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Golf may be one of the world's oldest sports full of tradition, but there is some modern technological advances that can help your game.

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Clubs — the modern golf club has come a long way from the wooden sticks used to hit around pebbles in the dunes of Scotland. Today's sets of woods and irons are developed using computer technology to provide durability, weight distribution, hitting distance and accuracy. They are also made using advanced materials such as titanium, graphite and zirconia. more about golf clubs.

Golf balls — golf balls too have come a long way from small wooden balls. The first golf balls were smooth, but it did not take players long to realize that the roughed-up balls traveled further, ultimately leading to the standard dimple pattern that we see today. The composition of the balls has developed a lot too. Today research and technology development have resulted in a large variety of golf balls available to the player - some offer control, while others offer maximum distance. There are still limitations on the properties of golf balls which must be adhered to.

Golf Shoes — The enhanced grip on the base of the golfer's shoes allows them to maintain stability, proper balance and posture during swings, improving overall swing mechanics and providing more consistent and accurate shots. The grip and shoe materials have improved over time for greater comfort and performance enhancement, but there are still many ways that future technologies may be able to play a role in shoe design.

Swing Analysis — One way that technology is utilized well with golf is swing analysis. You can use the old-fashioned way of video analysis software. A more high-tech method of swing analysis uses a sensor that can be attached to the club to measure all sorts of metrics (e.g. 3Bays golf swing analyzer, Swingtalk). You can get measurements of swing tempo and speed, club head trajectory and speed. These devices connect to phone Apps to provide many additional tools for swing analysis.

Range Finders — It is helpful to know how far it is to the pin, or how far your last drive was. There is a lot of equipment that can help with measurements in golf, such as golf hand-held GPS units, golf GPS watches and golf range-finders. more about rangefinders.

Indoor Golf Simulators — used as a tool for practicing golf. These setups recreate the experience of playing golf indoors, typically consisting of a large screen or projection surface, a launch monitor, and software that tracks the ball's flight path. Players hit real golf balls into the screen, and sensors detect the impact and calculate the ball's trajectory, distance, and accuracy. The software then simulates the ball's flight and landing on a virtual representation of a golf course, allowing players to play rounds of golf or practice their swing in an indoor setting.

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