Golf is renowned as one of the most social sports in the world. Business deals, as well as lifelong friendships are made on the course, so the idea of sticking on some headphones when heading out for 9 or 18 holes may appear to be against the spirit of things.
But for those who are serious about improving their game, getting into the so-called “zone” is a necessity. You know, that mind-set where all noise from the outside is blocked out, and you, the club, and the ball are all perfectly in sync.
Many a theory has emerged about how best to master the mental side of golf. But few methods genuinely resonate with the masses, and the “zone” remains elusive for most players on all but their best days out on the course.
Until now. That’s because the new VC Golf Headphones from FX-Sport have arrived, and it represents the perfect opportunity to take your game to the next level.
VC Golf Headphones
The VC Golf Headphones from FX Sport is a brilliantly-unique concept, and a refreshing approach to the psychology of playing golf. Golf is unusual in that, unlike other ball sports, our little white goon is still. Instinct is barely a factor, and it thus presents a breeding ground for demons to roam in your head.
However, this device not only nullifies that, but offers a plethora of insightful, original and relatable coaching content – both mental and technical. Experts of all kinds give you fascinating insights, and, whether it’s optimizing how you practice, improving your fitness or enhancing your on-course energy, you’ll be amazed at the new levels of focus which engulf you. As a bonus, they are well designed, and fit nicely too. They price tag isn’t negligible, but, compared with the cost of golf coaches or sports psychologists, it’s still a snip.
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VC Golf Headphones Detailed Review
Build Quality & Features
The VC Golf headphones are wireless, and boast some striking features. Among them are:
• An 8GB premium mp3 player already integrated
• It is sweatproof and rainproof
• 5 hours battery life using all functionality
• A “beep” indicator when battery is low
• 3x faster charge time
They are also lightweight, and do not encroach in any way on your swing; nor do they shift with movement.
They are also a very comfortable fit, and although there are probably funkier, more futuristic headphone designs these days, they don’t look too bad either.
Ease of Use
Getting set up is as simple as installing the software via desktop, and creating/organising your folders. On the left you’ll see folders within the software on your PC or Mac, and on the right are the folders in the headphones themselves.
Getting the content onto your headphones is a simple case of dragging the folders from left to right – as straightforward as it gets.
The VC Golf Headphones come with plenty of pre-loaded content, but there are some useful guides and instructions within the software which will help you customise the content to suit your needs.
And once on the course or range; well, you don’t really need to do anything except listen, and soak up many an invaluable pearl of wisdom.
Performance & Content
As a student of the game, I was blown away by the variety of drills, podcasts and coaching sessions that come with these headphones.
In terms of the physical side of things, there are a multitude of drills covering ‘On the Driving Range’, ‘Around the Green’ and ‘On the Green’.
Automated messages play after you execute certain parts of the drills, thus making it a meaningful process too.
The fitness side of things was also impressive, with an array of golf-related workouts. But it was the psychological input which we found most enlightening.
The list of experts who deliver advice to boost mental toughness is impressive, and it was fascinating to hear the different approaches they all take.
Not all of it may resonate with you. But most of it will – and my head has never felt clearer, nor have I felt more at ease on the golf course.
Value for Money
What we’d say from the off is that, for a casual golfer with limited ambition, the VC Golf Headphone set probably isn’t one to go for.
But for everyone else, this is definitely worth having a look at. When you weigh up the cost of regular lessons, it can amount to a small fortune.
That’s not to say this is a direct replacement for a coach, but a once-off payment of under $200 still looks very handy by comparison, especially when you consider what you get in return.
It’s something that can help you with practicing, swing mechanics, short game, fitness and all the vagaries of the mind when playing this game we love so much.
We’ve seen our share of gimmicks and over-hyped golfing gizmos over the years. But this isn’t one of them: it’s a genuine game-changer, and it’s pretty decent value too.