These 6 hands-free distance-measuring devices are compact, ultra-light and affordable

Clip-on distance-measuring devices are compact and convenient.

Distance-measuring devices have become standard pieces of equipment in most golfers’ bags, and for good reason: they save you the hassle of walking off yardage by providing the information you need with a single glance or touch of a button.

There are also plenty of varieties to choose from. You can wear a high-tech watch, use a hand-held rangefinder, or, for maximum convenience, even clip a device on your belt loop or cart.

These clip-on devices lack some of the bells and whistles of watches and hand-helds, but if you’re a purist looking for straight ground distance, they’re a super-compact and affordable option.

Check out our favorite hands-free clip-on distance-measuring devices below, and while you’re shopping, make sure to browse through the rest of the items on offer in GOLF’s Pro Shop — your ultimate source for the latest apparel, shoes, clubs and more, all in one convenient place.

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Bushnell Phantom 2

$99.99
The Phantom 2 has evolved with numerous upgrades from its predecessor. Introducing GreenView distances with movable pin placements for more accurate distances, the Phantom 2 now offers “Dynamic Green Mapping,” to provide distance measurements based on a golfer’s line of play. Preloaded with more than 38,000 courses – along with up to six hazard/layup distances per hole. The Phantom 2 has upgraded “BITE Technology,” an integrated, high-powered magnet that allows golfers to easily attach the device directly on a cart bar, providing quick and easy yardage readings with 40% larger text.
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Garmin Approach G12

$119.99
We’ve got your game with the Approach® G12 golf rangefinder. Clip the thin GPS device to your pocket, or use the lanyard loop to mount it on a golf bag, to see distances to the green at a glance — for up to 30 hours on a single charge. Use big-numbers mode to display accurate yardage measurements to the front, back and middle of the green. See positions of the hazards and doglegs on a hole, so you can find the best way to navigate each shot. This rangefinder comes preloaded with more than 42,000 courses worldwide and gets wireless course updates (when paired with a compatible smartphone), so you can easily play your favorites. Pair with Approach CT10 club tracking sensors (sold separately) to automatically track your shots. Your shot data, scores and stats will be automatically uploaded to the Garmin Golf™ app (when paired with a compatible smartphone), so you can see your game, participate in weekly leaderboards and more.
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Golf Buddy Voice 2 SE

$129.99
The Golf Buddy GB Voice 2 SE is the #1 selling voice unit in golf. This voice GPS is ready to use out of the box with easy-to-use and essential features. Try out the product that pioneered an entire category of GPS in golf, the Golf Buddy GB Voice 2 SE.
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Izzo Swami KISS Golf

$79.99
Does your game need a little more precision? Than the new Swami Kiss is the perfect product for you! It’s simple, sleek design fits perfectly in your hand, and is perfect for a handheld golf GPS rangefinder. The Swami Kiss was designed to simply set the GPS mode, stick it to the cart and just play! The device is capable of displaying yardage in 2 different ways; the standard Front, Center & Back display, or a new, more Simple Mode that displays yardage to the Center of the green only, with Front & Back distances on the next screen. With more than 38,000 preloaded global course maps, the Swami Kiss Golf GPS Rangefinder provides accurate distances to the front, center and back of the green, as well as layup and carry distances to hazards and doglegs. There are no annual subscription fees and course map additions and updates are free of charge and easy to do! The Swami Kiss Golf GPS Rangefinder has a long lasting battery that will last at least 12 hours while golfing, giving you upt to
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Izzo Swami 6000 Golf

$119.99
Izzo’s Swami 6000 Golf gps gives you everything you need in the palm of your hand! Improve your round with precise distances to the front, center, and back of the green as well as distances to front and back of hazards and doglegs. Additional benefits include large color display, Auto-Course Recognition, Auto-Hole Advance, Shot Distance Measurement, and Digital Scorecard. The 6000 Golf gps is water resistant, easy to read, easy to mount to a cart frame, and offers up to 16 hours of battery life.
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Izzo Swami Voice Clip Golf

$79.99
Izzo’s Swami Voice Clip Golf gps is equipped with a built-in voice feature that delivers audible distances as you prepare to attack the pin. Another feature includes multiple display orientation for rotating the screen to view distances in a larger font. You will see and hear distances to the front, center and back of the green. 38,000 preloaded golf courses are available and do not include subscription fees. The Voice Slip Golf gps is water resistant, easy to charge, and offers up to 10 – 12 hours of battery life.
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Golf.com

As a four-year member of Columbia’s inaugural class of female varsity golfers, Jessica can out-birdie everyone on the masthead. She can out-hustle them in the office, too, where she’s primarily responsible for producing both print and online features, and overseeing major special projects, such as GOLF’s inaugural Style Is­sue, which debuted in February 2018. Her origi­nal interview series, “A Round With,” debuted in November of 2015, and appeared in both in the magazine and in video form on GOLF.com.