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The goal of PlayBetter.com is to become every golfer and fitness lover’s one-stop shop when they’re looking to improve their game. Featuring the latest in revolutionary golf training aids and fitness products, as well as time-tested classics, PlayBetter.com caters to athletes of all skill levels and prides itself on providing world-class customer service.

Build your PlayBetter Holiday Golf Wish List in Four Easy Steps

Golfers: Do you already have your eyes on certain golf gadgets, training aids and other products for the 2014 holiday season? Maybe you’ve been checking out the new Garmin Approach S6 Golf GPS Watch or eyeing up a new HIRZL golf glove.

Well, whatever tool you’re looking to get you hands on, make sure you let your friends or family know! Or else, you might get stuck with an ugly sweater, a gift card to a restaurant with the food you can’t stand, a fruitcake or another gift that will sit around to collect dust.

It’s easy to create a wish list of golf goodies on PlayBetter.com, and then share your list to let others know EXACTLY what you want.

Here are the four easy steps to take:

1. Create a PlayBetter.com account (if you don’t already have one)

playbetter-create-accountAt the very top of PlayBetter.com, you’ll see “Sign In” and “Create an Account.” If you’ve never made an account or bought a product from PlayBetter, click “Create an Account”. I’m not exaggerating when I say that this takes two minutes. Not only will this set up an account for your wish list, but it will also make checkout so much easier for future shopping.

2. Make and name your wish list

wish-list-landing-page2Once you’re signed into your account, you’ll be taken to your account page. There, on the right side of the page, you’ll see text that says “Wishlists”. Click on that, and then add a new wishlist. Name it, and we strongly selecting “I want to be able to share this list” so that others can publicly see which golf gadgets are on your radar.

3. Get shopping!

golf-wish-list-addYou’re now ready to go! Click on any product page of a product, and below the buy box, select “Add to Wishlist”. All of the products will then be added to your wishlist. Create one list, create 10! (Whatever it takes for people to get the hint.)

4. Share your wishlist!

wish-list-golfWhen you create a public list, PlayBetter.com will give you a customized URL that you can share with people who may hook you up with an awesome gift this year.

Beyond a wishlist for you, you can get creative with these lists! Use it to build a page of training aids your husband or wife may like, compile products that your boss will love or make a list of golf fitness products to get you inspired for the new year.

As always, if you have any questions about the wish list or our products, feel free to give us a call at 1-(888)-738-5527 or shoot us an email at help@playbetter.com. We hope you get your wish!

Let’s Compare: Garmin Approach G7 vs. G8

Garmin is one of the best-known names in GPS units for one simple reason, and that’s because it offers some of the best devices on the market, hands-down.

When it released the Garmin Approach G7 Golf GPS, and later the G8, we had a feeling that we would be getting our hands on game-changing devices. … And we were right!

Garmin GPS units offer precise readings on clear and crisp screens. They will help you improve your golf game immensely. Both the Garmin G7 and G8 will get you closer to the green with innovative features such as their PlaysLike Distance, Touch-Targeting, Manual Pin Position and more. So, which device is best for you? Let’s find out!

For a limited time, the G7, G8 and all other Garmin Approach devices come with a $50 mail-in rebate! Get shopping now:
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Garmin Approach G7 Golf GPS

Garmin G7 Golf GPS

The Garmin device is rugged, so it will hold up very well, even for constant users. Throw your device in your bag. Don’t worry about rain. The G7 is durable!

38,000+ Preloaded Courses
Almost 40,000 golf courses are already loaded and ready for use on your G7’s beautiful color touchscreen. In addition, this device is an investment, as it comes with free course updates for life!

Smart Notifications
When you’re out on the course, the last thing you want to have to do is fumble around in your bag for your phone. Well, with the G7, you don’t have to. By syncing your G7 with your iPhone, you can receive text, emails and other app alerts right on your GPS.

