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Archived Products - Overall Ranking

Welcome to the Critical Golf Archives, the home to all of the reviews of products we’ve tested that are no longer available.

The archives contain a mishmash of products from different categories, sorted below by their final overall score before they were discontinued.
Please note that once products are discontinued, we move them to the archives and no longer update any scores: neither overall scores nor individual categories, such as cost, or for golf GPS devices, course coverage. As a result, scores for discontinued products may not be directly comparable to scores for current products. For example, a discontinued product may have received an overall score of 94, but a better product is available today at a score of 92.  The analogy is that someone would have rated a brand-new Model T Ford as a 99 back in 1920, but someone rating it today against the current competition might score it in the 40s – it has enough character to warrant some points, and the original $850 price tag would stack up well against current vehicles!).

Happy reading!

Callaway uPro

Callaway uPro

A beautiful interface, the ability to determine distances to any point on the course, video flyover previews of each hole, and a new scoring/statistics module, all packaged into one of the lightest and smallest devices tested, make it tough to go wrong with the Callaway uPro. Add in a new aggressive price point, and the uPro is once again our undisputed leader of the pack for golf GPS devices.
Retail price: $199.00 plus per course fees and $20 for Scoring Plus module
Three year total cost: $269.00
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Callaway upro mx

Score

94

Grade

A


Sun Mountain Zero-G

Sun Mountain Zero-G

The Sun Mountain Zero-G is pricey, but delivers excellence. Like a stay at the Ritz-Carlton. Or dinner at Nobu. Includes the nifty invention of a belt strap to distribute weight to the hips and legs and keep your back healthy. Let’s loop another 18!
Retail price: $229.99
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Sun Mountain Three 5 Zero-G
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Score

94

Grade

A


Sun Mountain Micro Cart

Sun Mountain Micro Cart

The Sun Mountain Micro Cart is the top-rated golf push cart in our test. One of the problems with push carts is that they can be so much of a hassle to load in your car and unfold at the course that they wind up gathering dust in the garage. Not so with the Micro Cart! It dazzled our reviewers with its compact shape when folded, light weight, and easy set-up. Check out our detailed Sun Mountain Micro Cart review.
Retail price: $199
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Sun Mountain MC3 Micro-Cart

Score

94

Grade

A


PING iPING Cradle and Putter App

PING iPING Cradle and Putter App

The iPING is a fun and relatively inexpensive (at least for products in the pricey golf universe) way of analyzing the consistency of your putting stroke. The caveat is that it’s currently only compatible with the iPhone 4/4S and iPod Touch (4th gen).
Retail price (cradle): $29.99
Availability: Discontinued, though units may still be available at Amazon (see link below)
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Score

94

Grade

A


Bushnell 1600 Slope

Bushnell 1600 Slope

The Bushnell 1600 Slope Edition provides 7x magnification and was at the head of the class in our tests in picking out targets at long distance. Sure it’s bulky and the second most expensive device tested, but it performs so well that it still tops our rankings. Read our detailed review of the Bushnell 1600 Slope.
Retail price: $499.00
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Score

93

Grade

A


Clicgear 3.0

Clicgear 3.0

Clicgear improves on an already excellent product with the Clicgear 3.0, providing a better brake mechanism and improved storage capacity. A great combination of snazzy styling and solid performance. We would definitely splurge on the optional ($9.99) shoe brush that attaches to the bottom of the cart – very handy!
Retail price: $229
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by Clicgear 3.5+

Score

93

Grade

A


Golfshot

Golfshot

Golfshot sets itself apart from competitors with its satellite images and exceptional user interface and statistics capabilities (viewable both on the iPhone and online). Without a doubt, this application holds a clear edge on all others.
Price: $29.99
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Score

93

Grade

A-


Mophie Juice Pack Air

Mophie Juice Pack Air

Feathery light and featuring a slender profile, the Mophie Juice Pack Air delivered a knockout combination of solid performance and a great form factor. The Juice Pack Air is the one battery extender that we would consider keeping on our iPhone all of the time.
Retail price: $79.95
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Score

93

Grade

A


Leupold GX-3

Leupold GX-3

Carved from a single block of aluminum, the GX-3 is Leupold’s top-of the-line tournament-legal laser rangefinder, featuring a red OLED display that can easily be read against any background. While the unit carries a high price tag, the traditional excellent Leupold performance on the course, portability and red OLED display make the GX-3 one of the best options in its class. Read more at our detailed Leupold GX-3 review.
Retail price: $400
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Leupold GX-3i

Score

93

Grade

A-


Garmin Approach G3

Garmin Approach G3

All the basic features of the Garmin Approach G5 in a slightly smaller (though still as rugged) body and at a lower price point. A solid device that warrants a look from anyone considering purchasing a golf GPS device. Read our detailed Garmin Approach G3 review.
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Garmin Approach G6
Retail price: $269.99
Three year total cost: $269.99
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Score

92

Grade

A-


Titleist Premium

Titleist Premium

The Titleist Premium Stand Bag delivers on all of the features a consumer would expect from a product with “premium” in its name. Those looking for lots of storage space (and not as concerned about weight) will love this bag.
Retail price: $190
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Titleist Lightweight

Score

92

Grade

A-


Bushnell 1600

Bushnell 1600

The Bushnell Pro 1600 Tournament Edition laser rangefinder provides an industry-best 7x magnification, excellent ability to find flagsticks and other targets, large field of view, rapid distance updates and crisp clear display. If you don’t mind the size, the Bushnell 1600 product should definitely be on your short list. Check out our detailed Bushnell 1600 review.
Retail price: $399.99
Availability: No longer available. Replaced by the Bushnell Pro 1M

Score

92

Grade

A-


Garmin Approach S3 Watch

Garmin Approach S3 Watch

The Garmin Approach S3 GPS golf watch builds upon its well-regarded predecessor, the Garmin Approach S1, by adding distances to layup points and customizable targets, a map of the shape of the green (with the ability to adjust the pin placement using the…wait for it…touchscreen), and scoring capability. We like the device, but have reservations about the lack of pre-mapped hazards and the high price. Read more at our detailed Garmin Approach S3 golf watch review.
Retail price: $349.99
Three year total cost: $349.99
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Garmin Approach S4 Watch
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Score

92

Grade

A-


Bushnell Neo

Bushnell Neo

Our vote for best value in a golf GPS device, the Bushnell Neo (formerly iGolf Neo) provides simple functionality, but does it in a user-friendly design and at an extremely affordable price.
Retail price: $149.99
Three year total cost: $254.96
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Score

91

Grade

A-


Garmin Approach G5

Garmin Approach G5

Intuitive touchscreen interface, the ability to determine the distance to any point on the hole, and ready to go out of the box (just add AA batteries). Recently added the ability to track statistics (although only for the round in progress, not for multiple rounds over time). Better course coverage would be the icing on the cake. Read our detailed Garmin Approach G5 review.
Retail price: $349.99
Three year total cost: $349.99
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Score

91

Grade

A-


Leupold GX-2

Leupold GX-2

6x magnification, panning mode to continuously update target distances, and an exceptional ability to pick out flagsticks not enough for you? The Leupold GX-2 provides not only the slope compensated distance to a target, but will even provide club selection based on temperature and altitude. The GX-2 features improved performance in fog and rain, and the ability to lock onto prisms on flagsticks. You can’t go wrong with this device.
Read our detailed Leupold GX-2 review
Retail price: $400.00
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Score

91

Grade

A-


Leupold GX-1

Leupold GX-1

Leupold has topped our list with past devices, and they stay there with their latest release, the GX-1. The smallest laser rangefinder in our test features 6x magnification, panning mode to continuously update target distances, solid ability to pick out flagsticks at long distances, and even a setting to change the cross-hair in the viewfinder. Improvements include enhanced performance in foggy conditions and on flagsticks with reflective prisms. See our detailed Leupold GX-1 review.
Retail price: $375
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Score

91

Grade

A-


Leupold GX-II

Leupold GX-II

Like its sister device, the GX-I, the Leupold GX-II is the smallest and lightest rangefinder tested and overall an exceptional device. It picks up flagsticks at a distance as well as any of the portable vertically-oriented rangefinders, and features respectable 6x viewfinder magnification, a scanning mode to continuously update distances while targeting objects, and even the option for the user to choose from a number of different crosshairs.
Retail price: $499.99
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Leupold GX-2

Score

91

Grade

A-


Leupold GX-I

Leupold GX-I

In addition to being both the smallest and lightest rangefinder tested, the Leupold GX-I is an exceptional device. It picks up flagsticks at a distance as well as any of the portable vertically-oriented rangefinders, and features respectable 6x viewfinder magnification, a scanning mode to continuously update distances while targeting objects, and even the option for the user to choose from a number of different crosshairs.
Retail price: $374.99
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Leupld GX-1

Score

91

Grade

A-


Ping 4 Under

Ping 4 Under

The new Ping 4 Under is a great combination of all the basics at an extremely attractive price. Light on your your back and wallet, this is the bag of choice in the lightweight category.
Retail price: $135
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Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Ping 4 Series.

