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This week technology giant Apple made its big announcement about their new smart watch, a major event was hosted and now ipeople everywhere are climbing all over each otherto get one. With its app platform the watch can performs a range of different tasks including acting as golf GPS system and fitness tracking system.

The Golf Buddy GPS WT4 watch is also new to the market, but there was no huge song and dance about it, there was no huge event there was no massive marketing campaign, Golf Buddy just release a golf GPS system that also functions as a watch.  The reason why this is key is because this new watch WT4 isn’t trying to be smart, it’s just trying to do its one key role well, but do it quietly without fuss.

Let’s start with what it looks like and its simplest of functions as a watch. The WT4 is stylish enough to wear off the course, yet incredibly functional on the course.  I wore this watch to work for about a week and not once did anyone say, “Hey, why are you wearing a golf GPS system?”

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It has a simple brushed metal bezel that can be worn for just about any occasion, the wrist band is rubber and is easily adjusted to get just the right fit for comfort.  It isn’t bulky and can be worn easily under work shirts or tight fitting under layers. The display doesn’t glow, it’s a matt finish but this isn’t a design flaw it’s so the watch can be read in any light, just like a Kindle or a digital book.

Obviously the golfer wants more than a watch, and the GPS is really the highlight of this unit.  GolfBuddy has been in the GPS business for some time now and they have very reliable and accurate distances.  This little unit is as good as any we’ve used.  It is simple to operate, just hold the “OK” button and select the golf icon and within second you are ready to hit the first tee.  It automatically finds the venue location and displays the hole you are on.


We used it in on a number of courses, it gives you center, front and back of the green distances in the basic mode, but if you push the side buttons you can find out all hazard distances as well as green rendering that allow you to move the flag based on the placement.  We found that navigating the menu system was fairly easy once you figured it out, but not simple the first time you try, the buttons don’t have any real labels on them so if you just put the unit on your wrist without reading instructions, you might struggle finding all of the features.

The real benefit of the GolfBuddy WT4 GPS watch is the simplicity and speed at which you can play.  We had been using a laser rangefinder but there is nothing faster than this GPS watch.   No matter where we were we had instatnt accurate yardages.  It takes only a split second to glance at the easy to read screen.  Since pace of play is such a big issue with golf right now, this is one simple solution to eliminate yardage issues

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Another great feature on the WT4 is the pedometer, if you have always wanted to know how many miles you walk while playing a round of golf.  It really does help you justify that golf can be your weekly workout, especially if you’re playing 36 holes!

The GolfBuddy isn’t the Apple watch, it doesn’t try to be. The WT4 isn’t a jack of all trades, it doesn’t have access to a thousand different golf apps, it acts as a golf GPS watch. So if you’re looking for a timepiece that can help you improve your golf and without any other gimmicks then this is the watch for you.

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