Precise Distance Measurements
Garmin devices are now even more accurate with its PlaysLike Distance, which adjusts for the incline and decline of the course. Manually, you can also customize your distance, and with the Green View feature, you can zero in on the pin and then drag the flag to position it to where you see it on the course.

The G7 will show you precise yardage to the front, back and center of the green, and to any doglegs or layups. Never compromise accuracy.

Touch Targeting and Manual Pin Positioning
See the distance to any target shown on your screen by just touching it. With manual pin positioning, you can line up an even more accurate shot. Simply tap your screen and drag the flag to its position on the green.

Easy-to-Read Touchscreen
Even on the sunniest of days, the Approach G7 will be bright and easy to read. See color-coded layup arcs with ease. You can even increase the font size of distance measurements, giving you an even better view as you plan your attack.

Club Advice
The G7 acts as your own personal caddie on the course, making club recommendations as you line up your shot. It will remember how far you’ve hit with each club in the past, giving you personal recommendations based on your playing history.

You can also save your locations and mark points of reference for future use.

Stat Tracking
If you know your stats, you’ll improve. The G7 keeps track of fairways hit, greens in regulation and number of putts per round. While these stats can be viewed during your time on the course, they can also be downloaded for later and studied with greater scrutiny.

Garmin Connect
These stats also seamlessly transition to the Garmin Connect app and online golfers’ community. Share you scores and compare your rounds and stats with others. By using Garmin Connect, you can see your tendencies, trends and progress. By seeing these, you’ll know how to improve.

Built-in Digital Scorecard
While the device is perfect for your time on the course, it will also benefit your buddies when you use it. The G7 can save scores for up to four players! The scoring options include: Stableford, Stroke Play, Skins and Match Play with adjustable handicaps.

Garmin Approach G8 Golf GPS

 

Don’t let its sleek design fool you! While the G8 is slim, like the G7, it is also rugged and durable, even in the rain or in your bag!

While the G8 has a slightly larger (3” vs. 2.6”) screen with better resoGarmin G8 Golf GPSlution (240×400 px., vs. 160×240 px.) than the G7, what else makes it different? It has all the features the G7 offers, plus more!

If you’re serious about having the best possible round of golf, look no further than the G8! Here are some exclusive features only available on the Garmin Approach G8 Golf GPS:

PinPointer Technology
Even if you can’t see the green, you can always be lined up with this innovative, new technology. PinPointer Technology points you in the direction of the green, helping you navigate during tough blind shots.

Built-In Wi-Fi
While there are already more than 38,000 courses built into the device, the WiFi will continue to update these courses for your life at no additional cost to you!

Both GPS units offer more than 15 hours of battery life without needing a recharge. This life span is huge! Golf a hole day or weekend without needing to charge your G7 or G8. When you’re on the course, the last thing you want to see is your GPS die. Never fear with the accurate, game-changing Garmin Approach devices!

While the G8 is the top-line GPS, both will greatly improve your day on the course while you develop long-term habits to elevate your golf game. Still unsure of which is the best for you? See more details below.

Garmin Approach G7 Golf GPS

Garmin Approach G8 Golf GPS

Compare the Leupold GX-3i2 Digital Golf Rangefinder to the GX-4i2

OK, we admit it: We’re tech junkies. We love trying out new products and gadgets, the bread and butter of PlayBetter.

While rangefinders may not necessarily have the flashiness of a GPS unit or swing launch monitor, they offer the technology and best accuracy necessary to elevate your golf game.

One of the best rangefinder brands on the market is Leupold. Priding itself on being spot-on accurate, Leupold has worked to perfect the golf optical rangefinder. Recently, it released its 3x-i2 and 4x-i2 models, improving upon its predecessors and making them legal for tournament play.

Both feature six-times magnification and resolution to within 1/10th of a yard against all backgrounds, colors and textures. They are created with Leupold’s optimal system. The company’s engineers use precision glass, top-notch coating technology and strong components to create durable and effective products.

