GolfBuddy VoiceX Review

‘GolfBuddy VoiceX’

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Our GolfBuddy VoiceX Review will be available soon, but we wanted to give you our initial thoughts right away.

Over the years, the one thing that GolfBuddy has done consistently well is to produce highly-rated, easy-to-use, voice golf GPS devices. We expect the GolfBuddy VoiceX will follow that pattern. The newest model released in late 2017 does add a few features not found on previous models, so we are anxious to see how users respond.

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The feature we are most excited about is the automatic course updates via Bluetooth connectivity to your smartphone. When you arrive at the golf course and turn on the VoiceX, it will automatically check for updates and download them. If this feature works well, you’ll always be up-to-date without dealing with connecting it to your computer.

The GolfBuddy VoiceX also adds the ability to manually set the pin placements for more accurate distances to known pin locations. We don’t really think most users will use this feature, but for those who play on large greens, this may be an advantage.

GolfBuddy Voice X Big Numbers ModeWe like the new option to use Big Numbers Mode. For users who struggle to read the screen, this is a nice addition. In this mode, the shape of the green disappears from the screen, but if you can’t see it anyway, then it’s not really a sacrifice.

The GolfBuddy VoiceX may appeal to golfers who are also interested in an activity tracker for walking or running. The GPS tracker measures and records, time, pace, distance, elevation, and saves the information and the routes.

The question is whether or not GolfBuddy has implemented all of these new features on the VoiceX in a way that is still super easy to use. If you are a “wait and see” kind of shopper, you may want to go with the tried and true GolfBuddy Voice 2. However, if these new features appeal to you, take advantage of Amazon’s excellent return policy and order your GolfBuddy VoiceX today!

GolfBuddy VoiceX Notable Features
  • Key Distances – Provides distances to the front, middle, and back of every green PLUS hazards and other targets.
  • Automatic Updates – Wirelessly synchronize courses via Bluetooth with smartphone app.
  • Automtica Course and Hole Recognition – turn it on and it will find the nearest golf course and it automatically changes holes as you play your round.
  • Dynamic Green View – Shows the shape of the green and provides distance from the golfer’s location.
  • Voice Options – Choose a male or female voice.
  • Rechargeable Battery – The rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to 11 hours in Golf or GPS mode.
  • New Ergonomic Design – The GolfBuddy Voice X is now round with four buttons on the side.
  • New Larger Display – It’s easier to see and offers Big Number Mode.
  • Preloaded – The GolfBuddy VoiceX come preloaded with 38,000 golf courses.
  • Shot Measuring – Allows you to measure the distance of your shots.
  • Activity Tracker – Tracker will show the travel time, distance, pace, and lap count by using GPS while outdoors,
    and save the data.
  • Water Resistant – With an IP34 rating, it should do just fine if you play in the rain.
  • Clip-on or Watch – The VoiceX comes witha clip or a watchband can be purchased separately.
GolfBuddy Voice X Specifications
GolfBuddy VoiceX
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses 38,000
Full Hole Views Yes
Slope / Elevation No
Battery Life up to 11 hrs /golf
Battery Lithium Ion (450mAh)
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 1.85 in. x 1.85 in. x 0.54 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size 1.28
Resolution N/A
Display Type LCD
Weight N/A oz.
Rainproof water resistant
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning Yes
Stat Tracker No
Digital Scorecard No
Computer Analysis Tools No
Ground Verified N/A
Alternate Targets Yes
Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes Automatic course updates via bluetooth and phone app. Has a GPS activity tracker mode that records time, pace, elevation, distance, and route.
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GolfBuddy LD2 Ladies Golf Watch

‘GolfBuddy Ladies LD2’

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In our GolfBuddy LD2 Ladies Golf Watch Review, we explore the comments of dozens of users and look for common complaints as well as common points of praise.

GolfBuddy Ladies LD2 User Rating:
3.44 Stars 3.44 out of 5 (77 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

Although many ladies wear golf watches, the GolfBuddy LD2 is the only one that is specifically designed for those looking for a more elegant style. If you are in that group, this may be the watch for you, but keep reading to find out why you may or may not want to choose the GolfBuddy LD2.

First, let’s take a look at the features of the GolfBuddy LD2 Ladies Golf Watch:
  • Distances to front/center/back of the green.
  • Distances to hazards
  • Dual shot distance measurement
  • Automatic course/hold recognition
  • GPS Odometer
  • USGA/R&A compliant – legal for handicap and tournament play
  • GolfBuddy LD2 Ladies Golf Watch Review imageSmall, lightweight, stylish, & comfortable with Swarovski® crystals in light sapphire.
  • Genuine leather strap with alligator grain
  • Premium mineral crystal lens
  • Stainless steel crown button and bezel
  • Water Resistant Watch mode (time)
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides 6 hours in GPS modes or 9-weeks in standard watch mode
  • No membership or download fees

What we discovered from analyzing the feedback of dozens of users, is that most users were in one of two categories…

  • They loved the watch and its performance.
  • They experienced problems with the functioning of the watch and frequently were also unhappy with GolfBuddy customer support.

Normally, we would not even consider recommending a watch with ratings as low as those on the GolfBuddy LD2. However, since this is the only true ladies golf watch and the reviews indicate that it’s possible that you will receive a watch that works well, we have to consider that this may well be the right golf watch for some people. That said, we would only recommend this GolfBuddy ladies golf watch for the individual who doesn’t want a watch that looks like a sports watch and who also is prepared to take a chance on getting a watch that needs to be serviced or replaced.

If you still need help deciding if the GolfBuddy LD2 Ladies Golf Watch is for you, take a look at the common themes we noted in user feedback.

Most Mentioned Pros (in order of of mentions high to low):
  • Attractive
  • Accuracy
  • Easy to Read
  • Easy to Use
  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Size
  • Responsive
Most Mentioned Cons (in order of of mentions high to low):
  • Poor Customer Service
  • User manual not helpful or missing
  • Defective or stopped working
  • Download problems
  • Poor battery life
Bushnell Excel Golf Watch Specifications

GolfBuddy Ladies LD2
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Full Hole Views Yes
Slope / Elevation No
Battery Life 6 hrs
Battery Lithium-ion recharge
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 2.29 in. x 1.18 in. x .49 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size 1.18″
Resolution 52×32 px
Display Type LCD
Weight 1 oz.
Rainproof Yes
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning No
Stat Tracker No
Digital Scorecard No
Computer Analysis Tools No
Ground Verified Yes
Alternate Targets Yes
Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes Dual shot distance measurement instead of just measuring shot distance for one shot.
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Precision Pro Golf NX7 Rangefinder Review

‘Precision Pro Golf NX7’

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This is our Precision Pro Golf NX7 Rangefinder Review. This model does not have Slope. If you are looking for the model with Slope, see our Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro Rangefinder Review.

