How golf's past is shaping its future

The development and advancement in technology over the past few years is mind blowing. Imagine trying to predict what 2015 would look like in the 1970s. You can now communicate instantly over live video with people the other side of the world, buy your house or book a holiday – all on your personal mobile.

Golf has not escaped this tech trend, despite some strong attempts to resist change. Hickory shafted golf clubs have transformed into metal irons with carbon fibre inserts, trackman can tell you minute detail on spin, launch and distance, and who doesn’t love a friction-less tee?

In order for us to attempt a ‘Crystal Ball’ prediction, let us first look back.


Golf in the past was viewed as an upper-class, leisurely past time. Only accessible to a select few due to cost, the game required inspirational professionals to capture the imagination of the masses. Snead, Hogan, Palmer and Nicklaus became that inspiration. The equipment (or lack of) that they were using had a sweet spot on the club the size of a head of a tee. So, golf was made easier…


Today, golf balls fly further, drivers have springier faces and shafts are faster. In the tech gadget sphere, you can calculate yardage from lasers, watches or even mobile phone applications. Golfers love tools that can aid them on the course, without actually having to practice of course. In the same way that we interact with others differently from the past via social media, golfers can start to connect live on the course using mobile technology. So what might the future bring?


Game analysis will be so sophisticated that you are sent a personalized highlight package and video lesson immediately post round with drones filming every shot. Digital caddies of the future will display all the information in front of your very eyes with flyovers before each shot and even select the right club for you based on previous distance and accuracy data from the last 1000 shots you hit!

Technological advancements will nullify the distance between states and even different continents. The norm will be competing in ‘virtual’ competitions or leagues across international boundaries where scores are feeding in live and rankings updated before you’ve sat down for the first beer.  

Your bag may even know when you are running low on balls – that is if you lose any, as every ball could have tracking signals in.

History has proved that the more interactive golf has become, the more fun it is. So if you peer into the crystal ball of golf, you may be able to see a glimpse of VPAR’s plans to shape the future of golf.

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