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SkyCaddie SG2 Golf GPS
Designed for avid golfers who want advanced capability in a light, compact and rugged form, the SkyCaddie SG2 Golf GPS gives you an eagle’s view of each hole from anywhere on the course. In addition to getting distances to bunkers and other hazards on the course, the SG2 is equipped with the patented IntelliGreen technology, enabling you to measure the full depth and shape of the green from any angle of approach, both on or off the fairway. Part of SkyCaddie's exclusive, professional 4-Star SkyCourses, IntelliGreen graphics provide an eagle's eye view of the green with an indicator representing a direct line-of-play from wherever you are on the course.
Using a powerful microprocessor, GPS, and satellite-based accuracy enhancement technology, the SkyCaddie automatically calculates, as you move, distances to up to forty targets per hole simultaneously in less than a second. You will already have your number when you get to your ball.You don't need a clear line of sight or reflective target with the SkyCaddie. Because the targets are pre-programmed, the SkyCaddie eliminates the need to aim through a lens, accidentally hitting the wrong target on a hole, or trying to hit a pin with a laser beam at 200 yards.Get accurate measurements over hills, trees, and obstructions to any target. Play confidently and knock strokes off your game. Learn how far you hit your drive, 5-iron, 9-iron, or wedge with a touch of a button.Just let the SkyCaddie see the sky, and it'll do all the yard work for you! Plus, at a mere 4.8 ounces, it goes anywhere you go. Now your game can measure up, just like the SkyCaddie!
The SkyCaddie is as easy to use as a remote control or cell phone. If all you want are distances to the green, just turn it on and you won't need to touch another button throughout your round. The SG2 automatically advances to the hole you're on and displays the same information you'd find on a sprinkler head, regardless of where you hit your ball.
With an annual SkyPlayer Club Membership Plan (not included with purchase of device), you can easily download thousands of our professionally enabled SkyCourses. Three different levels of memberships are available, based on how many courses you want to store and play. If you do not want a membership and your course is not already available, you can record the front, center and back of each green with your SkyCaddie's quick set-up module, which takes about 10 seconds.
The SG2 has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. A full charge of a depleted battery only takes 3 to 4 hours and typically lasts up to 10 hours of continuous use.
* Golf GPS unit designed for avid golfers who want advanced capability
* Includes IntelliGreen technology with full depth and shape of the green from any angle of approach
* Plot greens yourself, or subscribe to one of three SkyCourse memberships for access to up to 16,000 courses
* Large, easy to read numbers; simple to use as a cell phone or remote control
* Rechargeable battery provides up to 10 hours of continuous use
SkyGolf is a solutions integrator that leverages the convergence of proven technologies, including GPS, Internet, mobile handsets, and proprietary content to provide an instant answer to the oldest question in golf: "How far?" While respecting the game's traditions and history, SkyGolf is committed to using its advanced technology responsibly to improve pace-of-play, enhance golfers' enjoyment of the game and ultimately increase participation for the good of the game.
The SkyCaddie, developed by SkyGolf, is used on over 14,000 golf courses in 45 countries around the world. Weighing less than 5 ounces, the SkyCaddie utilizes the same global positioning system used by the U.S. military, but in a high portable handheld device, about the size of a cell phone, to compute distances to any point on a golf course. SkyGolf uses professional, high-performance GPS engines, satellite-based accuracy augmentation, plus proprietary accuracy enhancements to provide golfers with the distances needed to play smarter, faster and have more fun.
The proven reliability and accuracy of the SkyCaddie handheld, combined with the precision of SkyGolf's vast course library, gives golfers the trust and confidence they need to play their best golf.
