The moment that virtually none of you have been waiting for...
I used Game Golf Pro on the course
for a full 18 holes, and it was...
However, it's not completely
without issues. Here are my takeaways and thoughts in general:
Tagging shots: It worked like a bloody charm, and I still can't believe it. I only had ONE false tag the entire round (which was my fault), but I was able to quickly edit it out. I also had a couple of putts fail to tag, but it was understandable each time it happened (e.g., I missed a short putt, then quickly tapped in the next, so it didn't recognize the second one). It even tagged correctly when I hit my best shot of the day; A super delicate little 6-yard chip that went in! Those stupid tags may be a giant PITA to pair up, but they seem to do their job on the course. I was most surprised by how quickly I got used to not
tapping the tags against the device. I've tapped every single shot for nearly four years and 270+ rounds, but it only took about 6 holes before I stopped trying to manually tag. Color me impressed.
GPS: Mostly OK. I did have a couple of spots where it showed me a few feet from where I really was in real time, and when I edited my round afterward there were a couple tags that were off a few yards (like it tagged me being next to the tee box instead of in the middle a few times), but nothing horrendous. The GPS is basically the same degree of accuracy that the previous device was, so I can't really complain about it.
The app: Shockingly; It did NOT. CRASH. ONCE!!! I guess when they said they were focussing all of the app development on it working with the Pro unit, it wasn't total BS. It was a little glitchy when it showed my final summary at the end of the round, but when I pulled it up at home everything was correct. Considering what an absolute nightmare the app has been for the last couple months, I'd say this is a huge win.
The medallion: This one is tough to call. It did lose the GPS signal on the 9th green. To correct the issue I was forced to close the app and turn off the unit completely, then restart them both and continue the round. Once restarted, it found the GPS signal again and I never had another problem. I was sure when it started to go wonky that it would be all downhill from there, but it worked out OK. I will admit that loading up the course info, connecting to the device, and starting my round was VERY fast both times, so it's hard to be mad about it.
Smart caddie: It's still useless garbage, and I still hate it. I'm turning it off for my next round, and will probably never turn it on again. THIS
is a raw video of me and the "Smart Caddie".
Random: I kind of hate that it's "always on". Every once in a while I'll want to try a long putt over again after I hole out. If I do that now, it will count every goof-off putt as a real one and I have to erase them afterward. It's a small complaint, but I could see it getting annoying at other times too. Say you're waiting on a tee box during a slow round and you want to hit some chip shots to kill time; It's going to count all of those shots, and you're going to end up with a bunch of clean up work to do on the app. Also, how does practice affect the battery life of the tags? Can the tags wake up and start draining the battery even if the device isn't on? If so, then using my putting green at home would mean the putter tag battery lasting half as long as the rest of my clubs. I'm seriously considering just not using the putter tag at all, and just manually adding my putts anyway. I already edit my putts to be more accurate after every round anyway, so it may actually save me time. Plus, I could keep the extra tag as a backup in case I broke one or a battery died. Just a thought.
Overall: Ignoring what a complete s***show it is to set up, and all of the previous problems with my Live device... I'd give its performance today a solid "B". If the unit had not lost GPS on nine, I would have viewed it as a complete success. That being said, I'm still not completely sold. I am planning to go play again on Monday, so I'm giving it another chance. I took delivery on the 17th, so I suppose I can use it for at least a couple more weeks before I start screaming for a refund. Hopefully, the GPS drop glitch is a one-time thing and I won't have to return it at all.
I'd certainly hate to be left out of the "WITB signature" thingy, so...
Cobra F8 Tour Length Driver 9.5° - Hzrdus Black 65 6.0
Cobra F8 3 Wood 14.5° - Hzrdus Black 65 6.0, 3/4 inch short
Cobra F8 4 Hybrid 22° - UST Recoil 780 ES Smacwrap Black F4, 1/2 inch short
Taylormade P790 5-AW Irons - KBS Tour FLT 120 S, 1/4 inch short
Edel 54°, 58°, and 62° Wedges - KBS Hi-Rev, with various mods and adjustments
Custom Black Machine M20 Putter - Matte Black Shaft and Skull Edition Superstroke Pistol GT Tour Grip
Bridgestone B330 RX Balls (or e6 if I start to lose too many that day)
Ogio Silencer bag for riding/pushcart or Jones Original bag for carrying
Bagboy Triswivel II for my fat @$$ to walk more
All clubs besides putter have MCC +4 standard grips, with the "Align" version on driver and fairway
Custom VW GTI plaid seat headcovers and towel
Asher Death Wish glove, obnoxious purple pants with a bright green belt, and a pentagram ball marker to irritate the old men who take everything WAY too seriously