Golf rangefinder devices of the past were lousy, and almost as crappy a Father’s Day gift as a tie. But golf gadgets have come a long way in recent years. Now, there are plenty of gift-worthy golf gadgets for dads this June.
Garmin Approach S3 Golf GPS Watch
Garmin offers dedicated GPS watches for nearly every sport, and Golf is no exception. The Garmin Approach series of GPS watches are aimed at giving golfers exact data while teed up on their favorite courses. The Approach S3 tells golfers how far they drove the ball, yardage to the front, back and middle of the green, and the touchscreen will even work with golf gloves. It displays the green view as well as the layout of the green with a virtual pin that can be moved to accommodate pin changes day to day.
Garmin advertises that the watch comes preloaded (for free) with tens of thousands of courses, and course updates can be downloaded for free. In addition to its rich golfing features, it can also function as a watch to display distance walked and how long it took the user to play 18 holes. The Garmin Approach S3 retails for $349.99 at the time of this writing.
Golf Buddy Voice+
Similar in concept to the Garmin Approach S3, the Golf Buddy Voice+ can work as a watch, but the face can be removed to carry as a module. It features preloaded courses, green views, shot distance measuring, advertised battery life of 10 hours, as well as voice commands.
It comes with both a silicone case as well as a wrist ban, so it can be toted along the course in a variety of ways. The Golf Buddy Voice+ retails for $199.99, but can be found for $179.99 at the time of this writing.
SimSTIX True Feel Club for Golf Gaming
Does dad spend the winter getting ready for the golf course by practicing with a gaming console? With the SimSTIX Gaming Golf Club, Wii users can play popular golfing games while getting the weight feel of an actual golf club.
Like other Wii gaming attachments, the remote fits into the grip of the virtual club, and users can get a pretty accurate read on their golf game. The SimSTIX Golf attachment is $29.99 and works with most golfing games available for Wii.
3BaysGSA Pro Golf Swing Analyzer
Toted as the “World’s Lightest Golf Swing Analyzer,” the small iOS compatible device is fitted into the golf club grip top. Using Bluetooth technology, it gathers data during a swing, and delivers stats to the user’s smartphone. It shows the user their animated swing arc, features real-time analysis, and offers tips and suggestions to improve the user’s swing.
The device only weighs about .02 pounds, making it unnoticeable to the user while golfing. The 3BaysGSA Pro Golf Swing Analyzer retails for $199.99 and is available for iOS and Android.
Those that need to work on their short game will appreciate the 3BaysGSA Putt device. Same idea as the 3BaysGSA Golf Swing Analyzer, but designed specifically for putting. It also fits into the putter grip and uses 9-axis motion sensors to analyze the user’s putting technique. It is advertised as helping golfers develop “consisted, repeatable, and reliable putting strokes.”
It tracks consistency, face angle, attack angle, tempo, back swing time, down swing time, impact speed, and swing path distance. Through the GPS app, users can get detailed stats on their putting and are able to perfect their game. It retails for $199.99 and is available for iOS devices.
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