HOT PRODUCTS: 5 GPS devices worth trying out on the course

The Garmin Approach S3 touchscreen GPS golf watch comes equipped with information on more than 27,000 golf courses worldwide. The S3 displays yardages to the front, back and middle of greens on a high-resolution, glove-friendly touchscreen display, and also includes distances to doglegs and layups. The Approach provides printable digital scorecards and players can download information on additional courses for free as they are released by Garmin. $349.99.

The GolfLogix app is the most downloaded golf app on the market four years running and boasts an online community of millions. The free app includes over 30,000 course maps, GPS distances to all green centers, handicap index tracking, membership to the online clubhouse and member discounts on products and services, in addition to a multitude of other features. The Champion edition of the app provides golfers with GPS distances to all hazards and layups, flyover animations of every hole, a digital yardage book with hole notes and tips, removes mobile ads and even tracks calories burned. Free (Basic App), $19.99 (Champion Edition).

The Voice from GolfBuddy uses audio distance technology to verbally tell golfers how far away they are from the front, back and center of greens and clips easily to belts, hats and more. The multilingual GPS device includes shot distance measurements and dynamic green views with a course storage capacity of 40,000. Downloads are free and no annual fees apply. $199.99.

The SkyCaddie SGXw connects to any wireless network to instantly download sub-meter precision course maps of up to 30,000 courses. The Optical Trackpad in combination with AutoView Technology allows players to change between their most common screens with the flick of a wrist. This button-less, touch-less feature helps to maintain a clean, smudge-free screen. The SGWx includes digital scorecards and stat tracking and allows golfers to precisely measure any and every shot they take. $399.95.

The Bushnell neo+ GPS watch features a sleek black design and comes preloaded with 25,000 different courses fully complete with front, center and back distances. The watch has automatic course and hole recognition and does not require membership fees or downloads. The neo+ includes a clock, alarm and odometer and is legal for tournament play. $199.99.

– Alex Smolinski

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