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Posted 08 January 2014 - 01:54 PM

Water?

Bring the goggles?
B)

I'm quite good with water.. I have the mindset "there is no water" I've only maybe lost 2 balls in the water out of 9 rounds..

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 03:22 PM

If your budget is $300, then you could go for a more comprehensive one that shows distances to hazards, etc.


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Posted 08 January 2014 - 04:20 PM

If your budget is $300, then you could go for a more comprehensive one that shows distances to hazards, etc.

any suggestions?

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 04:33 PM

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 04:35 PM

I have a Sureshot GW1. It is not as good looking as Garmin but works well for me with all the function one can ask for (hazards, scorecard, measure how far you hit the ball etc). And free worldwide map database with ~10,000 international courses.

 

Picked up one from Golfbox for 99AUD as a X'mas gift to my brother in Hong Kong, he took it to the course and found the readings were all wrong (apparently that course in HK was not professionally mapped). Emailed sureshot customer service, they managed to upload a pro mapped version to their website within a week during the X'mas holiday period. Got an email from my brother yesterday, saying it works well after the update. I must say, I am pretty impressed with their customer service.



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Posted 08 January 2014 - 04:37 PM

I have a Sureshot GW1. It is not as good looking as Garmin but works well for me with all the function one can ask for (hazards, scorecard, measure how far you hit the ball etc). And free worldwide map database with ~10,000 international courses.

Picked up one from Golfbox for 99AUD as a X'mas gift to my brother in Hong Kong, he took it to the course and found the readings were all wrong (apparently that course in HK was not professionally mapped). Emailed sureshot customer service, they managed to upload a pro mapped version to their website within a week during the X'mas holiday period. Got an email from my brother yesterday, saying it works well after the update. I must say, I am pretty impressed with their customer service.

yeah that's awesome Customer service to have something fixed straight away with only one person mentioning it.. :)

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 07:18 PM

I have a Pebble smart watch which communicates with the FreeCaddie golf app running on my iPhone via Bluetooth.

 

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Can't use it for competition and you have to remember that the actual distance is to your iPhone (which may be in your bag somewhere else) rather than the watch itself.



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Posted 08 January 2014 - 08:04 PM

I have a Pebble smart watch which communicates with the FreeCaddie golf app running on my iPhone via Bluetooth.

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Can't use it for competition and you have to remember that the actual distance is to your iPhone (which may be in your bag somewhere else) rather than the watch itself.


Are none of these allowed in competition?

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 08:13 PM

local rule has to allow use of DMD (distance measuring device)

but, I've never come across a club that hasn't got the rule posted.

some fancy competitions don't allow it, but really rare in the amateur ranks


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Posted 08 January 2014 - 10:33 PM

Noob, the restriction (assuming the local rule has been invoked) is that the device must not be capable of doing other stuff that one is not allowed to do, even if that other stuff is not 'enabled'.  Basically, that rules out the use of a mobile phone, even though the net result is exactly the same as using a dedicated golf gps device.

 

I have a Sonocaddie V300A that I bought some years ago.  Does more than I need and is now considerably out-dated - e.g. it only holds 30 courses so I have to swap them in and out and maybe download one that I don't already have if going to a new course.

 

Features that you might want:

  • distances to other hazards such as bunkers and water (not used often but can be handy to know whether you might hit your ball into trouble)
  • unlimited free courses, with internet updates available free
  • storage for plenty of courses and other data you might want

and perhaps these also:

  • shot tracker (I just creamed that one, I wonder how far it really went)
  • scorecard
  • etc

I've been quite happy with the Sonocaddie.  Even though I bought it from USA, the Aust agents were very helpful.

SureShot also have a good reputation.


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Posted 09 January 2014 - 06:30 AM

Ok great.. Thanks for the info OB

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 01:30 PM

I have the Garmin S3 and it is fantastic:

1. Very, very quick to locate satellites and give distances (as compared to the iPhone apps I was using previously).

2. On my wrist it is quite unobtrusive.

3. Distances to front, middle and back of green. Shot distance tracking.

4. Dynamic green view which changes as you change position.

 

Annoyances:

1. The score keeping feature is useless. So is any other feature on these watches - all you need is the distances it gives you, and a good resolution screen. You won't use any other feature.

2. Battery life is only 1.5 to 2 rounds.

 

The price of the S3 has dropped to $299 locally as the S4 has been launched - not worth the upgrade. S2 is cheaper, but screen resolution is not as great.

 

Check them out here:

1. http://www.golfbox.c...-gps-units.html

2. http://www.golfclear...ngefinders.html

 

The only unit I will consider replacing a watch with is a GolfBuddy Voice+.


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Posted 17 January 2014 - 08:10 AM

whats the big difference between the s3 and s4.. after all im getting it as a gift so might as well choose the better one


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Posted 17 January 2014 - 11:11 AM

The S4 has the following:

1. Slightly thinner and marginally lighter (0.1g) than the S3.

2. Longer battery life (10 hours vs 8 hours in GPS mode); (6 weeks vs 4 weeks in standby).

3. Dedicated "green view" button.

4. Track stats (putts per round, greens and fairways hit, average distance).

5. S4 has high res touchscreen, while S3 screen is called monochrome LCD (both are touchscreen and have the same resolution though).

6. Not sure if the S4 is metal, while the S3 is plastic.

7. Bluetooth for iPhones - allows for SmartNotification - allows you to receive/see emails, text etc. on your phone screen i.e. the S4 displays alerts from an iPhone wirelessly.

 

More info and a video here: https://buy.garmin.c...prod140528.html

 


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Posted 17 January 2014 - 11:27 AM

I have the Golf Buddy Voice+, comes with a watch band.  Absolutely love it.







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