Golf as we know it today can be traced all the way back to Scotland in the 15th century. The popularity of the game has lasted through generations for good reason. Over time, however, the sport has been refined and polished, and technological advancements to golf are still being made today. Listed below are three recent innovations to the modern world of golf.

1. Smart Golf Balls

Gone are the days of your golf ball rolling into the woods, never to return. Smart golf balls are equipped with GPS’s in their cores, which connect to an app on the player’s phone. This app tracks your ball to within a foot of its current location, allowing you to locate any balls that have gone astray. Conveniently, you can connect more than one ball to the app at the same time. Additionally, there’s no need to worry about harming the technology inside the ball, as the GPS contains a protective outer core.


2. Game Analyzer

This improvement to the game of golf is a new, indispensable achievement. The analyzer is a small device that you attach to your golf club or wear inside your glove. This device tracks data on your club such as its trajectory, speed, and angles, which is stored in an app on your phone. You can use these analytics to make and track improvements to your game. This new method of identifying weaknesses is a huge game-changer for anyone hoping to master the sport.


3. Home Golf Simulators

Home golf simulators require various components—a mat, a projector, nets for wall protection, as well as the simulator itself—and they can all be pricy. However, they do spare you traveling expenses and club fees. Plus, they’re a good way for folks who live in colder environments to get in their practice time when the weather is bad. Fortunately, more affordable options will become available as simulator technology becomes more advanced.