Precision Pro Golf NX7 User Rating:
4.50 Stars 4.50 out of 5 (43 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

Some people just feel more confident buying a well-known brand when making a purchase. However, for those willing to take a chance, there are some worthwhile contenders in the laser golf rangefinder market and the NX7 is one of them.

We took the Precision Pro Golf NX7 Rangefinder out for a couple of rounds of golf and compared it head-to-head with the Bushnell Tour V4 Standard and the TecTecTec VPro500. What we found may surprise you, but let’s start by looking at the features of the NX7.

Precision Pro NX7 Features
  • TAG or Target Acquisition Technology – to ensure you get accurate distances to the target, not what’s behind the target.
  • Accuracy – The NX7 Rangefinder is accurate within 1 yard and measures distances to the 1/10th of a yard.
  • High Speed SD Laser – picks up distance readings in under 1 second.
  • Free Battery Replacements– Although you can easily find the CR2 3V battery in any store that sells batteries, Precision Pro Golf provides free battery replacement for the life of your product.
  • Multi Distance Mode – easily switch between yards and meters depending on your unit of measure.
  • Shock-proof Design – The rugged, shock proof design helps with drops, tosses, or any other impacts you encounter on the golf course.
  • 6x Magnification – Bring the target in close with 6x magnification.
  • Water Resistance – The NX7 Rangefinder is made to survive the elements.
  • Premium Case – The premium carrying case keeps the NX7 Rangefinder safe while the elastic strap and carabiner give you options for easy access on the course.
  • 2-Year Warranty – The NX7 Rangefinder features a 2-Year Warranty for operational defects ensuring you’ll be covered down the road.
  • Tournament Legal– The NX7 Rangefinder is legal for tournaments that allow distance measuring devices.
Our Precision Pro Golf NX7 Review Notes

Plus Comparisons with Bushnell Tour V4 and TecTecTec VPRO500

  • Precision Pro NX7 Laser RangefinderLet’s start with the most important factor… The NX7 is Very accurate. Distances were generally within a yard of the Bushnell Tour V4 that we used for comparison.
  • Very consistent. Once we locked on a target, we tried it several more times to see how much it varied. The NX7 was very consistent, varying less than a yard between ranges. The Bushnell was also consistent, but the TecTecTec VPro500 bounced around a little more, sometimes as much as four yards.
  • We found ranging the flag was very easy on the NX7. To get a distance, press the power button once to turn on. You will see the crosshairs and then press the button again to begin ranging. Keep the crosshairs on the target and in about 1 second, it will display the distance to the closest object that was inside the crosshair circle while it was ranging.
  • Ranging targets like bunkers and the ground with the NX7 was little more challenging than the flag, but it works fine if you can be steady for that 1 second that it takes to lock the target. The TecTecTec VPRO500 may have a slight edge on this point, but the NX7 performed as well if not better than the Bushnell Tour V4.
  • You must make sure to keep any intermediate objects (trees or bushes) outside the crosshair circle to avoid getting the wrong distance. The only reason we mention this is that the NX7 circle may be a little larger than the other units.
  • All three of the units performed well on long range targets.
  • The NX 7 displays distance to the 1/10 of a yard. This much detail is more often found on high-end rangefinders and the only one in the comparison group that has it. Honestly, we don’t know anyone who needs that much information, but it doesn’t hurt anything once you get used to seeing it.
  • The numbers on the NX7 are large and very readable. They are in the bottom right of the viewing area, which is fine, but we prefer the bottom center location on the Bushnell. TecTecTec VPRO500 displays the distance at the top.
  • Although not the smallest unit we’ve seen, the NX7 is compact and very lightweight, slightly smaller and lighter than the Bushnell and TecTecTec models we compared.
  • The design of the NX 7 is ergonomic with a narrowing on the bottom to accommodate the placement of the thumb. All three models are comfortable, but this is our favorite design of the three.
  • The texturized rubber/plastic honeycomb pattern on the NX7 makes for a really secure grip, slightly better than the other two models.
  • NX7 Rangefinder CaseThe carrying cases on all three models are nearly identical other than color. They offer excellent protection
  • Although the appearance of a rangefinder isn’t functionally important, we prefer models that have enough color on them to stand out if placed in the front of a golf cart. Both the NX7 and the Tour V4 meet that requirement. The VPRO500 is almost all black.
  • The adjustable eyepiece allows the user to set the focus for his or her eyes. It doesn’t move so easily that it will accidentally get changed. The Tour V4 gets the edge on this feature with its Fast Focus System, but we don’t put much weight on this factor as long as it’s clear.
  • The battery compartment is easy to access and appears secure on all three models.
  • The wrist strap that came with the NX7 was not attached and to be honest it was a little tedious getting it attached and fine-point tweezers were finally employed. We are not sure how many rangefinder users actually use the strap anyway, but for those who want it, this is a one-time inconvenience.

See a side-by-side comparison chart of these three models.

Bushnell Pro X2 Jolt Features and Specifications
Precision Pro Golf NX7
Slope No
Vibration n
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 3 in. x 1.5 in. x 4 in.
Weight 5.45 oz.
Battery CR2 3V lithium
Battery Life approx. 12 mos.
Display N/A
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 6x
Maximum Range 400
Minimum Range 3.3
Notes For the slope model, see the NX7 Pro.
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
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Bushnell Excel Golf Watch Review

‘Bushnell Excel Golf GPS Watch’

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Our Bushnell Excel Golf Watch Review will be available soon!

We’re excited about Bushnell’s latest entry into the golf watch market because this is their first effort at adding a wider variety of features. However, we don’t think they will be retiring the highly-rated Bushnell Neo Ion anytime soon, because of it’s appeal to golfers who just want an easy-to-use watch which provides distances to their targets and not much more.

Although it’s clear Bushnell is still trying to ensure the new watch is simple to use, the Excel adds features that will appeal to golfers who want more.

