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The Professional Golfer\'s Association (PGA) approved the use in of Golf GPS systems in 2008, thus rendering the use of yardage markers oblsolete. For those who can afford to purchase a golf GPS device, a whole new horizon in their game will come to pass. Even though these devices cost anywhere between $200 and $400, players can accurately and instantly determine the distances to sand traps, greens and pins.

Amateur golfers were the first to use golf GPS devices. Local clubs approved them for local tournament play prior to 2008 and soon after handicaps began to drop. Suddenly there were many companies that began developing their own GPS, and almost all of them had added features such as colored screens.

With so many golf GPS systems to choose from how does the average golfer go about choosing the right one? For all practical purposes most golf GPS systems do the same thing. What it really boils down to is the mapping database of each device.

Each GPS device uses a mapping database for specific golf courses. Specially trained employees are sent to golf courses all over the world and walk each course in order to plt the points and load them into the database. These points include tee box locations, fairway width, bunkers, front, middle and back of greens are the most important. If your course is not in the mapping database, you can map it yourself. Each device includes instructions for the owner to walk each hole and upload the way points of your favorite course.

Anyone who owns a golf GPS distance measuring device will tell you that having the ability to instantly, and accurately, know the distance to the flag stick has lowered his or her scores almost immediately.

There are many good devices on the market, but be sure to check the manufacturer\'s history and the number of courses in their database.

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