While the 4x-i2 costs $100 more than the 3x-i2, it has many different features that will enhance your experience and serve as a great asset while training. So, which one is right for you? Let’s compare the two models to give you a better comparison.

Leupold GX-3i2 Digital Golf Rangefinder

3i2.1Want on-the-money measurements displayed on a crisp LCD screen? Well you’ve come to the right place with the GX-3i2. It is USGA 14-3 compliant, as if offers line-of-sight distance measurement only, making it legal for tournament play. When you gear up with the GX-3i2, here are the top features you’ll have at your fingertips.

PinHunter2 Technology

Have shaky or unsteady hands? Does that ever stop you from lining up your shot as well as you would like? Well, worry no more. The PinHunter2 technology steadily zeros in on your target quickly, and then the rangefinder stays locked on the flag. The device filters out background images and offers you three reticle options.

Leupold GX Prism Lock Technology

How do you know that you’re locked in to your target? You’ll hear it! When you’re lined up to the pin, your Leupold will let off an audible tone. Then, it will automatically display your distance.

Scan Mode

Hold down the power button on your device, and the display will scroll through and update you with precise line-of-site measurements, giving you multiple readings.

In addition, when you’re on the course, the 3X-i2 utilizes prism technology, so that when you scan past the flag stick, the device will beep and the display will freeze to ensure you of your accuracy.

Digitally Enhanced Accuracy

Get the most accurate read around. The rangefinder’s resolution goes up to 1/10th of a yard against all backgrounds and colors.

Fog Mode

Many rangefinders are known for being less reliable or accurate in not-sunny weather conditions. However, Leupold knows that golfers hit the links in all kinds of weather and under all different types of skies. That’s what the company’s rangefinders have a Fog Mode, which helps you cut through the weather while providing fast and accurate measurements. Time to get to the green!

Leupold GX-4i2 Digital Golf Rangefinder

4i2.1Like the 3i2, the Leupold GX-4i2 offers all of the features listed above, plus even more! When its yellow Smart Key faceplate is attached, the GX-4i2 has premium features activated, giving you even more information while on the course. If you want to use the device in a tournament, simply switch the yellow face plate with the chrome one, making it legal for play.

Club Selector

The GX-4i2 helps you determine which club to use based on your individual strengths! Once you enter your personal distance for your 8, 6 and 4 irons, you’ll receive recommendations for the optimal club to use. If you’re in a tournament, you can disable this feature using the chrome Smart Key faceplate to conform to USGA rules.

True Golf Range (TGR)

Sure, any rangefinder can give you the distance to your pin. Yes, the Leupolds are some of the most accurate on the market. But the GX-4i2 goes one step further, adjusting the distance based on the elevation of the course. So, if your target is uphill, the distance must be longer, and vice versa. Again, if you’re playing in a tournament, the chrome Smart Key faceplate can be used to disable this feature.

If you’re really looking to train and improve, we strongly suggest the GX-4i2. You can take the guessing out of your golf game, getting accurate readings and data that will take your game to the next level. This rangefinder is more than a device; it’s like a personal caddie!

However, if you never use the rangefinder for a casual day in the course, the GX-3i2 may be a better option for you, in addition to being a little cheaper.

Check them out for yourself!

Leupold GX-3i2 Digital Golf Rangefinder
Leupold GX-4i2 Digital Golf Rangefinder

What does the slope feature do? Golf rangefinder features explained

Today’s golfers have so much technology at their disposal that it can sometimes get in the way of their performance.

Fumbling with gadgets, syncing with phones, and tapping screens is the last thing you or you playing partners want to deal with during a round. Sometimes, it’s best to keep it simple and today’s gear spotlight focuses on just that. The very easy to use (one button in fact) Bushnell v3 Laser Rangefinder Standard Edition and the v3 Slope Edition.

When planning your on course strategy, there is no tool more accurate than a laser rangefinder. There are a few necessary criteria for rangefinders accuracy, performance, value and design – and the Bushnell Golf Series meets and excels in all of those categories.

