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Garmin’s new golf club trackers could put caddies out of work

There’s a multitude of golf tracking watches, wearables and apps that use GPS to tell you the distance to the pin from any point on golf courses around the world. While this helps you decide which club to pull from the bag, Garmin is taking this a step further.

The new Approach CT10 trackers are designed to use with Garmin’s golf watches, attach to the top of the club and provide shot-by-shot tracking throughout the round. The sensors will track locations, distances and the club type used for each swing of the club.

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Over time, this will create enough data for golfers to make club selection based on their real-world performance rather than looking at the distance chart on basing it upon that. So, if you’ve hit more greens with your pitching wedge than your 9-iron on from under 100–yards you might want to pick that club.

The data from each shot sync automatically with your Garmin golf watch. However, when paired with the revamped Garmin Golf app, players will be able to analyse stats like ‘strokes gained’ (via Engadget).

Garmin says this will “allow players to see how many strokes they gain or lose relative to a baseline, allowing comparison against other players, just like professional golfers.”

It continues: “With the Approach CT10 or another device with Autoshot capabilities, golfers can see their stats and compare them to their friends. Players can see how they are improving in certain areas such as putting and chipping and the app will give insights on which areas they should practice. The app allows players to compete in weekly leaderboards, or even create their own private tournament and invite fellow golfers to compete.”

The trackers, which can be purchased as a three pack or a bumper pack for each of the 14 clubs making up your golf bag. Unfortunately, the trackers aren’t that cheap. The trio is $80, which makes it idea for those who want to just track their drives or their putts for instance. Equipping the entire bag of clubs costs $300 for the set.

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