Score

91

Grade

A-


Clicgear 2.0

Clicgear 2.0

We definitely liked the sporty looks of the Clicgear 2.0 and its solid and stable feel on the course. Less appealing is the fact that when it’s folded up, it isn’t exactly small, which could be a problem if storage space is at a premium in your vehicle.
Retail price: $199
Availability: Discontinued; replaced by the Clicgear 3.0

Score

91

Grade

A-


Garmin Approach S1 Watch

Garmin Approach S1 Watch

Just a bit thicker than standard watches, the S1 has an easy-to-use interface providing distances to the near, center and far edges of the green. While hazard distances aren’t available, the S1 provides hole and par information, along with shot measuring capability. If you are looking for just the basics and don’t mind wearing a watch while you play, or simply miss your Finnish Suunto G9, the S1 is the way to go! Read more at our detailed Garmin Approach S1 review.
Retail price: $179.99
Three year total cost: $179.99
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Garmin Approach S3 watch
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Score

91

Grade

A-


Leupold GX-3i

Leupold GX-3i

The Leupold GX-3i has a fancy aluminum body and a vivid red OLED readout, all in a great form factor. Enhancements in this model include more rapid distance readings and flagstick range to 400 yards at +/- six inches. While the device quickly provides distance while panning, we experienced difficulties in locking on to flagsticks and found the blinking distance readings to be distracting. Read on for our detailed Leupold GX-3i review.
Retail price: $499.99
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Leupold GX-3i2
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Score

91

Grade

A-


Caddytek CaddyCruiser

Caddytek CaddyCruiser

The latest entry in the four-wheeled push cart wars, the Caddytek CaddyCruiser ONE features ample storage space and an innovative front axle suspension that reduces the shock on your arms and shoulders as the cart dives over curbs and into gopher holes. The CaddyCruiser won’t win many style contests, but we like its performance and price.
Retail price: $189.00
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Caddytek CaddyLite ONE.
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Score

91

Grade

A-


Callaway upro mx+

Callaway upro mx+

The Callaway upro mx+ presents a commendable feature set in a lightweight and slim form factor. The touchscreen takes some practice, but Callaway has built in other input tools (such as an optical navigation button) that make things easier. It’s still missing shot tracking, which we consider to be a pretty basic feature, but an attractive price point that provides access to the entire course database (including top-of-the-line ProMode maps with satellite images) for no additional charge makes the upro mx+ a contender. Read our detailed Callaway upro mx+ review.
Retail price: $249
Three year total cost: $249
Availability: Discontinued. No replacement product is planned. Unfortunately, Callaway has moved in a different direction and has de-prioritized golf GPS devices. A sad tale that started with a company, uPro, that held such potential and floundered and not died under Callaway ownership. It is unknown how long Callaway will continue to make their upro mx+ supporting website, Callaway uxplore, available, and we do not recommend purchase of this product.
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Score

91

Grade

A-


Bushnell Pro 1M Slope

Bushnell Pro 1M Slope

The Bushnell Pro 1M Slope Edition is Bushnell’s top-of-the-line laser rangefinder, featuring 7x magnification. It’s not only the largest and heaviest rangefinder on the market, it’s also the most expensive rangefinder with slope readings. The new display helps in reading distances against dark backgrounds, but we were disappointed by the limited panning ability, and that the slope and adjusted distance readings don’t display until after you are done firing the laser. Read our detailed Bushnell Pro 1M Slope review.
Retail price: $599.00
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Bushnell Pro X7 Slope
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Score

91

Grade

A-


Bushnell Pro 1M

Bushnell Pro 1M

The Bushnell Pro 1M is Bushnell’s top-of-the-line non-slope laser rangefinder, featuring 7x magnification. It’s not only the largest and heaviest rangefinder on the market, it’s also one of most expensive rangefinders without slope information. The new “Vivid Display” technology helps in reading distances against dark backgrounds, but we were disappointed by the limited panning ability. Read our full Bushnell Pro 1M review.
Retail price: $499.00
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Bushnell X7 JOLT
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Score

91

Grade

A-


Caddytek CaddyCruiser ONE

Caddytek CaddyCruiser ONE

The latest entry in the four-wheeled push cart wars, the Caddytek CaddyCruiser ONE features ample storage space and an innovative front axle suspension that reduces the shock on your arms and shoulders as the cart dives over curbs and into gopher holes. The CaddyCruiser won’t win many style contests, but we like its performance and price.
Retail price: $189.00
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Caddytek CaddyCruiser ONE V3

Score

91

Grade

A-


OnPar Touchscreen GPS

OnPar Touchscreen GPS

OnPar wasn’t able to survive the ever-increasing competition in the golf GPS market, and the company went belly-up on July 31, 2011. For current owners, SkyCaddie had a trade-in offer to their SGX that was available until September 30, 2011. There is a lesson here (for which we paid $350): any time you buy a device from a startup there is the chance that the manufacturer won’t be around next season. At least in this case use of the devices wasn’t tied to an annual subscription, so owners can continue to use the device after the shutdown of the company.

Retail Price: $349.00
Three year total cost: $349.00
Availability: Company went out of business on July 31, 2011

Score

90

Grade

A-


Callaway LR1200

Callaway LR1200

Callaway’s LR1200 rangefinder is a great device, with rapid distance readings (in 1/2 yard increments no less), an industry best 7x magnification, and good performance in picking out flagsticks at all approach distances. It’s pricey, but worth a good long look
Retail price: $499.99
Availability: Discontinued; replaced by the Callaway iQ

Score

90

Grade

A-


Sun Mountain Superlight 3.5

Sun Mountain Superlight 3.5

The Sun Mountain Superlight 3.5 delivers excellence at a reasonable price. Unlike the CEO of GM. Or Barry Zito. Or “Waterworld”.
Retail Price: $169.99
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Sun Mountain Three 5

Score

90

Grade

A-


Leupold GX-4

Leupold GX-4

Carved from a single block of aluminum, the GX-4 features a red OLED display that can easily be read against any background. In an interesting twist, the GX-4 comes with two swappable faceplates – one that provides slope-adjusted distance information and club recommendations(!), and a second that only provides line-of-sight distances (though ruled by the USGA as not legal for tournament play). The unit carries a steep price, but the traditional excellent Leupold performance on the course, portability and red OLED display make it one of the best options in its class.
Read our detailed Leupold GX-4 review
Retail price: $500
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Leupold GX-4i

Score

90

Grade

A-


Callaway iQ

Callaway iQ

Callaway’s top-of-the-line rangefinder features rapid line-of-sight and slope-adjusted distance readings, 6x magnification, and exceptional performance in picking out flagsticks at a distance. It’s in the middle of the pack of our cost comparison, but worthy of your consideration.
Retail price: $429.95
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Nikon COOLSHOT AS.
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Score

90

Grade

A-


Bushnell neo+

Bushnell neo+

With its “Plus” series, Bushnell joins the growing number of manufacturers offering golf GPS devices that come with courses pre-loaded, and, even better, requiring no membership fees for access to the course database. The neo+ is one of the simplest devices we tested, providing text distances to the front, center and back of the green and up to four other hazards/targets on each hole. If you are looking for ease of use, the neo+ ranks among the top devices. Read on at our detailed Bushnell neo+ review.
Retail price: $149.99
Three year total cost: $149.99
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Bushnell NEO XS Watch
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Score

