The 8 Best Golf Tech to Buy in 2018

Here's What You Need to Improve Your Game

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If you are looking to improve your golf game, but don’t want to shell out thousands for expensive lessons, consider using technology to boost your play. Get a better understanding for your swing, the course and where you need to improve by using the items on this list. Whether you want an easy way to record your swing or just want to get a better feel for the green, there is an item that can help you out.

Our Top Picks

Best GPS/Rangefinder: Bushnell Hybrid Laser Rangefinder/GPS Bundle

This Bushnell unit is basically the gold standard for GPS and laser rangefinders, as told by the fact that (according to Bushnell) 97 percent of PGA tour players turn to the brand for their needs. What this unit does is combine laser accuracy with GPS tech to give you front, back and center distance readouts for 36,000+ courses in 30 different countries. With up to 400 yards of laser accuracy and 5x magnification, the unit it undeniably powerful. You can program up to four hazard distances per hole, and you can even connect it via Bluetooth to update or load more course GPS data. This bundle is particularly valuable as it comes with a slick hardshell case, a carabiner to hook the unit onto your belt, a cleaning cloth, a wearable course brush and even batteries to get it going. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but suffice it to say that you won’t be disappointed when you add this unit to your golf bag. 

Best Bag Finder: Tile Mate

If you’ve ever had that panicked feeling when you realized you don’t know where you put your golf bag, then you will immediately appreciate the value of Tile Mate. The best-selling Bluetooth tracker has been helping people find everything from their keys to their golf clubs, thanks to GPS tracking and Bluetooth. Just slip the Tile Mate into your golf bag and rest easy. If your clubs are within a short to medium distance then a loud ring will lead you to your valuables. The Tile Mate app will help you find your bag if you left it far away. GPS tracker will let you know where you were last within range of your clubs and the Tile Mate community will let you know if they see your clubs on the app.

Best Game Analyzer: Game Golf Live Tracking System

The Game Golf Live Tracking system is a real-time shot tracking device you can attach to the end of your golf club to target improvement opportunities for real leaps in your game. Clip the red attachment to your belt and put a feather-weight sensor tag on each club to get instantaneous performance data that shows how far and where every shot went on every hole you play. Plot your weight onto the course and let the integrated software platform advise you on what went right and what needs work. The insights can be sorted by club or hole, allowing you to track your performance over time. You can even compete with your friends or other golfers with the online challenges mode, providing further motivation to keep improving.

Runner-Up, Best GPS/Rangefinder: GolfBuddy Voice 2

Get a better feel for the green with GolfBuddy Voice 2, a pocket-sized rangefinder that measures the green and gives dynamic distance readings and field shape. The device comes pre-loaded with 38,000+ courses from around the world, from small rural links to PGA Tour mainstays. The main screen will display the distance to the center, back and front of the green, with an assistant that will tell you which club should be used in any situation. Dynamic Green View shows the shape of the green, as well as your approach, giving you a bird’s-eye view of the terrain. This information helps improve your accuracy, decision making and even form, as you can track the distance of your drives to determine what’s working and isn’t. You can wear the Voice as a wristband, clip it to your belt or attach it to your golf bag. The charge will hold for up to 15 hours, which is good for a few full rounds.

Best Golf Watch: Garmin Approach S20

GPS giant Garmin recently expanded its line of active wearables with the Garmin Approach S20, a stylish and comfortable way to track your activity and stats. The watch comes in four sleek modern designs, including white, teal, slate and black. The fully-hinged and breathable watchband is comfortable and doesn't inhibit your swing. The AutoShot feature analyzes rounds and shot distances for post-game analytics that tell you what areas need to be improved and where you excel. Stat tracking factors in enhanced stats such as fairways hit, greens in regulation and the number of putts per round. With the Garmin Approach S20 you can leave your FitBit behind, because this watch also tracks your activity by measuring steps, calories burned and even monitors your sleep. The Garmin Approach S20 is a great way to improve your golf game and better your health.

Runner-Up, Best Golf Watch: Bushnell Neo Ion Golf GPS Watch

Bushnell’s Neo Ion Golf is another excellent Golf GPS watch that gives you valuable stats and analysis to help you improve your golf game. The watch comes pre-loaded with 35,000+ courses in over 30 countries, with auto-course recognition and auto hole advance to help speed up the process. The watch also includes easy-to-read front, back and center hole distances. The round odometer keeps track of your distance, while the watch gives you hazard and layup distances for a better feel for the course. A long-lasting battery keeps the watch working for more than three full rounds and the silicone sports band feels comfortable in all conditions.

Runner-up, Best Game Analyzer: Arccos Golf 360 Golf Performance Tracking System

Receive real-time data about every aspect of your golf game with this totally hands-free, fully-automatic performance tracking system. Accros Golf 360 lets you collect professional PGA tour-level analytics to track the kind of insights you need to bring your game to the next level. Arccos Caddie, golf’s first artificial intelligence platform will analyze your data and run it through the most thorough golf dataset to deliver actionable insights on equipment choices and practice swings. The kit comes with 14 ultralight low-profile sensors with an expected battery life of five years. Just attach each sensor to one of your golf clubs and GPS 2.0 will track your shots in real time for the best mapping, shot tracking and more.

Best Cell Phone Accessory: SelifeGolf Recording Swing System

Ever wish you could watch your golf game to pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses, but don’t want to make your friends tape every hole? This new SelfieGolf product is the perfect solution. The Recording Swing System attaches to smartphones with an innovative clip-on design, functioning as a selfie-stick that you can attach to your golf bags. The device holds your phone in place and a gives you the ability to film and capture every swing without any shaking, an easy-to-use tool that shows you your swing. The lightweight and ergonomic design is the perfect training tool for both amateurs and pros, as it keeps track of everything from drive to put. The device is sturdy and won’t break from regular wear and tear.