The Tour v3 Patriot Pack Laser Rangefinder from Bushnell Golf offers all of these features and much more! The v3 will help you approach your game with confidence. Its PinSeeker with JOLT Technology helps you hone in on your shot, and then vibrates to ensure you’re locked in.

Bushnell Tour v3 Golf Laser Rangefinder

Available in both a slope edition and standard version, the v3 rangefinder is a perfect gadget for both casual and serious golfers.

So, which one is for you? To answer that, we have to explain what the slope feature means. The most obvious difference between the slope and standard version is that the slope edition measures distance and elevation and is not legal for tournament play (or technically any round that counts towards a USGA handicap). The USGA Handicap system requires that a laser rangefinder measure only distance.

However, if you’re looking to improve your golf game, plan out distances during practice rounds or if you play casual rounds where handicap doesn’t matter, the Slope Edition is the rangefinder for you. We find a lot of caddies and coaches purchasing the slope enabled units for use in practice rounds and the purposes of plotting out yardage books.

As always, please contact us for any additional information that could help your purchasing decision. Also, any purchase through PlayBetter.com is eligible for our 60-day Buy and Try return policy – so you’ll never get stuck with a product that’s not right for you.


Slope Measurement Feature

While all rangefinders will help you measure the distance to the pin, the slope edition takes it one step further by giving you elevation adjusted distances to the hole. Instead of just a straight line distance to a target it instantly calculates what the uphill or downhill position means in terms of yards/meters.

For example, when you measure your shot with a standard rangefinder, it will just give you a reading of the distance to the hole. On the other hand, the slope takes the distance that adds or subtracts from the reading based on the elevation change to that hole.The Tour v3 Slope Edition will show you both the PlaysLike distance and the line of sight distance.

The slope edition takes the guessing out of your golf game! You won’t have to try to eyeball or estimate the yardage differences caused by uphill or downhill shots.

Another benefit of the slope edition is that it can be used to map out courses. Knowing the elevation and slopes of a course will benefit you and help you accurately learn the course before ever teeing off.

Standard and slope editions

The standard version solely measures distance, so it’s legal for tournament play. Both the standard and slope versions are pinpoint accurate rangefinders that lock you into your target. Its revolutionary PinSeeker with JOLT Technology tool provides you with short vibrating bursts once you’re locked in. Once you’re locked in, you’ll feel it!

Bushnell Tour v3 Golf Laser Rangefinder

Both editions of the v3 feature 5x magnification, giving you a close view of your target, and are guaranteed accurate within one yard.

Another feature that makes the Bushnell Golf Tour v3 stand out is its light and compact design and water resistant housing. The lenses are recessed into the unit assuring that even your sloppiest playing partner will have a hard time smudging the optics and causing you added aggravation.

A great value, the rangefinder is an affordable yet extremely accurate option. Both of the v3’s come with a rubber protective skin that helps shield rain, weather, scratches and more. It also comes with a carrying case and a CR2 battery.

For more details, check out the products for yourself!

Bushnell Golf Tour v3 Laser Rangefinder

Bushnell Golf Tour v3 Slope Edition Laser Rangefinder

Let’s Compare: ​Ernest Sports ES12 vs. ES14 Portable Launch Monitor

When Ernest Sports released the ES12, the portable launch monitor immediately began to lower golfers’ handicaps. Rivaling much more expensive golf monitors, the ES12 is an affordable yet extremely accurate and effective tool that will help you perfect your swing.

Then, Ernest Sports upped the ante again with the new ES14 Portable Launch Monitor. The new device takes swing feedback to the next level, offering a comprehensive analysis of your swing right on its display.

When considering launch monitors, should you go with the new ES14, or is the ES12 a more adequate model for you? We broke down the similarities and differences between the two devices, which can help you make the best decision.

