GolfLogix Versus SkyCaddie

By Marc Jenkins

The popularity of golf rangefinders and hand-held GPS systems has dramatically increased over the past five years. During this time span, two companies, SkyGolf and Garmin, have risen to the top of manufacturers who produce GPS systems. Garmin's GolfLogix and SkyGolf's SkyCaddie are arguably the two best devices that can be found on the market today. But what makes them so well-received by golfers and which one is the better of the two?

Golf Logix

The GolfLogix GPS System by Garmin is a device that can tell users just about any and everything pertaining to a golf course. The GolfLogix GPS System has the ability to inform golfers the exact distances between where the ball is and the cup, as well as information about water hazards, bunkers, greens, the fairway and anything else remotely important on more than 22,000 courses throughout the world. The latest model of the GolfLogix (GPS-8) has a1.25-inch wide and 2.25-inch tall LCD screen which displays the information quickly and in brilliant color. The GolfLogix is very lightweight at only 5.3 oz. (when two AA batteries are installed), and has a battery life of 17 hours. The system comes with the GolfLogix Course Manager PC software CD-ROM and with USB drivers that are easy to use.

SkyCaddie

The SkyGolf SkyCaddie is also a tremendous choice when it comes to golf GPS systems. The SkyCaddie provides golfers with the ability to measure the depth and shape of every hole on any course, as well as notify users of different hazards, including bunkers, creeks and traps on more than 23,000 courses worldwide. The newest SkyCaddie, the SG5, has a 2.2-inch LCD full color screen, and weighs just 5.5 oz. with the battery installed. The battery itself is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery with a 14-hour lifetime in between full charges. The top feature on the SkyCaddie SG5 is SkyGolf's Intelligreen technology, which allows golfers to see a bird's eye view of every hole that they will encounter. New course information can be obtained by signing up for one of two membership plans: $29.95 per year for a single state and $59.95 per year for worldwide coverage.

Performance

The GolfLogix and SkyCaddie are both premium golf GPS systems, with different advantages between the two. For starters, the prices differ, with the GolfLogix GPS-8 having a suggested retail price of $279, while the SkyCaddie SG5 is priced around $399. The SkyCaddie gives more off a PDA or BlackBerry feel to having a golf GPS as far as the screen and options are concerned, while the GolfLogix screen resembles a calculator. The SkyCaddie has the rechargeable lithium-ion battery, while with the GolfLogix, you must continue to purchase AA batteries. Though both excellent, the SkyCaddie is a higher quality product.

About The Author

Marc Jenkins has been writing since 2008. His work has appeared in numerous online publications, and he is also co-host of the Double Play Sports Hour, a sports talk radio show on WBCR 1090AM in New York City. He studied English and mass communications at Virginia State University.

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