Mike Walsh is an avid golfer and a professional product reviewer that joined us last year and has reviewed over 100 different golf products since then…

SGX Skycaddie Review by Mike Walsh

My Overall Rating:
Skycaddie SGX Golf GPS Device Review, by Mike Walsh
The Skycaddie SGX GPS from SkyGolf is simply amazing. It is specially designed to combine high quality graphics with advanced satellite technology for unparalleled accuracy when it comes to distances to the green (front, middle and back), as well as yardages to various hazards and yardages to clear such hazards so your ball does not wind up there and you wind up out of the hole and in a bad mood on the course.
It is extremely durable and quite attractive looking as you can see to the left.  Its vivid color display is much better than other black and white models I have played with and it is easy to read in the bright sunlight or on a cloudy day.  I have been playing golf now for over 20 years and it has been a labor of love getting down to a 1-handicap.  I say this not to brag, but to show you I know what I am talking about when it comes to golf.  I have tried all types of rangefinders, laser shooters and all the best golf GPS devices on the market.

In addition, I have scour hundreds of other Skycaddie SGX reviews and I have read the good, the bad and everything in between.  So, when I went out to test drive the SGX Skycaddie in preparation for my detailed review, I was aware of all the pros and cons related to it.  I will summarize these below.

However, before we go any further, I thought since I know everyone loves pictures and video, I would show you a quick little video on the Skycaddie SGX, so you can visualize what I am talking about when I get into my Skycaddie SGX review below:

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The one thing to note in the video which kind of goes unnoticed is that a lot of GPS units rely on satellite imagery to determine their yardages.  Not Skycaddie.  They have walked almost every course in the country (and most of the world) and have extremely accurate yardages.  I have tested most of their yardages as I walked them off to determine their accuracy and have found them to be extreeeeemly accurate.  Maybe my walking gate is right on with their yardages!!!  LOL!!!

Another thing that I absolutely love about the SGX is that it already comes preloaded out of the box with over 30,000 cources on it!!!  No syncing up to the pc and setting up an account to get the courses you play on there.  This is done and dusted for you right out of the box!!!

Now, you can log on and track your scores and stats that you recorded during the round but you don’t have to if you don’t want to and that is the best feature of the SGX.

Let’s take a look at all of the Skycaddie SGX’s features.

  • 3-Inch, High Resolution Vivid Color Display
  • Dual Navigation leads to precision accuracy (I’ve tested)
  • 30,000 Pre-loaded courses!!!
  • Yardages to greens, hazards and layups
  • Interactive HoleVue with Zoom (Nice feature!!)
  • Intelligreen feature for detailed Green features and pin locations
  • Ability to measure any shot to know how far you hit all your clubs
  • Digital scorecard and stat tracking
  • Full line of accessories and customer support
  • If you would like to buy the SGX, you can get it on sale now at Amazon through this link.

Overall, I have used and tried almost every popular golf GPS unit on the market since they were introduced.  I have to say that the SGX is bar far the best one I have tried.  It is among the most expensive on the market, but well worth every penny for the avid golfer.  Yes it is among the most expensive and if it exceeds your budget, take a look at some of the others I have reviewed on this site and add them to your bag.

Let me show you what current owners have to say about it.

love it – I use it every hole multiple times – I had tried the Bushnell Yardage Pro XGC – but it didn’t have all the features of my new SGX – the green view – and ability to manipulate yardage is simple hands down the best in the field. You can do so much more with a GPS unit than a laser – and it is accurate as my Bushnell Laser.

Review paraphrased for size, see the full review and others here

Here’s another one I found to be pretty accurate and gives some insight on comparing the Skycaddie SGX to the Callaway Upro:

I initially purchased the Callaway Upro GPS thinking that it was a good deal because you don’t have to purchase a subscription. Then i realized that i had to purchase 150 bucks worth of credits to get the courses down to a reasonable rate. That is 5 years worth of state subscription or 3 years worth of nationwide. Considering the flimsy feel of the callaway i didn’t think it would last that long. i played 2 rounds with the callway and immediately noticed that the yardages were off by about 5 yards. I thought the markers on the course could be off to I stood in the middle of the green and it would tell me i was 5-7 yards away. same for front and back of the greens. Also, the screen is very small.

Onto the Skycaddie SGX. First off, it is very solidly built and comes with a very nice case and screen protectors. I couldn’t get the sync to work at first. I unplugged and and restarted a couple of times and then it synced and updated the firmware. After that it syncs the first time every time. It has a very large screen that is easy to read in the sunlight and the battery goes down about 30% per round. You can easily play 36 holes with no recharge. The GPS is very accurate, and the intelligreen feature rotates the green to show you distance to front back and middle from your angle of play. The course i played actually showed major dips and false fronts. The coolest feature is the score keeping and stat tracking. Input your score and when you sync your stats are uploaded on to a web page that you and your buddies can view. Very fun.

Review paraphrased for size, see the full review and others here

My Conclusion:

So, basically, I have give you a stellar review of the SGX.  The unit is for the serious golfer who is ready to take their game to the next level and needs a device that has all the features an avid golfer would need in a GPS device.

The SGX is not for the 2-3 round per year golfer who will not utilize all its amazing features and spend premium dinero and not use all the functions.

I have summarized the best and worst points about the SGX below:

The Good
  • Great Durable Device that has great Video Display
  • 30,000 Courses Preloaded – Ready to work out of the box!!!
  • Easy Navigation and deadly accurate…
  • Intelligreen feature to see yardages to any spot on the green or hazards
  • Able to input scores and stats and track on the computer.
The Bad
  • Somewhat cumbersome syncing interface
  • Pricey at almost $400, but definitely worth it!!!
  • No more excuses when YOU Screw UP!!!!  LOL!!!
So, there you have it, I hope you enjoyed my review, please feel free to leave any comments or questions below and I will be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have before you make your purchase of a GPS unit…
Keep it in the short grass.
Mike
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