Callaway GPSync Golf Watch Review
You pull a club and do your best Keegan Bradley impression. You step up to your ball, take a swing . . . pure. You know you’re dialed in. Or so you thought. As the ball trickles down the front of the green back into the fairway, as you investigate your club see if the ball was hit fat or off-center, and as you study the loft while completely perplexed by the results of such a fine strike, there can be only one explanation: your yardage was wrong.
Nothing in golf can be more frustrating than perfect execution being wasted by imperfect preparation, and yardage is perhaps the most overlooked piece of preparation in golf. Look for a sprinkler head and “I know that tree is about (xx) yards out,” is the most common methodology for estimating distances among amateurs, and it is entirely unnecessary.
The Callaway GPSync golf watch is an easy solution to all of these guesstimations.
The Callaway GPSync golf watch is actually made by GPS company Izzo through a licensing agreement with Callaway. Izzo discontinued its own line of Swami GPS watches to prevent internal competition and to dedicate support to the Callaway GPSync.
Our Experience with the Callaway GPSync Golf Watch
The first thing to notice about the Callaway GPSync is that it is incredibly light and contoured just enough to fit comfortably on your wrist. No amount of wrist hinge ever interacted with the watch. The best thing to be said about it is that you don’t notice it, and it in no way impedes your swing.
With a library of over 30,000 courses, it will be impressive if you can find a course that isn’t listed in the Callaway GPSync’s database. Navigation through that database is fairly intuitive through three buttons on the side of the watch that operate in a “press” or “hold” basis. While use of the instruction manual is always recommended, we were able set the time and date information as well as efficiently use the Callaway GPSync through an entire round before thumbing through the user guide. That should say a lot in today’s complicated tech-society.
As far as accuracy goes, the Callaway GPSync is very reliable — we were seeing accuracy within a couple of yards — but it would take some time to settle on its distance every now and then.
Basic stat tracking is available with the Callaway GPSync, but the coolest geek factor was the bluetooth-enabled call, text, and email notifications that you can receive on the watch. Receive is the key word, however, as you cannot respond through the watch, which makes sense because otherwise Callaway would be getting into competition with the Apple Watch.
There are a few negatives on the Callaway GPSync. The battery life could be longer. The life we saw, and it seems to be the consensus, was about 9 hours. Make sure you charge it after every round. In direct light, the display was a bit hard to read from time to time, but it was never anything bad enough that a tilt of the wrist didn’t fix. It does not come with a charger, only a usb cable leaving you to charge it through your pc or an already available usb-ready block from a cell phone charger.
Most of our few complaints were predominantly based on aesthetic appeal, we only encountered one performance error. On a hole, the tee box was very close to the preceding hole’s green. This confused the GPS and it took going up to the next set of tees before the watch realized it was a new hole. One could argue that this could be a problem more attributable to the course design than the watch, but if that was the only performance issue with the Callaway GPSync, then it’s doing a pretty good job.
On Callaway.com, the GPSync sells for $229.99, and that makes it a little less appealing. Upon more googling, we found it for sale with full warranty under $190 on other reputable web-only stores. That price makes it much more competitive, and we’d argue that Callaway should consider making that the manufacturer suggested retail price.