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DUFF TEST: Bushnell Neo XS Rangefinder Watch


Golf GPS rangefinders come in all shapes and sizes these days, each equipped with features that would make Magellan blush. The fine folks at Bushnell have been a leader in this department for quite some time, so it should come as no surprise that their new Neo XS Rangefinder watch is very likely the best golf gadget on the market today. I had the opportunity to test out the Bushnell Neo XS Rangefinder watch this week and was incredibly impressed with its functionality, appearance and design. Before I go any further, however, I must admit that I have not yet tested the watch during a round of golf. But I will soon. So shut up.


If you're familiar with last year's Neo Rangefinder watch from Bushnell, you've got the basics down as to what this year's model can offer. However, the 2014 version raises the bar on what a rangefinder should be able to do. The Bushnell Neo XS Rangefinder comes pre-loaded with over 33,000 golf courses in more than 30 countries, can hold a battery charge for 3 rounds of golf (and TWO YEARS of normal use), and has a new rounded watch face and redesigned band. Its face is easy to read and the watch is available in black or white coloring.


Simply put, the Bushnell Neo XS Rangefinder is the best golf GPS unit I have ever used. While it does not feature hole fly-overs or pictures, the sheer convenience of having a detailed yardage "caddy" on your wrist cannot be overstated. As with last year's model, you will never need to check sprinkler heads or yardage markers again. The 2014 upgrade takes yardage details to a new level by providing info on bunkers and hazards throughout your round. The watch is fully hands-off and automatically detects which hole you are on. It is simply amazing.

Why You Should Buy This Watch

Because you play golf. That's it. There's absolutely no reason why you wouldn't benefit from having this device. Would you pay $200 to never have to worry about yardage again? Yes. The answer is yes.

You don't even have to worry about the legality of rangefinders anymore.

Why You Should Not Buy This Watch

All kidding aside, I suppose there are those people who want to keep it "old school" and rely on yardage markers or books. I would not hang out with those people, but that doesn't mean they don't exist. Otherwise, stop being stubborn and pick one of these up.

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