Golf widows have yet another reason to be sad. Their husbands will probably spend even more time on the golf course after getting TomTom’s new GPS smartwatch.
Knowing how large are the areas golf courses usually cover, playing this sport without a GPS doesn’t seem to make much sense. And to think that modern golf originated in 15th-century Scotland! Considered a sport for the rich (poor people don’t have the luxury of getting that bored), golf is not an activity for people lacking patiences. After all, depending on the skill of the players, a match can take between 4 and 6 hours. Since a GPS smartwatch could reduce that time drastically, what was that about husbands spending more time on the golf course? Well, with the TomTom Golfer GPS smartwatch around their wrist, they’ll surely need a bit to brag about it and show it off.
Corinne Vigreux, managing director of TomTom Consumer, explained that “Understanding the challenges ahead will help golfers to improve their score. The TomTom Golfer provides at-a-glance graphics to critical course data helping golfers to make smarter decisions and improve how they play.”
It’s interesting how smartwatch manufacturers (or GPS manufacturers, in this case) find a niche they can exploit without fearing the competition. There’s plenty of such wearables with fitness tracking capabilities out there, but not many can tell you where exactly you are located on a golf course. You guessed it, TomTom Golfer can do that simply by correlating the data from the GPS sensor with the 34,000 preloaded golf courses from all over the world (didn’t even know there were so many!).
In terms of technical specs, the TomTom Golfer is not exactly spectacular. It sports a 22x25mm (1.29 inches) display with a 144×168 resolution. With the GPS function turned on, the battery life is said to last up to 10 hours, which is a lot more than the duration of a golf match. That is, unless winning golfers give losers a new chance in the form of a return match.
The following video is in German, but it should give you an idea about how the TomTom Golfer smartwatch looks and works in real life:
TomTom Golfer can be pre-ordered now on the company’s website. At the equivalent of $325, it’s among the most expensive smartwatches out there, but anyone affording to play golf will most probably afford buying gadgets like this one.