First, does it work? The qualified answer is yes. It does give adequate info to the green and if the course has been mapped it MAY give you info to hazards, etc. On mapped courses with 4 stars, some do not include the hazards, sand traps, etc. Of course to get this you must pay $29.95 per year. Also if you want the SG2 to work when you start play it is a good idea to turn it on at least 1/2 hour prior to tee time. Which brings up the next problem - battery life. When my unit was new, a fully charged battery would give about 6 hours of use. After having the SG2 9 months though, I was lucky to get 4 1/2 to 5 hours out of the battery. However it usualy did last a full round. Now after 14 months, a FULLY CHARGED battery last about 1 HOUR. Contacted SkyCaddie and was informed by their customer service that "THE BATTERY LIFE IS NORMALLY 9-12 MONTHS" (their words). The fix is to buy a new battery from them for $49.95. This makes the annual cost for owning an SG2 $80. I haven't even mentioned their rediculous web site or no Macintosh support, etc. My suggestion - don't waste your money. Buy the Bushnell.
NOTE: Since I wrote this review, decided I would buy a replacement battery (which can be only bought from SkyCaddie) for $49.95 - got to the checkout and discovered to ship this 2oz battery to CA, would be $16 via UPS Ground!!! This makes the annual cost for the SG2 $96.
I like my caddie and I'm generally pleased to have it.
However, I'm most concerned about the build quailty. I've had to return it shortly after purchase because the side button was somehow jamed not allowing the unit to cut off until the battery exausted.
When I received a new unit in a couple of weeks, the belt clip mechanism continues to unscrew and I find I've droppped the unit beside me or a couple of holes back in one case. It falls off reguarly and I fear it tumbling into a pond or off a bridge one day.
This same issue has been mentioned in a previous review. I called sky caddie and they promidded to send the "new mechanism"and some adhesive to fix the problem. Also the little rubber plug cover would never go back into the hole and has been ripped from the unit now. They say they'll replace that too.
Overall an nice tool but the build quality is suspect.
Does the unit work??,...Well yes to a degree. It takes 6 holes to lock on to the satellites and then does a fair job of giving distances. The display is poor and though they say "up to 40 objects per hole" there is normally 2-4 objects per hole. All this depends upon the Skycaddie course recorder. The user (you) can not modify the course or add any objects that the course recorder didn't think was important.
Now the bad part. The unit attaches via button and belt clip (like a cell phone). My button (part that attaches to main unit) has died twice in the first 30 days. When it breaks again,...which it will often,..the unit will probably hit the dirt. This isn't good. But fear not. It will be packed away weeks trying to get in touch with Skygolf. And another week to get a replacement button (which has been modified even weaker than the original one). Now my replacement broke on the first time I clipped it to the belt. Now back to Skycaddie to get another. After being on hold for another hour, they need to transfer you to another tech that handles parts. This will take another hour. You then get a message to leave a message. Normally within a week someone will call you back. By 'normally', I mean about 35% of the time you leave messages they return them. Would I buy another,... duh,.... NO!
About a month after buying the caddie it started loosing the satellite connection. It was a very random thing. Turn it off and back on again would sometimes restore the connection. After about 4 months of owning the caddie, my score was going up about 5 strokes a game when it didn't work correctly because of frustration with the unit. The people I would be playing with would say " turn the thing off and play. Stop messing around and wasting time with that thing!" Well finally I sent it back to be repaired. It came back not syncing at all! It went back again to Skycaddie. It came back with the case broken. Now, five months after I bought it, it went back to Skycaddie and they replaced it with a different one. Finally it worked correctly! It would get partial sync in about 1 hole and total sync by 3 holes. The new one had two sided tape under the button so it wouldn't let the button fall off if it broke. So far it hasn't broken the button, but, I almost never use the clip. I just hold it when diving the cart and place it in the cup-holder when shooting. The new one has lasted a year and the battery goes dead after about 5 hours. It now starts losing the satellite connection when the battery has 2 bars (1/3 power left).
Conclusion: It is fairly helpful IF it is working correctly. Different units read different distances when placed in the same spot ( 1 at a time so that they are not next to each other). The differences very by about 1-5 yards. Mine always reads the same distance to the same spot. (remember it reads most accurate after it has achieved all the satellites). Mine takes about 10 minutes to achieve full satellite connection. So its time to get a new battery, buy a new one year subscription (about $100 bucks for both).
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