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Simple, functional and unobtrusive in use
on 5 September 2012
Having also owned a Caddy Lite (cheap to buy, but fiddly software and annoying yearly subscription) and a Garmin Approach G3 (lots of functions, great value, no subscription, but almost impossible to read), I was looking for something which just gives the distances to the green, was easy to use and which did not rip you off with expensive annual fees. For me, the GolfBuddy Voice ticks all the boxes.
The product is currently available more cheaply from a well-known American golf retailer, and it comes with the cap (which you must have or sew an appropriate holder on your own cap). All you have to do is to turn it on when you get to the golf course: then an American voice tells you that it is "locading sadellites", and then, within about a minute, it tells you where you are on the course. So if you decide to play the back nine, it knows that you are on hole number 10 and tells you. When you are sizing up your approach shot, press the button on your cap and it tells you the yardage to the centre (and back, or front with repeated presses). Only you will be able to hear it - no-one else is distracted by the voice - and you have the information you need without having to fiddle about with any buttons or moving a screen to be able to see the figures. Lots of golfers like the Garmin S1 and S3 series because all you need do is look down at your wrist and see the numbers there; the GolfBuddy Voice gives you the same information aurally, but without the encumbrance of a rather clunky looking "watch" on your wrist. The contraption weighs 28 grammes (about an ounce in old money) and you don't notice it all on your cap. You need to recharge it after every round, but it only takes an hour - all I do is take the cap indoors and recharge it in the cap itself.
There may be, I guess there must be, courses that it doesn't know about but I haven't found any so far. I've been running it with the Garmin G3 and as far as I can see it is using the same courses database as they do, because the yardages given have always been the same on both devices. You will find that unless you are the kind of golfer who keeps the ball tightly on fairways and always nails the green that when you stray offline and go to search for your ball on an adjacent fairway, the device will pipe up and tell you that "You are now on hole number --" (whatever fairway your ball is now on). It's a little disconcerting to have confirmation that you have hit a poor shot, but you'll get a reminder that you are on track when you get the ball back in play!
For me the simplicity is key. You have to recharge the device, turn it on, and then there is just one button to press. That's all there is to learn.