90

Grade

A-


Caddytek CaddyLite ONE

Caddytek CaddyLite ONE

The Caddytek CaddyLite ONE provides good looks at a wallet-friendly price point. It unfolds easily and when you’re finished with your round, collapses into a flat compact package. Compared to other carts, however, it doesn’t roll as smoothly through thick grass, and lacks much storage space. Still, it’s a nice entry level cart at a nice price.
Retail price: $169.00
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Caddytek CaddyLite EZ

Score

90

Grade

A-


Bushnell Tour Z6

Bushnell Tour Z6

Don’t be fooled…the Bushnell Tour Z6 isn’t just a little update of the previous Tour V2. The Tour Z6 introduces both new display technologies (also found on the new Pro 1M), technology to provide faster readings from 5-125 yards with ½ yard accuracy, and distances displayed down to 1/10th of a yard. It also features 6x magnification, though lacks the “automatic scan” mode found in earlier Bushnell devices (bummer). Check out our detailed Bushnell Tour Z6 review.
Retail price: $399
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Bushnell Tour Z6 JOLT
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Score

90

Grade

A-


ECCO Street

ECCO Street

The ECCO Street is actually the more premium of shoes compared to the ECCO Street Premiere (yes, curious), with the extra cost buying you an upgraded insole, camel leather uppers, and a more breathable lining. It’s on the high side in price within our test, but those who are looking for a street shoe that brings comfort and quality to the course will want to check these out. Read on in our ECCO Street golf shoe review.
Retail price: $170
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Score

90

Grade

A-


AirVue

AirVue

A great overview of holes, with all hazard distances viewable on the satellite image, solid statistics tracking and a sweet price point ($9.99!) make this application difficult to resist – just make sure the courses you play are available before purchasing.
Price: $9.99
Availability: Discontinued. As of mid-2013 this app was no longer available in the iTunes App Store.

Score

89

Grade

B+


Callaway Golf Odyssey Marxman Putting Mat

Callaway Golf Odyssey Marxman Putting Mat

Excellent putting surface combined with useful training tools make this a quality product. At this price point, it would be nice if a ball return mechanism were provided.
Retail price: $69.99
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Score

89

Grade

B+


GolfBuddy World

GolfBuddy World

The GolfBuddy World is a nice combination of an intuitive user interface, quality graphics, a full set of features, exceptional course coverage with pre-mapped targets, and no annual or per-course fees. While users can use the touchscreen to target any point on the hole and receive distances both to that point and to the green, as well as select the flagstick location, touchscreen sensitivity fell short of our expectations. The screen isn’t as bright as we would like, but hole and green graphic images are crisp. Though still not as well known as SkyCaddie and Garmin, GolfBuddy is making good progress. Read our full GolfBuddy World review.
Retail price: $299
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the GolfBuddy PT4
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Score

89

Grade

B+


Callaway Diablo Octane

Callaway Diablo Octane

The Callaway Diablo replaces the earlier generation LR550. It features 6x magnification and “First Target Priority” mode, is waterproof, and picks out targets at up to 550 yards. It does fine if you’re aiming at the flag portion of the flagstick, but struggles when you aim at the stick. Nonetheless, as the least expensive laser rangefinder in our tests, it scores big points in terms of value. Read more in our full Callaway Diablo Octane laser rangefinder review.
Retail price: $299.99
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by

Score

89

Grade

B+


Expresso WR62 Watch

Expresso WR62 Watch

An affordable entry into the golf GPS watch market, the Expresso WR62 shares enough of the same technology with the Bushnell neo+ golf GPS watch to be almost a fraternal twin. Both devices provide distances to fixed points at the front, center and back of the green, but the Expresso adds up to two hazards per hole. We aren’t enamored of the styling, but there’s no doubt that it’s one of the best values among available golf GPS watches.
Read our detailed Expresso WR62 golf GPS watch review.
Retail price: $179.95
Three year total cost: $179.95
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Score

89

Grade

B+


ECCO Street Premiere

ECCO Street Premiere

The ECCO Street Premiere offers good looks and quality, though even as the entry “street” golf shoe from ECCO, competing spikeless shoes can be found for less. We don’t have serious reservations, but those considering this shoe should also check out the ECCO Street, which adds a few improvements. Read more in our full ECCO Street Premiere golf shoe review.
Retail price: $150
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Score

89

Grade

B+


Callaway idTECH

Callaway idTECH

Features speedy distance readings in 1/2 yard increments along with 6x magnification. While it can provide the line-of-sight distance along with the slope, elevation change to target and horizontal distance to the target, you will have to do some math in your head to determine the “play as” distance, unlike other devices that will do the work for you.
Retail price: $429.95
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by Callaway iQ.

Score

88

Grade

B+


Ping Hoofer C-1

Ping Hoofer C-1

It’s the Hoofer you’ve known for years with a few new tweaks. Reliable and versatile, this bag straddles the line between lightweights and more full-featured carry bags and will appeal to a variety of players.
Retail price: $189.99
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the 2014 Ping Hoofer.

Score

88

Grade

B+


MiLi Power Pack

MiLi Power Pack

The MiLi Power Pack was the workhorse among the iPhone battery extenders we tested, providing the most charging power. It’s not going to win too many beauty contests, but it’ll look a heckuva lot prettier when it saves you by having a reserve of juice available when you need it. Occasional charging bugs kept it from earning a higher grade.
Retail price: $99.95
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Score

88

Grade

B+


Sonocaddie V500

Sonocaddie V500

The Sonocaddie V500 brings you the latest features, including satellite images and video flyovers. But uneven implementation of certain interface elements left us disappointed. Combine that with overall poor image quality of satellite views, lack of ability to zoom, limited mapped points, and buggy software, and you’re left with a device that gets lost in the noise. Oh, and it finished last in our course coverage analysis at a mere 21% of courses available. Not compatible with Macs. Read our detailed Sonocaddie V500 review.
Retail Price: $399
Three year total cost: $428.95
Availability: Discontinued. No replacement hardware. Sonocaddie appears to be shifting its business model to mobile apps.

Score

88

Grade

B+


GolfBuddy World Platinum

GolfBuddy World Platinum

With the release of the World Platinum, GolfBuddy joins the ranks of devices that offer full hole graphic layouts and the ability to target any point on the course for distance readings. The device is extremely easy to use and information is presented in a clear manner. And with lots of work on their course database, GolfBuddy how features exceptional course coverage in our tests. Check out our full GolfBuddy World Platinum review.
Retail price: $399.99
Three year total cost: $399.99
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the GolfBuddy Platinum

Score

88

Grade

B+


Leupold GX-4i

Leupold GX-4i

The Leupold GX-4i has an aluminum body, a red OLED readout, and provides distances adjusted for slope, temperature and altitude, and club recommendations. Enhancements in this model include faster distance readings and flagstick range to 400 yards at +/- six inches. That being said, we found that we liked its predecessor a bit better, both because of difficulties in locking on to flagsticks and because the rapidly blinking display when panning targets was distracting. Read on for our detailed Leupold GX-4i review.
Retail: $624.99
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Leupold GX-4i2
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Score

88

Grade

B+


Bushnell neo+ Watch

Bushnell neo+ Watch

Bushnell jumps on the golf GPS watch bandwagon with their latest GPS device, the neo+ golf GPS watch. The Bushnell watch provides distances to the front, center and back of the green and also measures shot distances, but doesn’t provide distances to hazards, nor will it track scores. The blocky early 80s digital watch styling didn’t appeal to us, but the inexpensive price point certainly did. Read more in our detailed Bushnell neo+ golf GPS watch review.
Retail price: $199.95
Three year total cost: $199.95
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Bushenll NEO-X watch

Score

88

Grade

B+


GolfBuddy Platinum

GolfBuddy Platinum

The GolfBuddy Platinum is touted to have an improved screen with better touchscreen response over their earlier devices. Unfortunately, we didn’t see much of a change on either front. The device still has a nice set of features, and comes with a pre-loaded course database that achieved a perfect 100 on our course coverage test. But the high end price tag makes us wonder if you aren’t better off sticking with the prior generation GolfBuddy products. Read more in our GolfBuddy Platinum detailed review.
Retail price: $399.99
Three year total cost: $399.99
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the GolfBuddy PT4
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Score

