CEATEC - Intelligent putter improves your golf game

A South Korean company has developed a putter that can help golfers improve their short game

South Korea's Infinics promises that its golf putter -- the DiXX Blu Digital Instructor -- will improve your short game thanks to a set of sophisticated sensors that measure your stance and swing.

The Dixx Blu has a small LCD (liquid crystal display) screen that is used to aim. Users adjust their stance and the position of the putter so that a small red dot is centered in cross hairs displayed on the screen. When the user's stance is correct and the dot is centered, it turns green, signalling that the user is ready to hit the ball.

The putter, which goes on sale later this month, was on display this week at the Ceatec exhibition in Chiba, Japan. It will be priced at YEN 98,000 (AUD$1,100) in Japan.

Using an intertial navigation system that tracks the putter's position and a MEMS (micro electromechanical system) motion sensor, the Dixx Blu is able to collect detailed information about a golfer's swing, including the path of the swing, swing speed, impact position and the angle of the putter's face.

Based on this data, the putter is able to analyze the swing, presenting a detailed report immediately after the golfer swings. This helps golfers to identify the areas where they need improvement, Infinics said.

Once a golfer has perfected their swing with the Dixx Blu, they can swap the putter's terminal, which includes the display and sensors, for a dummy weight designed to be used on the golf course.

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