Leupold GX-3i2 Review

“Leupold GX-3i2

Leupold GX-3i2
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The preliminary findings of our Leupold GX-3i2 review process are leading us to put tit at the top of our laser rangefinder leaderboard. It matches feature for feature with the Bushnell Tour Z6 with Jolt technology, but costs less.

Leupold GX-3i2 Review Score:
4.77 Stars 4.77 out of 5 (13 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources including Amazon, GolfSmith and TGW.

The GX-3i2 has a really easy-to-see red OLED, that makes it much easier to read than less expensive rangefinder models. It also has 6x magnifcation, and new PinHunter 2 technology that makes locking onto the pin easier than ever and confirms it with a beep.

The name isn’t as well-known as Bushnell in the golf world, but this fifth-generation American owned family business has been making high-performance optics for hunters since 1907.

Leupold GX-3i2 Features and Specifications
Model Leupold GX-3i2
Type Laser
Slope No
Vibration or Sound Indicator y
Height 2.2 in.
Width 1.4 in.
Depth 3.6 in.
Weight 7.8 oz.
Battery CR2 Lithium
Battery Life 6000+ actuations
Display red OLED
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 6x
Maximum Range 450+
Minimum Range N/A
Notes Fog Mode
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes

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Voice Caddie T1 Review

“Voice Caddie T1 Watch”

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Building on their success with voice model golf GPS devices, Voice Caddie has taken a big step by entering the golf watch market. The Voice Caddie T1 is billed as a hybrid golf/fitness watch. For golf, it has the basic information you would expect from any budget priced golf watch: distance to the front, middle and back of every green and the ability to measure shot distance. At this price point we’re pleased to see that the VT1 allows you to keep score as well.

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There’s one more bonus feature that could prove to be very interesting if it works as advertised. The Voice Caddie VT1 detects when your swing begins and measures the tempo of your backswing and forward swing. If this is accurate, it might turn out to be a useful training device for the driving range.

For fitness, it reports speed, distance and calories burned. We like the fact that golfers who are also casual runners or walkers won’t necessarily need to buy a separate fitness watch for those activities.

Of course, it can also be used as a watch that tells the time, date and has an alarm and stopwatch. In watch mode, it lasts up to 28 weeks on a charge and in GPS mode, it lasts up to 11 hours. There are no fees for the Voice Caddie VT1 and it comes preloaded with over 30,000 golf courses. It also has automatic course and hole recognition. It’s available in black and white.

Voice Caddie T1 Watch Specifications
Model Voice Caddie T1 Watch
Type GPS
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Available Courses 30,000
Battery Life 11 hrs / 28 days
Battery Rechargeable
Height 1.87 in.
Width 1.87 in.
Depth N/A in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size N/A
Resolution N/A
Display Type LCD
Weight 2.19 oz.
Rainproof N/A
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning No
Stat Tracker No
Digital Scorecard Yes
Computer Analysis Tools N/A
Ground Verified N/A
Alternate Targets No
Aerial Hole View No
Green Rotates to your shot angle N/A
Add Courses Manually No
Compatibility N/A
USGA Compliant (local rule) N/A
Notes Automatically measure your swing tempo on every swing.

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GolfBuddy WT3 Review

“GolfBuddy WT3 Watch”

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We’re still evaluating user reviews, but we are expecting the GolfBuddy WT3 will be near the top of our charts when it’s all said and done. The only negative we’ve heard so far is that it’s a little bulky, which is true of most golf GPS watches. This may not be the smallest, but it is packed with more features than the Bushnell neo-XS, which claims to be the smallest.

GolfBuddy WT3 Watch Review Score:
3.92 Stars 3.92 out of 5 (36 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources including Amazon, GolfSmith and TGW.

The WT3 not only provides distances to the front, back and center of every green, it has dynamic green view which shows you the shape of the green in relation to where you are standing and allows manual pin positioning for more accurate distance. It also has distances to water hazards, bunkers and trees. We appreciate the scorecard feature, but wish it also allowed stat tracking. As with most golf watches, it has a shot measuring feature. Of course, the best feature of all… is the price!

GolfBuddy WT3 Watch Specifications
Model GolfBuddy WT3 Watch
Type GPS
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses 36,000+
Available Courses 36,000+
Battery Life 8 hrs in GPS mode
Battery 300mAh rechargeable
Height 2.09 in.
Width 1.77 in.
Depth .63 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size 1.26
Resolution 144×168 px
Display Type Transreflective
Weight 2.57 oz.
Rainproof Yes IPX7
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning Yes
Stat Tracker No
Digital Scorecard Yes
Computer Analysis Tools No
Ground Verified Yes
Alternate Targets Yes
Aerial Hole View No
Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
Add Courses Manually No
Compatibility N/A
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes Can be used as a regular watch. Also can be used to track distance and time for walking or running.

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Top Two Golf GPS Watches

If you ask us to pick the best golf GPS watch, we just can’t do it without knowing a little bit more about your preferences. But here are our top two golf GPS watches and we bet one of them is the right one for you!

The Garmin Approach S4 and the Bushnell neo-XS are very different in several ways. What they do the same is provide distances to the front, middle and back of every green and they will both easily measure your shots. That’s pretty much where the similarities end, unless you want to count the fact that both can be worn on the wrist!

The biggest difference that most golfers will notice before anything else, is the price. The Bushnell XS is currently about $100 less than the Garmin S4, which means that those S4 features better be pretty impressive… and they are, but still it’s not the right watch for everyone. There’s another advantage that the Bushnell holds over the Garmin… it has distances to hazards, up to four per hole. The Garmin has layup yardages to doglegs and targets like the 100, 150 and 200 yard markers, but that doesn’t always help on a new course. On the other hand, it is handy on golf courses you know well.

