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On 5/28/2020 at 6:19 PM, Nunfa0 said:

Good grief there's no easing into the round on that course 😬. It surprises me that they haven't shown that lovely tree on the map, it really does look like a major feature and I think I would have threatened to cut it down more than once 😁😎

I really need to grab a pic of that tee shot next time I play because it definitely looks more ominous from the ground than it does from a satellite image. It's truly the only difficult tee shot on that course though so as long as you hit a good one or shrug it off quickly, it's pretty easy to bounce back. Just disappointed that they'd fail to provide more detail on that specific map. 

I played my former home course while in Missouri as well and the maps for it were significantly better.

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On 5/28/2020 at 8:07 PM, Play18 said:

I’ve posted 15 rounds at my course and disappointed with the SX400 thus far. Half of the rounds wouldn’t let me measure shots, freeze during the round or shutdown. I’ve had to use Golfshot iOS Apple Watch as a backup. Not sure if I want to keep using it.


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I have had the device freeze up on me exactly once, and I believe it was while trying to use some of the extra features like shot tracking. While I spoke positively in my review about the SX400's potential as a stat tracking device, I've found the most success using it with those features disabled. Since I already have Arccos, I find shot tracking with the SX400 to be both time consuming and distracting.

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Used the SX400 to help me navigate another new course on Saturday. The maps for this particular course were well done and proved to be invaluable as there was more water in play than what I typically experience. It really helped plan shots so I could avoid penalty strokes (save for making some bad swings anyway).

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6 minutes ago, TR1PTIK said:

I have had the device freeze up on me exactly once, and I believe it was while trying to use some of the extra features like shot tracking. While I spoke positively in my review about the SX400's potential as a stat tracking device, I've found the most success using it without those features disabled. Since I already have Arccos, I find shot tracking with the SX400 to be both time consuming and distracting.

I just had my SX400 freeze for the first time on the 17th hole on a new course.  Not sure what caused the hangup, luckily I had Arccos running stats for backup.  Otherwise it has been a mostly smooth experience since the test.  Having the computer generated maps and the detail+accuracy  is a much better experience than the GPS maps used by Arccos and other phone based apps.  I wish I could combine the two.

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6 minutes ago, JohnSmalls said:

I just had my SX400 freeze for the first time on the 17th hole on a new course.  Not sure what caused the hangup, luckily I had Arccos running stats for backup.  Otherwise it has been a mostly smooth experience since the test.  Having the computer generated maps and the detail+accuracy  is a much better experience than the GPS maps used by Arccos and other phone based apps.  I wish I could combine the two.

It'd be too easy to make a perfect product wouldn't it? lol I'm right there with you though. If Arccos could pair with my SX400 instead of my iPhone that would be amazing!!!

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I’ve been using mine a lot.  Really like the screen/display a lot.  Maps are still great.  No issues with the device. I need to learn how to capture penalties and shot tracking.  But I’m keeping it.  

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Quick update - 

Still really liking this. I don't use some of the "extra" features much, but really like getting to my ball, looking at the screen, and go.  So quick and easy. Love it

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I use mine every round.  One thing I really wish it did was to tell you par for the hole.  I find it more and more annoying. 

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Hybrids: TEE CBX119 19* & 22*, KBS Prototype 85 S+

Irons: TM M6, 5-GW, Accra 80i, stiff
Wedges: Cleveland CBX 2 50*, 55*, 60*, Accra 80i, stiff
Putters: Evnroll ER1.2, KBS CT Tour Black 33", SS Mid-Slim 2.0
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On 7/8/2020 at 12:27 PM, dbdors said:

I use mine every round.  On thing I really wish it did was to tell you par for the hole.  I find it more and more annoying. 

Strangely I haven't noticed that.  I will try to pay more attention this weekend.  However,  if you press the scorecard icon in the top right corner it will tell you par for the hole.  Just an extra step, although a potentially annoying one.

