OK, late to the party...about me:
My name is Doug. I'm 45, I started golfing in 2011. This is my third MGS product review . I reviewed Golf Pride Tour Velvet +4 grips, and Lynx Black Cat Irons. I golf in the spring, summer, fall. I snowboard in the winter. My wife golfs and skis. It works out really well
Last summer I was probably a 20-21 hcp. A tweak to my swing at the range got me hitting the ball straight and far again. I'm currently a 16.5 and hopefully dropping. My strength is probably putting. My current weakness is sand. I had a sand shot that pretty much guaranteed I'd be on the green but it has gotten away from me. Many bladed shots recently. I'll answer some of the questions we were provided, and then get to some of yours.
Do you play mostly one course or a lot of different courses?
Lately I play our course, Basking Ridge CC in Basking Ridge, NJ. It is longer than average by the numbers. I have been playing the senior tees since my swing fell apart a few years ago, and have since stuck with that until I shoot a 79. We also have a White/Gold combo on the scorecard that is more in line with white tees at public courses. I play those or white in league events. The county courses by me are really good though; and, farther north is Crystal Springs resort, which has 6 great courses in its surrounding vicinity. Ballyowen and Wild Turkey are standouts there. I used to live across the highway from Black Bear in Franklin, NJ, so I've also played that one a ton.
Conservative or aggressive play? Aim at pins or the center of the green?
That depends on the situation. I will lay up if I need to. I'll usually go for anything inside 175 yds, but, I know that from 75-80 yds my chances to hit the green are high. I've been aiming more at center of green and let it work towards the pin, I miss more right.
What distance methods are your currently using? And what criteria is important to you in evaluating this watch?
I currently use mostly my Bushnell Tour V3 rangefinder. I also have Arccos, but it's usually in my pocket unless I need a front or back reading, or it's dusk and I can't actually see the pin. I also have a Garmin S2 watch which works great. I got the watch before the scope. The S2 just gives green distances front, middle, back but it's quite accurate. It will also calculate layup distances, and measure shots. It has zero graphics, just numbers. Courses are found by GPS somehow which is cool, no software updates. It is simple and effective. I just prefer the scope. The watch battery will occasionally drain before the round ends. It has a weird proprietary charging attachment.
I have a Samsung Frontier S3 smart watch. That thing is neat and I often wondered about installing golf apps on it. Arccos seems to want me to connect to it for something but I have no idea what Arccos does with it, I suppose a tracking alternative to my phone. The watch is awesome, but the second I connect it to my phone it just wants more and more updates, all, the time. I keep it disconnected and just use it as a fancy pedometer.
So, for this new SC watch. I would obviously like for it to be accurate, and simple. I'm hoping to not have to toggle through prompts to get a distance to a bunker or front of a green. It needs to be easy to charge. The current Samsung micro usb interface would be awesome for charging if it has that. I have drawers full of different charger wires, I love stuff with standardized charging interfaces. It needs to last more than 18 holes, otherwise I'm not wearing it besides on the course. If somehow the watch actually knows where the pin is on the green, that would rule. I'm not expecting that, but hey! We do have one green that is over 100 yards long It also needs to be stable, not prone to crashing, and not prone to wanting or requiring constant updates. The only thing holding my Bushnell scope back is its battery, so as long as I have spares I'm good.
Ok, I'll go back and read your questions
Once again, thanks so much for the opportunity.