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GPS Golf Balls


The other day we mentioned a new ruling that would allow the use of GPS rangefinder devices in some golf tournaments. Now comes news about the use of GPS receivers in golf balls themselves. The advantage? Well you could use it to analyze just how long your shot was, or analyze the trajectory of the shot to achieve longer drives. But perhaps the most useful feature for most people is the ability to locate the ball after you slice it into the woods.

Most of the golf balls I use are those I find in the woods. If people can suddenly find their lost ball in the woods via GPS my supply will dwindle! :)

7 Responses

  1. Does anyone know if these GPS Golf Balls are in production and available anywhere? Also quite keen to know about their accuracy.

    Andrew - January 3rd, 2008
  2. My father is visually impared, he is not blind he can still see fairly well but he can not track his ball after it is hit. it moves to fast for him to see it and then allways has to look and look and look for his ball and many times does not find it. Is this product still available?

    Tom - May 27th, 2008
  3. do they have a GPS device to find your golf ball? in the woods? LOL

    mike donovin - November 8th, 2008
  4. mike donovin – that’s what the article is about dude.

    Craig - November 22nd, 2008
    • Great concept!! However, in the woods GPS reception will be very poor. Probably better off having some kind of strobing or audo alert in the ball….

      Matt - January 9th, 2009
  5. How the heck could this possibly work?
    Was this an April Fools joke?

    A GPS receiver small enough to fit in a golf ball along with a battery big enough to last the entire game would be challenge.

    Having the ball know where it is doesn’t help, it needs to be able to tell you where it is. This would require that it have some sort of transmitter, which requires more space and a lot more battery power.

    A standard golf ball is expensive enough, I would hate to make a GPS ball smile!

    I would think that it would be easier to make a golf ball that emitted an audible “chirp” to help find it. The harder it is hit, the longer it chirps.

    Now you need to be able to recharge or replace the battery, which makes me wonder what this golf ball looks like. What does all these electronics do to the rebound, balance and trajectory of the ball?

    Rod - December 21st, 2009

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