Welcome to the first installment of SiliconANGLE Media’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide series. In this series of gift guides, we’ll be giving you cool high-tech gift ideas for your friends and loved ones this holiday season. We kick it off with some great ideas for golfers. Do you have an avid golfer in your life? Or do you know someone just starting out? The following five high-tech golf gadgets will be sure to come in under par to help give either one the best game of their life.
1. Garmin Approach S4 Touchscreen GPS golf watch
Product Name: Garmin Approach S4 Touchscreen GPS golf watch
Manufacturer: Garmin Ltd.
Product Description: The Garmin Approach S4 Touchscreen GPS golf watch has a sunlight-readable, glove-friendly, high-resolution touchscreen display, and comes preloaded with over 30,000 international courses. The display shows the distance to the front, back and middle of greens, plus layups and doglegs, and provides detailed stats tracking. The GPS-enabled Approach S4 also links to your smartphone via Bluetooth to display email, texts and alerts.
Available Colors: Black, White
2. Merlin iControl Golf Ball
Product Name: Merlin iControl Golf Ball
Manufacturer: Merlin Digital
Product Description: Once you install the free companion app, you can use any Apple or Android smartphone or tablet as a putter to manipulate the Bluetooth-enabled iControl Golf Ball’s motion (just by tilting your mobile device back and forth). The iControl Golf Ball contains 360-degree Gyroscope Control technology to ensure precise feedback that mirrors what you do on your phone. iControl Golf Balls also have a color-changing mode so that you can use multiple iControl balls when playing with friends.
Available Colors: Varies
Purchase at: Merlin Digital
3. Game Golf Shot Tracker
Product Name: Game Golf Shot Tracker
Manufacturer: Active Mind Technology, Inc.
Product Description: Game Golf Shot Tracker is billed as the world’s first automatic shot-tracking system for today’s golfer. By capturing the GPS location of every shot played, Game Golf provides insights into a golfer’s entire round. It includes a device that you clip to your waist that offers GPS, NFC, compass, accelerometer, a gyrometer, and a set of club tags—one for each club in your bag. When you hit the course, tap the club tag against the device and it will record every club used, swing made, yard covered, as well as scoring, number of putts and driving accuracy. The data gets loaded onto your smartphone, computer or social app, letting you analyze your performance.
Available Colors: N/A
Purchase at: Active Mind Technology, Inc.
Product Name: Putter Drink Caddy
Manufacturer: Iconix Brand Group, Inc./Sharper Image
Product Description: Sharper Image’s Putter Drink Caddy looks like an ordinary putting iron, but it holds 38 fluid ounces (1.1 L) of your favorite hot or cold beverage. While not the highest-tech product in this gift guide, it is certainly one that your thirsty golfer will appreciate. The battery-operated pump dispenses drinks with an easy touch of a button. Requires 4 AA batteries.
Available Colors: Silver
Purchase at: The Sharper Image
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5. GolfBuddy PT4 Touchscreen GPS
Product Name: GolfBuddy PT4 Touchscreen GPS
Manufacturer: Deca International Corp. dba GolfBuddy
Product Description: The GolfBuddy PT4 GPS comes preloaded with more than 37,000 global courses, automatic course and hole recognition, a high-resolution 4” LCD display, and 50-channel satellite reception. The water-resistant case of the PT4 GPS is now more than 40 percent thinner than previous GolfBuddy models, and has a replaceable battery with an 8-hour battery life. The display of the PT4 GPS provides yardages to the front, center and back of the green from anywhere on the course. GolfBuddy has updated the PT4 GPS so that it can now track scores for up to four players during a round, and can measure the distance of individual shots as well.
Available Colors: Silver