Global positioning system (GPS) systems have become popular in the game of golf, allowing players to gauge distance, depth and slope in determining what club to use on a particular shot, where to aim and how hard to swing. The paper yardage book that you normally buy from the professional shop has now moved on!
Golf GPS systems have evolved significantly since they were first introduced. No longer is the GPS device only meant to tell you about the distance to the hole and other parts of the approach. Now, high-end golf GPS devices can show you a full-colour overview of the hole in order to let you identify potential areas on each hole to avoid. They also provide assistance with your overall golf course management with the goal of helping you lower your score over a round. Golf GPS devices are fully legal to use in a round of golf.
When purchasing a GPS system ensure you take into consideration any annual subscriptions or download fees. Some devices may seem good value when you first purchase them but then charge for downloading courses. Also check the manufacture’s list of currently mapped courses to see if the courses in your area have been mapped already. Most manufactures now offer a mapping service even if your course has not been done.
Decide whether you want a colour GPS screen or black and white. Although most golfers prefer the look and feel of a colour device, if you are only acquiring the device to determine the distance to the green or hole, a black and white device will suffice. It is even possible to buy the Garmin S1 wrist watch which has GPS built in, giving you a quick, simple and accurate yardage on your wrist at all times!
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