A well-known brand in the “in car” GPS market, Tom Tom entered the golf sector in November 14 with the launch of TomTom Golfer GPS sports watch. GOLF RETAILING was promptly sent a sample to take to the course to put to the test.
The appearance of the watch is different to others on the market but not to everyone’s taste. Opinions in our office were split. It is slim, lightweight and provides a large high res screen which makes seeing important information very easy. Waterproofed, the watch is useable in any weather and being light you hardly know you are wearing it so it doesn’t impede your swing.
Tom Toms Golfer GPS offers access to over 34,000 golf courses worldwide and can be updated wirelessly via a smart phone app. Keeping the watch charged is easy via a USB dock and with ten hours battery life in GPS mode even the slowest of players will have enough juice to complete 36 holes.
Moving through the screens is achieved by using a directional button built into the strap and once we’d got to grips with it navigation was simple. Getting all the right on course information is easy with accurate yardages to the front, middle and back of the green, lay up distances and also distance to hazards.
Using the “Greenview” screen you get a graphical view of the green and a heads up on the hazards protecting it.
Like other devices on the market the Tom Tom Golfer allows you to keep you score but also tracks how long your round is taking and how far you have travelled including a calorie count!
Our conclusion is that this new device is technically sound as you would expect from a company with pedigree in the GPS market and will help all golfers bring out the best in their game. A really good product.