If you like to golf on a whole bunch of different courses or you just go on one big, popular course and are looking for something to help out your golf game, then a GPS golf watch could be a good option for you. There are certainly a lot of variations to golf GPS watches that are available in the marketplace and without knowing what some of the specs mean, you may end up buying yourself something that isn’t of a great quality. In order to help you with this task we have broken down the things that you should look for in a golf GPS golf watch and we have also compiled a list of our picks for some of the top GPS golf watches on the market.
What To Look For
The goal of this article is to show you some of the many watch options that are available and some of the cool features that some of these watches possess in order to help out your golfing game as much as possible.
Real time stats
The best thing about most of the golf watches on the market is that not only do they keep good track of your golf game, but they also keep good track of your physical fitness which allows you to be able to wear the watch both off and on the course. A good quality watch will track your fitness statistics such as the amount of steps you have taken that day, the amount of calories that you have burned, the distance you have gone and even monitors things like your heart rate and the amount of hours that you slept during the night. You will find that the golf mechanics built into a watch vary from watch to watch. Some of them will show you things like: what sorts of hazards are on the course you are golfing on, how to improve your swinging consistency as well as things like how far you shot the ball each time and they can even give you an analysis of your golf game after the round is over. You will generally find that purchasing a more expensive unit results in the ability to track more statistics and can therefore result in more statistics that you can use, in order to help you find areas to improve your golf game as much as posssible .
Due to the fact that golf contains a lot of arm movement, you will find that the majority of golf watches on the market contain an adjustable rubber band. Generally the rubber band will have holes in it and a central metal bracket will be used in the design in order to lock the watch into place once you get it to the proper size for your wrist. You will notice a wide variety of designs available, but most of the designs feature some kind of a display on the unit that is either in a square or a circular shape so that the user will easily be able to see the watch and so that it won’t interfere with their golfing game. You will find that most of the watches on the market are controlled by buttons that will be located on the watch itself which will allow you to check your stats and see what is coming up on the course with relative ease. The more expensive units on the market will allow you to touch the screen of the watch in order to control the many features that are built into its design.
One of, if not the most important thing that you should look at when you are searching around for a golf GPS watch is that the watch has updated software built into its design. If a watch is out of date and the golf course has changed then it really isn’t going to be a whole lot of help to you and it may even end up confusing you. It is always a good idea to look and see when the latest update for the device was released, especially if you plan on buying used or buying an old version of a GPS golf watch in the marketplace. It is also a good idea to check and see if the device has free updates or if you have to pay for software updates as they get released for the unit. This can give you an idea as to how much money you can expect the unit to cost you down the road as well as give you something of an idea as to how long you can expect the watch to last you for so long as you are taking proper care of it.
One thing that you may want to have a look at is how a watch gets its power. If you buy a cheaper watch, you can expect to find that the watch will have a lower battery life and you may end up having to charge the watch at the end of each of your golf games. It is especially important to pay attention to battery life if you are golfing on a really long course as some options may not even last you for the entire duration of the course. You should always have a quick glance in order to see what kind of a method the watch uses for charging. Having something like a USB or a micro USB port is the most ideal as this will allow you to use many of the household cords that you have laying around in order to charge the device wherever and whenever you need it.
If you are looking to get a watch that you can use and wear comfortably on a regular basis then one of the things that you should look for is a watch that has good adjustment. If you cannot adjust a watch, or remove the band and replace it, then you likely are looking at a cheap GPS golf watch. The most expensive versions will have a variety of bands that you can choose from and it should be relatively easy to switch them out as you please. It is a good idea to look for a band that has fairly minute adjustment points as it can be difficult to find a position in which the watch is comfortable on your wrist, especially if you don’t wear a watch on a regular basis. Generally speaking a rubber band is going to be much easier to adjust than that of a metal band. You might even have to get someone to adjust a metal band for you if you don’t have the proper tools to do so which is definitely something that you should keep in mind.
