In the very near future, I will be receiving a SkyCaddie® SX500 GPS unit from SkyGolf® to test and review. Early indications are that the SX500 GPS is a premier piece of technology that is designed for the sole purpose of allowing golfers to play better golf. A GPS unit with vivid graphics and a plethora of features like “SkyCaddie PinPoint®
technology”, “IntelliGreen® technology”, and their patented “Dynamic HoleVue™” offers golfers a lot of technology for their golfer buck.
As an introduction to the testing and consequent review of the SkyCaddie SX500 I would love to take this opportunity to share a press release from Tracy Nackel from public relations firm TEN Marketing & PR. The following press release will give more insight and details about the SkyCaddie SX500.
RIDGELAND, MS, October 25, 2018… In commemoration of the company’s 20th Anniversary and in appreciation of its over 1 million customers, SkyGolf®, maker of SkyCaddie®, the most trusted Rangefinder in Golf, recently released its Limited Edition SkyCaddie SX500 GPS handheld with much acclaim. The SX500 is powerful, reliable, ruggedized, packed with stroke-saving technology and delivered with the largest and most visually stunning display among distance measuring devices in golf.
“Since 1998, SkyGolf has been dedicated to pioneering the use of GPS products to help golfers to improve their game. SkyCaddie is known for its accuracy and dedication to course mapping on the same ground golfer’s play rather than thousands of miles away on a computer. We believe that golfers can play better, play faster and have more fun, but only if they have distances they can trust in a readable, easy-to-use and intuitive interface,” said Jacqui Surman, SkyGolf Senior VP and COO. “We want golfers to play up to their full potential and have fun, too. So, we combined our twenty years of experience with the comments and suggestions of our many loyal customers to create what we believe is the best SkyCaddie Handheld GPS ever. And our customers must think so as well because we sold out immediately and in spite of increasing our manufacturing, orders have grown even faster.”
Here are just a few comments from those who ordered theirs early.
“The SX500 talks the language of golf and answers the questions you were about to ask.” – L. Nicoll, first time user
“The features and screen size make the SX500 a true yardage book replacement. After 42 holes of golf, I still had 66% battery life left. The screen was readable even wearing sunglasses.” – T. Hoyer, SkyCaddie user for 11 years
“SX500 sets the new standard for golf distance measuring devices. I love it! It’s simple to use, with a clear display, even in bright sunlight. Start-up is quick: it’s easy to set up your round and update course maps via Wi-Fi. Accuracy is superb. You can see everything about the hole you’re playing laid out in front of you, especially hazards which are hidden by mounds or in fairway dips.” – L. Loberman, SkyCaddie user for 7 years
“The SX500 is Awesome, Large screen easy to use, recharges fast, charges last longer. Played two full rounds still had 57% battery. Accurate. And best customer support in the industry.” – P. Shepperley, SkyCaddie user for 12 years.
With its 5-inch, full high-definition touch screen driven by an ultra-fast multi-core processor, the SkyCaddie® SX500 is the most powerful way to measure yardage while providing the very best view in golf with vivid graphics and super large numbers you can easily read and most importantly…TRUST!
It is loaded with powerful, but easy-to-use new features including: SkyCaddie PinPoint® technology to support distances to daily pin positions; Dynamic HoleVue™ re-orients the entire highly-detailed hole map, automatically, so golfers can now see the entire hole from their point-of-view; HoleVue® Plus providing easy “pinch and zoom” access to up to 40 geo-referenced integrated targets per hole; and Dynamic RangeVue® providing customized ranging rings to match up with a golfer’s personal club ranges.
The SkyCaddie® SX500 comes in a highly water-resistant, rugged design to stand up to most anything that comes its way on the course. With the largest battery in the industry, the SX500 is ready for an extra round or two. Using multi-constellation navigation satellite systems, the SX500 provides enhanced accuracy and overall better performance under tough conditions or tree cover.
