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#211 jsanatx

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 04:19 PM

Tried Fun Golf, downloaded the app to my phone and AW3 (non-cell), but when I'm at the course, i open the app on the watch, tap on start a round and I get a message "Visit the FunGolf Store on your iPhone to get the yardages right on your wrist".  WTH does this mean?  I'm an old fart, so take it easy.

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 04:22 PM

You need to buy a subscription through the app on your iPhone.

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 04:41 PM

well hell, are there any apps that are free to use on your watch?
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Posted 25 January 2018 - 05:22 PM

 jsanatx, on 25 January 2018 - 04:41 PM, said:

well hell, are there any apps that are free to use on your watch?

hole 19. by far the best I've tried that is free and doesn't require a subscription or purchase of any kind. uses gps on the watch or on the phone if you keep the Bluetooth connected during the round. uses very little battery (play 36 with no issues) really easy to use imo.

 Paul Verizer, on 25 January 2018 - 04:03 PM, said:

New AW3 non-cell owner here (Garmin Vivoactive took a dump) and I have yet to play around with any of the apps yet. After reading all of the Q & A on this thread I'm wondering...

Do the users or moderators have the ability to create a poll? It may be helpful on a topic such as this, as there are so many details within each app, a clear first, second, or third place out of five or so would at least make it clear at a glance which apps are worth trying and which are not. Though, I do love the minutia. Sometimes.

I think that's a good idea, however imo, the poll would be outdated quickly. there are lots of apps out there that can use the aw and also just the gps on the aw (series 2 and 3), and new ones are created all the time - not to mention the updates that make/may make the poll out of date.
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Posted 31 January 2018 - 02:43 PM

Does FunGolf on the watch give you club selection on the watch like GolfShot does if you pay for a script?


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Posted 28 February 2018 - 11:16 PM

Bought a year for FunGolf. The phone interface is real good. Hindsight I should have bought 1 month of it and 1 month of GolfShot Pro and seen which I liked the most on the watch and then bought the year. Now I'll wind up buying a month of GolfShot Pro and hope I don't like it more hahah

The Fungolf watch face works and had no problem with it knowing the hole.
I forgot to try the Smart Target mode on the watch.
I wish it would give you the recommended club on the watch app like GolfShot does.
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Posted 01 March 2018 - 07:41 AM

HI All,

I also liked the interface of FunGolf on my iPhone and Watch.  The issue I had with FunGolf is that it kept loosing it's position on the course if I attempted to edit a score mid-round.  Attempted to contact FunGolf by eMail for help--never heard (even thought they claim 48 hour response time) back from them and after several attempts canceled my monthly subscription.

I am currently trying new products. GolfShot Pro is next on my list.

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 01:47 PM

I emailed FunGolf last night using the support page about if there was a chance of getting the suggested club on the watch.
The replied this morning that no because of being legal for R&A competition so they were pretty quick.

I already bought a year of FunGolf so I'll use it but going to get a monthly sub for GolfShot Pro to try. I see they gave you the option of taking the score card feature off the watch in the last update.

Really all I want is F/B/M to the green, distance to bunkers/hazards and club suggestion on the watch. I'll use the paper scorecard and input my info later into the phone app

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Posted 02 March 2018 - 09:02 AM

 Str8Putt, on 01 March 2018 - 01:47 PM, said:

Really all I want is F/B/M to the green, distance to bunkers/hazards and club suggestion on the watch. I'll use the paper scorecard and input my info later into the phone app

I'm curious as to why so many want club selection suggestions from a GPS device.  It can only "suggest" a club from the info you already know and have entered into the program.  Now if the GPS device actually knew the elevation change from your position to the target and if it knew the velocity and direction of the wind and it knew the firmness of the turf or greens, that might be a different matter.

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Posted 03 March 2018 - 06:35 PM

 TScottTX, on 02 March 2018 - 09:02 AM, said:

 Str8Putt, on 01 March 2018 - 01:47 PM, said:

Really all I want is F/B/M to the green, distance to bunkers/hazards and club suggestion on the watch. I'll use the paper scorecard and input my info later into the phone app

I'm curious as to why so many want club selection suggestions from a GPS device.  It can only "suggest" a club from the info you already know and have entered into the program.  Now if the GPS device actually knew the elevation change from your position to the target and if it knew the velocity and direction of the wind and it knew the firmness of the turf or greens, that might be a different matter.

Because I've switched clubs that I play and the distances are different between the other set is pretty good and as a reminder of what club I want to hit at a certain yardage. I haven't played any meaningful golf the past few years either so I use yardage cards I've made for my club sets that I pull out and look at some times.


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Posted 04 March 2018 - 02:33 AM

Apple Watch is worth every penny.

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Posted 04 March 2018 - 08:32 PM

Overall Iíve been pleased with FunGolf on the Apple Watch. Iíve had no issues with it since Iíve been using it since early in January. Overall a good product.
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Posted 06 March 2018 - 05:17 AM

how does the Apple Watch S3 with hole19/Fungolf/Golfshot compare to using a dedicated golf watch like the Garmin S20?

