If you (or someone you love) is serious about their golf game, then you probably know a bit about the gear. The clubs, the training apps, not to mention the original wearables like various gloves and shoes and glasses. Today, we’re looking at the new sort of wearable, one that can probably do more for you than most other additions to your game. Much like your golf game, this company adapted to a lot of changes in technology and found a niche alongside the competition.
The TomTom Golfer 2 is the latest addition to their lineup of sports-focused watches, and this time they brought their core capability to the table, adding GPS to the feature set. We checked out the TomTom Runner a couple of years ago, and they share a bit in the looks department. They’ve improved the battery life, up to 11 hours, but it’s still waterproof unlike much of the competition and comfortable too. The display is still black and white, with a resolution that won’t impress anyone, and it doesn’t offer the same sorts of functions that your general smartwatch does, instead simplifying the clutter. The Golfer 2 won’t be controlling your camera or helping take your phone calls. It doesn’t even have a touch screen, and you’ll use an unusual old-school directional controller to enter commands and navigate menus.
One of the other important upgrades over the first edition is auto shot detection and scoring, which should help keep track of your game without you needing to go through quite so much hassle. In our tests, it didn’t work as well as we hoped, as it regularly picked up other movements like practice shots and mis-interpreted them. More impressive was the incredible library of courses, with a ton of detail- so you can identify hazards and the best approach to the green. The connected free app (we tested on iOS but an Android version is also available) boasts some nifty stroke analysis and great data analytics, and you’ll need to create a free account which only takes a couple of minutes. And, though the Golfer 2 is not a full fitness tracker, you can get a pretty accurate step count from the system too.
Overall, the Golfer 2 might be the most appealing sport-specialized wearable we’ve tried. It’s easy to read, even in the daylight, and was durable enough to handle being thrown in a bag. We might not want to wear it every day, but we’d certainly wear it for every golf session. The lack of other buttons might seem strange at first, but there’s no protrusions to irritate you while swinging. And in case you’re worried about out-of-date information, there are daily updates to courses, delivered free of charge with no subscription necessary. Available for $249 online and in stores, the TomTom Runner 2 brings GPS, shot detection, and much more to your wrist- and is the perfect gift for the golf lover in your family this holiday season.