)
There’s nothing more versatile in my wardrobe than my Travis Mathew threads. I wore them on the course, at the beach and to social gatherings all summer long. The saddest part about fall in the Northeast is packing my shorts away—but this lid is definitely not going into hibernation. (travismathew.com; hats: $30; shorts: $85) —Tim Reilly, Social Media Editor
Originally funded through Indiegogo, the system consists of two parts – the Game Golf GPS tracking device you wear on your belt in waist height, and the tags you attach at the end of the clubs. Before every swing, you touch the belt gadget with the club and you are good to go. When you are finished playing your round it is time to sync the data to a computer to see the detailed statistics and where to improve
The OptiShot 2 Golf Simulator New for 2015 is a must-have for some indoor golf fun either in the clubhouse or your man cave. The system made by OptiShot comes with an Infrared Optical Swing Pad where you perform your swings. For indoor use, it is recommended to use foam practice balls, but it doesn’t really matter what kind of balls you end up using. The infrared sensors are the main ingredients to get this to work.
Pros will tell you the shoes you wear are the foundation of your game. Without sure footing and a firm stance, you'll slice like a pizza cutter. The most important feature on the new Tiger Woods 14 shoe is the outsole (the underside for traction), which is designed to conform to your foot as you take a shot and stay on the ground longer. The golf shoe has an upper design that breathes easier on hot days thanks to a new ventilation system. Slits cut in strategic places let air pass through, yet the shoe remains water-resistant. I've worn many gold shoes, but Nike nailed the outsole, which planted into the grass like metal spikes yet still felt springy enough to give me flex during several practice shots.

At the heart of the Wilson Staff Cortex Driver is Fast Cage Technology. Over 44% of the head has been replaced with lightweight carbon fiber, leaving a rigid titanium skeleton that provides structural stability and precise weight distribution for ultimate in adjustability. Fast Cage puts the weight where you want it, maximizing distance and optimizing spin for all swings.
Book your next golf lesson at your local Golf Galaxy store. Our PGA and LPGA instructors provide one-on-one lessons specifically designed for your skillset and goals. Whether you're just getting started, or you're a low handicapper looking to fine tune your swing, the pros at Golf Galaxy will get you on your way to lower scores. Rent our golf simulator to practice what you've learned, or simply play a few holes on the world's best golf courses.

A common mistake made by amateur golfers is choosing golf clubs that are not suited to their swing speed. If you do not match your clubs to your abilities to swing them, it can have an adverse effect on your game. Club factors that should be adjusted based on how fast you swing a club include the shaft flex, torque and the type of shaft. By taking the time to find the right clubs for your game, you can best leverage your golf equipment to improve your game.
As its name suggests, the Golfer’s Clandestine Cooler comes with the cooler concealed within a golfer’s shag bag. Sly swingers can then enjoy their chilled libations of choice on the links, saving money in the process. The bag surreptitiously stows enough beverages to keep an entire foursome refreshed over a full round, as it has enough room to hold a dozen 12-oz. bottles or 18 12-oz. cans, in addition to 5 lbs. of ice. It provides a welcome relief to lukewarm refreshments that are smuggled in via shorts pockets, or waiting for what seems like infinity for a chilled clubhouse beverage.

