Would a GPS device help improve your handicap?


Since their introduction to the game of golf GPS devices have caused plenty of debates among amateur golfers and here's a look at what impact the devices have had on the game.

While there are a range of GPS devices that work differently the general principle is relatively simple, to help golfers accurately calculate distances while on the course.

This is done by using location data as well as maps of the courses to calculate the distances that previously would have been less accurately measured using fairway markers.

Some argue GPS devices add a layer of technology that doesn't need to be there while others say that professional golfers have used caddies for exactly that purpose for decades.

Is the GPS simply a democratisation of the game, giving the average golfer the same benefits to their game as the pros?

The argument for GPS devices is that traditional methods, like calculation using distance markers, not only provides inaccurate information but also contributes towards issues within the game, such as slow play.

The time lost looking for markers, that are often hard to find, or misestimating distances, could be resolved if all players used such devices.

With all theory aside, what do real golfers think about the use of this technology?

Online Golf surveyed their customers to find out what they thought about GPS devices and which ones they found the most practical.

GPS Golf Watches were deemed the best, with 52% of those we surveyed choosing them as their tool of choice, followed by handheld devices (31%) and rangefinders (14%).

Surprisingly, only 3% of people said that phone apps were the best choice.

While the average amateur game of Golf should take around 3-4 hours, professional rounds; where distances and shot selection are of such importance, can often take five or more.

Has this attention to detail trickled down to amateur clubs?

If a GPS can be used to help improve the problem, then it may change the way amateurs golf altogether.