Being 22 years old and one of the world’s best golfers with two majors under your belt must be pretty cool..
Especially if you get a ten-year endorsement signing from a company like Under Armour who kit you out with their latest gear, in this instance, their latest smart gear.
Under Armour have been expressing their appetite to design connected apparel over the last few years, and at the Open golf championship played in Scotland last weekend the sports giant equipped Jordan Spieth with a pair of smart golf shoes.
The Under Armour smart golf shoes come with a built-in accelerometer that tracks your steps, calories burned and game duration. They are modeled on the UA Drive One shoes (pictured above) that Spieth has been wearing since the Masters back in April.
The smart shoes are essentially a golfing version of the UA Speedform Gemini 2 RE smart running shoes, but they’re geared up for walking around the course rather than jogging round the block. The Speedform Gemini can be used with Android 4.4 + and iOS 8.0 + devices, so the golf shoes will likely be the same deal.
Jordan Spieth apparently uses the UA Band, Under Armour’s debut wrist-worn fitness tracker along with the UA Record smartphone app while he’s training, but as he can’t wear it on the golf course the smart shoes are the ideal alternative.
After Under Armour acquired three of the top fitness apps, MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness and Endomondo, they oversee the world’s largest connected fitness community with over 162 million users – good leverage if you’re planning to take over the wearable sports tech scene.
There’s no word on when the Under Armour smart golf shoes will be released. The UA Drive One shoes were only released after the Masters back in April but we’re optimistic the smart version will be hitting the shelves before the end of 2016.