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:nike-small: Vapor Fly 3, Diamana Blue, Covert 2.0 3H, Kuro Kage Black
:wilson-small:
Wilson D7 Irons 4-GW,  Dynamic Gold AMT
:ping-small: Glide  52, 56 ES
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On 6/15/2020 at 9:26 PM, dbdors said:

I’ve been using mine a lot.  Really like the screen/display a lot.  Maps are still great.  No issues with the device. I need to learn how to capture penalties and shot tracking.  But I’m keeping it.  

I think the only way to capture penalty strokes is to do it post-round by editing your scorecard within the SkyGolf 360 portion of their website?

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Some quick updates about my experience with the SX400:

#1: I do still enjoy using the product and find it to be more than accurate enough to help me navigate a course and get the ball in the hole. In fact, I've even started to prefer the SX400 for approach shots as I'm able to select a better target than simply relying on pin position and making some educated guesses about how much green I have to work with. If the pin is at the front, I will aim for the middle of the front (depending on approach angle and how much green there actually is) - same for middle and back pin locations. This is really good because I recently ran over my Bushnell Tour V3 after it fell off a motorized cart after hitting a large bump 😞 ...

#2: The device is not without fault and while previewing a new course that I've never played before, it crashed. This is the first time I've ever had the SX400 crash - not lock up, but completely crash like an app on your smartphone would. The issue was easily remedied with a quick reboot and I have not had any repeat issues since.

#3: I've brought this up before and said I'd get some pictures to help demonstrate then failed to do so... Well, it happened again. While playing this new course - Pinnacle Golf & Boat Club in Mabank, TX - I noticed that the hole mapping was incomplete. It just doesn't seem like SkyCaddie made any real effort to give the golfer a good representation of the golf course. The best example I saw came on the 18th hole. It's a very straight hole with only one green side bunker. However, the hole plays rather tight with trees lining both sides of the fairway and depending on how you shape the ball, you may want to know if any of these trees present an issue for you. The SX400 DID NOT depict one single tree!!! Attached below are three images I took.

The first is the SkyCaddie map, the second is a screenshot of my Arccos map, and the third and final image is a picture of the hole as it appears from the tee box:

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How is it possible that SkyCaddie would fail to include even one single tree from this hole??? And why does their map show three bunkers??? The more I come across issues like this, the more I question their claim to actually walk every course they map. If they do, they certainly don't do it with any regularity...

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Enjoyed the reviews and posts. Thinking about pulling the trigger but two quick questions.

-Do any of you think you'd prefer a rangefinder over the SX400? Or do you feel like the SX400 has been more beneficial then just a rangefinder.

-Anyone wish they had the larger SX500? Or if you have the SX500 (CG2!) do you find it larger than you'd like?

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On 7/28/2020 at 9:26 PM, PAgolfer2017 said:

Enjoyed the reviews and posts. Thinking about pulling the trigger but two quick questions.

-Do any of you think you'd prefer a rangefinder over the SX400? Or do you feel like the SX400 has been more beneficial then just a rangefinder.

-Anyone wish they had the larger SX500? Or if you have the SX500 (CG2!) do you find it larger than you'd like?

Sorry I hadn't seen your post until just now.

During testing I used a Bushnell Tour V3 rangefinder alongside the SX400 and found the accuracy to be comparable. A laser will always be more accurate, but at the recreational level there just isn't enough of a difference IMO. You need to really be dialed in with your distances to take advantage of the additional accuracy. Also, distance to the pin is only one factor.

Do you need to land the ball short and release or fly it a bit long and suck it back or use a slope to get closer to the hole? What's that distance? How do you obtain it? Without a caddie and a yardage book you might struggle to come up with an answer. The SX400 has proven very beneficial in this regard.

Another distinct advantage of GPS is it does not require line-of-sight in order to work. So when you have the misfortune of playing from another fairway or are simply playing to an elevated green and can't see the pin, you can still obtain the distance quickly and easily. The SX400 has definitely proven more useful for course management (provided the maps are any good).

