- Intuitive operation
- Great graphics
- HoleVue Technology
- Accurate yardages
- Could be faster transition from screen to screen
- Battery needs longer life
Review: SkyCaddie SGX
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.
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.