Sick of digging your balls out of the rough? It could be time to work on your swing. If ever there was a sport that was all about proper mechanics, it's golf. Tiny changes or quirks can be the difference between a birdie and a bogie.
But as the old Vince Lombardi saying goes, "Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect."
If you jam on your wonky slice a thousand times a day, you're only drilling bad mechanics into your muscle memory. That's the idea behind a new smart watch from Garmin. Garmin is better known for its GPS navigation, but it's been in the golf game for awhile now. You can even get a Garmin golf course GPS system in my shop.
Garmin has even put out a few golf-specific smart watches before. But the Approach S6 watch has a special trick that's unique to this model:
[...] the S6 tracks your swing, right on the watch itself, with three metrics: SwingTempo, TempoTraining, and SwingStrength. The first calculates the relationship between a golfer’s upswing and downswing as a ratio. 3:1 is the ideal, so the closer you get to that, the better. TempoTraining uses audio tones to help time your swing better. And SwingStrength tracks how much power you put into each swing.
The S6 also includes a color touch screen that shows you the layout of the course, distance to the pin, a scorecard and more. It tracks how you're doing throughout the round and can be analyzed later on your smartphone or tablet.
It won't go on sale until later this year, but when it does it will cost around $400. It looks cool, but we also know that Apple and Google are coming out with smart watches around the same time that could have apps capable of all those things and more - for what could be similar prices.
Additionally, advertisements for Apple's forthcoming iOS 8 have teased support for wearables that explicitly track and analyze golf swings. You should hold off ordering this gadget until we know more about the wearable devices coming out this fall in time for Christmas.