Player Intro (repeating from stage 1)
Â· Handicap? (Or average score) I don't keep an official handicap, but guess it would be around 18-20, average score usually a little over 90, maybe high 80's if things are going extremely well.
Â· Strengths of your game? Not sure I really have a big strength, probably chipping and putting if I had to put a label on it. It's part of the game I really enjoy as well.
Â· Weakness of your game? Distance, being older, I can't hit the long ball with the youngin's anymore. I have to make up for it with accuracy, when I'm able to.
Â· Have you used a GPS device/watch before? I have a Garmin Approach G5, It's been very handy and I like it a lot. It doesn't have a ton of bells and whistles, but it gives me the information I'm looking for. But I am excited to test a similar product against it.
Â· Do you embrace techie stuff or are you tech-phobic? I'm not the best with technology, but I embrace it. Anything that can make the game a little easier and more enjoyable, I am all for.
Â· What makes you love the game? I love the relaxation factor and being able to spend time with friends and family. I try not to take the game too seriously, it's supposed to be fun, after all.
Â· How long have you been golfing? Off and on for my adult life. I've been playing a lot more lately, because I have more free time on my hands.
Â· What kind of golfer are you? I play because I enjoy the game and try not to be too competitive. I do it because it's fun and I get to spend time w/ friends and family. I don't take myself or the game too seriously
Â· What's your story? At 65, I'm sure I'm older than the average MGS'er. But I still love golf. I'm retired, so it gives me more opportunity to play, although I'm not an everyday player. I enjoy watching the game as well and seeing all these young guys that are such good players, and seem like really nice guys as well. Spieth is my current favorite, but do love watching Lefty and Kuch as well.
Â· What is in your bag? Have a TaylorMade R11 driver and RBZ 3 wood, and old set of Dunlop irons that I'd like to upgrade sometime soon. They are old, but I'm comfortable with them and they get the job done good enough. I'm sure there is something better for me out there though.
Describe the following:
How easy is the TomTom Golfer 2 to use? Very simple to setup and use, very little tech knowledge needed
Are the different screens easy to access ? Navigation was very easy, only the 1 button to worry about here
Was it easy to get started? Again, extremely easy, especially for basic functions. It already knows what course you a closest to
How accurate are the readings? I found it to be right on par with my Garmin G5 and Golf Logix, readings were almost identical.
What features proved to be the most useful? Obviously, the yardage is the main feature, and I found it to be very useful. Shot tracking yardage was also a great feature, that I really liked
The least useful? All of the features are useful, I will just put stats here, because I'm not big into keeping them
How is the stat/shot tracking feature? Easy to use, a great feature for someone who is into that
Is the information easy to use? Is it accurate? I found it to be very easy to use, and the yardages were dead on
Are the stats beneficial? To the right player, they certainly would beâ€¦just not my thing
Is it comfortable to wear? Is it a distraction while you play? I'm not a big watch wearer, but I found it to be pretty comfortable. I'm not crazy about having something on my wrist though, so it's a draw-backâ€¦but certainly not the fault of the device, it is well designed.
Course Score: (Out of 65 points) 50
How did it perform? It performed well, but there were a few problems. It was very sensitive in counting strokes from practice swings. This got very annoying, constantly adjusting and taking strokes off. You really didn't even have to take a swing, if I just moved my arm to quickly, it would register a stroke. This was a pretty big, consistent problem. (this was the biggest knock in the above score out of 65)
Were you pleased with how the accessory performed? Overall yes, with a few annoyances
Please compare and contrast it to what you are currently using? Compared to my garmin G5, it performed well, as the yardages were always very close. The Garmin doesn't have any of the statistical capabilities.
What factors were you pleased with? Ease of use and accuracy. Even though I don't like having something on my wrist, it was nice to just glance at it.
How did it compare to your current accessory? It has many more features and is just as easy to use
Did it help you on the course? Yes, gave me accurate yardages
What factors did you find lacking? The practice swing was the biggest problem, perhaps there is a way to turn down the sensitivity?
What improvements would you like to see? Less sensitive to practice swings
What would you do away with? I wasn't a big fan of it â€˜buzzing' when you go from one hole to the next
Looks & Durability
Describe the following:
Apprearance/graphics/packaging. Good looking product, very simple and sleek
Short term/long term durability. Have had no problems with it, even played in a small rain
Instructions - clear and understandable? Very simple and easy to use
Looks Score: (Out of 10 points) 9
Likelihood of Purchase
How likely would you be to purchase this accessory? Unlikely
Why or why not? Only say that, because personally, it doesn't work that well for me. I don't like having it on my wrist, and I'm not big into stats. Mostly just wanting the yardages. The practice swing thing is a big drawback if you are into them, constantly having to remove strokes. That being said, I will give it a â€˜decent' score, because for someone looking for a GPS watch, it does the job
LOP Score: (Out of 25 points) 15
This is a great little device, with lots of functionality in a small package. They have a done a great job with it, I just don't think it right for me.
Conclusion & Final Score
TomTom provides an easy to use device. It has accurate readings and lots of bells and whistles in a small package. It does have a few drawbacks, the biggest being the sensitivity on practice swings, this gets very annoying. Another being the â€˜buzzing' going from one hole to the next, maybe that can be turned off somewhere in the settings, I couldn't find it. Overall, if you are someone who would prefer to have the device on your wrist, instead of carrying in your pocket or in the cart, you should definitely keep this one in mind when making your purchase, for the right person, it will be a great help to you on the course.
Total Score: 74
*Edit to add: Pasting from Word, not sure why some of my blues show up different and it rotated some of my pics, hopefully it's not too hard to read