GPS is the ‘in’ thing today, with most devices offering the service, be it related with work, study, entertainment or even Medicine. Now, GPS has also entered golf, with several manufacturers or Golf Caddies, as they are referred to, releasing Golf GPS units. Garmin is among the leading vendors of GPS units and have now come out with their GolfLogix GPS. What is GolfLogix GPS and how does it work? Read on to find out….
There are two main types of Golf GPS units. One is the handheld variety and the other is the type that can be attached to a Golf Cart. Needless to say, the Golf GPS handhelds are better, since they can be tucked into your belt and give you the maximum signal strength when held above any obstruction. The golf caddy that attaches itself to the golf cart may not be able to give you such degree of accuracy.
The Garmin GolfLogix GPS is a handheld GPS unit, which gives you more or less accurate signals, and so guides you during your game of golf. This golf caddie makes carries out the mapping and deals with all your calculations, while you are at the game. The latest model of the GolfLogix is the GPS-8, which comes packed with features.
In fact, the GolfLogix GPS-8 is said to outwit its closest rival, the SkyCaddie, since it is capable of giving more accurate information, holds double the information and also offers better customer support.
How does the Garmin GolfLogix GPS-8 work?
- The GolfLogix GPS constantly monitors and updates info on the different targets while on the golf course. For each movement, the unit lets you auto-scroll the hole and lets you know where you can place your best shot.
- The GolfLogix GPS-8 also gives you a complete 3D view of the entire course, including front, back and center of the course. Additionally, it warns you about the positioning of water holes, bunkers and such other hazards while on the game. This helps give you a clear idea about the entire course.
- The GolfLogix GPS automatically detects the next hole and shows up the info without you having to even press a button.
- This unit is highly intuitive and user-friendly and works without you having to put in effort. It even gives you the exact distance of your previous shot.
- The GolfLogix GPS-8 gives you up to 20 selected golf courses – you can download millions of other such courses for a very reasonable annual membership fee.
- This Golf Caddy collects data from 12 satellites and displays the info on a 1.25”x2.25” LCD screen at 64×128 resolution, which gives you great picture clarity, even in intense sunlight.
Note that it is desirable to warm up the GolfLogix GPS on the way to the grounds. This way, you will not have to wait till the receiver collects signals and so, you will be able to access all information by the time you actually reach the grounds.
Pros and cons of the Garmin GolfLogix GPS
- Easy to install, use, update and download data.
- The GolfLogix GPS receiver is very fast and accurate, up to +/- 2 yards.
- Auto-detects the course and each target therein. This makes it conveniently hands-free to use.
- Clarity of display is a huge plus. Displays info in both yards and meters.
- Lightweight, shockproof and waterproof, hence is good for rough use.
- Runs on twin AA batteries and offers up to 22 hours of battery life.
- Additionally comes with backlight display and anti-theft features.
- Costs about $200 and comes with a one-year warranty.
- Consumes a lot of battery power.
- Some downloaded maps may not be so precise.
- Customer support, it is reported by users, is sometimes not so great.Click below for a detailed video demo of the Garmin GolfLogix GPS