88

Grade

B+


Leupold PinCaddie

Leupold PinCaddie

Leupold has historically offered golf laser rangefinders at the high end of the market. That changes with the Leupold PinCaddie, which at $315 retails as not just the least expensive Leupold, but one of the lower priced laser rangefinders in our tests. The PinCaddie has an LCD display and features Leupold’s PinHunter technology (targets nearest object, though lacks ability to “lock” onto a prism), 6x magnification, and scanning mode. Read on for our detailed Leupold PinCaddie review.
Retail price: $314.99
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Leupold Pincaddie 2
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Score

88

Grade

B+


Callaway uPro Go

Callaway uPro Go

A comfortable device with bright color screen and excellent distance details around the green (with the optional $50 GoMode). A low price point makes the Go extremely competitive. Now about those scorecards and statistics…
Retail price: $149.00
Three year total cost: $198.99
Availability: Discontinued; replaced by the Callaway upro mx

Score

87

Grade

B+


Golf Guru Color Guru

Golf Guru Color Guru

The Golf Guru Color Guru is rich in features but the design of the hardware, user interface and packaging all could use a lot of polish. It ranks highly with respect to the amount of data that users can add to existing course maps, but the interface to add this data is challenging for those who are not gadget-oriented.
Retail price: $399.95
Three year total cost: $399.95
Availability: Discontinued; replaced by the Golf Guru 4

Score

87

Grade

B+


GolfLogix

GolfLogix

A very polished interface and a perfect score in our course coverage test are the strengths of the GolfLogix application. But lack of ability to control the view displayed and a steep price tag temper our enthusiasm.
Price: Free 24-hour trial, $39.95 yearly thereafter
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Score

87

Grade

B+


SkyCaddie Breeze

SkyCaddie Breeze

The hefty SkyCaddie Breeze starts from a base of providing distances to the front, center and back of the green only. Most users will opt for the advanced Feature Packs ($34.95 each) that provide advanced full hole and detailed green views. The display, course detail (when available) and setting options are top-notch, but annual fees increase the three-year cost to a level far beyond most of the competition.
Retail price: $334.80
Three year total cost: $484.65
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the SkyCaddie TOUCH
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Score

87

Grade

B+


SkyCaddie WATCH

SkyCaddie WATCH

No, that’s not a typo. SkyCaddie has entered the GPS watch game, and kept with the more-prevalent-than-should-be all-caps naming convention. Welcome the SkyCaddie WATCH. The WATCH provides the very basics, with distances to fixed front, center and back points, scoring, and other GPS watch functions. There aren’t any features that differentiate it from other watches, which make it more challenging for us to swallow the annual fee for course updates. Read more in our detailed SkyCaddie WATCH review.
Retail price: $199.95
Three year total cost: $249.90
Availability: Discontinued (though still available from some resellers); replaced by the SkyCaddie LINX watch
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Score

87

Grade

B+


GolfBuddy Tour

GolfBuddy Tour

Courses come pre-loaded, so just charge the GolfBuddy and go. Simple to map out courses on your own or add targets to existing courses, which is a good thing as courses available often provide fewer marked obstacles than desired. Not compatible with Macs.
Retail price: $289.99
Three year total cost: $289.99
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Score

86

Grade

B


Ping Hoofer Vantage

Ping Hoofer Vantage

While the Ping Hoofer Vantage provides solid performance, it doesn’t truly stand out in the crowded carry bag market. Ping traditionalists will still like the Hoofer Vantage, but the competition seems to have passed it by a bit. Better bags can be had at a lower price.
Availability: Discontinued; replaced by the Ping Hoofer C-1

Score

86

Grade

B


Nike SasQuatch Tour

Nike SasQuatch Tour

The Nike SasQuatch Tour Carry Bag looks very cool, so if style is of paramount importance in your bag-purchasing decision, you will like it a lot. But it struggles trying to be both a carry bag and a cart bag at the same time, and ultimately succeeds at neither. Some odd design elements left us scratching our heads.
Retail price: $190
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Nike Performance Carry

Score

86

Grade

B


Sun Mountain Speed Cart V2

Sun Mountain Speed Cart V2

The Sun Mountain Speed Cart V2 is the deluxe version of the Speed Cart V1. We like the additional storage space, but the large size and equally large price tag temper our enthusiasm for the V2.
Retail price: $269
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Sun Mountain Speed Cart V1 line

Score

86

Grade

B


Tekkeon MP1200 (myPower)

Tekkeon MP1200 (myPower)

Our editors either loved the Tekkeon MP1200 (myPower) or hated it. Black leatherette with white stitching will either strike you as elegant and refined or ridiculously hokie-looking. Quirky design that allows the Tekkeon to serve as an auxiliary power source for the iPhone (the Tekkeon will be drained before the iPhone’s battery), but prevents the Tekkeon from actually charging the iPhone battery left us puzzled.
Retail price: $79.95
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Score

86

Grade

B


SkyCaddie SGXw

SkyCaddie SGXw

The SkyCaddie SGXw’s ability to determine any point on the course, pre-mapped targets, radiating yardage arcs, mapping of the entire green all add up to the most extensive mapping and distance information you can find in a golf GPS unit. The optical trackpad received mixed reviews from our staff (and there are still bugs to work out). It’s a great device for data aficionados, but players will want to consider both the device size and hefty price tag before purchase. Read on for more details in our SkyCaddie SGXw review.
Retail price: $399.95
Three year total cost: $549.80
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the SkyCaddie TOUCH
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Score

86

Grade

B


SkyCaddie SGX

SkyCaddie SGX

The SkyCaddie SGX has some of the latest features, including full hole graphic views and detailed green maps that show contours and false fronts. But course coverage for these new maps is still sparse, a user interface that feels overloaded (maybe it’s time to move to a touchscreen?) and a steep price tag, keep the SGX from rising higher in our rankings. Read our detailed SkyCaddie SGX review.
Retail price: $349.95 plus yearly fees
Three year total cost: $499.80
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the SkyCaddie TOUCH
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Score

85

Grade

B


SkyCaddie SG5

SkyCaddie SG5

Once the top of the line in the SkyCaddie series, the SG5 shines with its easy-to-use interface and ability to customize how the map data is displayed. A new lower price makes the G5 affordable – but SkyCaddie lovers might want to check out the new SGX before purchasing. More…

Retail price: $299.95 plus yearly fees
Three year total cost: $419.80
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Score

85

Grade

B


Bushnell Tour V2

Bushnell Tour V2

From the best-known brand in rangefinders, the Bushnell Tour V2 offers solid performance in a portable package. Its 5x magnification and ability to target flagsticks at a distance trails the leaders, however. See our detailed Bushnell Tour V2 review for more.
Retail price: $375.99
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Score

85

Grade

B


OGIO Nexos

OGIO Nexos

The OGIO Nexos has lots of gadgets and doodads, some of which are VERY cool. On the other hand, some of the inventions are ho-hum, and they all combine to make this the heaviest bag tested. Oh, and it’s the most expensive one as well.
Retail Price: $260
Availability: Discontinued; replaced by the
OGIO Edge Stand Bag

Score

85

Grade

B


Nike Xtreme Element

Nike Xtreme Element

Not bad, but it doesn’t make your heart go pitter pat either. Good beat, easy to dance to, I give it an 85.
Retail price: $160
Availability: Discontinued; replaced by the Nike Extreme Sport Carry

Score

85

Grade

B


Bag Boy Automatic

Bag Boy Automatic

A bit bulky and with a lack of storage space, the Bag Boy Automatic doesn’t distinguish itself from the rest of the pack. It is easily unfolded, but unless that’s your top priority, you will likely find better value elsewhere.
Retail price: $199.95
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Bag Boy Quad

Score

85

Grade

B


GolfLink

GolfLink

The GolfLink iPhone app is a recent release from the online golf portal of the same name. While it seems with this introduction that GolfLink is trying to grow beyond being a mere content provider, the level of quality of the app tells us that this might just be, like Steve Jobs would say about the AppleTV, “a hobby.”
Price: $9.99
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Score

85

Grade

B


Motorola MOTOACTV Watch

Motorola MOTOACTV Watch

The MOTOACTV is a beautiful thing, with a fantastic touchscreen, bright screen, and all kinds of fitness functionality, plus the ability to play your favorite MP3s…and it’s all available in a wristwatch. The hardware engineers deserve rich kudos. The software engineers…not so much. Numerous bugs, including in simple things such as adding up the scores, drove us batty. For now, the MOTOACTV Golf Edition is all hat, no cattle.
Retail price: $299.99 plus $29.99 for watch strap (looks like strap is currently free)
Three year total cost: $299.99
Availability: Discontinued. No replacement product.

