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Golf Gear for 2013: Home Golf Simulators and Apps

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For every golfer, it’s all about the swing. And there are numerous simulators, launch monitors and apps that can turn a smartphone or tablet (those equipped with a camera, that is) into an instant swing analyzer. Although these amazing tools won’t ever completely replace the feedback of a good golf instructor, many professionals now use them in their teaching regimen. It’s a great way to do off-course homework and keep your golf swing in sync.

OptiShot is an affordable, portable and accurate home golf simulator, with the ability to play simulated rounds or perform detailed swing analysis, factoring in clubhead speed, face angle, swing path and visual shot feedback. So when it’s cold and snowing outside, golfers can keep their game warm and sharp inside. $400. Visit optishotgolf.com.

The SwingSmart sensor module attaches to the underside of the shaft on any golf club. You get instant feedback on your iPad or iPhone for every swing, including data on tempo, attack angle and speed. SS also helps you to groove the “best” swing and compare stats to other swings. You can even email your golf instructor for analysis and feedback. $250. Visit swingsmart.com.

It’s no wonder the SwingProfile app was a 2012 PGA Merchandise Show award-winner. All you need is a smartphone or tablet. Capture swinging video from your televison, and compare your swing to your favorite tour pro’s. The interface is seemless, and the analysis tools simple and intuitive. $50. Visit swingprofile.com.

We’re all guilty of overlooking putting improvement. The iPING Putter app analyzes and displays stroke type, impact angle and tempo. It works in conjunction with a PING cradle (for all major smartphones), which holds the mobile device onto the putter shaft just below the grip. Over a series of five putts, your consistency scores are used to build a putting handicap. The app even tells you which PING putter is best for you, based on those stats. Free app, $30/cradle. Visit ping.com.
 

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