Front? Back? Center? Check Your Wrist

It’s always a plus when a golf course arms its carts with state-of-the-art GPS systems, allowing you to determine exact distances to the front, center, and back of the green, as well as keep track of your score electronically. Starting April 1, you’ll be able to bring that technology to each course yourself – and it’ll fit on your wrist.

Motorola is introducing the MOTOACTV “Golf Edition,” a watch-like device with GPS tracking “on over 20,000 courses worldwide.” You can get yardages, input scores and stats, check out a satellite composite of all of your shots on a given round, plus access a few other cool features (check out this video to see it in action). The company has signed up Bubba Watson as a spokesman and priced the gizmo at $299.99 (available on Motorola and Amazon’s websites).

The clunkiness of other similar units – laser finders, handheld GPS devices, phones (which have GPS apps) – is a deterrent for many golfers, and Motorola is banking on MOTOACTV’s comfortable size. But in my opinion, the success of this device depends on how quickly data is transmitted (who wants to sit there and wait for yardages?), and the actual amount of courses covered (how annoying would it be to buy MOTOACTV and find that courses you play are not included?). The price is reasonable in comparison with other golf equipment, so if you’re looking for an all-in-one, interactive yardage/scorekeeping device, the MOTOACTV might be worth checking out.

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