With the Ryder Cup teeing off on 23 September, it’s time to tame your violent slice and start arrowing perfect, fairway-splitting drives with this choice kit
1. Footjoy DNA Shoes
Happy, planted feet are the foundation of your swing, so your footwear needs to be both grippy and comfortable. These low-profile, stable and modern shoes are a refreshing break from FootJoy’s traditional designs and pack in plenty of tech too.
Building on the successful DryJoys shoe, they have a ‘3D Foam Collar’, which moulds to the ankle to promote comfort and support while restricting foot movement. The leather ChromoSkin upper is also breathable and waterproof, perfect for a sodden links course. £150 / footjoy.co.uk
2. Galvin Green Millard Ventil8 Polo Shirt
‘Golf fashion’ used to be an oxymoron, but these days the garb regularly combines sharp looks with technical powers. This breathable polyester shirt keeps moisture away from the skin.
Designed to be worn with a base layer, it allows full movement in the shoulders and anti-bacterial tech helps maintain your clubhouse cred on hot days. If you don’t want the bold Tiger Woods red look, there’s also more humble blue, grey or white. £100 / galvingreen.com
3. Stewart Golf X9 Follow Trolley
While other golfers hire some poor sap to be their club camel, you’ll be followed around by a loyal robo-caddy. This electric trolley connects to a Bluetooth handset and, when you press the ‘follow’ button, obediently trundles along behind you at a safe distance while reacting to your speed.
The remote control allows you to send it to the next hole while you finish the green, while a rear stabiliser makes it ‘almost impossible’ to tip (unless a jealous rival attacks it). £1500 / stewartgolf.co.uk
4. Skypro Swing Analyser
Thwacking balls at the driving range isn’t much good if you’ve got a bad technique. The SkyPro analyses your swing and helps you to improve it. It clips onto the shaft of your club and sends thousands of critical data points to a smartphone or tablet.
From there you can view your swing from any angle in 3D. Common faults are identified, then challenges and tips are offered to get you in shape. The latest version also features putting analysis to make sure you’re a demon on the green. US$200 / golfskypro.com
5. Ping G30 Driver
Unless you’re trying to hit the spectator who keeps shouting “Get in the hole!”, you’ll want your drives to be straight and long. Ping’s G25 is already one of the most forgiving drivers on the market, and the G30 combines this with added distance thanks to increased swing speeds.
It does this using turbulators on the crown of the club, which reduce drag forces as you swing. A range of shaft options and the ability to change the loft mean the G30 will suit everyone from beginners to pros. £300 / ping.com
6. Garmin Approach S4 GPS Watch
Knowing how far you hit each club and the distance to the green is essential to shooting lower scores. Like a wrist-based caddy, the Approach S4 combines pre-loaded info on over 30,000 international courses with GPS to give you precise shot yardages and distances to the pin.
It’s also something of a golfers’ iWatch, connecting to iPhones via Bluetooth LE to display missed calls, emails and texts, and promises ten hours of battery life when in golf mode. US$300 / garmin.com/golf