Bushnell Excel Golf GPS Watch User Rating:
2.86 Stars 2.86 out of 5 (18 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

Let’s start with the Bushnell Excel key features:
  • Weather Information
  • Bluetooth integration with iPhone or Android smartphone for course updates without needing to sync with a computer
  • E-mail, text, and other notifications from your iPhone or Android smartphone.
  • The Swing Pro feature allows the user to monitor swing speed and swing tempo.This will be interesting for those who spend time on the driving range.
  • Book tee times (also works through the App)
  • Easy-to-Read Front/Center/Back Distances
  • Up to 4 Hazard Distances Per Hole
  • Pre-loaded with 35,000+ courses from 30 countries
  • Shot distance calculator
  • Auto Course Recognition
  • Auto Hole Advance
  • Pedometer and Fitness Trackers
  • Full front optical mounted color display with auto brightness adjustment
  • Stopwatch/Alarm/Timer
  • Waterproof
  • No membership or download fees
Included Bushnell App features:
  • App included with purchase of Excel Watch
  • Full color aerial views of hole layouts with distances
  • 3D flyovers with distances
  • Scorekeeping
  • Book tee times (also can be done on the watch)
  • Swing analysis stats
  • Pedometer and Fitness Trackers

The main features that Bushnell left off of the watch and put solely onto the app are the scorecard, stat-tracking, and full hole views with touch targeting. The Swing Pro features and weather information can found on the watch, but Swing Pro data can be analyzed more fully within the app. The idea of having to use the app during your round would seem to make the notifications component unnecessary, however we can see some users only using the app for it’s Swing Pro metrics on the driving range and still wanting notifications during the round. It remains to be seen if users will like Bushnell’s implementation of these advanced features, but we’re optimistic.

Bushnell Excel Golf Watch Specifications

Bushnell Excel Golf GPS Watch
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Full Hole Views Yes
Slope / Elevation No
Battery Life 14 hrs
Battery Rechargeable
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 2.12 in. x 1.77 in. x .54 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size .98 x .98
Resolution N/A
Display Type color
Weight 1.6 oz.
Rainproof Yes
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning No
Stat Tracker No*
Digital Scorecard No*
Computer Analysis Tools Y*
Ground Verified N/A
Alternate Targets Yes
Green Rotates to your shot angle N/A
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes Weather info. Bluetooth connectivity to iPhone or Android phone for notifications, course updates, and game analysis. Bushnell App is free to Excel owners and includes full hole views and distances as well as scorecard, stat-tracking & swing metric
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Best Golf Rangefinders with Slope

Below are our picks for the Best Golf Rangefinders with Slope. Most of these models are now legal for tournament play when Slope mode is turned off. We have noted that information at the bottom of each summary box.

Best Golf Laser Rangefinder with Slope
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Bushnell Pro X2Read Full Review

In our opinion, there is no better laser golf rangefinder than the Bushnell Pro X2. It’s compact and feels well built. It has 6x magnification and a Slope mode that can be turned off to make it legal for competition. The improvement (allowed by the 2016 rules modification) puts a simple switch on the side of the rangefinder that toggles Slope mode on or off.

The Bushnell Pro X2 allows you to switch from the standard black display to the red VDT display depending on conditions with the simple press of a button. It is fully waterproof, has Jolt technology that vibrates when it locks the pin, and ranges to within a half yard.

Rating: 4.77 (112 ratings)  Magnification: 6x  Slope: both
Weight: 8 oz.   Legal: Yes* When Slope Switch is turned off.


Bushnell Tour V4 ShiftRead Full Review

The Bushnell Tour V4 Shift is Bushnell’s response to the 2016 USGA and R&A local rule change that allows rangefinders with Slope to be used as long as Slope mode is disabled. We think this will likely become the best-selling slope ranegfinder on the market. Like it’s highly successful predecessors, it has Pinseeker for easily acquiring the flag over other objects; Jolt technology, so it vibrates when you have locked the target; and 5x magnification. Bushnell’s long history of producing the highest-rated laser golf rangefinders should also give you confidence in making this choice.

Rating: 4.48 (90 ratings)  Magnification: 5x  Slope: both
Weight: 5.6 oz.   Legal: Yes, if Slope Switch is Down (Off).


Precision Pro NX7 ProRead Full Review

Our initial hands-on experience with the Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro has been excellent. It locks onto the flag very quickly and the unit vibrates immediately when it locks. It offers two modes, one with Slope and one without Slope. When in non-Slope mode, the unit is legal in events where rangefinders are permitted. It’s simple to switch between the two modes, but not so simple that you’re likely to do so accidentally. The price on this is much less than the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift, but the features and performance are very similar. The only thing missing on the NX7 Pro is the ability to check which mode you are in by looking at the side of the rangefinder. The NX7 Pro may also be slightly more difficult to use on hitting targets on the ground for layups, but the difference in price may make this easy to overlook.

Rating: grsScore  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 5.45 oz.   Legal: Yes, with Slope Mode turned OFF.

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Leupold GX-2i2 Read Full Review

We love the price of the GX-2i2 and we love that you can make it tournament legal without a hassle.There are also a few interesting features that you won’t find on any Bushnell rangefinder. You can input some of your club distances and weather information so the GX-2i2 can calculate the “Plays Like” distance and recommend a club.

Rating: 4.12 (40 ratings)  Magnification: 6x  Slope: Yes
Weight: 6.8 oz.   Legal: Yes, when the slope feature is turned off.


Leupold GX-4i2 (Slope)Read Full Review

This model used to be worth the extra money, but now it has some competition and the price is just too high to justify in most cases. We only recommend this model to those who want both the easy to read red numbers AND the ability to factor in temperature and altitude for “plays like” distance when Slope is active. Otherwise, the Bushnell Tour X will give you the red numbers OR the Leupold GX-2i2 will handle the “plays like” distance. Both of those models have Slope that can be turned off to conform with the USGA local rule.

Rating: 4.32 (53 ratings)  Magnification: 6X  Slope: both
Weight: 7.9 oz.   Legal: Yes, when the silver faceplate is attached.


Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro Review

‘Precision Pro NX7 Pro’

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This is our review of the Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro Review.

Although there is only a $50 difference in price over it’s counterpart the NX7, the Pro version adds significant advantages.

Precision Pro NX7 Pro User Rating:
4.79 Stars 4.79 out of 5 (91 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

In our hands-on testing of the NX7 Pro, we were impressed by how quickly and easily it locked onto the flag and gave confirmation vibration. If you haven’t used a laser rangefinder with pulse vibration or Jolt technology, you might be surprised at how helpful it is. The accuracy of the NX7 Pro was good when compared with other rangefinders and consistent within a yard when rechecking the same target multiple times.

We love that it has the Slope feature that can be turned off making it legal in tournaments that allow distance measuring devices. It’s a simple button press to switch modes. The actual distance appears below the crosshairs and the adjusted distance appears above the crosshairs. Although Slope can’t be used in tournaments, we think it’s a very helpful feature in practice rounds on new courses and also for helping you train your brain to make better estimates.

Our Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro review wouldn’t be complete without discussing how it compares to similar rangefinders from Bushnell. Our comparison is to the Bushnell Tour V4 Slope and the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift, which only differ from each other in the way you turn the Slope feature on and off.

