Sporting goods have gone high tech. These days, many people are opting for “smart” balls and sensors to track their game, improve their stats, and coach themselves to success. Whether you dream of going pro one day, currently coach a team, or just want to improve your game, smart sporting goods are a great way to assess your current strengths and weaknesses. Read on to see five high tech sporting goods. The following items are designed for people who enjoy basketball, baseball, tennis, golf, or soccer/football.
1. Zepp 3D Baseball Swing Analyzer
Warm weather means the start of spring training in the MLB. With this cool swing analyzer from Zepp, you can host a little spring training of your own. This sensor attaches to the bottom of a bat, and transmits data to your smartphone. It will track your batting speed, swing plane, and even the angle of your bat at impact. The smartphone apps are available for iOS and Android devices. The app lets you see how your swing compares to the swings of real MLB players. The sensor and mount are also compatible with softball bats. If you want high tech coaching, this will take your swing to the next level.
Price: $143.39 (4 percent off MSRP)
2. 94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball
94Fifty is the official Smart Basketball of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. This next-gen basketball is packed with clever technology, but it still meets regulations for size, weight, and spin. In other words, the “smart” aspects of the ball won’t interfere with your game. With just four bounces, the ball knows to start tracking. When the ball hasn’t been used for five minutes, it shuts itself down.
The ball works with a companion app. Your smartphone can “discover” the ball wirelessly, as long as your phone is compatible with the tech inside the basketball. Most of the newer smartphones are compatible. The 94Fifty basketball works with any iPhone model from the 4s and above, as well as Android phones and tablets. If you have a third generation iPad or newer, or a fifth generation iPod Touch or newer, these will also work.
Check out the video above to see this smart basketball in action. If you are serious about improving your game, this ball and its companion app can track the playing history of up to four players. This smart basketball has enough battery life for eight hours of play, so you really can use it on the courts all day long.
Price: $179.95 and up, depending on options selected
3. Zepp Tennis Swing Analyzer
Very similar to the Zepp baseball gadget featured at the top of this article, the company’s tennis swing analyzer is ideal for both beginners and experienced players. If you can’t afford the expense of a real tennis coach or tennis camp, this high tech sporting good is the next best thing.
The sensor quickly attaches to any modern tennis racket. Using the sensor’s data, you can track shot type, power, spin, and total court time. The same sensor can be used with a glove mount for Zepp’s golf game tracking app. The app will provide you with tips to improve your game, but you can also send you in-app data to others to get their perspective. Whether you have dreams of going pro, or just want to trounce a colleague during your next friendly match, this small device pays big dividends.
4. Adidas miCoach Smart Ball
Whether you call it soccer or football, this high tech ball can help you reach new heights of excellence. This training tool for placing kicks takes just an hour to charge, and then has enough power to last through one week or 2,000 kicks, which ever comes first. The sensors within the ball record your strike point, speed, spin and trajectory.
If you want to gather even more detailed data about your performance on the field, there are a couple of other smart Adidas gadgets you should throw in your bag. The first is the Adidas miCoach heart rate monitor, which can give you a better idea of calories burned. It can be used with the miCoach Train and Run app. The second is the Adidas miCoach speed cell, which is designed to be clipped to your laces. The purpose of the speed cell is to track speed and distance data. You can upload data from this sensor to the miCoach MultiSport app or the miCoach Train & Run app. When paired with your smart ball data, you will have a better picture of your overall health and fitness level.
Price: $199.99 (33 percent off MSRP)
5. SwingTIP Golf Swing Analysis & Coaching System
If golf is your game, this swing analysis system can help you get more birdies and eagles. The sensor attaches to your club, and can be removed and reattached quickly to other clubs to prepare for your next hole. The sensor sends swing analysis in real time to your Android or iOS device. You can also get real-time coaching or videos to help you improve your swing. The SwingTIP sensor was designed to analyze full swings taken with irons, fairway woods, and drivers. However, you can also use it while putting.
The SwingTIP sensor monitors your whole swing style, from address to takeaway, and from the top of the swing to halfway through the downswing. And of course, it also measures impact. If you have to play a few rounds of golf every year to schmooze with clients and colleagues, this smart sensor can ensure that you’ll have the lowest score of the day.
Price: $87.36 (33 percent off MSRP)