Score

84

Grade

B


GolfBuddy Voice

GolfBuddy Voice

The GolfBuddy Voice tries to take voice-enabled golf GPS devices to the next level, but things don’t quite click as intended. The attempt to include a display seems misguided, as it’s too small to really be of use, and isn’t the whole point of a voice-enabled display to avoid having to look at a display? Adding distances to the near and far edges of the green is useful, but the method of accessing them is awkward. The device is too thick to look stylish when it’s clipped to the bill of a cap, so you’re left attaching it to your collar or belt. For now, we’re still unconvinced about the utility of voice for GPS devices.
Retail price: $199.99
Three year total cost: $199.99
Availability: Replaced by the GolfBuddy VT3
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Score

84

Grade

B


Laser Link Red Hot

Laser Link Red Hot

The Laser Link Red Hot is a pistol-styled laser rangefinder that can target any object on the golf course (unlike Laser Link’s QuickShot, which can only target flagsticks with reflective prisms). We liked the Red Hot’s point-and-shoot design and its vibrate mode, which vibrates the device when it has locked on to a target. Our concern about the Red Hot arose from the difficulty in getting a confident reading on targets without prisms at longer distances – a problem that was exacerbated by the lack of any magnification in the viewfinder. Check out our detailed Laser Link Red Hot review for more.
Retail price: $389
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Laser Link Red Hot 2.
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Score

83

Grade

B-


Viewti 2010

Viewti 2010

Covers the basics of satellite images and distances to targeted points, but has a terrible interface for tracking statistics. Adds features other apps don’t have, but ViewTi 2010 needs to fix the core functionality first.
Price: $29.99
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Score

83

Grade

B-


Celestron CoursePro Elite

Celestron CoursePro Elite

The Celestron CoursePro Elite suffers from being a “tweener” – caught as neither a compact basic device nor a full featured top-end unit. Most consumers are likely to find a better fit elsewhere. The exception is that the CoursePro Elite may appeal strongly to those who enjoy customizing their own course maps or need a device that displays one of the whopping twelve different languages that the CoursePro Elite supports. Read our detailed Celestron CoursePro Elite review.
Retail price: $149.95
Three year price: $182.84
Availability: Discontinued. No replacement product.

Score

83

Grade

B-


Matrix SHOTMATE Voice

Matrix SHOTMATE Voice

The Matrix SHOTMATE “speaks” distances at the push of a button. Approximately the size of a matchbook, and with a clip to attach to a cap, shirt or belt, it’s incredibly easy to use, and comes with courses preloaded. The trade off is that the SHOTMATE only provides distances to the center of the green, which may be sufficient for some, but alas, the distances to bunkers, creeks and trees are all too relevant to our game. Read on for our detailed Matrix SHOTMATE Voice review.
Retail price: $149.99
Three year total cost: $149.99
Availability: Discontinued. No replacement product. We don’t expect the company to reintroduce another GPS unit.

Score

83

Grade

B-


Viewti

Viewti

Covers the basics of satellite images and distances to targeted points, but has a terrible interface for tracking statistics. Adds features other apps don’t have, but Viewti needs to fix the core functionality first.
Price: $29.99
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Score

83

Grade

B-


Sonocaddie V300

Sonocaddie V300

Overhead hole maps, friendly interface and lots of features will make this device appealing to many users. However, multiple bad experiences with significant distance errors make the V300 difficult to recommend whole-heartedly. Not compatible with Macs. Read our detailed Sonocaddie V300 review.
Retail Price: $349 plus fees
Three year total cost: $378.95
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Sonocaddie V300+ (not reviewed)

Score

82

Grade

B-


Opti-Logic InSight GT

Opti-Logic InSight GT

A low price point may not be enough to save the Opti-Logic. The lack of viewfinder magnification, inability to scan across objects, and bare bones feature set makes it tough for the Opti-Logic to keep up with the competition.
Retail Price: $359.95
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Score

82

Grade

B-


Opti-Logic InSight GL

Opti-Logic InSight GL

The Opti-Logic can’t quite keep up with the rest of the pack. While it does offer the lowest price of any device tested, the lack of any viewfinder magnification (ouch) or ability to scan across objects left most reviewers looking for more. Read our detailed Opti-Logic InSight GL review.
Retail price: $329.95
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Score

82

Grade

B-


Callaway RAZR

Callaway RAZR

The Callaway RAZR Rangefinder (by Nikon) is the company’s most compact rangefinder yet. The device features 6x magnification and provides distance readings to 600 yards in increments of 0.1 yards (though estimated +/-1 yard accuracy). The RAZR has a fully elastomer body design, and is waterproof to boot. Sounds great…but we found the RAZR lacked the sensitivity of competing devices, and the First Target Priority mode just isn’t where it needs to be. Read our detailed Callaway RAZR rangefinder review.
Retail price: $349.95
Availability: Discontinued (may still be found on Amazon). Replaced by the Nikon COOLSHOT.
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Score

82

Grade

B-


Nikon COOLSHOT

Nikon COOLSHOT

Available during their laser rangefinder relationship with Callaway (branded as the Callaway RAZR), Nikon rolls on selling the COOLSHOT rangefinder on its own with slightly different white and blue design. The Nikon COOLSHOT is the smallest and lightest Nikon rangefinder, has 6x magnification and LED illumination, “First Target Priority” of previous Nikon rangefinders, and can pan for up to 8 seconds. The COOLSHOT was introduced at a price point quite a bit less than the original RAZR, which retailed at $349.95. Read more about the Nikon COOLSHOT golf laser rangefinder.
Retail price: $279.99
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the NIKON COOLSHOT 20
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Score

82

Grade

B-


Tour Trek Tahoe

Tour Trek Tahoe

Attractively priced and lightweight, but it suffers in feature set and build quality. It’s best suited for the budget conscious or relatively infrequent users. Read more at our detailed Tour Trek Tahoe review.
Retail price: $99
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Tour Trek One Click 2.0

Score

81

Grade

B-


IZZO Swami Watch

IZZO Swami Watch

Though the golf GPS watch market is growing rapidly, we were surprised by IZZO stepping into the game with their spidey-looking IZZO Swami Watch. The watch includes distances to fixed points at the front, center and back of the green, and features auto hole advance, shot distance measurement, and a digital scorecard. The navigation needs some work and there is no way to save scores, but the IZZO Swami Watch is the least expensive golf GPS watch on the market, comes pre-loaded with courses and carries no subscription fees. Read more at our detailed IZZO Swami Watch review.
Retail price: $149.99
Three-year total price: $149.99
Availability: Discontinued. The IZZO Swami line of watches was in effect replaced by the Callaway GPSync watch (produced by IZZO, manufactured by Callaway).
Amazon.com: The model reviewed here was replaced by an updated IZZO Swami Watch.

