Ask yourself, why should I buy a golf GPS unit? Well the simple answer is that you can see considerable improvement to your golf game by using one. Current thinking is that a good golf GPS unit can take 6/7 strokes off your scorecard. Think about it, it all makes sense, if you know the exact distances to the green or any hazard on any hole you are playing then the choice of club to play the shot becomes easier as it’s one less thing to think about.
The question is which unit should you look at, the Garmin Approach G3 Golf GPS is a good quality unit with great features and we can explore these in this review. One of the drawbacks of many units out there is that they can be quite expensive, not just in the way of the purchase price but there can be annual membership and even download fees.
The Garmin Approach G3 Golf GPS doesn’t cost the earth, the initial purchase price is what you pay so there is no set up fee or annual membership to pay – value for money here. A large amount of devices out there require you to pay a membership fee every year and this can add up over a number of years of use.
So what do you get for your money?
The Garmin GPS only has one button on/off on there, after this everything is controlled by the touch screen, it really is that simple. The colour touch screen is fully viewable even in direct sunlight which shows where you are on the golf course and which hole. There’s a highly sensitive GPS receiver integrated within the Garmin Approach G3 Golf GPS which systematically updates your position on the hole. From where you stand you can get the exact distance to the front, middle and back of the green plus any hazards such as bunkers and trees that you may wish to carry. You do this by simply tapping the exact spot on the displayed map. You can zoom into the green and even move the flag to the cups location on the green to give you even more accuracy in your approach shot.
As well as having a sun readable screen, the Garmin Approach G3 Golf GPS is water resistant so can be used in some of the most challenging conditions. Therefore this is ideal for some of the extremes of weather experienced in the UK and Europe. In addition to this the case is covered in rubber which means it’s more rugged than many other units out there. If you accidentally drop this while on the golf course then there is good protection against the case or screen cracking.
As mentioned earlier the Garmin Approach G3 Golf GPS is good value for money and it continues this theme by having over 7,400 pre loaded UK, Ireland and European courses on the unit. One good feature is that Garmin add new courses on a regular basis. All updates are free from the Garmin website and is simply done via the USB cable supplied with the unit. Many other competitive units out there expect you to pay for updates and new maps of courses so this Garmin Golf GPS unit avoids these costs. The Garmin Golf GPS is ideal for anyone who plays golf and especially those who play different courses on a regular basis. It’s great to have your own personal Caddie at your finger tips that has all the course knowledge you will ever need. Just think how this could help you enjoy your golfing holiday more!
The Garmin Approach G3 Golf GPS uses 2 x AA batteries and you can always switch to rechargeable batteries if you want to save even more money. It can even double up as scorecard for up to four people, so no scrambling round for pencil all the time.