The Callaway golf ball retriever, cleverly named the "15th club" for its ability to fit into your golf bag, extends to 6 feet to help you get your ball back after that errant shot. Its aluminium alloy construction prevents bending, and its stainless steel mechanism will ensure an easy retrieval. An ergonomic, sure-grip handle makes using it comfortable and easy even in wet conditions.
Clubhead covers protect the clubs from striking each other and from weather and incidental damage while in the bag, make clubs more identifiable at a glance, and provide a personal touch to a player's clubs. The most common clubhead covers are for a player's driver and fairway woods, as modern designs have large hollow heads and long shafts that make them prone to damage, but covers for hybrids, putters, and even irons/wedges are also marketed.
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Many golfers wear special shoes. The shoes can be spikeless or with spikes attached to the soles. The spikes can be made of metal or plastic (plastic spikes are also known as "soft spikes") designed to increase traction thus helping the player to keep his/her balance during the swing, on greens, or in wet conditions. In an attempt to minimize the severity of spike marks made on greens, many golf courses have banned metal spikes, allowing only plastic spikes during play.
When it comes to golf outerwear, Galvin Green is the gold standard. Crafted by golfers for golfers, there's a reason the company is the official team supplier of outerwear for the European Ryder Cup Team. As the weather gets colder in many parts of the country, here's a perfect layering piece for brisk weather: the 100% windproof and water resistant Bart Gore Windstopper ($275). Keep that wind chill out and keep that core body temperature up. (trendygolfusa.com)
Knowing the rules of the game is important, especially if you and your opponents get competitive. But all you really need is the Rules of Golf, which is the official app of the United States Golf Association’s most up-to-date set of regulations, essentially putting their guidelines, definitions, and decisions at your fingertips. What happens if your club is damaged? How do you handle a ball that lands near a rattlesnake? Download this app—available for both Android and iOS—and you’ll have answers to just about every question, right there on your smartphone. (And if something’s missing? Don’t worry. You can send the USGA an email directly—with one little click.) ($4; usga.org)

If you’re eager to share your experience from the gorgeous course you just played but don’t want to spend hours polishing each image you post, con-sider the Unfold app. It offers 25 free templates and 60 premium templates that are easy to use and designed specifically for Instagram Story, Snapchat and Facebook Story, helping you relive your round in a beautiful, seamless way. Just be prepared to make all your friends jealous. (unfoldstori.es; $1.99) —Ashley Mayo, Brand Editor

Hi Andreas, awesome list of golf products. I have literally spent my entire life trying to figure out the game of golf and so far still trying……sounds familiar for many I’m sure. I really like the idea of the GolfBuddy Voice GPS and the Radar Golf System, but when you take into consideration how bad my golf game actually is….well there might not be enough technology in the entire universe that could help me. I enjoyed reading your article and will a little more closely at some of these products. Cheers!