Wi-Fi connectivity cuts the cord to streamline application updates and allows golfer to get the latest course information on demand without connecting to a computer. The SkyCaddie® SX500 comes preloaded and “ready-to-play” with over 35,000 ground-verified, error-corrected courses without the short-cuts taken by the competition. Only SkyCaddie walks each course to record thousands of points with sub-meter precision that allows golfers to know and trust critical distances and manage their game better. The powerful design of the SX500 includes a host of Intelligent Automation™ features such as Auto-Course Selection, Auto-Hole Advance, Auto-Zoom, Auto-Distance, Auto Green Depth and Rotating Auto-View making it touch-free from the parking lot to the 19th hole.
The SX500 provides a host of “patented” technology developed by SkyCaddie to help its customers play golf like a Pro. With SkyCaddie’s patented IntelliGreen® technology, the exact shape of the green automatically rotates to match your angle of approach to provide all of the distances you need to hit more greens and avoid 3-putts. This proprietary feature gives you a chance to turn every shot into a scoring opportunity by providing front carry and back distances, depth of green, and distances to any other point on the green — simultaneously. Available on select courses, IntelliGreen® Pro is a dynamically-enhanced version of IntelliGreen that adds the ability to display major tiers, contours, false fronts, and mounds from your angle of approach to the green.
Only available on the SX500, the new and patented Dynamic HoleVue™ feature rotates the fairway and orients the green from your current position and angle of attack as you move from the tee to the green. Now, you see everything between you and the green instantly without touching a button and get the distances you need to avoid hazards and play your best golf. The group behind will play through if you try that with a laser!
With the SkyCaddie® SX500, you learn quickly how far you hit each club. Customize
RangeVue® by entering your personal club yardages. Then as you play, you will see your club range next to the RangeVue ring on every part of the course for much improved shotmaking to fairways, layups and greens. RangeVue® with Club Ranges provides added confidence on every shot to avoid hazards and dial-in approach shots for more birdie putts.
SkyCaddie PinPoint® will obsolete lasers by providing the ability to get distances to the pin while getting all the benefits of IntelliGreen. Simply enter pin sheet or zone information into the SkyCaddie® SX500 to get distances to the hole, front, center and back PLUS the depth and true shape green… AND all of this information is on one screen that changes automatically based on your current position and angle of approach from anywhere on the course…whether you can see the flag or not. With the SX500, you get more information, from more places, easier and faster and without aiming!
The SkyCaddie® SX500 also provides digital scoring options for Stroke and Stableford with handicapping and tracks total putts and fairways hit. Turn the SX500 to the left or right and the AutoView feature displays a full 9-hole Digital Scorecard instantly in landscape mode.
More features of the SX500 include: Shot Distance Measurement to help track how far the ball goes and help golfers to learn club distances; Target List View to give a quick list of all the targets ahead of on the hole; and Tee Box Selection, Gender Selection, Dual Green Support with a yards or meters option, Stat Tracking and a North Indicator. The SkyCaddie SX500 also includes a 13-megapixel camera, enabling photos to be taken during the round and uploaded to the user’s SkyGolf 360™ online account.
As with all SkyGolf e-golf products the SkyCaddie SX500 is built around the SkyGolf 360 platform, providing unmatched wireless connectivity for golfers to upload performance data captured during their round. SkyGolf 360 allows golfers to keep all performance data regardless of whether it comes from a rangefinder, a swing sensor, a performance tracker or a launch monitor in one place rather than scattered among various competitors with incompatible platforms. A single platform is not only to the golfer’s advantage, but it is also to the advantage of a teacher, PGA Professional or reseller to be able to offer all available tools a golfer can need to improve their performance from one source with the confidence their customers are getting the very best solution.
The SkyCaddie SX500 retails for $399.95. In the U.S., the SX500 comes with the introductory offer of a 1-year Double Eagle Worldwide Membership valued at $59.95
For more information, visit http://www.skygolf.com.
SkyGolf, maker of SkyCaddie, the #1-Rated and Most-Trusted Rangefinder in Golf, is a private company specializing in the development of innovative positioning systems and technology specifically designed to help golfers play better and have more fun. The overall mission of SkyGolf is to help golfers play better with better information while respecting the long-standing traditions of the game. By using technology responsibly and within the spirit and rules of golf, SkyGolf provides golfers of all skill levels with better and more rewarding golf experiences. For more information, visit: http://www.skygolf.com.