Bushnell Yardage Pro
By Snyper on 5/1/09
By Matt Snyder, oobgolf contributor

GPS is a new and hot technology in golf. Several companies are doing their best to provide golfers with pinpoint accuracy and a leg up on their competitor. Bushnell has put together a solid line of very accurate GPS rangefinders. It's time to stop spending $400 on a driver and hoping it will somehow help your game. Instead, check out these units that are guaranteed to help your score by taking the guesswork out of your round!

The most important information to any golfer is the distance from your ball to the hole. In my opinion, global positioning devices are the ultimate tools for informing players of that most important information. The Yardage Pro from Bushnell is a great option for any player who is looking for a leg up on the competition thanks to the deadly accurate yardages that GPS rangefinders offer. Bushnell makes three levels of Yardage Pros and also a smaller, more basic GPS called the Neo. The Yardage Pro XGC is the top end system that they offer. It has many of the same characteristics as the XG model, except that they XGC model has a color display. The entry level Yardage Pro is the one that I will be reviewing.

The display on the Yardage Pro is pretty basic. There is no layout of the hole or any way to choose the distances that you want to measure. It simply shows you the distance to the front, middle, and back of the green. This is typical of most entry-level GPS rangefinders. You can jump to another screen to calculate drive distances, but that requires a little effort and navigation. The display also requires you to manually change the hole number as you play. In other words, when you drive to the next tee, the GPS will continue to tell you the distance to the previous green until you push a button to go to the next hole. I found this inconvenient at first, but as IGÇÖve gotten used to it, it really is not that big of a deal. The great part about the basic black and white screen is that the batter lasts forever! I used this thing for 72 holes without any battery issue at all. That is perhaps my favorite thing about this unit. It is a major pain having to remember to plug in your GPS and charge it before every round. No need to worry about that with the Yardage Pro. It has a batter indicator on the screen that gives you plenty of warning before the battery expires. Another simple feature that most units have but bears mentioning is the digital atomic clock on the display. If you are anything like me, I am often times wondering if I am going to get my round done and be home in time to avoid getting in trouble with the Mrs. Since wearing a watch is a swing hazard, I'm usually going back and forth to my cell to check the time. Not anymore! I can leave my cell in the car and forget about it! Not the biggest technological breakthrough, but if youGÇÖre anything like me, you will find it very useful.

The only thing that I did not like about the Yardage Pro was the difficulty in navigating around the unit. There are only four buttons on the display. There is an up arrow, a down arrow, an enter button, and a page button. For certain things, you just press one of the buttons. For other options, you have to hold one of the buttons down for a certain amount of time. I found it difficult to remember which button does what and when I had to hold the button down or just press the button. Again, entry-level units are usually more basic in their navigation, but I do feel that this one leaves a little room for improvement. The good news is that as long as you are just using it for yardages to the green, you don't have to do any navigating during your round. Once you get it set up, you only have to hit the up arrow after each hole to move on to the next set of yardages.

This unit has a simple and easy to see display. It tells you the three most important yardages (front, middle, and back) with deadly accuracy. The battery life is perhaps the best part of this unit as you can easily play four rounds without worrying about hooking up the charger. You are required to purchase a subscription in order to download courses, but the charge is only $35 dollars for a 12-month subscription. The unit will only hold ten courses, but you can download a much larger number of courses to your computer for the $35 subscription. The purchase price of the Yardage Pro is $250. This is a little higher than some other competitors base models, but low enough that it is still a very affordable price for incredible technology. The Neo, which is the little brother of the Yardage Pro, is only $150. It has fewer features, but is very similar to the Yardage Pro and is definitely worth considering if you need a more affordable alternative. If you find yourself spending large amounts of money on things like drivers, wedges, golf balls, or training aides, I suggest that you instead invest in a GPS unit like the Yardage Pro or Neo that is guaranteed to make you a better player right away. Knowing exact yardages speeds up play and makes you better no matter what level of player you are. Unless you are a scratch golfer, knowing the yardages to the front, middle, and back of the green is more than enough information. Bushnell's line of Yardage Pros is an excellent alternative to the higher-priced GPS units to provide you with those exact yardages.

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SingleDigits says:
Thanks for the very informative review, Matt. Just wondering your sense of perhaps the most important aspect of the GPS... was it accurate? i.e. when it said you had 100 yds to the middle, was it actually 100 yds? Did the accuracy vary by hole and/or by course? How did you verify the accuracy?

