Bushnell Phantom Golf GPS Review

Bushnell Phantom Golf GPS Review

Bushnell Phantom Golf GPS

Pros

  • Large fonts make it readable in bright sunlight
  • Available in a variety of colors
  • 36,000 courses preloaded

Cons

  • Does not show stroke index
  • There have been complaints that the clip and magnet is easily dislodged

This Bushnell Phantom Golf GPS review will look at the replacement for the Bushnell Ghost GPS device.

It has a similar display but includes additional technology such as the Bite Technology that makes it easy to stick to a metal surface when not in use. In addition to the magnet, you have a clip to attach it to your belt when no metal surface is available to hang it on.

Since its first release in 2018, the Bushnell Phantom received rave reviews for its simple design and readability.

The addition of Bluetooth technology makes it easy to access golf courses when you are out on the course and find that it is not already on the list.

Availability of distances of up to four hazards per hole increases the usability over its predecessor dramatically.

The compact dimensions and weight make it easy to carry it in your pocket should there be no surface to hang it on with the magnet.

It provides ample power to play a few rounds of golf and can be recharged overnight.

Its affordability combined with the list of features will continue to attract buyers and make it easier to score better.

The device

Bushnell’s Phantom Golf GPS is compact measuring 0.4 inches high/thick, inches 2.3 inches wide, and 2.3 inches long weighing a mere 4 ounces. The monochrome display is 2 inches diagonally across with large fonts for easy reading.

Although the display is monochrome the device does not lack some color. It is available in Black, Red, Electric Blue, and for the more adventurous golfer, Neon Yellow.

It is powered by a rechargeable CR2 battery that can be recharged in approximately 4 hours.

Unfortunately, the Bushnell Phantom is not waterproof so don’t throw it in the water if you fail to carry the hazard. It is an innocent party.

Course capacity

The Bushnell Phantom comes preloaded with more than 36,000 courses from 30 countries globally and can easily be updated or new courses added using Bluetooth.

Battery

A rechargeable CR2 battery is included in the purchase. This is sufficient to power the device for up to 10 hours which is ideal for power-hungry GPS devices required.

Charging the battery can take up to 4 hours using the Micro USB 2.0 charging port.

Display

The 2-inch monochrome display is comfortable to use while enjoying a round of golf yet large enough to make it easy to read with the large font.

User instructions

The device is intuitive and easy to use and there is no need to guess and experiment with the Bushnell Phantom to understand which buttons to push.

Turn the device around and the user instruction are clearly displayed on the back of your Bushnell Phantom.

Features

The simplicity of the Bushnell Phantom is what makes it such a desirable GPS device. No gimmicky features that will frustrate you while playing golf.

At a push of a button, you can obtain distances to the front, middle, or back of the green or up to 4 hazards per hole such as bunkers and water. No more guessing how far you have to carry the ball.

Detailed views of the hole are available combined with a flyover of the hole to identify areas of concern that could cost you a few strokes.

The use of large fonts makes the Bushnell Phantom easy to read even in bright sunlight.

The device is preloaded with 30,000 plus golf courses from 30 countries around the globe but downloading a course that is not already on the device is quite straightforward provided you have Bluetooth access.

Bushnell’s app is renowned for its user-friendly interface and comes standard with the Bushnell Phantom GPS golf device

BITE Magnetic Cart Mount is easy to use and can clip onto your bag or any magnetic surface on your bag or cart.

Performance

It does what it says on the box.

You get accurate distances within the GPS parameters which can pinpoint a point up to 4 yards deviation. This is standard GPS technology and deviations cannot be ascribed to the Bushnell Phantom.

Easy navigating through the menus is what you can expect from a Bushnell GPS device, simple and effective.

Although it automatically advances the hole when you move to the next tee box, you still have control to change the hole number manually on the occasions where you are only playing a selected number of holes.

The magnet works well provided you don’t clip it onto an area where it can accidentally be knocked off.

