There is nothing quite as stress relieving as a walking up to a small white ball in an open field, and trying to destroy it with all your might towards a certain direction. Golf is a favored pastime for many, myself included. I grew up playing golf, and even as we speak, I work as a security guard for NBC Golf in Orlando, FL. As I am getting ready to graduate college, I am actually applying for internships here at NBC.
So how has technology impacted golf? Well for starters, the Internet opens up a plethora of information about the history of golf and rules and statistics, all t the fingertips of anyone with a smartphone. But what about the more advanced options?
Many younger golfers are now using apps to help them play. In addition to having a scorecard on their phone, GPS can even show location on the golf course, and distance to the green. The features available in smartphone apps can help the golfers decide which club to use, as well as any hazards pointed out by the GPS that may not be available to the naked eye.
Even more than a per-player difference, third party tee-time services are striking gold with the ability to be able to help golfers set a tee time for almost any course in the world before traveling there. Know you are going on a business trip in two months? Go ahead and book a tee time for when you are there by simply calling and asking a tee-time service to schedule a local course.
As with any activity, people who are on a budget would still like to be included, and it is possible due to websites such as Groupon and Living Social. These differ from traditional tee-time services in the fact that they are not open to all courses, but limited to courses that put the deals online. Also different is the fact that they are non-refundable, whereas a third party tee-time service may be refundable if it qualifies.
Expanding into even more technological advancements, simulators now provide golfers the ability to practice in any weather, and golf retailers to allow people to try clubs before investing heavily in a set that they might not even be happy with. Customizable options include wind, land hazards, different distances, etc. I have personally seen some simulators with the ability to play many different full 18 hole courses based of different courses around the United States.
The list goes on and on of how technology affects golf, including the use of vehicles and their design (golf carts) or even Drivers (golf clubs capable of long distances) having interchangeable weights to be user specific for maximum swing velocity and downward force. While all these things add to the experience, golfing is still the best at it’s roots: being outside in the sun, relaxing, spending time with friends or family, and just simply trying to annihilate a ball as best as one can.
Technology won’t make a person a better player without the player working for it, but in my opinion, that is just par for the course. More equipment guide at Hitting The Golf Ball.