Advances in technology mean that distance measuring devices have made huge strides forward over the past few years.
No longer are DMD’s simply used to give you a yardage to the pin. The below showcase incorporates devices that can be paired with your smartphone to track your game statistics, watches that can be worn on and off the course, and apps that allow immediate access to thousands of courses. For those looking for something easy to use, laser rangefinders remain the DMD of choice, with players assured pinpoint accuracy to the flag. The drawback remains the inability to capture yardages when the pin is out of sight, in which case, GPS watches and handheld devices, which enable players to see the distance to various sections of the green, as well as to hazards, are better suited. Players wishing to analyse their performance may wish to consider devices that are smartphone compatible.
Bushnell V4 Shift £339
Bushnell’s latest rangefinder is designed to accommodate the needs of golfers of every level. Slope-Switch Technology makes moving between normal distances and those compensated for gradient effortless, with just a flick of a switch. In addition to Slope-Switch Technology, the Tour V4 SHIFT is faster than its Tour V3 predecessor, 30 per cent smaller and more ergonomically designed to increase ease and accuracy when acquiring yardages. The device also includes JOLT Technology, providing the golfer with the confidence that they have locked onto their desired target.
Garmin Approach G30 £269.99
This sleek, compact device has a 2.3-inch colour touchscreen with full course mapping of more than 40,000 courses around the world plus free map updates. With features like Green View and Touch Targeting, users have access to the most accurate yardage information, and are able track their stats and performance over each round and over time. The Approach G30 features a built-in high-sensitivity GPS, so users will get accurate distances to greens, hazards and doglegs, even if they’re under heavy tree cover. The device is compatible with the Garmin TruSwing analyser, so when paired together, users will have access to data like swing speed and club path angles, which can be used to improve swing consistency.
SkyCaddie Linx GT £249.95 (Tour Watch Edition)
Not only does SkyCaddie’s new Linx GT give you exclusive, updated, 100% ground-mapped yardages, and expanded HD hole views if you Bluetooth it to SkyCaddie Mobile, but it can also track your every shot. The super-lightweight watch is the sport’s first Shot-Tracking GPS Watch System. Each watch comes with a SmartTag that can be added to your driver to track your accuracy and distances. In addition, SkyCaddie's powerful TruePoint GPS engine in the watch replaces your smartphone’s location services to provide distances you can trust, as well as conserving your smartphone’s battery!
GolfBuddy WTX £199.99
The WTX delivers all the functionality usually associated with a handheld unit in a stylish, compact watch. With touchscreen function the golfer can navigate their way around the course with ease. Expected features such as distances to front, centre, back and hazards come as standard but the WTX also provides complete hole layout with golfer’s position, dynamic green view for accurate distances from the specific angle of approach, shot distance measurement and pin position selection for the most accurate distances possible.
Motocaddy GPS App FREE
Featuring several easy-to-use modes, Motocaddy’s first-ever mobile phone app can be used as a stand-alone, fully-featured mobile GPS device, or in conjunction with the world’s first GPS electric trolley, the S5 CONNECT. The App features 36,000 accessible courses worldwide through its ‘Play Now’ mode - depicting overhead maps, accurate yardages, and detailed hole information. It also includes a unique ‘Power Save’ option which provides front, middle and back yardages, while reducing battery and data usage significantly.
Nikon COOLSHOT 80 VR £379.99
This innovative Laser Rangefinder employs an optical VR (Vibration Reduction) function, which reduces inaccuracy caused by hand movement, making it easy to aim at the target. First Target priority mode is perfect for measuring the distance to a flagstick on a green with woods in the background. In addition, the new LOCKED ON Technology means that the LOCKED ON sign appears in the viewfinder to inform you the distance to the First Target is displayed, ensuring golfers can always be confident they have the correct yardage to the flag.
Callaway GPSy £154.99
The Callaway GPSy Golf GPS delivers fast, accurate distances to greens, hazards and doglegs via the convenience of wearable technology. The GPSy automatically locates your course and will auto-advance from hole-to-hole during play. With a simple turn of the wrist, get accurate distances to the front, center and back of the green as well as layup and carry distances to hazards and doglegs. With no annual subscription required, golfers have instant access to over 30,000 preloaded courses.
Swinging In The Rain With These Fabulous Waterproofs. Read More