Easier to use and more accurate, there has never been more choice in the Golf DMD and Golf GPS category, whether you want a stripped-back model or one with lots of detail

Buyer’s Guide

Laser rangefinders
These devices tend to suit better players that require more precise distances to the flag. They’re a similar price to higher-spec handheld GPSs, but obviously don’t give you as much detail of the hole and green surrounds. You can use them off the tee to determine bunker carry distances when there’s a lip you can zap. Limitations come when you don’t have a view of the flag for your approach or when hazards are hidden off the tee.

GPS handhelds
These are favoured by serious golfers that like to see the hole view from above and, in the case of the more basic models, are happy to find the centre of the green with their approaches. The higher price point devices will provide detailed hole maps, ideal if you play lots of different courses. They’re also useful on blind shots, plus you can input your score on most of them.

GPS watches
Watches now come with many features including dog-legs, hazards and the ability to pair the watch to your phone so you can receive text and email notifications. They’re ideal for a quick and easy glance at a distance to the front, middle or back before selecting your club.

GPS smartphone apps
These are much cheaper than handheld GPS devices and offer hole views, interactive distances via a movable cursor. They don’t tend to be quite as accurate as golf-specifice GPS devices and will drain your phone’s battery life quickly. The rule on using a smartphone with a GPS app capability is sketchy so check with your club before putting one in play for a competition.

This Month’s Best GPS Deals 

TomTom Golfer 2 at Amazon.co.uk | Was £199 | Now £179

TomTom Golfer 2 at Amazon.com | Was $249 | Now $199

Bushnell Tour V4 laser rangefinder at Amazon.com | Was $399 | Now $374

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Shot Scope V2 Watch Revealed

The Shot Scope V2 offers GPS distances as well as automatic shot tracking

£225.00

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Read our Garmin Approach G30 GPS review to see our thoughts on this pocket-sized device

£269.99

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Bushnell Excel GPS Watch Review Key Technology The Bushnell Excel GPS watch provides a lot more than just distances and hazard information. It can last over three rounds between charges…

£199.00

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Golfbuddy WT6 GPS Watch

Our thoughts on the user experience using the GolfBuddy WT6 GPS Watch

£139.99

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garmin approach S20-web

Our verdict on this feature-packed GPS Watch from Garmin

£179.99

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GolfBuddy WTX Watch

The GolfBuddy WTX Watch is the latest GPS creation from a brand famed for the accuracy of its’ distance measuring devices. The watch comes with access to 38,000 courses worldwide.…

£199.99

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TomTom Golfer 2 GPS watch

The Golfer 2 claims to automatically detect shots and score for you, but does it work in practice? We found out...

£199.99

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Bushnell Neo iON GPS

This new GPS Watch has a longer battery life and more features than its predecessor

£135.00

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Golf Buddy LR4

How does the LR4 stack up against the rest of the laser rangefinders?

£219.95

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Nikon COOLSHOT 40i

Nikon's slope laser is ideal if you play hilly courses

£299.99

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Bushnell Neo Ghost

This nifty little GPS has an impressive battery life and fits in your pocket with ease

£99.00

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TomTom Golfer

The TomTom Golfer displays hazard, dogleg and lay up distances but did it impress our tester?

£149.99

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Nikon COOLSHOT 40

We review the latest Nikon laser rangefinder legal for use in club competitions

£269.99

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In this unique device, you can get normal and slope adjusted distances

£419.00

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