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Shotzoom’s TOURCaddie: Editor Review

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Shotzoom, the company that developed both Golfplan with Paul Azinger and Tiger Woods: My Swing apps recently released TOURCaddie. TOURCaddie is an iPhone app that does some of the things a professional caddie could do for you, and a number of things s/he couldn’t.

Conceptually, the application is like an advanced yardage book, and there are both paid and free versions of TOURCaddie.

The free version features a GPS utility, which provides yardages to the front, middle, and back of 40,000+ courses. It also allows golfers to enter and track statistics and add hole notes and pictures.

If you pay $29.99 for the annual subscription to the TOURCaddie Pro, you, of course get more. TOURCaddie displays more yardages in the paid version, including yardages to hazards and other targets on each hole, as well as club recommendations based on the shot tracking data entered by the user. In the paid version, users can also zoom more extensively on hole maps.

Additionally, another $9.99 gets you an annual subscription to the TOURAcademy features of the app, which include 175+ tips and drills videos from TOURAcademy Instructors covering every aspect of the game.

I was able to demo the app on course. After brief setup and the customary information entry, all you have to do is plug in the course you’re playing and the tees you’ll be hitting from and you’re off.

The hole preview is a fantastic utility, and between that function and the wealth of numbers the app provides, TOURCaddie legitimately rivaled the benefit of our forecaddie from the first tee shot to the end of the round (although it unfortunately doesn’t wash clubs or tell you if your miserable tee shot stayed in play).

Certainly, the app title is a tad whimsical. A real tour caddie or tour yardage book will provide more information in general (for example, green slopes, grain direction, prevailing wind directions). However, the TOURCaddie app is a high-quality GPS device…and then some.

The free version can be filed under “Heckuvalot better than nothing,” and the paid version provides all the numbers you need on every shot, as well as high-quality hole previews. Certainly, the tracking functions take the app to another level, as do the TOURAcademy lessons.

Join the discussion about the TOUR Caddie in the forums.

The app is available for download in iTunes.

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  1. Steelhead

    Sep 7, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Used Golfshot since it came out and now use TOURcaddie. At first it was slower on my iPhone 5 but once I close all other apps before a round there is not much slowdown and find it a most useful app for this 12 hcp. Love the Preview now and really helps on new courses!

  2. Leftright

    Aug 30, 2013 at 7:41 am

    The way things are changing companies have really got to be ahead of the game. I am surprised GPS devices are even being sold anymore when I can pay $30 a year and get constant updates on my iphone of all things. I believe the laser is still the best but if someone doesn’t want to drop $300 this app would be fine for most golfers. The USGA says the non-slope lasers are legal but you cannot use any type is USGA qualifiers or event so you might as well buy a slope version and get yardages in the practice round. Lasers definitely speed up play in my group but I assume some people still pace off yardages like they did in the 18th century.

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Choose Your Tartan: Enter now to win a Sunfish Tartan headcover

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Sunfish, well known for its stylish headcover designs, is offering up free Tartan-style headcovers to five GolfWRX Members. All you have to do to apply is become a GolfWRX member, if you’re not already, and then reply in the forum thread with your favorite the Tartan pattern.

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The five winners will receive a free headcover in the pattern that they select. Winners will be selected on Friday, so don’t wait.

Click here to enter into the giveaway and pick your favorite style.

Reminder: Commenting on this post WILL NOT enter you into the giveaway.

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Member Reviews: Callaway Steelhead XR Fairway Woods

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One of the many benefits of being a GolfWRX Forum Member is exclusive access to Giveaways and Testing Threads. In this Testing Thread, we selected six members to test a Callaway Steelhead XR fairway wood built to their specs.

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The Steelhead XR has a club face made of steel for that familiar Steelhead feel. The crowns are made from J-36 carbon fiber to lower center of gravity and move it more forward; that will help it produce lower spin like the original designs that sold 2.3 million units. According to Callaway, the crowns weigh just 6 grams — that’s 20 grams lighter than Callaway’s XR ’16 fairway wood crowns.

