Apple Watch as GPS?

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  • Clark55810Clark55810 Members Posts: 129 ✭✭
    Current user of Pebble and GolfPadGPS. I just use it to see rough yardages (front, middle, back) and scoring. Use my laser for exact pin placement.



    Have the Apple Watch on order, not just for golf but for everything else since I rely on the messages, phone calls, notifications just like the Pebble. As long as I can use it for scoring, i will be fine.



    I agree with the thought that the Apple Watch is like the first generation iPhone. The future will see many improvements.



    I would never recommend that someone purchase an Apple Watch just for golf. There are much cheaper, better options.



    However, it is fun to be on the bleeding edge on new toys also.



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  • grant_the_tankgrant_the_tank Members Posts: 613
    Played a twilight round with my Apple watch, using Golf Shot and it was not so great. Like any watch app, it took too long for the app on the watch to update yardages and even navigate around (ex. change holes). GPS yardages were way off too (not a fault of the watch), but not a great experience.
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  • JoeSchuJoeSchu Generally Curious, Mostly Clueless Members Posts: 256 ✭✭
    I've found hole19 to be a little more responsive, but still too slow to work into a shot routine.



    Ideally, I'd find an Apple Watch golf app that could at least let me do stat/score tracking. Essentially, be my Game Golf tracker equivalent where I can just touch the app (or a glance) to say "I hit a shot here" and tap another when I hole out. Just keep score and mark shots for stat tracking later. I can get yardages from my laser much easier and more accurately than the GPS.
  • rbilramzrbilramz ClubWRX Posts: 754 ClubWRX
    I have an Apple Watch and just played my first round using the GolfShot App. I've been using that app on my phone for a few years now and love it. It worked perfectly on my watch. As others have noted, the distance given in the watch is the distance your phone is from the green. Not a problem for me since I keep my phone in my pocket or push cart.

    The app really was impressive, not only does it give typical front-center-back distances, but it can show a google image of the green and let you pinpoint an exact location. Pretty cool feature if you ask me.

    I still use the app on the phone while playing though, I like the advanced score keeping and the hole flyovers. It's a great app.
  • sven365sven365 Members Posts: 86
    Anyone still using an Apple Watch as a GPS?
  • ChazbChazb Members Posts: 914 ✭✭
    I have the garman fenix 3 and when I first bought it it did not have a golf app on it.There have been a few updates and golf is on it now it made a great all purpose watch even better.
  • robrey85robrey85 Gamblers Bonus Members Posts: 2,129 ✭✭
    I tried using my iWatch S2 today in the course and came to the conclusion it is only as good as the app. I used the Grint and TheGrint hasn't updated the iWatch app to allow it to use GPS on its own. It still uses the phone so I stopped using it after the first few holes. I was pretty disappointed. I'd like to use a good app or have thGrint update it to allow solo iWatch GPS. Then it'd be great.
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  • jpdxjpdx Members Posts: 1,599 ✭✭
    Still use mine would th hole19. Have logged 152 rounds (some 9 hole, 80-90% 18) the latest update has given me some issues with losing the scores I input earlier. Hoping a new update comes soon.
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  • glowchoyglowchoy Members Posts: 50 ✭✭
    robrey85 wrote:


    I tried using my iWatch S2 today in the course and came to the conclusion it is only as good as the app. I used the Grint and TheGrint hasn't updated the iWatch app to allow it to use GPS on its own. It still uses the phone so I stopped using it after the first few holes. I was pretty disappointed. I'd like to use a good app or have thGrint update it to allow solo iWatch GPS. Then it'd be great.




    I don't believe the app can control which GPS is used - from what I understand if the watch can connect to the phone it will use the phone GPS to save battery life on the watch. The watch GPS is only used when it cannot connect to the phone.



    The watch connects to the phone using Bluetooth, so you could try switching off bluetooth on your phone and see if the app can still track location. If it can then it'll be using the watch GPS. From what I've read the watch lasts ~5 hours using the watch GPS.
  • robrey85robrey85 Gamblers Bonus Members Posts: 2,129 ✭✭
    That's a good idea but the app does have to know how to use the Watch GPS. Anytime I walked away from my phone far enough to d/c, nothing would show and it would just be blank and then ask me to re sync with my phone. I emailed support about this and they said it's in the works but don't have a time frame for when it'll be released.
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  • TScottTXTScottTX Oldie Members Posts: 23
    glowchoy wrote:

    robrey85 wrote:


    I tried using my iWatch S2 today in the course and came to the conclusion it is only as good as the app. I used the Grint and TheGrint hasn't updated the iWatch app to allow it to use GPS on its own. It still uses the phone so I stopped using it after the first few holes. I was pretty disappointed. I'd like to use a good app or have thGrint update it to allow solo iWatch GPS. Then it'd be great.




