What to Look for in a Portable Golf GPS

A great GPS device can improve your green game. Here’s how to find the right one.


July 7, 2021
Gloved hand holding a golf GPS.
Add some technology to your game with a golf GPS.

Bringing your golf clubs on vacation? Don’t forget a golf GPS device to gain an advantage on unknown courses.

GolfBuddy Voice 2 Golf GPS/Rangefinder


Look for a device that can easily fit in with your gear bag, whether you’re going on a golf vacation or just hitting the local greens. Golf Buddy

A good golf GPS should be small enough to fit anywhere. After all, you have to carry it, your clubs, and everything else around a course, and you probably don’t want a second weight in your pockets, unless you want to balance out your smartphone.

Bushnell 368821 Phantom Golf GPS

Light and Lasting

With the average round of golf running you about four hours, your device will need to stay on the entire time, pinging satellites to provide you accurate readings. Bushnell

Battery life will make the difference between a useful tool and something weighing down your golf bag. Check the mAh (milliamp hours) of the battery; the more, the better.

Garmin Approach G10, Compact and Handheld Golf GPS with 1.3-inch Display, Black

Wearable or Handheld

Look over the unit for wrist strap connections, clips, and magnets, which will make bringing it with you easy, without cramping your swing or your style. Garmin

Options for attaching your golf GPS device to various places on your bag and person will also be useful. Depending on your personal style, you may want it on your wrist, on your belt, attached to your cart, hanging off your bag, or in your pocket. It’s also important as wearable tech proliferates; nobody wants to be the guy with a watch on each wrist.


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