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The Izzo Swami Sport GPS is a durable, budget-friendly GPS that’s easy to use.
Before smartphones became as common as bubble gum, handheld GPS units were one of golf’s hottest accessories. Now, however, the prevalence of free golf GPS apps has shrunk the market substantially. For players that want GPS information but hate carrying their phone on the course, there’s the Izzo Swami Sport GPS.
Set-Up & Ease of Use
One of the best things about the Izzo Swami Sport GPS is how easy it is to use. Over 30,000 courses are pre-loaded, so all you need to do is turn it on. Once it gets a GPS signal (this takes about a minute), you select your course from the list of local courses, and you’re ready to go. You don’t need to download courses, hook it up to your computer, or pay an annual fee.
My one complaint about the Swami Sport is that it doesn’t automatically advance to the next hole. While there are times that this is a positive (like when you drive it into a different fairway), having to remember to click it forward after each hole does get tiresome.
Accuracy & Performance
Compared to both a laser rangefinder and the on-cart GPS at numerous golf courses, the Izzo Swami Sport GPS performed very well. The readings were consistently accurate, and the yardages update quickly as you walk or drive to your ball.
Additionally, the display is easy to read in any light condition from twilight to glaring noon sun. One clever feature is that you can flip the display from white-on-black to black-on-white to suit your preference and the conditions. I found both to be easy to see. The display is also large enough that you can leave it clipped to your bag or cart and still read it.
Finally, the Swami Spot has a very durable feel to it, and it’s water resistant. This is, perhaps, its most tangible advantage over smartphone GPS apps. You can toss the Swami Sport around and let it get wet without concern, instead of babying your $400+ smartphone.
You can purchase the Izzo Swami Sport GPS for $80, less if you search a little bit. While some people will have a tough time justifying this when there are so many free GPS apps available, this relatively low price will be worth it to those who hate having their phone out on the course.
If you want basic, reliable GPS data – front, back, and center of the green – without bringing your phone on the course, the Izzo Swami Sport GPS is a solid choice. It’s easy to use and easy on your wallet.