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Sport Chic: Sensoglove for golf lovers

Simple to use this is a great gift for the golfing dad to help him finely tune his golf swing and ultimately improve his game. The Sensoglove is the first and only golf glove with built in sensors that measure your grip pressure when you are holding the club.

It helps you attain a smooth, consistent swing that delivers greater distance, enhanced precision and lower scores. It has a small 1.2 inch detachable digital monitor on top of the glove which analyses the pressure of your grip throughout every stage of your golf swing. You then get audio and visual feedback if you exceed your target level of grip pressure. Ideal for golfing fans at every level.

Available from www.sensoglove.com Price £50

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Sport Chic: Leica Pinmaster II for golfers

Leica has brought out a new version of its high-performance laser rangefinder for golfers, available this month. The Leica Pinmaster II is designed to help golfers reduce their handicap by providing a close-up view of the golf course and measuring the precise distance to each pin, allowing the player to choose the correct club in a matter of seconds.

This new version of the Pinmaster offers the golfer an even clearer LED display for more accurate measurement, up to a maximum distance of 750 metres or 825 yards. The LED adjusts automatically to ambient light, and is particularly useful in, for example, bright sunlight on the fairway, with a visibly sharper, brighter read-out and balanced contrast, so it is always easy to read. In addition, a special water-repellent lens coating called Leica AquaDura™ ensures that even on the worst rainy days, water will simply roll off, so the golfer has a clear view through the Pinmaster II at all times. The coating also makes the lens extremely easy to clean.

Despite its advanced optical technology, the Leica Pinmaster II is straightforward to use, with just a single button operation. The golfer simply aims the rangefinder at the pin, and at the press of the button, the invisible, eye-safe laser beam – coupled with Leica’s ‘First Target Logic’ technology – scans the terrain and measures the exact distance to the pin with ease. The accuracy of First Target Logic ensures that the device picks out the very first object in its path, i.e. the pin, rather than tree branches, long grass or other objects behind it.

The Pinmaster II’s durable die-cast aluminium body, coupled with a carbon fibre-reinforced casing, makes it exceptionally robust yet lightweight (just 220g), and protects the device against the toughest environmental conditions, for many years of use. It is also watertight to a depth of one metre. Furthermore, its compact size means it will slip easily into a pocket, making it ideal for players to keep with them at all times.

The Leica Pinmaster II features 7x magnification and a wide field of view of 115 metres at 1,000 metres (347 feet at 1,000 yards). For golfers who wear glasses, the handy dioptre setting allows them to adjust the Pinmaster II exactly for their eyesight.

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My BBC2 ‘Something for the Weekend’ Gadgets

Big Trak Junior

The more experienced gadget lovers may remember the original BigTrak, released in the 80’s, the classic retro gadget was re-released earlier this year and the Bigtrak Jr has followed. The Jr is a smaller version of the original, with all the same features as well as a few updates. 

Both models feature commands on the back that allow you to program it to work its way around your living room, garden, bedroom, or office. Where Bigtrak Jr differs, is the ability to store your favourite program to be run over and over again. The Bigtrak Jr will also take accessories, which are forthcoming.Bigtak Jr isn’t as power hungry as it’s big brother, it only takes three AA batteries instead.

The Bigtrak Jr is available now and retails for around £30.

E One Hair Removal Device

The E One is the first and only hair removal device using IPL (Intense Pulse Light) technology to gain a medical certificate for personal home use. IPL differs from laser hair removal in the way in which the light energy is produced. Whilst the laser emits a particular wavelength of light causing the heating of the follicle, IPL uses a flash lamp to produce light which is then filtered to create the same effect, the key benefit to this IPL being a much larger area can be covered by each pulse.

The E-One cleverly tailors the pulse emitted based on various factors such as gender, skin tone, hair type and then lets you chose the intensity based on experience and sensitivity.

According to E One ‘ After 10-12 treatments the skin should be completely hair-free, with only 1-2 treatments a year needed to maintain the smoothness’, it can take up to 7 days for the results to show. To use the device, you power it up and adjust the settings according to your personal requirements, pop on the glasses and then apply the device to the square of skin you need to remove the hair from, then bulb then flashes once and that area is treated.

After the first treatment it takes around a week for the hair to begin falling out. While this is happening you can either continue to shave regularly or just leave it. After around 4 weeks following the initial flashing the hairs that were missed (as our hairs grow at different rates) will begin showing. Ideally you should then do a touch-up session on these. This will leave the area smooth. Following this initial attack on the hairs it is then up to the individual to decide on the regularity and interval between sessions depending on the individuals hair growth – although for most people this would be every 6-8 weeks. By doing this, after 4 or 5 sessions, shaving becomes almost superfluous and after 10 treatments the area would be completely hair free.

