Garmin Approach S10 Review

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We are thrilled that Garmin finally has a new basic golf watch. We think this will be the best-selling golf watch on the market for awhile to come.

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Why? Because it does everything most golfers want in a golf watch and it’s lightweight and compact. On the main screen, you will see distances to the front, middle, and back of the green, plus the hole number and par. The shape of the green is also right there on the same screen. If you need hazard information, it’s one screen away. Many golfers won’t ever touch the watch after starting a round. A simple glance will tell them what they need to know. [Read more…]

Bushnell NEO Ghost Review

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After looking at user ratings, we had initially decided not to do a Bushnell NEO Ghost review, but with its current price point and Bushnell’s excellent record in golf GPS watches, we decided to take a second look.

Bushnell Neo Ghost User Rating: 4.00 Stars 4.00 out of 5 (426 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

We started looking at the feedback from the most recent reviews as sometimes companies work out issues of which the first wave of buyers was critical. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case with the Neo Ghost. Although 75% of users are fairly happy with their purchase, about one in five was totally dissatisfied. Usually, the criticism was because the unit either failed to perform at all – in some cases permanently and in others just shutting down during a round.

So to get to the bottom line on this quickly, here’s our takeaway…. [Read more…]

Best Budget Golf GPS

Best Budget Golf GPS piggy bankBelow are our top picks for the best budget golf GPS devices. Although you won’t find any units that have full hole graphics in this category, several models have hazard information, manual pin positioning, and/or a scorecard feature. To be honest, this is the GPS category we recommend for most golfers.

Best Budget Golf GPS
Bushnell Phantom 2 - Read Full Review

This is the perfect golf GPS for 95% of the golfers we serve. The large font and transreflective display make it easy to see in all conditions. The BITE magnet holds firmly to your cart or if you're walking, the included belt clip or carabiner make it easy to find distances when you need them. The new GreenView feature allows for more precise distance by selecting a pin position. This unit charges in under 3 hours and gets up to 18 hours of play. It's super simple to use right out of the box. And, we love that it's fully waterproof so you can leave it up on those rainy days!

Rating: 4.55  
Weight: 2.75 oz.   Legal: Yes
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Garmin Approach G12 - Read Full Review

As expected, Garmin impressed us with this feature-pack golf GPS device. The most exciting thing about the Garmin G12 is the 30-hour battery life! That doubles the battery life of the Garmin G10 and it's 10 hours more than the Bushnell Phantom 2. At this price point, this will be the deciding factor for many golfers. Others will choose this model to use with the Garmin Approach CT10 Club Tracking System. The Garmin Approach G12 matches or exceeds the features of other golf GPS units in the same category. The price is a little bit higher, but if it's in your budget, the battery life, stat tracking, and analysis tools, make this worthy of your shortlist!

Rating: 4.48  
Weight: .9 oz.   Legal: Yes
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Izzo Swami 6000 - Read Full Review

The Izzo Swami 6000 has a colorful screen with LARGE easy-to-read distances to the front, middle, and back of every green. That alone makes this the ideal pick for anyone who might struggle to see the numbers on other golf GPS devices. Honestly, it's just nicer to look at than others in this price range. We're also impressed by the rave reviews on battery life. Izzo claims 16 hours and users seem to agree. Although the Swami 6000 has a built-in scorecard, users struggled to use it. If you don't record your score before heading to the next tee, it forwards to the next hole and you can't go back until you're 60 yards down the next fairway. That's not exactly the perfect time to enter your score, so we don't recommend this model if scorekeeping is on your desired feature list. The price point on this model is perfect for what it offers. It's easy to see and easy to use. It also provides distances to hazards and doglegs and a strong magnet for mounting to your cart or the included belt clip.

Rating: 4.42  
Weight: 3.4 oz.   Legal: Yes
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GolfBuddy Voice 2 SE - Read Full Review

GolfBuddy has a winning formula with its GB Voice line. It's small, easy to use, lightweight, with an LCD screen, as well as voice distances. Plus, it's budget-friendly. The GolfBuddy GB Voice 2 SE increases the battery life over previous models to up to 20 hours. That's the most important feature of this solid performing compact golf GPS. We love it! We also love that you can see distances to the front, middle, and back of each green and also switch over to see the shape of the green when you want. It comes preloaded with 40,000 golf courses and can be updated using GolfBuddy GB Manager.

