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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
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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

Garmin announces innovative Approach G7 and G8 Golf GPS units

Garmin announced its new Approach G7 and G8 GPS units today, giving golfers innovative devices that help elevate their golf game.

Loaded with more than 30,000 international courses (with free course updates for life), the latest additions to the Approach series give golfers Garmin’s proven accurate read on distances while packing these state-of-the-art devices with more features than ever before. The G7 and G8 feature bright touchscreens to make it easy to read on under the relentless sun, but are also rainproof for those not-so-sunny days. In addition to measuring distance, they also keep track of fairways hit, greens in regulation and putts per round. The built-in digital scorecard also records and saves scores of up to four people at a time. Scoring options include Stroke Play, Stableford, Skins and Match Play with adjustable handicaps.

Garmin Approach G7 and G8Unlike other golf GPS devices on the market, the innovative Approach G7 and G8 GPS units can sync directly to your iPhone (4s or later). Rummaging around in your golf bag while looking for your phone can be a hassle. Eliminate the fuss and have your texts, emails and alerts sent directly to the unit.

In addition, the new devices have improved accuracy, thanks to cutting-edge PlaysLike Distance technology. The GPS units adjust for both uphill and downhill shots and give golfers precise distances to their target.

These are just a few of the awesome new features that the G7 and G8 are equipped with. See all of the features the new units offer below. One thing is for sure. Using these new units will put you ahead on the golf course by giving you precise distances, offering you club suggestions and tracking your progress.

Features available on both the G7 and G8:

Easy-to-Read Touchscreen and Big Numbers Mode
The touchscreen (2.6″ on the G7, 3″ on the G8) is bright and easy to read even during the brightest days on the course. The Approach makes 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.

Garmin Approach G7 Golf GPSSmart Notification
New to Garmin’s line of handheld GPS units is Smart Notification. Receive emails, texts and alerts directly on the device without having to dig around your golf bag for your iPhone. Smart notification is compatible with iPhones (4s or later).

Club Advice
The GPS units automatically remembers how far you hit each club, and offers recommendations on which club to use based on your previously recorded shot distances.

Stat Tracking
With enhanced stats, the G7 and G8 keep track of fairways hit, greens in regulation and putts per round. Stats can be reviewed during the round on the course, and they can also be downloaded for later review.

PlaysLike Distance
Accuracy is improved with the new, innovative PlaysLike Distance feature. The GPS adjusts for both uphill and downhill shots and gives golfers precise distances to their target.

Green View
Use Green View to zero in on the pin and drag the flag to position it where you see it, giving you more accurate yardage.

Sleek Yet Rugged Design
The rugged device allows you to use the GPS in a rainstorm or keep it in your bag without fear of damage.

Garmin Connect
Become part of the online golfer community by sharing your scores and comparing rounds. The G7 and G8 are now compatible with Garmin Connect, giving golfers the chance to upload, analyze and share scorecards and other data, including fairways hits and number of putts. With Garmin Connect, golfers can keep track of whom they’ve played and who won each round. Garmin Connect also tracks golfers’ tendencies, trends and progress, helping golfers improve their game over time.Garmin Approach G8
Garmin Approach G8 Golf GPSExclusive G8 features:

WiFi Updates
With built-in WiFi, the Approach G8 will automatically download course updates whenever it is connected to a WiFi network with no additional charge.

PinPointer Technology
Find the center of the green, even if you can’t see it, with PinPointer technology! The unique feature points you in the right direction for more accurate blind shots.

Larger Screen
The G8’s 3″ screen with Big Numbers mode make touch targeting and manual pin placement a breeze.

Interested? Get more information or purchase a unit by clicking on the links below.

Garmin Approach G7 GPS | Garmin Approach G8 GPS

Garmin announces innovative Approach G7 and G8 Golf GPS units

Garmin announced its new Approach G7 and G8 GPS units today, giving golfers innovative devices that help elevate their golf game.

