How Accurate Is GPS In A Golf App?
In golf, players use rangefinders, apps, and devices like watches to provide location details. The devices and apps help golfers to succeed in their gaming. This means that GPS accuracy can either make or break a game. Therefore, accuracy is an important element in golf apps that players depend on. In this post, we discuss GPS accuracy in golf apps:
Factors that affect GPS accuracy in golf apps
Below are some of the main factors that affect the accuracy of golf GPS accuracy.
- The quality of GPS capabilities in a phone
The golf GPS accuracy is significantly affected by the GPS capabilities of a phone. Depending on the brand and model, different phones feature varying qualities of GPS capabilities. The better the phone’s quality and its GPS capabilities, the better the accuracy and vice versa. This means that high-end phones tend to offer better accuracy than low-end phones.
The GPS of a gold app or device can be affected by the availability and unavailability of satellites in a particular area. GPS devices utilize several satellites orbiting above the earth to determine an accurate location. On average, a GPS device requires at least four satellites in line of sight so that they can give an accurate location estimation. The satellites are used to provide readings. If there are less than four satellites in line of sight, then there may be issues with accuracy. Sometimes, the device may display an error message as opposed to giving a wrong estimation.
It is also worth noting that the more the satellites, the better the triangulation and reference points are obtained. For a precise location, GPS apps and devices require 7 to 8 satellites. These satellites display a location within 10-11 yards. Additionally, the position of the satellites may also affect the accuracy of the GPS. Accuracy and precision are achieved when a set of satellites are dispersed across a large area of the sky.
The location of the device can also influence the accuracy of the GPS. For instance, it may result in something called a GPS drift. This is where the GPS track starts to deviate from its path. The loss of a signal can also affect the accuracy of the GPS. Signal obstruction by things like trees, tunnels, clothing, and even the human body can influence the device’s accuracy.
Examples of GPS accuracy for different GPS devices and apps
- Golfshot App
Golfshot App is one of the best and highest qualities of golf apps in the market. It is used on a wide range of devices like Android, Android Wear, Apple, and Apple Watches. This golf GPS app is, by far, one of the most accurate GPS apps on the market. This is one of the reasons why it is quite popular. It also provides real-time distances to the green center, back edge, front, and hazards. It contains information on more than 40000 courses. Another advantage that it offers is that it does not require membership.
- Hole19 GPS rangefinder
This is a free golf rangefinder app used by a lot of golfers. It is highly functional and also one of the most accurate gold GPSs on the market. It provides an aerial view of the hole and distance to the pin, provided on the top right of the rangefinder screen. It is easy to use. Compared with the first app mentioned above, this one is only applicable to rangefinders. However, it also functions as a golf scorecard.
- Garmin Approach G8 Golf GPS
This device is easy to use, and it comes with a wide range of features, including a GPS element. It is almost competitive with laser technology, and it comes with a clear 3-inch color display. Additionally, this handheld device is incredibly accurate. What makes this product different from the counterparts is that you can connect it with other devices, and it has wi-fi capabilities.
- Bushnell NEO XS
This is a lightweight and comfortable GPS watch. It provides numerous advantages, including strong course coverage, reasonable pricing, auto hole advance, and round start, and it is also very easy to use. It does not require any set up before use. It is also a waterproof device that is highly durable. When it comes to issues of accuracy, this GPS watch is very accurate. Compared to the other devices and apps mentioned above, this product is just as accurate. However, you have to set up the watch a week in advance so that it can initiate a search for satellites to allow for better accuracy.
- GolfBuddy voice 2 golf GPS/Rangefinder
This golf GPS is not a phone but a handheld unit. It is easy to set up, very effective, and easy to use. It offers short distance tracking, has a clear readout through voice and text. It is also lightweight because you can attach it to your body via a snap-on clip. When it comes to accuracy, the device is exceedingly accurate.
Mark Stevens, RTD Golfer and Tech Specialist