Golf gadgets aren't required to play golf, but there are many of them available on the market. Some accessories can enhance a golfer's game, others provide comfort on the course, while others are just fun. From electronic swing aides to water ball retrievers and ball monogrammers, there are many different tools and gadgets that a golfer can use. These gadgets can be good gifts for golfers.
Some of the more popular electronic golf gadgets include hand held score keepers, ball finders, and motorized golf ball cleaners. Non-electronic gadgets include divet repair tools, portable propane golf cart heaters, and special glasses for finding golf balls, just to name a few.
One of the most innovative and expensive golf gadgets is a golfing global positioning system (GPS). Made by the same companies that produce the GPS systems that give turn-by-turn driving directions, the golfer's versions are handheld devices that mark the distance for each shot, provide information on the course being played, and help the golfer to identify and avoid course hazards. While they are widely available in a handheld model, there is also a hat version, which not only has the GPS conveniently placed within the brim of the hat but can advise the golfer which club or driver to use.
Some golf gadgets can be used to help a golfer improve his or her game, including swing aids and putting trainers. These devices can be used to help a golfer learn or improve his or her swinging, driving, and putting skills. They can be used on the golf course or for practice at a driving range or even in the backyard. A talking swing meter critiques each shot by saying things like "Hook" or "Nice shot" when the ball is hit and can be an enjoyable addition to the game as well as a learning device.
Novelty items include drink cooler clubs, which look like a golf club but actually hold a beverage, and golf ball retrievers that allow the golfer to pick up golf balls without bending over, which can be especially handy when the ball is in the sand, water, or another hazard. Cell phone holders and cup holders attach to the golf bag or the golf cart to free up pockets and hands. A cigar clip attaches to the golf cart and holds a lit or unlit cigar while the golfer takes his turn.
Ball monogrammers are a popular gadget found in many golfer's bags. Used to monogram golf balls with the golfer's initials, monogramming helps to easily identify whose ball is whose on the golf course. Golf ball markers, on the other hand, replace the golf ball itself on the green to give the current golfer an unobstructed playing area. Ball markers can be plain or whimsical displaying smiley faces, sports team logos, company names, or short sayings.
Golf bag trolleys are also available. These wheeled caddies hold a full size golf bag, loaded with clubs and accessories, and can be pulled around the golf course, saving the golfer from having to carry it. A really tech-savvy golfer might want to look into a remote controlled caddy.