Walking Distance Covered During Golf: A Comparison of Fitbit and GPSports Devices
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The purpose of this study was to determine the accuracy of distance measurements obtained using a Fitbit device compared to a highly accurate GPS-embedded accelerometer device. The participants of this study completed two, 18-hole rounds of golf on two different courses. Prior to each round, participants were fitted with Fitbit device worn on the wrist and a GPSports device secured to the lower back. The participants were eight student-athletes on the Virginia Tech Women’s golf team who completed the quantitative case study that assessed the accuracy of the Fitbit devices. The objective of this project was to provide those who play golf with a better understanding on whether or not a Fitbit can be trusted to provide accurate results when competing in a round of 18 holes of golf. A t-test was used to analyze the data once collected. Results of this study show signs that the Fitbit underestimates the distance traveled when compared with the GPS device. For future research we recommend using more specific ranges when comparing the two devices rather than just the two separate 18 hole rounds.