    I don't believe the app can control which GPS is used - from what I understand if the watch can connect to the phone it will use the phone GPS to save battery life on the watch. The watch GPS is only used when it cannot connect to the phone.



    The watch connects to the phone using Bluetooth, so you could try switching off bluetooth on your phone and see if the app can still track location. If it can then it'll be using the watch GPS. From what I've read the watch lasts ~5 hours using the watch GPS.




    Apparently this is true. The Ping app on iTunes goes over the need to turn off both Bluetooth and WiFi for its app to use the watches GPS and notes that it is the only workaround as Apple had designed the watch so. In my opinion this is a great mistake on Apples part as the user then does not have the ability to receive notifications, etc. I would think that turning off the phones location services would be the better option for those that want the watch to utilize GPS and also be able to receive notifications.



    I bought the AW2 to use as a golf GPS and be able to receive an important notification while on the course. If the watches battery gives up after 4 1/2 hours so be it.
  • robrey85robrey85 Gamblers Bonus Members Posts: 2,129 ✭✭
    TScottTX wrote:

    glowchoy wrote:

    robrey85 wrote:


    I tried using my iWatch S2 today in the course and came to the conclusion it is only as good as the app. I used the Grint and TheGrint hasn't updated the iWatch app to allow it to use GPS on its own. It still uses the phone so I stopped using it after the first few holes. I was pretty disappointed. I'd like to use a good app or have thGrint update it to allow solo iWatch GPS. Then it'd be great.




    I don't believe the app can control which GPS is used - from what I understand if the watch can connect to the phone it will use the phone GPS to save battery life on the watch. The watch GPS is only used when it cannot connect to the phone.



    The watch connects to the phone using Bluetooth, so you could try switching off bluetooth on your phone and see if the app can still track location. If it can then it'll be using the watch GPS. From what I've read the watch lasts ~5 hours using the watch GPS.




    Apparently this is true. The Ping app on iTunes goes over the need to turn off both Bluetooth and WiFi for its app to use the watches GPS and notes that it is the only workaround as Apple had designed the watch so. In my opinion this is a great mistake on Apples part as the user then does not have the ability to receive notifications, etc. I would think that turning off the phones location services would be the better option for those that want the watch to utilize GPS and also be able to receive notifications.



    I bought the AW2 to use as a golf GPS and be able to receive an important notification while on the course. If the watches battery gives up after 4 1/2 hours so be it.




    I'll try and turn off just the location services on the phone this weekend and see how well it works. Hopefully, they come out with a way we can make this watch into a usable product on the course. Otherwise I might just return it and pick up an S6, hah.
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  • phi482phi482 Members Posts: 1,004 ✭✭
    I'll be watching this post as I am really interested to see if someone can develop an app to incorporate the internal GPS on the watch. I own a Gen 1 watch and would upgrade if the golf GPS works well. I would even get rid of my range finder to simplify things. I would imagine it will take some time to get it right. They have been able to develop against the Watch OS3 for a few months but only with the new watch for a couple weeks now.
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  • Fiveten03Fiveten03 Devin Members Posts: 216 ✭✭
    Anyone have experience with Trackmygolf on the watch. The latest update enables the Series 2 internal GPS, and auto detects swings, tempo, etc.



  • StetsonStetson Members Posts: 2,439 ✭✭
    edited Oct 25, 2016 #46
    Fiveten03 wrote:


    Anyone have experience with Trackmygolf on the watch. The latest update enables the Series 2 internal GPS, and auto detects swings, tempo, etc.




    Sounds promising. Notifications are a huge deal as well
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    edited Oct 25, 2016 #47
    yellolab wrote:


    Tried this out yesterday- it works pretty good.

    My only b**** is that 5 times during my follow through the Watch took screenshots- I could hear the shutter, and sure enough there was pics on my phone.

    So my bent wrist must be pressing the crown and side button at the same time.




