If wearable technologies catch on, golf stands to benefit big-time. While that’s a big “if,” the success of platforms like FitBit suggest smartwatches could be pervasive sooner than later.
Enter Android Wear, Google’s platform for wearable devices that interact with Android mobile devices, including phones and tablets. Several manufacturers, including Samsung, Motorola and LG, have released or will soon be releasing Android Wear smartwatches.
For golfers, they have a couple of GPS app options on Android Wear.
Golfshot is an up-and-coming GPS app that’s had a hard time competing in a pretty crowded marketplace against the likes of GolfLogix, Swing by Swing and others, primarily because of its initial high price point. However, for that price, a user could access detailed statistics about their round and maps for 14,000 worldwide courses. Now, Golfshot is a freemium app that supports Android Wear, beaming information about each hole to the watch, including distance to the green and an exhaustive list of distances to landmarks and hazards on each hole.
Swing by Swing, recently acquired by upstart TV network Back9Network, also says it supports Android Wear. It’s also a freemium app.
Golfers could have even more choices in 2015 if, as anticipated, Apple announces its iWatch platform at a Sept. 9 media event.
And if Google Glass becomes the next big thing, then we have an app like GolfSight to jumpstart a golf revolution with a wearable caddie that means you’ll never have to look down at your wrist or phone for crucial information about the hole you’re playing.
Either way, golfers win.