The benefits of using a GPS device that uses ground-mapped courses were highlighted during last week’s Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship presented by Ian Woosnam, where 80% of the top 20 finishers used a SkyCaddie GPS device during the 54-hole event.
With almost 70% of the total final day field at Trevose using a SkyCaddie GPS for their yardages, SkyCaddie believes that the record-breaking statistics represent the highest penetration of GPS usage in a main Tour event in golf’s history, worldwide.
The Legends Tour is the current name of the European Senior Tour, and is part of the PGA European Tour. It is the most prestigious golf Tour in Europe to allow players to use DMDs – Distance-Measuring Devices – during competitive play.
At Trevose, PGA European Tour tournament officials used SkyCaddie’s ground-mapped yardages to set pin positions and to provide daily pin sheets for players. SkyCaddie users were able to download the pin positions onto their GPS handheld devices.
Uniquely in golf, SkyCaddie maps and regularly updates every hole on every golf course on foot using survey-grade GPS equipment.
Speaking after the event, SkyCaddie’s General Manager UK & Europe, James Holmes, said: “This landmark result is testament to the years of hard work we have done to supply performance-enhancing data to players and officials not just on the Legends Tour, but also in the PGA’s national events and in countless events at golf clubs around the world.
“The message is clearly getting through about SkyCaddie GPS – it gives you an unprecedented ability to plan every tee and approach shot, far beyond the limitations of laser plus yardage book. Plus, you are never playing blind. Over two-thirds of Legends Tour competitors now trust SkyCaddie GPS to give them an accurate yardage.”
Competitors at Trevose used SkyCaddie’s SX550, SX500 and SX400 distance measuring devices for their yardages.