I have a lot of testing to do. Added to the list is the Zepp motion sensor. This is a device which attaches to the golfer’s glove and sends data to the player’s smartphone or tablet. The very valuable is then shown to the user to help improve his/her swing, and even compare swings with pros like Keegan Bradley. I know better than to compare my swing with Keegan though. I’m trying to match is pre-shot routine…
Awesome glove sold separately
Here’s a list of the data collected for golfers by this interesting unit:
- Speed (not sure what speed this is yet, probably club head speed)
- Club plane
- Hand path
- Backswing position
- Hip rotation
Stay tuned for my full review soon, after I’ve had a chance to put the Zepp though the rigorous HOG test battery.
When I do golf equipment reviews or golf accessory reviews I typically do a “first look” post to get the word out that I’ve received a product for testing and give those who submitted the product a little air time. That gives them a little golf blog love and buys me time to spend testing the unit. I do spend a lot of time testing, unlike other fly-by-night sites who test from their kitchen table or by hitting three range balls.
This time around I’m compelled to do an intermediate post on the new TomTom Golfer Premium GPS watch. I already did my first look of the TomTom golf GPS watchand I’m not quite ready to post a full review because a single round is definitely not enough. I was so impressed with this unit during my first round I have to post about it.
The TomTom golf GPS watch is not overly large like other golf GPS watches. So it is actually wearable for those who can wear a watch and play. I’m not a watch guy, so I played a couple of holes with it on, then just attached it to my golf bag.
The yardages were quick and accurate, and I love the way they display with the black background. Below you can see the yards to the front, back, and middle:
This GPS watch not only gives yardages, but has all sorts of other great features. It will track scores, show green view, and even show hazards. See below? The first hole has water all the way down the right side:
And below is a shot of the score tracking. I made par on the par-5 first hole.
I’m not done testing and have yet to post my full review, but now that I have a round under my belt I already know the TomTom Premium golf GPS watch is superb. Stay tuned for my full review.
I have some new tees to test when the snow melts. The snow is melting so that’s good news. Come on global warming!
These tees are from a new golf company called HoleOut. HoleOut is debuting a ton of new products, many which I’ll be covering. The tee is called PerfecTee.
PerfecTee – The front is to the right
PerfecTee is not symmetrical on the crown. The tee is set up in a specific alignment so as to optimize the tee’s resistance, or lack thereof.
Tees by rule cannot “increase” distance artificially. The only way they can help with distance (or spin for that matter) is by having the least amount of resistance possible. The “front” of the tee in the PerfecTee is open and will produce little, if any resistance.
What will this equate to on the golf course? I will post my findings as soon as I’ve had the opportunity to test the PerfecTee on the course.
You can’t swing like a boss if you miss the sweet spot. That we all know. There are many ways to determine the impact point on a club like impact tape, putting baby powder on the clubface, and all sorts of others. Swing Boss takes the impact zone to a whole new visual level.
The Swing Boss golf accessory/golf training aid shows you exactly where the ball hits the clubface because the ball stays on the clubface! The system utilizes mushy golf balls with velcro on them, velcro club-face tape, and a small practice mat with rubber tee.
There are varying sizes in the club face velcro and varying tee sizes so the golfer can use multiple club types.
In The Box
- 1 x Grass Matt
- 2 x Balls
- 3 x Tee’s, S, M & L
- 3 x Iron Velcro Pads
- 3 x Driver Velcro Pads
Off-center shots are unpredictable in distance and accuracy. Hitting the center of the club-face is huge. The player’s distance will be maximized and consistent. The control the golfer has will be optimized.
For $36 a golfer will get very important feedback.
My Own Game
Before last season I complained to my regular golf buddy who I’d played thousands of rounds with. “I keep hitting it on the toe.” I could see the marks on the clubface. He said, “Duh! Move closer to the ball.” So I setup with the ball the same amount closer to me that the off-center hit was toward the toe. BINGO. Huge improvement. I started hitting some of the longest drives EVER.
Knowing how to adjust one’s swing to get the impact on the swing spot is extremely important. Once you start hitting the sweet spot you are the boss, the Swing Boss.
As of my last birthday I’m now qualified for the local “senior” 8-man team. That means I’m often dealing with aches, pains, and muscle fatigue. I’m intrigued by the Marc Pro Electrical Muscle Stimulation Machine. I hope to use it to help build up muscle strength in a couple of particular areas which are problematic for me, the lower back and my arms/elbows where I get golfer’s elbow.
This machine looks like a tens unit, but the application is totally different. A tens unit is used to treat muscle spasms and stiffness. This unit is NOT used as a treatment for muscle issues. Rather, it is a device which helps build up muscle strength by stimulating in a very focused manner.
The Marc Pro muscle conditioning device creates unique, strong, but completely non-fatiguing muscle contractions that set off a cascading series of physiologic events. We call this a Muscle Activated Recovery Cascade, or “MARC®” for short.
While sitting here writing golf blog posts or programming custom code for my websites I plan on having the Marc Pro on the lower back and probably my forearms, to help them build up a little more strength.
The Marc Pro stimulates muscles to help improve or facilitate muscle performance. Many athletes use Marc Pro, and enjoy the benefits of enhanced recovery in a wide variety of sports ranging from golf, to cross-fit, to running. It has been cited as helping many golfers improve their golf game and recovery.
This is a new concept and I’ll by trying this out for a bit, and posting my results and a full review later.