TM_HOYER, on 20 April 2011 - 12:46 PM, said:
Tanksfurnutin, on 20 April 2011 - 11:34 AM, said:
TM_HOYER, on 20 April 2011 - 10:58 AM, said:
I will pay extra to get the information from someone walking the course vs. a computer geek calculating what they think the yardage is based on a satellite photo.
I was a loyal Skycaddie user like you before my unit got ripped off. Like you I was dubious about the accuracy of someone using a satellite photo to tell me correct distances. But for 2 bucks I figured what did I have to lose. I have compared the readings off the app I use versus my friends SGX and they only tend to differ a by a couple of yards at most. I always liked my SGX but it always bothered me a little that Skygolf would still charge me a yearly fee.
I guess someone stealing from me has actually saved me money. Go figure.
There is one very important problem with smartphone apps. They are not conforming to the USGA. You cannot submit a round shot using a smartphone app for handicap calculation. For tournaments that allow GPS, you cannot use a smartphone app. Until the USGA changes their decision on smartphone apps, they are a road to nowhere.
Your info on smartphone GPS and USGA rules isn't correct. USGA ruled in November 2009 that smartphone GPS fall under local rules same as standalone golf GPS apps. The clarification pointed out that no other features, such as weather reporting, slope, wind conditions, or additional info, are allowed. If you call the USGA in Far Hills, NJ, that's what you'll be told.
You can, in fact, use your smartphone to check email, receive calls, do non-play related internet searches, or anything else you want to do.
As to submitting scores from your smartphone, that's allowed too. It just has to be submitted through an accepted handicap association such as Diablo Golf GHIN app that's officially licensed by the USGA so people can post and lookup info via smartphone app.