If you’re something of a techno geek who loves to have the newest, coolest gadgets on the market, but also takes his golf seriously, BB5 will be right up your street.
Provides accurate distances and ample features for the majority of golfers. The styling is modern and appealing, it easily enhances a golfer's ensemble.
The buttons are stiff at times, and the style of display wasn’t as clear as those on most other GPS watches.
By Joel Tadman published
Golf Monthly's GolfBuddy BB5 review, a stylish wristband-style GPS that provides accurate distances in a lightweight device
Key technology The world’s first golf GPS band is slimmer and lighter than a watch and displays its front, middle and back yardages via a tickertape-style LED dot display. Using the BB5, golfers can also measure their shot distances, record the number of steps they take and tell the time.
GM Review The BB5 weighs just one-and-a-quarter ounces, is water- resistant and has a rechargeable battery giving up to 13 hours in golf mode. There’s no doubting the style and sophistication of the BB5 as soon as you put it on.
It’s compact, lightweight and comfortable and the choice of two different-sized straps means you’ll get the perfect fit. Once clued up on the functions and how to access them via the four buttons, it’s a relatively easy device to operate after a few holes of use. Accuracy when measured against lasers was spot on and the distances were easily readable, even in bright sunlight.
It would be going too far to describe the BB5 as a gimmick, for while it’s arguably the most stylish and on-trend of the wearable DMDs, there’s plenty of substance behind the aesthetics. A detailed read of the instructions is essential to work out how to navigate the different features, and the usability could be improved. But its accuracy and appeal can’t be faulted.
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.
During these enjoyable years he has had some money-can't-buy experiences, like interviewing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy one-on-one and covering the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.
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 87 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 4.7.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: TaylorMade SIM2, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSi3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-PW
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and 58°
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x
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