Voice Caddie T8 Golf GPS Watch Review

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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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Introduction

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 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 of the shot.  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, 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 improves the scorecard functionality.

Value

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.  For me the T8 is the easy choice for best value.

Conclusion

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.

Buy the Voice Caddie T8 GPS Watch HERE

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Matt Saternus

Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Plugged In Golf. He's worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking. Matt lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

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20 Comments

  1. Matt,
    What are your thoughts about touchscreen brightness, reactivity and battery life?
    Seems like a great value

    • Matt Saternus

      Steve,

      The brightness was adequate for mid-day bright conditions. The touchscreen was good, as reactive as any I’ve tested. I haven’t played 36 with it, but it has plenty of juice left after 18.

      Best,

      Matt

      • Bought just now through your link, but no info on shipping time or whether in stock. Do you know if they are in stock?
        Thanks for your great help with my enjoyment if the game.

        • Matt Saternus

          Thanks, Steve!

          To my knowledge, they are in stock, but I will contact Voice Caddie today to confirm. If there is a delay, I will let you know.

          Best,

          Matt

      • For the auto shot measurement; do you have to enter which club you hitting? How is ASM setup?

        • Matt Saternus

          Cody,

          There’s nothing to set up. The T8 senses that you made a swing and starts measuring the distance as you watch. The distance from where you swung to where you are now is displayed on the watch.

          Best,

          Matt

        • Cody Loggins

          Is the distance of the shot pretty accurate; Im just wonder how does it knows the difference from a long iron & driver for the distance

          • Cody,

            I think we’re having a communication issue. The watch knows where you made your swing because it feels the movement. When you take your first step from that spot, it says “Shot: 1 Yard”. If you walk 100 yards, it will say, “Shot: 100 Yards.” If you hit the ball into the fairway, the measurement is just for you to know how far the shot went. Where I find value in it is when I don’t see my ball. If I know I hit driver and hit it well, I’m going to walk until the watch says, “Shot: 240 Yards” and then start looking. If I get to “Shot: 300 Yards,” I’ve gone too far. It narrows your search radius, and I’ve found that invaluable in finding drives.

            -Matt

          • Ok; thanks for the reply; I understand now; I purchased one through your link

  2. Your right Matt about tee shots and not finding them.
    At four dollars a ball that adds up . Plus loosing the strokes is worse than the money.

  3. Joe Menard

    That would be great for old golfer like me who forgets what button to does what, but I can’t afford it plus my wife would kill me

  4. Thanks – bought it through your link after going through their website.
    Will use the trusty Bushnell when close to the green for yardage to pin. But for everything else, this seems like the ticket.

  5. Matt, is the Voice Caddie T8 GPS and its various features approved for use in amateur golf tournaments?

    • Matt Saternus

      Dave,

      Good question. With the slope adjustments and green maps, I would assume no, but I don’t know that for certain.

      Best,

      Matt

  6. Thanks, Matt. That was my guess. Will keep using my Garmin Approach S20 which is very accurate and responsive.

  7. I just purchased the Voice Caddie T8 through your link. Any approximate guess how long it will take to get here in Georgia? Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Don,

      I don’t have any specific info on that except to say that many readers have purchased the T8 and I have yet to hear any concerns about shipping times.

      Best,

      Matt

  8. This GPS watch is a nightmare to figure out how to set & use it. So far I’m greatly disappointed. User manual is horrible.

  9. Matt,

    Always enjoy your reviews. How does the T8 compare to the Garmin S62. I have the SC300i launch monitor, so is there an advantage to getting the T8 for any type of interface with each other?

    • Matt Saternus

      Gerald,

      Thank you!
      I prefer the interface of the T8, I find it a bit more intuitive. Also, the auto shot measurement feature is a true game changer for me.
      There is no interaction between the SC300i and the T8.

      Best,

      Matt

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