7 Best Golfing Technologies To Have A Great Golf Game

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Nothing stays the same, and this fact holds true even on the golf course. Technology gurus and manufacturers are always on the ball rolling out improvements to make a good game of golf into a truly rewarding experience. Golfing technologies come in a wide range of products from wearable devices to GPS trackers. We have gathered together the 7 best technologies for golfers to improve their swing, their knowledge of the course, and even to get themselves fit. Some of these technologies are relatively new to the market. Other technologies that are listed have been around for decades but are getting vast improvements to please golfers of all ages and skill levels.

1: Wearable Sensor Clips

Making headway in 2015, wearable sensor clips are designed to record and measure your swing, speed of rotation, angle, location of your shot, and even your club posture as you twist your wrist. There are sensor clips that you attach to your glove, clubs and even your belt. Some sensors on the market include the Zepp Golf Sensor, Game Golf and GolfSense to name a few.

While golfers might be hesitant to place on the sensor because it would become a nuisance, these devices are so lightweight that they are barely noticed. The sensors work through the use of an app and information about your club that is inputted manually (some even capture video) as you can compare notes to see how you perform on the course.

2: Counter Balance Putters

There isn’t a golfer in the world that hasn’t heard of the upcoming ban in 2016 for anchored putters by the USGA and the R&A. So what type of club will the pros turn to for their games? The counter balance putters. Manufacturers are scrambling to introduce counter balance putters to the pros and amateurs throughout 2015 so they can get that small ball into the hole. Counter balance putters have weights on each end of the club. These weights are to add stability to the arms when the golfer makes his stroke. So if you are aiming to become a PGA tour pro, you better ditch the anchored putter to something else.

3: GPS Smartwatches

It is the age of the smartwatches, and golfers haven’t been excluded. This advanced wearable technology on the wrist features all types of nifty features such as GPS tracking, course map databases, score tracking, and swing strength analysis. The type of functionality you desire is based on the type of smartwatch you get. So you really have to sit down and decide on what features you really want and will use while out on the links to justify purchasing one for yourself. Garmin, Sony, TomTom, Pebble and GolfBuddy have all introduced their versions of golf smartwatches. While some look clunky, they will give you the information you need right on your wrist as manufacturers will continue to fine-tune the look and the technology for these watches.

4: Adjustable Drivers

We are in the age of adjustable drivers, and golfers everywhere are changing the way their drivers react to their swings. These drivers usually have different weights where you can take a tool and adjust where the weight is placed. Depending on the driver you purchase, you can often adjust the loft, face and shape so it feels as if you have several different drivers in just one club.

Making the adjustments can take some time and knowledge of your strengths and weaknesses. Yet golfers have seen a vast improvement to their skills based on their changes. Golfers can get more loft by changing the angle of the face, or tweak the balance to the draw to lessen the number of hook shots. The changes can be limitless.

5: Flexible Golf Training Clubs

Sometimes you have to just put away the clubs and hit the practice range to improve your swing. Yet leave the clubs at home. This nifty little gadget is so simple that it didn’t need flashy microchips or doodads. Instead, the flexible training club consists of a 44-inch to 48-inch flexible shaft with a rounded 2.5 pound ball on the end. When you swing, you can feel the ball move about as you can tell whether you are unbalanced, swinging too short, or have a poor arc based on how the ball jostles about at the end of the swing.

These flexible golf training clubs also offer a full body workout. It lets you tone your muscles while you are improving your swing. Physical fitness is a must for every golfer who takes the course. The training clubs will help warm you up and make your body more limber as you can see an improvement to the consistency and accuracy of your swings.

6: Electric Caddies

The best golf technology doesn’t die. It is improved upon to the benefit of every golfer who wants to enjoy this great sport into their old age. Electric caddies have always been around to be the reliable way for golfers to carry their clubs without a sore back or paying for someone to tote their clubs around all 18 holes. Today, these caddies are getting makeovers with a ton of improvements for the modern golfer. From electric motors to remote controls, there are a variety of caddies to select from based on how you want to push around the clubs.

There are also tons of additional features on the caddy. Some will trundle on their own to follow behind you like an obedient puppy while others have portable USB ports to charge smartphones or tablets that are tracking your score or swing abilities.

7: Wearable GPS and Fitness Bands

Fitness bands for golfers? Why not? Walking golf is considered a great exercise to improve heart health and mobility for golfers. In fact, walking four hours on the golf course is the equivalent of going to an aerobic exercise class. So it stands to reason that fitness bands would be available for golfers who want to count their steps so they can count the number of calories they are burning.

You may be scratching your head and wondering what makes these bands different for golfers from the other fitness bands on the market. These fitness bands are also equipped with GPS tracking and golf course information much like in the same manner as the golf watches on the market. These bands can tell you the distance to the back, center and front of the green for each shot.

The above list is only a taste of the golf technology currently on the market. Manufacturers will continue to push out the newest gadgets year after year as you will have something to look forward to when improving your golf game.

