GolfBuddy VS4 Feature Review
Post by Kevin Paver, author of the blog - Hacker to single figures
If you’re after a simple-to-use golf GPS device, you might want to check out the GolfBuddy VS4.
The VS4 is a tweak of the GolfBuddy ‘Voice’ and now comes in a rather funky black & red or white & gold, as well as having a new improved screen.
When I was asked to test the VS4, I wasn’t quite sure how I’d get on with a talking GPS? But I was pleasantly surprised.
The VS4 is very small and lightweight (less than 28 grams), meaning it will easily fit in your pocket… once you’ve found a new place for your mobile phone, wallet, coins etc! However, if you'd rather not have it in your pocket, it comes with a detachable unit on the back that lets you clip it to your belt, cap, bag or any other item of clothing. My personal favourite is the strap accessory it also comes with, giving you the option of wearing the device as a watch. It also comes with a rechargeable 10-hour battery.
When you get to the course, the VS4 automatically recognises where you are playing, and with more than 37,000 courses pre loaded, you’ll never have to worry about annual subscriptions.
Once playing, the yardages (or metres, you choose!) to the front, middle and back are fantastic. The distances displayed are from the angle of approach too, so you can really dial in the shot… if your handicap allows! Either way, it will help you much more than your eyes ever will.
Another great function with the VS4 is the ability to measure the distance of your shot all with the click of one button, so you can officially claim that 280-yard drive!
You can also look at the shape of the green from anywhere on the fairway with the new Dynamic Green View function.
Now, lets talk talking. Once you’re on faced with the shot, you can simply look at the display to check your yardages. Or, hit button on the front of the device and ‘the voice’ will inform you of the distance to the front of the green. Click-and-hold and you’ll get the distance to the middle, and do the same again to hear the distance to the back of the green.
I was really dubious about the voice function, but it’s actually quite enjoyable to use. Obviously, you have to be mindful of your playing partners when using the voice function. I’m not sure they’d be too happy if the VS4 offers you some distance advice in the middle of their backswing!
Plus, if you fancy a change and are a multi-linguist, the VS4 is loaded with eight different languages, including French, Italian and Japanese (it’s fun trying them, but not very helpful if you don’t actually speak them!).
For me, the only downside to the VS4 is that you don’t get to see a full picture of the hole, which can be really useful, especially on a course you haven’t played before. Also, you can’t get distances to specific hazards on the hole. But, that’s not what the VS4 is here to do.
At a RRP of £150, the GolfBuddy VS4 is a great value GPS device that is super easy to use. It’s versatile in the many ways you can use it, but always delivers pinpoint accuracy. And if you like to play a little on your own, it provides you with a companion that is on hand to give you advice… but most importantly, it will never criticize your shot!
What GolfBuddy say:
- Simple audio distance measuring device
- Detachable unit to provide versatility
- Water Resistant
- Distance to front/center/back of the green
- Dynamic Green View
- Preloaded with 37,000+ global courses
- Automatic course & hole recognition
- Shot distance measurement
- 10 hour battery life
For more information on the GolfBuddy VS4 please visit their website - Click here
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