When it comes to finding the best golf products, every golfer needs a little guidance. Don’t sweat it, we got you covered! For our new Best of Everything series, we’ve canvassed the golf accessories, apparel and game-improvement space to identify the very best stuff for your game. Think of us as your personal shopping assistant.
Remember when golf watches simply meant having a watch with a tacky golf club and golf ball motif? Yeah, we were gifted and regifted dozens of those in our day. But, today’s GPS watches are definite keepers and must-haves. Modern GPS watches are so smart, they’re taking the place of scorecards, yardage books—even some handheld GPS and laser rangefinders. Nowadays, judging how far you are from the pin doesn’t require much—just a flip of the wrist and boom—a precise distance between you and your target is acquired.
It doesn’t stop with distance, either. You can see and view course maps and elevations, keep score, track progress and much more—again, all on your wrist using Bluetooth and GPS technology.
We put together a small handful of some of our favorite GPS-equipped watch models for this season. Each will not only help you hone in your shot distances — they should help speed up your game as well.
BEST GOLF GPS WATCHES
Best golf GPS watch for overall performance
Garmin Approach S60
Built for golfers who want way more than just accurate yardages, the Approach S60 can tell you actual distance, “PlaysLike” distance that factors in elevation changes, and, when paired with Garmin’s TruSwing swing analyzer, it can help you track your swing speed and club path angles. It’s 1.2-inch display is easily viewable in the bright sun, and QuickFit bands make it easy to swap in bands of different color. Of course, you can also sync the Approach S60 with your phone to receive text messages, calls, emails and other alerts. It’s also preloaded with activity profiles for running, cycling, swimming and more.
Best golf GPS watch for durability
Casio Pro Trek Smart Watch Featuring Hole 19
What makes the Casio Pro Trek standout is it’s not really a golf smartwatch — it’s a smartwatch with an optional free golf app that you can install (called Hole 19) that displays distance, scorekeeping and mapping information on more than 41,000 courses around the globe. The rugged watch is powered by Google’s Wear OS, and is water-resistant to 50 meters and equipped with built-in GPS, and a bevy of sensors (pressure sensor with altimeter and barometer, accelerometer and a compass).