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The Steelhead XR fairways also have a Hyper Speed Face Cup that produces more ball speed across the face, and Speed Step technology, or the raised portions on the crown, that were first introduced in Callaway XR ’16 metalwoods. They improve aerodynamics to help golfers produce higher swing speeds.

Each member completed a detailed analysis and rating of the club. You can see the full reviews here. Below, we pull quotes from the reviews to give you a feel for what this choice group of WRXers had to say. The responses have been minimally edited for brevity and style. Thanks to all of those involved in the testing!

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  • Club Tested: Callaway Steelhead XR (13.5 degrees)
  • Shaft Tested: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 65X

“I like almost everything about how this club looks. The color combination of the dark blue against the steel face gives a nice contract. I really like how the carbon fiber looks under the blue paint.”

“At times the ball appeared to have a little too much spin and would tend to climb to a height that would be above my current gamer off the tee. It would tend to go further because of the stronger loft, however, usually about 5-7 yards. Perhaps a different shaft could help the spin, but it would need testing. The Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 65 Graphite X-flex is a great stock option. It has a good feel and a weight that I prefer, and I think it can keep up with higher swing speeds without issue.”

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  • Club Tested: Callaway Steelhead XR 4+ (16 degrees)
  • Shaft Tested: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 65X

“The appearance of the Steelhead is amazing. The shape is perfect for my eye, as I prefer a smaller profile down by the ball in fairway woods. The face is pretty deep compared to my [Cobra] Fly-Z+ I’ve been playing for three years now. The sound is amazing off the head. I never had the privilege of playing the original Steelhead fairways, but it does remind me of the original woods I played as a kid, which I think where Tommy Armour 845’s.”

“With the deeper face of the Steelhead XR, I thought I would have issues launching the ball from the deck on par 5s, but I did not see any issue. Turf interaction with the Steelhead was great. I was able to try multiple lies from the fairway, rough, and even a bunker. From the fairway I could easily control it and actually get the ball up in the air enough and with enough spin to hold greens.”

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  • Club Tested: Callaway Steelhead XR 4+ (16 degrees)

“The top of this club looks awesome at address. I really liked the look of the crown that is a dark blue and shows the carbon fiber underneath. That, coupled with the silver steel face, makes it easy to frame the ball. This is a steel club so the sound and feel will be a sharper metal sound that’s accustomed to the old Steelheads. Has great swing weight and feel. Felt really easy to hit this in the tee box, fairway, or rough.”

“I really enjoyed the versatility of the 4+ with the shorter playing length, heavier swing weight, and flatter lie angle. For me, it felt like a bomber off the tee box, but it was still something I could use to get me out of less-than-ideal lies outside of the fairway —  something I wouldn’t think about with my current gamer.”

Hackster

  • Club Tested: Callaway Steelhead XR 4+ (16 degrees)

“This club is all business. Longer than my 3-wood, flies higher and able to work the ball left and right. On the tee, the ball jumps forward when it hits fairway. Does not lose much distance on off-center hits.”

“Long off the fairway, just put on cruise control and fire away. I struggle in the rough with any fairway wood, so not much to compare to — that’s what hybrids are for. Love this club. Had concerns where it would fit in the bag, but easily able to replace my 14.5-degree 3-wood with the 4+. Much more versatile than my current 3-wood and longer.”

drifliboy

  • Club Tested: Callaway Steelhead XR 3+ (13.5 degrees)

“This club with the lower loft of the 3+ worked well for me off the tee. It was close to my driver on distance. It seemed to launch quickly and then maintain its height. It did not balloon for me. It also really seemed to want to go straight, a couple of times shots almost seemed to correct a little in the air, particularly if I had pushed it. This club at this loft is pretty much a driver replacement for me.”

“If you are looking for a very classy fairway wood that is solid, long, with some forgiveness and doesn’t look like it was developed by a “mad” scientist, this club should be on your short list. It works well off the tee and turf. Please test and get fitted for the right loft and flex. I think this club provides most golfers with very good options that should be considered if they are looking to upgrade any of their woods.”

Discussion: Read the full responses here.

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Review: Honma TW737-Vs Forged Irons

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