As we head into peak season in many parts of golfing country, here are 20 of the latest gadgets and goodies that reflect our increasing obsession with golf tech. Prices listed were current as of publication.
First up: Cobra's "first connected golf club."
The $349 King F7 Driver pairs the club with a smartphone app that allows you to track your game via GPS. Beyond that, the club features three different centers of gravity, allowing you three different potential approaches and flight paths.
This electric-powered vehicle, which evokes a skateboard or snowboard, replaces a golf cart and promises to literally speed up your round of golf. Recently it's gone from something vaguely futuristic to something you can find at more than 300 courses worldwide. You can even buy your own. Prices start at $6,500 for the standard model that motors up to 10 mph.
This new, redesigned Callaway driver, priced starting at $499.99, is souped up with its own interpretation of "Jailbreak Technology," -- one that basically prevents the club's crown, soul and face from deforming at impact. The intention: balls that fly faster and go farther.
This laser rangefinder, which retails for about $500, features a "Slope-Switch" that allows the device to adjust for inclines and declines. Coolest of all, it literally gives you a jolt when it locks onto the pin.
Introduced in 2016, the Zepp Golf 2 is the wearable sports tech company's updated take on its golf-training system. Mount the Zepp sensor on your glove, pair it with your Zepp-app-enabled smartphone -- and swing away.
The app records and analyzes your handiwork. The Zepp Golf 2 kit, including sensor, mount and USB charger, lists for $149.99.
The FocusBand is a wearable device that monitors your brain activity via sensors. When paired with your phone or tablet, it gives you visual feedback on your state of mind, and can help you redirect or focus your emotions. While not built specifically for golf, the company says it's used by several top pro golfers, including Jason Day. List price is $500.
These babies were introduced at the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show. Urethane-filled "Power Holes" allow 76 percent of the face to be free at launch, allowing for greater distance. (The "D" in the D300 series literally stands for distance.) The steel-shaft version retails for $799.99; the graphite version, for $899.99.
The latest addition to Stewart Golf's series of electric carts, the X9 Follow will literally and faithfully follow you on the course via Bluetooth pairing. You can also operate it remotely, at distances up to 50 meters (roughly 164 feet). It retails for $2,999.
Selfie golf? Yes. Really. Think of it as a selfie stick with a higher purpose. It allows you to capture stable video footage of your swing from your golf bag with the aid of an adjustable stick and smartphone clip. An exhibitor at the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show, Selfie Stick retails for $38.95.
This 5.3-ounce Bluetooth speaker with six-plus hours of battery life is the latest -- and lightest -- iteration of the Soundchuck. It clips onto virtually anything that moves on the course, like you or your cart. It sports a $79.99 list price.
Prices start at $19,900 for this golf simulator that allows you to virtually play world-class courses like Torrey Pines from your garage. The S2 comes packaged with 15 courses; you can add on more, all the way up to a total of 87.
Call it "exceptionally lightweight" because it is; it weighs just slightly more than two golf balls. In any case, you get the idea: This windproof jacket from the Swedish golf-clothing company won't hold you back on the course.
Plus, the jacket's membrane is made of polytetrafluorethylene, whose pores are 900 times larger than water vapor molecules. The result: Sweat goes out and stays out. List price is $198.
The gadget-and-tech site T3 calls the TP5 and its sibling, the TP5x, the high-tech ball you'll want to pair with your high-tech clubs. Its secret sauce is a five-layer construction schematic, first used in TaylorMade's Penta TP, but tweaked in the TP5 series to add distance. The TP5 and TP5x each retail for $44.99 for a box of 12.