The 8 Best Golf Tech of 2019

Here's What You Need to Improve Your Game

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Best Rangefinder: Precision Pro Golf NX7 Rangefinder

Precision Pro Golf NX7 Rangefinder

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Golfers looking for the absolute finest rangefinder should grab the Precision Pro Golf NX7. As a laser rangefinder, the NX7 will help you determine the exact distance to the flag. In turn, this makes club selection easier. With accuracy that can measure distances to 1/10th of a yard, you can count on the NX7 to find your target. Just lock onto a target and push the button on the top of the unit. Once you have your yardage, it’s your turn to avoid the bunker. The device uses Target Acquisition Technology to avoid any unwanted objects from throwing off your range. It can also pick up targets more than 400 yards away, which makes it good for any level of golfer.

Locking onto its target in less than a second, there’s almost no interruption to the pace of the game. It can measure distances in both yards and meters. 

Best GPS/Rangefinder Hybrid: Bushnell Hybrid 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 Golf Watch: Garmin Approach S60

Backed by the reliability of the Garmin name, the Approach S60 is the new reigning champion for best golf watch. Accessing more than 40,000 courses, the Garmin syncs directly to your smartphone for information on each course. The 1.2-inch display, legible even under the sun, provides just enough information to be useful without being overwhelming. That it works with a touch of a golf glove is just icing on the cake. There’s even regular smartwatch functionality to take calls, receive messages, emails, etc.

Once you’ve synced your Garmin to your next golf course, you’ll find a bevy of info on the display. It instantly provides yardage to the front, center and back of the green as well as elevation and compass direction to the hole. You’ll find quick access to hazards including water and sand. The built-in GPS adds an extra level of promise as the S60 doubles as a rangefinder for precise distance to the hole. That it can last for more than 10 hours on a single battery charge makes it an invaluable tool for the amateur and pro golfer.

Runner-Up, 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.

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 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.

What to Look for in Golf Tech

Portability - If you’re schlepping 18 holes around a golf course, you’ll want any additional golf tech to be as portable as possible. That means lightweight tech that also doesn’t take up too much room in your bag. 

Durability - Once in a while, you’ll get caught in a downpour or your bag will take a beating. Make sure your golf gear can keep up by buying durable models. Many smartwatches, for example, can track your game but are waterproof as well. 

Price - Golf can be a pricey sport. In addition to expensive clubs, there are greens fees and golf clothing. Of course, there are premium models of nearly every item of golf tech out there, but many features you won't find necessary. Depending on your budget, you can find reasonably priced GPS trackers and rangefinders that give you dynamic distance readings and course maps. Decide which features are important to your individual game.