Technology pervades most of this year’s cool golf products, but sometimes a great design or good idea delivered simply can still stand out in a sea of gizmos. Either way, these new products should make your game more enjoyable.
1. The Weatherman Golf Umbrella
With apologies to Bob Dylan, sometimes you do need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. In this care, the meteorologist is Rick Reichmuth, who’s created a premium golf umbrella with an integrated app that notifies you when you should bring it, and a Bluetooth tracker that alerts you if you leave it behind. The Weatherman is made of Industrial-strength fiberglass, with a Teflon-coated fabric to keep you dry and a UPF 50+ barrier to protect you from the sun. $89.
2. Impact Improver
When you hit the ball in the sweet spot, good things usually follow. Simply place the strike shield over your favorite iron, use one of the impact balls that comes with the system, and swing. The ball sticks to the Velcro area on the plate, giving you instant feedback on the location your club impacted the ball and what to correct or adjust on your swing plane. The best training aids are inexpensive, portable, can be used indoors or outdoors, and provide instant feedback. Developed by former LPGA tour player and leading golf instructor Tiffany Faucette, the Impact Improver hits all those targets dead center. $39.99.
3. Chippo Golf Game
Take the popular game of cornhole and combine it with a golf chipping contest and you have Chippo Golf. Creators Matt Moss and Brendan McAuley backed up their good idea with the necessary funding from a Kickstarter campaign. These two friends are all about having fun—and it translates into this game, which was named the Best New Product at this year’s PGA Merchandise Show. $189.99.
4. Sun Mountain Supercharged Golf Bags
Sun Mountain’s Supercharged line features an external USB port wired to a portable power pack capable of recharging a mobile phone and powering a mobile device. $249.99-$279.99.
5. Exotics CBX Fairway Wood
Tour Edge’s Exotics CBX Fairway woods are consistently longer than their industry peers (16 yards in independent results). And that could mean getting home in two on those short par 5s. $350.
6. Galvin Green LANCE Interface-1 Jacket
The Swedish-based sports apparel company that pioneered the multilayer concept continues to lead the way with its new Interface-1 hybrid shell. The full-zip LANCE is windproof and water-repellant, with a breathable membrane layer. Galvin Green is the official team outerwear supplier for the 2018 European Ryder Cup Team, so expect to see a lot of this jacket at Le Golf National. $365.