Technology

The Phantom uses GPS technology to provide distances to the front, center, and back of the green of the 30,000 plus golf courses available. In addition to the distances to the green, Bushnell Phantom provides distances to hazards which is very handy when there is a hazard between you and the green.

Furthermore, the Bushnell Phantom app is accessible via Bluetooth.

New technology used on the Phantom that was not available on its predecessor, the Ghost, is the bite technology the features an extra strong magnet and clip. This enables you to clip the device onto your belt with the clip or attach it to your golf bag or cart frame. This makes viewing the information on the large screen effortless

Since the device links to your smartphone, you can view excellent graphics on the larger screen of your smartphone. Being larger makes it easier to read the distances to the green and hazards.

When uncertain of the hole layout you can do a flyover of the hole to make sure that you know where the green and hazards are. This will lead to lower scores and less lost ball that disappears into a hazard.

Not only does the Bushnell Phantom assist you with distance to make your round simpler, but the swing pro feature also allows you to analyze your swing speed and tempo. Ideal for those dreaded days where you are not feeling comfortable with your swing.

For the golfers that prefer to walk rather than driving a cart around the course, the pedometer will measure the number of steps you take, your average speed, and pace.

Bushnell technology allows you to track your scores and update the golf courses available via any GPS-compatible device.

Warranty

Bushnell offers a One Year Limited Warranty that the device to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for one year after the date of purchase.

Should the device fail within the warranty period, Bushnell may decide to repair or replace the device, provided that you prepay the return postage.

Misuse, improper handling, installation, or maintenance by a third party other than a Bushnell® Authorized Service Department will void the warranty.

Alternatives

1. Garmin Approach G10

Pros

  • Downloading a new course is quick
  • Hazard detection, inc. water and sand
  • Built-in stat tracking technology

Cons

  • It is one of the most expensive GPS devices in this category
  • No color screen

The Approach G10 is similar to the Bushnell Phantom Golf GPS device with a compact, sleek design.

It displays distances to the front, center, and back of the green as well as to hazards.

Loading a new course to the Garmin can be done rapidly.

Accuracy on the Garmin is similar to the Bushnell Phantom Golf GPS device as both devices use GPS technology based on data transmitted from four satellites.

2. GolfBuddy Voice 2 Golf GPS

Pros

  • Audio output
  • Can be used as a watch when using the wrist strap

Cons

  • Doesn’t show hazards.
  • Only available in a black/white color combination

The Voice 2 is a replacement for the original GolfBuddy Voice GPS with a slightly sleeker design and enhanced battery life.

The differentiating factor between the Bushnell Phantom Golf GPS device and the GolfBuddy Voice 2 Golf GPS is that the GolfBuddy provides audible feedback, in a selection of multiple languages, on the distances that it measures.

Preloaded with approximately 38,000 courses gives it an advantage over most competitors in this category.

3. GARMIN APPROACH G30 GOLF GPS

Pros

  • Full-color touch screen display
  • Accurate pin positioning.

Cons

  • Expensive

Garmin’s G30 Approach G30 Golf GPS device may be one of the more expensive devices in this category, but the color touchscreen makes up for that.

It provides accurate information, and you can select a position on the course to aim at as well as relocate the pin on the green for more accurate distances.

Distinguishing between fairways and other areas is much easier on the color display.

It is able to connect to your smartphone and indicate when you receive incoming calls which  are ideal not to disturb your playing partners when an unexpected call comes through.

Verdict

Bushnell Phantom Golf GPS is designed with simplicity in mind without sacrificing features and accuracy.

The Bite technology missing from its predecessor sets it apart allowing you to hang it on any metal surface when there is no need for it.

The 36,000 preloaded courses will ensure that your most played courses are easily accessible and can be downloaded if not on the preloaded list of courses.

Battery life should offer you sufficient time to play two rounds of golf, enough for those challenging playoffs.

The Bushnell App works well, and its user-friendly interface provides accurate distance based on GPS technology.

Any feedback on your experience with golf GPS devices, especially the Bushnell Phantom will be appreciated in the comments section below.

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