This a reverse buying guide for golf GPS because we are going to tell you what you should NOT do while picking out these nifty devices. You might be tempted to be like Cersei Lannister and pull a clever trick by ordering a golf GPS device online that has the best rating. The problem is Cersei does not have Varys’s foresight or Tyrion’s good intentions. So you will get yourself something you don’t need. Like the faith militant.
So here are a few cues, so that you end up choosing the Golf GPS ally you need, rather than the one you think you want:
DON’T buy Golf GPS from random Brands
- E-commerce brings you to a global marketplace where you might find the same product in a vast price range. Some are from known brands. Others might be replicas manufactured in a resource-rich country. For electronic devices that should give you precision readings, its best to trust well-known brands that are established and suppliers of authentic products.
- Bushnell has some high performing Golf GPS equipment with basic functionalities in a low price range to much-applauded Bushnell Neo with more bells and whistles.
- Garmin has the state-of-the-art collection of Golf GPS watches and devices.
- GolfBuddy handles accuracy the way Daenerys Targaryen handles Jorah Mormont, with firmness on accuracy standards, and affection. Look into such brands before branching out to $20 GPS devices.
DON’T miss features and specs:
- There’s the age-old consumerist practice of buying products without reading up on their features. You will land yourself in soup when you go out to buy noodles. Golf GPS devices require a fair share of investment and if you end up buying golf Laser rangefinders in the bargain, well, God save you.
- Read through the specs to find if the Golf GPS you are buying provides you all the distance required to improve your handicap.
- Does it hold up in rain, if you are from New Orleans? Does it have negative display for bright sunlight? Does it tell time? Does it bring you your notifications from the phone?
- The feature that is mud to one person is important to another. So give the features and spec a thorough read and refer to your checklist of crucial demands to cross-check for a match.
DON’T turn away from customer reviews
- Customer reviews are a treasure of human experience. Those long paragraphs that we see sometimes contain real mishaps from using the product or the adorable marveling at finding a hidden feature.
- Not just are they good reads, they are highly informative. Reading the serious reviews is a great practice. Click on comments of a review to see if the majority agrees with the reviewer. This way you can establish his or her depth of knowledge.
- Sometimes engineers descend from then hi-tech cloud with all the ‘layman’ terms and throw at us a benevolent explanation of how stuff works.
- If you are a golf GPS fan, this may set you up for all your future purchases.
DON’T pay for features You don't use
- Each feature is added at a price to the golf GPS devices. Sometimes the upgrade in the product line is simply for a few features like between Garmin G7 and G8. So look through the specs and reviews to find which device has the best combination of all the features you need. And cross out the products that have more. Here you have to consult a checklist of the features that are most important to you.
- These could be greens distances, dogleg and hazard distances. Slope-adjusted distances and odometer could be the little extras you don’t need. You might ask why you should not have more information. Because golf is a game of instincts.
- Ultimately too much information can muddle your mind and sway your game. Plus you will tick off the folks behind you if you are busy fiddling with a handheld device after your shot.
DON’T miss Tournament status
- Most of the times we are so blown away by the features that we forget whether the device is tournament legal anymore. Characteristics like slope adjustment are clearly prohibited in golf tournaments, turning devices like G7 into a deadweight in your golf bag. Similarly, devices that measure wind speed or acceleration may be thrown out right away.
- So if you are planning to play serious golf and use one Golf GPS device throughout, you might want to keep the features to the bare minimum.
- The veteran theory of golf is that you only need the distances to center, front and back of the greens to play your A-game.