Some of the more expensive golf GPS watches on the market are actually capable of pairing up with your phone. Being able to pair up with your phone will allow you to be able to do things like get notified of a call or text and even receive notifications from other apps on your phone. If you go for a high end model with these capabilities it is likely that you will find a lot of touch screen models available, making it a whole lot easier to interact with your device. Depending on the model that you choose, some of these devices are actually capable of answering a call or a text directly on the device which is ideal for when you are in an environment when you really shouldn’t be using your phone. Different devices have different ways of showing the user that they have a notification. Some devices have built in vibrators which vibrate the user’s wrist when a call, text or notification comes through to inform the user that something is happening on their phone. Other types of watches use things like different noises to inform the user or can be programmed to do as you wish. Many of the devices are capable of transferring data over a Bluetooth or wireless connection so that you can get a more in depth analysis of your golf game by viewing it on your mobile device.
You will find things like built in scorecards, the ability to compare your score with other golfers across the globe as well as things like a virtual drawing of the shape of the green so that you can better determine the correct location for you to shoot your ball towards. Many of the golf GPS watches on the market will store your data over time and allow you to compare to some of your previous scores. Some of the options on the market will have compatible apps that go along with the app allowing you to be able to see your improvement over time. The nice thing about a golf watch is that they also double as a regular watch and will allow you to regular watch things, like set an alarm or tell you what time it is.
Our Top Golf GPS Watch Reviews
Below you’ll find some reviews of our favorite options when it comes to the best golf gps watches on the market. So, keep reading to find out what we like and don’t like about the models listed below.
Garmin Approach S20 Golf GPS Watch Review
If you are looking to get yourself a GPS golf watch available for a pretty reasonable price range then this watch could be a good option for you. This watch is charged via a USB port and even comes with a car charger for your vehicle that you can use when you are on the go. There are a lot of cool features built into the design of this product, especially for the price tag. This product is capable of keeping track of your steps, calories burned, distance, time of day and it is also capable of monitoring the amount of hours that you slept during the night. This watch is capable of pairing up with your phone and is fully capable of receiving any of the notifications that your phone is getting. This watch is designed so that it keep track of every shot that you take and it records them within its system so that you can look at your stats afterwards for an analysis.
- Keeps track of the amount of shots you have taken, the amount of putts you have taken and the distance that you shot
- Comes with a USB and a car charger port in order to make charging easy
- Over 40,000 courses around the world are built into this design
- Can pair with your phone or other electronic device
- Keeps track of your daily activities and yet is still capable of telling the time like a regular watch
- This is not a touch screen device, may take a while to get used to all of the buttons on the device
- 15 hour battery life when the GPS is being used on the device
So long as you can stand a 15 hour battery life with the GPS on, this could be a good option for you. If you don’t use the GPS on your device this device can actually last for up to eight weeks on a single charge. The nicest thing about this device is that it covers a lot of the golf tracking features that you would find on higher end models on the marketplace.
Bushnell Neo Ion Golf GPS Watch Review
This is another good option if you are looking for something that is relatively cheap in the marketplace. This device has a nice square face and has a fair amount of features built into its design and even comes in three different colors in order to make it appeal to a broad audience. There are over 35,000 courses built into the design of this unit from over 30 different countries worldwide. This watch has a pretty long battery life and it has auto course recognition so that you don’t have to be messing with your watch before you go out on the course.
- Limited one year warranty comes with the unit to give the buyer some peace of mind
- This watch is capable of showing you the distance that you have walked, the distances for each of the hole as well as up to four hazards that are on the course
- This watch charges via a USB and it comes with its own charging cable at the checkout
- Long battery life allows the watch to last for up to three full rounds of golf on a single charge
- No membership or fees are asked for in order to download software or apply updates onto the device
- Kind of crams a lot of information onto the screen at one time
- Not a touch screen display on the unit
So long as you are willing to sacrifice a touch screen display and you are willing to sacrifice some of the main features that you might find on a regular fitness watch, such as heart rate and calories burned, then this watch could be a good option for you. This is a very convenient watch thanks to a USB charger and a long battery life and it is hard to beat the price of this unit seeming as this company doesn’t charge the consumer for software updates or membership fees.
Callaway GPSy Golf GPS Watch Review
If you want to get a golf watch that is made by a big name golfing brand then this watch could be of interest to you, especially thanks to its low price tag. In order to appeal to a broad range of people, one nice thing about this watch is that it is available in a black as well as a white design. This watch has a full course library map online that you can visit if you want to add courses onto your watch. The watch is capable of keeping track of a lot of your golf stats including: your score, the amount of putts you have taken, how far you shot the ball and what hole you are on. This watch also has some nice things built into it like the ability to keep track of your score and the ability to keep track of the amount of steps that you have taken when you were roaming around the course.
