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
Slope No
Vibration n
Height 5 in.
Width 2.7 in.
Depth .59 in.
Weight 5.39 oz.
Battery Lithium-ion recharge
Battery Life 8 hours
Display Color TFT LCD
Rainproof water resistant
Magnification N/A
Maximum Range N/A
Minimum Range N/A
Notes Larger Screen makes graphics and numbers easier to see.
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes

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GolfBuddy VS4 Review

‘GolfBuddy VS4′

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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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Breaking 80 Max 400 Review

The Breaking 80 Max 400 gets a lot of really great reviews from users who can’t believe they get the same accuracy as other laser rangefinders for significantly less money. If there’s a down side, it’s that some users report struggling to acquire distance to the right target. It’s a low percentage, but slightly higher than on more expensive rangefinders.

The beauty of buying this on Amazon is their excellent return policy!

SkyCaddie Touch Review

SkyGolf is rolling out a new full-featured handheld golf GPS. Our SkyCaddie Touch Review will be up soon, but for now let’s take a look at how the features measure up to the competition.

“SkyCaddie TOUCH”

Price $299
SkyCaddie Touch golf GPS
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  • Bluetooth updates through your phone – Using an iPhone or Android smartphone app, you will have the ability to update your course maps whenever your phone is connected to the Internet. We haven’t seen this with any other brand and give a thumbs up for the idea.
  • Preloaded with 35,000 courses – this is the same as it’s competitors, except for the fact that SkyGolf charges you an annual fee to access those preloaded courses and other brands do not. SkyGolf claims to have better maps because they are “ground verified”, but to our knowledge there is no hard data that suggests that SkyCaddie maps are truly better.
  • 3″ high-resolution glove-friendly touchscreen – This is a nice size screen for a golf GPS with full hole views. It’s the same size as the latest Garmin models.
  • Interactive HoleVue™ – A fancy name for being able to get the full layout of the hole and allowing touch targeting to any point on the hole.
  • Patented IntelliGreen® Technology – The green view on the SkyCaddie TOUCH changes with your angle of approach. It is also quite detailed, showing bunker carries and green depth information. We’re not sure this isn’t information overload for most golfers, but we’ll have to wait and see.
  • Dynamic RangeVue™ – SkyCaddie will display multiple arcs on the screen showing possible layup distances and their locations. This handy feature will save you the time of touch targeting in some instances.
  • Auto Course Select – As with pretty much every golf GPS today, the SkyCaddie TOUCH will figure out where you are and show you the nearest golf courses.
  • Auto Hole Select- Another feature present on most units that moves to the next hole presumably while you are on your way there.
  • Auto Zoom – As you move forward on the hole, the hole view zooms with you.
  • Digital scorecard and stat tracking – The unit will store up to 20 rounds and the information can also be uploaded SkyGolf 360 for storage and interesting analysis.
  • Measure shot distance – Another feature found on most golf GPS devices, the SkyCaddie TOUCH allows you to measure any shot.

Although quite popular due to a big marketing budget, recent SkyCaddie models get only mediocre reviews. Hopefully the SkyCaddie TOUCH will be the model that breaks that trend. If the Bluetooth connectivity works well, it should be a big help, but we still don’t like the annual fees when there are other devices on the market with great ratings and no fees. Check out Garmin’s line of full featured golf GPS devices, for a no-fee solution.

SkyCaddie TOUCH Specifications

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Model SkyCaddie TOUCH
Type GPS
Slope No
Vibration n
Height 4 in.
Width 2.3 in.
Depth .7 in.
Weight 3.8 oz.
Battery rechargeable Li-ion
Battery Life N/A
Display color
Rainproof N/A
Magnification N/A
Maximum Range N/A
Minimum Range N/A
Notes Bluetooth connectivity to smartphone app that allows for course updates and round uploads for analysis.
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes

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