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Wearable technology has taken the world of golf by storm in recent years. Be it legendary golfers like Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell or the US President himself, all levels of players are using these cool gadgets to play better. Are you among those golfers, who dream to play some of the nation’s top golf courses in Texas, Florida, California and beyond? Simply take advantage of today’s compact, less intrusive, yet more intuitive gadgets to make your day on the green more productive. Whether you are an amateur or a pro, embracing these high-end electronic gadgets will let you gain a competitive edge and slash off your handicap by a few points. Here are three ways wearable technology is helping golf enthusiasts address various aspects of their games:

Getting Actionable Information 

More and more golfers are wearing real time shot-tracking devices during practice rounds to get a first-hand account of their strengths and weaknesses. Consider GameGolf for example. It is fitted with two types of sensors – a wearable sensor which you can attach to your belt and a series of sensors that are mounted on your club. While taking aim for a shot, simply touch the sensors in the club and play your shot. At the end of the day, when you are in the mood to review your game, GameGolf offers a thorough analysis of every shot. Generally, the data is accompanied by visual charts of your shots and sent to a user-friendly smart phone app. This allows you to compare your swing path to those of the professional golfers and figure out where you’re going wrong.

Tracking Your Game and Fitness

Be it your game or your fitness quotient, a data-driven evaluation sets you firmly on the path of improvement. A number of golf apps are geared to this goal. Microsoft Band is a good case in point. This GPS-enabled gadget keeps on calculating your golf scores as you play a round, and display them later.  The makers of the device claim that it can tell apart a practice swing from a proper shot, keep your score throughout the game and track your activities to analyze how it affects your golfing. In partnership with TaylorMade’s myRoundpro platform, it maps out each of your shots on the layout of the course you are playing. This is not all, the gadget tracks the total distance walked, measures heart rate, and calories burned throughout the day on a golf course. This slice and dice information, according to its creators, not only helps your game but also improves your health.

Stress Management

Golf is a great mind-game. In order to play better, you have to learn how to keep your calm through the game. There are many gadgets that allow you to do just that. Consider Fitbit headbands for instance – equipped with sensors, the headband send brain-activity data to an app on a smartphone. The app then analyzes the data and translates it into visual cues on the wearer’s state of mind. A red alert signifies a stressed out mental state, while green may signify mental stability and calmness.

Be it a GPS-enabled watch or a swing analyzer, wearables enable golfers take better decision on the course. No wonder, golf wearables are going mainstream all over the world. Although golfers are not allowed to take advantage of these devices during the competitions, the wearables can go a long way to prepare serious golfers for upcoming tournaments on specific courses. The rules of the game don’t change whether you are playing on the top golf courses in Texas or a less challenging one in your hometown. Why not hone your skills with the wearables and stay prepared for all the upcoming tee off times? Are you game?