SkyCaddie SGX review
Expensive, but for the enthusiastic amateur it's a superb training tool and round recorder
Review Date: 17 Feb 2012
Reviewed By: David Bayon
Price when reviewed: £220 (£264 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
The daddy of all golf GPS gadgets, SkyCaddie SGX almost does it all. Its 3in transflective screen is easily readable in bright sunlight, and gives an uncanny bird’s-eye view of the course. From the tee you can move the marker around using the thumb-control nub and the target distance will update on the fly. Drag it back to see your yardage to clear that ditch; check the perfect length to the apex of a dogleg; or simply bring up a quick-list of distances to every hazard on a hole.
If you’re an enthusiast who knows your club lengths it makes selection much easier; if you’re not, it’s just as much fun to click the Mark Ball button before you swing, then measure the distance of any shot by simply walking to your ball. Only once in three rounds did the SkyCaddie drastically misjudge a distance, telling us we had a 125yd shot when we were clearly within the 100yd markers – a pitch through the back of the green was a reminder not to completely retire our own eyes and judgement.
When you’re around the green the view zooms to a close-up, automatically orientated towards your ball and with front, back and centre yardages from there. There’s also a satnav-style QuickVue mode on selected courses, allowing you to plot your way from tee to green, and the level of detail and accuracy in trees, lakes and other features is remarkable. The only slight let-down is the single scorecard – this is very much a personal GPS rather than one for a foursome to use as a do-it-all caddie and scorer.
It’s expensive, and some would say a computerised caddie isn’t in the spirit of a round with friends, but for keen amateurs the SkyCaddie SGX is an invaluable gadget in the quest to drag down that handicap.
Author: David Bayon
shame there is no mention of the requirement to pay an annual subscription or your Skycaddie becomes nothing more than an expensive lump of plastic...Golf Buddie GPS devices are easily as good and once you have paid for it that's it...turn on and lower your scores!
By richardbruce on 17 Feb 2012
Fair point, should have mentioned it. Although it's only £29.95 a year, which if you (a) play golf regularly and (b) can afford a £260 golf GPS, probably won't put you off.
By DavidBayon on 17 Feb 2012
Get a Shotmiser
£29.95/yr puts me off.
I have a Shotmiser, does all of the above, unlimited downloads, no subscription. British. Top Customer Service. £249. That's it.
By PeteS on 18 Feb 2012
Try the Sonocaddie
Same thing as Skycaddie, but the "birdie" membership is free allowing unlimited UK course downloads. Good customer services too.
By stormsinger on 18 Feb 2012
Alot of money
The issue with this product is that you must purchase the hardware to use the program - there are many mobile apps running on the iPhone that offer similar features
By Mariposareef on 7 Mar 2012
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