Either way, we can guarantee that both of these launch monitors will greatly affect your game. They were both designed to improve your game and lower your handicap by offering comprehensive data and analysis. As always at PlayBetter.com, if you’re no 100 percent happy with your device, you can return it for with our 60-day Buy and Try return policy. So, test it out and watch it improve your game; but, if you’re not completely satisfied with it, you can always send it back to us for a full refund.

Ernest Sports ES12 Portable Launch Monitor and Digital Golf Assistant

es12-cropAfter an effortless set-up, you’re ready to go with the ES12. Just swing, and the ES12 will instantly display both your ball speed and distance right on the device’s LCD display. Its Doppler radar technology ensures that you’re receiving accurate data.

For complete analysis of your swing, download the free Ernest Sports app – available for both iOS and Android devices. The device pairs with the app using Bluetooth to provide many awesome features that will change you game.

Audible Feedback

Once paired, you can hear the results of your swing read to you through the app. Instead of pausing after each swing to check out your data, the ES12 app will read out distance and ball speed to you via headphones, a hands-free headset or through the device’s speakers.

Best Club Selection

What club do I need to use? When do I need to use it? The ES12 answers these questions by using your own swing data to suggest the optimal club. Its Course Caddy feature allows you to select the distance you need to hit your ball, and then based on that number and your stored data, the ES12 will make the club recommendation based on your range history.

es14appView and Break Down Your Swing

Using the mobile app, you can see your swing from multiple angles. Compare two of your swings with the side-by-side view. Break it down frame-by-frame. Use the app’s different colored lines to view your stance, arm extension, shoulder turn, head placement and more in detail.

Comprehensive Data Analysis and Storage with Free Mobile App

The ES12 will not only show you how to improve, it will also show you how much you’ve improved.

The beautiful, new and improved app can store up to 2,000 shots and will record your club use, distance and ball speed!

While on the course, the app also serves as a digital scorecard, which helps track your stroke. Have an amazing day on the course? Brag about it! You can share your progress via email or social media through the app.

And while training with the ES12, you’ll want to brag as you watch your handicap go down!

Ernest Sports ES14 Portable Launch Monitor and Digital Golf Assistant

es14whitelargeThe ES14 kept and enhanced all of the amazing features of the ES12 while bringing in so many amazing new features.

Instant, Audible Feedback

The bigger and flashier device shows you many different data points right on its screen, including:

Launch angle of your ball
Ball speed
Club speed
Smash factor (ratio between ball and clubhead speed)
Spin rate
Distance

You will hear all of this feedback instantly! As soon as you swing, the ES14 will read back your data, helping you know what to correct the next time you swing.

Doppler Technology

The ES14 puts the power of creative technology in your hands. It uses Doppler-based measurements (one sensor in the front and one in the back of the device,) to ensure that you’re getting even more accurate speed readings of both your club and your ball.

Free Mobile App with Comprehensive Analysis

Like the ES12, the ES14 effortlessly syncs with the free Ernest Sports mobile app. Because the app – for both iOS and Android – is free, you’ll never have to pay to upgrade software.

While you already receive and hear so much data right on the device, you can also see and hear a complete breakdown of your data on your phone. Simply pair your device via Bluetooth. Then, you can watch video analysis of your swing, see your range data, log swing data, see your optimal club, and SO much more!

The beautiful and clean app also equips you with a digital scorecard, which you can share with friends through email or social media.

Portable Device

While slightly heavier and bigger than the ES12, the ES14 still weighs in at just four pounds. It’s extremely portable, and after you use it, you won’t want to leave it behind!

Rave Reviews

The ES14 has taken the golf and tech world by storm. It’s been highly praised and is used by many to take their games to the next level. One PGA professional summed it up nicely by saying, “Affordable, accurate and helps improve your golf game.

Want to learn ever more? Check out the devices for yourself!

Ernest Sports ES12 Portable Launch Monitor
Ernest Sports ES14 Portable Launch Monitor

Let’s Compare: Leupold GX-1i vs. Leupold GX-2i Golf Rangefinder

If you’re looking for one of the absolute best tools that you can have on the course, look no further than a golf rangefinder.

