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The Callaway GPSy GPS watch is one of the best GPS watches I’ve tested. It’s light, accurate, and displays the information better than any other watch I’ve seen.
For the last couple years, I’ve been of the opinion that smartphones and GPS apps were going to put standalone GPS devices out of business. Then I showed up at a new course without a laser or GPS and actually tried to find a good free app to use in a pinch. Not as easy as I thought. Opinion revised: standalone GPS units are here to stay because A) golfers want to get away from their phones and B) many golfers will always pay for quality. The Callaway GPSy GPS watch checks both those boxes.
Setup & Ease of Use
The Callaway GPSy GPS watch isn’t as out-of-the-box-intuitive as other GPS units, but learning to navigate it doesn’t take much time. Getting through the menus and on-course options with the three-button interface sometimes requires pushing a button, sometimes holding a button, and all that takes some time with the manual (or, more likely, trial and error). Again, it’s not terribly onerous, but it’s not idiot-proof either.
Once you’ve charged it with a USB connection, power it up and go to the menu. There aren’t many choices here (which is a good thing), and “Play Golf” is at the top of the list. It will take a minute for the satellites to locate your watch and generate a list of nearby courses. Select the one you’re at and, if you choose, you can never touch the watch again – it will automatically update yardages and switch holes. If you want to get into the distances to hazards, score keeping, and shot measuring, you’ll need to get comfortable with the button sequences, but, again, it’s not too difficult.
Accuracy & Performance
On the course, the Callaway GPSy GPS watch is the most accurate GPS that I’ve tested this year. When I stood on the 150 plate, the watch said 150. The GPS in the cart was always +/- 1 yard from the GPSy. It was also in line with my laser rangefinder when measuring to hazards.
There are many other good things about the GPSy, too. It’s small and light compared to other GPS watches, and the battery life is excellent: 8-12 hours in golf mode and 90 days in time mode. It’s also packed with extra features like shot measuring and stat tracking.
The Callaway GPSy GPS watch retails for $180. This is an average price for a GPS watch, and given how good the GPSy is, I think it’s a solid value. The GPSy comes preloaded with 30,000 golf courses, and there’s no cost for updates.
A good GPS watch is the best way to improve your pace of play, and the clarity of the display on the Callaway GPSy GPS watch makes it one of the best in the category. The interface could be improved, but it’s worth having to read the manual for how fast, accurate, and well-displayed the yardages are.