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…]

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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GolfBuddy Voice 2 Review

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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
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Garmin Approach G10 Review

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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
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Izzo Swami 4000+ Review

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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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