President Obama spotted with Game Golf device

President Barack Obama
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President Barack Obama takes his golf seriously, so it was no surprise to see him on the course recently using the Game Golf device, which is a digital tracking system.
By T.J. Auclair, Senior Interactive Producer
PGA.com
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, August 14, 2014 | 9:06 a.m.

Over the years, we've come to learn that President Barack Obama is serious about his golf game... even if it's widely known that the President is carrying about a 17-handicap.

But, hey, just like the rest of us there's always room for improvement and tools to help us to that end.

One such tool is the small device known as "Game Golf" -- a digital tracking system.

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President Obama was recently spotted on the golf course with the Game Golf device.

So how does it work?

First, a small device is attached to the player's belt. Small dime-sized sensors are inserted to the top of the grip on each club. Prior to hitting a shot, the player taps the sensor on the end of the club against the belt-mounted unit. The system then records the length of the shot, the location of the shot/accuracy, and through that, aggregates different performance metrics that can illustrate the players tendencies, strengths, weaknesses, etc.

Game Golf also has an online network where users can interact with each other and even challenge each other on a list of available courses within the platform. So two or more golfers could compete with each other on the same courses, without ever playing together. 

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.