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The Voice Caddie T8 Golf GPS watch is accurate and easy to use. Two unique features set it apart from the pack. No annual fees.
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While, in many cases, laser rangefinders aren’t delivering much in terms of new features, their sister category, GPS watches, continues to explode with innovation. Generation after generation, they’re getting smaller, more accurate, loaded with new features and better displays. The Voice Caddie T8 GPS watch is an example of all of those trends, making it one of the best you can buy.
Set Up & Ease of Use
My Voice Caddie T8 came good to go out of the box, charged up and ready to play. However, much as we all love to run to course with our new gear, I will advise you to add one step. Download either the MyVoiceCaddie app (smart phone) or the VC Manager (desktop, HERE) and get your T8 updated. Voice Caddie is continually adding new green maps and tweaking courses, so spending a few minutes to update your T8 will ensure that you have the most up-to-date information.
Once you’re updated, the T8 is a breeze to use. There’s one button and a touchscreen, so you never have to worry about remembering which button does what or which sequence of commands allows you to actually play golf. The T8 is fairly small by GPS watch standards (the face has a 1 3/4″ diameter and is approximately 1/2″ thick), but the screens are thoughtfully laid out so you won’t have many miscommunications with the touchscreen.
Accuracy & Performance
As usual, I’ll start with speed and accuracy. Having tested several Voice Caddie devices recently, I expected the T8 GPS watch to be accurate, and it was. The yardages it displayed were consistently within one yard of rangefinder measurements or fixed markers such as sprinkler heads. It’s also worth noting that the T8 uses what they call “V-Algorithm” to provide distances that are slope-corrected.
In terms of speed, the T8 was very good. By the time I was lifting my arm to check the distance, it was updated to match exactly where I was standing. The watch also responds briskly to touchscreen commands.
Now I want to highlight the two features that make the Voice Caddie T8 stand out for me. The first is the automatic shot measurement. This watch knows when you’ve made a swing and automatically measures the distance from where you swung to where you are now. I can hear some of you saying, “Matt, shot measurement is nothing new.” Yes, I’m aware that many GPS units will measure your shot, but this is the first that I’ve tested that does it automatically and that’s the key. In just nine holes of golf, I had three occasions where I hit a tee shot, thought, “I know where that is,” then couldn’t find it. However, because I had the T8 telling me the exact distance from the tee box, I was able to find each one. The T8 can very quickly pay for itself in golf balls you don’t lose, not to mention the strokes you save and bets you’ll win. I can’t say enough about the genius of this feature, and I hope it becomes the standard across the industry.
The other standout feature is the green undulation mapping. As with the SL1 hybrid rangefinder [review HERE], the T8 uses colors to indicate the high and low points of the green. This has significant implications for strategy as it can help you avoid being above the hole. If you play new courses regularly, this feature is a game changer.
Another interesting feature is the tempo measurement. While I won’t put this on a level with the green mapping or auto shot measurement, seeing the tempo of each swing and putt is a cool add-on. This feature also allows the T8 to more accurately guess your score on each hole which makes the scorecard functionality easier to use.
The Voice Caddie T8 GPS watch retail for $349, but Plugged In Golf readers can save $50 and support the site by buying it HERE. It’s also worth noting that the Voice Caddie T8 has no annual fees.
Even at full retail, the Voice Caddie costs the same or substantially less than its competitors. Particularly in this category, it really comes down to what specific features you want, but for me the T8 is the easy choice for best value.
For pace of play and course management, GPS watches have become a go-to technology for me. The Voice Caddie T8 enhances both of those elements in an easy-to-use package that won’t break the bank.