There are GPS devices and then there are golf-specific GPS devices. Or, device, really, as there’s only one dedicated golfer-friendly GPS out there on the market. Unsurprisingly, it’s a Callaway product. The Callaway UPRO MX Plus is a $250 chunk of the future – with no additional subscription fees or anything like that – that feeds you actual aerial imagery of the course you’re playing on.
The magic is made possible by Callaway’s ProMode, a database loaded with information and imagery from 25,000 golf courses around the world. The device itself is equipped out of the box to call up information using BasicMode, for yardage and hazard data, and GoMode, for yardage data and rendered views of the greens. ProMode data, which amounts to hi-rez aerial photography and flyover videos, must be downloaded from the uxplore website.
The Callway Uxplore website also offers users community features. Once you create an account, you can either have your MX+ automatically upload your scores and stats or you can input them manually when you sit down in front of a web browser. The device is also equipped with Callaway’s Anypoint Technology, which uses the GPS to pinpoint the lie of your ball and help you work out your options for the next shot. All of which plays out on the UPRO’s 2.2-inch LCD touch screen.