2011 Buyer's Guide Accessories

Golf equipment isn't just clubs and balls

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While it's true that most of your playing time is spent sizing up a shot and hitting it, to become a better player, you need more than just the latest clubs, shafts and balls. Consider the often-overlooked category of accessories. While it might be easy to write it off as a bunch of gadgets, look closer and you'll see that each of the following items will not only help you play better, but also enjoy the game that much more. And, really, who can argue with that?

Approach S1
Want to know how far away you are from the front, middle and back of the green, but don't want to carry a GPS unit? It's Garmin to the rescue. The new waterproof Approach S1 GPS watch provides you with those yardages, plus it measures your shot's distance and has a built-in odometer so you can measure how far you've walked. It comes with more than 15,000 preloaded U.S. and Canadian golf courses. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery lasts eight hours in GPS mode and three weeks in regular watch mode. The next time you play, the watch stays on!
garmin.com | $249
The new, high-resolution, color, touch-screen GolfBuddy World comes preloaded with 30,000 worldwide courses and with the capacity to hold another 10,000. Features a full layout view of each hole plus an overhead view from tee to green. Want to know the distance to the pin? Touch the screen, zoom in and adjust the pin placement. This Touch Point Technology also provides users with an instant yardage reading from the ball to the green. Other features include a digital scorecard, statistical analysis and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, all in a shock- and water-resistant casing.
golfbuddyglobal.com | $299
This unit comes preloaded with basic icon-based hole layouts for over 16,000 U.S. courses. It can be used right out of the box with no downloading and no fees. Optional full Layout view is available along with the satellite photos available in two memberships- the Birdie provides 16,000 US color Layout and Satellite Imagery for $29.95 and the Eagle membership gives over 28,000 Worldwide layouts and satellite imagery for $49.95.
sonocaddie.com | $199

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