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  1. STAGE 2

     

     

    Player Intro (repeating from stage 1)

    ·        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.

    ·        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.

    ·        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.

    ·        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.

    ·        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. 

    ·        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.

    ·        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. 

    ·        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

    ·        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.

    ·        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.

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    Performance

    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 be…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-back…but certainly not the fault of the device, it is well designed.

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    Course Score: (Out of 65 points) 50

     

    Performance Notes

    • 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 ‘buzzing' when you go from one hole to the next

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    Subjective

    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
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    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 ‘decent' score, because for someone looking for a GPS watch, it does the job

     

    LOP Score: (Out of 25 points)   15

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    Subjective Notes

     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 ‘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

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  2. Stage One

     

    First off, I'd like to thank MGS and TomTom for this opportunity, it is very much appreciated. 

     

    Upon opening the Fedex envelope, I was greeted by a small, good looking box.  I think I expected there to be more, not sure why, I mean, it is a small product after all.  Only 3 things in the box, the watch, the charger and manual…what more could you need.

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    One thing about the charger that could be a slight drawback, it is a VERY specific connector, so if you lose it, you will be at their mercy to find a replacement, no going to Walmart and getting a generic one.

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     The watch feels like a quality product, not flimsy or cheap in any way.   The clasp is pretty easy to operate, but I did notice the strap slides out of the clasp pretty easily, if you don't keep a little pressure on it when putting it on.  Overall, it's a good looking product, I won't get into any functionality here, as that is more of a Stage 2 thing.

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    Now on to the interview/introduction process.

     

     

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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. 
    • 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.
    • 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. 
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • What region do you play out of?  I'm from NorthEast Indiana, and really only play the local courses.  I don't travel to play much.  I play for fun, and I can have just as much fun around here.  Body needs a break in the winter anyways.

     

     

     

    As far as initial impressions of TomTom as a company, to be honest, I didn't even know they made a golf product.  I know at one time, they were one of the top GPS companies for making products for your car (I even owned one).  I have a positive view of their company because of that reputation, but like I said, didn't even know they were in the golf business.

     

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    As for GPS watches in general, at first, I thought they were a little ‘gimmicky'.  I mean, will I even be able to read the screen?  But as they have become more popular, I've kept an open mind.  The biggest hinderance this product may have for me is, that I'm not a big watch wearer.  I'm not always comfortable having something on my wrist, so as I review this product, comfort will be a huge factor.  I don't want to know it's there when I'm not using it.

     

     

     

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