    I had that problem as well. in settings i changed the orientation of the watch and now no pictures.
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  • Fiveten03Fiveten03 Devin Members Posts: 216 ✭✭
    Just picked up Series 2 and both the Trackmygolf apps (swing analyzer & gps / shot recorder). I'll post a review once i get a couple rounds in this weekend.
  • ParHunterParHunter Members Posts: 450 ✭✭
    Fiveten03 wrote:


    Just picked up Series 2 and both the Trackmygolf apps (swing analyzer & gps / shot recorder). I'll post a review once i get a couple rounds in this weekend.




    I just had a look at their website and watched the intro video. Doesn't look too professional. The golf course they filmed the promo video on looked more like a vegetable patch then a golf course ;-)
  • MarMill8412MarMill8412 Members Posts: 230 ✭✭
    When you guys play do you have problems hitting the buttons on the apple watch. I find that after a hole my watch is in a whole different screen due to my wrist hitting the buttons.
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    JoeSchu wrote:


    I've found hole19 to be a little more responsive, but still too slow to work into a shot routine.



    Ideally, I'd find an Apple Watch golf app that could at least let me do stat/score tracking. Essentially, be my Game Golf tracker equivalent where I can just touch the app (or a glance) to say "I hit a shot here" and tap another when I hole out. Just keep score and mark shots for stat tracking later. I can get yardages from my laser much easier and more accurately than the GPS.




    I don't find that hole19 is too slow. I "wake" the watch as I set my bag down and then glance as it comes up. I'd say it's just as fast if not faster than pulling out a laser from the bag, shooting the flag, then putting it away.



    I would like the advanced mode also be available on the watch. like you said...tap the watch for "I hit a shot here" and tap again when it's holed like the "next hole" button on the app.



    I still like hole19 compared to other apps I've tried. my only issue that I've found is in the rain, some reason it freezes and you have to reload the app on the watch. irritating. not sure if it's an app issue or watch issue.
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  • jpdxjpdx Members Posts: 1,599 ✭✭
    jpdx wrote:

    yellolab wrote:


    Tried this out yesterday- it works pretty good.

    My only b**** is that 5 times during my follow through the Watch took screenshots- I could hear the shutter, and sure enough there was pics on my phone.

    So my bent wrist must be pressing the crown and side button at the same time.




    I had that problem as well. in settings i changed the orientation of the watch and now no pictures.

    w_yeary wrote:


    When you guys play do you have problems hitting the buttons on the apple watch. I find that after a hole my watch is in a whole different screen due to my wrist hitting the buttons.




    to clarify, the button's are now on the left side (shoulder side of my wrist) of the watch instead of the right side (fingers side of the wrist)
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  • MarMill8412MarMill8412 Members Posts: 230 ✭✭
    jpdx wrote:

    jpdx wrote:

    yellolab wrote:


    Tried this out yesterday- it works pretty good.

    My only b**** is that 5 times during my follow through the Watch took screenshots- I could hear the shutter, and sure enough there was pics on my phone.

    So my bent wrist must be pressing the crown and side button at the same time.




    I had that problem as well. in settings i changed the orientation of the watch and now no pictures.

    w_yeary wrote:


    When you guys play do you have problems hitting the buttons on the apple watch. I find that after a hole my watch is in a whole different screen due to my wrist hitting the buttons.




    to clarify, the button's are now on the left side (shoulder side of my wrist) of the watch instead of the right side (fingers side of the wrist)




    I tried to do that yesterday and it felt really weird using the buttons like that. Did you get used to it pretty quick?
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  • jpdxjpdx Members Posts: 1,599 ✭✭
    edited Oct 27, 2016 #54
    w_yeary wrote:

    jpdx wrote:

    jpdx wrote:

    yellolab wrote:


    Tried this out yesterday- it works pretty good.

    My only b**** is that 5 times during my follow through the Watch took screenshots- I could hear the shutter, and sure enough there was pics on my phone.

    So my bent wrist must be pressing the crown and side button at the same time.




