Golf GPS System

There are few golf accessories that can help reduce a handicap faster than a golf GPS system. It uses satellites and a detailed course map to give accurate distances from itself to various parts of the course. It can be used on any golf course around the world, provided there is a map available for it. One set of batteries can last all day, and most models can even record game scores and calculate statistics. The systems range in price from under $150 for a basic model to nearly $500 for an advanced model. If that is too expensive, there are also software applications that can turn a mobile phone into a golf GPS system.

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is operated by the United States and is free to use by everyone around the world. GPS is mostly used for navigation in cars, trucks, ships, and aircraft. A fleet of about thirty satellites orbits the Earth, providing complete coverage at all times. The satellites broadcast radio signals which are picked up by a GPS receiver and used to work out its position. There are usually several satellites available at any time, ensuring that a receiver will quickly find its position. Many golf courses use a system called differential GPS (DGPS) to improve the accuracy of receivers that can detect this extra signal.

A golf GPS system is a receiver that is designed specifically for use on golf courses. It can hold many detailed course maps and can be loaded with new maps when they become available. It takes the guesswork out of planning a shot by providing accurate distances to various parts of the course. It can even show the distance to the front, middle, and rear of the putting green. Some might consider this an unfair advantage but the systems are approved for use during tournaments. They are invaluable during training sessions for quickly measuring the length of a shot without having to pace it out by foot.

Signs and markers showing distances around a golf course are often inaccurate, sometimes by more than twenty yards. Owning a golf GPS system means never having to rely on them again. It can also show the distance to the fairway when the line of sight is obstructed by trees and other vegetation. It allows for better club selection by accurately showing they player how far they can hit with each club. For golfing beginners, it can also be a useful teaching aid. Statistics for each game which can be downloaded to a computer and used to creates progress charts.

Many different brands of golf GPS system are available, including SkyCaddie, Golf Guru, Golf Buddy, SonoCaddie, and Garmin. The Garmin Approach G5 is one of the more advanced models available. It has a large, color touchscreen and is preloaded with the maps of thousands of courses around the United States. Two AA batteries provide up to fifteen hours of running time, which is enough for several games. A USB cable is included so that game scores and other statistics can be downloaded to a computer. When new course maps become available, they can be downloaded from the Garmin website and loaded into the Approach G5.

To avoid having to buy yet another expensive accessory, golfers now have the option of using their mobile phone as a golf GPS system. Many new models have a GPS receiver built into them, including the popular iPhone. By loading the phone with special software, it can be used just like a dedicated system. It avoids the need to carry another gadget around the course, however, this is not always a good thing. As any golfer will tell you, there are few things more annoying that being disturbed by phone calls during a relaxing round of golf.

This Golf GPS System Review is Written/Updated on Nov 25th, 2009 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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