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The Precision Pro GPS Golf Band is extremely light, comfortable, and easy to use. One of the best ways to improve your pace of play.
I’ve written on many occasions that of all the options for distance measuring, GPS watches are the best for pace of play. They’re always conveniently located, they tend to provide only the necessary info, and they’re quick. The Precision Pro takes those characteristics up another notch with their GPS Golf Band.
Setup & Ease of Use
Setting up the Precision Pro GPS Golf Band consists of charging it and turning it on. It has over 35,000 courses pre-loaded, so you’re unlikely to have a problem finding your local track. Also, the battery life is tremendous (8 hours on course, 52 weeks in watch mode), so you don’t need to worry about charging it immediately before you play.
When you get to the course, push the center button twice to activate golf mode. I turned mine on when I walked out of the pro shop, and it had located my course before I hit the first tee. From that point, the GPS Golf Band can be totally hands free if you choose. There are additional features you can take advantage of – distances to hazards and shot measurement – and they rely primarily on the center button. The shot measurement feature deserves particular praise – it’s the easiest to use that I’ve come across, which led me to actually use it.
The one drawback to the GPS Golf Band is the attachment mechanism. It’s very light and comfortable, but getting it attached and snug requires a little bit of arm wrestling.
Accuracy & Performance
When it comes to providing accurate distances, the GPS Golf Band is solid. The yardages update as you walk, so there’s no waiting over your ball to get your number. In comparing it to laser and posted yardages, the GPS Golf Band was generally within a yard or two, though there were a couple occasions where the band had the green being longer or shorter than the sprinkler heads.
My favorite aspects of the GPS Golf Band are the weight and comfort. It’s so light (1 ounce!) that I could see myself wearing it regularly as a watch as well as using it on the course. It’s also waterproof, so you don’t have to baby it.
My only complaint about the performance of the GPS Golf Band are the initials it uses to identify hazards. This isn’t really a complaint so much as an acknowledgement that there are tradeoffs when you make the screen so small. Many of the initials are intuitive, especially when you can see the hazard (LFB = Left Fairway Bunker), but some are not (LFWC =WTF?). Again, this is meant to be a lean and mean GPS, so any extra features are a bonus, but this one does prove frustrating at times.
The Precision Pro GPS Golf Band retails for $180. Unlike the company’s Nexus rangefinder, this price is not one of the lowest on the market, rather it’s toward the middle. One positive for the value of the GPS Golf Band is that there is no subscription fee.
If you place a premium on comfort and speed, the GPS Golf Band is a solid value. If you want maximum features per dollar, look elsewhere.
For me, the Precision Pro GPS Golf Band is exactly what a GPS watch should be: light, comfortable, and speed-enhancing. If you want a GPS watch that will help you do the Sunday crossword, this isn’t it, but for everyone looking to boost their pace of play while improving their scores, this is absolutely worth a try.