Loaded with more than 30,000 international courses (with free course updates for life), the latest additions to the Approach series give golfers Garmin’s proven accurate read on distances while packing these state-of-the-art devices with more features than ever before. The G7 and G8 feature bright touchscreens to make it easy to read on under the relentless sun, but are also rainproof for those not-so-sunny days. In addition to measuring distance, they also keep track of fairways hit, greens in regulation and putts per round. The built-in digital scorecard also records and saves scores of up to four people at a time. Scoring options include Stroke Play, Stableford, Skins and Match Play with adjustable handicaps.

g71Unlike other golf GPS devices on the market, the innovative Approach G7 and G8 GPS units can sync directly to your iPhone (4s or later). Rummaging around in your golf bag while looking for your phone can be a hassle. Eliminate the fuss and have your texts, emails and alerts sent directly to the unit.

In addition, the new devices have improved accuracy, thanks to cutting-edge PlaysLike Distance technology. The GPS units adjust for both uphill and downhill shots and give golfers precise distances to their target.

These are just a few of the awesome new features that the G7 and G8 are equipped with. See all of the features the new units offer below. One thing is for sure. Using these new units will put you ahead on the golf course by giving you precise distances, offering you club suggestions and tracking your progress.

Pre-order the G7 or G8 now.

Features available on both the G7 and G8:

Easy-to-Read Touchscreen and Big Numbers Mode
The touchscreen (2.6″ on the G7, 3″ on the G8) is bright and easy to read even during the brightest days on the course. The Approach  makes 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.

Smart Notification
New to Garmin’s line of handheld GPS units is Smart Notification. Receive emails, texts and alerts directly on the device without having to dig around your golf bag for your iPhone. Smart notification is compatible with iPhones (4s or later).

Club Advice
The GPS units automatically remembers how far you hit each club, and offers recommendations on which club to use based on your previously recorded shot distances.

garmin g8Stat Tracking
With enhanced stats, the G7 and G8 keep track of fairways hit, greens in regulation and putts per round. Stats can be reviewed during the round on the course, and they can also be downloaded for later review.

PlaysLike Distance
Accuracy is improved with the new, innovative PlaysLike Distance feature. The GPS adjusts for both uphill and downhill shots and gives golfers precise distances to their target.

Green View
Use Green View to zero in on the pin and drag the flag to position it where you see it, giving you more accurate yardage.

Sleek Yet Rugged Design
The rugged device allows you to use the GPS in a rainstorm or keep it in your bag without fear of damage.

Garmin Connect
Become part of the online golfer community by sharing your scores and comparing rounds. The G7 and G8 are now compatible with Garmin Connect, giving golfers the chance to upload, analyze and share scorecards and other data, including fairways hits and number of putts. With Garmin Connect, golfers can keep track of whom they’ve played and who won each round. Garmin Connect also tracks golfers’ tendencies, trends and progress, helping golfers improve their game over time.

Exclusive G8 features:

WiFi Updates
With built-in WiFi, the Approach G8 will automatically download course updates whenever it is connected to a WiFi network with no additional charge.

PinPointer Technology
Find the center of the green, even if you can’t see it, with PinPointer technology! The unique feature points you in the right direction for more accurate blind shots.

Larger Screen
The G8’s 3″ screen with Big Numbers mode make touch targeting and manual pin placement a breeze.

garmin-g7-vs-g8Interested? Get more information or purchase a unit  by clicking on the links below.

Garmin Approach G7 GPSGarmin Approach G8 GPS

Holiday Gifts for the Beginning Golfer

Have a friend or family member who is trying to get into golf but doesn’t know where to start or how to move their game in the right direction?

This holiday season, you can help them get their game off the ground, so to speak, by following PlayBetterStore.com’s list of Game Improvement Golf Gifts for Beginners. There are thousands of golf products out there that can help fine-tune a player’s pre-existing swing mechanics or assist someone looking to hit their driver a few yards further.

But for beginning golfers, those products just get in the way.



Watch and Learn | Instructional DVDs

The Next Generation DVD with Sean FoleyThe most important thing for a golfer who is just starting out is developing an understanding of the fundamentals needed to improve their game. And that’s where this DVD set put out by big-time a professional golf coach can be incredibly useful.

The Next Generation with Sean Foley ($49.95) teaches the basics of the golf swing and shows a number of faults that can limit a golfer’s potential. Foley coaches some of the best players in the world, but his tips are also priceless for a beginner who needs to learn everything from how to hold a club to swing tempo to where to position the ball in their stance.