Top 10 Golf Courses In Oregon

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Nothing causes more disagreement or debate than a “top 10” list with the subject being something about which many people are very passionate. And as sure as there is a great number of golfers in Oregon, there are very nearly as many opinions about the state’s “top 10” courses. Fortunately for golfers in Oregon, there are enough great courses to merit debate. Whether you prefer coastal golf, valley golf, mountain golf, desert golf, award-winning golf, inexpensive golf, exclusive golf, or hidden golf, Oregon can provide it. Narrowing all of Oregon’s diverse golf to a ten best is a tall task, so we’ll start with the top five this time and provide the other five next time around, but let’s have a go, starting with the best.

1. Bandon Dunes, Bandon By The Sea. Yes, Pacific Dunes may top most lists, but Bandon Dunes was first, and that counts for something. When comparing Pacific Dunes with Bandon Dunes, well, it’s next to impossible. You can give credit to Pacific Dunes designer Tom Doak for doing it differently or you can give credit to Bandon Dunes designer David McClay Kidd for throwing the gauntlet down. It all started at Bandon Dunes.

2. Crosswater, Sunriver, OR. Sure, the number two course is supposed to be one of the other brilliant designs at the Bandon complex. Before Bandon came along, though, it was Crosswater that you had to play in Oregon. And now that the greens have been entirely rebuilt and the course gradually changed over the years, it’s a must-play again, fully living up to its previous legend. From the views to the world-class greens to the amazing fairway condition, you have to play Crosswater; it’s worth its own trip.

3. Pronghorn, Fazio Course, Bend, OR. It’s hard not to put this at number one. In fact, it’s difficult while playing the Fazio course at Pronghorn to not look around and ask yourself, “have I really ever played a better course than this?” Sorry, this one’s private. You’re going to need to find a member or become one. Either effort is well worth it…promise.

4. Tokatee, McKenzie River, OR. For some, this course would count as “hidden golf,” but to Oregon golfers in the know, this is Tokatee, and it doesn’t get much better in golf. A gem hidden along the McKenzie River, Tokatee is unlike any other course you have ever played. “Everyone Welcome” reads the sign and they mean it. World-class greens in a picturesque mountain setting at municipal course rates. You haven’t golfed in Oregon until you’ve played at Tokatee. And then once you have, you know why.

5. Tetherow, Bend, OR. Central Oregon’s golf reputation stands for good reason. David McClay Kidd’s Bend, OR design utilizes the 700+ acres of the Awbrey Hall Fire site (1991) to create a links-style golf experience that highlights big mountain views and a golf course unlike anything else in Central Oregon. The tightly-mown fairways and challenging greens demand skill from golfers to score; it’s a very difficult course. The beautiful landscape and mountain views, however, allow for a constant appreciation of Kidd’s idea of Central Oregon golf.

6. Old McDonald, Bandon By The Sea, OR – Well, it’s hard not to have a look at another Bandon course in any list of the ten best in Oregon. And while it may be easy to think of Pacific Dunes, an amazing course, we can’t ignore the scenic, adventurous challenge of Old McDonald. Different from Bandon’s other courses, Old McDonald still provides the ocean air and views that remind you where you’re at, but even when you know where you are, you’ll still be thinking of Scotland. Old McDonald is where the slogan is hammered home…”Golf as it was meant to be.”

7. Running Y, Klamath Falls, OR. This is Oregon’s only Arnold Palmer designed course, set on the perimeter of the forested surrounds of the beautiful Klamath basin. While far away from most everything else happening in Oregon, Running Y offers a great golf challenge, a relaxing Oregon resort experience, and a different golf flavor than most people expect in Oregon, all in a remote, picturesque setting.

8. Bandon Trails, Bandon By The Sea, OR. – The third course built in the rotation at the Bandon complex, Bandon Trails is a reminder that Bandon isn’t only amazing because of its ocean front setting. Bandon Trails winds its way through the coastal trees, meandering away from the coast, mostly, to explore the dense thickets of coastal vegetation that line this very challenging track. If Tolkien had golfed, and set his story on a golf course, it would have to look something like Bandon Trails. Don’t focus on your score here, because you’re going to be challenged…and sometimes even a little baffled.

9. Salishan, Gleneden Beach, OR. – Salishan is a throwback course to the time just before modern golf discovered Oregon, before the Bandons and Crosswaters and such changed the expectation level, the groundskeeping standards, the feel, of Oregon golf. Oregon has become a golf mecca of sorts, recognized around the golfing world, but before it became all of that, before the glamor, there was little Salishan, tucked away in the trees on the coast. Challenging any golfer from the appropriate set of tees, Salishan is a forgotten gem to many, combining beautiful coastal views with the challenge of tree-lined fairways. We certainly hesitate to call any course in Oregon overrated, but Salishan has to be considered underrated at this point.

10. Eagle Point, Eagle Point, OR. – You’ve played finer tracks than Eagle Point. You’ve played less expensive tracks than Eagle Point. Have you ever played a finer track than Eagle Point at a similar price? Probably not. Lush, green, and challenging, but still scorable, Eagle Point stands out because of its value, its beauty, and its convenience. Convenience? Well, yes, convenience. You’re going to have to make a golf pitstop between Bandon and Central Oregon (or vice versa) and the best route is going to take you right by Eagle Point. Go ahead and play it and you’ll see exactly why it’s on this list.