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December 15, 2014

Selecting the Perfect Golf GPS Device for Your Budget

Anybody interested in Golf GPS?

It’s always an advantage in any golf game if you know your course well. Make the most out of your game by making sure you know the location of every water hazard, sand bunker and any other traps.

The advantages and benefits of a Golf GPS are becoming more and more popular to both amateur and professional golfers alike. It can definitely help in intuitive strategy and planning that cannot be compensated by other gadgets, not even a laser rangefinder. Any golfer is sure to have better chances of winning with a well-thought of plan and a good amount of cleverness because of the nature of the sport which is all about precision.

You’re probably reading this article to find out which is the best Golf GPS device. At the moment, I do not have any “favorite” brand or device since all Golf GPS devices out there has its own advantages and disadvantages. What I’ll be discussing, though, surrounds the general idea on how to buy a suitable Golf GPS gadget for your needs.

Allow me to discuss several Golf GPS devices and their prices range. By the time you’re done reading this article, I’m sure you’ll learn a lot about choosing the right Golf GPS device that’s right for you.

For the On-A-Budget Golfer (<$200)

These are units that are not so expensive but it doesn’t mean that their features are compromised compared to their more costly counterparts. The biggest advantage of this group of gadgets is their durability since they only have basic functions and therefore have better chances of lasting. They are perfect for back up in cases such as bad weather conditions which your more expensive Golf GPS gadget may not be suited for.

Currently, below are some of the gadgets that fall under this particular category:

  • GolfLogix Garmin GPS (costs about $200) – This is a nifty gadget with a large LCD screen for easier viewing. It can show around 6 hazard information per hole. Perfect choice during bright sunny weather. It has the ability to store 20 courses at a single time and downloading additional courses is free and the annual membership fee is $29.95.
  • IZZO Swami 1500 (costs about $80) – This cheap gadget offers big advantages. Manufactured by a company that specializes in golf bags and accessories, this gadget can store a maximum of 10 courses. No annual fee is required except for a registration fee of $9.99. It is often mistaken to be a toy because of how it looks, but it works wonderfully and is unbelievably fast and accurate. It also has longer battery life and is perfect for long golf games.
  • Skycaddie Family of Golf GPS, namely, SGX, SG5 and the SG3 models – The SG5 and the SG3.5 costs around $280 and $200, respectively. This specific group of gadgets is currently a favorite among golfers because of its reasonable price for what it can do. A trade-in program is currently available for those who an older SG2 model. This program is available in the United States only.

The Mid Range Group (between $200 and $400)

Looking at one step up is that group of gadgets that has colored and 3D LCD displays and are priced within the range of $200-$400. These include, but not limited to, the Garmin Approach G5, Callaway Golf uPro and the new Skycaddie SGX.

These gadgets typically feature more hazard information per hole, pre-installed game analyzers and have the capacity to store around 300,000 courses. The courses that are stored in these models have undergone ground verification and are definitely more accurate than the cheaper Golf GPS models in the market.

The Elite Golf GPS Gadgets (>$400)

At the top of the list when it comes to prices are the high-tech gadgets that still have a lot to prove to the Golf GPS line of gadgets. These gadgets have a lot more to offer when it comes to features and primarily offer touch-targeting capability for a no-mess view of all angles in any course. There’s not much difference in accuracy compared to its less expensive equivalents, but it may take some time to get used to the multiple buttons. Your game results may not really improve as much as you expect it to, but these models will surely give you the bragging rights whenever you use them.

  • Sonocaddie Golf GPS V500 – This is a very popular device with touchscreen positioning capability and cool 3D flyover feature that allows you to pivot and rotate the entire course for easier analysis. It also includes a pre-installed golf course with yardage guide. 
  • Garmin Approach G5 (around $499) – A durable waterproof screen and no annual membership fees are what make this gadget popular. Bright sunlight is no match for its transreflective screen. It is backed up with 2 years warranty and is compliant with USGA and R&A rules.

So this concludes my article about Golf GPS gadgets grouped based on their price range. I was also thinking of discussing these gadgets according to their functionality and features; however I’ve decided to come up with another article for that. Thanks for reading and I hope I was able to help you choose the right unit for you.