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Posted 06 March 2018 - 11:57 AM

 enigma2k, on 06 March 2018 - 05:17 AM, said:

how does the Apple Watch S3 with hole19/Fungolf/Golfshot compare to using a dedicated golf watch like the Garmin S20?

Garmin, you're using their software and only their software and you're only using it for golf. No phone needed for software/updates

Apple Watch you have a choice of apps to use and you can use it for fitness, use it as an music player, without bring along iPhone, extension of iPhone, health tracking. Need an iPhone to install apps/updates.

GPS's are the same. There should be no pinpointing location differences.

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 08:04 AM

So it sounds like reading through this people either use fungolf, the grint, or hole19.  I used The Grint on my phone and will be getting the first crack on my new watch.  I'm mostly using it for score keeping/stat tracking as I already have a rangefinder.  Is something else better?

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 10:28 AM

I used hole19 yesterday for the first time.  No complaints with GPS - it worked well and updated quickly.  However, the app was very slow to allow me to enter my score.  i.e. after swiping right to enter score the app would sit for unresponsive to touch for up to ~30 secs.  Has anyone experienced this?   This was consistent when hooked up to the phone via Bluetooth or not.

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 11:05 AM

 all4isu, on 23 April 2018 - 10:28 AM, said:

I used hole19 yesterday for the first time.  No complaints with GPS - it worked well and updated quickly.  However, the app was very slow to allow me to enter my score.  i.e. after swiping right to enter score the app would sit for unresponsive to touch for up to ~30 secs.  Has anyone experienced this?   This was consistent when hooked up to the phone via Bluetooth or not.

no issues currently with my aw2. is the app updated? I know in the past when updates happened it would have intermittent issues similar to what you've described (but less than 10sec), but found them corrected by the next time I played.
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Posted 23 April 2018 - 11:10 AM

 jpdx, on 23 April 2018 - 11:05 AM, said:

 all4isu, on 23 April 2018 - 10:28 AM, said:

I used hole19 yesterday for the first time.  No complaints with GPS - it worked well and updated quickly.  However, the app was very slow to allow me to enter my score.  i.e. after swiping right to enter score the app would sit for unresponsive to touch for up to ~30 secs.  Has anyone experienced this?   This was consistent when hooked up to the phone via Bluetooth or not.

no issues currently with my aw2. is the app updated? I know in the past when updates happened it would have intermittent issues similar to what you've described (but less than 10sec), but found them corrected by the next time I played.

Yep I have the latest version with AW3.  I'll try restarting both the phone and watch today to see if that helps.

Either way I'm hoping this is not normal, since the app was borderline not usable because I was consistently distracted by trying to input my score.

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 11:14 AM

 all4isu, on 23 April 2018 - 11:10 AM, said:

 jpdx, on 23 April 2018 - 11:05 AM, said:

 all4isu, on 23 April 2018 - 10:28 AM, said:

I used hole19 yesterday for the first time.  No complaints with GPS - it worked well and updated quickly.  However, the app was very slow to allow me to enter my score.  i.e. after swiping right to enter score the app would sit for unresponsive to touch for up to ~30 secs.  Has anyone experienced this?   This was consistent when hooked up to the phone via Bluetooth or not.

no issues currently with my aw2. is the app updated? I know in the past when updates happened it would have intermittent issues similar to what you've described (but less than 10sec), but found them corrected by the next time I played.

Yep I have the latest version with AW3.  I'll try restarting both the phone and watch today to see if that helps.

Either way I'm hoping this is not normal, since the app was borderline not usable because I was consistently detracted by trying to input my score.

ah, I had a weird issue some time ago on my aw2. I then turned it off, and the phone...then restarted. both worked great again afterwards. :dntknw:
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Posted 18 May 2018 - 09:04 AM

Does Hole19 allow standalone AW3 use in the free version?   Or are you tethered to your phone in the free version?


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Posted 18 May 2018 - 09:58 AM

 jreed, on 18 May 2018 - 09:04 AM, said:

Does Hole19 allow standalone AW3 use in the free version?   Or are you tethered to your phone in the free version?

Yes on the free version you can use your AW3 as a standalone.  Load the app on your phone, start your round, access the app on your watch, then turn off Bluetooth.  

Side note - the slow response to enter my score noted above appears to be better with the latest app update.  I'm playing today and will try again.  

Also, so far I've tried all the apps listed in this thread and like hole19 the best (except for the slower reponse to load score).  The apps load distances fast and accurately, and the score tracking is easy.  After the round your stats are organized really well and useful.

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Posted 18 May 2018 - 11:09 PM

I’ve been using Hole 19 for a couple of weeks with AW3 and haven’t experienced any slow score loading.  Or slow anything.

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Posted 20 May 2018 - 10:00 AM

Been a Hole19 user for the last 3 years.  I always think there has to be something better, try it, and come back to Hole19.


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