Score

81

Grade

B-


ViewTi (2009)

ViewTi (2009)

Satellite images and statistics tracking make ViewTi worth checking out. But the loading time required for each new view, combined with a confusing variation in hole orientations during play, kept us from rating it higher.
Price: $28.99
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Score

80

Grade

B-


IZZO SWAMI 3000

IZZO SWAMI 3000

The SWAMI 3000 brings a number of significant improvements to the original SWAMI 1500, including course name displayed on screen, pre-loaded with over 19,000 courses. If you like bells and whistles, look elsewhere, but if an uncomplicated approach is more to your liking, the SWAMI 3000 is a nice simple unit in a lightweight and compact form factor. Read our detailed IZZO SWAMI 3000 review.
Retail price: $99.99
Three year total cost: $139.98
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the IZZO SWAMI 4000.
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Score

80

Grade

B-


myCaddie Pro

myCaddie Pro

myCaddie Pro provides satellite images, zooming ability, and distances to any point selected. Users can track score and statistics, though the app lacks hole handicap and par information. myCaddie lacks the polish of most paid apps, but it is still is easy to navigate. myCaddie largely relies on users to map courses, and while its course database is larger than most of the other free competitors, the coverage still has a long way to go to compete with the top paid apps. If you need a course yourself, you should set aside approximately 30 minutes to map a course on your computer, after which the course mapping is available for immediate use.
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Score

78

Grade

C+


Bushnell Yardage Pro XGC+

Bushnell Yardage Pro XGC+

The Bushnell Yardage Pro XGC+ has a good form factor and is quite light, with solid buttons, an intuitive menu and a color screen that works fine in different lighting conditions. Hole map usability is an issue – the device can move the target point you have selected on a whim, creating a maddening experience. Only green points and selected pre-mapped targets come installed – if you want the overhead hole maps, you’ll have to download individually (annual fee required). Read our detailed Bushnell Yardage Pro XGC+ review.
Retail price: $299.99
Three-year total cost: $369.97
Availability: Discontinued. No handheld replacement, next nearest replacement is Bushnell NEO-X Watch

Score

78

Grade

C+


Swingbyte

Swingbyte

If you’re considering the Swingbyte mobile golf swing analysis device, we would simply say to keep your expectations in check. It’s not a TrackMan, it’s a tool that uses its position, information provided by the player, and a lot of math to calculate the data it provides. We had a lot of challenges with this device, from initial setup and syncing, to use at the range (it won’t stay fixed in place on the club shaft), to the accuracy of the information it provides. We want the Swingbyte to succeed, but it has a long, long way to go. Read more at our detailed Swingbyte review.
Retail price: $149.00
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Swingbyte 2

Score

78

Grade

C+


Golf Guru 4

Golf Guru 4

The Golf Guru 4 aims to be jack of all trades, but ends up master of none. The release of the device seems premature, as course coverage for AerVu maps is poor and the software was tremendously buggy. Not compatible with Macs. Read our detailed Golf Guru 4 review.
Availability: Discontinued. The company is no longer shipping golf GPS devices. We do not recommend purchase of the Golf Guru 4 from third party sources.
Retail price: $399.95 plus per course fees
Three year total cost: $509.95
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Score

74

Grade

C


GolfLogix GPS-8

GolfLogix GPS-8

It may be good enough for Peter Costis and Gary McCord’s moustache, but it’s not quite good enough for us. Achieves its goal of simplicity, and just about any course is available. But with few features, the value just doesn’t seem to be there for this bulky device with a black and white screen. For those interested, Amazon is having a fire sale on these as GolfLogix has stopped production of the GPS-8 in favor of selling their new GolfLogix iPhone app.
Retail price: $199.95 plus yearly fees
Three year total cost: $289.80
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Score

74

Grade

C


IZZO SWAMI 1500

IZZO SWAMI 1500

We like the concept of a basic, lightweight device that comes cheap and has low annual fees. But little functionality, coupled with numerous distance errors, keep the SWAMI at the bottom of our rankings. Not compatible with Macs. Read our detailed IZZO SWAMI 1500 review.
Retail Price: $99.99 plus yearly fees
Three year total cost: $129.96
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Score

72

Grade

C-


Swing by Swing

Swing by Swing

Swing by Swing is a very straightforward app that features satellite images, with the ability to determine distances to any point selected, and the distance from that point to the center of the green. Users can’t zoom or pan, and there is no scorecard or statistics tracking included (that functionality is available for purchase, however). Swing by Swing gets the job done with limited bugs and course coverage is reasonable, but the lack of features makes it difficult to recommend.
Price: Free for GPS use; $11.99 for scorecard functionality
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Score

72

Grade

C-


FlyCaddie

FlyCaddie

The combination of terrible course coverage, lack of ability to determine distances to any point on the hole, and a pricey yearly subscription fee drop FlyCaddie quickly to the bottom of our rankings.
Price: $34.99 per year
Availability: FlyCaddie is no longer available on the iTunes Store

Score

70

Grade

C-


iYardage

iYardage

The ad-supported iYardage possesses most of the functions a user would want in an app – full hole graphics, hole par and handicap, zooming ability, distances to any target and from the target to the center of the green, and radiating circles around the green at 50 yard intervals. A scorecard and stats tracking is included in this very complete package. To date, there are extremely few courses mapped (mostly Australian courses), and if you need to map a course yourself, it will take approximately an hour on your computer. However, we weren’t even able to get the file to iYardage staff for use.
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Score

69

Grade

D+


Golf GPS

Golf GPS

Golf GPS is an ad-supported app that determines player position (be it on or off a course) and displays radiating circles on a satellite image at distances of 50-300 yards in 50 yard increments. Users can drop pins on their location that will then display distances to that point. The app has no knowledge of the course or any particular hole, which can be disconcerting during play, and there is no ability to record score or statistics. Limited in use, our bet is that most players want additional features included.
Download Golf GPS from iTunes

Score

67

Grade

D+


GolfGPS Pro

GolfGPS Pro

We enjoyed the satellite images and marked hazards of GolfGPS Pro, but only for its 30-day trial. The free app is limited to merely a scorecard and statistics tracking, though with charts and graphs for those who enjoy some nicely presented data. If you’re looking for more, you’ll need to upgrade to the GolfGPS Pro paid version.
Download Golf GPS Pro from iTunes

Score

62

Grade

D-


New Trent IMP190

New Trent IMP190

The good news is that New Trent quickly replaced our first unit, which was defective and we were unable to test. The bad news? Our replacement unit failed during testing as well. It seems that in this case, you get what you pay for.
Retail price: $69.95
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Score

60

Grade

F


Plum Caddy

Plum Caddy

Plum Caddy features extremely rudimentary hole graphics, along with scoring (but only if you mark each shot location) and statistics. The app has limited course coverage (and when a course is available, there is often mapping of only one or just a few holes) and is riddled with bugs. And without a tool to map a course, players can’t even add to the sparse course coverage. Plum Caddy has been sold to a new owner by the developer (we know who got the short end of the stick in this deal!), and until our review of the next release, we recommend that players look elsewhere.
Availability: No longer available from the iTunes Store

Score

55

Grade

F


TeeToGreen Lite

TeeToGreen Lite

Satellite images, distances to the center of the green and mapped targets, scoring and statistics. What’s not to like about TeeToGreen Lite? Well, an incredibly bizarre interface that makes it confusing to start a round. Oh, and the app is limited to only the first 5 holes of play. Want to play 6 through 18? You’ll have to pony up for TeeToGreen Pro. This app is good only if you are considering purchase of the full app, otherwise you’ll want to look elsewhere.
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Score

50

Grade

F


Energizer AP1500 (iPower)

Energizer AP1500 (iPower)

Lightweight, but a bit underpowered, the Energizer AP1500 (iPower) doesn’t quite do enough to distinguish itself from the field. If you can find it at a sweet price point, it’s worth a look, but at MSRP there are better options.
Retail price: $79.99
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Score

B

Grade

86


Bushnell Yardage Pro XGC

Bushnell Yardage Pro XGC

The Bushnell XGC, which we have not had the opportunity to review, includes course maps, distances to up to 5 custom points per hole, the ability to determine the distance to any point on the hole, and scorecard and statistics tracking. The device features a 2.2″ high resolution color screen and storage for up to 100 courses.
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Callaway upro mx

Callaway upro mx

The Callaway upro mx has now been officially discontinued, ending its disastrous 16 month lifespan which included the initial launch, a litany of initial problems with both the device and uxplore portal, the (supposedly temporarily) recall of the device, a release of PC beta software in an attempt to fix issues, and as of today, the official scrapping of the device without ever being re-released. We can now say that this was the worst golf GPS launch GPS (actually probably the worst of any consumer tech device) we have ever seen.
Read our detailed Callaway upro mx news update for further information
Availability: never!
Retail price: $199 plus $59.99 for unlimited ProMode (satellite view) courses
Replaced by: Callaway upro mx+

Expresso AG50

Expresso AG50

The Expresso AG50 comes loaded with front, center and back green distances along with pre-mapped targets. With a paid membership via iGolf.com (the same company that provides data for Bushnell XGC/XGC+ golf GPS devices) of $34.99/year , players will also have access to full hole images and the ability to determine distances to any point on the course. The Expresso AG50 isn’t just a golf GPS device, however. It is equally a car navigation device, and multimedia player. With its smorgasbord of offerings, it is a member of a unique category of golf GPS devices that also includes Golf Guru.Check back for our Expresso AG50 review, or follow us on twitter (twitter.com/criticalgolf), where we tweet all our latest reviews they are released.
Retail price: $199.95
Three year total cost: $304.92
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Expresso AG1

