By Seong Park
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Golf GPS is a simple app. It tells distance to bunkers, water hazards, and pins. Many similar apps requires subscription (hopefully no additional cost) , or you need to build your own map ahead of time. While struggling with my terrible iron shot, I got an idea. When you play golf, you see red, white, blue yardage represents 100, 150 and 200 yards respectively from the pin. The idea was why don’t I reverse it on my iPhone screen.
It draws a map around you, and put blue pin where you are. And draw red, white, blue circle around you. Since I can add circle easily, I add three more: 50, 250 & 300 yard. For those who are familiar with meter, I add an option for you.
Those circle should be enough for most player while the app allows you to drop yardage wherever you want. Drop and drag it to a point you want, and it will tell exact distance from your location. Those yardages will be stored internally and will be displayed again until you delete it.
*** You need internet connection (probably 3G) to use this app ***
- It works any courses as long as you have internet connection
- Distance circles around your current location: 50, 100, 150, 200, 250, 300
- Support both yard and meter
- 10-yard(meter) circles when you zoom in
- Drop yardages wherever you want to know exact distance
- Relocate yardages by drag & drop
- App saves yardages for later play
- Compass view (rotate map) to match the direction you are facing; easy to find green
- Yardages in 3 different sizes
- Support background mode for quick restart
- More yardage circles when zoom closely for accuracy
- Drop a marker (shot from) where you hit and calculate distance from it
- Purchase option to remove ads and enable Marker History View, which allows you to review your mark (short from) history after a game
What's New in Version 1.93
- support iPhone 5
- fix minor bugs
Diminishing Performance - Poor Load Times
I started using this app on its initial release. I loved the idea… so simple and yet very quick and powerful to obtain distance for your shot and it performed extremely well. Unfortunately, I did not keep the first release. As new versions were put into circulation by the developer, the performance got slower and slower.
Now this latest version is so slow it is unusable (attempted to use it yesterday). The app plots "your spot" on the map pretty quickly, but the map takes several minutes to load (so you have a blue dot on a black grid, which is no help). I suspect this is partly due to the app connecting to the now included ads (I've used other map GPS apps at the same time and those maps load fine).
There has been increasingly slower map loadings in each subsequent release, which may be caused by "additional features" that the developer added (mark the ball, etc.). I don't want or need those features, just give me the ability to quickly get my yardage.
If the developer released a version in which you could select the features you want (say only yardage) and it performed as well as the first version, I would happily pay more than the current price of the app. As it is now, I will not try to use this app anymore.
I will start searching for a golf GPS app that loads quickly and gets me the info I want fast.. and I'll even pay for it if need be.
Greg app !!
Just downloaded this today and I'm playing on a course in northern Michigan near Cadillac. Currently waiting out the rain on the 8th tee. I have 2 bars on my Verizon signal and the App has worked perfect ! Highly recommend.
I use this as a quick range finder for shooting. It pins within 20 yards of my location so it's not dead on but still much better than spending 300 bucks on a rangefinder.
- Category: Sports
- Updated: Mar 06, 2013
- Version: 1.93
- Size: 2.1 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Seong Park
- © 2012 Seong Park
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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