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Almost everything of value has been touched by modern technology at some time or another to make them what they are today. Golf is no exception and the improvements that have been brought by new technology to the modern game we play today is tremendous. We would like to take you through some of the accessories and the changes they have undergone over the years since their inception in making them the high-precision accessories to an extent that their inventors would never have thought it possible. The golf cart for instance is something entirely new that has become part and parcel of the golf game since recent times at least for those who can afford one. It has revolutionized the game by making it possible for many new entrants to take up to this game without the hassle of trekking on large expanses of golf courses with uneven terrain on foot weighed down by a load of 14 steel clubs plus several other accessories.
The most improved golf accessory by modern technology over the years is the golf club. The earlier heavy rigid steel shafts have been replaced with more flexible and lighter graphite shafts. Although steels are still in use, many modern golfers prefer graphite clubs due to its lightweight and higher flex that makes faster swings possible. The head of the club too has undergone very precise high-tech changes to its curvature that makes all the difference to the force and the angle of direction with which it comes down on the ball at the moment of impact of the swing. These clubs require the acquisition of lot of skill before a normal golfer can handle them with any appreciable degree of accuracy. Golf clubs for beginners are however differently designed to enable them play their shots confidently by making the heads not too sensitive to slight variations in the angle or the power behind any particular shot.
In order to play good game of golf, you need to build up a precise technique until you become proficient in having a consistent swing (over several swings) with regard to speed and direction. If you watch a professional in slow motion, you will see how identical all his separate swings are whereas if you monitor some of your swings, you will be shocked to see how your style keeps varying from one shot to the next. You don’t need a coach to tell you where you are going wrong and put you through various training courses to make you become better. Now there are electronic devices not only to monitor the varying angles and power behind your swings, but also to show you how you may correct these anomalies in your technique. There are several types of such training machines including ones to help you train in the art of putting accurately. These machines can be very useful for self-trainers to quickly become expert golfers.
You may have seen golfers carrying a pencil and piece of paper around the course entering scores. If you have some money to invest and the capacity to carry a mini computer around as well (ideal if you had a motorized caddy or a golf cart), you could assign this task to it besides a lot more. These small wonders can record your shots and track many other relevant data pertaining to them and process the data too. This information could be very useful to you in critically analyzing what went wrong with you at a match so that you could learn from your past mistakes. They are usually available as small units with wireless connections.
While we have outlined only a sample of the technological advances that have revolutionized golf, there are several more to talk about; that we will have to postpone for a later time due to lack of space. Nobody could deny that technology has tremendously improved the game by providing its players with advanced aspects of learning/training and by making it possible to innovate equipment and accessories to facilitate golfers to play altogether much more improved games than was possible for golfers a decade or two ago. Technology never stops; but always keeps marching forward to make today’s dreams and impossibilities the realities of tomorrow. There is no doubt that we would all welcome the contributions of technology for further improvements to the game as we go along.