Will a golf GPS device improve my game?

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If you are striking the ball well and are getting consistent distances with your clubs then it may be worth looking into purchasing a golf GPS device.

The main benefit to a GPS device is they can accurately tell you the distance to the hole or a hazard. This information will give you confidence to strike the ball and not be concerned if you have either enough or to much club in your hands.

These GPS devices come as either handheld or watch format. We at Golf Talk prefer the watch type because in our opinion they are easier to use, with just a quick glance you can see the yardage to the front, middle and back of the green and they can be used as an every day watch as well.

The Garmin Approach S3 (as pictured) also debuts a digital scorecard. You can save, review and print scorecards from your home computer. Plus, when you hit a long drive you can check the distance with the Measure Shot feature.

11EmpmhX3tLOne of the newer features of the Garmin Approach S3  is Green View. This shows you the true shape and layout of the green. You can use the touchscreen to manually move the pin to the day’s location. This is especially helpful on par-3s where you’ll be able to dial in the distance you need, and fire away with confidence. We loved this feature out on the course, it proved much more helpful than we thought it would, providing you have the pin positions.

The only downside to these devices we could find is the battery drain. They are good for at least 18 holes of golf so this should not be a problem to most golfers. However if you are planning more than 18 holes in any one round then be prepared to give an external charge to keep your device going. We recommend the PowerGen External Battery Pack as a charger for your GPS watch and also many other devices if needed.

Overall if you are looking to improve your score out on the course then a golf GPS watch may just be the answer …

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The Golf Talk team