Maybe they’re not as flashy as some GPS units or other gadgets, but they are certainly the most accurate tools on the market. … And Leupold is one of the best brands available!

Leupold rangefinders are designed with golfers like you in mind, no matter how casually or seriously you golf. The devices are legal for tournament play, and although we know that they will greatly improve your game, they’re an affordable (and invaluable) device. Its GX line is in the business of improving golfers’ game.

The first two editions of the GX are the GX-1i and GX-2i. While similar, there are a few differences to consider while checking out the two options:

Leupold GX-1i Golf Rangefinder – $299.95

If you have a Leupold, you have guaranteed accuracy in your hands. The company’s tools feature military-grade precise optics, as it also produces optics for police officers, the United States Armed Forces, hunters and more.

leupold-gx-1iWhile the Leupold GX-1i is the most basic option in the GX line, it still comes equipped with all the necessary features in a great rangefinder plus much more.

Easy-to-Read LCD Display

The high-contrast display is easy to read even in harsh sunlight. Right on the screen of your GX-1i, you can see the range to your target and the battery life of your device.

PinHunter and Prism Lock

Lock into your pin up to 300 yards away! With its laser technology and advanced GX software, you can rest assured that you’re getting an extremely accurate reading.

Then, once you’ve located your pin, you’re locked in! You’ll know your measurement is exact, and you’re ready to go.

Optical System

Leupold engineers and manufacturers have produced a device with one of the best optic systems in the market. It produces low glare and promises accuracy, all while being one of the most durable products out there. Use the rangefinder for years, as it has scratch-resistant technology built in.

Digitally eNhanced Accuracy (DNA)

When you’re on the course, not only do you want accurate readings, but you also want quick ones! The readings are quick and accurate to within 0.5 yards.

Fog Mode

Unfortunately, not every day on the course turns out to be sunny and 75. However, that’s no problem for Leupold. While some rangefinders struggle in bad weather, Leupold does not compromise accuracy in the fog. The GX-1i cuts through the fog, guaranteeing that you are still getting accurate measurements right to the pin.

Scan Mode

Get multiple distance readings in one quick sweep. Once you’ve located the pin, however, the distance reader will freeze on your target, ensuring that you’re lining up a perfect shot each time.

Legal for Tournament Play

Since the device measures distance only, the GX-1i can be used in tournaments.

Leupold GX-2i Golf Rangefinder – $349.95

leupold-gx-2i-frontLike the GX-1i, the GX-2i is legal for tournament play with its chrome faceplate attached. It also has all of the same features as the 1i, listed above. However, when you take off the removable faceplate, your 2i is then equipped with some other great features that will completely transform your game, including:

True Golf Range – TGR

All rangefinders can tell you the distance to your target, but the GX-2i takes it one step further. Know EXACTLY how to line up your shot after figuring out the true range. The GX-21 adjusts for incline, decline, altitude, weather and more to give you the most accurate distance.

Club Selection

The GX-2i is like a personal caddie! Simply enter your distances for your 8, 6 and 4 irons and then, based your distances and the TGR, the Leupold GX-2i will help you pick the best club for your shot!

While both devices are extremely accurate, if you’re really serious about elevating your golf game, we strongly suggest the Leupold GX-2i. We hope you helped you pick the best unit for you. Still unsure of which unit is best for you? Compare below!

Leupold GX-1i Golf Rangefinder – $299.95

Leupold GX-2i Golf Rangefinder – $349.95

Leupold GX-3i2 vs. 4i2 Golf Rangefinder

​Six reasons to check out the Garmin Approach S6 Golf GPS Watch

Recently, we got in our first few shipments of the new Garmin Approach S6 Golf GPS Watch. We love Garmin products because we know that we’ll be able to provide golfers with reliable, accurate and top-of-the-line golf training aids.