So what are the features that make the Garmin S4 worth the extra money? Admittedly, not everyone will want or need these features, but for those who do, Garmin did a great job…

  • Scorecard and Stats – A dedicated scorecard button on the side of the watch takes you to a screen where you can easily enter your score. If you choose to have your stats tracked, a simple press to the bottom of the face will take you to the Putts screen and another press takes you to the Fairways screen which allows you to enter straight, left or right for your tee shots. Greens in regulation is calculated at the end of the round. Once you begin using the scorecard feature on any given round, it automatically pops up at the end of each hole, making it even easier. The scorecard and stats feature on this watch is super easy to use and we give it a big thumbs up!
  • Touchscreen – Unlike your smartphone, a light tap on the Garmin S4 face won’t do anything, which keeps you from accidentally ending up on the wrong screen. Once you learn to press the screen rather than tap it, you’ll love the way it works. On a GPS watch with so many features, the touchscreen is almost essential to keep the navigation simple and Garmin has done it beautifully. There is even a “Back” button indicated by an arrow on the left side of the face, that will always take you to the last screen.
  • Green View and manual pin placement – A dedicated button on the lower left side of the watch will take you to a view of the green – complete with the shape as it sits from your location. By pressing the middle of the green, you can drag the pin location to a place more representative of the day’s pin placement and you’ll get distance to the new location. A nice feature for large and tricky greens.
  • iPhone Notifications – The Garmin S4 can connect to your iPhone via Bluetooth and display your texts, emails and notifications. It’s easy enough to set up and use and amazingly isn’t too obtrusive. You can go back and forth between your distance and your messages fairly easily. The only problem we encountered was that we lost the Bluetooth connection and had to take time to reconnect after we had gotten too far away from our iPhones (left them in the cart some distance away).

ou know yourself better than we do… Which do you like, distances to hazards or a scorecard with stats and the ability to get distances to different pin locations? Oh yeah, and there’s the money thing, but just remember, you’ll probably be using this watch for several years, so the price per round on either one, is still pretty darn reasonable!

Bushnell neo-X vs neo-XS

Bushnell neo-X vs neo-XSThe Bushnell neo-X vs neo-XS is pretty short and sweet. These are both excellent golf GPS watches sold at a very reasonable price. Both watches are almost identical in operation, but the neo-XS offers up to four hazard and layup points per hole, versus only two on the neo-X. If you typically use hazard and layup information on your golf GPS, then the neo-XS is definitely the watch for you. If that information isn’t something you’re inclined to use, the decision comes down to appearance and price. The neo-XS has a more rounded shape and is available in three color options – black, charcoal and white. We think it’s the better looking of the two watches, but that’s a matter of personal taste. The Bushnell neo-X comes is only available in black.

Bushnell neo-X vs neo-XS.
Model Bushnell NEO-X Watch Bushnell neo-XS Golf Watch
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Price Regular Price $199.99
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GRS Score 4.44
(293 Ratings)
4.30
(62 Ratings)
Height 1.4 in. N/A in.
Width 1.5 in. N/A in.
Depth .6 in. N/A in.
Weight 1.8 oz. N/A oz.
Battery Rechargeable N/A
Battery Life up to 16 hours up to 3 rounds
Rainproof Waterproof Yes
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes Yes
Instant Course Recognition Yes Yes
Auto Hole Advance Yes Yes
Course Capacity N/A N/A
Touch Screen No No
Stat Tracker No No
Digital Scorecard No No
Computer Analysis Tools No No
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes Yes
Alternate Targets Yes Yes
Ability to Add Targets No No
Measure Shot Distance Yes Yes
# of Available Courses 30,000+ 33,000+
Course Download Fees No No

Garmin S3 vs S4

Garmin S3 vs S4In the match-up of Garmin S3 vs S4, there is a clear winner in our opinion, but it’s only fair to say that both of these are terrific golf watches.

If there were a bigger price difference between the Garmin S3 and the S4, it would make our decision more difficult. However as of this writing, the Garmin S4 is about $50 more, but has several features that we think give it the edge over the Garmin S3.

Winning Features on the Garmin S4:
  • Stat Tracking – Built into the scorecard on the Garmin S4 is an easy to use stat tracking system. It’s really fast and helps you track fairways hit, greens in regulation and putts. Both the S3 and the S4 let you look at your scorecard on a computer and the S4 gives you a summary of your stats. In the future more features should be available using Garmin Connect.
  • Dedicated Green View Button – It’s so easy to get to the green view with one press of a button on the lower left side of the Garmin S4. It shows the green shape and allows you to quickly change the pin position. Press the Green View button again and you’re back to the main screen with distances to your new pin location. You can do this with the S3, but not quite as easily.
  • Battery Life – the Garmin S4 should give you an extra couple of hours of battery life. For those who play 36 holes in a day, this is critical. For the rest of us, it will come in handy when we forget to charge it between rounds.
  • Integration with iPhone – For the iPhone user who likes to check emails, text messages and other notifications during the round, the Garmin S4 makes it easy and much more subtle than constantly looking at your iPhone. It’s truly amazing how well Garmin has added this feature to the watch without making things too complicated.
  • In short, the Garmin S4 is the coolest golf watch on the market, but also super easy to use and loaded with features. There’s nothing wrong with the Garmin S3, but if your budget can handle the price difference, we recommend going with the Garmin S4.


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