Golfers know how difficult the game of golf can be. That’s why they are always looking for ways to lower their scores and make the game of golf easier. Better golf clubs, better shoes, better training aids, etc. One way to start lowering your scores and add a new level of relaxation and comfort is to have a golf GPS watch on your wrist. I’ve had a golf GPS watch for a few years now and I can’t play without it!
Not only will it help lower your scores because you will become much more in tune with your club distances, but it will speed up your game as you will not always be walking around pacing off yardages like a golf zombie.
I love being able to quickly look at the yardage to the pin, the yardage to the front of the green or, when playing a new course, you’ve never played, a hazard you didn’t even know was there.
I get asked a lot on the course “doesn’t the watch bother you while playing?” I can honestly say that after a few holes you will never even feel it. I can’t stress enough if you are at all serious about your golf game you should have a golf GPS watch.
Just like any technology, there is a huge variety of golf GPS watches and rangefinders to choose from. It can be quite overwhelming to a person who doesn’t know what features they should be looking for.
Today, you can find a very good golf GPS watch for under $200. If you are looking for an everyday smartwatch for exercising and that’s also kick-ass golf GPS watch, then you will be looking more in the $350 price range.
What Features Should You Be Looking for When Buying a Golf GPS Watch?
One feature that I absolutely love is where you can see the golf hole from above and easily get layup distances to certain yardages. Some golf GPS watches only give you a distance, which is helpful, but seeing how the hole curves or the hazards around the green is so important. There is no worse feeling on the course when you hit a sweet 5 iron only to see it roll into a sand trap you didn’t know was there.
Of course, a GPS watch with great battery life is a must. You don’t want to run out of battery on hole 12.
In addition, besides great battery life, you should get a watch that comes pre-loaded with golf courses. I used to hate having to go to my computer, hook up my watch, & download the course I want to play. It was a huge pain. Now, with my Golf Buddy, I hop out of the car, step up to the first tee and I’m good to go.
Finally, for me, the last feature that’s so important is ease of use. I’ve had GPS golf watches that were great, but you had to constantly be pressing buttons as each button has 2-3 other options. One reason for a golf GPS watch is to speed up play and if it’s taking you longer to press buttons than it would be to walk off a yardage then you are missing out.
I really like watches that are touchscreen. On the course, it’s so nice to be able to slide your finger from left to right and get your yardage, see hazards or find a good layup yardage to your ‘go zone’!
Features to Look For:
- View of the Golf Hole
- Good Battery Life
- Pre-Loaded Golf Courses
- Easy to Use (Touchscreen)
Here are some of the top Golf GPS’s Watches available today.