Which GPS device best suits you?
We often get asked questions like which brands are best for GPS devices, and whether watches are as good as rangefinders. Well, here’s our answer…
Isn’t it funny how time flies! We’re already well into autumn, and in case the news has somehow escaped your attention, on Sunday the clocks went back an hour.
There’s always a bit of excitement when the clocks change at this time of year. Some people are sighing at the perceived lack of sunlight in the days ahead, while others are looking forward to their sudden extra hour of sleep.
Like it or not, as we chase towards the winter equinox, the sunset is getting a little earlier with each passing day. What does that mean for us golf fans? Well, it does mean that we’ll be hoping to play a little more speedily in order to beat the declining sunlight.
Thankfully, modern golf technology lets us see more of the course than ever before. Thanks to very accurate GPS data, you can now get the perfect yardage readings to different sections of the green. Please join us as we discuss how the latest GPS watches and Laser Rangefinders from Bushnell are illuminating the golf course like never before.
Recommended for: High-handicap golfers that want to improve their game
GPS golf watches are the peak of on-course convenience. By connecting to overhead satellites, they can pick up incredibly accurate data to give you startlingly precise yardage readings. All while the device is strapped to your wrist.
The iON Elite from Bushnell is a lot of fun to use. The watch has a full-colour screen that shows the various fairways, hazards, greens, and yardage readings in rich and vivid detail. The watch face is a touchscreen and can be easily navigated by your finger, so you don’t need to rely solely on pressing any small buttons.
When we conducted a recent survey, we found that 43% of respondents liked using GPS Watches the most when it comes to Distance Measuring Devices
As you plan your way around the course, you won’t want to take your eyes off the clear, vibrant display.
Because the green is your main target, a lot of tech has been implemented into the device to make the green as interactive as possible. You’ll be able to receive yardage readings to the front, middle, and back of each green.
The dynamic green mapping means you’ll always be shown distance readings based on your line of play. So even if you’ve hit a slightly wayward shot, you’ll have accurate readings from where your ball has come to rest. The GreenView feature even lets you move the pin placement on the green, so you can better line up your shot with where the hole is in real life.
Recommended for: Pin-seeking single-figure handicap golfers
If you take your golf seriously, you’ll want to consider adding the Tour V6 Laser Rangefinder to your gear when you head out on the course from now on.
This wonderful bit of kit lets you hold some very powerful tech in the palm of your hand. When you look through the crystal-clear optics, you’ll have 6x magnification capabilities to see the hole ahead of you in all its glory.
Not only will you be able to see very far ahead of you, the rangefinder will be able to point out and give you specific distance measurements up to 500 yards away from the flag. This gives us all the range we need, because the Let’s face it, if you’re hitting an approach shot that’s over 500 yards from the green, you’ve most likely duffed your tee shot!
One of the key features of the V6 Laser is Bushnell’s Jolt Technology. This essentially means that when you fix the optics onto the flag, the device gives your hand a little jolt to confirm it’s registering the correct target.
You’ll have the peace of mind to reach for the right club knowing the device has fixed on the flagstick and not a wayward tree in the distance. This little reassurance is a great little confidence booster, and will put you in the right mindset to pick out the best club and commit to your shot.
A fine example of just how clever these devices are is the Tour V6 Shift Laser. This gadget has all the wonderful tech found in the standard V6 but with the inclusion of Bushnell’s slope compensation technology.
This essentially means that when giving you distance readings, the device will be able to take into account the contours of the ground, whether your target is above or below your feet. The incline or decline of the ground has a big impact on whereabouts your ball actually ends up, so this feature is a real game-changer!