Nikon COOLSHOT 20 Review

‘Nikon Coolshot 20’

Nikon Coolshot 20
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In our Nikon Coolshot 20 Review, we determined this was currently the best value in a golf rangefinder. It’s simply a solid rangefinder with First Target Priority, which makes it easy to find distance to the pin rather than trees behind the green. If you are comfortable using a laser rangefinder and don’t need slope or other bells and whistles, this may be the right choice for you. Even if you are a newcomer to using a laser rangefinder, this is a good choice assuming you have fairly steady hands and a little patience as you learn to use it.

Nikon Coolshot 20 User Rating:
4.5 Stars 4.5 out of 5 (157 reviews)

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

The reviews on the Coolshot 20 are excellent and the price is less than the competition. Learning to use it should be quick, but for those of us used to holding down or pumping the button, it takes a mental adjustment to realize that you just push and release the button and let the rangefinder scan for the pin. Most reviewers did not have problems getting the distance, but as is usually the case, a few felt it was difficult. So if you are buying your first laser golf rangefinder, you may want to spend the extra and get something like the Bushnell Pro X7 that works best with two hands.

Most Mentioned Pros
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  • Accuracy (26.7%)
  • Easy to acquire distance (18.3%)
  • Price/Features (15.4%)
  • Size/Weight (14.1%)
  • Better than competion (2.8%)

Most Mentioned Cons
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  • Difficult to acquire distance (8.4%)
Nikon COOLSHOT Specifications
Model Nikon Coolshot 20
Type laser
Slope No
Vibration n
Height 2.9 in.
Width 1.5 in.
Depth 3.6 in.
Weight 4.4 oz.
Battery CR2 Lithium
Battery Life N/A
Display N/A
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 6x
Maximum Range 6
Minimum Range 550
Notes
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
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Callaway 300 Laser Rangefinder Review

‘Callaway 300’

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Callaway was missing from the laser and GPS golf rangefinder marketplace for awhile, but it’s nice to see them back with several new offerings.

First up, the Callaway 300 laser rangefinder. Our review will be available after we see some feedback from users, but we expect this one to be a contender in the mid-price golf rangefinder category.

Callaway 300 User Rating:
4.3 Stars 4.3 out of 5 (38 reviews)

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

Features:

  • can pick up targets from 5-1000 yards
  • 6X magnification (+/- 1 yard accuracy)
  • Pin Acquisition Technology (P.A.T) locks onto flag quickly from up to 300 yards
  • Scan mode allows moving from target to target to acquire distances to multiple targets at once
  • Lightweight (7.5 oz.) and compact
  • Waterproof and Fog proof
  • Legal for tournament play
  • Measures in yards or meters
  • Sleek, ergonomic, soft casing design
  • Includes CR2 3V battery and carry case
Callaway 300 Specifications
Model Callaway 300
Type Laser
Slope No
Vibration n
Height 3 in.
Width 1.75 in.
Depth 4.25 in.
Weight 7.58 oz.
Battery CR-2 3-Volt Lithium
Battery Life N/A
Display LCD
Rainproof Yes IPX4
Magnification 6x
Maximum Range 1000
Minimum Range 5
Notes
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
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SkyCaddie LINX Review

‘SkyCaddie LINX’

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We’re not going to do a full out SkyCaddie LINX Review. In our opinion, it’s just not worth our time or yours at this point. You are welcome to keep reading, but feel free to jump on over to our see what golf watches we do recommend.

SkyCaddie LINX User Rating:
3.22 Stars 3.22 out of 5 (27 reviews)

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

The early user reviews are lousy and even though you will see many advertisements that say “No annual fees or membership required”, to get the features you want on this watch, you’ll need to purchase an annual membership. The only group of people we might recommend this watch for are those who have over two years remaining on a SkyCaddie membership and are looking to buy a golf watch. Even then, we would offer a warning based on the user feedback we’ve seen so far… “It’s not that easy to use!”

