Best Budget: Game Golf Live
This device probably won’t win any design awards — the very noticeable, bright device clips onto your belt and communicates with the sensor tags attached to the top of the grip on each club, funneling data via an iOS or Android app. But for less than $100, the Game Golf Live is a great, low-cost way to track your game in real time.
After downloading the app, you sync your device to the sensor and then tag each club (by both club type and manufacturer), and then hit “Play Golf.” It’ll automatically bring up the closest golf courses and offer aerial views of each hole to help orient your attack. In the field, the device uses real-time shot tracking to follow and review every shot, so you can plot your way through the course and know the precise distance to any location based on a GPS-enabled rangefinder. You also get instant feedback from each shot on your phone to pinpoint your weaknesses and strengths. It also tracks how far you hit each ball with each club, and utilizes game metrics to pinpoint ways to improve based off four key areas: putting, off the tee, approach, and the short game. The Game Golf Live also layers in social media and gamification by letting you compete and compare your stats to friends or PGA Tour Pros, and compete in virtual challenges.