A Golf GPS Watch: A Walking Necessity

Walking Necessity: A golf gps watchThe other day I was thinking about walking golf courses and how it differs from riding in a golf cart. A golf cart is essentially a moving storage locker. You can bring anything and everything with you.
  • Sound system?   Check!
  • Rain gear, parka, tuxedo (you never know)?   Check!
  • Hibachi and tailgating gear?   Check!
  • Ten dozen golf balls?  Check!
  • Training aids (not to be used in competition)?   Check!

When you are walking a course, it is much more about freedom of movement and minimalism. Think, “Less Is More”:

  • Three balls
  • Four tees
  • Seven clubs
  • And, a Sunday Bag

No raingear because nobody really likes walking and golfing in the rain.

While minimalism is important, there is one extravagance that, in my opinion, is a necessity for walking a golf course. I won’t walk a course without a golf GPS watch.

I might only have seven golf clubs, with inappropriate distance gapping, but I still want to know the distance to the front, center, and back of greens. I want to know how far it is to the water or to a dogleg.

No RangefinderEven though I crave distance information, I am not a range finder fan. Personally, I don’t want to lug around a high tech, slope adjusting, climate perceiving, NASA optics, range finder. They are too large. Too heavy. And they are just one more thing to carry. A GPS watch, on the other hand, is just a replacement for my everyday watch and gives me all the data I need.

I have two favorite current golf GPS watches that are reviewed on our sister site, The Best Golf Training Aids (click here). They are the Garmin S10 Approach and the Garmin S60 Approach. They are at the two different ends of the pricing and functionality spectrum. At a minimum, both golf GPS watches offer: 

  • Garmin Approach S60
    Over 41,000 pre-loaded courses
  • Sunlight readable faces with the S60 being color and the S20 being monochromatic
  • Accurate readings of the distance to the front, middle, and back of the green
  • Yardage to layups and doglegs

The S60 has much greater functionality as a golf performance training tool and for activity and sports tracking. It is also smartphone compatible for additional functionality

I would not walk a course without a Garmin golf GPS watch on my wrist. Check out our full reviews.

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