New benchmark in range finding

  • Golf
  • Sunday, 07 Apr 2019

Soudan confident the new device will make its mark

PICTURE this scenario. You are roughly 100m from the pin (that’s what the distance marker indicates) with a good chance of knocking it close and making your first birdie of the day.

But your caddy tells you that you are actually 90m from the flag. You are now thoroughly confused and end up duffing your wedge into the greenside bunker.

Yup. This has happened to all of us. Fortunately, there are ways to get a more accurate gauge of distance compared to relying on your caddy or distance markers.

Actually, you are your friends could already be using some of the many distance measuring devices currently available in the market.

From handhelds to watches, rangefinders are part of the growing number of tech devices that assist the amateur golfers wanting to have an edge to their game.

But I guarantee you haven’t seen the latest rangefinder in the market. And that’s only because it is going to be released next week in the Malaysian market.

Tag Heuer’s new Golf Connected Watch is already creating a buzz in Europe on it’s release during the Baselworld watch show two weeks ago. If you’re familiar with Connected Watch, you’ll know that Tag was the first Swiss watch company to release a smartwatch in 2015. Four years later, the company has unveiled a much-coveted golf edition.

And it’s not just any golf watch. The Tag Heuer Modular 45 with the Tag Heur Golf app and watch (to give it’s full name!) has a data bank of 39,000 golf courses around the world, and that number is growing.

Tag Heuer project manager Matthieu Soudan told TeeUp that the watch has a unique 3D mapping capability.

“What this means is that you have a better understanding of the course you’re playing on, compared to the usual 2D maps that are on other golf watches. But it’s important to point out that this is first and foremost a connected watch, which means that the golf app is only one of many other apps and functions that can be used with the timepiece,” he said.

Th digital wristwatch combines a golf-inspired design and shock-resistant materials with the most personalised and advanced golf app. The touch screen is covered with scratch-resistant sapphire crystals. Equipped with multiple sensors, such as GPS, NFC, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a microphone, the smartwatch boasts 4GB of storage and a battery life of 25hours. And like a typical connected watch, it can also send messages, receive notifications, play music and download other apps.

As far as golfers are concerned, this golf edition Tag allows them at-a-glance information about distances to greens and hazards, the afore mentioned 3D course mapping, record scores for up to four people, provide accurate shot distances, give informative statistics after a round and play any course in the world!

Tag Heuer new Connected Watch (Golf Edition) retails at RM8,400

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