Bushnell Phantom 2 GPS Review

Simplicity is serenity in this Bushnell Phantom 2 GPS review as we take it out on course for a thorough test for accuracy, ease of use and battery life.

Bushnell Phantom 2 GPS Review
Golf Monthly Verdict

Another excellent GPS offering from Bushnell that has ironed out any creases that may have been found in the original Phantom. The Phantom 2 has made huge strides versus its predecessor, so much so that we think this will not only attract first time users, but will likely persuade current Phantom users to upgrade. The simplicity, clarity and user-friendliness of this device makes it a great companion on course.

Reasons to buy
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    Incredibly easy to use and clear graphics

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    Great battery life

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    Provides just the right amount of information

Reasons to avoid
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    Integrated app drains phone battery quickly

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Bushnell Phantom 2 GPS Review

Bushnell makes some of the best golf GPS devices out there and the new Phantom 2 GPS reinforces that position while also accounting for significant improvements on its predecessor. The first thing we noticed when picking up the Phantom 2 is the size - it's 40 per cent larger than the original Phantom. 

In our opinion it's the best change Bushnell has made in the new device and, despite the larger size, it's still a relatively small device that easily fits into the palm of your hand. With the larger frame comes a larger screen and this displays much clearer graphics when compared to the original Phantom as well as other basic GPS devices on the market.

Bushnell Phantom 2 GPS Review

The device conveniently clips to your golf bag easily

This larger, clearer screen meant we could quickly scan the device for our yardage, rather than have to go up to our bag and inspect it closely. It also comes with Bushnell's updated Bite technology, a magnet on the back of the device that allows to stick to any magnetic surface - a feature that would be  useful on a buggy, for example. While we didn't actually take it out for a spin on a buggy, we can see how useful it would be and the Bite magnet has seven pounds of pulling force so is strong enough to stay in place. In fact, you'll find this tech on many of Bushnell's best golf rangefinders.

Bushnell Phantom 2 GPS Review

Bushnell's Bite technology allows the device to stick firmly to any magnetic surface - including the bottom of your 3-wood.

The most significant new feature on the Phantom 2 is Dynamic Green Mapping, which provides you with front, middle and back distance measurements no matter which direction you are approaching the green. This is especially useful when you find your golf ball well off the beaten track - don't worry we've all been there - and conventional 100 or 150 yard markers are well out of sight.

Whether you're playing your home course for the 100th time or you're playing a new track for the first time, we found having these accurate yardages from any angle gives you the confidence to pull out the correct club and execute the shot. Another feature on the Phantom 2 is GreenView pin placement distance, allowing you to get an even more precise yardage to an exact pin location, and is accessible with the simple press of one button on the side of the device.

Bushnell Phantom 2 GPS Review

GreenView allows you to cycle through pin locations for a more precise yardage.

It's this and other simple ergonomics of the Phantom 2 which make it such a pleasure to use. The main front, middle and back yardages are always present on screen and then its just takes a press of one button to place the pin, find out how far away a hazard is or log your score on a hole.

Our only qualm with the Phantom 2 is the integrated app. The app has been given a significant update since the original Phantom GPS was released and allows for course updates to take place, provides additional course information and allows you to keep track of score.

While the app itself is pleasant to use, it doesn't offer enough extra information to make it worth having your phone out all round alongside the Phantom 2. All the main information you need is already on the device itself - dynamic yardages, pin placement and score etc. - so what's the need for the app?

We struggled to answer that question over multiple rounds with the Phantom 2 and when we realized just how much of our phone battery was being drained, we quickly put our phone away and got on with using the device on its own. e

Overall the Phantom 2 offers users a simple yet data rich experience at a very competitive price. But if you want to go down a different GPS route then why not take a look at our guides on the best golf watches, or best golf rangefinders as well? 

Dan Parker
Staff Writer

Dan has been with Golf Monthly team since 2021. He graduated with a Masters degree in International Journalism from the University of Sussex and looks after equipment reviews and buying guides, specializing in golf shoe, golf bag, golf cart and apparel reviews. Dan has now tested and reviewed over 30 pairs of golf shoes and is an expert in the field. A left-handed golfer, his handicap index is currently 6.5 and he plays at Fulford Heath Golf Club in the West Midlands. 

Dan's current clubs: 

Driver: TaylorMade Stealth 2 

Fairway: TaylorMade Stealth 2 15°

Hybrid: Ping G425 

Irons: Cobra King Tec Utility, Ping i230 (5-PW) 

Wedges: Ping Glide Forged Pro

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour X

Ball: Titleist AVX