TaylorMade has teamed up with Microsoft to unveil a stat-tracking wrist band designed for golf. There are lots of shot-tracking devices on sale now, but this is the first developed by two of the biggest names in golf and tech.
“Digital technology is playing a bigger part in peoples’ lives today,” said David Abeles, CEO of TaylorMade Golf Company.
“This is no different in the golf space, so it was a natural fit to partner with Microsoft in developing this innovative platform, aimed at enhancing the golfers experience through a series of unprecedented smart technologies.”
“We are excited to bring the golf experience to the Microsoft Band,” said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president, Microsoft Devices and Services.
“The combination of walking several miles with the physical rigor that goes into playing a round provides a great opportunity for Microsoft Health and Microsoft Band to track our golf customers’ fitness and provide observations to help take their game to the next level.”
Through the use of the Microsoft Band and a series of original applications, the two companies will provide golfers of any skill level with shot tracking and analysis capabilities, in a two-phased approach:
Microsoft Golf Tile: Microsoft is launching the Golf Tile on the Microsoft Band. The functionality includes: shot tracking and detection; GPS yardages to front, middle and back of the green; a digital scorecard and biometrics such as calories burned, steps taken, heart rate and duration of the round. While shot tracking, GPS and biometric data are available on the Microsoft Band throughout the golfer’s round, a summary can also be found on the Mircosoft Health phone app when the round is completed.
myRoundPro from TaylorMade: This stand-alone platform is enhanced when used in conjunction with the Golf Tile and Microsoft Health. myRoundPro will analyse a golfer’s statistics in further detail and will include new data such as strokes gained, proximity to the hole and other classic statistics such as fairways hit and greens in regulation, all developed to help the golfer adapt and improve their game.
The rrp will be £169 from places like Amazon, Curry’s PC World, Dixons Travel and Harrods.
Golfers can sign-up ahead of the official launch at http://www.myroundpro.com/