  • The NX7 Pro has 6x magnification and both Bushnells only have 5x.
  • All three models vibrate when they lock onto the target. We love this feature on all of them.
  • Distance readings on all three models are very similar.
  • On the NX7 Pro, switching to Slope mode requires a simple button press to a button on the top center of the rangefinder. The only other action this button is used for is switching from Yards to Meters, which requires a press and hold. Since you probably won’t be switching units of measure, it’s highly unlikely that you would accidentally turn Slope on during a tournament. The advantage that the Tour V4 Shift has is you must slide a switch on the side of the unit to turn Slope on or off. You can actually look at the switch to confirm that you are not in Slope mode. The Tour V4 Slope model has actually been retired by Bushnell presumably because the Slope Mode had to be turned on or off using the same button that you use for ranging the target, thus increasing your chances of making a mistake and turning it on during a competition.
  • The difference in acquisition speed of the target was not noticeable.
  • The ease of locking onto the target is good on all three units.
  • The NX7 Pro provides measurements to the 1/10 of a yard. Although it sounds good in theory, since most golfers don’t need that much information, it isn’t really useful. In fact, when in slope mode, both the actual and adjusted number have decimal points, which makes it more difficult to make the mental calculation of how many yards uphill or downhill the shot is playing. Although it’s not a huge problem, we really wish the NX7 Pro would just round both numbers to the nearest whole number. Both Bushnell V4s display only whole numbers.
  • The NX7 Pro only displays the adjusted distance to the target, while the Bushnell Tour V4s alternate between the adjusted distance and the degree of the elevation angle. Which you prefer is a personal preference, but having both might cause a slight delay if you have to wait for the display to alternate to your preference.
  • The numbers on the NX7 Pro seem a little larger than those on the Bushnell models.
  • In Slope mode, the NX7 Pro displays the adjusted distance above the crosshairs and the Bushnell models display it below the actual yardage and a little bit smaller. It’s a minor thing, but it takes a longer to make the eye adjustment to take in both numbers on the NX7 Pro.
  • The size of all three models is nearly identical.
  • All three units do a great job of targeting on the flag and on trees. However, the Bushnell V4s may do a slightly better job of hitting ground targets.
  • All three of these models use the same 3-Volt lithium battery and will last for about a very long time. Precision Pro Golf offers free battery replacement for the life of the unit.
  • All three models have a 2-year warranty.
  • The price of the Precision Pro NX7 Pro is significantly less than either Bushnell model.

Summary: The differences between the Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro, the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift and the Tour V4 Slope are fairly minor, which makes the NX7 Pro an amazing value. Although we recommend the NX7 Pro without reservation, we think it’s worth considering your personal preferences as well as your budget when making your decision. As golf laser rangefinders typically last for many years, you may find it worthwhile to spend the extra money if you think the Bushnell is more suited to your preferences or if you prefer their long-standing track record for making quality golf rangefinders.

Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro Specifications
Precision Pro NX7 Pro
Slope both
Vibration y
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 3 in. x 1.5 in. x 4 in.
Weight 5.45 oz.
Battery 3-Volt (free replacement)
Battery Life N/A
Display N/A
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 6x
Maximum Range 400
Minimum Range N/A
Notes -Adaptive Slope Mode can be turned off to make this model tournament legal. FREE BATTERY REPLACEMENT for the life of the rangefinder.
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes, with Slope Mode turned OFF.
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Bushnell Tour V4 Shift Review

‘Bushnell Tour V4 Shift’

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Our Bushnell Tour V4 Shift Review will be coming soon, but here are our initial thoughts…

Bushnell Tour V4 Shift User Rating:
4.48 Stars 4.48 out of 5 (90 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

Our first look at the specs had us wondering what the difference was between the Tour V4 Slope and the new Tour V4 Shift. Overall, these units are almost identical. The size, shape, and weight are the same. They both have Pinseeker, Jolt, 5x magnification, and the ability to easily switch out of Slope mode to become legal for tournament play.

The difference is simply a change to the Slope switch. It’s small, but quite significant. On the V4 Slope, you simply pushed the Bushnell logo on the side of the unit to switch Slope mode on or off. The new V4 Shift changes the switch to a slider that covers up the word “SLOPE” when Slope mode is disabled. That does two things:

  1. allows your fellow competitors, opponents, and rules officials to see that you’re using a legal rangefinder
  2. keeps you from any uncertainty once you’ve teed off in competition. You don’t want to have to look into the viewer and shoot a target only to find out you had left the Slope mode turned on.

For that reason, if you ever compete in events where rangefinders are allowed, we definitely would pick the V4 Shift over the V4 Slope.

Bushnell has a long tradition of producing the highest-rated golf rangefinders on the market. We expect the Tour V4 Shift will be no different. In fact, we expect this model to become the best-selling golf laser rangefinder with Slope within a few months.

Bushnell Tour V4 Shift Features
  • Slope Switch – Allows you to use the Slope feature when you’re playing for fun and legally turn it off when you’re in competition. With Slope turned on, you can see the degree of elevation and an estimate of how much shorter or longer a shot will play.
  • Pinseeker Jolt Technology – This gives a visual indication on the screen, plus a vibration when it is locked onto it’s target.
  • Magnification: 5x
  • Accuracy: measures to within 1 yard.
  • Fast Focus
  • Stable-Grip
Bushnell Tour V4 Shift Features and Specifications

Bushnell Tour V4 Shift
Slope both
Vibration y
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 3.11 in. x 1.57 in. x 4 in.
Weight 5.6 oz.
Battery 3 Volt CR2 Lithium
Battery Life est. 1 Year
Display LCD
Rainproof No
Magnification 5x
Maximum Range 1000
Minimum Range 5
Notes -Slope Switch for easily turning the Slope feature on or off.
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes, if Slope Switch is Down (Off).
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Bushnell Pro X2 Review

‘Bushnell Pro X2’

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Our Bushnell Pro X2 Review was updated in October 2017 and our impression got even better!

We think the Bushnell Pro X2 is likely the best laser golf rangefinder ever built.
You’ll pay more for this model than other Bushnell models, but far less than the Leupold GX-5i3 which has comparable features. In addition to testing this model on the golf course, we read dozens of user reviews across the web looking for positive and negative themes. Most of the comments turned out to be positive and the very few negative ones were never mentioned more than once. Many users said they felt the Bushnell Pro X2 was well worth the money.

