TAG Heuer Connected Calibre E4 Golf Edition Watch Review

It's the most expensive golf watch on the market but does it deliver? We test it on the course to find out

TAG Heuer Connected Calibre E4 Golf Edition Watch Review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

A feature-packed, sporty yet elegant golf watch that provides one of the most cutting-edge experiences in golf. The price tag is somewhat difficult to justify, but this watch is both fun and useful to use - over time it will optimise your strategy by automatically tracking your tee shots.

Reasons to buy
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    Crystal clear display

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    Shot tracking enhances strategy

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    Exceptional app experience

Reasons to avoid
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    Styling limits off course versatility

TAG Heuer Connected Calibre E4 Golf Edition Watch Review

TAG Heuer shook up the golf GPS watch scene when it entered the market a few years ago with its super premium offering. Minor updates have followed since and it has even signed Tommy Fleetwood as a brand ambassador. But there’s a new version for 2022 called the Connected Calibre E4 golf edition, which we were lucky enough to test recently on the golf course at Burghley Park Golf Club.

Technical improvements include a new automated shot-tracker, redesigned golf software and a new buckle with magnetic ball marker built into the strap. It should also be easier to control the watch’s golf functions plus you now get high-resolution 2D maps showing hazards and distances on more than 40,000 golf courses around the world. All for a mere $2,650/£2,200, making it the most expensive golf GPS watch on the market.

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On first inspection, this watch isn’t overly different to the prior version. The dial on the side is a little more responsive and the addition of the ball marker makes the strap feel different, but it maintains the sporty, premium look and feel. The setting up process remains a little laborious - it requires you to pair it with both the Google Wear OS app and the TAG Heuer app to get the most of it, plus it’s worth adding in your carry distances with each club if you know them to the get the club recommendations on the course.

The display is detailed and crystal clear, although we’d have preferred the maps to be a little brighter. When playing, random patches of rough are coloured brown like bunkers, which is confusing until you realise that bunkers are actually displayed in a slightly lighter shade of brown. You use the dial or ‘crown’ as TAG Heuer call it to scroll up and down the 2D view of the hole on the watch screen. A red dot moves with it and the distance, as well as the suggested club to hit for said distance, changes. To get more information like front and back numbers, you have to tap the distance on the screen where you’ll also see the par of the hole.

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The Driving Range feature is a very cool one that sets this watch/app experience apart and the fact that drives are tracked automatically now using the watch’s accelerometer and gyroscope to mark your tee shot and then subsequent shot makes it more seamless to collect the data it requires. Over time, it will essentially create a ‘heat map’ for every hole in the app, which shows where shots landed on previous rounds colour coded by your score. This allows you to see what clubs work best on each tee shot, ideal for optimising strategy if you play the same course most of the time. 

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You can manually tag the locations of all shots using the watch - just press the button and select the club - which will give you more performance insights post round. Why the automatic shot tracking is only limited to the first shot on each hole is a mystery, perhaps (hopefully) future updates will track all shots on each hole. The club recommendations are somewhat useful, although the fact that wind and slope aren’t factored in means you need to take them with a healthy pinch of salt. The magnetic ball marker on the strap is a nice idea although in reality it is very fiddly to use and no more convenient than using a coin in your pocket, arguably less if anything.

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The app is another part of the package (along with the free sleeve of TAG Heuer emblazoned Titleist Pro V1 balls) that sets it apart. You can toggle between 2D and 3D versions depending on your preference. The map interface has been completely redesigned so you can see more of it with greater info detail visible at once like distances, club information, scores, and hole numbers displayed as you play. This means you’re able to see both the distance to target and distance of the tracking shot at the same time, which is very useful in practice.

The last thing to mention is the battery life. Despite all the features in play, you get 5+ hours of full golf shot tracking, which is one of the longest we’ve tested and 30 percent more than the prior version. 

We came away from a round using this latest TAG Heuer watch content with how easy it was to use and the information it provided, but couldn't help feeling there are other options, like the SkyCaddie LX5 and Garmin Approach S62, that do a similar job for considerably less money. But if cost isn't an issue, this is undoubtedly one of the best golf watches around that has plenty of unique features for golfers to benefit from, but they require you to be fully immersed in the concept.

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.

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