Izzo Swami 6000 Problems: 6 Common Issues (Explained)

The Izzo Swami 6000 is a handheld GPS rangefinder made specifically for golfers. The device has a magnetic back so you can easily place it on your golf cart whilst maneuvering around the golf course. The Izzo Swami 6000 GPS rangefinder comes readily mapped with a whopping 38 000 golf courses worldwide. So when you’re about to play a certain course the device will guide you to every hole available on that course in perfect order. The Izzo brand has a reputation of designing and building simplistic and easy-to-use devices with vast amounts of useful tools in them. However the problem with simplicity is that it is not always simple. It breeds complex problems, and there is certainly going to be some compromises on parts of the device.

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1. Freezing Screen

The Izzo Swami 6000 GPS rangefinder is not a touchscreen enabled device, even though its screen is a little bigger (as compared to other Izzo Swami GPS rangefinder models.) And when this problem happens using the Izzo Swami 6000 becomes virtually impossible. This problem usually happens whilst golfers are playing a game, which can be daunting if all your game statistics are saved on the device and very problematic if you do not know the golf course you’re on and which hole to go to next.

To Do

  • In such a case it would help to hard reset the Izzo Swami 6000, which you can do by pressing and holding the Up button and the Down button at the exact same time. Whilst still holding the Up and Down button, press and release the Enter button. This should turn the Izzo Swami 6000 off.

2. Automatically Switches To Another Hole

Unfortunately this is a common problem on the Izzo Swami 6000 GPS rangefinder. This problem happens when you are on the golf course and you shoot the golf ball beyond the putting green (area nearest the hole.) This makes the Izzo Swami 6000 automatically switch to the next hole because it calculates you have completed the previous one because you pass it. And due to this, you’ll be unable to enter the score of your previous shot, which can be very annoying because you might have to start the course again.

To Do

  • Fortunately you can resolve this problem by moving back down towards the previous toe (a bad hit with the golf club.)
  • Once you are in the proximity of the tee (a flat area of ground from which you hit your first shot on the golf hole) of the hole you had just finished. The Izzo Swami 6000 automatically switches back to the previous hole and lets you reenter your score.

3. Dies Too Early

This Izzo Swami 6000 GPS rangefinder problem is largely due to the battery. Which in some cases might be worn out, this is often what compromise in quality of the components of a device leads to.

To Do

  • Always charge your Izzo Swami 6000 GPS rangefinder to 100% before going to a golf course.
  • If you do that and the problem is still persistent then it would be best to replace your battery at a certified Izzo repair shop.
  • You can also contact Izzo customer support to find your nearest shop and learn more about issues affecting your device.

4. Faulty Satellite Connection

For the Izzo Swami 6000 GPS rangefinder to give you real time information and mapping of the golf course you are on, it needs a constant satellite connection. When this problem happens you will be unable to see the golf course’s mapping and so the device will not work properly as well.

To Do

  • When turning the Izzo Swami 6000 GPS rangefinder for the first time, it will take some time for the device to locate a GPS satellite.
  • Your location is also important, where you are can also cause the Izzo Swami 6000 GPS rangefinder to have a faulty satellite connection.
  • It is advised that you do not turn the Izzo Swami 6000 indoors or a location with overhead obstructions.
  • The Izzo Swami 6000 requires a clear view of the open sky to get a GPS satellite connection locked in.

5. Cannot Preview The Golf Course

For some beginner golfers to preview the golf course would be a must-have feature for the Izzo Swami 6000 but unfortunately this functionality is not available. This is only a problem for the Izzo Swami 6000 however because golfers will not be able to see what the course is like before they start to play provided they have never been on the course before.

To Do

  • The Izzo Swami 6000 GPS rangefinder does not have this functionality at all. However you will be guided through the selected golf course effectively so there really is no need for a preview.

6. Does Not Give Distances

One of the things the Izzo Swami 6000 GPS rangefinder is supposed to do is to give the distances; these are the distances from your previous hole to the next, from your current position to where the golf hole is and so forth. This problem sees the Izzo Swami 6000 not doing this, but whilst recognizing the course you’re on. Thus actually makes the Izzo Swami 6000 GPS rangefinder useless, because one of the main things a rangefinder is supposed to do is to give accurate distances.

To Do

  • This problem is likely due to a faulty satellite connection. And most likely the Izzo Swami 6000 needs to be hard reset, so as to return the device to its factory settings.
  • Under a clear blue sky, the Izzo Swami 6000 will most likely set itself up. All it needs is a GPS signal to lock onto and the rest will fall into place.
  • The timezone to which you belong may also be the cause of most GPS satellite related problems. It is good to remember this when dealing with the Izzo Swami 6000 GPS rangefinder.


The problems that arise from the Izzo Swami 6000 GPS rangefinder are large and by due to the cheap build quality of the device. It’s functionality is compromised and faulty because it is a very basic type of GPS rangefinder. With this device you get exactly what you pay for and I think that’s very important when dealing with such devices. However it is worth mentioning that the Izzo company has some of the best customer service portals out there.