GolfBuddy VS4 Review

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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…

GolfBuddy VS4 User Rating: 4.41 Stars 4.41 out of 5 (457 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

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.

GolfBuddy VS4 Specifications
GolfBuddy VS4
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Full Hole Views Yes
Slope / Elevation No
Battery Life 10 hrs
Battery Li-Poly Recharge
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 1.76 in. x 1.78 in. x .49 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size N/A
Resolution N/A
Display Type mono 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 Yes
Alternate Targets No
Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes Voice plus digital display. Optional watchband. Flip screen features makes it readable from either side (useful when clipped on belt).
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User Manual for GolfBuddy VS4


  1. richard murawski says

    well there is the whole truth nothing but the truth. I used my vs4 for about 12 rounds so far. The first few rounds all on the same two courses seemed extremely accurate and I was very pleased. The battery life is maybe two rounds?? Then, after about 5 rounds the unit would read off by 20 to 30 yards the whole round. I called Golf Buddy and was told to download software updates. I did and the next time I played it seemed to be OK for about 3 of the 18 holes. I tried another software reload and the unit still is messing up the yardage. Another thing is that it sometimes takes at least 20 minutes to find a satellite. I am so disappointed. I am going to try downloading the software one more time and then if it doesn’t work??? I guess I will try for a replacement or different unit from Golf Buddy. Then I will know how good Golf Buddy is…. I give it a 2 of 10 so far..

    • Golf Rangefinder Shop says

      Sorry to hear that. It sounds like you’ve got a defective model. I hope GolfBuddy takes care of you. Let us know how this ends up.

  2. used it about 3 times and the yardages are off anywhere from 10-20 yards not impressed

    • Golf Rangefinder Shop says

      Did you try to update the firmware? I hope you returned it, because that’s not typical for the VS4.

  3. Martin Pinckney says

    My golf buddy is not holding a charge for 9 holes after charging it up the night before
    On the screen the battery symbol has an X in the middle of it before round is over

    • Golf Rangefinder Shop says

      Hi Martin. Sorry to hear about your issues. Have you contacted GolfBuddy? Here is the support page on their website: I know all GolfBuddy products have a 1-year limited warranty. I hope they solve your issues quickly. If you get a chance, let us know how your experience with their customer service is, so other users can benefit from your experience. Thanks!

  4. Had a golf buddy vs4 used it in Europe Ireland never had a problem until the point where u charge it started to get so loose because it was used so much but to this day it still working but it is a trouble getting it charged have it over 4 years

  5. I need a replacement band for my Golf Buddy VS4

  6. Larry and Joan Gorsuch says

    i have a vs4 range finder and the on off button fell out and can”t find it. can i get it fixed or not

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