If you’re looking to improve your golf game and lower your handicap, nothing works more effectively than practice, hard work, and dedication. Thanks to modern technology, though, there is now a plethora of gear and gadgets that can help you take your game to the next level. These tools include drivers, training systems, shoes, and ball finders that you’ve never seen before (but should definitely become familiar with!). The AtTheTee.com team has taken the time to research all of 2016’s golf gadgets; we then picked ten of the best to be compiled into a carefully curated list. Each entry features a detailed description of the golf tool (many of which are available in our Golf Store), its price, and a link to purchase the item. Happy shopping!
TaylorMade M1 Driver ($499.99)
TaylorMade is one of the finest names in golf, and the company's decision to move from wooden to metal driver heads revolutionized the golf industry. According to TaylorMade’s website, their M1 Driver “has a multi-material construction–featuring an ultra-thin, ultra-light, and high-strength carbon composite crown–that unlocks breakthroughs in distance, playability, and feel for all golfers. Each golfer has a unique swing, and in the past it has been challenging to provide ideal launch conditions to all player types with a single club. The construction of M1 allows better players to create the shot they want, and other golfers, the shot they need.”
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The M1 Driver features a three-step head adjustment system and three featured stock shaft offerings, which makes it perfectly customizable for beginners and experts alike. The first slider on the crown of the club manipulates the draw to the left or right, which is helpful for the golfer that is prone to slicing or hooking the ball to one side or the other. The second slider moves from front to back and is responsible for the arc of the ball’s trajectory. The TaylorMade M1 Driver is available for $499.99 and can be purchased here.
TaylorMade RocketBladez Irons ($499.99)
Another outstanding piece of equipment from TaylorMade is the RocketBladez iron set. Their website explains that “TaylorMade engineers found a way to incorporate a Speed Pocket into irons. The result is a once-in-a-lifetime innovation that revolutionizes iron performance not only in terms of distance, but also distance control and feel.” With these irons, TaylorMade has managed to integrate the technology of their fairway and hybrid clubs into their irons, which “helps create a further, higher shot and increase[s] range (while decreasing roll) after landing.”
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RocketBladez are the first distance irons to make it on the PGA Tour and provide higher launch and a steeper landing angle. Dick’s Sporting Goods adds that these irons “are engineered for players seeking the optimum combination of distance, control, feel, forgiveness, and playability.” Intrigued? You can purchase your set of RocketBladez (available in 4 iron through PW/AW) here for $499.99.
Zepp Golf Swing Analyzer Kit ($149.99)
This handy gadget is perfect for golfers of any skill level, and, at .6 ounces, figuratively small enough to fit on the back of your hand. According to Zepp’s website, their product “may be high-tech, but setting it up is simple. You’ll be swinging your club and viewing your results in a manner of minutes.” To get started, “attach the mount to your glove and insert the sensor, connect Zepp wirelessly via Bluetooth to capture and visualize your swing data, [and then] analyze your swing on your mobile device.”
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The Zepp sensor is able to track club plane, club head speed, hand path, backswing position, hip rotation, and tempo, and also allows you to view your swing from any angle in three dimensions. The Zepp Golf Swing Analyzer Kit is available here and is a great deal at $149.99.
The Ballfinder Scout ($59.95)
The Ballfinder Scout’s website claims that this product “saves time, money, and strokes” and is “the only golf ball finder that uses digital imaging technology to locate lost golf balls. It only needs to see 1% of the surface of a golf ball at 35 feet. When a ball location occurs, the Scout vibrates and LED lights begin to flash. Almost 2.5 million golf balls are lost per day in the U.S., according to the National Golf Foundation. A lost golf ball costs you a lot more than just a few dollars. It costs you time and penalty points, as well as the frustration of searching while others are waiting to continue play. The Ballfinder Scout helps you comply with the rules of golf by providing a five minute search timer, ensuring you don’t take longer to find your balls than allowed.”
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Each Ballfinder Scout package includes The Ballfinder Scout, “Recovery Shots” DVD, two AA batteries, and a belt clip. At just .23 pounds, The Ballfinder Scout fits right in your pocket (or on your belt) and, at $59.95, definitely won’t break the bank. You can purchase this gadget here.
