Garmin Approach S20The S20 is the company's best yet with 40,000 preloaded courses, an AutoShot feature which tracks and scores your round and an impressive 15 hours battery life. The high-resolution display gives you distances to the front, back and middle of the green, as well as distances to clear upcoming hazards. Another nifty feature is the Green View, which gives you an exact picture of the green and how best to approach the pin. You can look at all your data afterwards on the Garmin Connect App, and just to top it all off the Bluetooth compatibility allows you to read texts and emails without having to look at your smartphone.
Callaway GPSy With the Callaway GPSy, you can easily record your score for each hole, the total score for the course, as well as how many putts it took you during the round and the GIR. However, Callaway’s GPSy does a lot more than just keep the score. The 1.28-inch square, black and white display shows you the distances to the green, the location of hazards and how far you are from doglegs. Pre-loaded with 30,000 courses, the Callaway watch automatically recognizes your course and hole. In golf mode, this watch lasts for up to 12 hours. In normal watch mode, you can go 90 days without recharging.
Bushnell Neo iON 2 GPS WatchWith the Bushnell Neo iON 2 GPS Watch, you get front, centre and back distances to the pin on the face, as well as the yards needed to beat upcoming hazards. One definite highlight is the Tee Time Function, which means that you can set the watch to automatically turn on when you’re about to step up to the first tee. The auto-hole function also automatically skips through to the next hole on the course, meaning you can play an entire round without fiddling once with the watch. This watch is a keenly-priced and solid option.
Garmin Approach S5The Garmin Approach S5 looks and feels substantial but weighs just 46.6g. It comes with 40,000 courses and will sync to wherever you are within a minute. Much like the S20 Approach, it comes with Green View and an Autoshot feature, but unlike its little brother, the face is a high-resolution full cofull-colour screen. The touch targeting means you can press the display and see precisely the distance to that point. Naturally, this helps massively with your course strategy and the digital scorecard will be saved to the Garmin Connect app at the end of the round.
GolfBuddy WT6 GPSGolfBuddy has kept it simple with the WT6, despite the number of features it packs. You get automatic course recognition - which takes less than a minute. The main face gives you centre, plus front and back yards to the pin, whilst the bottom right button allows you to scroll through the distances to pass each hazard on the hole. You do get a Dynamic Green View on this model, which will let you see how far it is to nine different positions on the green and once you’re done putting, the digital scorecard will automatically update your card.
SkyCaddie Linx GPS WatchThe Sky Caddie’s Linx GPS watch is one of the best-looking GPS watches and also one of the easiest to use. With auto course detection, auto-hole advance and digital scoring, you almost don’t have to touch this from the 1st to the 18th. On the face of the watch, there’s a clear display of the distance to the centre of the green, with the distance to the front and the back in slightly smaller text below that. You’ll get 35,000 courses preloaded and 8 hours battery life out of a full charge.
TomTom Golfer 2Tracking your game without even lifting a pencil is one reason to wear this watch. A prime offering of the TomTom Golfer 2 is analysis of game data using the MySports app. This app lets you review shot patterns, so you can see if you're missing fairways to the left more than the right, for example, or you can compare the same hole across different rounds of the 40,000 stored courses. Ultimately it should make tracking your game easier when out on the course, and enable you to keep working on your game when you're back at the clubhouse.
Bushnell Excel GPSThe Bushnell Excel GPS is more of a traditional watch as the UI is button-controlled rather than touchscreen while, in GPS mode, it promises three full rounds between charges. Connected via Bluetooth, the Bushnell smartwatch lets you easily check your messages, calls and calendar right from your wrist while you’re on the course. Additionally, Bushnell’s Excel watch has GPS functionality for 36,000 pre-loaded golf courses in 30 countries, telling you your distance to the green and recording up to four hazards for each hole. The watch allows you to track your activity and has an associated smartphone app that gives you an in-depth look at the golf course.
POSMA GT2 Golf Watch If you are an avid golfer and an active person, you may want to consider the POSMA GT2 golf watch. This watch does all of the responsibilities of any GPS golf watch — tells you the distance to the green, your location, and distance of each strike — but it also tracks your activity. The POSMA GT2 shows you the number of steps you take and the calories you’ve burned, whether walking nine holes or going for a jog. This sporty watch is very affordable and weatherproof. Featuring a black and white display, the POSMA watch has a 10-hour battery life in golf mode and 10-day life as a watch.