GolfBuddy BB5
GolfBuddy BB5 GPS wristband group

The innovative new BB5 from GolfBuddy has many useful functions and is designed to look good when worn on and off the course

The new GolfBuddy BB5 GPS wristband (RRP £199.95) opens up a new category of GPS device, taking everything that's great about a GPS watch and slimming it down it into a modern wristband. It features over 37,000 courses worldwide and includes a time mode, play mode and pedometer.

GolfBuddy BB5

Like you'd expect, it displays distances to the front, centre and back of the green and an LED display makes it easily readable in all light conditions.

The battery life is 13-hours in golf mode and 20 days when used just as a watch.  Colour options include 3-pack of red/navy/orange or 3-pack of blue/pink/green.

"The global rise of the fitness band has firmly established 'wearable tech' and the launch of the BB5 positions GolfBuddy once again at the forefront of bringing the latest mainstream consumer trends to golf," said GolfBuddy's John Ennis.

"The BB5 delivers outstanding distance measuring accuracy to the front, middle and back of over 500,000 worldwide golf course greens and also provides shot distance measurement, so golfers can record how far they hit each club.

"It's very slim and light when compared to GPS watches, so appeals to golfers who don't currently like to wear a watch when they play, or lady and junior golfers looking for a lighter or more comfortable GPS option."

The BB5 is available in April.


Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.

One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 86 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.2.

Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: Ping i230 4-UW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 54°. Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge, K Grind

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x