Practice + Data Makes Perfect: Golf Technology for Your SmartPhone featured in Wall Street Journal

So yesterday we were talking about some of the lackluster programs coming out of the PGA to help grow game enthusiasm.

I mentioned that the industry is having a hard time reaching some core constituents including working-age enthusiasts like myself who are brand new to the game (nobody messages to me at all – it’s all about the college kids or the old geezer) and another cohort, mentioned in this article – called the “lapsed” golfer.  This guy or gal played before, lost time to do it, now has a mortgage and a couple kids and wants to get back but just can’t find the groove again.

The article is a decent read which you can find here:

Wall Street Journal Golf Gadget Article


WSJ Tech Article on Golf

Although it opens up by describing the challenges today’s ‘lapsed’ golfer faces when trying to get back into the sport, it spends more time reviewing some newer digital technologies that are meant to help the amateur golfer improve his/her game…..wait for it ….. AT HOME.

So you know I had to read on.  Some tech (no plug intended) was already mentioned here at the SiliconValleyGolfer…. like the Zepp glove gadget but all the products are worth mentioning so I’ll list them below.  Happy gadgeting.


WSJ Cover Photo

Last noteworthy note.  Although technology is coming a long way to help us fans improve both on and off the course for a lot less money and with access to a lot more information (Big Data comes to Golfing I guess) – the article made a good observation. … Nothing replaces the human eye and the ability for what was unfortunately referred to as “the antiquated human golf instructor” (yikes – but i think that image does prevail in the industry today if only for the non-avid fans) to combine disparate pieces of player visual data in order to provide a custom recommendation for improvement.  Mentioning the average price tag of $100/lesson underscored another fundamental gate-keeper to bringing new converts into the fold.

And now – the LIST.

  • SwingByte – Swing Analyzer and more……


  • Golf Glossary – a good iOS app for learning all things “golf terms” as if trying to connect with the ball wasn’t hard enough.

CNET Golf Glossary

  • Arccos Golf – Big Data meets improving your game by sticking sensors on your clubs and measuring everything.


Improve Your Swing App from Arccos

  • Garmin Golf Watch – a smart golf map with swing improvement and more

Digital Golf Tools form Garmin



  • Nike 360 – another great course golf map that SVGolfer discovered.  

Nike has a Great Map & More App


Nike 360

Why the WSJ article missed this popular app as well – I don’t know.

  • GolfLogix – another popular swing analyzer (rated #1 according to them)


Last advice:: punch in the term ‘golf’ on your smartphone and download some free apps or games.  I’m still a big fan of the fun virtual golf game  GLGolfLite.  And I learn a lot while playing it – stuff like how to factor in a break, or picking the right club – in a game like environment.  

SVG-over and out.




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