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on 23 April 2012
Let me begin by saying that this is, if you like, a mini review concerning the Move controller - I have yet to begin a career but that will happen shortly.
Having come through early motion-based versions of this game on the WII (culminating in the excellent 'Motion Plus' versions of '11 and '12) I purchased the Move set up 3 years ago in the hope of moving up in terms of difficulty and graphics.
Average and sometimes disparaging remarks towards the '11 and '12 Move releases forced me to stick with the WII until I took the plunge and purchased this in the hope that the third incarnation would be playable.
After 3 weeks of hacking around hopelessly (scoring in the hundreds and the nineties) I have only just grasped what is required of me with the Move controller.
It is very, very good.
Whatever version of the game I've started I've always began on the hardest difficulty (Tournament) and use a Pro golfer (usually Donald).
This is because I want to see if I can develop a feel for the mechanics of the game and understand it before embarking on a career.I've found it pretty demoralising beginning a career in the past without doing this first.
And it was pretty grim to start with.Constant hooking of drives and pulling of putts led to some pretty strange contortions in an effort to try to hit straight.I was frustrated and pretty clueless to be honest.
I tried various things - changed grip,stance,moved the camera around, and partly solved the problem by standing at nearly 90 degrees to the tv but this did not feel natural (and seemed a bit daft).
There were times when I nearly gave up but I read some promising comments on some forums in the US preferring the Move to the hand held controller so I stuck with it and in the end the answer was simple - the swing I used for years with the WII was completely inadequate for this game (quite obvious really I suppose).Eventually I managed to find a solution that worked for me and it was rather simple- I'm right handed and I tucked my right elbow in slightly; by doing this I found the drives and putts straightened.When putting I position the ball on the carpet mid-stance and align the bulb on the Move directly above the ball prior to the backswing.My putting tempo was too slow so I speeded up the backswing and forward swing and this has improved my putting greatly.By the way,my camera is under the tv,central and approx 15 inches off the ground .I calibrate the controller by going into 'Accessory Settings' before each session.
The controller is incredibly sensitive on Tournament mode (don't worry there are easier settings) and assessing the strength of putts, chips,pitches and bunker shots is a stiff challenge, but now that I've developed a swing that works hopefully the finesse around and on the greens will come with practice.
At least I've come to accept that if I hit a duffer it is my fault (unlike the early days!).
I just wanted to say how good the Move is - after 3 weeks I've just shot my best score on the hardest level (73 at the PGA National- a wonderful course)) and I'm hooked.Every shot demands the utmost concentration and although I've read about other problems with this game (which don't affect me too much) the sheer realism of simulating golf in my living room will keep me busy for many hours.I think with this great implementation of the Move we really are entering the realms of a simulator rather than a game.
Now I'm not saying my method is Gospel - it just works for now.You may find a completely different one-that's the beauty of Golf.
The most important thing is that only now am I understanding what is required with the Move controller - when you 'get it'and hit a good shot it is extremely rewarding.
I'm afraid the WII that served it's time so well with regard to golf games will only now be used for nostalgic purposes.I waited 3 years for a good Move version of this game and I am extremely pleased with my purchase.
If you are a Move owner I hope this review helps.
Now, time to start a career............