In the relentless pursuit of golfing greatness, there are tools that can take your game to the next level without leaving your lounge room. Grab a seat and take notes, because these gadgets are game-changers.
1. Golf Simulator
Let’s start with the big one. The golf simulator is the ultimate device for golfers who would spend every minute over a tee, if inconveniences like work and sleep didn’t exist.
With a simulator, you can practice your swing, work on your putting and play rounds on the world’s most famous courses. It provides accurate swing analysis and a realistic golfing experience.
There are a lots of simulators on the market, from basic set-ups to high-end systems, but no matter what your budget is, there’s a simulator that will work for you.
2. The Swing Trainer
If you’re looking for a more affordable way to improve your swing, a swing trainer might be the answer. These gadgets are designed to help you develop proper swing mechanics by providing feedback on your swing. They’re small and portable, so you can use them just about anywhere.
Some of the most popular trainers include the SKLZ Gold Flex and the Orange Whip. These trainers are designed to improve a specific aspect of your swing, so do your research and choose the one that’s right for you.
3. The Putting Mat
Putting can be the most frustrating part of the game for many golfers. A putting mat allows you to practice putts of varying lengths in your lounge room and many models feature realistic green-like textures and alignment aids.
And if you can find one with a few different holes and target areas, even better.
4. The Launch Monitor
A launch monitor is a must for tracking your shot data. Devices like the Garmin Approach R10 or the Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor (MLM) 2 Pro measure a variety of data points of your swing including clubhead speed, ball speed, launch angle and spin rate, to help you fine-tune your game.
Having your data analysed gives you a better understanding of what you’re doing right and what you need to work on.
5. Golf GPS Watch
Golf GPS watches like the Garmin Approach S62 or the Bushnell Neo Ion Edge offer course mapping, shot tracking and distance measurements. They're great for studying your rounds, even when you're not on the course.
6. Practice Net
Every golfer needs room to spread their wings and an indoor practice net does just that. It's your ticket to practicing full swings without leaving your castle.
The best nets are portable and quick to set-up – because every home should have its fairway, right?