Swami Sport GPS Review

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

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.

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.

The release date is December 20th and you can pre-order it now!

Izzo Swami 4000 Video Review

We love the Izzo Swami 4000 for its simplicity, price and big numbers! Click the image below to play our video review of the Izzo Swami 4000. For our written review, click here.

GolfBuddy PT4 Review

We are in the process of testing the GolfBuddy PT4 for our review that will be available later this month, and wanted to pass on our early impressions. Our. thus far, limited hands-on experience hasn’t led us to give a definitive thumbs up or thumbs down, but we can help you decide if you should even consider it. You’ll notice that the early ratings from users, are pretty bad, but we noticed they didn’t share a common thread, so it’s still too early to tell much from those.

GolfBuddy PT4 User Rating:
1.6 Stars 1.6 out of 5 (5 reviews)

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

The highlight of the GolfBuddy PT4 is the size. Unlike other golf GPS handhelds, the PT4 is more like a good sized smartphone. Not everyone wants a big GPS, but it’s really nice to see those full hole views on the 4″ screen and it’s got room for pretty large numbers. Touch targeting is great, but because of the size of the numbers, we often have to zoom into the spot we are targeting in order to get enough precision. Fortunately, it has many levels of zoom, giving you an even better look at the hole. We give the PT4 the edge over Garmin on screen size and readability.

We also like the green view options on this GolfBuddy. Touch targeting the pin is easy and there is a second option for viewing the green, that adds a grid and even bigger numbers for the distances.

The GolfBuddy PT4 comes with a 47 page manual vs. the Garmin Approach G6 that has a four page manual. There are lots of people who would be thrilled to get an electronic gadget that came with the detailed manual, so that’s a plus. However, the Garmin G6 is so intuitive, that you don’t really need much instruction. With the PT4, you should at least take it with you to the course in case you run into something that’s not so intuitive.

The scoring and stats on the PT4 are not as easy as we’ve found on any of the Garmin models, but then again, it’s not that hard. It’s just a little confusing the first time you press “Score” and it’s asking you which nine you are playing. Seems silly, since it should know what hole you are playing.

We’ve had a couple of problems with the GolfBuddy, but we’re not exactly sure what caused them. On one occasion, it seemed to totally freeze up and since the manual wasn’t handy, we had to wait until the unit ran completely out of battery for it to shut down. Another time, the unit found it’s way to a language with which we weren’t familiar. Let’s just say it took a little luck to find our way back to English. Only more testing will tell whether these issues were flukes or flaws.

For now, the only golfers we would recommend try the PT4 are those who really want or need the larger graphics and numbers. And of those golfers, we suggest it only for those who are persistent and patient. We reserve the right to change these recommendations, but at this point, we really do think there is a subset of golfers who would love the GolfBuddy PT4.

GolfBuddy PT4 Specifications
Model GolfBuddy PT4
Type GPS
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Available Courses 37,000+
Battery Life 8 hours
Battery Lithium-ion recharge
Height 5 in.
Width 2.7 in.
Depth .59 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size 4
Resolution N/A
Display Type Color TFT LCD
Weight 5.39 oz.
Rainproof water resistant
Touch Screen Yes
Touch Targeting Yes
Manual Pin Positioning Yes
Stat Tracker Yes
Digital Scorecard Yes
Computer Analysis Tools No
Ground Verified Yes
Alternate Targets Yes
Aerial Hole View Yes
Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
Add Courses Manually N/A
Compatibility Windows/Mac
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes Larger Screen makes graphics and numbers easier to see.

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GolfBuddy VS4 Review

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GolfBuddy VS4 User Rating:
4.62 Stars 4.62 out of 5 (29 reviews)

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

GolfBuddy isn’t messing with a good thing. The two predecessors to the VS4, the GolfBuddy Voice and Voice+ are on the top of our rankings charts for a reason… they are small, super easy to use and get great battery life. The VS4 builds on that by adding water resistance. Voice and/or digital display provide distances to the front, middle and back of the greens. Dynamic green view shows the shape of the green from your angle of approach and shot measuring gives you direct feedback about your game. Early user reviews are terrific and the price is nice! A watchband can be purchased separately.

Leupold GX-4i2 Review

The Leupold GX-4i2 brings something completely new to the table in the world of laser golf rangefinders. It’s the first one to have Slope that can be legally (in the USGA sense) “turned off” with the included chrome Smartkey faceplate.

Leupold GX-4i2 User Rating:
4.46 Stars 4.46 out of 5 (28 reviews)

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

The truth is that most golfers who are likely to use a laser rangefinder, are also likely to play in events that would deem a rangefinder with Slope illegal for competition. That keeps many of us from buying a rangefinder with Slope and causes some of us to have one of each. The Leupold GX-4i2 solves the problem and throws in some extra bells and whistle that will thrill the truest of golf geeks among us.

Leupold GX-4i2Notable Features
  • True Golf Range (TGR) – Uses elevation, altitude, temperature, and other atmospheric conditions to estimate a “plays like” distance.
  • Club Selector – makes club recommendations based on the True Golf Range (TGR) of your shot and the distances you have previously entered for your 8, 6 and 4 irons.
  • Weatherproof – Not only is it durable and waterproof, it has Fog Mode that will improve accuracy when you play in foggy conditions.
  • PinHunter 2™ – filters out background images and makes zeroing-in on the target faster and easier.
  • Prism Lock – combined with PinHunter 2 makes “locking on” faster than ever before. You get an audible tone when the rangefinder finds the prism, and the distance is immediately displayed.
  • Scan Mode – provides multiple readings in one quick sweep, just hold down the Power button and the display will continuously update with accurate line-of-site measurments.
  • Chrome faceplate – disables True Golf Range and Club Selector features making the GX-4i² “legal” under the rules of golf (per USGA Rule 14-3/0.5).

There are not a huge number of reviews yet, but most users love this rangefinder. The few who did not seemed to struggle with locking onto the correct target. That is the age-old problem with laser rangefinders, while they work well for most golfers, a few will have a hard time holding it steady enough to do a good job.

Leupold GX-4i2 Specifications
Model Leupold GX-4i2
Type Laser
Slope both
Vibration y
Height 3 in.
Width 1.4 in.
Depth 4.2 in.
Weight 7.9 oz.
Battery CR2 Lithium
Battery Life 6000+ actuations
Display red OLED
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 6X
Maximum Range 800
Minimum Range N/A
Notes More features than we can fit here! Best feature is SmartKey, that turns the Slope off and makes it USGA legal!
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes*

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