GPS devices have become a crucial part of everyday golf. Most golfers carry them these days and if you don’t have one, you’re often left asking someone who does have one for a yardage. The only problem is finding the GPS that suits you.
There are hundreds of brands to choose from and a number of different types – so it’s a hard decision. Not only that, the most popular GPS devices can be upwards of £350, which prices many people out.
We’ve done the research and compiled a list of the best GPS devices under £150.
The Bushnell Phantom 2 is an ideal GPS for someone looking for simplicity. The small device attaches to the side of your bag with the clip provided or is small enough to fit in your pocket.
The device has four buttons and a simple interface. It is easy to use and the yardages are large and highly visible. While using the device you can skip between screens using the buttons to find out your distance from the flag, to hazards and even to specific pin placements.
Once in Play Golf mode, the course you’re on or near is automatically detected and with a few clicks, your round has started. The GPS allows for score tracking and is connected to the Bushnell Golf app, so you can save your completed rounds and then look at the data – such as FIR and GIR.
At just £139, the Bushnell Phantom 2 has a lot to offer at a very affordable price.
The Shot Scope H4 is a powerful GPS handheld that can track shots and provide performance insights to help a golfer improve. The tracker comes with 36,000 courses ready to use and provides the user with front, middle and back yardages. This allows players to plot their way around the course and form a strategy for each hole.
The H4 comes with 16 tags which attach to your clubs. The small handheld device can be attached to a belt buckle, golf cart, bag, rangefinder or even kept in a pocket. After collecting data, over time the H4 handheld uses it to recommend clubs depending on the yardage. There are over 100 different statistics that can be broken down using the app post round.
This is a great value GPS with the bonus of game tracking included which is great for any improving golfer.
The G12 is a top quality GPS produced by one of the leading rangefinder and watch producers in Garmin. The device is preloaded with over 42,000 CourseView maps for golf courses around the world.
The G12 uses accurate information to give front, middle and back yardages like most good GPS devices. It also uses ‘Green View’ which gives the user the true shape of each green they step on and allows the pin to be moved for greater accuracy.
The small handheld device has a very clear interface and allows the user to make the text bigger and bolder if required. It also has the added feature of score tracking for those who don’t like getting their scorecard out on the course.
The Approach S10 GPS watch is one of the cheapest by Garmin and is great value for money. The easy-to-use watch automatically chooses the course you’re playing from more than 41,000 preloaded courses worldwide with free lifetime updates.
It provides accurate yardages for the front, middle and back of greens and automatically switches to the next hole once you walk off the green. The device also allows for score tracking and has a high resolution, sunlight-readable display, meaning this is easy no matter the conditions.
This high quality watch is designed to meet the ever-changing needs of golfers wanting wearable GPS devices. The ION EDGE features a touch screen display which is a great feature unlike some other small devices. There are easy to read front, middle and back yardages and the device allows for score tracking.
The GPS uses automatic course recognition and has information on over 38,000 courses. As well as that it uses automatic hole advancements so you don’t have to worry about changing holes when you are finished on the green. The dynamic green mapping and moveable pin placement allows for more accuracy on the greens.
The SkyCaddie LX2 comes preloaded with over 35,000 ground-verified, error-corrected course maps without the short-cuts taken by the competition. SkyCaddie believe “you cannot trust your clubs if you cannot trust your distances” which is why they walk every course they provide information for and record thousands of points.
The LX2 is one of the simplest ways to get yardages which you can trust. The sunlight-readable, high quality screen and interface makes this even simpler. The SkyCaddie LX2 is equipped with step counter, step goals, stopwatch, and timer. It also provides the ultimate simplicity to get dynamic distances to the front, centre and back of the green from your angle of approach in large, easy-to-read numbers.
The watch uses intelligent automation to pick up the golf course, change holes when you walk off the green and zoom so you get the best view of each hole. Even as a more expensive choice on the list, this watch has a lot to offer at a very reasonable price.
Which GPS do you use? Let us know in the comments!