    I had that problem as well. in settings i changed the orientation of the watch and now no pictures.

    w_yeary wrote:


    When you guys play do you have problems hitting the buttons on the apple watch. I find that after a hole my watch is in a whole different screen due to my wrist hitting the buttons.




    to clarify, the button's are now on the left side (shoulder side of my wrist) of the watch instead of the right side (fingers side of the wrist)




    I tried to do that yesterday and it felt really weird using the buttons like that. Did you get used to it pretty quick?




    i honestly don't remember how it felt the other way. it's pretty natural now and took a few hours to get used to it. besides, i don't use the buttons too often.
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  • robrey85robrey85 Gamblers Bonus Members Posts: 2,129 ✭✭
    I don't have any issues with the wrist pushing buttons. I usually wear the watch higher up on my wrist when playing, than I do when I'm just wearing it normally. The only thing I have noticed is that sometimes my glove will touch the screen and move something. It's weird, but never an issue.



    That app looks pretty cool. I can't wait to hear your review Fiveten03. I might check this app out this weekend myself.
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  • topsparktopspark Members Posts: 126 ✭✭
    Took the series 2 out yesterday for few holes with hole19, and it was great with the yardages.

    The only issue is I had to select the hole. Unless I was not using correctly ��

    But strokes and yardages all clear and accurate to the neo ghost.
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    topspark wrote:
    Took the series 2 out yesterday for few holes with hole19, and it was great with the yardages.

    The only issue is I had to select the hole. Unless I was not using correctly 🙂

    But strokes and yardages all clear and accurate to the neo ghost.




    Swipe from right to left. It should change to a screen with two + and - which is for score and putts. Swipe again from right to left and it should be for your tee shot and if you hit it left/middle/right or other. Swipe right to left again and it should be your score and "next hole". No selecting holes.
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  • ParHunterParHunter Members Posts: 450 ✭✭
    edited Nov 1, 2016 #58
    I've got my Apple Watch 2 yesterday and are now looking at apps to replace my Skycaddie Linx watch.

    I've got Golfshot (bought it when it first came out) but I don't have the 'Pro' features which would give me front and back distances (and I don't fancy paying for that when I already have that for free with my Skycaddie Linx)



    So I am looking for an app that only does the GPS (maybe swing tempo as a plus) but no mandatory score tracking etc as I am already using Gamegolf (classic) for that.



    Does Hole19 offer distances to near/centre/far or only front/center/back (difference is the later is to fixed points while the former is dependent on from where you approach the green)?



    Are there any other good apps for golf? Has anyone tried the Ping app. I have seen that it now has a mode for the apple watch. Does it give you speed and rhythm? It would be cool to have instance feedback on putting tempo and rhythm without having to strap my SkyPro to my putter every time.
  • StetsonStetson Members Posts: 2,439 ✭✭
    edited Nov 2, 2016 #59
    I will gladly buy an apple watch if the hardware and an app are available to do the following:



    - Distance to Hazards

    - Front/Middle/Back

    - Can work separate from the phone, and not piggy back the phone's gps

    - Free app or low cost 1 time purchase



    Hopefully somebody on here can find an app like this and pass it along to us WRXers
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  • TScottTXTScottTX Oldie Members Posts: 23
    Stetson wrote:


    I will gladly buy an apple watch if the hardware and an app are available to do the following:



    - Distance to Hazards

    - Front/Middle/Back

    - Can work separate from the phone, and not piggy back the phone's gps

    - Free app or low cost 1 time purchase



    Hopefully somebody on here can find an app like this and pass it along to us WRXers




    Same here but I'll add one thing:



    - Work independently from the iPhones GPS BUT still be able to receive texts and notifications.



    All of the apps I've seen so far that use the watches GPS have to have the iPhones Bluetooth and WiFi turned off to work. Defeats the reason I would wear an Apple Watch in the first place.
  • robrey85robrey85 Gamblers Bonus Members Posts: 2,129 ✭✭
    TScottTX wrote:

    Stetson wrote:


    I will gladly buy an apple watch if the hardware and an app are available to do the following:



    - Distance to Hazards

    - Front/Middle/Back

    - Can work separate from the phone, and not piggy back the phone's gps

    - Free app or low cost 1 time purchase



    Hopefully somebody on here can find an app like this and pass it along to us WRXers




    Same here but I'll add one thing:



    - Work independently from the iPhones GPS BUT still be able to receive texts and notifications.



    All of the apps I've seen so far that use the watches GPS have to have the iPhones Bluetooth and WiFi turned off to work. Defeats the reason I would wear an Apple Watch in the first place.




    I'm hoping the next edition of the Apple Watch will be able to tap into the LTE capabilities and run without the need to have your phone near you. That would be so awesome. Then it'd really be the ultimate watch/sports watch.
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