The green machine

When doing your level best to successfully navigate your local golf course, having a caddie to instruct you on the lie of the land, from first tee to final pin, is a great help. But if you can't afford the extra pair of eyes (or stomach the thought that the man heaving your clubs up the fairway is probably naked under that boiler suit), an alternative solution is at hand in the form of the new Leica Pinmaster.

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Derived from the technology used in the company's hunting scopes, this pocket device uses an invisible, retina-friendly laser beam to establish the exact distance between your ball and the flag - and with it better inform your next choice of club. Of course, the actual process of getting the ball onto the green is still down to you. £469

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