- 30.000 courses available
- Battery lasts 12 hours
- 2 square inch color display
- IPX6-rated for water-resistance
- 7 hours to charge a fully depleted battery
- Hazard distance
- Shot distance
- Edit map
The golf accessories market is awash with golf GPS units in watch, clip-on and handheld forms. They are all competing to be more sophisticated than the next. But there’s still a large community of golfers who prefer simple rangefinders. They trust their instincts in golfing instead of club recommendations and swing analysis. The Izzo Golf Swami 5000 golf GPS rangefinder caters to such golfers. It has a simple but adequate feature set which executed conveniently. And the main advantage is that you won’t pay for features you don’t need. We decided to check out if the Izzo hit the nail on the head or oversimplified a GPS unit.
The neat peppy design of Izzo Swami 5000 golf GPS rangefinder is attractive right out of the box. Izzo claims that it brings everything you need into the palm of your hand. It is presented as a lightweight unit with only the most relevant set of features and a convenient screen size. It makes a great transition piece for golfers switching from laser rangefinders to golf GPS. This is an entry-level handheld device in terms of functionality and is priced to match that, just like the other devices in the Swami line.
Izzo Swami 5000 vs 4000, 4000+
The design is a definite improvement on the slightly chunkier Izzo 4000+ and 4000. It also adds the scoring functionality and is now cheaper than the immediate predecessor Izzo 4000+.
The Swami 5000 has seen some quality issues in certain pieces. But there are overwhelmingly positive user stories as well. We strive to remain objective in all our reviews and we continue the streak here.
- Simple and lightweight
- Easy to operate
- Yardages to hazards and doglegs
- Good battery life
- Inconsistent quality of pieces
The Izzo Swami 5000 golf GPS rangefinder has a conservative feature set but it’s definitely worth checking out because of its unique offering:
The Swami 5000 is a compact golf GPS at 3.7” x 2” x 0.8”. It walks a nice balance where it’s easily graspable but still highly portable. It weighs a mere 2.75 ounces whereas the tiny Garmin G10 weighs 1 ounce. Since Izzo was on a budget, the shell of Swami 5000 looks primarily plastic. It is black with yellow highlights around the top, buttons and the back. They have added patterns to make the gripping areas anti-slip.
The Swami 5000 has 2 square inch color display where most entry-level devices go for a black and white display. Its vibrant colors are easily readable in sunlight as well as dark. The display is large enough to read all the information without straining the eyes.
There are four buttons below the screen of Swami 5000. One is a power button, two are up/down buttons and the last is a Page key.
- Water resistance:
This golf GPS is IPX6-rated for water-resistance. This means it can survive under 1m water for 3 mins or splashes, giving you enough time to get away from the rain.
- Hole information:
The main screen shows the yardages to the front center and back of the green of the hole you are on in bold black letters. No need to squint into the screen. At the top you get the hole number and the par information. The top bar has time and battery status. At the bottom bar you have score and unit of measurement (Yards or meter).
- Hazard distances:
Izzo Swami 5000 golf GPS shows layup and carry distances for hazards and doglegs. All hazards on a hole i.e. sand bunkers, water, out of bound hazards are mapped. This helps you plan your gameplay accordingly.
- Shot Distance:
The Izzo Swami 5000 golf GPS also enables shot distance measurement. You can enter the measurement mode with a single button press and come back to the Play Mode in a similar manner. We could compare the distances with our longest drives on the device to see how well we were faring.
The Swami 5000 has the best digital scorecard we have ever used. After you finish the hole, you just have to press the up button to enter the score. Another button press will bring you back to the Hole Information page. On the contrary, most devices require at least 3 clicks to get to scoring. The score is displayed at the bottom left corner of the Hole Information screen.
- Edit Map:
As with Izzo 4000+, the Swami 5000 also allows you to edit course maps and add items like hazards. It’s rarely used but it comes in handy if the database has missed an important landmark.
- Auto hole/course recognition:
This golf GPS automatically advances to the next hole once you are finished with the current one. Once you enter the Play Mode, it searches for under 1 minute to find the courses near your location. You can choose the correct one from the list, if any.
- Course Coverage:
There are 30,000 courses available in the pre-loaded databases of the Izzo Swami 5000 golf GPS. There are fewer courses from continents other than North America and Europe.
The battery lasts 12 hours. This can get your through at least 2 rounds of golf.
The Swami 5000 needs about 7 hours to charge a fully depleted battery.
There is no subscription fee on the Izzo Swami 5000 update. The course database is available to you free of cost.
The Izzo Swami 5000 golf GPS rangefinder found favor with majority of the users. They marveled at how easy it’s to use and view. The price point is rather impressive too considering the smooth operation. The extent of features is also adequate for leisure and upcoming golfers. The units which work well continue doing so consistently. The accuracy of the devices also appeals to the golfers. Some have reported that the device goes dead after a few uses. These are rare but they all agree on the same problem. We are interested to see how Izzo deals with these. Meanwhile, you can check out our list of the golf GPS
The Izzo Swami 5000 golf GPS rangefinder enters the market as a simple and extremely easy-to-use device. It serves directly to the golfers who don’t want to be overwhelmed with information and want to avoid the series of button pushes. The large colored display is good for folks who don’t see as good as they used to. It’s portable and highly affordable compared to any other reliable golf GPS in the market.
Last updated on April 14th, 2018 at 04:02 am