There’s more than one kind of golf outing. Some are played using hushed tones that bespeak respect for the game: the member-guest tournament, the round with a new client, the first time playing on the hallowed ground of a bucket-list course. Then there are the fun rounds, the ones with old buddies who don’t skip the drinks at the halfway house, talk heavy trash, puff cigars and are generous with the gimme putts. When you’re playing that kind of golf, it’s good to have a Wingman.
One part portable speaker, one part rangefinder, this chunky cylinder (think of an Amazon Alexa without the sassy backtalk) attaches to your golf cart via a sturdy magnet. Cue up your favorite playlist while you drive, putt and puff. And—the best part—as you reach your shot, click the poker-chip-sized remote control and the Wingman will announce your yardage, giving you measurements to the center, front and back of the green.
Sync it with your phone to keep score and to see flyovers of the course layout for intel before you drive. The Wingman ($150) will stay charged for 10 hours, enough for playing 36 holes, and it even has a USB port for charging your cell phone.
Just don’t forget to remove it from the cart when your round is over.