If you’ve been playing golf for a long time now, it’s time for you to realize that there are devices that can help you in your game. One of these devices is a golf GPS rangefinder. What does this device do? In a nutshell, it provides you with a map of the course that you’re playing in and it provides you with distance to your intended target.
These benefits are very beneficial so golfers can plan their shots accordingly. After all, golf is very much like chess. Shots are made based on the next couple of shots that you’re going to take. It will be very hard to do this without a GPS rangefinder. Provided below are the top 10 options for golfers this 2014.
- Garmin Approach G6
Don’t underestimate its small size. It’s packed with helpful features. Garmin puts together the best features of the G3 and G5 and packed them in the small package of the G6. How small? It’s 2.6 inches diagonally which is about average, but it’s less than an inch thick.
The map is presented in bright colors. Tap any point in the map and the device will provide two important details. It will tell how far that point is from your present location and how far that point is from the middle of the green.
- Izzo Swami 4000
Are you looking for an entry-level device? That doesn’t mean that you have to settle for a low-quality one. This basic unit has everything needed in a golf GPS rangefinder. It can measure shots and provide accurate distance. It also looks sharp which is important to the modern golfer.
It may not have the features of the more expensive devices, but for most golfers, the features of this product are more than enough.
- Garmin Approach G7
If you’re looking for a newer version of the Approach, choose this over the G6. It has some useful features. For example, it will recommend what club to use based on the slopes and/or elevations present.
Now, these may seem like unfair features for some so make sure to check your club’s rules when it comes to these features. But if you’re just looking for something that can help you enjoy your weekend games more, this is a good buy.
- Garmin Approach G8
Choose this one if the features of the G7 are not enough. In addition to the features found on the G7, it has Wifi that you can use to add or update courses. This means that you can do these things on the go instead of having to connect it to a computer. It also syncs with the iPhone so it will display notifications and even emails.
It also looks sleeker than the G7. On the downside, it’s hit by the Local Rule 14/3b. If that concerns you, stick to the G6.
- Bushnell NEO-XS
This is one of the latest models to hit the market this 2014. If you’re looking for a GPS watch that you can use on the course, this is probably the best option for you. It’s the successor to the wildly-popular NEO-X, and it’s good to know that it’s an improvement as well.
This is the smallest GPS watch in the market and it’s the lightest one as well. Even with its small size, it has more than 33,000 courses. Just turn it on and it will recognize the course you’re in. Of course, it has a calculator to measure the shot distance. It also has an insane battery life that can last you for 3 rounds.
- Garmin S4
This is a GPS rangefinder of Garmin from the Approach line, but this time, it’s a GPS watch. It’s one of those GPS watches that do everything. It has a touchscreen which reacts swiftly to the touch. One touch is all it takes to find out what the distance is. There are buttons on the side that will show you the scorecard, shot measuring feature and the green view. You can access all these features with a touch of a button.
Best of all, this one is very easy to use which is a relief considering all the features packed into this sleek watch.
- Bushnell Medalist Laser Rangefinder
It’s one of the most accurate rangefinders in the market. This is the perfect choice if you want something that’s in the middle range as far as price and features are concerned. It boasts of the PinSeeker technology which they’re saying is the best in the industry. It’s not a far-fetched claim. This way, you don’t have to be confused as to whether the device is measuring the trees or the pin. It will zero in on the tee.
How accurate is this? It’s pretty accurate, give or take a yard. No technology is perfect and when it comes to rangefinders, there’s no reason to complain about this accuracy.
- Bushnell Tour V2 Slope Edition Rangefinder
If you’re not a fan of the Medalist, check this one out since it has more features. It features 5 times the magnification which is huge. Its lens is coated which is helpful when playing under the glaring sun.
It’s also very comfortable to hold. You’ll get a secure and firm hold even with a clammy palm because of the molded grip.
- Bushnell Hybrid GPS Laser
Instead of buying a GPS device and a laser rangefinder separately or choosing between them, you can get this model from Bushnell and get the best of both worlds. The features of the GPS itself are rather generic, but the fact that it comes with a laser rangefinder more than makes up for it.
- Sonocaddie V500
This brand and model has some of the latest features in the industry. These include its ability to provide you with video flyovers and even satellite images. It does everything you’d expect from a GPS device well so it’s a good buy especially if you’re going to consider the added features.