The Ballfinder Scout saves time, money, and strokes by using digital imaging technology to find lost balls. Learn more here.
FootJoy Contour Casual Spikeless Golf Shoes ($99.95)
FootJoy is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of golf shoes, and their Contour Casual line brings “versatility to golf footwear [by] utilizing a spikeless outsole, super-soft premium leathers, lightweight underfoot comfort, waterproof protection, industry-leading size options, and a world-renowned fit.”
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Because they are spikeless and feature a special rubber sole that still provides grip, these shoes are the perfect transition footwear for trips to the course and the clubhouse. Contour Casual shoes are available in several different styles and colors for both men and women, and can be purchased here for $99.95.
SKLZ Quickster® 6′ x 6′ Golf Net ($99.99)
According to SKLZ’s website, “the Quickster® represents the most convenient and efficient multi-sport net ever created. Taking only 90 seconds to fully assemble, and even less to take down, the net spans a full 6’ x 6’, which is larger than less impressive nets that have a tendency to droop or sag. The larger coverage area means more confidence while training, and you can practice anywhere because the entire net fits into a carry bag that won’t take up extra storage space.”
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Quickster® is perfect for keeping your game strong during the winter months or on days when you don’t have time to play a full round of golf, and its ultra-durable construction makes it perfect for even your most intense practice sessions. Quickster® is available for $99.99 and can be purchased here.
HJ Glove Weather Ready All-Weather Gloves ($19.95)
Available in both men’s and women’s styles, HJ Glove’s Weather Ready Gloves are made of quick-drying mesh material that dries quickly and provides excellent grip in all weather conditions. They are available in black or stone grey, and the palms are manufactured with a blend of high-performance micro-suede and silicone.
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HJ Glove also offers Winter Performance and Winter Xtreme gloves (among several other styles), and their website offers equipment for men, women, and juniors. You can purchase any size of their All-Weather Gloves for $19.95 via this link.
GlowKnights Glow-In-The-Dark Golf Balls ($25)
Although these glow-in-the-dark golf balls may seem like a bit of a novelty, they are still worth your consideration if you like to hit the driving range during the early evening hours or are looking for a great gag gift. According to Amazon.com, “every pack consists of four balls and eight glow stick inserts [two blue, two green, two pink, and two red; balls] glow for eight to twelve hours [and are] better than LED balls because they are guaranteed to work [with] no batteries or electronics needed.”
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These balls “are regulation size and weight and are extremely durable, which means they are perfect for [both] the serious golfer and the social golfer. They are strong enough to withstand the impact of a driver [and] can be reused for as long as you want.” Each set of glow-in-the-dark balls costs $25 and can be purchased here.
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Odyssey Golf Works V-Line Versa Mallet Putter ($179.99)
This mallet putter was featured in Golf Digest’s 2015 Putter Hot List and “is a perimeter-weighted mallet with a new Big-T alignment system.” Odyssey Golf’s website explains, “we’ve taken the most legendary insert of all time…and combined it with unbelievable new roll technology [where] feel meets roll…there are no compromises, [and this club] reduces skidding and gets the ball into a pure roll faster.” Their V-Line mallet putters are some of the most popular clubs on the market and are able “to withstand any kind of punishment you can dish out.”
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Odyssey Golf putters maintain the lightweight, comfortable feel of blade putters, but promise a 93% faster roll across greens. Their putters are fully customizable for grip, wraps, lie angle, and shaft type, which makes them even more of an asset when you want to step up your golf game. You can purchase this putter here for $179.99.
Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf ($14)
Amazon.com describes Ben Hogan as “one of the greatest golfers in the history of the sport,” and his five lessons fleshes out his belief “that any golfer with average coordination can learn to break eighty, if one applies oneself patiently and intelligently.” In each chapter, “a different experience-tested fundamental is explained and demonstrated with clear illustrations. [Originally published in 1957, this book] is a must-have reference for anyone who knows that fundamentals are where champions begin.
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Hogan’s tips include accelerating through impact, thinking low around the greens, making proper weight shift for crisper contact, storing up your power, pronating to fade, flattening your lead wrist at impact, and not overlooking the grip. Mr. Hogan won nine majors between 1946 and 1953, which makes this the perfect reference for any golfer striving for excellence. Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf is available for $14 here.