And the Garmin S6 is no different. Coming in a sleek new package, we were excited to take out the new Garmin watch to test-drive.

More than 38,000 courses from around the world are available without any additional fees or downloads on this watch. And, like all Garmin GPS devices, the S6 will greatly improve golfers’ games. While it stands alone as an awesome golf gadget, it also syncs with Garmin Connect, a comprehensive app and online resource that allows you to keep your scores, track improvements, compare yourself to other golfers and much more.

Here are six reasons why you’ll love having a S6 wrapped around your wrist.

1. Accuracy

garmin s6Like its predecessors, the S6 provides precise distances to the front, back and middle of the green. In addition to showing the distances from where you’re standing, it will show you the distances to doglegs and layups. You can also create your own yardage points and position pins.

2. Battery life

Out golfing, the last thing that you want to have to do is worry about recharging your watch battery. We know how frustrating it is to have a GPS unit die on you in the middle of an outing.

Well, the S6 can keep up with you for a full weekend of golf. It can be used for up to 10 hours on full GPS mode and up to 20 weeks as a regular watch!

3. Touch screen

We can’t say enough about the next touch screen from the S6.

The full color is crisp, especially when under the bright sun. The CourseView button lets you view the entire layout of the hole – including the teebox, fairway and green – all in full color.

4. Swing metrics and blind shot assistance

garmin s6 fourThis watch will up your golf game. Enough said. But let’s elaborate.

The swing metrics feature on the S6 offers both SwingTempo and TempoTraining. As you swing, the watch will measure the relationship between your up- and downswing. Then, the TempoTraining will help improve your technique as it helps you develop your perfect golf swing ratio. Develop more consistency with the S6.

The watch also comes with blind shot assistance. Is there an obstacle hindering your view, or are you in a trap? No problem! The GPS watch gives you an arrow that points you in the right direction of the hole.

5. Sleek design

The new watch comes in two different color option – light and dark. Compared to past models, the S6 sits flatter against your wrist. It won’t feel bulky on your wrist, but you’ll have so many great features to improve your game.

6. Everyday watch

With its nice design and long battery life, this GPS watch can transition off the links to an everyday watch. It tells time, but also has a timer and odometer – both helpful tools for on and off the course!

Five reasons golfers will love the new Apple Watch

Yesterday, we were glued to the Apple keynote livestream. Yes, we’re excited for iOS 8 and new iPhones in our pockets, but we were absolutely thrilled for the new Apple Watch. Not only will it be an amazing gadget for any techie to have on hand, but we also believe it will also be an awesome tool for golfers.

Here are a few reasons we can’t wait to get an Apple Watch out on the golf course:

1. Apps on your wrist
apple-watch-home
Your favorite apps will be available right on your wrist. Whether it’s an app that pairs with a golf gadget such as a swing analyzer or an Apple app such as weather or an alarm, you’ll have all of the tools you need for a great day of golf right on your wrist.

See a storm in the distance while playing? Need to know exactly how far your shot was? You won’t have to fumble around your bag or pocket anymore looking for your phone. Your hands will be free, and an amazing app homepage will be available right on your wrist.

2. Fitness tracker
This is probably our favorite part of the Apple Watch announcement. The watch will serve as a full fitness tracker with its Activity App. It features three different “rings” that will help you get moving!

The Move ring shows how many calories you’ve burned, the Exercise ring shows how much activity you’ve done and the Stand ring shows you how often you’ve gotten up from sitting.

At PlayBetter.com, we’re about golf, but we’re also about fitness and a healthier lifestyle. This app will inspire you to get moving, (and hey, it’s a perfect excuse to get out there and golf, am I right?)

3. Workout App
Like I said, we’re about fitness and improving our overall health. This watch features a full Workout App that looks amazing. You can create goals, unlock achievements and set notifications for your workout.

It measures your time, distance, calories and pace for various cardio activities, such as running, walking, cycling and more!

