Birdie or bogey? The smallest of margins

Stuart Dowsett

12 February 2024


If you think about it, the closer you get to the hole, the greater the margin for error matters.

What do we mean by this? Well, picture yourself standing on the tee of a par-5 hole. You’ve got close to 500 yards until you reach the green. You get the big stick out and hammer your driver down the middle.

At least your shot seems to start heading right down the middle. As the seconds tick by with your eyes fixed on the ball, you notice it fade a little, and come to rest on the right-hand-side of the fairway.

No harm done right? You didn’t hit it perfectly straight but it’s come to rest in a decent stretch of fairway. You might not even think about it, but the reality is your ball has travelled 5-10 yards off-center.

It might not seem like such a big deal when you’re teeing off, for many of us it’s a relief to be landing on the fairway in the first place. But being off-target to the same degree when hitting into the green can be disastrous.


Imagine a green where the flag happens to be placed close to a greenside bunker. You’ve hit a cracking shot and the ball is sailing merrily towards the pin. Unknown to you from where you stand hundreds of yards out, there’s a slight lip in the ground that the ball catches at an angle, and your stellar shot trundles into the bunker. What should have been a birdie score has just become a rather sandy bogey.

It's a horrible feeling when you feel you should be celebrating then a slight change in fortune has you very annoyed. Thankfully, with the latest golf GPS device ready to go in your bag, you’ll be fully clued up on your yardages and content to fully commit to each shot.


Golf GPS devices

When it comes to getting yardage readings on the course, most players prefer to get their readings from distance measuring devices


77% of our readers said they make use of a distance measuring device to get reliable yardage readings.

These fantastic golf GPS devices take all the uncertainty out of your game. Think how frustrating it is to have the perfect lie sitting up in the fairway but you misjudge the distance and end up either coming short or walloping your ball past the green. Our range of gadgets will give you pinpoint accuracy to the flag no matter where on the hole you’re standing.


The latest golf GPS devices

Thankfully, there’s a real variety of different kinds of GPS devices available on the market if you’re thinking of taking the plunge and adding one to your bag.


If you’ve never had one of these devices before and you’re looking for an affordable yet dependable gadget, you can’t go wrong with a handheld GPS device. These small tablets are very user-friendly and sit in the palm of your hand. They have large screens so you can easily ready the numbers and data. They can run for dozens of hours at a time, making them the ideal tool to take with you if you’re travelling from course-to-course.


You may well live-and-breathe fitness, and if convenience is a big motivator for you, you’ll find all you need in the latest line of GPS golf watches. These watches have bright and clear colourful displays so you can get a real birds-eye-view of the green all from glancing at your wrist. If you’re a visual person, having a detailed map of the green ahead of each shot will be a real help to you, especially if you can’t quite see it when you’re midway down the hole!


If you’re a very skilled player and appreciate how the slightest margin and slope can affect your score, you’ll want to head out with a laser rangefinder device. The tech in these gadgets is sublime. You simply pick them up and look through, then focus your aim on the flagstick. Once you’ve focused on the flag it will give you a slight vibration to confirm it’s picked out the right target. This cutting-edge tech is a superb choice if you can’t get away from the golf course and you want to play your best shot every time!

If you’re looking for a Golf GPS to add to your arsenal but you’re uncertain of what to look for or which one will best suit your game, please contact us in the pro shop and we’ll be happy to lend you a hand.

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