GolfBuddy WT4 GPS watch review

What do we make of the GolfBuddy WT4 GPS watch?

Andy Roberts's picture
Wed, 25 Mar 2015
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Name: GolfBuddy WT4 watch
Weight: 65 g
Dimensions: 5.3 x 4.4 x 1.5 cm (without wristband)
Touchscreen: No 
Battery life: Up to 50 days (watch mode), nine hours (GPS mode)
Course maps: Pre-loaded with over 37,000
Colours: Silver/Black
RRP: £179

Key features

  • Precise yardages - displays front, middle and back yardages of the green, wherever you are on the course
  • Dynamic green view and pin placement - the user can alter the yardages based on where the pin is located on the green
  • Shot tracking mode - find out how far you really hit that ball
  • Digitial scorecard - allows you to keep track of scores
  • Auto-course and hole recognition - turn it on and head straight to the first tee

Ease of use

The GolfBuddy WT4 even beat us to the first tee. Within seconds of getting the clubs out the boot of the car and walking to the first tee and turning the watch on, we were logged in to our local course and ready to go.

The WT4 is instantly much slimmer than the former WT3 and also much lighter and more comfortable on the wrist.

Its numbering and shot data is also easy to read. Although this watch is not a touchscreen, the two side buttons are easy to operate as you scroll through the user-friendly menu.

Best features

The main feature of the GolfBuddy WT4 is the precise yardages to the front, middle and back of the green from the golfer's angle of approach. All the information is there at the glance of a wrist. 

It also allows you to scroll through the hazards by pressing the bottom right button, to make sure you stay safe of the water and the beach. 

Another neat feature is the "Shot Tracking" tool, which allows you to impress your playing partners when they ask how far your drive "really" went. Once hitting your impressive drive, simply enter the shot tracking mode by holding the upper right button until the icon appears. When you get to your ball, press the same button again. 

The "Pin Placement" tool is more helpful if you have been given a pin sheet before the start of your round, but nevertheless, this feature allows you to dial in the yardage exactly to the flag. 

Setup

Charging up the device is a little fiddly to begin with, but once up and running for the first time, you will quickly get used to it. 

To charge the WT4, you just have to insert the device into the charging dock and align the charger post with the two buttons on the side of the unit and then tilt it so the right side goes in first. Press it in and wait until it clicks. The battery indicator will then display and tell you when it is fully charged.

The battery life should see you through two rounds, but we recommend you charge the device after each round to be safe. When in watch mode, the battery life lasts for up to 50 days. 

Conclusion

Clear, precise, stylish, comfortable and easy to operate, as well as being very quick to pick up our local course in question, the GolfBuddy WT4 is up there with one the strongest GPS watches we have ever tested - and for that reason, it receives one of our gold awards. 

The WT4 does everything you could possibly ask for from a GPS watch with accurate front, middle and back yardages of the green, but most importantly from the golfer's angle of approach - which is not always the case with other devices. 

It also acts similar to a more expensive handheld device with its "Dynamic Green View" and "Pin Placement" features that allow the user to dial in their yardages with greater precision.

For more information, visit www.gpsgolfbuddy.eu

 

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