SkyCaddie is the only brand that charges fees for their golf GPS devices to work properly. For $49 a year over an above the price of the device, you would expect to be getting the finest golf GPS experience available, yet users consistently give SkyCaddie devices lower ratings than other brands. If you are a current SkyCaddie user, we suggest cutting your losses and switching to another brand with no fees. If you’ve never had a SkyCaddie, we can’t think of a good reason to buy one just yet.

Okay, now you can hop on over to our Best Golf Watch page and find the one that fits your style of play!

SkyCaddie LINX Golf Watch Specifications
Model SkyCaddie LINX
Type GPS
Course Download Fees No*
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Available Courses 35
Battery Life N/A
Battery rechargeable Li-ion Polymer
Height 2.8 in.
Width 2.0 in.
Depth .7 in.
Measure Shot Distance N/A
Screen Size 1.7
Resolution N/A
Display Type hi-res grayscale
Weight 1.6 oz.
Rainproof Yes
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning Y*
Stat Tracker Yes
Digital Scorecard Yes
Computer Analysis Tools Yes
Ground Verified Yes
Alternate Targets Yes
Aerial Hole View No
Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
Add Courses Manually Yes
Compatibility Windows/Mac
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes *Many features are not available unless you upgrade to a paid SkyCaddie membership plan.
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Garmin vívoactive Review

‘Garmin vivoactive’

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Our Garmin vívoactive Review will be available after we get some feedback from users and take it for a spin ourselves, but in the meantime… Wow! This watch is so much more than a GPS golf watch and yet the price is so much lower than the latest Garmin golf watches. From a golf watch perspective, there is a small trade-off, but we think many golfers as well as non-golfers, will have reason to put the Garmin vívoactive on their shortlist. It will be available in early 2015.

For Golfers: You get distance to the front, middle and back of every green, plus distances to layups and doglegs. It also has a shot measuring feature and a stroke-play scorecard for one player. That’s pretty much the same information that you would get with the Garmin Approach S2 golf watch, which has been around for a few years and is less expensive. If you just want a watch for golf, the vívoactive probably isn’t for you, but if you are also thinking about a smartwatch, a running watch, a swim watch, a bike watch OR a fitness tracker, then the Garmin vívoactive will probably be among the coolest and most economical choices out there. The Apple Watch will probably have all these features and more, but at a significantly higher price and with much less experience in the sports watch market.

Beyond Golf: The vívoactive is thin and lightweight with a very readable screen. Apps for golf, running, swimming, biking and walking are built right into the watch. Garmin has been a leader in all of these sports watch markets for years, so we’re expecting they will be able to deliver in each category. The vívoactive has an accelerometer, so it also serves as a fitness tracker to track your steps and daily activity. It will even remind you if you haven’t been moving for awhile. Like the latest Garmin golf watches, the vívoactive will have access to notifications from your smartphone. And like any good smartwatch, you’ll also be able to customize the look of your watch face!

Garmin is also allowing third-party developers to create apps for the vívoactive. That means many other apps will be available and already you can find a weather app, stock market app and more. We think it’s possible that a third-party golf app might even be able to make it a better golf watch in the future. In fact, the trade-off we mention above is that the vivoactive doesn’t have the green view or hole graphics offered in the newest Garmin golf watches. We’re hoping the vivoactive might someday have that option available as well. One concern we have is how the golf courses are downloaded. We’ve asked Garmin about this and hope to hear back soon, but it appears that connecting to Garmin Connect is required and we need to know more about how that works. We’ll get back to you very soon.

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Garmin vivoactive Specifications
Model Garmin vivoactive
Type GPS
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses N/A
Available Courses 38,000+
Battery Life 10 hrs / 3 wks
Battery rechargeable lithium
Height 1.52 in.
Width 1.72 in.
Depth .32 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size 1.13 x .8
Resolution 205 x 148
Display Type color touchscreen
Weight 1.34 oz.
Rainproof Yes
Touch Screen Yes
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning No
Stat Tracker No
Digital Scorecard Yes
Computer Analysis Tools Yes
Ground Verified N/A
Alternate Targets Yes
Aerial Hole View No
Green Rotates to your shot angle N/A
Add Courses Manually N/A
Compatibility Windows/Mac
USGA Compliant (local rule) No
Notes Where to start… Smartwatch, fitness tracker, all sports watch.
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Swami Sport GPS Review

‘Izzo Swami Sport’

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Our Swami Sport GPS Review will be completed in the coming weeks, but at first glance we think this unit looks like a great fit for a select set of golfers. First of all, the price is right for anyone on a budget. Secondly, we love the way this unit is designed to clip onto a golf bag. Honestly, other than having a golf watch on your wrist, we think clipping a GPS right on your bag is the most convenient place to have it. The bold, bright color will ensure that you don’t have trouble spotting it!

