I for one believe it’s having a particularly positive impact on the game. GPS devices in particular have certainly improved the sport and finally give golfing enthusiasts the opportunity to have their own personal caddy right in their pocket.
Since golfing organizations including the United States Golfing Association (USGA) made it legal for golf GPS devices to be used in professional tournaments, the technology has come a long way. Not only is it now recognized as an essential golfing accessory by both amateurs and semi-professionals while on the green but is considered as an absolute by some of the sports elite.
Bubba Watson for example showed off his new golf GPS system during his successful 2012 Masters Tournament in Augusta earlier this year. Not only did he suddenly turn into an overnight sensation but his interest in golf technology also grabbed worldwide attention with Bubba even attaching his name to a special edition of a famous brand.
Even the most reluctant professionals who have eventually tried modern golfing technology such as a golf rangefinder or GPS device must have enjoyed the host of features available at your fingertips on the fairway. Most golf systems give you a panoramic walk-through of nearly every course in the world and with only a glance at the screen you are able to instantly learn the distance to the front, centre and back of the green, how far you’ve hit a shot and even see a birds-eye overhead view.
For amateurs I think it’s simply a blessing to enjoy knowing the correct distances on the local golf course close to home. Others have found their game vastly improve simply by understanding which golf club is recommended for each shot as well as being aware of potential hazards along the freeway. This has really helped me on courses which have been unfamiliar or those holes where the green is so often out of sight.
Finally new devices have encouraged a faster game play, especially for those just beginning. No moreover markers or overshooting, adding pointless strokes to the game. Just think a faster game can only mean one thing, more golf.