Golf Monthly's TomTom Golfer review, a GPS watch with a unique navigation system that provides distances to hazards, corners of doglegs and hazards

Product Overview

Overall rating:

TomTom Golfer GPS Watch

Pros:

  • As you'd expect from an expert in navigation, the distances displayed were very accurate. It was comfortable to wear and provides a wealth of information to help you plot your way around the course and hit more accurate approach shots.

Cons:

  • Having to download TomTom software to your computer before you can use it
  • is time consuming. You can’t turn it off when it’s not in use and there’s no shot- measurement function.

Product:

TomTom Golfer GPS Watch

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£149.99

Key technology
As well as your usual front, middle and back distances, the TomTom GPS watch displays distances to hazards, dogleg and lay-up yardages, plus any spots you’ll need to avoid around the green, such as bunkers and ponds. A database of more than 40,000 global courses can be updated wirelessly via a smartphone app. Other features include a digital scorecard, a round timer and a scratch-resistant display.

GM Review
A very stylish piece of kit, the TomTom watch is light (53g) with a slimline fit on your wrist. Distances are clear, and using the secondary navigation unit underneath the screen works well and is simple to use.

There’s a plethora of useful information on offer, most of which is easy to access and interpret. Being able to pair your device to your smartphone to receive course updates wirelessly is a real plus. It’s comfortable on your wrist and easy to fasten securely too.

The abundance of information is great, but it could be displayed in a manner that is simpler to take in. It’s easy to navigate and basic distances themselves are easy to read. It’s also very comfy on your wrist and seemed to be as accurate as any other watch on the market.

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Verdict

The TomTom Golfer was a device we wanted to like more than we did. The TomTom brand is known for its accurate navigation technology and the Golfer watch delivered on that front. The setting up process was worthwhile in the end and the abundance of information came in useful when forming strategy on tee shots.