The Best Wearable Golf Devices 2016
The GPS market in the golf world appears to be a constantly expanding one, with recent developments allowing you to wear your GPS product. If you don’t mind playing golf wearing a watch, then these products may be for you as they allow you to quickly calculate a yardage just by looking down at your wrist. Take a look at what’s currently on the market.
Bushnell NEO iON
The Bushnell NEO iON has a small, sleek comfortable design with a long battery life that lasts for three full rounds. There are no membership fees and the watch comes preloaded with over 35,000 courses from more than 30 countries.
Key features include auto course recognition and auto hole advance. The distances are given to the front, centre and back of the greens and are easy to read on the clear screen. The watch also offers hazard/layup distances to make sure you never miss-club again.
Garmin Approach X40
This slim, lightweight GPS golf band comes with Elevate wrist heart rate technology and activity tracking that tracks how many steps you have taken during your round. But, more importantly, the device displays distances to the front, back and centre of the green and hazards.
The AutoShot game tracker automatically tracks shots along the fairway and measures distances for post-round analysis on Garmin Connect. The Green View Display shows you the true shape and layout of the green, even when you’re behind it. You’ll never miss another important text, email or alert again as the Approach X40 acts as a wireless extension of your compatible smart device to display smart notifications, right on your wristband. Finally, the device comes in four different colours: Black/grey, white/black, frost blue/midnight blue and limelight/midnight blue.
GolfBuddy has expanded its wearable GPS range with the release of the exclusive ladies GPS golf watch, the LD2. Ladies now have the option of an elegant, lightweight and chic golf GPS. The light sapphire crystals from Swarovski and the rich alligator grain leather watch band brings fashion and function to one device.
To add to being a stylish addition to the golf watch market, the device also gives distances to the front, centre and back of greens as well as distances to hazards. You don’t have to worry about changing the settings in a tournament, as the device is USGA/R&A compliant.
The GolfBuddy WT5 is GolfBuddy’s other offering on the wearable GPS market. The WT5 has a slimmer design and a more comfortable fit to your wrist than previous models and you can fully utilize the Dynamic Green View and moveable pin placement features by simply pressing and holding the buttons.
The device will give you distances to the front, centre and back of the green as well as distances to targets and hazards. You can move the crosshairs on the watch to determine the pin position on the green to give the most accurate distance yet. Other helpful features include the digital scorecard and the automatic course and hole recognition.
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Microsoft Band 2
The Microsoft band 2 is much more than just a golf GPS device, it can be used for several other purpose too. You can use it on a run to track your heart rate, calorie burn, track your run and analyse your run. The same can be done when cycling both indoors and outdoors and you can also use it to download guided workouts.
On the golf side of things, this GPS device detects which hole you’re playing and provides distances to the front, centre and back of the green. The automatic shot tracking feature manages your scorecard.
The SkyCaddie SW2 is the next generation in terms of their GPS range. The device has a slimmer design than previous models, an extended battery life and built-in Bluetooth Smart technology. The device also has a pace-of-play timer so you can time each and every round.
SkyCaddie also offer the most accurate distances as they don’t use second and third generation maps derived from third-party aerial imagery known to contain errors. Instead, SkyGolf walks every course with professional-grade survey equipment to create original course maps, accurate within one yard.
The SkyCaddie LINX is SkyCaddie’s leading wearable GPS and comes with some incredible features. The device gives dynamic accurate distances to the front, centre and back of greens, displayed in large easy-to-read numbers. The device is also Bluetooth-enabled with the new complimentary SkyGolf app. The app syncs your digital scorecard for further stat analysis and allows you to manage your SkyGolf account through your smartphone.
The TrueGround feature gives you distances to layup targets, from tee to green. You can even upgrade your LINX with a SkyGolf Membership and receive additional features such as IntelliGreen technology that provides actual green shape and pin targeting gives you a precise distance to the hole.
Despite being well known for their vehicle Satnavs, TomTom have released a wearable GPS device to help you get accurate yardages to pins with the TomTom Golfer. The device has an extra large display and has a battery life of up to 10 hours when in GPS mode.
With the one button control you can get precise yardages to the front, centre and back of greens and can even get a better look at unfamiliar greens and hazards with the Greenview graphic technology. You can even track your score, distance and time for your round from one of the 40,000 preloaded international courses.
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