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Not so long ago, expensive, clunky handheld readers were the only way to get GPS data from a golf course. Thanks to advances in golf watches, you can now have a GPS system on your wrist that not only gives you an overview of the country, but one that tells you everything from wind speed to your swing path. Pretty cute, right?
The downside of buying golf watches is that there are tons of duds floating around. Luckily for you, we’ve put together this guide to help you make an informed decision about the golf watch that will best benefit your playing style.
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Expect to pay around $100 to $150 for a quality golf watch that offers basic functionality – distance measurement and course mapping. You’ll probably pay between $200 and $500 for high-tech watches that come with all the bells and whistles. Anything over $500 usually starts with considering style – because like regular watches, golf watches make a fashion statement. The cool thing about the more expensive golf watches ($200+) is that they often give instant feedback on your game so you can make adjustments on the go.
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There’s a golf watch out there made for her your certain play style. Some people want all the data they can get, while others just want to rack up points or make sure they don’t send a ball into a sand trap. Whatever your needs, you’ll find a golf watch for all skill levels here. Read about each watch below and grab the one that speaks to you the most.
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- Under $200
- Long battery life
- Stylish look
The S12 hits its mark in style, design, function and – most importantly – price. For under $200, you get front, middle, and back reading on over 42,000 preloaded courses in a minimalist graphic. The S12’s rechargeable battery is also long-lasting and can be charged for almost 30 hours in GPS mode. And the great thing is that you can buy the Garmin CT10 racquet sensors and get measurements on your swing should you decide to take your game up a notch.
- Weight: 1.12 ounces
- screen size: 0.9″
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Best for Apple Watch
Caddy Smart sensors
- Sensors remain strongly attached to the golf club
- Easy to use with the Apple Watch interface
Can an Apple Watch be a golf watch? The short answer is yes, but only if you change it properly. Luckily, Arccos Golf has a smart system reader that you can attach to the butt of your club to get real-time feedback and course data on your Apple Watch.
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Best entry-level watch
ULT-G Golf GPS Watch
- Reads basic functions well
- Under $100
- Has no advanced measurements
Priced under $100, the ULT-G is ideal for the beginner golfer or golfer who just wants basic distance measurements. You’ll get front/middle/back distances on the green as well as readings of where the hazards are. The great thing is that the watch is easy to use thanks to its four-button design and automatic connection to satellites to start showing heading information.
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Best for avid golfers
- Has a built-in fitness tracker
- Comes with club tracking sensors
- Measures wind and pitch
While the S62 is probably the best value for money in terms of its features, the touchscreen golf watch still costs over $400. But if you’re someone who golfs weekly, then the S62 is for you. Aside from colored maps and green views on each hole, you get a CT10 club tracking sensor, a pinpointer arrow so you know where to aim even on blind shots, and wind direction and speed readings. And of course, a fitness tracker is built in, so you’ll have all those bells and whistles too.
- Weight: 2.08 ounces
- Screen size: 1.3″
Best bang for your buck
LX5 GPS golf watch
- Colorful HD screen
- Can easily zoom in and out via touch screen
- Has a heart rate monitor and a pedometer
SkyCaddie is praised for being an affordable golf watch with high-level technology. One of them contains a high-level touch screen. which displays quotes in a bright, colorful HD image. You can also zoom in on the course for precise layup and hazard avoidance calculations. Other features include scoring logs, stats, a heart rate monitor and step counter, and a battery that lasts for up to two full laps.
- Weight: 2.3 ounces
- Screen size: 1.39″
Aim Golf GPS watch
Many golf watches have a downloadable app to read all the data collected, but some watches are more compatible with smartphones than others. Golf Buddy pairs with all types of smartphones for easy access to your data. The watch is also packed with quality features like a color touchscreen, waterproof case, and a battery that lasts up to 45 holes in golf mode. You also get interchangeable straps that you can swap out to better match your golf attire.
- Weight: 1.77 ounces
- screen size: 1.3″
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It doesn’t get much better in the looks department of golf watches than the TAG Connected Golf. From the outside, one will notice a sporty white rubber strap fitted with a 45mm case in matte titanium. And inside, over 40,000 pre-loaded courses with course quotes and shot trackers. The TAG Connected Golf also comes with an app that gives access to all the measurements the watch is taking.
- Weight: 2.10 ounces
- screen size: 1.39″
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Best lightweight option
G3 GPS watch
The G3 is a solid, wallet-friendly golf watch that provides front, center and back readings on over 36,000 courses. Two features that reviewers raved about on multiple websites are the G3’s weight (0.4 grams) and its constant illumination of the time and battery level.
- Weight: 1.44 ounces
- screen size: 1.34″
Best for scorekeeping
For those who just want to count points, the ScoreBand simply logs your play at each hole and then calculates your score after nine and 18 holes. If you ask us, it’s a simple scorekeeping solution that beats keeping track with a pencil and note card.
As we have chosen
All golf watches selected above had to have a high number of reviews averaging four stars or more. The quality of the watch technology and the price were the top priorities when considering. The weight of the clock and graphical user interface has also been considered as the two features add to the overall usability. Finally, we made sure to select a wide range of different golf watches that reflect all types of play and skill levels.
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