GPS Tracking for Golf15 Jun 2012
Interested in seriously improving your golf game? If so, it might be time to embrace technology, specifically GPS tracking technology, to lower your golf score. Even pros, like Bubba Watson, who won the 2012 Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, has endorsed a golf tracker to help golfers improve their game.
Since 2005, when the United States Golf Association (USGA) gave the legal thumbs up for tournament play, Golf GPS systems have come a long way, equipped with many features, bells, and whistles.
In essence, GPS tracker systems for golf are your virtual caddy and online clubhouse. Golfers can track their golf game on thousands of courses worldwide, right from their own wrist. GPS golf trackers can not only track the front, back, and center distances to the green, but also to those troublesome obstacles, like bunkers and water hazards through a LCD range finder. Many systems allow you to “zoom in” for even more precision. Blind shots and confidence-lacking swings can be the thing of the past.
Your “virtual” caddy keeps track of your key statistics, not to mention your scorecards and clubs. So, there’s no more fumbling around with a crinkled scorecard and tiny pencil. Some gizmos even have a health component attached, enabling users to see how many calories were burned on a round of golf on a specific course.
Most devices come preloaded with hundreds, if not thousands of courses, and most contain a USB port, which allows the golfer to download additional courses. Because of the water hazards on golf courses, many golf GPS tracking systems are waterproof. They are also durable, able to take a fall, if not a golf tantrum.
That said, there are systems to fit every budget. From less-expensive models with fewer features to high-end systems, you have a variety of options that enable you to hit the links with a technology-based golf game booster. Some golf GPS systems come in the form of a wristwatch, while others are handheld GPS tracking units equipped with belt clips, cradles, and screen guards for your convenience and the unit’s protection. Still others can be mounted on a golf cart.
Whether you want to play 9, 18, or 36 holes, the battery life on these devices are impressive, with some giving you up to 15 hours of life.
While there are many golfers that will want to stick with the old school method of play, others will seize the opportunity to improve their game, particularly after seeing all the capabilities of GPS tracking systems for golf. One thing is for sure: the market for GPS tracking systems for golf will continue to expand, as will the device’s bells and whistles.