The Sky Caddie watch is an affordably priced device from one of the top golf gps companies. Combining sharp looks with accuracy it promises much, but in the highly competive golf watch niche it may struggle against some better featured products.
Read this review to find out whether it is the right device for you.
Sky Caddie Watch - Technical Specs
- Preloaded with 30,000 worldwide courses
- Weighs only 1.6 oz
- Automatically Detects Golf Course
- Auto Hole Advance
- No subscription fees if bought in 2013
Plays Straight Out Of The Box
The first thing that struck me when I opened the box was just how good looking the Sky Caddie watch is. With it's green lettering and detail against the black of the strap it looks very smart. It also comes in a white version if that's more to your taste.
Once you open the packaging simply charge the watch by connecting it to a usb device using the provided cable. That's it!
There's no need to sync it with a computer or do anything else. Once charged you're good to go.
The device lasts about 8 hours in Golf Mode and up to 8 months if you're using it as a watch (that just shows how much power it takes to stay connected with the satellites).
The SkyCaddie watch isn't the fastest at locating the course (about 4 minutes each time when I was using it), but as long as you switch it on before you get to the first tee you won't have any nasty surprises.
Once satellites have been located it will give you a list of possible options. Once you choose your golf course the first hole distances are instantly displayed.
The Sky Caddie watch displays distances to the Front, Middle and Back of the green. The face is very easy to read and the center yardage is the one most prominently displayed.
As you move along the fairway (or through the rough!) the yardages are continually updated.
Even if you hit a wicked hook or slice and end up on a neighbouring fairway the watch will give you a distance to your chosen green.
The watch automatically changes from hole to hole as you move through your round. It can also be adjusted manually which can be helpful if you play a few holes out of order or skip a few.
The Sky Caddie golf watch comes with some of the features that you would expect on a device of this nature.
One of these is the ability to track the distance of a particular shot (see image on right). This is helpful to get an accurate picture of just how far you actually hit your clubs. It also comes in handy when you really nail one and want to get an accurate yardage on just how far the ball travelled.
It also has a backlight which can be useful when playing in twilight conditions, but is probably more geared to its function as a watch.
The watch also has a digital scoring facility.
SkyGolf Walk The Courses
One of the things that sets these devices apart is that each Sky Caddie golf product is based on maps that have been walked on foot. Every green, bunker, dogleg and significant hazard has been ground-verified.
This ensures that the Sky Caddie golf gps products are highly accurate and that errors from satellite imagery are minimized.
This is one of the reasons why they normally sell their products with an ongoing suscription fee (it takes money to keep those guys walking the golf courses).
Sky Caddie Watch Golf GPS - Summary
This is a really good looking product and is light and comfortable to wear. With ground verified yardages and the experience of Sky Golf behind it stands a great chance of being a big seller.
It has some stiff competition, particularly since it only gives the most basic of yardages. This may be partly behind the manufacturers decison to waive subscription fees on the product. With this deal in place there may never be a better time to grab a Sky Caddie golf device.
That having been said this is very good. It is very competitively priced and would appear to be a good choice for those who want a no-frills golf gps watch with no compromise on style or accuracy.
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