IZZO Swami 1500 Golf GPS Unit
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- Golf GPS unit for beginner to intermediate golfers for calculating distance to the front, center, and back of the green
- Stores up to 10 courses at a time; compatible with more than 12,000 U.S. courses
- Fast Insta-Lok technology; large easy-to-read display and 4 intuitive buttons
- Easy-to-use PC connection for downloads and charging; rechargeable lithium battery
- Runs for at least 12 hours per charge; measures 3.75 by 1 by 2 inches (W x H x D)
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Golf is a game of precision, so why depend on ballpark guesses when estimating the distance to the green? Enter the Izzo Swami 1500, a fully featured golf GPS unit that offers everything you need to approach the pin with confidence. Powered by the latest SIRFStar III chip and equipped with Insta-Lok technology, the Swami instantly calculates the distance to the front, center, and back of the green on more than 19,000 courses across the U.S. and Canada, turning your golf game from piffling to precise. The Swami is easier to use and more accurate than a laser rangefinder. That's because the Swami measures distances without requiring a direct line of sight to the target, while a laser rangefinder can only measure to the flagstick or other defined objects within its sight. Plus, a rangefinder's accuracy is highly dependent on how far you are from the target, whereas the Swami's GPS technology is accurate to within a few feet. Most importantly, the Swami simply helps you play better golf. When you know the exact distance to the flag and the borders of the green, you can pick the right club for the distance and do it faster. No more wasting time searching for yardstick markers or sprinkler heads. Just upload the course from the online Swami Map Manager (subscription required) before your round, stand under an open sky, and the Swami's Insta-Lok technology does the rest, locking in the correct yardage to a target with minimal lag time. Even when riding in a cart, the yardage changes instantly.
The Swami stores up to 10 courses at a time and automatically recognizes the course you're playing upon powering up. The Swami is also a breeze to use, with intuitive buttons and a large display that allows you to quickly cycle from hole to hole. And even though the Swami is precise and user-friendly, it costs about half to a third as much as most other golf GPS systems. That's because Izzo streamlined the latest technology while maintaining only the most vital features in an effort to make the Swami more affordable. The navigator is built using the same state-of-the-art technology as the highest-end GPS units, but without the costly bells and whistles that most golfers don't really need or use.
The Swami is perfectly legal to use in many handicaps and tournaments, as both the USGA and the R&A have allowed the use of distance measuring devices when the local governing committee permits it. Users should always check with the local golf pro if the event is a USGA-sanctioned tournament before using the Swami on the course. Other features include an easy-to-use PC connection for downloads and charging; a rechargeable lithium battery that runs for a minimum of 12 hours per charge; a water-resistant housing; and OS compatibility with Windows 2000, XP, and Vista. The Swami 1500, which measures 3.75 by 1 by 2 inches (W x H x D), carries a 90-day warranty.
- Insta-Lok technology provides accurate distance information to the front, center, and back of the green
- Large, easy-to-read display
- 4 simple-to-use buttons
- 19,000 courses available (U.S. and Canada only)
- Stores up to 10 courses at a time
- Automatic course recognition on power up
- SIRFstar III technology
- Simple, easy PC connection for downloads and charging
- Rechargeable lithium battery included
- Runs for a minimum of 12 hours without recharging
- Measures 3.75 by 1 by 2 inches (W x H x D)
|The compact Swami 1500 includes a belt clip, USB cable, quick-start instructions|
What's in the Box?
Swami 1500, belt clip, USB cable, quick-start guide.
Note: An initial $9.99 activation fee is required to download course maps. With this fee you will receive unlimited course downloads for one full year from the time of your activation. After one year, you are not required to reactivate. If you choose not to reactivate, courses loaded on your Swami will remain on the unit; however, you will not receive course updates or be able to download new courses to your unit unless the activation fee is renewed.
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Staying Linked in on the Links
Having a golf GPS unit in your bag is a bit like playing with your very own PGA-quality caddie. These little electronic wonders have evolved a great deal since the USGA deemed them legal for tournament play in 2005. Most models these days can provide you with quick and accurate information regarding distance to the hole and other targets and hazards; length of prior shots (often storable for future reference); course layout; distance to the front, middle, and back of the green; and more.
