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    Re: Hand Held GPS Systems, are they too advanced / expensive

    Quote Originally Posted by upsidedown View Post
    How about the 6 , around £170
    I already have a G6, albeit a bit knackered

    should I just buy a non knackered one?

    Is it the only reasonably priced GPS on the planet that can live up to my average expectations?

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    Re: Hand Held GPS Systems, are they too advanced / expensive

    Was having a look and a straight replacement was the best option close to budget. Everything else with the things you requested is way beyond budget or second hand.

    What's yours doing anyway? Maybe something that could be repaired?

    Only other thing that ticks all you functionality boxes in budget is a phone app which you've ruled out.

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    Re: Hand Held GPS Systems, are they too advanced / expensive

    Quote Originally Posted by paddyk View Post
    I think one or the other is enough. both have pros and cons. I can't really think of a situation where I also wish I'd had gps
    I also combine both. Laser can't see over mounds or dunes. Very useful having both is my honest opinion but each to their own.
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    Re: Hand Held GPS Systems, are they too advanced / expensive

    I also use both laser and gps. Will use both every round at my home course too. Get yourself another G6. Can't see how anything more expensive could be better. I love mine, does everything you need. 👍🏻
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    Re: Hand Held GPS Systems, are they too advanced / expensive

    Given the current cost of a replacement is it not worth investigating the repair cost. When my Sky caddie needed a very small repair they offered me £75 of a newer model instead of the repair. Not that I accepted, bought a G6 instead.

    Have you considered getting something like an Izzo at under £100 and buying course planners.

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    Re: Hand Held GPS Systems, are they too advanced / expensive

    Quote Originally Posted by PhilTheFragger View Post
    ... albeit a bit knackered...
    Would seem to be very appropriate!

    I can remember the days, not all that long ago, when the greenkeppers were told to take the 150yd stakes (the only concession to indicating distance) out for comps! And I still practice picking yardage by eye - before checking the actual yardage! I was, however, a very early advocate for the use of Rangefinders - purely for the added confidence knowledge of the actual distance gives!

    So stop acting like a wimp, wanting a picture of the course/hole - at least on your home course! If you really must have one, pay the subscription for your choice of SkyCaddie or (if you also use a trolley with basket) get a booster for your choice of phone app!
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    Re: Hand Held GPS Systems, are they too advanced / expensive

    I downloaded the free Motocaddy app as suggested on here, and it is absolutely fantastic

    It used 15% of my phone battery in a 3.5hr round, and the yardages were as good as on my mates £300 dedicated golf GPS which he had linked to his watch.

    I was very impressed
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    Re: Hand Held GPS Systems, are they too advanced / expensive

    Quote Originally Posted by medwayjon View Post
    I downloaded the free Motocaddy app as suggested on here, and it is absolutely fantastic

    It used 15% of my phone battery in a 3.5hr round, and the yardages were as good as on my mates £300 dedicated golf GPS which he had linked to his watch.

    I was very impressed
    Just downloaded this. Have a USB charging port on my trolley too...so hopefully will never run out of juice!
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    Re: Hand Held GPS Systems, are they too advanced / expensive

    Quote Originally Posted by PhilTheFragger View Post
    I have a Garmin Approach G6, had it for a couple of years now and its started playing up, done a reset and it hasnt helped, so looking out there for a possible replacement.

    I dont want a watch, I just want a hand held that fits into my pocket and can give me distances to green, bunkers, ponds etc

    looking online, there are units costing upwards of £325 which link to apps which seem to do everything including making the tea.far too complicated for the likes of little old me and far too expensive.

    I like a picture of the hole rather than just stats for front middle back and of the green and dont want to pay an annual fee, neither do I want to use my phone.

    Dont want much do I.

    budget is about £150, what would you be looking at?
    What was the reason you didn't want to use your phone? (Sorry if I missed it.) Hole 19 will do pretty much what you want, and it won't cost you a penny.
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    Re: Hand Held GPS Systems, are they too advanced / expensive

    reason I dont want to use my phone is that it is constantly buzzing with messages about work, family etc and Golf is my escape time from that
    im guessing that airplane mode switches off the gps too, unless there is some other magic switch to disable everything bar the gps on an Iphone 7

    Managed to pick up a 2nd hand G6 on gumtree yesterday for £70, should be with me tomorrow, if the old one gets fixed, I can always move it along
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