Hands on: TomTom Golfer 2

Wear TomTom's Golfer 2 watch on the course, improve your game using its data after

The Golfer 2’s a comfortable golf watch you won’t be embarrassed to wear, and its post-game data may make you a better player

All too often, wearables don’t actually give us much advice, whether it’s how to get more sleep, run longer and faster, or just improve at a given sport. TomTom’s new Golfer 2 smartwatch wants to be different, and has added both automatic shot detection and a post-game analysis system to see where we went wrong, which shots could do with the most practice, and what our result could be like if we put together the perfect 18 holes.

TomTom has made an effort with the design and the comfort for the Golfer 2. The GPS module has been placed inside the navigational joypad, ensuring that the profile is slimmer and the watch more comfortable to wear. It has worked. The Golfer 2 easily slipped underneath the cuff of my shirt, which may sound like something basic, but custom sports watches are often oversized and too annoying to do this. Here, despite the curved plastic shell dictating the shape, there are no issues.

It’s also very light, and the aluminum screen surround looks great. The clasp is a bit of a pain though. The rubber strap needs to be fed through the metal and frequently slipped out of position when we took the watch off, requiring adjustment when we wanted to put it back on. The watch didn’t slip about on the wrist though, although it’d require extended testing to know if the strap loosens over time. The body is water resistant and can be used in the rain.

Related: See the latest in golfing GPS wearables

A square d-pad lets you navigate the watch, which vibrates with each press, confirming the action. It also vibrates to tell you it has recognized a shot. It was easy to use with the thumb or a finger when the watch was on our wrist, and the proprietary operating system was smooth and fast. The display is monochrome, but clearly legible, although we didn’t test it out in the sunlight.

The Golfer 2 connects with TomTom’s MySports app, which is where the new features are found. The GPS function knows the course you’re on, or will find the closest one to you if you don’t know the area, and it knows distances, approaches, and hazards automatically — helping players decide strategy. It automatically logs scores too, and presents all the details after the game. Here’s where it’s possible to analyze performance on a shot-by-shot basis to see which aren’t working, and even get an ultimate performance prediction. That way, you’ve got something to work towards, and actual post-game evidence of your failures and successes.

Out on the course, with GPS active, the Golfer 2’s battery is expected to last about 11 hours. Turn off the GPS and the watch will last for several weeks before needing a recharge, but you’ll lose some functionality as well. TomTom says it has designed the Golfer 2 for people to wear on and off the course. TomTom will sell it globally and it’ll be out in May. In the U.S., it’ll cost $250 and in the U.K., £200.


  • Comfortable to wear
  • Pleasing design
  • Actionable data from the app


  • Battery life’s short with GPS
  • Strap may need attention

Once the dust settles, 'Fallout 76' will be a nuclear wasteland worth exploring

The launch of Fallout 76 has been nothing short of apocalyptic, but that doesn’t mean the game is dead on arrival. Bethesda has a path forward, paved by The Elder Scrolls Online, another game that suffered a rocky start.

Hey, Sony! If you make a PS2 Classic, it needs these games

158 million PS2 consoles were sold worldwide during its lifecycle, making it the most successful video game console of all time. It was hard, but we narrowed down the PS2's vast library of games. Here are the best PS2 games of all time.

The hottest Nintendo Switch games you can get right now

The Nintendo Switch's lineup started off small, but games have steadily released as the console continues through its second year. Here are the best Nintendo Switch games available now, from Super Mario Odyssey to Fortnite.

Relive Nintendo’s handheld golden age with the 25 best Game Boy Advance games

The Game Boy Advance was the swan song of the Game Boy era. It also happened to have a boatload of amazing games. We decided to countdown our 25 favorite GBA games. Check it out and let us know your favorites in the comments below!
Product Review

Montblanc Summit 2 offers smart functionality but still looks good with a suit

Montblanc’s Summit 2 is the first smartwatch to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor. It’s feature packed, with GPS, NFC for Google Pay, and a heart rate sensor, but it also has the classic timepiece look.

Built to take a beating and still perform, these are the best hiking watches

A proper hiking watch should track exercise metrics and act as a navigational co-pilot during any kind of hike. Ideally, it'll even have a built-in GPS system and sensors. Here are five of the best hiking watches.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Folding canoes and ultra-fast water filters

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

Beddit Sleep Monitor 3.5 now available on the Apple Store

The Beddit Sleep Monitor 3.5 is now available on the Apple Store for $150. The sensor strip, which is only 2 millimeters thin, automatically tracks a wide array of sleep data when placed under the user's sheets.

Conquer the cold season with the best heated clothing and outdoor apparel

If you're thinking about going outside this winter, heated apparel is a must. Luckily, we've rounded up some of the best heated clothing, whether you're looking for battery-powered gloves or heated insoles.

Crush your next workout with the best Fitbit for every activity

Fitbits are amazingly helpful tools for setting fitness goals and tracking progress. However, different activities require different metrics. We've gathered a list of the best Fitbits for running, swimming, biking, and other activities.

Check out the best Green Monday deals for those last-minute gifts

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, but that doesn't mean you've missed your chance of finding a great deal. We're talking about Green Monday, of course, and it falls on December 10.

Google Fit app finally gets a widget, among other new features

Google Fit hasn't received any new features since its redesign. This week, the company is rolling some new tools; users will be able to add a widget to their Android home screen, adjust the intensity of their workouts, and more.

Best Products of 2018

Our reception desk has so many brown boxes stacked up, it looks like a loading dock. We’re on a first-name basis with the UPS guy. We get new dishwashers more frequently than most people get new shoes. What we’re trying to say is: We…

New Apple Watch begins saving lives one week after getting EKG feature

The Apple Watch Series 4 was updated almost a week ago with a new feature that allows users to take electrocardiogram tests -- and already it seems like the new feature is saving lives.