What golf products are worth spending to improve your game?

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The summer months mean more people are using the links. Whether you’re new to golf or just don’t think your swing is up to snuff. There are products that promise to help you. But what is madness worth?
This week, our top review experts guide you to a better game on the green.

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What golf products are worth spending to improve your game?

By Cody Stewart | Best reviews Staff

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How to get better at golf

Few things are more relaxing than a day at the golf course. If you play often, you may be looking for ways to improve your game. There are several products that help you practice at home, get a better feel for the course, and choose the right club for certain shots. Whether you’re a casual or seasoned golfer, the right balls, putting mats and range finder can change your game exponentially.

BestReviews’ Jacob Palmer joins Gary Gelfand to share the best splurge-worthy products that can help improve your golf game.

Putting mat

For many players, their short game is the hardest part of golf. Practicing putting at home, however, is a surefire way to improve. When choosing a putting mat, size is one of the main considerations. Some mats are up to 10 feet long, allowing you to practice difficult distance putts in the comfort of your home.

Some of the more popular mats have features that improve the difficulty of the putt, such as a reduced hole size or a slope. Many putting mats have grid lines and measurements that help you improve putting accuracy. For example, if you practice daily with a mat that measures the distance to the hole, you will quickly know how much power is needed to sink your putt.

Rangefinder

Knowing how far you are from your target can be tricky, but rangefinders can calculate the distance for you. According to some golfers, the most popular rangefinders can also calculate compensated distances. This means that they take into account weather conditions, incline or decline and other variables.

Most rangefinders look like a monocular and have built-in lasers that measure distance. Using one is intuitive, as all you have to do is look through the eyepiece to the hole and click a button. The rangefinder then bounces a laser off the target and tells you how far away you are. And with Father’s Day fast approaching, Palmer says rangefinders are “extravagant products” that make great gifts because they might not be buying themselves.

golf watch

It’s no surprise that there are now smartwatches designed specifically for golf. Golf watches have fine-tuned features to improve your golf game, such as mapping the golf course you’re playing on, suggesting clubs based on your swing, and even your shot distance. Most golf watches also have many of the same features as traditional smartwatches, including touchscreens, phone notifications, and customizable watch faces.

When choosing a golf watch, you should consider its ease of use and wearing comfort. The best models are generally versatile enough to be used on and off the golf course. Some golf watches allow you to add debit or credit card information, so you don’t have to whip out your wallet when paying for items on the course or in the pro shop.

golf balls

Sometimes the simplest solution is the best way to improve your golf game, such as investing in golf balls suited to your skill level. Critical differences in design and construction make certain golf balls better for specific shots or players, so it helps to know which ball is right for you. Golf balls often have between one and five layers of material, and those with the most usually provide more distance and spin.

Having a wide selection of golf balls in your arsenal is great for players looking to perfect their shot. It is recommended to have premium balls for distance shots with fewer obstacles and cheaper balls for holes with water hazards. Plus, golf balls are ideal budget-friendly Father’s Day gifts to help offset the “assembly fee” of expensive clubs and other equipment, according to Palmer.

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Perfect practice mat

The putting mat has a sleek wooden design that adds style to your home or office. It automatically returns balls, which makes it more convenient than most. It has a regulation size hole as well as a reduced size hole for increased difficulty.

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Bushnell Pro XE Golf Laser Rangefinder

The rangefinder offers an impressive viewing range at around 1,200 meters and is effective within a radius of around 10 meters. It’s waterproof and has a magnetic cart mount for easy transport from hole to hole. It features a durable design and it’s easy to switch between distance settings.

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Garmin Approach S62 Golf Watch

This beginner-friendly watch features a 1.2-inch display and comes preloaded with 42,000 full-color lessons. It tracks the distance of your shots and suggests the best club based on your distance and typical playing habits. You can also customize the watch face and link your debit or credit card for contactless payment.
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Titleist Pro V1x Golf Balls

These four-ply balls are known for their consistent flight and longer distance. The balls, often used by professionals, also have a soft cast urethane elastomer coating for better spin and more control. They are available in low and high number packs.

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Cody Stewart written for BestReviews. BestReviews has helped millions of consumers simplify their buying decisions, saving them time and money.

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