Izzo Swami Sport User Rating:
3.0 Stars 3.0 out of 5 (3 reviews)

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

The unit displays distance to the center in a large font and the distances to front and back in a medium sized font. The hole number, par and time of day are in a small font, but it’s nice that everything shows on the main screen. As the long is it changes holes automatically, there wouldn’t be any need to touch the unit during the round. However, in some Izzo devices, we’ve found that if left in a cart away from the green, the auto hole advance does not work. On this unit, it looks like easy enough to change holes manually with the press of a button.

It’s certainly small enough to carry in your pocket, but accidental button presses could be a problem.

Izzo continues to put out quality low cost golf GPS units that deliver simplicity and accuracy, so we’re anxious to put this one to the test.

Notable Features of the Swami Sport Golf GPS
  • Distance to front, middle and back of the green on the main screen.
  • Pre-loaded with over 30,000 golf courses worldwide.
  • No computer downloads or annual subscription required.
  • Simple and easy to read display
  • Main screen includes hole number, par, and time of day.
  • Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery lasts up to two rounds.
  • Includes carabineer and USB charging cable.
Izzo Swami Sport Specifications
Model Izzo Swami Sport
Type GPS
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Available Courses 30,000+
Battery Life up to 2 rounds
Battery rechargeable Li-ion
Height N/A in.
Width N/A in.
Depth N/A in.
Measure Shot Distance No
Screen Size N/A
Resolution mono
Display Type LCD
Weight N/A oz.
Rainproof N/A
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning No
Stat Tracker No
Digital Scorecard No
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 N/A
Compatibility N/A
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes includes carabineer clip
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TomTom Golfer GPS Watch Review

‘TomTom Golfer’

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We are definitely looking forward to doing our TomTom Golfer GPS Watch Review. Besides being a very nice looking watch, TomTom appears to have taken a slightly different approach to displaying hazard distances. It’s a much more simplistic look than rival Garmin’s latest watches, but at a glance, we think the simplicity might work in TomTom’s favor.

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One thing we’ve already noticed about TomTom’s golf watch is that it includes distances to hazards as well as layup distances to doglegs and 100, 150 and 200 yardage markers. Our current top golf watch picks are the Garmin S4 and the Bushnell neo XS. The Garmin only has the layup distances and the Bushnell only has hazards. If TomTom executes this well, having both will be a big selling point.

The latest Garmin watch, the S6 has access to hazard information via the CourseView screen which displays graphic views of part of the hole. Unfortunately, it takes more than a quick glance to figure out what you’re seeing. The TomTom graphics are totally basic, which might actually make it easier and quicker to locate the distance you need.

The TomTom Golfer doesn’t have a touchscreen or any buttons on the face. Instead, there is a touchpad on the watchband. It’s a little unusual looking, but overall, the watch looks great. It comes preloaded with 34,000+ courses, is rainproof and it has a scorecard.

TomTom Golfer Watch Specifications
Model TomTom Golfer
Type GPS
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Available Courses 34,000+
Battery Life up to 10 hrs.
Battery Rechargeable
Height N/A in.
Width N/A in.
Depth N/A in.
Measure Shot Distance N/A
Screen Size .87 x .98
Resolution 144×168 px
Display Type N/A
Weight 1.87 oz.
Rainproof Yes (50 meters)
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 Yes
Aerial Hole View Y*
Green Rotates to your shot angle N/A
Add Courses Manually N/A
Compatibility smartphone
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes *Offers a unique and simple way to display hazards. Courses can be updated wirelessly through your smartphone.
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