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SkyCaddie SGX Review

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SkyCaddie SGX GPS Rangefinder
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The Bottom Line: The SkyCaddie SGX is a very accurate and easy to use golf GPS unit. Very bright LED screen is easy to read even in bright sunlight. Extensive course library (with membership). HoleVue technology adjusts perspective as golfer approaches green. Battery life could use a tweak.

Pros

  • Intuitive operation
  • Great graphics
  • HoleVue Technology
  • Accurate yardages
Cons
  • Could be faster transition from screen to screen
  • Battery needs longer life

Review: SkyCaddie SGX

May 23, 2011 - If you're reading this, then you know how valuable a golf GPS can be to your enjoyment of the game. Perhaps you even own a unit or smartphone golf GPS software. But how many times have you heard the expression "the best of both worlds"? Probably lots of times. For golfers who want the convenience of a handheld GPS device with the accuracy of a laser and the simplicity of a dedicated device, it has usually been a tough choice. Now, it is simpler.

From SkyCaddie, the best recognized name in golf GPS units, comes the SkyCaddie SGX. With rock-solid performance, an extensive library of mapped-by-human courses, ease of use and accuracy that is among the best in class, the SkyCaddie SGX earns a high rating. While the most common barrier to ownership of GPS units is a yearly membership fee, owning this one is justified because SkyCaddie constantly updates all its courses and offers features not found in other units. For example, when you sync the unit to the SkyCaddie website, if you like, your stats are transferred there and can be accessed in myriad ways, so it's easier to track your progress. Another fun feature is the ability to "broadcast" your round in real time via the SkyGolf website.

We put the SkyCaddie SGX unit through a workout along the East Coast and it performed beautifully. From Massachusetts to Myrtle Beach, the unit rode along, was clipped to golf bags, rained on, occasionally dropped yet never uttered a whimper – unlike some golfers we know.

The SkyCaddie SGX excels at quick start-up, great hole graphics, easy to use joystick (I didn't miss having a touch screen), extensive library of available courses and HoleVue technology that allows changing from scorecard to hole map to green profile (and includes a zoom function). Another cool feature is the ability to access the course's driving range.

If I were to write an open letter to the SkyCaddie folks, some of the upgrades I'd ask for next time are faster screen-to-screen transitions from zoom in to zoom out, longer battery life – the company claims 14 hours between recharges but it was more like 11 hours - and a function to track up-and-down stats.

While the next 10 years might bring more evolution in golf GPS devices than we can now imagine, for right now the top of the food chain is the SkyCaddie SGX.

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