Tedium and frustration tend to tag along with technology, and yet we tolerate and sometimes welcome technology because it offers hope. This hope is especially highlighted in golf. We may have tried lessons and every training device under the sun, to little avail. Ah, but surely a gizmo or two will get us better.
OK, here are five you may see in a practice round or on the driving range during a PGA Tour event. You may even own one or two in the near future because they are wearable, and wearable technology is more compact, less intrusive and more intuitive than ever before.
The Game Golf system comes with red sensors discs (see photo above) -- one per club -- that screw into the butt end of the golf grip. When the red sensor in the grip is tapped against the GPS device, it lets the system know what club you're using for a particular shot. Tagging each shot allows you to log club distance, shot dispersion, fairways hit, greens in regulation and putts per hole.
Zepp Golf is a lightweight sensor -- only 6.3 grams -- that attaches to the golf glove and captures, measures and analyzes clubhead speed and tempo during the swing. It also has the ability to measure swing plane -- in three-dimensional space -- backswing position and hip rotation. The device takes a snapshot of each swing and sends the data to a smartphone or tablet. From there, a golfer can replay the swing, analyze the data and do side-by-side comparisons.
Google Glass uses two different apps, Swingbyte and GolfSight, that allow players to put on Google Glass glasses and receive swing analysis on their round without having to look down at their smartphone or tablet.
Sports psychologists help players deal with their demons, and now some players have also sought the help of the iFocus Band, a wearable brain-training device with three sensors that determine brain activity. Slip it inside the sweatband of your hat, and within minutes it's gathering data that’s transmitted to an avatar on a smartphone or tablet device, giving you a graphical representation of your brain activity, good and bad.
Fitbit allows you to track your steps, distance and calories on and off the course. It attaches to clothing or is stored in your pocket. Fitbit is also available in a "Flex" model worn on your wrist.