Callaway Gpsy Golf GPS Watch
- Preloaded with 30,000+ golf courses worldwide
- Accurate distances to front, center, and back of green
- Accurate carry distances to hazards and doglegs
- No subscription or download fees
- Auto-hole advance, Shot Distance Measurement
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The Callaway Gipsy Watch Delivers Fast, Accurate Distances To Greens, Hazards And Doglegs Via The Convenience Of Wearable Technology. The Gypsy Automatically Locates Your Course And Will Auto-Advance From Hole To Hole During Play. With A Simple Turn Of The Wrist, Get Accurate Distance To The Front, Centre And Back Of The Green As Well As Layup And Carry Distances To Hazards And Doglegs.
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I opened up the package to find the full instructions for the watch are on a piece of card a tiny bit larger than a credit card. Now I'm not stupid and I do not need a full booklet for a watch that only has a few functions to play around with but a few pictures of the of the watch in action on a few different screens would be nice (not just the one generic, back, centre and front of green distance picture). The Callaway website is really bad and has even less information regarding the watch than the little piece of card they give you.
The USB charger cable comes with the watch and I think it's supposed design is like a meal in a really expensive restaurant where you get half a chicken breast and 2 asparagus stalks. The end of the cable is supposed to be magnetic which has a couple of little flimsy connection pins. The magnetic part is nowhere near strong enough and slides all over the place. Even the instructions state "make sure you line up the little pins as you connect the magnets". Now for a nearly 200 quid watch, I don't want to be having to fiddle around lining up pins and making sure the magnetic part hasn't slid off when I put the watch down.
If anyone is experiencing any issues charging up this product, good luck trying to find out if there is a charging indicator bar when you have the watch on charge or even a screenshot of the watch connected to the magnetic charger. From the reviews I have read, if you are lucky enough to get a working charger cable, do NOT lose it as Callaway will not give/sell you another.
The watch itself has a nice weight and I think would feel quite comfortable. Unfortunately the buttons on the watch feel like slightly larger plastic versions of the buttons on a 1980's Casio watch. I didn't actually get to test how responsive the buttons are as I could not power my watch up but from what I could feel, I assume that you would have to press the button all the way down for it to register which has a clunky feel.
Finishing up, even if my watch was not faulty I would not be happy with this product. The design faults coupled with Callaway obviously not caring about the customers/users to have a few more screenshots or a little extra detail on their website is too much for me. This watch should be worth around £25-£30 max.
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Based on the Garmin S2 a friend had, I decided to get a golf watch. After research, I settled on the Garmin S2, S5, or S6 but they were pricey so I delayed. The reviews mentioned pressing so many buttons to get what you needed and that concerned me. Then I played golf with a friend who had a slim, fit bit type watch tied to his smartphone app, but he had to be within a certain distance for it to work. But it got me thinking, what is it I really want the watch to do? I decided not to spend a lot of money on the bells and whistles of the Garmin and others, but to find a watch that told me the distances to the pin and the hazards. That was all a person of my skill level really wanted, just the basics and at less cost than the Garmins.
I started my search all over again with new criteria AND the realization I did not want to spend time managing the golf watch and all the modes and statistics...that was another job I did not want. My final criteria was reading the manuals to insure the watch would be simple to operate without a steep learning curve.
I looked at the Garmin S20, S40 and the Callaway GPSy for about $150 on Amazon and settled on it as the easiest to use. So far I have played 3 rounds of 9 holes each and it fits my criteria. It has the pin distance from the fairway with front/back/middle, the distances to hazards, front and back which I really like so I can determine if I should lay up or try to go over it, and dogleg distances. Additionally, it has an odometer and scorekeeper as well as shot distance. The reason for the 4 stars is that I have not figured out how to get the odometer to work. I can get it started but as soon as I go back to another screen, it seems to revert to zero. This is pilot error but I do not know what I am doing wrong so I can't correct it. I have not used the scorekeeper and probably won't. The watch also tells time and date.
Overall, I am happy with the watch and the price and not having to manage it. The watch does what I asked for a reasonable price so I can readily recommend it.
Addendum: 8/24/17 After about 10 months the watch band broke...actually the buckle fell off. I have used it less than 20 times. A quick call to the manufacturer IZZO, and the lady sent me a replacement band in less than a week, no cost. I am very happy with the quick service and hope the new band lasts a little longer. So far the watch has done well and I would buy it again.
As far as the battery, I have played two full rounds on it without charging it and still had enough life where I was pretty sure I could slip in a third, so pretty good in my book. Also, it does take a few minutes to cycle up the course you are playing so be sure you start the satellite search before you hit the first tee.
You can record your score, putts, and gir.
Another interesting item I discovered, it also gives you measurements to the green if you are behind the green. Most devices stop when you approach the green. (For those of us that over shoot the green, this is very useful)
It is very easy to get to any of the options, just a button press.
Battery life is good. Easily gets you through a round of golf with 1/2 battery life left. I have not tried it on 2 rounds because I always charge it between rounds. If worn as a watch only, it lasts 8 days.
Its also very handsome, even for women. Very sleek and comfortable. You can easily wear it as a watch after the round while having lunch.
Good value for the price.
Right at the 1 yr date it stopped holding a charge. I contacted IZZO and they replaced it. They told me I shouldn't leave it on the charger 24/7.
Just about 1yr later the replacement stopped holding a charge. This time they said my wall adapter probably didnt allow enough amps through?. Oh well, they replaced it anyway.
I am so pleased because I love this gps. It looks good, and gives me all the features I need and great customer service.
I highly recommend it.