With a wide range of golf GPS device, feature, and subscription choices available on the market today, finding one that's right for you can be like finding the middle of the fairway when the winds are swirling. Amazon.com has put together a list of the top GPS units and their key specifications, below, to help you select your ideal model.
|Navigating Your Options|
|Unit||Available Courses/Capacity||Membership Fees||Screen||Battery Type/Life|
|Bushnell Golf GPS 368100 Yardage Pro||12,000 (download up to 100 annually)/10||$34.99 annually||Black and white backlit LCD||Rechargeable lithium ion/16 hours|
|Bushnell Neo Golf GPS||12,000 (download up to 100 annually)/10||$34.99 annually||2.1-inch, black and white backlit LCD||Rechargeable lithium ion/16 hours|
|Bushnell Yardage Pro Golf GPS||12,000 (download up to 100 annually)/10||$34.99 annually||Black and white backlit LCD||Rechargeable lithium ion/16 hours|
|Bushnell Yardage Pro XG Golf GPS||12,000 (download up to 100 annually)/20||$34.99 annually||2.2-inch, high-contrast black and white LCD||Rechargeable lithium ion/16 hours|
|Bushnell Yardage Pro XGC Golf GPS||12,000 (download up to 100 annually)||$34.99 annually||2.2-inch, high-resolution backlit color LCD||Rechargeable lithium ion/16 hours|
|Callaway Golf uPro Golf GPS||18,000/50||None||320x240 high-resolution color LCD||Rechargeable lithium ion/12 hours|
|Callaway Golf uPro Go GPS||18,000 pre-loaded||One-time $49.99 activation fee||240x320 high-resolution color LCD||Rechargeable lithium ion/10-12 hours|
|Garmin Approach G3 GPS-Enabled Golf Handheld||12,000/unlimited||None||160x240 transflective color TFT touchscreen||Two AA batteries/up to 15 hours using NiMH or lithium|
|Garmin Approach G5 GPS-Enabled Golf Handheld||12,000/unlimited||None||240x400 transflective color TFT touchscreen||Two AA batteries/up to 15 hours using NiMH or lithium|
|GolfBuddy Plus GPS Rangefinder||Over 14,000/1,000||None||High-resolution black/white LCD||Rechargeable lithium-polymer|
|Golf Buddy Pro GPS Range Finder||All available courses in North America/20,000||None||High-resolution black/white LCD||Rechargeable lithium-polymer with AAA backup|
|Golf Buddy Tour GPS Range Finder||All available courses in North America/20,000||None||Backlit color LCD||Rechargeable lithium-polymer with AAA backup/14 hours|
|GolfLogix GPS by Garmin (2008 Model)||15,000/20||$39.95 annually||1.25-by-2.25-inch backlit black and white LCD||Two AA/22 hours|
|GolfLogix GPS Smart Phone Membership and Ultimate Retail Accessory Kit||24,000/varies by smartphone||$39.95 annually||N/A||N/A|
|GPS Golf Guru 4 Precise GPS/PDA Golf Rangefinder with Multi-application capabilities||20,000/200||None||3.5-inch full color touchscreen||Rechargeable/14 hours|
|IZZO Swami 1500 Golf GPS Unit||12,000/10||$9.99 annually||Black and white LCD||Rechargeable lithium ion/12 hours|
|OnPar Golf Touchscreen GPS||13,000/300||None||Full color backlit touchscreen||Rechargeable lithium ion|
|SkyCaddie SG2.5 Golf GPS (Black)||16,000/varies based on membership plan||$29.95-129.95 annually, depending on plan||120x80 backlit black and white LCD||Rechargeable lithium ion/14 hours|
|Sky Caddie SG3.5V GPS Unit||16,000/20||$29.95-129.95 annually, depending on plan||High-resolution 2.2-inch backlit color LCD||Three AAA|
|SkyCaddie SG5 Golf GPS (Black)||16,000/10||$29.95-129.95 annually, depending on plan||220x176 high-resolution backlit color LCD||Rechargeable lithium ion/14 hours|
|SkyCaddie SGX Golf GPS||30,000 pre-loaded||$29.95-129.95 annually, depending on plan||Three-inch, high-resolution transflective TFT-LCD screen||Rechargeable lithium ion/14 hours|
|Sonocaddie Auto Play Golf GPS||Pre-loaded with 18,000/30,000||None||220x176 high-resolution backlit color LCD||Rechargeable lithium ion/12 hours|
|Sonocaddie V300 Color GPS Unit||22,000/30||One-time $29.95 or $49.95 fee, depending on plan, or $5 per course after first five free downloads||2.2-inch high-resolution backlit color LCD||Rechargeable lithium ion/15 hours|
