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post #19 of 29

I currently use the golflogix app on my phone, but I absolutely HATE having anything besides divot tool and tees in my pocket, so I end up leaving the phone on the cart.  That is the primary reason that I believe I would prefer a watch over a handheld device. 

 

With that being said, I deem a watch to be jewelry, and I don't like the idea of wearing ANY jewelry when I'm playing sports (baseball/softball, flag football, basketball, weightlifting, golf, tennis).  It drives me crazy.  My watch and my wedding band come off.  I own some inexpensive beaded necklaces/bracelets (that only look cool lounging on the beach).  I haven't worn earrings in nearly a decade, but I would remove those too.  :-D

 

My dad has a Garmin S1 (I think that's the model he has...) and he LOVES IT.  I'm going to break down and purchase one in the near future, but I might try wearing a regular watch for a few rounds just to see if it irks me too much

post #20 of 29

Hey guys,

 

I have personally been doing a lot of market research on the GPS golf watches including surveying users of the watch. Everyone loves the convenience of having the yardages right there on your wrist. The number 1 complaint with them has been their size and weight being a distraction. Just something to keep in your mind if you are not use to wearing a watch when you play because they are fairly large watches and might be a distraction. Just pop over to a golf store and smack some in the simulator with one on before you decide to buy is my suggestion!

post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by DerekR View Post
 

Hey guys,

 

I have personally been doing a lot of market research on the GPS golf watches including surveying users of the watch. Everyone loves the convenience of having the yardages right there on your wrist. The number 1 complaint with them has been their size and weight being a distraction. Just something to keep in your mind if you are not use to wearing a watch when you play because they are fairly large watches and might be a distraction. Just pop over to a golf store and smack some in the simulator with one on before you decide to buy is my suggestion!

Being a commercial lobsterman I have never been able to wear a watch. The bait juices tend to irritate your skin under the watch band causing  painful guerry sores. So it was with trepidation that I purchased the Garmin S1. I won't wear it when I am lobstering but it is very light and after I would estimate 10 rounds I would really miss it if I didn't have it on.

post #22 of 29
More of a GPS comment here tbh but I was always afraid of buying a gps because I figured that the mapping might not be very exact done online or whatever, this put me off because the reason I wanted a unit was to take away the guess work out of club selection.
Some wouldn't get that but I can't swing with authority until I know I'm holding the correct club and playing the correct shot.
So anyways I'm googling one day and I found that the older model of the bushnell neo plus allowed you to either pay a $20 sub or map the course yourself. I bought one off eBay for $50 and mapped my home course and a few more I'd regularly play. It stores 10 courses.
I'd highly recommend it. I have a Nikon laser for when I'm playing away from home but I prefer the bushnell. The other great thing about mapping the course your self is you can map the point the ball won't roll back from or the upper part of tiered greens.
It's also very small In Your pocket you wouldn't notice it unless you are in speedos. Anyway this isn't an ad for them I don't think you can but them new anymore, I just wanted to add to the chat in case this helps someone else.
post #23 of 29
I was given a Garmin G3 Approach GPS by my wife and have to say that its a fantastic little device. Nice colour touch screen giving distance from your current location to where ever you are pointing on the screen and then to the green. Quite handy when playing as its on a mount on my trolley. I would think that with a watch and its smaller screen the information presented to you will be much more "compact" eh?

Regards

Mailman
post #24 of 29

Next GPS gadget I buy will be Game Golf Tracker. This looks really cool.

post #25 of 29

I would be afraid if I had the watch that i would use it TOO much. I love my skycaddie but sometimes I tend to over use it and lose my sense of range estimation. I guess i'm always afraid i'll be lost if I can't use it.

post #26 of 29
I have never worn any watch but got a garmin s3 for Xmas, and I like it! I don't realise I've got on when swinging, I too I'm worried I'll get too dependant on it, so I always guess the club first then look at the watch as reference,
It's certainly the most convenient style of GPS, instant yardage at a glance of the wrist! What could be simpler?? Also the s3 lets you add upto 5 markers per hole, so you can add distances to hazards on courses you play regularly! It also keeps scores and stats, not that I'll use it for that! They've just brought an s4 out, which does everything the s3 does but also syncs to your I phone and let's ya know if ya been emailed, text, or called without getting ya phone out! Again, Not features I'll ever need, so for me the s3 rocks and will take some beating!
post #27 of 29
I have the Golf Buddy World Platinum. It is so cool. 40,000 courses pre-loaded. No membership of any kind, free updates, nothing ever costs you any more after the purchase. Watches, okay I understand the convenience, and like some say you would have to 'fiddle around inside of the cart' or your bag for the GPS... really? Most people seem to be able to handle their cell phones with ease though.... I keep my GPS right in the cup holder when I ride or drive the cart, without any problem, and I can't play a fiddle :) It shows up great even in the brightest sun. When I arrive at the course, I turn it on, and it automatically finds the course. The nice sized screen as opposed to the size of a watch screen clearly shows me hazards and distances to them and other information that watches just don't show as readible. All on a easy to see color screen. And I'm 62, I can see all this without my bifocals which I don't wear when I play. Love my GB WP... at least check it out before you buy something else. I took one Saturday last summer, and checked them all out first, and this is the one I bought. So glad I did.
post #28 of 29

I have had four GPS devices (3 SkyCaddie and 1 Garmin) and I have played with many who have had the hand held, lasered devices. Without a doubt in my opinion the SkyCaddie Watch is the way to go if you already know the course.  

 

If you don't know the course, then the other SkyCaddie models offer far more information than you can get from the Watch or Apps.

Ideally, unless you are low single digit handicapper, if you can afford it the best thing would be a SkyCaddie Watch and a SkyCaddie SGX GPS model for more pre-green details. If you can really, really dial in your distances, then use the laser models. 

 

The Watch is fantastic for the short game during real play.  Front, middle and back with a little interpretation from the pin sheets and/or sight. 

 

My experience with the Garmin was very poor, not very accurate from lasered course distances.  The SkyCaddie was within a yard; the Garmin was off 5+ yards. 

post #29 of 29
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Originally Posted by metrybill View Post
 

I have had four GPS devices (3 SkyCaddie and 1 Garmin) and I have played with many who have had the hand held, lasered devices. Without a doubt in my opinion the SkyCaddie Watch is the way to go if you already know the course.  

 

If you don't know the course, then the other SkyCaddie models offer far more information than you can get from the Watch or Apps.

Ideally, unless you are low single digit handicapper, if you can afford it the best thing would be a SkyCaddie Watch and a SkyCaddie SGX GPS model for more pre-green details. If you can really, really dial in your distances, then use the laser models. 

 

The Watch is fantastic for the short game during real play.  Front, middle and back with a little interpretation from the pin sheets and/or sight. 

 

My experience with the Garmin was very poor, not very accurate from lasered course distances.  The SkyCaddie was within a yard; the Garmin was off 5+ yards. 

 

And yet I've used my Garmin G5 side by side with numerous SkyCaddies, and they are generally within a yard of each other.  I've also checked it against the professionally lasered fairway markers on my home course, and its right on with those too.  Add in that it shows significant trees, all bunkers and hazards, and the big key for me is the ability to set an intermediate layup target that gives me both the distance from me to the target and from the target to the pin (which I'll have already moved into correct position).  As long as I execute the shot, I haven't missed a layup in years.  When you're a short knocker like me, it's worth the price just to be able to plan a comfortable distance for the next shot - I use this feature on almost every par 5 hole I play, as well as on most short par 4 holes.

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