Golf is a game that has been enjoyed for centuries. The game has changed in many ways over the years. One of the latest changes is the introduction of GPS.
Using the devices is not approved by any of the professional leagues. But for amateur golfers, they can be quite helpful.
When a golfer is unfamiliar with the course, the handheld device can be used to figure out the distance to a hole. The elevation is another feature that can be included in the readout.
The screens are relatively small as is the case with most handheld devices. But you have the ability to scroll from one place to another. If you are a long distance away from the hole, you may not be able to see the whole thing on a single screen.
Being able to see the elevation is helpful even if one is familiar with the course. Golfers sometimes become quite frustrated when their eyes deceive them about how high or how low the target actually is.
There are a number of different brands available and each has different features. A GPS for golf may come with the maps of a popular course already installed. Since this is a relatively new introduction, not all of the courses in the country have been included.
You may also be able to see the distance of your last shot. This is helpful when you are trying to determine how many yards you are getting out of a swing. The information could help you decide how hard to hit the ball on the next shot.
The information can also help you choose the right club. For example, you might want to use an iron instead of a wedge to get out of a sand trap if you are better able to judge the elevation and the distance.
Basically, a GPS for golf is designed to help golfers improve their accuracy. But another advantage has to do with course markers. An experienced golfer might know how far the ball will go, but if the course marker is inaccurate, he or she could still overshoot the target.
The devices are not cheap, but they make great gifts for golfers. You can get a simple accurate device for around $125. The ones with the pre-loaded course maps cost more.
Some devices can be used for other things besides golf. A multi-purpose device could be the most affordable choice in the long run.