GPS Hot List

Critical Distance

Our top distance-measuring devices help you play smarter

October 2011

When we set out to review GPS yardage units for our Hot List, we first tested eight devices on the course for ease of use. We then studied their mapping process, online support systems and course catalogs to determine the four that stood out. (We've also highlighted four devices for those who prefer laser range finders.) In the end, we selected GPS devices that provided at least as much information about every course layout as the club champion might. The best units give you even more.

SkyCaddie SGX

SkyCaddie SGX

[ $300 ] $30-$60 annual fee, unlimited course downloads
WEIGHT AND SIZE: 5.6 ounces; 4.8 x 2.5 x .75 inches
FEATURES: A three-inch color display shows measurements to any point on a hole. Without touching a button, users can view three screens (hole, green and scorecard) by rotating the device from the portrait to landscape positions. The SGX has a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 14 hours.
MAPPING: To minimize errors, SkyGolf has mapped nearly 30,000 courses (worldwide) by foot. Its team of mappers, who are trained to walk each course as a professional caddie would, uses survey-grade equipment to derive measurements. Maps are verified with proprietary ground mapping data.
HOT: The non-touchscreen is spectacularly intuitive, and because a golfer's hands are generally sweaty and dirty, the screen is more likely to stay clean throughout the round. A toggle below the screen allows you to measure more precisely any point on the hole.
NOT: Unlimited course downloads is cool; paying annually isn't.

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