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#1 Lodestone

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Posted 23 July 2018 - 10:10 AM

Did a search here for recent information on the ultra-cheap end of the GPS market.

What I'm looking for:

pre-loaded courses
front, middle, back,

maybe the option of distance to hazards...

don't need a map,  would like to keep the cost in the neighborhood of $100.

I'm hoping someone will chime in with their personal experiences, good and/or bad.

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Posted 23 July 2018 - 11:42 AM

I was looking for a watch with the exact features you stated (pretty bare minimum) and I went with the Garmin Approach X10. Gives me front middle back, will give me hazard distances, easy to use scorecard, battery life usually lasts three rounds (although I charge it after one or two if possible).

Accurate within 3-5 yards or so based on my experience which is plenty for me. The distances are accurate with about a 1 second lag after you stop walking (I have to wait to make sure and watch that last 2-5 yards tick down before I'm confident it has settled). My dad has the Bushnell Ion and they have basically identical features, his lag time to get the right distance seemed to be a bit longer and he's had some issues with it turning off randomly. Bushnell looks more like a traditional watch and the Garmin looks like a fit bit and is smaller on the wrist. Bushnell has physical buttons and Garmin is mostly touchscreen with one home button.

I think the new Bushnell Ion 2 is about $170 and the Garmin Approach X10 is $200, you may be able to find the Bushnell Neo Ion for about $150 or less and I think you'd be happy with that.
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Posted 23 July 2018 - 11:48 AM

Bushnell Phantom is $99. Gives you front, middle, back and distance to hazards. Easily slips in and out of your pocket.

https://www.tgw.com/...ell-phantom-gps

Edit: I see you wanted experience. My experience is with the Bushnell neo the predecessor of the Phantom. It was simple, quick and easy to use. Price point was the same.  Had it for years and still ticking. Only issue is sometimes I have to tell it what course I am on because there are supposedly not enough satellites in range. After that it works great.

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Posted 23 July 2018 - 12:01 PM

I use the Golf Buddy Voice 2, which retails right at the $100 mark.

It gives front, middle, and back, but not distance to hazards.  I really like it.  In fact, I purchased it again when my first one was pilfered.  

I don't like to wear a watch on the course.  I wear the device on my belt and tap the voice button as I slip my bag of my shoulder.   Most people think it's a pedometer as I get such a seamless read.  But if you're fine with wearing a watch, I don't know that the voice feature would add anything of value.

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Posted 23 July 2018 - 05:11 PM

Agree on the Golf Buddy Voice 2.... simple to use and knows exactly which course you are on and what hole no matter where you start unlike the Phantom which requires you to scroll thru the courses and advance it manually if your starting somewhere other than 1.


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Posted 23 July 2018 - 05:30 PM

SkyDroid works awesome and is only a $3 App. It lets your mark off your own courses through their website so you can know exactly where your marks are, or quickly download pre marked courses. Iíve been using it for 3 seasons now and it works great :)

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 12:00 AM

I picked up a Callaway GPSY from Amazon when they were having their Prime Days. I got it for $99. Seems to be very accurate. Yardage is close compared to a GPS app on my phone. Now I don't have to keep checking yardage with my phone. I charged the watch the first day I got, played a round of golf a few days later and now going on over a week and the battery still doesn't need to be charged.

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 12:09 AM

I've been using the Golf Buddy WT4 for a few years now and it works great.  The WT4 provides accurate yardage readings and it's simple to setup.  Plus, I can tell how many miles I've walked.  I also keep a laser range finder in my bag but I rely on the WT4 90% of the time.
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Posted 26 July 2018 - 05:42 AM

I use a free application call golfpad gps or the other application is thegrint. Both provide gps that you can move to modify your shot as well as fudll views of the course from overhead satelite images.
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Posted 04 August 2018 - 08:14 PM

View Postevgolfer, on 23 July 2018 - 11:48 AM, said:

Bushnell Phantom is $99. Gives you front, middle, back and distance to hazards. Easily slips in and out of your pocket.

https://www.tgw.com/...ell-phantom-gps

Edit: I see you wanted experience. My experience is with the Bushnell neo the predecessor of the Phantom. It was simple, quick and easy to use. Price point was the same.  Had it for years and still ticking. Only issue is sometimes I have to tell it what course I am on because there are supposedly not enough satellites in range. After that it works great.

I like this one.
You can also measures shot distance


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Posted 11 August 2018 - 06:00 PM

Iíve used a Voice Caddie T1 for ages with no problems.  I see Dallas Golf now has them for $79 if you donít mind a white watch:


https://www.dallasgo...lf-watch-white/

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Posted 20 August 2018 - 01:47 PM

Bought Bushnell Ion on line for $129.  Slower acquisition to satellites, but nothing that I cannot deal with.  Also like the quick shot distance button to see what I am hitting clubs in some fairway situations.
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Posted 20 August 2018 - 02:35 PM

View PostPigems, on 23 July 2018 - 05:30 PM, said:

SkyDroid works awesome and is only a $3 App. It lets your mark off your own courses through their website so you can know exactly where your marks are, or quickly download pre marked courses. I've been using it for 3 seasons now and it works great :)

I don't need an expensive range finder anymore. This $3 app does everything I need. You can zoom in on a hole, which utilizes Google Maps, and you can long-press on any spot on the screen and get an accurate distance to that spot. On Par 3s, I stand next to people with laser rangefinders; I guesstimate where the pin is, find the same spot on the map and long-press for distance, and I'm almost always (like 95% of the time) within 2 yard of the rangefinder.

I wish you could customize the stats that it tracks as well as the ability to only display the clubs in your bag, but those are insignificant complaints.

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Posted 21 August 2018 - 11:31 AM

Get the Garmin S20. Prices fluctuate often so keep an eye on it and try and pair it with the Ebay 10-20% off coupons. Well worth the price and does everything youíll need.
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