Expresso AG1

The Expresso AG1 (the “AG” standing for “Automotive” and “Golf”) provides a navigation system for while you are on the road, and a golf GPS device for when you are on the course. Not limited to just GPS use, the device also can acts as a portable media player, with the ability to show photos, and play both music and video. Whether users find these additional features a plus or a minus, however, we leave (until our review) for others to debate.
Retail price: $249.99
Three year total cost: $354.96
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Expresso WR67 Watch

Expresso WR67 Watch

Expresso iterates on their original golf GPS watch with the WR67. Updates to the original WR62 include black and white color options, longer battery life, tee time start function, and adjustable band. The watch is a close cousin of the Bushnell NEO-X watch, with front, center and back of green distances, and limited hazard information. Pricing remains the same as with the WR62, and is one of the least expensive golf GPS watches available, with no additional yearly or per course fees. Read more details about the Expresso WR67 golf GPS watch.
Retail price: $179.95
Three year total cost: $179.95
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Garmin Approach S5 Watch

Garmin Approach S5 Watch

You didn’t think Garmin would leave a gap in their naming, already having the S1, S2, S3, S4 and S6, did you? We didn’t. And lo and behold, released at the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show, is the Garmin Approach S5 watch. So given this crazy set of offerings, which do you get? The best way to think of the S5 is that it is the entry-level Garmin golf watch with full course maps. It lacks the tempo training and pin-pointing features of the Garmin Approach S6, which is just fine with us. It still offers everything else you need – yardages to near-center-far points on the green, layup arcs, scoring and stats, smartphone notifications, and the free Garmin Connect portal. Read more details on the Garmin Approach S5 golf watch.
Retail price: $349.99
Three year total cost: $349.99
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Garmin S20, though units may still be available on Amazon.com (see link below)
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GolfBuddy Voice+ Watch

GolfBuddy Voice+ Watch

The GolfBuddy Voice+ is a slight iteration to the GolfBuddy Voice, incorporating a wristband, longer battery life and front and back distances within the main hole view. The device doesn’t provide distances to hazards, nor will it track scores – for that you’ll need the GolfBuddy VT3. Read more details about the GolfBuddy Voice+ watch.
Retail price: $179.99
Three year total cost: $179.99
Availability: Replaced by the GolfBuddy VT3
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GolfBuddy VT3 Watch

GolfBuddy VT3 Watch

The GolfBuddy VT3 is the 9th (yup, NINTH) device that GolfBuddy has added to their lineup (which is insane, but we’ll leave that for later comment). The VT3 is an iteration to the GolfBuddy Voice+, adding a touchscreen, ability to place the flagstick on the image of the green to obtain more accurate distances, and the ability to score. The device doesn’t provide distances to hazards. Pricing is significantly higher than the GolfBuddy Voice+, which makes us wonder how it will fare. Read more about the GolfBuddy VT3 watch.
Retail price: $299.99
Three year total cost: $299.99
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iGolf Neo

iGolf Neo

The iGolf Neo was re-branded under an agreement with Bushnell and is marketed (and reviewed by Critical Golf) as the Bushnell Neo. The iGolf Triton and Saturn are now available as the Bushnell Yardage Pro XG and XGC.

SkyCaddie AIRE

SkyCaddie AIRE

Just when you think SkyCaddie is going to greatly simplify their family of devices with their versatile SkyCaddie Breeze, where users can customize through additional Feature Packs, there they go again. At any rate, the Aire is a part of a group of 4 different SkyCaddie devices announced in 2013), and is the smallest handheld SkyCaddie device with screen (greyscale) available. The Aire provides distances to the front, center and back of green only, and some additional features that we don’t need, such as calorie counter and odometer. Check out more details on the SkyCaddie Aire review. And as with other current SkyCaddie devices, don’t forget to consider the yearly fees – for the Sport Series, which includes the AIRE, $49.95 will get you 3 years of course updates.
Note: for a limited time, SkyCaddie is offering free annual “Go Play” memberships, which provide course data but not the ability to upload cores and data to ClubSG, which is available separately.
Retail price: $129.95
Three year total cost: $179.90
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the SkyCaddie AIRE II.
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SkyCaddie GIMME

SkyCaddie GIMME

We haven’t figured out the target market for the SkyCaddie GIMME, which seems to provide the same distance information as the SkyCaddie AIRE. Overall we think SkyCaddie continues to spread themselves too think (in addition to the four models announced for 2013, they have three additional devices still on the market, the new SkyCaddie Breeze, as well as the SkyCaddie SGXw and SkyCaddie SGX. It’s like SkyCaddie is trying to do their best to confuse the customer. The GIMME is marketed as having “large, easy-to-read numbers”, and distances to the front, center and back of the green. We don’t get it, but read more about the SkyCaddie GIMME. And don’t forget yearly fees – for the Sport Series, which includes the GIMME, $49.95 will get you 3 years of course updates.
Note: for a limited time, SkyCaddie is offering free annual “Go Play” memberships, which provide course data but not the ability to upload cores and data to ClubSG, which is available separately.
Retail price: $169.95
Three year total cost: $219.90
Availability: Discontinued though still available through some channels; replaced by the SkyCaddie AIRE
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SkyCaddie VOICE

SkyCaddie VOICE

Not wanting to be left out of the voice trend in golf GPS units, SkyCaddie in 2013 announced their first golf GPS unit that provides distances by voice. The device was marketed as providing distances at the push of a button to front, center and back of green, and lacking any screen. The company marketed the VOICE as providing distances at the push of a button to front, center and back of green, and lacking any screen. At the time of announcement the retail price was slated to be a bit lower than competing devices, though SkyCaddie annual fees would likely increase the three year total cost by a bit. But given it’s been seeming forever since the announcement, right now we are marketing the VOICE up to vaporware. Perhaps you will arrive done day, SkyCaddie VOICE.
Retail price: $149.95
Three year total cost: $199.90
Availability: Um…never?

Snooper Shotsaver S430

Snooper Shotsaver S430

Please note that as Shotsaver products have an extremely limited number of courses available within the U.S. and are manufactured and distributed within Europe, we are not offering a full review at this time.
Retail price: £249.99
For those in the UK, Shotsaver S430 is available directly from Snooper.

Sonocaddie V300 Plus

Sonocaddie V300 Plus

With the V300 Plus, Sonocaddie is starting to rival SkyCaddie with the sheer number of devices they have available: 6 versus SkyCaddie’s whopping 7 devices. A marketer’s dream!
The Sonocaddie V300 Plus has a color screen and comes preloaded with basic distance information, including course hazards, targets and a graphic indication of whether they are on the left, center or right side of the hole. It does not, however, provide a map of the hole. Accessing hole maps, which include both color graphic layouts and satellite images, requires an additional membership fee of $29.95 per year.
Retail price: $229.95
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Callaway X Hot

Callaway X Hot

Callaway likes to pair their rangefinders with their latest club names, thus the new Callaway X Hot laser rangefinder. The device features an LCD display with 6x magnification, and distance readings to 550 yards in half-yard increments. As with other Callaway rangefinders, the device has First Target Priority mode always-on, and can pan and display distances for up to 8 seconds. Read more details about the Callaway X Hot laser rangefinder.
Retail price: $299.95
Availability: Discontinued (may still be found on Amazon). Replaced by the Nikon COOLSHOT.
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Laser Link White Magic

Laser Link White Magic

The Laser Link White Magic is a pistol-shaped laser rangefinder that is a slight iteration to the Red Hot, providing an additional “know your target” setting to make the device beep if it picks up a flagstick, and vibrate if it hits the trees behind (or any other non-reflective object targeted on the course). There is no magnification of the viewfinder, as opposed to most devices that feature 5x or 6x magnification. Read more in our brief in advance of a full Laser Link White Magic review.
Retail price: $329
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Laser Link Red Hot 2.
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Leica Pinmaster

Leica Pinmaster

From one of the top optical companies in the world comes the Leica Pinmaster. The Pinmaster sports a lightweight carbon-reinforced body and is watertight (to a depth of a meter, so don’t throw it into the pond in a fit of rage). The device offers an exceptional 7x magnification (matching the Bushnell 1600 series and the Callaway LR1200), with an adjustable eyepiece that is suitable for glasses wearers and an LED display that adjusts its brightness based on the lighting conditions during play. The whopping $799 price tag is tops the in our tests, but rest assured you will likely to be the only one in your foursome playing this beauty.

