Game Golf Is A Golf Gadget That Actually Lowers Your Score
Game Golf gives you hard data about your game that can help you chop strokes off your scorecard.
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Game Golf should adopt a new slogan: “The Truth Will Set You Free.” I’ve posted 20 rounds this year using the little gadget and the results are not only fascinating (at least to me), but are helping me manage my game for lower scores.
For those who don’t know, Game Golf is a wearable system that automatically tracks and graphically displays every swing you take and then gives you reams of statistics to help you improve. Think of it like the amateur’s version of the ShotLink system that measures every shot the pros make on TV.
Game Golf is a breeze to use. Just screw the tags into the grip ends of your clubs, tap the club against the device on your belt before you swing, and Game Golf takes care of everything else. After the round, you can see every shot location and actual distance on your computer or mobile device.
The real value, of course, is what you can learn about your game from the system. I’ve fought a hook for years, for example, but discovered this year that my new driver’s predominant miss is to the right (34% right versus 20% left with only 46% in the fairway!). That gave me something in my swing to work on as well as showing me I shouldn’t be aiming to the right to protect against a hook anymore.
Should I use a three-wood off the tee for accuracy? Not according to my stats! I only hit 41% of the fairways when I used the shorter club.
Here’s another tactical decision that’s based on my personal stats: I should never lay up to “perfect full wedge” distance, since I only hit the green 52% of the time from 100 to 125 yards out. From 50 to 75 yards, though, I’ll be putting for my next stroke 79% of the time.
Game Golf measures distance and accuracy and slices and dices the data in a lot of interesting ways. Another cold, hard fact it showed me was how often my approach shots ended up short of the green. With a five-iron, I’m under-clubbed 42% of the time. My six-iron play is worse, coming up short 50% of the time. Though I miss plenty of approaches left and right, most of my misses are simply because I’m not honest with myself about how far I hit each club.
You can use the Game Golf data in many different ways. Because the data can be broken out in different ways—all rounds, the last round, the last five rounds, etc.—you can check to see if you’re improving in a particular part of your game. You can measure your longest drives as well as your average and plot them all graphically in a dispersion pattern to see tendencies—then do the same with every club.
Game Golf retails for around $150 online and in many pro shops and golf retailers.