Izzo Golf Swami 4000 vs 5000 vs 6000 – Which One Should I Buy?

Golf GPS devices can you give you a decisive edge on the course. They can inform your club choices, help you measure repeatable distance and let you know what a course has in store before you even get to the second pin.

That is of course, if you buy the right one. Navigating the perilous golf GPS market is a task fraught with false claims and superfluous features that most golfers never end up using – but they pay for them anyway.

In today’s review we want to guide you as a Sherpa would through the golf GPS market by mapping out a section of it. Today we will be looking at 3 devices from the same manufacturer to help you figure out which is the better buy for your needs.


The Izzo Swami 4000

We will be looking at 3 Izzo golf GPS devices and we are going to kick things off with the base model: the Izzo Swami 4000. The great thing about the Izzo Swami 4000 is that it is very compact. It’s only 3.8” long, 2” wide and an eighth of an inch thick.

It easily fits in the palm of your hand and with the sunlight readable 1.8” color display, seeing the information on the screen is a breeze too. So what information are we talking about here? To start off with, the Izzo Swami 4000 comes preloaded with 30,000 golf course maps.

When you arrive at your course the Izzo Swami 4000 detects which course you are on and brings up information such as par, distances to hazards and course maps. You also get distances to the front, back and center of the green.

And the Izzo Swami 4000 is really easy to use. It has an auto progress feature that tracks your progress on a course and automatically updates which hole you are on and pulls up all the pertinent information. You don’t have to screw around with a lot of buttons just to get the information you need.

The Izzo Swami 4000 also tracks the distance of your shots with the GPS feature so you can start to gage repeatable distances with your drivers and irons.


  • Very affordable
  • Very compact
  • Has all the essential features
  • Very lightweight
  • Water resistant
  • Battery life of up to 10 hours


  • No touchscreen
  • The design is a bit gaudy
  • Does not show you the shape of the green
  • No pin setting feature

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Improvements with the Izzo Swami 5000

Because the three GPS devices we are comparing today are pretty similar, we are going to be talking about what the subsequent models add to the pot. The Izzo Swami 5000 is the next step up in the Swami family of GPS’s and has all the same features of the 4000 with a few improvements.

To start with, it is slightly smaller and lighter. There is also a scorecard feature added to the 5000 model so you can keep your score digitally without physical cards and pencils. The battery life has been improved as well.

Instead of lasting a maximum of ten hours, you can get up to 12 hours of play from the Izzo Swami 5000. Finally, the 5000 model adds more helpful features like distances layups and dog legs.


  • Improved battery life
  • No annual fees
  • Larger 2 inch display
  • Slightly thinner
  • LCD screen
  • Digital score keeping


  • Only comes in yellow
  • No touch targeting feature
  • It doesn’t save locations of interest on the course
  • No club suggestion feature

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Improvements with the Izzo Swami 6000

Finally we come to the pinnacle of the Swami family; the Izzo Swami 6000. The 6000 has some convenience improvements such as an integrated magnet that enables you to stick it to your golf cart or to a bag.

And, as if someone was hearing our prayers, the Izzo Swami 6000 allows you to save individual round scores. The Izzo Swami 6000 will also give you the distances to the fronts and backs of course hazards which was really helpful in our opinion.

And lastly, the Izzo Swami 6000 has even better longevity with a lithium ion battery that can last for a maximum of 16 hours.


  • Excellent battery life
  • Auto course recognition
  • Comes in blue or yellow
  • You can stick it to any metal surface
  • You can save course data
  • Front and back hazard distances


  • A little pricey
  • No fitness tracking features
  • No manual pin positioning
  • No blind spot assistance

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Performance Comparison

The 4000 and 5000 took hardly any time to locate the GPS satellites and pull up our course information. The 6000 took a little longer especially on overcast days. However, we did really like the fact that we could save our scores for future analysis on the 6000.

We also liked the improved battery life of the Izzo Swami 6000. Being able to stick it to our golf cart was a convenient, albeit unnecessary, feature that we found ourselves taking advantage of more often than not as well.


Price Comparison

The 4000 model hovers around a hundred dollars, the 5000 model is about $120 and the Izzo Swami 6000 model will run you about $150.


Which is the Better Buy?

To be fair, all three of these models represent some of the most affordable golf GPS devices on the market. We liked the simple design and basic features of all of them. And because there is only a $50 difference between the most affordable and most expensive models, we like the 6000 model.

It has a couple key features (score saving and better battery life) that make it stand out against the other two and finally, you get some color variety. To be fair, none of these three would be bad buys. But if you can spare the extra 50 bucks or so, we say go with the Izzo Swami 6000.

It’s our choice for the best buy so check it out today!



Izzo Swami 6000

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