When it comes to knowing your yardages, you're spoilt for choice in terms of what you can use to receive that information. You've got lasers, handheld GPS devices, electic trolleys with inbuilt GPS systems and this article's focus, watches.
GPS watches have been around for a long time but they're now equipped with incredible technology and can do a whole lot more than simply tell you the front, middle and back distances of each hole.
We've picked out some of our favourite GPS watches for 2020 that you might want to snap-up for your summer of golf.
Shot Scope G3
Shot Scope G3 is a highly accurate GPS watch with distances to greens available in yards or metres. G3 also provides distances to the front and back of hazards, allowing you to come up with a strategy for the hole. G3 comes preloaded with over 35,000 courses worldwide and free firmware updates.
A daylight readable colour screen and easy to navigate buttons, make G3 easy to use whilst golfing. G3 is one of the lightest GPS watches on the market.
The new LX5 features next-generation technology including powerful and popular features which are exclusive to SkyCaddie, such as HoleVue® and IntelliGreen® Pro in high definition.
Using the same latest technology as found in its award-winning SX family of rangefinders, SkyCaddie’s new LX5 is driven by a powerful multicore processor and a simple touchscreen interface which rapidly delivers the best wearable HD golf graphics now available.
Preloaded with over 35,000 ground-verified, full-colour HD SkyCaddie course maps – unavailable on any other GPS watch – the SkyCaddie LX5 GPS Smart Watch is ready to go out of the box, with a three-year premium Worldwide Membership at no extra charge.
Garmin Approach S62
With its sunlight readable 1.3-inch colour touchscreen – 17 percent larger than the previous model – and scratch resistant ceramic bezel, the Approach S62 delivers an easier-to-read, larger display while upholding an elegant design that transcends the clubhouse.
Boasting an array of features to help enhance a golfer’s game, the Approach S62 offers options such as PlaysLike Distance, Hazard View and introduces a Virtual Caddie to analyse critical factors such as wind speed, course layout, and a golfer’s past swings to select the best suited club for each shot.
Not only is the S62 packed with over 41,000 courses worldwide, but it acts as a smartwatch that includes features such as: heart rate monitor, ability to read blood oxygen levels, smart notifications to receive e-mails, texts, and alerts right on the display of the watch, activity tracking features and preloaded activity profiles for running, cycling, and even swimming.
Garmin Approach S10
If you want the accuracy of a Garmin GPS but without the perks of a smartwatch, then you can't beat the simplicity of the Approach S10.
Showing precise distances to the front, back and middle of the green for over 41,000 worldwide courses, the Approach S10 has a 1.3-inch high-resolution sunlight readable screen to provide a clear and crisp display even in direct sunlight.
Based on GPS location, the Approach S10 will automatically select the course, and provide distances to the front, back and middle of the green for each hole. It can also display distances to hazards, doglegs and layups.
While golfing, the watch will automatically transition to the next hole, and players can enter in their score on the watch. After every game, the Approach S10 will show the total distance traveled, the total time played and the score for that round, ready to be uploaded to the weekly leaderboard on the Garmin Golf App.
GolfBuddy Aim W10
Play golf with one of the most advanced GPS watches available, this watch provides slope adjustment on measured distance and an in-depth hole view with dual arc distance readings.
The watch has a 1.3” TFT-LCD full-colour touch screen display that allows you to zoom in and out to provide better views of your intended target. Plus, can wirelessly cast on to another Android/iOS device via Bluetooth to view on an even bigger screen.
The clever 'Full Course View Feature' allows users to read putts a little better, and its slope-adjusted distance reading aids greater control of shots all over the course.
Getting distances around the course just got even easier with the Excel Golf GPS Watch. Bluetooth integration with smartphone allows you to get course updates without needing to sync with a computer and you can receive call, messaging and calendar notifications on your watch.
Long battery life – play 3 rounds before charging. Full front optical mounted color display with auto brightness adjustment.
Preloaded with over 35,000 courses worldwide, the Bushnell Excel also has an integrated fitness feature, as well as a swing tempo feature to help you develop your game.