This is interesting. There are many GPS units on the market. I’ve reviewed a ton of them. Some are stand alone and some are watches. Most are bulky and expensive. The TLink (pictured below) is neither bulky or expensive.
The TLink unit saves space by utilizing the GPS in one’s smartphone. The unit can be worn as a watch with the included band, or clamped onto a belt or pocket via the included clip. TLink connects via bluetooth to an Android phone or iPhone and uses the phone’s GPS location for yardages, front, back and middle. TLink comes with 30,000 courses built in. You can see if your course of choice is on the list here.
The unit also is a pedometer, like a FitBit. It will track your steps (hopefully walking the golf course), distance walked, and calories burned. It will even keep the records for later comparison. So you can see how you did on your home course versus last week’s round. I wish I would have had this when I was in Scotland a couple of weeks ago.
The app is free with the unit, for yardages and pedometer functions. An extra in-app purchase can open up a full statistics capability in the unit (pictured below). Users can track scoring, fairways, putting, driving accuracy and so forth:
The folks at T-Link reached out to me to do a product review. That’s now in process. They also asked if I would like to offer a discount to HOG readers. Well, of course. I’d love to reward HOG readers with a deal whenever possible. Follow this link to the TLink web store and use the discount coupon code hooked at checkout to knock the price down from $99 to $89.
I’m charging up my unit for the first time. I’ll be doing my first round of testing this week. Stay tuned.
My 3-year-old Seve and I have had a blast with the new BIG MAX Autofold FF 3-wheel push cart (UK: trolley). I set it up in my office and have been carting him around the hallway, living room, and kitchen. Finally after about 14 hours that fun finally wore off I got a chance to take the trolley out into the back yard and get some pictures of it.
BIG MAX Autofold FF Push Cart/Trolley
I will begin testing this cart on my next walking round, Monday. Then I’ll keep it in play the rest of the week until I take off for Scotland. I’d really love to bring this trolley with me to Scotland to use it there instead of carrying my bag or renting trolleys there. Oh well. Life is rough.
BIG MAX Autofold FF Push Cart/Trolley
Stay tuned for my full review of this push cart soon. Initial impressions are that this is a well engineered, substantial piece of golf equipment. Let’s see if it holds up to some real
The upcoming Hooked on Golf Blog World Tour trip to Scotland is 22 days, 4 hours, 12 minutes and 34 seconds away. But who is counting? During this particular tour I intend to carry my bag and what would you know, a great candidate for that job has arrived for review from Puma Golf. This is the Superlite Stand Bag:
I’ve been thinking about using a “Sunday Bag” for the Scotland trip because of how light and small they are. A couple of problems with Sunday bags are that they don’t have stands, and they typically can’t hold much. In Scotland I am going to need some room for sweaters and rain gear. That’s what may make this Puma Superlite the ticket. It’s only 3.8 pounds but has room for 14 clubs plus a ton of rain gear and other needs, like flasks full of scotch or extra golf balls if the gorse is particularly hungry.
I will begin my testing as soon as my next round, in two days. Stay tuned for my full review after I’ve had enough real rounds of golf to fill up my cranium with opinions about this bag. And stay tuned for the upcoming Scotland pictures to see if this bag made the cut for the trip to the birthplace of golf.
Golf GPS rangefinder watch technology is improving. No longer does the golfer have to wear a ridiculously large device to have GPS yardages and other great features on his or her wrist. Case in point is the new Bushnell neo iON GPS rangefinder watch. Let’s take a look.
Bushnell Neo iON GPS Rangefinder Watch
In the photo above I’m either playing a really short par-5 and I’m on the tee, or I just duffed my drive and did the walk of shame 50 yards forward from the tee. Take your pick. But the display does give a good example of the core information I need when approaching a green, the front yardage, middle yardage, and back yardage. Here’s a list of all the basic features of the Bushnell neo iON GPS Rangefinder Watch:
- One button operation
- Auto course recognition
- Auto hole advance
- Calculates shot distances
- Up to four hazard or layup distances per hole
- Extended battery life
- Over 35,000 preloaded courses
On The Course
One of the most irritating things about many golf GPS devices, watch or others, is the amount of time it takes them to recognize what course they are on. In fact, some of the GPS units I use never find the course. This unit finds the course very quickly and does not lose it.
During the round the yardages are solid and quick. I’ve confirmed them with markers on the ground and via laser. Rock solid. Sometimes it’s better to think about the front or back yardages of the green. Say you have a green with a false front which repels shots. Knowing the right number to avoid that spot is a great advantage. The same goes with pins that are long. If the green has a bad drop behind it or deep rough, long is dead. Knowing these yardages arms the player with great information for a better approach strategy.
The pedometer is a very cool feature. My phone has one, but it isn’t as accurate, and it drains the battery badly. Knowing how many miles I’ve walked is also great. A 7,000 yard course may calculate out to four miles, but the walk can be double that or more. After all, the golfer doesn’t hit straight shots. Left. Right. Left. Right. You get the drill.
Another great bit of information the unit provides is shot distances. One may “think” their 9-iron goes 140 yards when in reality it goes 132. Knowing exact yardages, and accepting what they really are, will save strokes. If only I could teach myself to accept them… That’s another discussion.
The battery life of the iON is great. I’ve squeezed two full rounds out of a unit before charging. I think I could have gotten more out of it but wanted to be sure I had a full 18 for my next round.
I have the same critique for this unit which I have for 99% of the golf GPS watches I’ve reviewed, the proprietary charging cable. Why is it so hard for companies to put a standard micro USB plug on these units? That way one could charge it with a standard cable should he/she forget to bring the proprietary one.
The other issue I have with GPS watches is the fact that they are watches. I’m not a watch wearer and I find them especially uncomfortable in the golf swing. So I usually attach them to my golf bag. It would be nice if the unit could be stand alone, without the band.
Though it retails for $199.00, I’ve found this golf GPS watch on sale at Amazon for only $149.00. Considering all the features and performance this is a great deal.
Father’s Day is coming up later this week. Dad would love one.
I received an interesting golf product to review a few weeks ago, the “Perfect Tee Mold.” This unit is a vintage replica of a sand tee mold, made out of 360 brass. A sand tee mold was used long ago to form a tee from wet sand which was beside each tee. The golfers would put the sand in the mold and pinch it onto the ground to form a natural tee.
Oddly, the person who submitted this product did not leave a website, email, or a phone number with the product submission. Mr. Jensen asks for my opinion but left me no way to respond! The only place I could find this product online is on ebay. I did some googling and found the website for Jensen Manufacturing, which is in the running for worst website on the planet. Obviously their machining skills are their focus…
Anyway, I’ll try to test it out on a real golf course soon. I tried making a tee out of dirt from my yard but it’s too dry.