Although not approved for use in tournaments by the PGA, LPGA or the USGA, golf GPS devices help golfers better understand their course layout. A GPS device can tell a golfer distance to the hole as well as elevation readings.
Golf GPS devices include course maps, the ability to measure the distance of the previous shot along with to the front, middle or back of the green (or a specific point) and elevation relative to the green.
The average golfer will have more accuracy determining the correct club and swing to use with a GPS device; golf course distance markers are frequently incorrect.
A lightweight unit such as the Callaway uPro is easy to carry and handle. The uPro received a top ranking from the independent review site Critical Golf for additional features not found in other units such as video flyovers and the ability to determine distances between any two points.
Some units require an annual fee to use, while other units are free. For units such as the Garmin Approach G5, this is combined with pre-loaded course maps for an immediate out-of-the-box usage experience.
Golf GPS devices can cost £260 to £325 as of November 2009 depending on items such as the graphical interface. With a retail price of £81, the Bushnell Neo Golf GPS provides simple but accurate functionality at a fraction of the price.
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