|Sonocaddie XV2 Personal Golf GPS||22,000/20||One-time $29.95 or $49.95 fee, depending on plan, or $5 per course after first five free downloads||Black and white LCD||Three AAA/10 hours|
|Sureshot GPS Golf System||14,000/10||$29.95-199.95 annually, depending on plan||Full color backlit LCD||Rechargeable lithium ion/typically lasts for 36 holes|
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Top customer reviews
The unit takes about 90 seconds to start up. I agree with a previous comment, as soon as you park, turn on your unit. The unit shows the distance to the front, center, and back of the green. It doesn't not show a map or distance to hazards, you will need something else if this is what you desire. The yardage appears to be accurate within a few yards (1-3) based on the 2 courses I've checked.
-loads courses quickly and easily
-fits in pocket, about the size of a cell phone
-can charge with computer or wall unit (at least the one I bought had a wall unit charger)
-cannot clip unit on belt upside down, would be great if you could, it would make it easy to see
-no cover for USB connection (I'm worried about it getting wet), hopefully, they will add a small cover similar to one you have on a cell phone.
If you are the weekend/semi-serious golfer who would like to know your yardage a little more accurately than stepping off the yardage, this is your gps. You aren't going to break the bank and you will get a better idea of your yardages for sure.
The first course I played the accuracy was off by hundreds of yards on every hole. I was pretty disappointed however I realized that the course had been redesigned in 1997 and the map was probably just outdated. I have put in a request to have the nice people at IZZO to remap it. Just to make sure that the device was working properly and I went to another local course and stood on the first tee and sure enough the numbers were spot on.
I am impressed at how fast the yardages come up, easy to read. However the thing I have been most impressed with is IZZO customer service. I love the fact that it only costs 10 bucks a year and all three of my requests were made within 48hrs. That just doesn't happen with too many companies now a days.
I couldn't be happier and all the other reviews on here saying how good the customer service is ultimately made my decision to go with SWAMI over the Bushnell Neo much easier. I am happy with my purchase especially for the price!
As you approach a green, you don't really need to know the precise measurement to the center of the stick down to the millimeter, do you? Because, even if you knew that magic number, your chance of hitting the mark is, what shall we say? Slight.
You basically need some simple info: How many YARDS to the center (or front or back) of the green so that you can choose the appropriate iron or wood for your approach shot.
Swami will do that for you and in a super-compact package that's easy to actually USE on your favorite golf course.
You can clip the Swami to your belt & take a quick glance at your yardage as needed or leave it on the golf cart for a rough approximation of your distance to the green. The numbers are big & easy to read (even in bright sun) & it's a cinch to download your 10 favorite courses into the unit before even hitting the links (via the internet--it's a very simple, intuitive process. No geek certificate required).
Swami's Golf GPS is extremely affordable (NO SUBSCRIPTION NEEDED, like other models; an optional one is available at $10/year). It's also easy to use, very portable, and will definitely help you improve your game & get a good feel for "eyeballing" yardages.
How good is it, really? Well, after my husband and I used our Swami for a few rounds, we came back to Amazon and bought two more for a couple of our golfing friends.
Highly recommended for its elegant simplicity!