GolfBuddy WT5 GPS Watch

We test out the latest GPS watch from GolfBuddy, the WT5 model

Golfbuddy WT5 GPS Watch
Golf Monthly Verdict

There really is very little to fault on the WT5 – it’s an impressively versatile piece of kit that offers everything the golfer needs to hit more accurate approach shots

Reasons to buy
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    Slim, lightweight, easy to naviagte thanks to clear graphics and well-labelled buttons. You hardly notice you're wearing it and the distances were accurate.

Reasons to avoid
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    At times, the device was a little too eager to switch holes when adjacent tees were close by.

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Golf Monthly's GolfBuddy WT5 review, a modern, multi-functional GPS watch said to minimise distraction out on the course through its slim, lightweight design

Key technology The WT5 has a slimmer design and a more comfortable fit on your wrist than the previous WT4. Dynamic Green View changes the front and back distances based on your angle of approach. It has nine pre-set pin placements you can select with simple press-and-hold buttons. It is fully functional as a digital wristwatch, with a rechargeable battery and GPS tracking for various outdoor activities.

GM Review The fact it’s very slim and lightweight means you hardly notice you’re wearing it and there’s no danger of it impeding your swing. The WT5 recognises the course quickly and is very simple once you grasp the function of the three control buttons.

Scrolling between hazards and the scorecard after each hole is a simple task and the shot-tracking tool is easy to employ. Distances are easy to read at a quick glance and having them adjust according to your angle of approach is a must for all GPS watches these days.

Without doubt one of the quickest devices to register the course on arrival, a reassuring feature when you’re in a rush or don’t want to faff around. The display is clear and the features are easy to navigate thanks to the buttons being both limited in number and clearly labelled.

The styling is modern but not too outlandish, potentially broadening its appeal among golfers. The yardages seemed to stack up when tested against a laser.

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