I’m not big on wearing watches and GPS watches tend to be bigger than normal watches. I just mount the unit to my bag most of the time. With the unit conveniently located on my golf bag I can look at the numbers and grab a club quickly and easily.
Features Courtesy of the ScoreBand Website
Auto-detects nearest course
Yardage to Front, Back and Center of Green
Yardage to hazards
Quick-Score scorecard for each course
Stores up to 10 rounds
Shot distance measurement
Easy software upgrades
Long-life rechargeable battery 8-10 hours in GPS mode / up to 4 weeks in power-save mode
2 hours to fully recharge (DC)
3ATM Water Resistance
Screen 90 x 90 pixels for easy viewing
GPS accurate time and date
Uses industry leading u-blox GPS chipset
Pre-Loaded Course Database
NORTH AMERICA + BRAZIL
UK/EUROPE/AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND/SOUTH AFRICA
I have a few more testing rounds to go, but so far so good on the ScoreBand GPS watch. Solid so far. Stay tuned for my full review.
The best way to tell what golf accessory I liked the most in 2014 is based on the one I used the most. That is hands down the GolfBuddy VS4 Mini Talking GPS. This thing is so small that it easily fits in my pocket and is not in the way.
GolfBuddy VS4 Golf GPS
I can even push the button through my shorts (I don’t wear pants, hehe) and hear it speak my yardages to me.
I have about 20 golf GPS units, but the VS4 is the one I keep going back to and therefore wins the 2014 Hooked On Golf Blog Product of the Year award for Golf Accessories.
For the full review, visit the Hooked On Golf Blog GolfBuddy VS4 Golf GPS Review.
I’m now in the midst of my testing phase for the GolfBuddy WT4 Golf GPS Watch. As you can see from the picture below, this is a very sharp looking unit.
GolfBuddy WT4 Golf GPS Watch
After a few more evaluation rounds I’ll be posting my completeGolfBuddy WT4 Golf GPS Watch review soon. So far I dig the look and how solid the GPS yardages are. I don’t wear watches often, so I’ve got it now attached to my golf bag.
My latest gamer in the golf GPS department has been the GolfBuddy VS4 Golf GPS. The VS4 is a tiny golf GPS, the size of a watch but without a watch band. Not only is this golf GPS tiny, it speaks your yardages to you. Suggested retail price on this unit is $179.99 but I’ve seen street pricing averaging at around $149.99.
GolfBuddy VS4 Feature List
Speaks yardages as well as informing golfer that he’s on a certain hole/tee box (just don’t hit shot from one hole to next tee box!)
Detachable back allows unit to be mounted to hat, belt
Displays yardages to front/center/back of the green
Preloaded with 37,000+ global courses
Automatic course & hole recognition
Measures shot distances
10 hour battery life
Standard micro-usb charging cable
On The Course
I’ve found the convenience of the VS4 to be stellar. The unit is so small and light that I usually carry it in my left pocket (right pocket is tees and divot tool). When I want a yardage I can push the talk button through my pocket and the lady’s voice tells me “180 yards to center of green.” I’ve also mounted the unit on my belt and can easily see the center yardages as well as front and back. But lately I’ve had a Game Golf digital tracking device on my belt and don’t want a second device there. Another convenient place I can mount the unit is on the brim of my hat, similar to another brand of talking GPS.
The yardages in this unit are solid and accurate. I use a golf laser rangefinder as well, and the yardages to green center are either exact, or within 2-3 yards. The advantage of the GPS over the laser is that I can get yardages from anywhere without having to have a straight line of sight. And lately with my driving accuracy issues, I need yardages from behind trees, houses, cars, buildings, airplanes, mountains.
GolfBuddy VS4 Golf GPS
The unit lasts close to two rounds, about 10 hours. I make sure to charge it before every round.
Speaking of charging… a big gripe I have with watch sized golf GPS units is that they all have proprietary charging cables. So if you forget your cable, you can’t charge it by using a standard cable. That especially sucks when you are on a golf vacation. The VS4 uses a standard micro-usb cable for charging. Very convenient and if one forgets the cable, a new one can be purchased nearly anywhere for super cheap, like less than $2.00.
The only missing feature I can think of with this great golf GPS unit is changing voices. I’d die and go to heaven if they put in the “scottish caddie” voice. When you click the button a burly caddie speaks to you in indecipherable gibberish and at the end of the yardage says “f*&*ing hit it!”
I’m not a watch wearer but for those who are, an optional watch band allows this unit to be worn on the wrist.
I have at least 10 golf GPS units in my garage thanks to running a popular blog. The VS4 is the unit I’ve chosen as my go-to gamer. This is the one in the bag. The size, convenience, and accuracy make the GolfBuddy VS4 my GPS of choice.