A lot of talk has been circulating about using a golf GPS watch or rangefinder and whether it is a form of cheating on your golf game. In any situation where sports are involved, you should first take a look at what the pros are doing in organized competitions and then base your decision from there.
Almost every golf professional uses some kind of GPS unit or rangefinder to help them with their game. There are GPS devices that are allowed in professional competitions and others that aren’t. Of course, the professionals are using higher end units that are a lot more costly, but they are using them to help their game and it is allowed per the USGA rules.
A golf GPS unit should be thought of as an advantage instead of cheating. No piece of electronic equipment can make you a professional golfer without raw talent and persistent practice. The device is simply a tool to help you with your game of golf and nothing more.
A golf GPS unit is not hitting the balls, you are. It is your interpretation of the information that is presented on the device that will determine how much better you do at golf. At first you may not see your golf score rise as you get used to the device and use it to help with your choice of club and direction of your swing. Then, once you are more accustomed to it, you may see a big improvement in your shots and ultimately in your score.
A lot of golfers are using GPS products to enhance their game of golf. There is nothing unethical about using an appliance that is allowed by the professional golfing associations and their members. Of course, the final choice is always up to you, but if you take a look at the big picture, you may be one of the last ones standing on the course without an electronic caddie by your side.