TomTom's new golf watch can automatically detect when you take a swing

The TomTom Golfer 2 can calculate distances and view hazards on over 40,000 golf courses worldwide.

Dan Graziano

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TomTom announced on Tuesday at the Wearable Technology Show in London a new sportwatch designed for golfers. The TomTom Golfer 2 is a GPS-equipped watch that can calculate distances and view hazards (things like sand bunkers and ponds) on over 40,000 golf courses worldwide.

The watch features two improvements over the original model: automatic shot detection and an automatic digital scoreboard. Other features include distance measurements to the front, center and back of the green, distances to individual hazards along the fairway, and a complete view of the green with hazard warnings that can be viewed before you shoot.

Information from the watch is synced over Bluetooth 4.0 (also know as Bluetooth Smart) to your smartphone. You can then view what TomTom describes as a "detailed post-round analysis" in the TomTom MySports app on Android and iOS. The app will be able to show you what areas of your game you need to improve, along with providing insights into shot patterns and hole-by-hole breakdowns.

The watch resembles TomTom's multisport Spark watch. It features an easy-to-read monochrome display and a large four-way navigational button. Much like the Spark, the Golfer 2 is also water-resistant up to 40 meters (about 131 feet). The watch will last up to 11 hours with an active GPS signal, an hour longer than the original model.

The TomTom Golfer 2 will be available in May for $250 in the US, £200 in the UK and about AU$385 in Australia.

Lasted updated Monday, March 28 at 9 a.m. PT: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the TomTom Golfer 2 included all-day activity tracking for steps and calories. This has been corrected.