- There are over 30000 courses and no membership fees or subscriptions with your purchase of the unit
- Available in both black and white to suit different personal tastes
- Low price tag is appealing to a lot of people
- Auto course recognition is built into the design so that you don’t have to worry about typing in or finding the course that you are playing on
- Distances to different sides of the green allow you to be able to make a more accurate shot and determine where the pin is more accurately
- This is not a touch screen device
- This unit does not keep track of the amount of calories that you burned and it does not keep track of things like your heart rate, the amount of hours you slept etc.
If you want to buy yourself a unit that is solely dedicated to golf and you don’t want to wear it around all of the time then this may be a good unit for you. The unit is available for a pretty cheap price tag and has a lot of helpful golfing features built into its design for a low priced unit. On top of the low price it is always nice to know that you won’t end up having to pay for some kind of a subscription service in order to be able to update your watch at a later date.
Bushnell Neo Ghost Golf GPS Review
If you want something cheap then the Neo ghost could very well be the option for you. This unit is available in five different colors in order to suit a wide range of personality tastes and it amazingly has over 30,000 courses built into its design even though it is available for an extremely low price tag. This unit has a pretty good battery life which will allow you to be able to play up to three rounds of golf before needing to charge the unit. It is extremely handy to be able to have the auto course recognition feature that is built into this device and you will certainly enjoy the fact that this device allows you to be able to program up to four hazards into its design to help you make better golfing decisions when you are out on the course.
- This device is capable of showing you the distances to either side of the green so that you can have a better idea as to where the pin is actually located on the green
- Programmable design allows you to be able to add four different hazards into it so that you can make better decisions
- Auto course recognition is built into the design of this product
- Can play up to three rounds of golf before charging the device
- Numerous color options are available
- Has a clip in case you don’t want to use the device as a watch
- Charges via a USB
- One of the cheapest prices for a golf GPS watch in the marketplace
If you are looking for cheap and something of a good quality then it is going to be pretty hard to beat this unit. It is quite handy to be able to use the clip function on this unit in case you get tired of having the device on your wrist. The device has a long battery life and is actually pretty easy to navigate around on as well so it makes it pretty easy to be able to use this device in order to improve your golf game.
Garmin Approach S6 GPS Golf Watch Review
If you are looking to spend some extra money and get yourself a high end golf watch then this golf watch could be a good option for you. The screen on this unit is a touch screen which is something that you should expect to have at this high of a price range. The unit comes available in three different color options and has a lot of helpful golfing features incorporated into its design that you won’t find on a lot of the cheaper units in the marketplace. This unit has the capability to read the users swing and keep track of how hard you swing so that you can swing more consistently.
- You can touch on any part of the course in order to see exactly how far away that spot is from your location
- Shows you the pin location which is great if you cannot see the pin directly from the tee off
- Calculates your swing tempo so that you can tell if you are swinging consistently
- Battery life lasts for up to twenty weeks in watch more or up to ten hours in GPS mode
- High resolution screen for the size of the device
- Capable of pairing with your phone and receiving various notifications
- Over 38,000 courses are built into the design of this unit
- The price tag of this unit will certainly be out of reach for a lot of people
So long as you are willing to pay a high price in exchange for a touch screen watch, loaded with features then this could very well be the watch for you. The nice thing about this watch is that it lasts for a very long length of time if you are just using it to tell the time and aren’t using the GPS features on the device. So long as you have an apple device you can use this watch to be able to receive notifications on your phone which is a very convenient feature that you can take advantage of both on and off of the course.
Hopefully after reading through this article you now feel as though you have a better grasp as to some of the many options that are available on the market and how they can change your golf performance. It is always a good idea to set yourself some kind of a budget before you go out and shop for a golfing watch as they can get up in price quite quickly depending on the features that are built into the device. It is also a good idea to check out company warranty as well as the return policies that the company has in place so that you can have some peace of mind when you are ordering the unit. Best of luck in your search for a golf GPS watch and good luck out on the golf course!
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