Technology plays a critical role in our daily lives. Innovations help save lives, increase productivity and improve quality of life. Technological advancements have also brought tremendous changes to the game of golf. Today, much of the equipment used to play the game barely resembles the equipment used just a few decades ago.
Similarly, countless advancements in golf course maintenance equipment help maximize returns and manage resources. Over the past five years alone, the golf course maintenance industry has seen extraordinary advances in chemical application technology, improving the accuracy and precision of product application while helping managers gather and interpret valuable data. The following technological advancements have improved how superintendents manage turfgrass today and create endless possibilities for the future:
Sensor technology has helped golfers in a variety of ways. Distance-measuring lasers* instantly inform golfers of the distance required for any shot with a simple point and click. Golfers can also use swing sensors as teaching aids. Swing sensors can attach to gloves or clubs and measure swing speed, tempo and angle.
Superintendents also use sensor technology to maintain golf courses with higher precision and efficiency. Remote sensors installed throughout a golf course can instantly report soil moisture, temperature and salt concentrations to smart phones and office computers. Additionally, advancements in imagery technology such as portable infrared cameras can help identify turf stress before it is visible to the human eye. Detecting stress before it is visible may allow superintendents to address problems before they end up costing valuable time and resources.