Bushnell Pro X2 User Rating:
4.77 Stars 4.77 out of 5 (112 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

Here are the Bushnell Pro X2 Notable Features:
  • Slope-Switch Technology – easily turn slope on or off, making it legal for competitions allowing distance measuring devices.
  • Dual Display Technology – handy button on the side to toggle the red VDT with black depending on conditions. We observed that users really love this easy to use feature. Many also commented on the clarity of display.
  • Accurate to a 1/10th of a yard – we consider that too much information, but fortunately, you can turn off the decimal points if you prefer. Accuracy and ease of use were mentioned more frequently than anything else in all the reviews we read.
  • PinSeeker with JOLT Technology – vibrates when you lock onto the pin. This is a favorite feature for many users and our reviewers as well. It really does seem to impact the speed at which your brain understands that you’ve got the right number in your sights!
  • 2nd Generation E.S.P. – acquires the target quickly. This speed of target acquisition was mentioned frequently in user reviews.
  • Fully Waterproof (IPX7) – Most rangefinders are only water resistant, so we are happy to see this improvement.
  • Range: 5-1300 Yds; 450+ Yds to a Flag.
  • Magnification: 6x. Okay, we concede that 7x would be even better, but no one is making 7x models anymore.
  • Fast Focus System – a focus ring on the eyepiece makes it easy and fast to adjust the focus.
  • Stable-Grip Technology – the rubber grip over the metal housing gives you a solid grip.
  • Rubber Armored Metal Housing – very durable. The Pro X2 definitely feels sturdy and well built.

Bushnell Pro X2 Review Summary

Accuracy and ease of use were the most common themes mentioned by users and we fully agree. Many users felt the Bushnell X2 was superior to other laser rangefinders they had tried and we can’t remember one that we like as much. Jolt technology, slope switch, and the dual display technology were also mentioned frequently as favorite features. Users liked the size and the speed and many mentioned that it has helped improve their scores.

In conclusion, if the Bushnell Pro X2 fits in your budget, we highly recommend you order it today! With all of its features, we can’t imagine that you’ll ever want to replace it just for something newer and better. If it has the typical longevity of other Bushnell’s, you should get many years of use from it. If it’s not in your budget, don’t despair,
there are plenty of solid-performing laser rangefinders that shouldn’t break the bank!

Bushnell Pro X2 Jolt Features and Specifications

Bushnell Pro X2
Slope both
Vibration y
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 3 in. x 1.5 in. x 4 in.
Weight 8 oz.
Battery 3 Volt CR2 Lithium
Battery Life N/A
Display Multi-Coated Dual
Rainproof Yes IPX7
Magnification 6x
Maximum Range 1,300
Minimum Range 5
Notes
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes* When Slope Switch is turned off.
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Best Legal Golf Rangefinders

Rules! Best Legal Golf RangefinderBelow are our picks for the Best Legal Laser Rangefinders available in 2017. When we say “legal”, we mean USGA compliant golf rangefinders. The rules changed in 2016 and some golf rangefinders with Slope (slope measures elevation) are now legal when the Slope feature is turned off.

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In our opinion, there is no better laser golf rangefinder than the Bushnell Pro X2. It’s compact and feels well built. It has 6x magnification and a Slope mode that can be turned off to make it legal for competition. The improvement (allowed by the 2016 rules modification) puts a simple switch on the side of the rangefinder that toggles Slope mode on or off.

The Bushnell Pro X2 allows you to switch from the standard black display to the red VDT display depending on conditions with the simple press of a button. It is fully waterproof, has Jolt technology that vibrates when it locks the pin, and ranges to within a half yard.

Rating: 4.77 (112 ratings)  Magnification: 6x  Slope: both
Weight: 8 oz.   Legal: Yes* When Slope Switch is turned off.


Bushnell Tour V4 ShiftRead Full Review

The Bushnell Tour V4 Shift is Bushnell’s response to the 2016 USGA and R&A local rule change that allows rangefinders with Slope to be used as long as Slope mode is disabled. We think this will likely become the best-selling slope ranegfinder on the market. Like it’s highly successful predecessors, it has Pinseeker for easily acquiring the flag over other objects; Jolt technology, so it vibrates when you have locked the target; and 5x magnification. Bushnell’s long history of producing the highest-rated laser golf rangefinders should also give you confidence in making this choice.

Rating: 4.48 (90 ratings)  Magnification: 5x  Slope: both
Weight: 5.6 oz.   Legal: Yes, if Slope Switch is Down (Off).


Leupold GX-3i2Read Full Review

The Leupold GX-3i2 is currently the only rangefinder without Slope that has easy to read red OLED numbers on the display. It also has 6x magnification, PinHunter 2 for a fast lock on the target. It has Fog Mode and Prism Lock for easy ranging on courses with prisms on the flag. The GX-3i2 is extremely capable and highly rated. It’s a little pricey, but right now, it’s really the only high-end laser golf rangefinder without Slope. Although not as well-known in the golf rangefinder market as Bushnell, Leupold & Stevens based in Beaverton, Oregon has been producing quality sighting devices for over 100 years.

Rating: 4.70 (111 ratings)  Magnification: 6x  Slope: No
Weight: 7.8 oz.   Legal: Yes


Bushnell Tour V4 JoltRead Full Review

The Bushnell Tour V4 standard edition has two changes from its predecessor, the highly rated Bushnell Tour V3. The V4 is slightly smaller and has an easy-to-use focus ring. In previous years, we would expect this to become Bushnell’s top-seller, but this year we think the Slope version of this model will give it a run for its money. The reason is that the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift has Slope and a switch that turns off the Slope mode, making it legal for most competitions. Both models have scan mode, 5x magnification, and Jolt that makes it vibrate when it’s locked onto the target. As always, Bushnell rangefinders rate very high in ease of use and accuracy.

Rating: 4.64 (176 ratings)  Magnification: 5x  Slope: No
Weight: 6.6 oz.   Legal: Yes


Precision Pro NX7 ProRead Full Review

Our initial hands-on experience with the Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro has been excellent. It locks onto the flag very quickly and the unit vibrates immediately when it locks. It offers two modes, one with Slope and one without Slope. When in non-Slope mode, the unit is legal in events where rangefinders are permitted. It’s simple to switch between the two modes, but not so simple that you’re likely to do so accidentally. The price on this is much less than the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift, but the features and performance are very similar. The only thing missing on the NX7 Pro is the ability to check which mode you are in by looking at the side of the rangefinder. The NX7 Pro may also be slightly more difficult to use on hitting targets on the ground for layups, but the difference in price may make this easy to overlook.

Rating: grsScore  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 5.45 oz.   Legal: Yes, with Slope Mode turned OFF.

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Garmin Approach X40 Golf/Fitness Band Review

‘Garmin Approach X40’

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Our Garmin Approach X40 Golf/Fitness Band Review will be coming soon, but here are our initial thoughts.

We love Garmin golf watches and we love Garmin fitness bands, so we find the Garmin X40 band very exciting.