No doubt, it’s a big-boy toy—and a big ask at nearly four grand. But when the Golden Tee arcade game was rolled into GOLF’s office a few months ago, it transformed the place. It’s a beacon of hope at the end of a tough day, perfect for a happy-hour round post-work (or even a quick nine over lunch). There’s a wide variety of lunatic courses and an endless array of shots to (attempt to) master. Best thing is, it makes it impossible to toss my 5-iron into a lake. (itsgames.com; $3,895) —DD
No doubt, it’s a big-boy toy—and a big ask at nearly four grand. But when the Golden Tee arcade game was rolled into GOLF’s office a few months ago, it transformed the place. It’s a beacon of hope at the end of a tough day, perfect for a happy-hour round post-work (or even a quick nine over lunch). There’s a wide variety of lunatic courses and an endless array of shots to (attempt to) master. Best thing is, it makes it impossible to toss my 5-iron into a lake. (itsgames.com; $3,895) —DD
Aimed to replace ratty medical tape, the Japanese company announced a non-adhesive wrist band as part of its Filmista Series for comfortable wrist support. After heeding feedback that the current wrist band is too bulky, the company designed the Filmista to fit seamlessly under a golf glove to prevent or recover from sprains or tendonitis and combats instability.
Garmin’s golf-centric smart watch Approach S6 measures your swing, offers color maps for 38,000 courses worldwide (alerting you to hazards and traps), and alerts you when you get a text or email. Perhaps best of all, the $300 device does this without any additional subscriptions or fees. You’ll need to charge the watch after every round, and the screen is fairly small, but users say it’s lightweight and comfortable. (Buy it here.)
Positional guides encompass a wide variety of devices meant to improve a player's stance or swing. Lasers attach to the shaft of a putter and project a "putting line" onto the ground. Specialized tapes attach to the clubhead and provide clues as to how the head is hitting the ground or the ball for future correction or club adjustment. These are also illegal in tournament play, but are invaluable while practicing.
And boy, is there a load of tech to help you do just that. From gadgets that analyse your swing – down to the finest detail – or wearables that show you exactly how far away from the green (and even what club to use), there’s a clubhouse full of cool tech that can help you finally spend less time in the sand than the Team GB volleyball team. Here are our favourites...
The proof of any new golf gadget is not how it looks, but whether it improves your game. While the SKLZ Gold Flex training club is not high-tech (and, thankfully, doesn't need to be charged), it uses a high-tech principle. As you swing, the 48-inch club, which has a 2.5-pound yellow head on the end, reveals deficiencies such as an underswing, a poor vertical or horizontal stance, and a poor arc.
I have the trainer for about 2 weeks now. I have been using it in my backyard a couple times a day. I am 60 years old in great shape but I've lost a lot of flexabilty; the Gold Flex really helps with this and has increased my range of motion on the back swing. I also live near a driving range and go there about 3 times a week. The first few times I went there after using Gold Flex I was a bit frustrated; I had some improvement, a little more distance and better follow through, but nothing major. Then yesterday at the range I took my driver, setup, relaxed and specifically tried to emulate that backswing I used with the Gold Flex. I connected, and holy smokes, the ball went sailing about 270 yards, and I was only hitting 230 yards when I conneced before. I teed ... full review
Well, true confession coming. I noticed as the snow melted that the local mall where my favorite GS shop is located had A LOT of those reflector sticks that make a nice substitute for Tour Stix or whatever they are called. I waited for the snow to entirely melt, and only picked up the ones that had fallen over, unlikely to be salvaged by the mall maintenance company. The security guard that came up behind me did not think this was a constructive, ground maintenance activity on my part, and made me give them back. Off to Home Depot I go! But that little cross brace looks pretty useful to me….on the one featured here!
Technology is seen everywhere in the game of golf these days as each company always boast some radical new advancement to their clubs, clothing, or golf balls that makes it the new "latest and greatest" product on the market. While sometimes these claims are actually true (mostly when it comes to driver technology if we are being honest), the truth is that most average golfers won't ever notice the difference. This is never more evident than with golf balls.
ECCO started the hybrid golf shoe craze and the Denmark-based company still does it the best. ECCO crafts its classic kicks from supple, luxurious leather that comes from its own tannery, one that's the fifth-largest in the world. The ECCO Casual Hybrid (MSRP $160) is quite simply one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes you'll ever wear, with a trendy style designed for both on and off the course. And casual is right there in the name. Don't worry about losing your footing, the TPU outsole has more than 800 traction points for incredible grip. (eccousa.com)
Together, these organizations have work to promote and advance the game to a part of society that's often overlooked. It sounds like an easy concept, but it often runs into obstacles. Many courses still prohibit handicap carts from touching their greens, while the group is still awaiting USGA certification to allow their players a chance at the amputee world rankings (a necessity to get into the Paralympics). This group merely wants to be treated like everybody else.
The Sharpie is almost a gimme. Doesn’t everyone mark their balls with a Sharpie? The Sharpie Mini is available in a wide variety of colors which gives you the freedom to make your mark just about any way you see fit. Toss it in your back, or clip it to the outside with a carabiner. Either way, the simple sharpie is the closest thing to an absolutely must have on this list.
Frogger Brush, Frogger Towel, take your pick as both received multiple mentions from those who replied to our email. While the towel is great, we gave the edge to the brush because of the lower price point, its replaceable brushes, and the built-in groove cleaner. Toss in the retractable cord (and Frogger did), and you’ve got a no-brainer accessory for your bag.
Goflers would do a whole lot in order to lower their score. After all, it is not exactly a cheap game to be involved with, and they tend to want to pick up new gear from time to time, hoping that their latest purchase would be able to help improve their performance in the next game. We have seen a fair number of gadgets that target golfers in the past too, such as the Eagle Putt Trainer, and this time around it would be the $39.99 EyePutter Golf Putting Trainer.
Clubhead covers protect the clubs from striking each other and from weather and incidental damage while in the bag, make clubs more identifiable at a glance, and provide a personal touch to a player's clubs. The most common clubhead covers are for a player's driver and fairway woods, as modern designs have large hollow heads and long shafts that make them prone to damage, but covers for hybrids, putters, and even irons/wedges are also marketed.
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