This DVD sets also works for players who are a step or two along in the learning process. All beginners should watch as many of these instructional titles as possible to gain a better understanding of the golf swing and realize what it takes to improve.



Get a Grip | Golf Gloves

David Leadbetter Correct Grip Golf GloveAnother perfect gift item for the beginning golfer is the Leadbetter Correct Grip Glove ($24.95). This USGA approved golf glove is great for beginners who need to learn the proper way to grip a golf club. The grip is the key foundation to a good golf swing, and the Leadbetter Correct Grip Glove not only is a great training aid, outlining the proper path for the club to rest in a player’s hands, but it also is comfortable and serves as a tour-class golf glove.

This would make for a great stocking-stuffer.


Whip It Good | Orange Whip Swing Trainer

Orange Whip Golf Swing TrainerAll of us – golfers and non-golfers – could benefit from improved flexibility and balance, as well as a powerful core. The Orange Whip ($109) helps in all those areas, while also teaching beginning golfers the correct tempo of a golf swing.

This product is great for the basement or backyard and also can be used to loosen up before hitting a bucket on the range or playing a round.



A Driving Range in Seconds | ProAdvanced Pro Return Net

ProAdvanced ProReturn Golf NetIf you’re looking for a net that is easy to set up, take down and put away, the ProAdvanced Pro Return Net ($149.99) might be just what you need. It’s a full-sized net that can be set up anywhere and is super easy to fold up and store.

Beginning golfers need as much practice as possible, and the ProAdvanced Pro Return Net allows you to take full swings indoors and out, and doesn’t require nearly the assembly time as most nets out there.

The ProReturn Net lives up to it’s name. The net is designed to catch the ball and roll it back out to the golfer. This allows you to use just one ball and save time by not having to retrieve balls from the net.



Work on Your Touch | ProApproach Golf Net

ProAdvanced ProApproach Golf NetFor beginners looking to work on their short game, the ProApproach Golf Net ($79.99) is a great option that is also easy to set up, break down and store.

In our tests, the ProApproach Net certainly lived up to it’s name. Balls hit into the net were caught and rolled back out to the golfer. This allows you to use just one ball and save time by not having to retrieve balls from the net.

Beginning golfers need to get a feel for the proper way to attack wedge shots and chips around the green, and the ProApproach Golf Net will help users improve their short game distance control right at home.



Distance Matters | GolfBuddy Voice GPS

Golf Buddy Voice GOlf GPSWhen out on the course, beginning golfers don’t need to waste time trying to figure out whether they’re 163 yards or 170 yards from the pin. They don’t need the exactness, and they don’t need the distraction that comes with taking out some of the more advanced range finders and needing to focus on the flag stick.

The GolfBuddy Voice Golf GPS ($149.95), however, is a no-nonsense device that will allow a beginning golfer to focus on his/her round without fooling around with a complex gadget. The GolfBuddy Voice can clip onto your hat, belt or any other garment and stays out of your way while providing distance to the hole (spoken and displayed). It is super accurate, comes pre-loaded with 25,000 worldwide courses, and also allows beginners to measure the distance of their shots – which is big when you’re starting out and need an idea of how far you hit each club.


One Tool, Many Uses | Golfers Toolbox

Golfer's ToolboxFinally, the Golfer’s Toolbox ($79.95) is a great gift for beginning golfers because of how it can help during practice sessions. This “Swiss Army Knife” of golf training aids can help with so many aspects of the game including alignment, ball positioning, swing plane, and even stretching.

The Golfer’s Toolbox fits right in a player’s golf bag, and combines many of the aspects of various training aids into one easy-to-use product.

Of course these are just a few of the products that can help a beginning golfer elevate their game.

PlayBetterStore.com carries a complete collection of golf’s most effective training aids, practice gear, and on course accessories that make golf more enjoyable for golfers of all levels.

If you’re in doubt of which of these tools to gift this holiday season, there’s always our very flexible eGift Cards which allow golfers to browse and shop at their leisure – and they never expire.

Happy Holidays from All of Us at PlayBetterStore.com!

By Spiro Alafassos