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How a Golf GPS Unit Can Help You On The Course

Aug 18, 2007
A golfer's most challenging aspect of the game is judging the distances of various parts of the golf course. In addition to the importance of knowing how far you are from the hole, it is also important to know the distances of different parts of a fairway are as well as managing your game effectively. A golf GPS unit can give you an advantage in in this regard.

For instance, if you are standing in the middle of a fairway, you may see a marker that tells you you are 150 yards to the middle of the green. However, if there is a water hazard in front of the green, it will help to know how far you have to hit the ball to at least clear the lake or how far it is to the front of the lake to keep your ball from getting wet. With a gold GPS unit that contains that particular course information you are able to better determine which club to use under which circumstance.

Naturally, a golf GPS unit will only be of use if a golfer is any good at the game. Knowing you are standing 136.2 yards from the center of the green will not help you hit the ball straight or keep it from flying into the water or sand trap on either side of the green. However, a golf GPS unit can help you find out how far into the woods your ball penetrated.

Practically Any Golf Course You Can Imagine Is at Your Fingertips

The majority of the time, you can hook your golf GPS unit into your computer and by signing up with a service you can download just about every golf course in the country, making available to you as many golf course maps as your golf GPS system will hold at any one time. So when you are on the course playing one of your games, you can take out your golf GPS unit and have all the information about the course you are on available to you in an instant.

Maybe you are on the green that has a hard dogleg, and your hoping not to over drive the corner and make it more difficult to hit next shot towards the green. By using your golf GPS unit, you will be able to closely estimate which club to use off the tee to get your ball to the middle of the fairway or to either side, which will give you the best possible vantage point for your next stroke.

Instead of having a professional golfers walk the course before a professional match begins, making calculations and notes on numerous distances for them to use during a match, many professional golfers have begun to take advantage of the information provided from their golf GPS unit to stay on top of their position.
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Corbin Newlyn is an avid follower in the consumer electronics field. You can find more of his insights at GPS Electronics and at Handheld GPS Devices
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