Garmin Approach X40 User Rating:
4.22 Stars 4.22 out of 5 (249 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

Golf features include distance to the front, middle, and back of every green, plus hazard distances. You can see the shape of the green and manually adjust the pin position. AutoShot tracking measures and records your shot distances automatically. It has a scorecard and stat-tracking. Combining these features with Garmin Connect make post-game analysis really interesting.

Activity tracking shows steps, distance, calories burned, heart rate and activity intensity. If that’s not enough, you can get notifications from your smartphone.

Garmin Approach X40 Features:
  • Distances to the front, middle, and back of the green
  • Green shape from your point of view
  • Manual pin positioning
  • Distances to hazards
  • AutoShot round analyzer measures and auto-records shot distances
  • Pairs with Garmin Connect for interesting post-game analysis
  • Pairs with Garmin TruSwing™ sensor for metrics to improve your swing consistency
  • High-resolution display easily readable in bright sunlight
  • Activity tracking – steps, heartrate, and sleep
  • Receive smart notifications for incoming calls, texts and other alerts
  • Garmin Approach X40 Golf Watch Specifications

    Garmin Approach X40
    Course Download Fees No
    Pre-loaded with Courses 40,000+
    Full Hole Views Yes
    Slope / Elevation No
    Battery Life 10hrs GPS / 5 days
    Battery rechargeable Li-ion
    Size (Width x Height x Depth) N/A in. x .83 in. x N/A in.
    Measure Shot Distance Yes
    Screen Size 1 x .42
    Resolution 160×68 px
    Display Type hi-res touchscreen
    Weight 1.1 oz.
    Rainproof Yes (50 meters)
    Touch Screen Yes
    Touch Targeting N/A
    Manual Pin Positioning Yes
    Stat Tracker Yes
    Digital Scorecard Yes
    Computer Analysis Tools Yes
    Ground Verified N/A
    Alternate Targets Yes
    Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
    USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
    Notes ElevateTM wrist heart rate technology and activity tracking
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Garmin Approach S20 Review

‘Garmin Approach S20’

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Our Garmin Approach S20 Review is based upon feedback from over 100 users. Overall the ratings are reasonably high for a golf watch with this many features, but there are a few things that were clearly outstanding on this watch. Although the number of positive comments far outweighed the negative, there are still a few issues on both sides that are worth discussing.

Garmin Approach S20 User Rating:
4.31 Stars 4.31 out of 5 (326 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

When the Garmin S20 first came out, we said it wasn’t for everyone. However, the price is so low now and the performance/features may be the best we’ve ever seen in a golf watch. You can use it for just the basics, or you enjoy some of the advanced features as well.

For those reason, we highly recommend it for any golfer. And if you happen to be a little bit of a golf geek or a fitness enthusiast, you’re going to love the features of this watch! The S20 combines smartwatch features of phone notifications, activity tracking, and sleep tracking with a golf watch loaded with features.

Let’s start with the Garmin Approach S20 noteworthy features:
  • Distances to the front, middle, and back of the green.
  • Green shape from your point of view.
  • Manual pin positioning.
  • Distances to the front and back of hazards and doglegs.
  • AutoShot round analyzer measures and auto-records shot distances.
  • Pairs with Garmin Connect for interesting post-game analysis.
  • Pairs with Garmin TruSwing™ sensor for metrics to improve your swing consistency. (TruSwing™ available for purchase separately on Amazon.)
  • CourseView feature automatically updates frequently played courses for free.
  • High-resolution display easily readable in bright sunlight.
  • Activity tracking – steps and sleep.
  • Receive smart notifications for incoming calls, texts and other alerts².
  • Attractive watchband design.

Now let’s take a look at the pros and cons mentioned the most in the user feedback that we reviewed.

Garmin Approach S20 Review – Most Mentioned Pros
  • Accuracy – Overwhelmingly, the most frequent positive comment was about the accuracy of the S20. We didn’t find any complaints on this point.
  • Ease of Use – Many users commmented on the ease of use, however a few users had difficulty learning how to use the features.
  • Battery Life – There were plenty of rave reviews about the battery life of the Garmin S20. The only complaint we saw was from a user who was using it as an everyday watch.
  • Screen Readability – The comments about the clarity and readability of the screen were more enthusiastic than we generally see and there were zero complaints.
  • Responsiveness – Compliments about the responsiveness of any golf GPS is fairly unusual, but it must be good on the S20, because it was mentioned frequently.
  • Hazards – Many users commented on the accuracy of the hazard information.
  • Features – Quite a few users commented on the extensive features available on the watch.
  • Value – There were a number of comments about the Garmin Approach S20 being a good value.
  • Attractiveness – Several users mentioned the attractiveness of the watch.
  • Size and Weight – The size and weight was mentioned as a positive in quite a few comments.
Garmin Approach S20 Review – Most Mentioned Cons
  • Software Problems – A number of users experienced problems with the watch working correctly. In most cases, a software update corrected the problem, but some users had to return the watch. Garmin had a glitch with an update last year that has since been corrected.
  • User Manual – There were complaints about the lack of clarity in the user manual. That no doubt led to some other complaints.
  • Ease of Use – Some users had trouble learning how to navigate the S20. As mentioned on the previous point, a better user manual might have helped with this.
  • Autoshot – Although there were a few users that loved this feature, there were several complaints that it didn’t track a fair number of shots and there was no way to manually input a shot when the watch didn’t pick it up.
  • Garmin Connect – Several users felt that the inability to make corrections within Garmin Connect made the scoring and stats worthless. Others felt it provided interesting and helpful information.
  • Difficult to fasten – Only a couple of users complained that it was difficult to put the Garmin S20 on their wrist.

We believe the Garmin Approach S20 is an excellent golf watch for anyone and for golf geeks like us, it’s amazing! If you are concerned about having too many advanced features, there are a few other great choices on our “Best Budget-Friendly Golf Watch” list.

Garmin Approach S20 Golf Watch Specifications

Garmin Approach S20
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Full Hole Views Yes
Slope / Elevation N/A
Battery Life 15 hrs GPS / 8 wks
Battery rechargeable Li-ion
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 1.9 in. x 1.5 in. x .4 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size .9 square
Resolution 128×128
Display Type hi-res monochrome
Weight 1.5 oz.
Rainproof Yes (50 meters)
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning Yes
Stat Tracker Yes
Digital Scorecard Yes
Computer Analysis Tools Yes
Ground Verified N/A
Alternate Targets Yes
Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes In addition to all the golf features, it has an activity tracker, a sleep tracker, and move notification after periods of inactivity.
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GolfBuddy Voice 2 Review

‘GolfBuddy Voice 2’

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We are currently working on our GolfBuddy Voice 2 Review but it’s not too early to say that GolfBuddy has another winner on its hands. Even if you don’t want to use the voice feature, these intuitive little devices are well worth considering.

