Golf GPS companies like to claim that having one of their units in your hands is like having a caddie by your side. They’re a big help, no doubt, taking a lot of the guesswork out. Problem is, you have to take time to look at the screen and find the yardage, taking your focus off other factors affecting the shot, like wind, pin location, etc.
Now, with the GolfBuddy Voice—the first multilingual talking GPS (it speaks eight different languages!)—it really is like having a caddie right there TELLING you the yardage. Just an ounce in weight and 1.7-inches wide, the iPod Nano-size device clips right to your belt or hat or fits easily in your pocket and will give you yardages to the front, middle, and back of the greens with a push of a button on the face. The distances weren’t always spot on when I compared it with a laser rangefinder, but they were close enough.
The fee-free Voice comes preloaded with 35,000 worldwide courses and automatically knows what course and hole you’re on soon after turning it on (great for shotguns). About the only thing it doesn’t do is throw up grass to tell you which way the wind is blowing, but I hear they’re working on that.