The E One from E-SWIN is available in a variety of colours and retails for around £1,450.

John Daly’s Prostroke Golf

John Daly’s Prostroke Golf is a new golf game for consoles, it promises to deliver a realistic golfing experience, which will be particularly noticeable with the Playstation Move. The golf game market has been dominated by the EA Tiger Woods golf series for many years now, and this game offers much needed competition, adding features that may well become standard for this type of game.

One of the main selling points of the game is their trademark ProStroke control system, which is a first person view of the ball and club head. As with other console golf games, you have to play through a large part of the game to unlock the main character, so you won’t be able to play as John Daly immediately.

The game features commentary and 12 courses for you to practice your skills on, there is a challenge mode, which offers a series of trials presented by John Daly himself, as he takes players through the different disciplines of the game, from putting to approach play to the famous ‘Long John’ drive itself.

John Daly’s Prostroke Golf is available on Playstation Move now, and will be available on Xbox and Wii from 5th November. The game retails for around £35.

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Gadget of the Week: Bushnell Tour v2 Laser Rangefinder

Never fall short again of the pin with this super accurate Bushnell Tour V2 Laser Rangefinder – Slope Edition. It zeros in on the flag, so basically tells you the exact distance to any pin within a range of 1000 yards.

It has a precise ergonomic fit to the hand, and features the patented Bushnell® Slope Technology, giving you accurate distances whether uphill or downhill, with laser rangefinder precision.

For more details visit www.Golfonline.co.uk

Price £269.95

Specifications

  • Ranges 5 – 1000 yards/meters; 300 yards to flag
  • Dimensions: Measuring 4.3 x 2.8 x 1.6 inches
  • +/- 1 yard accuracy
  • 5x magnification
  • 3-volt lithium battery and premium carry case included
  • No reflective prism required
  • Rainproof
  • Weight: 6.6 oz.
  • Ranging Accuracy: +/- 1 yard
  • Range: 5-1000 Yards / 5-914 Meters
  • Magnification: 5x
  • Objective Diameter: 24 mm
  • Optical Coatings: Multi-Coated
  • Display: LCD
  • Power Source: 3-volt lithium (included)
  • Field Of View: 367 ft. @ 1000 yards
  • Extra Long Eye Relief: 21mm
  • Exit Pupil: 4.8 mm
  • Built-In Tripod Mount
  • Includes battery, carrying case and strap
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Reduce your golf handicap with a little help from Leica

 The LEICA PINMASTER enables the user to enjoy a superb close-up view of the golf course (or other location) and determine the precise distance to the pin easily and accurately, therefore allowing the player to make an informed choice on club selection. The user simply aims the PINMASTER at the pin, and at the press of a button, the eye-safe laser beam – coupled with ‘first target logic’ technology – will measure the exact distance to the pin with ease, in the blink of an eye. The accuracy of Leica’s first target logic ensures that the PINMASTER picks out the very first object in its path, i.e. the pin, rather than tree branches or other objects behind it.Tough and durable but with a lightweight carbon-reinforced body, the LEICA PINMASTER is watertight to a depth of one metre, making it suitable for use in all weather conditions on the golf course.

Based on the successful LEICA RANGEMASTER CRF, renowned for its high-performance optics, the LEICA PINMASTER also features a tried-and-tested single key operation. Aiming the device at the pin and pressing the activation button brings up an LED aiming square within the magnified view. The user then aims the square at the pin, and a second press triggers the metering process. Distance measurements up to 820 yards (longer than any hole in the UK) are shown in the LED display within the viewing system.

Jon Sareen, commercial manager, Leica Camera Ltd, said, “The PINMASTER measurements are accurate to +/- one yard for the majority of crucial golf shots – those under 300 yards. It’s almost like having the world’s most experienced caddy with you on the fairway.”

Furthermore, the LEICA PINMASTER offers a 7x magnification and a large field of view of 347 feet at a distance of 1,000 yards. The eye-piece features a dioptre adjustment, which enables the user to select the best setting for their eyesight, and is suitable for people who wear glasses. In addition, the LED display automatically adjusts its brightness to suit the ambient lighting conditions of the day, being bright in strong sunlight whilst dimming down in low light, so as to be visible and user-friendly at all times.

The LEICA PINMASTER not only saves time capturing distances, but also delivers precise readings every time. The extensive range and fast, simple operation mean users avoid the complexity and expense of maintaining electronic mapping systems, and furthermore, the PINMASTER performs accurately whatever the weather conditions.

Use of the LEICA PINMASTER on the golf course is allowed under R&A rule 14.3.

Price £469 from July 2009 in Leica stockists

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