In golf, as in many walks of life, people try to buy their way to being better. But we all know the truth: the main factor affecting your ability on the course is you. Your innate capability at swinging a club combined with how often you practise will far outweigh any newfangled gadget or gizmo added to your arsenal of golfing paraphernalia. Now, with that sobering statement said, there’s no harm in making the most of what you’ve got, is there? Here, then, are our ultimate golf accessories.
TAG Heuer Connected Watch Calibre E4 Golf Edition
This has been no marketing whim, TAG Heuer has continually updated its golfer’s version of the Connected smartwatch – and it has just done so yet again. The new Calibre E4 watch has been completely overhauled, sporting a Wear 4100 processor, powering all sorts of smart functions, including a new Sport app for quick guided seven-minute workouts that you can customise via the accompanying app. This new 45mm Golf iteration comes with its own technical improvements, too, including a new automated shot-tracker, redesigned golf software and a clever magnetic ball marker built right into the strap. You even get exclusive golf-themed watch faces.
Kaddey Switch golf trolley
Besides covering the basics of being light, durable and boot-friendly, Kaddey’s stylish folding golf trolley is a beautifully balanced way to ferry your bag up and down the fairway. Golf-luencers will appreciate the built-in, selfie-ready smartphone holder, so you can TikTok your teeing off with ease, while popping off the wheels will see the Kaddey Switch fold completely flat to take up less room in your car. The Switch is also conceived so that it can be permanently attached to your golf bag, another master stroke from this Red Dot-winning aluminium design. Add in a selection of wheel-cap colours and even a built-in pencil sharpener and just about everything is covered.
2022 Titleist Velocity golf balls
Now, the Titleist’s Pro V1 and V1x may well be Tour staples, which might persuade you to plump for these when filling up for a round. The trouble is these are also aimed at Tour-level players, not Sunday specials. The new Velocity, meanwhile, has been designed to give you some much-needed added distance on top of whatever you’re currently hitting. Re-engineered for 2022, with a higher-compression core that results in more speed on full-swing shots, Titleist is also mighty pleased with its new 350 octahedral dimple design on these Velocity balls, promising a more consistent, high-flight trajectory. Yes, you can opt for traditional white, but why not pimp your shots and instead go for matte orange or green? Or if you prefer blue, this colourway hits stores in the second half of the year.
£28 per dozen; titleist.co.uk
MNML MV2 golf bag
This MNML (pronounced ‘minimal’) golf bag aims to blow away the conventions that the game is for stuffy traditionalists. Swing recording is taken care of thanks to a phone pocket on the left side, while there’s also a dedicated pocket for rangefinders. The real boon, however, is the optional Tech Pack that adds a waterproof Bluetooth speaker and solar battery pack for keeping devices powered to the mix. Other features include a four-way divider for keeping up to 14 clubs organised, and magnetic pocket closures so balls and those accessories are easily accessible. You can also get custom art or a logo hand-painted on – or just your initials – but the clincher may well be a thermal pocket that holds and keeps cool up to six cans, which should keep you refreshed until you’re back at the clubhouse.