The GolfBuddy WTX smart golf GPS watch makes a play on GolfBuddy’s USP: the simplicity of features and operation. The feature set is limited although all features are methodically implemented keeping the user-experience in mind. This is a nice middle-of-the-road smartwatch with design and features which might appeal to many users. In a market flooded with Garmin golf GPS devices, it is a nice change. So we delved deeper into its features to understand how its fares against the competition.
- All important greens and hazard distances
- Smartphone texts, notifications and smartphone finder
- Good course coverage
- Hole layout view
- Dual greens distance display
- Color touchscreen
- Screen display is not well though-out
- Small delay in screen activation
GolfBuddy- WTX Smart GPS Watch Review
We went looking for a golf GPS watch with broader access to our smartphone operations so that we could stay connected on the run. Advanced golf features were also welcome. The GolfBuddy WTX golf GPS watch quickly emerged as a potential candidate. It is much more handsome than the older WT5 watch which was huge and rectangular. The round WTX can pull off your regular analog watch look, although it’s not all that pretty. It also has a more comprehensive feature set which gives it the smartwatch chops. It debuted along with the WT6 which is a no-frills golf GPS watch with only the most basic yardages to the greens and the hazards.
The GolfBuddy WTX golf GPS watch is a good choice for the golfers who want to stay connected to their phones through the round. It gives you better ingress to your smartphone than the usual golf gear. The golf features are moderately evolved and good for someone who is high-tech but not completely tech-savvy.
Features & Benefits of GolfBuddy- WTX GPS Watch
The GolfBuddy WTX golf GPS watch has a unique set of features built into a convenient design. We go into both in detail to help you figure out if this is what you want on your wrist during a feisty round of golf:
1. Design of GolfBuddy- WTX GPS Watch
The GolfBuddy WTX golf GPS has a round body as opposed to the rectangular frame of the older versions.
There’s a slate-colored bezel with metallic finish around the edges. A button resides on the top right side of the body. The body is 2.16 inches long with the strap attachment and 1.88 inches in diameter. It sits 0.51 inches high on the wrist.
The WTX golf GPS watch has a color touchscreen which gives it a nice dimension over WT5 and WT6, both with black and white screens. When not in use, it carries an analog clock face. The display is a square on the circular screen which blocks the bottom 1/3rd of the watch face. This hides the bottom numbers of the watch. It might be nothing, but we think a well-implemented watch ideally shouldn’t have this issue.
The strap is moderately wide and rubberized. It’s easy to slip on, with holes going up all the way to the sides of the wrist. It is comfortable and well-ventilated.
The watch charges via a disc which can be magnetically attached to the bottom of the watch body. A USB jack connects to this disc on one end and AC power on the other end. This extra accessory for charging is a slight inconvenience when other watches at the same price directly plug into the micro-USB.
The functions of the WTX golf GPS watch are facilitated by the button on the top right side and the touchscreen
2. Features of GolfBuddy- WTX GPS Watch
The yardages to the front, center and back of the greens is displayed together on the screen of GolfBuddy WTX golf GPS watch. The distance to the center is in the largest font in green color. The front and back distances flank it from the top and bottom. The biggest advantage is that these yardages are dynamic. They change on the screen as you change the angle of attack.
- Hole information:
A small infographic on the screen of this golf GPS watch shows you the proposed angle of attack. The hole’s number is mentioned above it and the par for that hole is dictated on the same line, next to the battery indicator.
- Hole View:
Swiping right on the default screen of GolfBuddy GPS in the golf mode gives you a small representation of the full hole map with hazards and layup distances. The arcs for 100, 150 and 200-yard layup lines are represented in different colors. The graphic is pretty small and only a reference. It may or may not help you with estimating the distance or formulating a gameplay strategy.
The hazard distances are listed along with pictorial symbols to depict the hazard type. The signs and symbols give you a fair idea of the hazard direction and distance. It wouldn’t be as convenient as seeing the information on a larger screen like with the handheld GPS. Still, it is nifty for a watch-sized screen.
- Course Coverage:
The GolfBuddy WTX golf GPS watch boasts of 38,000 courses worldwide pre-loaded onto the watch database. It also allows easy course updates through the GolfBuddy smartphone app. The course updates are free of cost. GolfBuddy does not demand any subscription fee for its services.
The most noticeable smartwatch feature of GolfBuddy WTX is the ability to pull up smart notifications from your phone. Since the screen size is large, it can show the entire body of text on the screen instead of just the notification. It also has a smartphone finder function which is quite useful in locating the elusive phones.
While we appreciate the smart notifications feature, we did notice along with the other users that part of the text is hidden by the edge of the watch instead of being wrapped to the next line. That being said, we still appreciate seeing full messages instead of just notifications. The display can be tuned on by pressing the top right button or simply with a time-checking motion. In the latter, you bring up your wrist and turn it towards your face. This pulls up the display with a delay of 1-2s. But it also saves power. The screen auto powers off after 15 seconds. The default time can be changed.
- Shot Distance:
The GolfBuddy WTX golf GPS watch measures shot distance with a ball strike in the measurement mode. You can note these distances and correlate them to club distances. This helps you pick the right clubs in future shots.
Apart from the regular watch function, the WTX also has a pedometer to track the number of steps walked by the user. It is an activity tracker of sorts but smartwatches like Garmin Vívoactive 3 offer much more along with similar golf features.
The battery life is rated at 8 hours on GPS mode. We expect at least 10 hours of GPS time per charge from current watches.
The feedback from users of GolfBuddy WTX golf GPS watch is yet to become definitive. Many users love it for the ease of operations. Some have misgivings about the design and the watch face when the analog clock turns on. GolfBuddy usually focuses on operation more than looks and WTX is a bit of an experiment with vanity. It will take time for them to design a truly cool-looking gadget and pair it with the effortless ease of functionality we all like with GolfBuddy. Check out more of GolfBuddy GPS reviews to see devices where they have played their strengths.
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GolfBuddy WTX golf GPS watch has a unique feature set as a golf smartwatch. It provides all the relevant golf distances, especially those from your angle of attack. It also gives you a wider access to the smartphone notifications along with a phone locator. The free course updates from GofBuddy is another plus. Together, these characteristics, raise it as an above average player in the golf GPS market, although there’s still a long way to go to perfect the product.