Bushnell Phantom GPS Review

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The Bushnell Phantom GPS makes knowing your distances easy and affordable.  Bite Magnetic Mount makes it perfect for all kinds of carts.

Introduction

As great as rangefinders and shot trackers are, sometimes you just want a simple GPS.  The Bushnell Phantom GPS is made for those days.  With a bright, easy-to-read display and virtually no input required from the golfer, it makes getting your yardages easy.

Ease of Use & Set Up

The Bushnell Phantom is as easy to use as any GPS we’ve tested.  Once you turn it on, a menu of the courses near you will come up.  Select the right one and play golf.  Over 36,000 courses are pre-loaded, so you don’t need to do anything to get it up and running.

If you want distances to hazards, the Phantom gives you up to four per hole with the press of a button.  You can also measure shot distances with a tap.

Accuracy & Performance

I brought the Phantom to the course along with my Bushnell Pro X2 laser and a couple other GPS devices, including one built into the cart.  I found the Phantom was consistently within a yard of the laser and cart GPS.  In short, the accuracy is excellent.

The big addition to the new Phantom is the Bite Magnetic Mount.  This strong magnet can attach to the belt clip (above) or directly to a motorized or push cart.  For pace of play, having a GPS visible to both players in the cart is hard to beat.  Just be sure to take the Phantom with you when you leave!

The App

When you buy the Phantom, you get access to Bushnell’s golf app.  It’s one of my favorites.  I really like the arcs at 100, 150, 200, and 250 yards, and you can tap the map to get the exact distance to any given point on the hole.  Perhaps the best feature is the flyover view of the hole.  This is particularly valuable when you’re playing a hole for the first time.  Finally, the app allows for score keeping and shows you all the data you could otherwise find by scrolling through menus on your watch.

Value

The Bushnell Phantom retails for $100 (support PIG, buy it HERE).  If you need a GPS and want something easy to use, this is impossible to beat.

Conclusion

Bushnell continues to maintain their position as an industry leader by taking a great product and making it even more convenient to use.  The Bite Magnetic Mount makes the Phantom easier to use regardless of how you move around the course.

Buy the Bushnell Phantom GPS HERE

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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4 Comments

  1. What is battery life like and/or how many hole can you get in before you need to charge the unit?

    • Matt Saternus

      Wally,

      That depends on speed of play, of course, but I think you could get two rounds in between charges based on what I saw in my testing.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. If you can’t play the game using your own skills, then you should not be playing.

  3. Have had the Bushnell Ghost for several years and have consistently been given same yardage as much more expensive range finders.

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