Golf’s future isn’t just in the hands of Tour newbies like Joaquin Niemann, Sam Burns and Cameron Champ. This season —and for seasons to come — the sport is going to look, feel and play different. Here are our picks for the best and brightest players, personalities and technology to look forward to in 2019 and beyond.
NEXT BEST THING: Swing fixes made easier
There’s been an unprecedented wave of tech sweeping through golf instruction, and the game’s best teachers are embracing it like never before. From Trackman’s doppler radar system to 3D motion-capture technology, golfers are tuned into their biomechanics better than ever.
What’s next? Deploying artificial intelligence to enhance our understanding of the swing. Many of GOLF’s Top 100 Teachers are using AI via the Swing Index app (playwiththepros.us). It’s powered by Swing AI, a system that generates targeted practice plans for students based on their swing faults.
As AI continues to be adopted into the broader economy, golf will follow suit.