GolfBuddy Voice 2 User Rating:
4.40 Stars 4.40 out of 5 (118 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

GolfBuddy has golf distance measuring devices in just about every category, but the one where they seem to dominate is the small voice models. This is their fourth entry into this category and with each new model, comes subtle but significant improvements. The GolfBuddy Voice 2 seems to be continuing that trend.

The predecessor to the Voice 2 was the GolfBuddy VS4 and although the Voice 2 has a nicer appearance, the size, shape, and weight are identical. In fact, there are only three differences that we noticed. The most important improvement is that the Voice 2 gets 14 hours of battery life versus only 10 hours on the VS4. That’s a really nice improvement!

We also like that the clip on the Voice 2 is built into the unit itself, where the previous model came with a clip that had to be attached. You can still get a watchband or belt clip that flips up if you prefer. The other new feature won’t make much functional difference to most users. The Voice 2 can have either a female or male voice and if you want to change it, you’ll need to make the update on your computer and then sync.

The original GolfBuddy Voice is still available, as is the VS4. Both models cost a little less than the newest model, but we think it’s well worth it to buy the GolfBuddy Voice 2 for the extra battery life.

GolfBuddy Voice 2 Notable Features
  • Audio and visual distances to front/center/back of the green
  • Automatic course and hole recognition
  • Shot measurement feature
  • Flip screen feature allows it to be viewed “right side up” when worn on your belt.
  • Rechargeable battery provides up to 14-hour battery life
  • Male/Female voice options through FREE GolfBuddy Manager Program
  • Legal for tournament play
  • Water resistant
  • Multilingual (up to 11 languages, 8 preloaded)
  • Dynamic Green View technology with distance readings from the golfer’s perspective

We don’t think you can go wrong with the GolfBuddy Voice 2, but if the voice feature isn’t important to you, you may also want to consider the Garmin Approach G10 which includes scorecard and stat-tracking.

GolfBuddy Voice 2 Specifications

GolfBuddy Voice 2
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses 38,000+
Full Hole Views Yes
Slope / Elevation No
Battery Life 14 hrs
Battery Lithium Polymer Rechargeable
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 1.76 in. x 1.78 in. x .49 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size 1″
Resolution N/A
Display Type monochrome LCD
Weight 1.02 oz.
Rainproof Yes
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning No
Stat Tracker No
Digital Scorecard No
Computer Analysis Tools No
Ground Verified N/A
Alternate Targets No
Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes
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Callaway Hybrid Rangefinder Review

‘Callaway Hybrid Laser’

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We are still waiting for more feedback before doing our full Callaway Hybrid Rangefinder Review. However, we are really excited to finally see another hybrid rangefinder on the market.

Callaway Hybrid Laser User Rating:
4.50 Stars 4.50 out of 5 (8 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

We love the idea of having the accuracy of laser combined with GPS information that a laser alone cannot provide.

Formerly, Bushnell was the only manufacturer to combine laser and GPS in a single unit. However the Bushnell Hybrid has one flaw that we feel is a deal-breaker for many ‘would be’ buyers. The battery for the GPS and the laser are one in the same and therefore the unit has to be charged after 14 hours of use for either the laser or GPS to work. Callaway has solved that problem by using separate batteries for the GPS and the laser. That means that even if you forget to charge the GPS battery, your laser will still work.

Note: Laser batteries usually last many months and can usually be replaced on the course if you keep a spare in the bag.

Besides the battery issue, the Callaway Hybrid has 6x magnification versus Bushnell’s 5x. It’s also a little smaller and lighter weight.

For us, even if we have to pay a little more, the dual batteries make the Callaway Hybrid much more desirable than the Bushnell, but we would love to hear how important that is to you. Leave us a comment below if you have any thoughts about hybrid laser rangefinders.

Callaway Hybrid Rangefinder Features
  • Laser accuracy to +/- 1 yard
  • 6x magnification; range: 5-1,000 yards
  • Scan mode to acquire multiple targets
  • GPS preloaded with 30,000+ global courses
  • No download or subscription fees
  • GPS distances to front, center, and back of green
  • GPS has layup and carry distances to hazards and doglegs

We give a big thumbs-up to Callaway for their first entry into the hybrid rangefinder market. The early feedback is favorable and the price is quite reasonable, so we expect to see this model gaining some traction soon.

Callaway Hybrid Rangefinder Specifications
Callaway Hybrid Laser
Slope No
Vibration n
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 3 in. x 1.5 in. x 4.5 in.
Weight 7.6 oz.
Battery recharge and CR-2 Lithium 3V
Battery Life GPS 2 rnds – N/A
Display LCD
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 6x
Maximum Range 1,000
Minimum Range 5
Notes
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
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Garmin Approach G10 Review

‘Garmin Approach G10’

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Our Garmin Approach G10 Review is based upon observing common threads of criticism and praise for specific aspects of its performance.

Garmin Approach G10 User Rating:
4.42 Stars 4.42 out of 5 (97 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

After considering feedback from dozens of users, we found about 87% of the comments we considered to be relevant were positive. That number would be much higher if we were counting general praise rather than specifically mentioned features.

First, we will list the features and below that you can see a summary of the pros and cons of the Garmin G10.