The watch tracks your activity over time, so you can see improvements, all of your daily activity and so much more.

4. Syncs with your iPhone
apple-watch-iphoneWhen you have a notification, such as a text or a news notification, you’ll feel it right on your wrist. The new watch will pair perfectly with your iPhone.

Say you get an alert about the Masters on your wrist. You can continue to read more about the tournament on your phone.

5. … It’s on your wrist!
OK, this goes without saying. But we’re so excited about the possibilities of having such an amazing gadget available to us while our hands are kept free. Getting notifications, the time, weather, photos, top apps and SO much more right on your wrists will revolutionize your golf game and your tech game!

Is it 2015 yet?

Until then, check out the wide assortment of golf-specific GPS watches offered at PlayBetter.com.

Get Loose, Get Fit, Get Golf Ready

For the past few months, we’ve spotlighted new devices that have blessed our game with high tech gadget goodness. 

Groundbreaking devices like the SwingSmart, Swingbyte, and SkyPro have changed the way amateurs learn the game and on-course tools from Garmin and Bushnell have given us the confidence to execute shots like never before.

However, while the merging of tech and golf means a better understanding of our swing and a fairly clear path to improvement, we still have to prepare the body to make those swings.

Today, we’ll cover some unique items that are fun to use and provide an endless list of benefits that begin the second you start using them.

Work out the kinks while improving flexibility, balance, and core strength with the Orange Whip Swing Trainer.

Another great way to prepare the body for spring is to use golf specific training products from GolfGym (Balance balls and Resistance Trainers) which features a complete golf centric resistance band training program that can go with you wherever you go.

And finally, there’s no better way to get your touch back than by actually hitting balls. Snow on the ground? No problem if you have one of Callaway Golf’s unique Zenith Golf Nets set up in your basement, garage, or backyard.

Featuring the latest in training aid technology and time-tested golf classics, PlayBetter.com caters to all skill levels and prides itself on providing world-class customer service. Our 60-Day No Questions Asked Return Policy is the industry’s gold standard and ensures that golfers don’t get stuck with products that aren’t right for them.

Until next time… Hit ’em well!

​Garmin Approach G6 vs. G7 vs. G8

When selecting a golf GPS unit from Garmin, you’ll be given many different options. While the Approach G6, G7 and G8 units all provide golfers with manual pin positioning, more than 30,000 preloaded courses, precise shot distance measurements, touch-tracking and more, the newest models are also loaded with exclusive, new features.

Garmin Approach G7 and G8Both the Garmin G7 and G8 offer PlaysLike Distance, Club Suggestion and Big Numbers Mode.

PlaysLike Distance
With the new, innovative PlaysLike Distance feature, your accuracy will be improved. The GPS adjusts for both uphill and downhill shots and gives you precise distances to your target.

Big Numbers Mode
The touchscreens are bright, making them easy-to-read even
during the brightest days on the course. The devices make color-coded layup arcs, touch targeting and manual pin placement come alive! For an even clearer view, you can increase the font size for the distances to the front, back and middle of the green.

Club Suggestion
Both the G7 and G8 units automatically remember how far you hit with each club. Based on the data, they offer recommendations on which club to use based on your previously recorded shot distances. Never second-guess your selection again.

Exclusive to the Garmin G8 – complete with a larger, 3” screen – are new features, including innovative PinPointer technology and built-in WiFi.

PinPointer Technology
Even when you can’t see it, you can locate the center of the green! The unique PinPointer technology points you in the right direction for more accurate blind shots.

WiFi Updates
With built-in WiFi, the Approach G8 automatically downloads course updates when connected to a WiFi network. These automatic downloads come at no additional charge. Stay up-to-date with the G8!

Bigger Screen
The G8 boasts the biggest screen of Garmin’s golf GPS units. Paired with big numbers mode and a crisper display, the G8 has a 3” screen gives you the best view while on the course.

Comparing the Garmin G6, G7 and G8