Also, did you play better/faster with it or did it get in the way of enjoying the game?

p.s. another feature I'd find very useful is the ability to download courses while out on the course away from your computer. It's easy to forget to download a course the night before you go to a new layout, etc.
Mookie says:
I've got a Neo, and I like it. I bought it after I played a round with two women who had GPS last November, and their readings changed my club selection often, and I played way below my handicap. So I shopped, and got a $150 Neo for $100 just before Christmas. It's easy to handle, small enough for a pocket, not very demanding. It's certainly less distracting than some of the stats players keep on oobgolf. $35 per year to download up to 100 courses to your desktop, device holds 10. Mostly accurate, I'd say. When I played with my father-in-law at his club in Florida, and he named yardage from dead reckoning, the Neo was always within 5 yards of his number. I use it all the time. I may upgrade in the future, but I know I don't have to spend $450.
Mookie says:
And they recently merged with bushnell.
Flamman says:
I too have a Neo and love it. Recently played with a guy who had a bushnell range finder, and on a level lie, there was only a yard difference. I have found that the courses that I have "hand-mapped" are more accurate than the courses you can download.
jbird899 says:
I gotta make my 2 cents in for Sky Caddie. Havent had the option of comparing it to other GPS but I love it. My game has improved and I play ten times faster! Was thinking of switching to a uPro, does anyone have one? Is it better?
smeghead49 says:
Has anyone does a side-by-side comparison of GPS units? I'd like to get one but I don't want to spend a ton. $200 or less would be ideal. It doesn't need to have bells and whistles since I don't want to be more wrapped up in the gps unit than actually playing golf. Like Mookie's post, I've seen a lot of love for the Neo. However, if you look at the Bushnell yardage pro on Amazon, the people hate it. Any more recommendations?
jeffbnva says:
Has anyone seen one of the new Callaway GPS devices? It's supposed to have real-life like shots of the golf holes with yardages.

Could just be hair and makeup though. I have a SkyCaddie SG4 and love it as well. Never had any issues with it.
kidputter says:
Callaway makes the uPro. It looks awesome but the price tag is still a bit high. $399, last I checked
Snyper says:
singledigits, I think the accuracy, simplicity, and battery life are the most important things. I had a rangefinder to cross reference the yardages and I also stepped off some of the shorter yardages.

I definitely played faster and actually enjoyed the game more with the GPS. I know that I have played courses who have incorrect distances from time to time and that frustrates me to no end. With the GPS, there is no questioning. You don't have to take time to step off distances. You pull up to your ball and you instantly know the yardages.
mbills1015 says:
I have the previously reviewed Izzo GPS unit --- gives you three distances to front middle and back. Its small easy to use and set up and only costs $150 -- probably a little less on Ebay. If you don't need and or want distances to bunkers or to carry water then one of thses small yet useful devices should do the trick. It takes the guess work out of playing a round, or having to run and find a sprinkler head and walking off the yardage.
Mookie says:
I'm thinking, if you shop online for a Neo you can find one for less than $150. It gives yards to front, middle and back of every green, and gives you the choice to pinpoint other spots, such as yards to carry a creek or a trap, or the end of the fairway for a layup. Using it in combination with stakes helps figure out things like that, and I don't usually bother with that feature. I can use the shot distance feature to measure those things to remember next time. Plus, I've spent very little while the technology evolves. You gotta love that Sky Caddie actually measures the yardage by walking the course. It's the most versatile and most accurate. But hey, $450? Not me.
birdieXris says:
i have one of those little view boxes with the black lines of varying height. It cost me 99 cents. I love it.
Kolt15 says:
kidputter----- i know the uPro looks so sweet but it ccost way to much for me thats wht i have my eye on!! i think when i go to my home course im going to see if i can get a deal through them!!!!
meatball413 says:
are there any good course mapping apps for smart phones?
klangdon says:
meatball413, yes there are quite a few different apps for smart phones. alot of them also upload scores into oobgolf automatically.
ksu_FAN says:
I have FreeCaddie for my HTC Touch (smartphone). I've found it to be very accurate, easy to map courses online, and more importantly free. I just toggle between oobgolf and FreeCaddie while I play with no problems. You can pay a fee to FreeCaddie and also map hazzards and get stats, but I don't feel the need to pay $25 for it. GPS is very helpful, especially for those errant tee shots that land on the next fairway. :)
mschad says:
If you don't want to invest a lot, try mScoreCard for $20. Loads on your smartphone/blackberry and works with the internal GPS or a bluetooth GPS. I have the old iGolf (Bushnell) CaddieII and have compared with the phone app and the yardages are the same. You can map/GPS courses via the phone, or via GoogleMaps.
activesense says:
does anyone out there use a golf buddy tour? From limited reviews they sound sweet, and there are no subscription or download fees for the 20,000 courses available. Is this too good to be true? Does it live up to the hype? Does anyone want to sell one, cheap?
Senjan Golfer says:
Senjan Golfer says:
I have just purchased a Bushnell Yardage Pro and was wondering if anyone knew how to self map or hand map my home course? I was under the impression that I could do this when I bought it, but have been unable to figure out how it is done.
jpohl says:
Bushnell is offering rebates of $100 and $50 now through the end of the year. The Yardage pro XGC has a $100 rebate which brings the net price to about $150. The rebate can be gotten at GolfGPSDevice.com The Bushnell Neo has a $50 rebate bringing the net price to about $75
Century1 says:
I am also looking for a gps. I narrowed down(I think) to golfbuddy, or golfguru.
Does anyone have one to comment. I play 36 holes quite often, in one day. Sometimes at 2 differwnt courses and am concerned about battery life as well.
moodoll says:
Does anyone know if if you can keep the courses you have downloaded after the year subsription is up, and if so how do you save them from the igolf screen to your desk top.
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