For those of you who hate to read and just want the bottom line; if you’ve been thinking about getting a GPS watch for golf you won’t go wrong with the Bushnell Neo XS.
If they did away with all yardage tools and markers it would be OK with me. However that’s not going to happen. The best players in the world want to know exact yardages so why shouldn’t amateurs benefit from some course knowledge. I don’t think anyone would argue that they don’t. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve over or under clubbed because I didn’t really know yardage.
First there was the handheld GPS, but they were clunky and got in the way of all the other things a golfer had to manage on course. Many also had annual subscription fees and issues with battery life.
I saw many early GPS users transition to a handheld rangefinder which eliminated battery life problems and monthly or annual fees. It still didn’t fix the clunkiness issue. They’re big and you have to store them securely. Then when you need a yardage you’ve got to fish it out and take the time to aim and get a good reading.
While you may know the exact yardage to the pin you won’t find out the size of the green and how much room above or below the hole you have to work with.They also aren’t very useful for figuring out how far you hit your last shot – information which is really helpful if you’re getting serious about scoring.
I’ve had the Bushnell Neo XS for about 2 months now and I love it. It’s lightweight and always available because it’s on my wrist. It weighs less than my everyday wristwatch. It takes a long time to run down the battery – I’ve only charged it twice.
My home course is in the mountains and filled with trees, but I have no problem getting a signal anywhere. When I’m at my ball the yardage is there waiting for me on my wrist. The thing is easy to operate because it doesn’t try to do too many things like some golf watches.
I can easily find out how far I’ve hit my shot. Distance to front middle and back of green are the default display. There are distances to hazards, but you don’t get as much information as a high-end handheld GPS, but in my opinion this is easily outweighed by the convenience of the Bushnell Neo GPS. There are some good prices out there now. I’ve seen units advertised for not much more than $100.
Get one here: Bushnell NEO XS Golf GPS Rangefinder Watch, Black