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Skycaddie is best for golf
on June 5, 2014
I had used original Skycaddie when it first came out, back when there were few course available. Then I quit playing for 6-7 years, and when I started back, tried using smartphone apps for distance and score/stat-keeping. However, smartphone apps have 2 big problems:
1) Yardages: are not always accurate, since they seem based on satellite mapping. I found a few holes where they were consistenly off by 20 yards or so. Also, the front/middle/back were based on the front/back of the green in line with the center fairway. If you were significantly off-line, that front yardage meant little for carrying a front-to-side bunker. Skycaddie yardage are based on your present line, so you know that front yardage is to carry that bunker. Also helpful when hitting long approaches over doglegs.
2) Using gps and having the display on bright to be able to read in the sunlight drained the smartphone battery quickly. I used iPhone, Nokia, and Samsung, and had the same problem on all of the them. I have to carry 1 or 2 spare batteries to charge the phone while playing, making it much bulkier to carry.
With Skycaddie, although you have to pay a subscription, you know you have good data. I chose the Breeze because it was the cheapest device to get hole yardages, not just front//center/back green yardages. So I can see what I need to hit from a tee to get to a dogleg, or designed layup on the hole (short of a creek, short or carry a bunker, end of fairway, etc). It makes shot planning much easier.
I would give any Skycaddie 5 stars, except on this device, the screen is hard to read with its backlight off in bright sunlight. There is no way to force backlight to always stay on, although I can get it to come on by covering the light sensor at the top of the screen with my thumb. Its a minor annoyance, but enough to dock it a star on this review.
One other annoyance is with score-keeping on the device. I like to track stats when I play, and the online account allows me to mark that I want to track all the stats I would like. But that does not transfer to the device, and can only keep score, putts, fairway hit (GIR derived from score minus putts) on the device. I would like to also keep chips, penalties, and first putt length, but the device does not have those stats. So I must keep stats separately on a scorecard.
Battery life is good, I can get 2-3 rounds before charging. Overall, I do like the Skycaddie Breeze and Skycaddie program.