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Top 5 Best Golf Accessories & Tech Gifts

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Looking for a little tech gadget to improve your golf game? We’ve rounded up the best range finders, GPS devices, golf watches, and more. These helpful, high-tech gadgets will definitely improve your next round.


1. Garmin Approach S2 Golf GPS Watch

Learn more about this cool watch in the video above.

While your smartphone might be able to give you great GPS info, it isn’t always convenient to have to keep pulling the darn thing out of your pocket. Garmin’s Approach G2 golf watch provides a faster and more simple way to check GPS data while you’re on the links. If you want the inside scoop on over 30,000 golfing hot spots from around the world, this little watch will give you a serious edge over your buddies.

Buy it here.


Pros:

  • Pre-loaded with data on 30,000 courses from all around the world
  • High-sensitivity GPS receiver for stronger signal strength
  • Offers a 60-day “buy and try” return policy
  • Provides precise yardages to front, back and middle of the green
  • Comes in multiple colors to better coordinate with your outfits

  • Cons:

  • May be a bit too rich for some budgets (so consider the Approach S1 instead)
  • Perhaps not quite as nice as the S4
  • Charging cable may not be convenient for your lifestyle
  • Can sometimes take a long time to get a sat signal
  • Must be re-charged regularly

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    2. Voice Caddie VC300 Golf GPS

    Get a closer look at this golf gadget in the video above.

    The Voice Caddie VC300 is a lightweight GPS device that talks to you as you progress through each hole on the course. It automatically knows where you are, and can tell you how far you need to hit your next drive. It makes a great gift for golf lovers from all around the globe, as it supports English, Japanese, Spanish, and multiple other language outputs. Best of all, on a sunny day, you don’t have to try and read the display on some device that’s throwing off a lot of solar glare.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Comes in pink, white, or black
  • Supports eight spoken languages
  • So lightweight it easily clips to a hat
  • 30,000+ pre-loaded courses, plus an additional 40,000+ available for download
  • Automatic course recognition

  • Cons:

  • Battery lasts about eight hours: if you are a slow player, this may be too short
  • User reviews suggest this toy plays best with PCs
  • If you slice into the wrong hole, the device will get (understandably) confused
  • Might be so small, you could lose it easily
  • Some users have reported that unit will announce distance if you rub up against it accidentally

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    3. Garmin Approach G8 Golf Course GPS

    Get a closer look at this cool gadget in the video above.

    For those who prefer a dedicated GPS device, the Approach G8 is a smart way to see what’s between you and the pin. It is small and lightweight, but has a screen that’s big enough to be read with ease. Pair it with this handy golf trolley caddy, and you’re good to go.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Two screen size options to choose from
  • Trusted name
  • Device automatically updates courses with a Wi-Fi connection for no additional charge
  • Distances adjusted based on whether shot is uphill or downhill
  • PinPointer blind shot assistance

  • Cons:

  • Bulky
  • If you’re already carrying a smartphone, this seems like overkill
  • Screen may suffer from glare in direct sunlight
  • Very expensive
  • Note that not all screen sizes support Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

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    4. Nikon COOLSHOT Laser Rangefinder

    See the Nikon COOLSHOT Laser Rangefinder in action by watching the video above.

    Ideal for golf, hunting, or any other outdoor pursuit, this last rangefinder from Nikon offers great magnification and clear images. Effective to 600 yards, this 18mm lens gives you plenty of visual area to scan. Additionally, this rangefinder is neat because of its pin-scanning technology, which takes shaky hands out of the distance equation.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • 6x magnification
  • Image is clear thanks to special coating
  • Displays distance measurements in precise .5-yard increments
  • Has other outdoor applications as well
  • Lightweight design

  • Cons:

  • Not ideal for distances over 600 yards (or under 11 yards)
  • Pricey
  • Some reviewers prefer Bushnell’s rangefinder to this model
  • Gets dirty easily
  • Night mode might not get a lot of use by some owners

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    5. GAME GOLF Digital Tracking System

    Check out an instructor case study of this golfing gadget in the video above.

    This digital tracking system for golfers is worthy buying for a couple of reasons. The device tracks your entire game, and also analyzes how far you generally hit the ball. This info can help you from holding back your full power, and takes strokes off your game. You simply tap the tags you installed into the grips of your clubs against the wearable device before each shot. With tons of stats and the ability to compare your stats against your friends. This little device takes your game to the next level, and also helps you connect with your friends.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Offers companion apps for iOS and Android devices
  • Track club performance (great for comparing two irons against each other)
  • Comes with 18 unique tags for your clubs
  • Batteries are included
  • Simple to use

  • Cons:

  • Warranty is limited to one year
  • Doesn’t give you GPS info while on the course
  • Could use more robust stats
  • Limited access to raw data
  • Doesn’t appear to let you search for users by course

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