SkyCaddie SGX: Learn More About Your Game

SkyCaddie-SGX_600 ORLANDO, Fla. — I have been a huge fan of laser rangefinders and golf GPS devices for a long time. Anything that helps me play faster and make better decisions on the course is welcome on my bag. SkyGolf, maker of some of the most popular GPS units, is set to release the SkyCaddie SGX, and I think I'm in love. The SGX is about the same size and weight as a cell phone, comes pre-loaded with about 30,000 courses, and has a vivid 3-inch color screen that's easy to read in bright sunlight. It has an omnidirectional antenna, which locks onto multiple satellites and works even when you're under trees or dense foliage. The rechargeable battery lasts up to 14 hours. As you approach a green, the screen rotates itself to your position and provides yardages to the front, middle and back. But the coolest new feature developed by SkyGolf is SmartClub Tags, a set of three-gram plugs that attach to the end of your grips. Sold separately in packs of four or 14, the tags wirelessly communicate with the SGX and let the device know exactly which club you've pulled from your bag. This technology makes tracking every shot almost effortless. After your round is complete, you will have a digital scorecard; tour-caliber stats including greens in regulation, fairways hit and total putts; and a very accurate gauge of how far you hit each club. SkyGolf has created a new Web site, Club SG, designed to let golfers share the information gathered by their SGX units. The SGX will be available starting in April for $399, plus an annual fee that covers course updates. The price for the SmartClub Tags was not available. Related: Follow David Dusek on Twitter(Photo by David Walberg/SI)