Rating: 4.41  
Weight: 1.1 oz.   Legal: Yes
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Garmin Approach G10 - Read Full Review

It looks like Garmin is going to give GolfBuddy some real competition in the small clip-on category of golf GPS devices. The Garmin Approach G10 doesn't provide audible distances, but it does offer green views and manual pin placement in addition to distances to the front, middle, and back of every green. It also has a scorecard feature with stats. We particularly like that you can use it with Garmin Connect for online game analysis and record keeping. The price is competitive and the reviews are very good.

Rating: 4.42  
Weight: 1 oz.   Legal: Yes
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Garmin Approach S10 - Read Full Review

The Garmin Approach S10 is the one we've been waiting for! It's small, lightweight, and simple to use. It doesn't try to be a multi-sport watch or a smartwatch. It puts the focus squarely on golf. On the main screen, you will see distances to the front, middle, and back of the green, plus the hole number and par. The shape of the green is also right there on the same screen. Many golfers will never even need to touch the watch after starting a round. If you need hazard information, it's one screen away. You can also keep score on this watch and upload your scores to Garmin Express so your playing history is always available. Although this golf watch has all the features most golfers want, for those looking for stats or hole views, Garmin has other golf watches you will want to check out.

Rating: 99.00  
Weight: 1.2 oz.   Legal: Yes
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Best Voice Golf GPS

Voice Golf GPS audio iconBelow are our top picks for the best voice golf GPS devices. These models are all small clip-on devices that provide audio/voice distances to the front, middle, and back of every green. Some offer advanced features like manual pin positioning, but most users of this category love the simplicity of clipping the voice GPS on a hat and touching a button for quick distance to the center of the green.

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GolfBuddy has a winning formula with its GB Voice line. It's small, easy to use, lightweight, with an LCD screen, as well as voice distances. Plus, it's budget-friendly. The GolfBuddy GB Voice 2 SE increases the battery life over previous models to up to 20 hours. That's the most important feature of this solid performing compact golf GPS. We love it! We also love that you can see distances to the front, middle, and back of each green and also switch over to see the shape of the green when you want. It comes preloaded with 40,000 golf courses and can be updated using GolfBuddy GB Manager.

Rating: 4.41  
Weight: 1.1 oz.   Legal: Yes
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GolfBuddy Voice 2 - Read Full Review

GolfBuddy just keeps building on a winning theme. The GolfBuddy Voice 2 claims 14 hours of battery life. That's four hours more than the GolfBuddy VS4! It's water resistant, has the choice of male or female voice, and of course provides distances to the front, middle, and back of the green. It's available in three different colors as well. The wristband can be ordered separately on Amazon.

Rating: 4.40  
Weight: 1.02 oz.   Legal: Yes
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GolfBuddy Voice X - Read Full Review

The GolfBuddy Voice line has been a huge success from the beginning. The VoiceX is the latest in this line and has a few nice upgrades from its predecessor the GolfBuddy Voice 2. The most notable improvement is that it adds Bluetooth connectivity to your smartphone for automatic updates to the golf course you're playing when you enter golf mode. The screen is a little larger and it has a Big Numbers mode and manual pin placement capability. It also adds a fairly detailed GPS activity tracker for runners and walkers. It may sacrifice some battery life for the extra features, but should still easily get 2 full rounds. A watchband is available separately.

Rating: 99.00  
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Voice Caddie VC300 - Read Full Review

The Voice Caddie VC300 is a great choice for the golfer who wants to keep it simple, especially if he or she wears a cap or visor. It's small, sleek and unobtrusive and provides auditory distances to the front, middle and back of every green. The sound quality is excellent, which is good, since there isn't not a digital display. It also has shot measuring, but we just like the fact that it does what it's supposed to do without any hassle.

Rating: 4.42  
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GolfBuddy VoiceX Review

'GolfBuddy Voice X'

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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 Voice X
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 Yes, 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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