Jan 13th, 2016
The GPS Golf Shirt
The Future Of Golf Fashion?
Words: Daniel Owen
We’ve hit putters with computer screens in. We’ve worn vests that produce 3D models of our swings. Club manufacturers are all working on drivers with computer chips in, whether they admit it or not. Technology is helping improve our golf. So we shouldn’t be surprised by a golf shirt with a computer chip. But seriously, a smartshirt?
Wearable tech is seen as the future by many. Apple watch, Google Glass, FitBit, we've all seen or tried one of these by now. But Samsung have developed a smartshirt for golf that is home to an NFC chip (the same technology that makes contactless bank cards work).
Tap the chip with your phone and a GPS app opens up telling you about the course, and giving you yardages. In etiquette mode, it switches the phone to do-not-disturb mode. While weather mode will let the use know of the weather, and the shirt can measure the UV rating.
While it all seems a little unnecessary, as let's face it you can turn an app on yourself, it’s what the next version of this technology does, or the version after that, that interests us. Analyse your swing. Give you putting tips, when it senses you yipping. Telling you what to drink to keep you hydrated, or more likely speaking in to your arm to order a half way sausage sanger, and cold pint.