I don't think I would care much for the larger SX500. The primary benefit besides a larger screen is the fact that it has a camera built in. Well... I have a smartphone that I'm pretty sure takes much better pictures which are readily accessible and easy to share online via social media. The SX400 fits comfortably in my pocket or a cup holder whereas the SX500 might be pushing the limits. With all else being equal and the SX400 having a lower price, I don't see a need for the SX500.

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Is the sx400 helpful for shot direction on blind shots? Not just distance?

I'm torn between the sx400 or the garmin s62, the one thing I'd really like is help on total blind shots.  I end up in bad spots a lot and for when going to a new course that's hilly and the green is over or up a hill and I have no idea the direction of the green. From reading everything I could find it seems the sx400's dynamic holeview might be a help? The Garmin s62 has a compass "pinpointer" that points to the pin. 

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On 7/28/2020 at 10:26 PM, PAgolfer2017 said:

Enjoyed the reviews and posts. Thinking about pulling the trigger but two quick questions.

-Do any of you think you'd prefer a rangefinder over the SX400? Or do you feel like the SX400 has been more beneficial then just a rangefinder.

-Anyone wish they had the larger SX500? Or if you have the SX500 (CG2!) do you find it larger than you'd like?

Sorry PA Just seeing this. 

The SX500 is one of 3 pieces of equipment that have been in my bag the entire year. My SM7 wedges are the other!

I’ve enjoyed it a lot and it has provided everything I need.  I like the large screen.  I rarely carry it in my pocket, im fact i boughtca mount for it and attach it to the side rail of the carts windshield—See below. Its very handy there.  I use the Mark feature on just about every tee shot and some layup shots as wel to help lock in my club distances. 
 

 

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I have the SX500 & love it!  I have the same cart mount that @Golfspy_CG2has & it works nicely along side my speaker 🙂 

Even on courses that have the GPS on the carts, I still rely on the SX500.  It just seems to be more accurate.  I can move the cursor around to find distances to various targets that most cart GPS' don't.  I rely on it more often than not.  I use the "mark" feature but I still don't know how far I hit my clubs.  LOL 😉  I don't keep statistics as much as I should ..... probably should start huh?

If anyone is on the fence about getting one of these, don't be, you won't regret it.  

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1 hour ago, golfinnut said:

I have the SX500 & love it!  I have the same cart mount that @Golfspy_CG2has & it works nicely along side my speaker 🙂 

Even on courses that have the GPS on the carts, I still rely on the SX500.  It just seems to be more accurate.  I can move the cursor around to find distances to various targets that most cart GPS' don't.  I rely on it more often than not.  I use the "mark" feature but I still don't know how far I hit my clubs.  LOL 😉  I don't keep statistics as much as I should ..... probably should start huh?

If anyone is on the fence about getting one of these, don't be, you won't regret it.  

Hey, finally I have a piece of equipment you aren't waiting for me to get tired of and offload it 🙂

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Hey, finally I have a piece of equipment you aren't waiting for me to get tired of and offload it
Yeah BTW ... how much can you get me the TSi for? ;)

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Driving Iron:   U500 17* Fujikura Blue Ventus HB Velocore 

Irons   T300 4 & 5 iron, T200 6 - W Project X 6.0 1* up

Wedges   SM7 48*, 52*, 56*

Putter    Newport 2

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6 minutes ago, golfinnut said:

Yeah BTW ... how much can you get me the TSi for? 😉

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The same price Dick can get it for you 🙂

 

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:titelist-small: T100S/T200 Combo 5-7 T100S 8-P T200 TT Black Oynx R Flex

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The same price Dick can get it for you
 
Now that's not true. I know you have the Titleist rep price hookup

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Driver:     TSi2 9* Project X HZRDUS RDX Smoke C3 setting

Fairways   HZRDUS Smoke 13.5* & 19* C3 setting

Driving Iron:   U500 17* Fujikura Blue Ventus HB Velocore 

Irons   T300 4 & 5 iron, T200 6 - W Project X 6.0 1* up

Wedges   SM7 48*, 52*, 56*

Putter    Newport 2

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