Examiner.com reports that Nike Golf patents will allow the company to add sensors, such as accelerometers and gyroscopes, onto the club itself in order to track the data of each individual swing. The results will then be shown on a screen located on the back of the clubface. Practicality aside, the idea behind the initiative is to provide users with a more accurate way of determining what kind of clubs, in this case, Nike Golf clubs, will be right for them.
“Custom fitting is outdated, and can be inaccurate,” Nike wrote in documents posted on the website of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Text from Nike’s filing: “Golf club heads having sensors configured to measure one or more swing parameters are provided. The golf club head may include several gyroscopes and accelerometers. In one embodiment, the club head contains three gyroscopes that measure angular rate data along different orthogonal axes. At least one gyroscope may an analog gyroscope. Accelerometers may provide data regarding the three orthogonal axes associated with the gyroscopes. The club head may further include software and/or hardware that perform computer-executed methods for determining one or more swing parameters. Exemplary club heads may include a display device for displaying an output of the swing parameter(s). Further aspects of the invention relate to novel methods and algorithms for calculating measurements relating to the swing parameters.”
Seems as though Nike found a way to depress Hackers during and after a round. Living through shanking your three iron into a water hazard was bad enough, now you can re-watch your failures over and over again.
What inventions do you think would help your golf game? Maybe something like this?