Garmin Approach G10 Notable Features
  • Displays distances to the front, back and middle of the green, plus the green shape, all on the main screen.
  • Includes distances to hazards and layups.
  • Green View display shows the shape of the green and allows manual pin placements.
  • Digital scorecard lets you easily keep track of your score and stats.
  • Garmin Connect™ allows you to analyze your scores and stats online.
  • Compact, lightweight clip-on device fits anywhere.
  • Crisp, bright 1.3-inch square display.
  • Screen orientation can be adjusted depending on how you will use it.
  • Lithium-ion battery with up to 15 hours in full GPS mode.
  • Odometer to track your steps.
  • Rainproof with IPX7 water rating.
  • Preloaded with more than 40,000 golf courses around the world.
  • Free lifetime course updates.
Garmin Approach G10 Pros and Cons (Most mentioned are listed first.)
  • Accuracy – The accuracy of this unit was by far the most frequently mentioned positive comment. There was one neutral comment, but with GPS, we consider this an outstanding indicator of what you can expect from the most important job of any golf GPS.
  • Size – Most users loved the size of this very small device. There were a few people who thought it would be easier to handle if it were a little bit larger and one user who was concerned that it might be very easy to lose. If you have large hands or if you are prone to losing things, those issues are both reasonable concerns. On the other hand, if you want to clip it on your belt or keep it in your pocket, the size is great. If you are thinking of clipping it to your visor, then we suggest getting a small unit that also has voice, so that you don’t have to take it on and off all the time.
  • Value – A large number of users commented on what a good value the Garmin 10 was. A couple of users mentioned that the price would drop given the competition in this type of unit. We compared the prices to similar models and felt it was right in line.
  • Ease of Use – Many users said the G10 was very easy to use. There were a few that suggested that there was a bit of a learning curve for using some of the advanced features. None of them seemed to think it was a deal-breaker.
  • Auto Course Recognition – Most of the users who mentioned this featured thought it was quick to find golf courses. However, there were also several comments about it being a little slow. We know Garmin has a high-sensitivity receiver, but as with any GPS, the conditions can be a factor. Because of that and the fact that eventually the courses were found, we don’t suggest giving too much weight to that type of complaint.
  • Battery Life – Across the board, users had nothing but wonderful things to say about the battery life.
  • Hazard and Layup Information – Many users loved having distances to the front and back of hazards. Others said they did not use that feature, but what we thought was important was that there were no complaints about missing hazards.
  • Display – Amazingly for a unit this small, there were no complaints about the screen readability or the number size. In fact, several users went out of their way to say that it was very easy to read with “the large numbers”.
  • Shot Measuring – Quite a few users mentioned that they enjoyed this feature and used it frequently. We saw no complaints and make the assumption that this feature must be fairly easy to use based on the comments.
  • Screen Orientation – Several users who wear the G10 on their belts loved that they could change the screen orientation so that it was easy to read without touching.
  • Customer Service – A couple of users had received defective units, but in both cases, Garmin Customer Service took care of the problem quickly.

Overall we think the Garmin Approach G10 is an excellent choice if you are looking for a compact golf GPS. You can clip it on your belt, put it in your pocket, or some users even used velcro to attach it to the outside of their golf bags. Other users even clipped it to their glove! The competition in this size device is fierce, but this one is at the top of our list! However, if you are planning to clip it on your visor or hat, we still recommend using a device with Voice so you don’t have to keep pulling it off of your hat to see it.

Garmin Approach G10 Specifications

Garmin Approach G10
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Full Hole Views Yes
Slope / Elevation No
Battery Life up to 15 hrs.
Battery rechargeable Li-ion
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 2 in. x 1.5 in. x .7 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size .9 inches
Resolution high-res
Display Type monochrome
Weight 1 oz.
Rainproof Yes IPX7
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning Yes
Stat Tracker Yes
Digital Scorecard Yes
Computer Analysis Tools Yes
Ground Verified N/A
Alternate Targets Yes
Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes
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Izzo Swami 4000+ Review

‘Izzo Swami 4000+’

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Our Izzo Swami 4000+ Review is based upon observing common threads of appreciation and criticism for specific aspects of performance. After combing through over 100 reviews, we are truly impressed with the Izzo Swami 4000+.

Izzo Swami 4000+ User Rating:
4.25 Stars 4.25 out of 5 (383 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

A unit priced this low usually doesn’t get quite so many rave reviews. If the size and features match your needs, we wholeheartedly recommend this unit. There are a couple of valid complaints that you should consider, but keep in mind that almost 90% of all comments we considered relevant, were POSITIVE.

First, we will list the features and below that will be our summary of the pros and cons.

Izzo Swami 4000+ Notable Features
  • Distances to the front, middle, and back of the green is displayed on the main screen
  • Distances to hazards and doglegs
  • Pre-loaded with 30,000+ worldwide courses
  • No computer downloads or annual subscription required
  • Large, vibrant, easy to read 1.8” color display
  • Course map editing feature
  • Auto-hole advance
  • Shot distance measurement
  • Supports 4 different languages
  • Displays distances in yards or meters
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery – lasts up to two rounds
  • Durable and waterproof
  • 1 year limited warranty
Izzo Swami 4000+ Pros and Cons (Most mentioned are listed first.)
  • Accuracy – There were a huge number of users who felt the Swami 4000+ was extremely accurate and not one who complained about the accuracy. That is almost unheard of in golf GPS.
  • Value – Again, many of the reviewers felt this was an amazing value and none complained.
  • Ease of Use – Lots of praise and no complaints.
  • Battery Life – Quite a few users mention that the battery life was good and we saw no complaints.
  • Hazards and Doglegs – This was a popular feature, however, there were a few complaints that there were not enough hazards listed.
  • Auto Hole Advance – This is the top complaint for the Swami 4000+, but no one considers it a deal-breaker. The auto hole advance on the Swami 4000+ only works if you take the unit onto the green with you. The upside to this flaw is that it a simple button press to manually move to the next hole.
  • Screen Readability – Of the users that mentioned the display and readability, most loved it. However, there were a couple that thought it wasn’t great in bright sunlight.
  • # of Courses – Most users that mentioned this were happy with the number of courses. There were, however, several mentions of a course not being in the database. Most users who had reached out to Izzo to have a course added were successful, but there was a delay of several weeks.
  • Compared to Competion – Both in accuracy and value, quite a few users were happy with comparisions to other golf GPS models.
  • Auto Course Recognition – Most people were satisfied in the the amount of time it took to find a course, but there were a couple of comments on it take a little longer than the user thought it should.
  • Charges Fast – Quite a few users mentioned that this device charges quickly and we saw no complaints.
  • Size – Although one user wished it was even larger, the rest of the comments about the size of the unit were very positive.
  • Customer Service – A few users were pleased with the responsiveness of customer service and a couple were unhappy. Editor’s Note: We noticed that for many of the complaints we saw, Izzo had reached out encouraging the user to call for help. Here’s the number in case you ever need it! (800) 777-7899.
  • Problems with the Clip – There were a few users who had trouble with the screw on the belt clip coming out and either being lost or stripped. We did see Izzo offer to replace those parts for free.

Overall, we think this a terrific golf GPS and love the size of it for people who have trouble seeing the smaller displays. We’re thrilled that Izzo added hazards to this model. We wish the Auto Hole Advance worked without carrying it to the green, but consider that a minor inconvenience.

Izzo Swami 4000+ Specifications
Izzo Swami 4000+
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Full Hole Views Yes
Slope / Elevation No
Battery Life 2 rounds
Battery rechargeable Li-ion
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 3.8 in. x 2 in. x .8 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size 1.8
Resolution N/A
Display Type color
Weight 3.2 oz.
Rainproof Yes
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning No
Stat Tracker No
Digital Scorecard No
Computer Analysis Tools No
Ground Verified N/A
Alternate Targets Yes
Green Rotates to your shot angle N/A
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes *If you find hazards missing, let Izzo know and they will remap the course.
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