Retail Price: $799
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Leupold GX-1i

Leupold GX-1i

Leupold brings their “DNA” technology to the Leupold 1 and 2 “intro” line. The new Leupold GX-1i replaces the Leupold GX-1, which was not revved in 2012. The GX-1i includes all of the USGA-approved Leupold rangefinder features available (scan, fog, PinHunter, Prism Lock), with the exception of the OLED display and aluminum body included in the Leupold 3i. Stay tuned for our detailed Leupold GX-1i review.
Retail price: $374.99
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Leupold GX-1i2
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Bushnell Tour V2 Slope

Bushnell Tour V2 Slope

While we have not obtained a Bushnell Tour V2 Slope Edition laser rangefinder for testing, we believe that it will provide the same level of performance as the Bushnell Tour V2, reviewed on our site. These two rangefinders have the same specifications, with the exception of the slope-adjusted distances available on the Slope Edition version.
Retail price: $399
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Leupold GX-2i

Leupold GX-2i

Leupold brings their “DNA” technology to the Leupold 1 and 2 “intro” line. The new Leupold GX-2i replaces the Leupold GX-2, which was not revved in 2012. The GX-2i includes all of the basic Leupold rangefinder features available (scan, fog, PinHunter, Prism Lock), along with slope-adjusted distance information and the ability to assist with club selection. The Leupold GX-2i lacks only the OLED display and aluminum body found in the Leupold 4i. Stay tuned for our detailed Leupold GX-2i review.
Retail price: $439.99
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Leupold GX-4i2
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Nikon COOLSHOT AS

Nikon COOLSHOT AS

The Nikon COOLSHOT AS is essentially the same device as the Nikon COOLSHOT golf laser rangefinder (and thus the Callaway RAZR), adding slope-adjusted distance readings with the company’s ID technology (so yes, this laser can’t be used in competitions, even with a local rule permitting distance-measuring devise). A black body with bright lime green accents make for a flashy device. The LED offers continuous measurement up to 8 seconds, 6x magnification, Nikon’s “First Target Priority”, and distancing to 600 yards.
Retail price $349.99
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Nikon COOLSHOT 40i
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Sun Mountain KG:2

Sun Mountain KG:2

We never had a chance to test the Sun Mountain KG:2 carry bag, but here’s what we know:
The KG:2 comes with a host of Sun Mountain’s premium stand bag features, including light weight, the E-Z Fit Dual Strap System, and a cart-friendly bottom and new leg-lock system. The bag features a 9.5″ 4-way top, three integrated top handles, and 8 pockets (with a mobile phone specific pocket – just make sure you turn it off though, OK?). The bag comes in eight color combinations.
Retail price: $299
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Sun Mountain Series One.

Sun Mountain Micro-Cart Sport

Sun Mountain Micro-Cart Sport

Sun Mountain slightly updates their popular Micro-cart for 2013 with the new Sport. The Micro-cart Sport provides all of the advantages of the original Micro-Cart, with the addition of new colors (spice things up with yellow, lime, blue or red). The cart retains it’s four-wheel design, compact folded footprint and light weight. Stay tuned for our detailed Sun Mountain Micro-cart Sport review.
Retail price: $189.00
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Sun Mountain MC3 Micro-Cart

Bag Boy Navigator 2

Bag Boy Navigator 2

Bag Boy, well known for their push and pull golf carts, also offers a remote controlled electric cart, the Navigator 2. The Navigator 2 has two rear wheels, a 360-degree swiveling front wheel (with suspension), and the common rear wheel stabilizer. Dual 140-watt motors power the cart, which has controls for front/reverse and left/right. The Bag Boy Navigator 2 also comes with a removable seat with storage, in case there aren’t any benches on the tee to take a load off.
Bag Boy Navigator 2 Retail Price: $1,995.95
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Bag Boy Navigator Elite

CartTek GRX-900

CartTek GRX-900

The CartTek GRX-900 is one of Cart-Tek’s entry level electric golf push carts, though still captures all the components that most players will need, including scorecard, ball, drink and umbrella holders. The GRX-900 has one 180-watt motor (what we consider as the minimum power level), allowing it to climb 30 degree inclines, and variable speed settings. The cart also has an on/off button with memory to retain settings and a distance timer to send the cart ahead of you. The weight is 39 pounds with battery, and folds to 23.75 x 37 x 12.5″ (further disassembly can get it to even smaller size for the optional carry (!) bag). The battery is rated to 20Ah, which you can assume will get you through 18 holes (though if you go more and the battery quits, the wheels can be set to “freewheel” mode). Players have the choice of a gloss or metallic black color, and the CartTek comes with a one-year warranty.
Retail price: $499
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the CartTek GRX-950Li

Hawk E-Z-Go

Hawk E-Z-Go

The Hawk E-Z-Go Powered Golf Caddy is one of the lowest priced electric carts on the market (you’ll see it for sale on Amazon for far below the retail price listed below). The cart is spec’ed as having all the basics: a 180-watt motor, scorecard and beverage holder, and 10-inch non-flat tires. The cart has a switched powered supply with cariable speeds and a cut-off system as well. Unfortunately, while design necessitates some disassembly for folding. It’s basic, but perhaps all you need.
Retail price: $599.99
Availability: Discontinued

GolfSense

GolfSense

GolfSense is a system consisting of a wearable motion sensor plus free mobile app from Zepp Labs. The motion sensor attaches to any golf glove, allowing the player to analyze their golf swing through instant feedback on their iPhone, iPad or Android device. The sensor, like other competitors in this burgeoning category, captures 3D swing data and sends the information via Bluetooth to your device after each swing.
As with any of these mobile swing tools, remember to keep your expectations in check if you are expecting Trackman-like information. Read more about the GolfSense.
Retail price: $129.99
Availability: Replaced by the Zepp Golf Kit
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Golfscape

Golfscape

An augmented reality iPhone golf GPS app?! Yup, it’s true. The good news is when it’s working it’s a pretty nifty app to show off to your friends. The bad news is that the current version is riddled with bugs. We would love to spend more time, but we’ll wait until the app is more stable.
Price: $19.99
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iGolf

iGolf

As hard as we tried, we never could get this app to launch successfully, receiving a variety of error messages upon launch. At least there is a 24-hour trial so players can see if the app works for them before purchase. And if you succeed, you get the pleasure of paying a blistering $50 yearly to access the iGolf GPS database, the highest-priced iPhone golf GPS app tested.
Price: Free for the basics, $50 per year for GPS functionality
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oGolf

oGolf

With a combination of extremely sparse course coverage and an interface that isn’t quite as polished as others, Orrie Golf is going to struggle against both paid and free competition. We mapped a course in our area via the Orrie Golf website, but were unable to access it for play. Sad to say, we can’t even get this app started.
Price: $9.99
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Sonocaddie

Sonocaddie

We attempted a number of times to test Sonocaddie for the iPhone, only to find that it does not work on the new iPhone OS4.0. Most iPhone golf GPS app companies have been quick to make this transition to the latest operating system, and we take this as a bad sign of how the Sonocaddie app was developed. We’re going to wait for availability o the latest OS arrives before reviewing.
Price: $34.99
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TeeDroid

TeeDroid

TeeDroid lacks the satellite or hole graphics that all other paid apps reviewed by Critical Golf provide, and has consistently been one of the least stable apps tested. The good news is that you have 45 days to demo the app for free before deciding not to pay the annual fee.
Price: $19.95 per year
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FreeCaddie

FreeCaddie

FreeCaddie is one of the few apps listed here that doesn’t include either satellite or graphic hole images. The app provides distance readings to the center as well as front and back of the green, along with hole and par information, and offers far better course coverage than most apps on our list. But given the bugs we experienced, the lack of hole views and scoring, users can do better elsewhere.
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