SkyCaddie Touch Golf GPS Review (Buttonless & Touchscreen)

SkyCaddie Touch GPS DevicePreloaded Courses: 35,000
Dimensions: 0.7 x 2.3 x 4 inches, 3.8 ounces
Display Type: TFT-LCD high-resolution, 3 inch screen
Tournament Legal: Yes
Measuring System: Yards/Meters
Measuring Distance: Distance Only
Waterproof: No

Our Rating: 3.8 Stars

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SkyCaddie Touch Golf GPS Review

The SkyCaddie Touch GPS is a button-less device with a three inch color display touchscreen. It has an array of automatic features that include Automatic Course Recognition, Hole Selection, Auto Zoom, Auto Distance, and Auto Green Depth.

This GPS is on the right track with all the features it has and the Bluetooth connectivity in its corner. It is like having a mini computer while on the green!

Online reviewers have only given it an average rating, but the touch-screen rangefinder consumer base still has room yet to grow to boost ratings.

On the manufacturer website, it has a higher rating with dozens of happy reviewers sharing their experience.

Even with slight interface improvements to boot, the touch screen technology seems to be the future.

PROs:
  • Price
  • Color display
  • 3″ touch screen
  • Can use with gloves
  • Score tracker for 20 rounds
CONs:
  • Membership required

SkyCaddie Touch GPS Q&A:

Can the Touch GPS be used with gloves on?

This device has a neat type of screen that allows you to keep the gloves on when you want to use it. This is super convenient so that you don’t have to constantly take them off and put them back on every time you want to get a distance.

It’s also something for SkyCaddie to boast about since some touch GPS golf rangefinders are exploring the capacitive screens which requires finger to screen connectivity.

Can you upload updated courses via Bluetooth instead of using the cable?

This GPS is equipped with a Bluetooth feature that can not only allow you to download updated courses, but you can also conveniently upload scores and stat info to SkyCaddie’s online portal or the smartphone app where you can track how good (or bad) you’re doing.

The Bluetooth feature is genius and it fits right into today’s tech-savvy culture.

How many rounds can I keep in the score tracker before I have to delete or upload them?

The score tracker feature in the Touch GPS has the ability to store up to 20 full rounds. If you need to clear some space to keep track of future rounds, you can upload that data to the mobile app or the portal.

Once that’s done, you can compare and review all your scorecards, even with the hole images.

Are distances displayed on the screen all the time despite how close you are to it?

SkyCaddie is one of the only manufacturers that actually allows for distances to be displayed no matter how close you are to the target.

This is a feature to positively point out since most rangefinders don’t display updated distances when you get within 30 to 50 yards of the hole or the hazard; it’ll just fall right off the screen.

You might find that you’ll really like this feature since it can be a confidence booster in the distance.

How do you get distances to carries, hazards, and layups?

The Touch has a couple of ways of getting you these vital distances. For one, it already has these distances preloaded and premapped into the course data.

When you’re ready to play and you need the distance to the bunker or the water trap, go into “Hole View” and select the target list that has all the distances you’ll need.

This first way is fast and convenient to get a few distances to a couple landmarks in a quick glance. The second way is to manually set a target on the touch screen to the hazard or landmark that you need the distance for.

How touch-sensitive is the screen and is it user-friendly?

As far as the touch screen experience with the SkyCaddie Touch GPS, it’s sadly disappointing. Although the menu is fairly easy to navigate, the interface itself isn’t nearly as intuitive or user-friendly as it should be.

Having to go back to the previous hole after you’ve entered your score instead of auto advancing to the next is an issue and other interface errors that affected speedy game play make these small twerks tedious.

Touch sensitivity raises an eyebrow or two as well. At times it works great, but many often find they run into touch-lag when accessing menus, trying to select tee boxes or hole views, and changing screens.

Additionally, the screen rotation setting for the scorecard and green view is extremely sensitive. Taking it out of a case or out of a pocket often means having to wait for the screen to rotate to the correct position so you can get to the screen that you want.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • With membership you have access to 35,000 courses worldwide
  • Excellent course coverage
  • Bluetooth feature for easy course downloads and score uploads to app or portal
  • Intelligent Automation for Auto Zoom, Auto View, and Auto Depth
  • Auto Hole Advance, Auto Course Recognition, and Auto Distance Update
  • Shot Distance Measurement feature
  • Built-in digital score tracker; keeps up to 20 rounds
  • Interactive HoleVue Technology displays in Vivid HD and HD+
  • TrueGround Targets for customizable pin placement
  • Patented IntelliGreen Technology and Dynamic RangeVue Technology for extensive course mapping detail

 

Our Verdict

To ping up the strokes, the SkyCaddie Touch GPS unit is ahead of its game with its smartphone design. It’s in color, has a ton of features, and is tournament legal. However, SkyCaddie is a brand that requires membership to access downloads and course updates. If you are not interested in a device that requires membership you can view the full range right here.

If you’re the type that likes to leave your phone behind, and that includes all phone lookalikes, then you’ll want the SkyCaddie SW2 Watch that’s new to 2016. It’s cheap, simple to use, and still allows you access to Bluetooth if you want it.

SkyCaddie isn’t the only golf GPS brand around. There’s also Golf Buddy that has the PT4. You’ll be paying way more for the larger screen, slim body design, and eight different language options. However, it’s Golf Buddy – golf and GPS is what they do!

For the best prices for leading technology, SkyCaddie is underestimated way too much. Get out from under your rock and soar the golfing skies with SkyCaddie!

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