By Gary Van Sickle
You used to rely on your caddie to get a yardage back in the old days. Then came 150-yard posts. Then sprinkler heads with distances marked on them. Then Kirby markers. Then laser rangefinders. Then GPS devices installed in your riding cart. And GPS wristwatches. Then your phone.
And now … your golf glove?
It’s true. Welcome to the age when cars can drive themselves and you can get your yardage to the middle of the green from your glove.
Zero Friction introduced its new DistancePro golf glove at the recent PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla.
The beauty of this product is that you don’t have to carry around yet another gizmo on the course. A small readout device attached to the back of the glove provides distances to the front, middle and back of greens on 35,000 courses worldwide.
The tiny GPS has a battery that lasts 400 hours.
To access the course database, a user must download the Zero Friction app to a cellphone and then, upon arriving at the course, open the app and select the appropriate course. Your phone must stay powered on — and within Bluetooth range of your glove — to work.
The readout device can be transferred to another Zero Friction DistancePro glove. You can purchase the GPS device and two one-size-fits-all Zero Friction gloves (cabretta leather, men’s and women’s synthetic) in a package for $139.99-$159.99 suggested retail. Replacement gloves are $14.95 synthetic, $22.95 cabretta.
GPS products aren’t new in golf. Neither are gloves, obviously. Combining the two? That is new.
Johnny Miller, a two-time major champion and longtime golf broadcaster with NBC, bought a part ownership of Zero Friction last year.
“What attracted me to Zero Friction was the technology involved in creating unique golf products,” Miller said. “The DistancePro GPS Glove is another great example. There is nothing else like it on the market.”
Gary Van Sickle has covered golf since 1980 for Sports Illustrated and Golf.com, Golf World and The Milwaukee Journal.