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As part of our ongoing initiatives, Callaway Golf is fully committed to our core business of clubs and balls. With this refocused position in mind, we want to let you know that the www.callawayuxplore.com website will be shut down after 12/31/2014.

 

Online synching for course downloads, updates, and course search will no longer be available after this date. We recommend downloading your 50 ProMode courses to your upro, upro mx or upro mx+ device before the 12/31/2014 deadline. The upro, upro go, upro mx and upro mx+ will still work after 12/31/2014 for Basic Mode, GoMode and ProMode, but they won't be able to download new courses or course updates.

 

Callaway Golf will continue to honor the limited warranties for all upro devices. More FAQ for your device: • Shot Tracking is permanently inoperable. • No new course updates will be processed. • The upro, upro go, upro mx and upro mx+ are not compatible with Windows 8.

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Not a shocker. The mx was an absolute disaster--I remember buying it thinking it'd be great. It worked for a month or so then locked up.

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[quote name='jnradioactive' timestamp='1384548831' post='8154752']
People who bought these probably bought Dune mp3 players too
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This was one of the best gps devices out there, they unfortunately didn't do a great job with the software in the beginning. Say what you will, but I've been more than happy with mine. Forgive those of us who wanted to buy a device that had more features than a skycaddie and didn't have a subscription. Not really sure why you would compare it to a Zune (maybe pay attention to autocorrect), they've had 2 successful GPS units before this one.

Thanks for trying to make a inaccurate generalization and adding nothing to the conversation :good:

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[quote name='wundej' timestamp='1384708956' post='8162158']
[quote name='jnradioactive' timestamp='1384548831' post='8154752']
People who bought these probably bought Dune mp3 players too
[/quote]
This was one of the best gps devices out there, they unfortunately didn't do a great job with the software in the beginning. Say what you will, but I've been more than happy with mine. Forgive those of us who wanted to buy a device that had more features than a skycaddie and didn't have a subscription. Not really sure why you would compare it to a Zune (maybe pay attention to autocorrect), they've had 2 successful GPS units before this one.

Thanks for trying to make a inaccurate generalization and adding nothing to the conversation :good:
[/quote]

Thanks for being an uptight tw_t

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[quote name='jnradioactive' timestamp='1384718236' post='8162756']
[quote name='wundej' timestamp='1384708956' post='8162158']
[quote name='jnradioactive' timestamp='1384548831' post='8154752']
People who bought these probably bought Dune mp3 players too
[/quote]
This was one of the best gps devices out there, they unfortunately didn't do a great job with the software in the beginning. Say what you will, but I've been more than happy with mine. Forgive those of us who wanted to buy a device that had more features than a skycaddie and didn't have a subscription. Not really sure why you would compare it to a Zune (maybe pay attention to autocorrect), they've had 2 successful GPS units before this one.

Thanks for trying to make a inaccurate generalization and adding nothing to the conversation :good:
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Thanks for being an uptight tw_t
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Just don't understand what point there is making a comment like that. You obviously know people on the site have these. Next time I guess we should just pat you on the back and say "good one" to avoid the chance of any more name calling.

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It was at least 5 years ago already, maybe more, I really questioned Cally's decisions to be part of nearly every available segment of the golf market.
They had reading glasses and watches and rangefinders and GPS and luggage and.....on and on and on... another manufacturer spreading themselves waaaaay too thin. Couple this with lavish Vegas commercial shoots, etc. and well, gee, surprise, financial troubles. They were like drunks on a late nate ebay spree. Competition is good and I hope they don't go away, but lots of baaaad decisions over the years.

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[quote name='mr_divots' timestamp='1384723122' post='8163072']
It was at least 5 years ago already, maybe more, I really questioned Cally's decisions to be part of nearly every available segment of the golf market.
They had reading glasses and watches and rangefinders and GPS and luggage and.....on and on and on... another manufacturer spreading themselves waaaaay too thin. Couple this with lavish Vegas commercial shoots, etc. and well, gee, surprise, financial troubles. They were like drunks on a late nate ebay spree. Competition is good and I hope they don't go away, but lots of baaaad decisions over the years.
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They have definitely returned their focus on clubs w/ Chip in charge. 2013 was proof of that, and everything that has been shown of 2014 is top of the line. They are pumping out some top quality stuff and it seems like the future is bright for them again. Cutting support for the GPS devices is proof of where they are focusing their resources. I think they handled the MX stuff really well, they offered FULL refunds if people were unhappy, how many other retail companies would do that with an electronic device, especially when they were coming out with a software patch that addressed the major issues.

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[quote name='jnradioactive' timestamp='1384548831' post='8154752']
People who bought these probably bought Dune mp3 players too
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Please enlighten the Upro buyers on what they should have purchased instead.

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I've been a supporter of this unit since the first day it came out. It really had a chance to be something that you just couldnt find in another unit. No fees. Fairly easy website to use once they got through the hiccups. Excellent form factor - I mean you compare the size of this thing to a SkyCaddie unit - its crazy.

Unfortunately Callaway stepped all over themselves and shutting it down is probably the best thing they could do. To me I think the Garmin G6 is probably the closest thing right now. But I will probably just load this up with courses and use it until it dies at this point.

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[quote name='jnradioactive' timestamp='1384548831' post='8154752']
People who bought these probably bought Dune mp3 players too
[/quote]
Please enlighten the Upro buyers on what they should have purchased instead.
[/quote]

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[quote name='wundej' timestamp='1384727915' post='8163454']
[quote name='mr_divots' timestamp='1384723122' post='8163072']
It was at least 5 years ago already, maybe more, I really questioned Cally's decisions to be part of nearly every available segment of the golf market.
They had reading glasses and watches and rangefinders and GPS and luggage and.....on and on and on... another manufacturer spreading themselves waaaaay too thin. Couple this with lavish Vegas commercial shoots, etc. and well, gee, surprise, financial troubles. They were like drunks on a late nate ebay spree. Competition is good and I hope they don't go away, but lots of baaaad decisions over the years.
[/quote]
They have definitely returned their focus on clubs w/ Chip in charge. 2013 was proof of that, and everything that has been shown of 2014 is top of the line. They are pumping out some top quality stuff and it seems like the future is bright for them again. Cutting support for the GPS devices is proof of where they are focusing their resources. I think they handled the MX stuff really well, they offered FULL refunds if people were unhappy, how many other retail companies would do that with an electronic device, especially when they were coming out with a software patch that addressed the major issues.
[/quote]
Yeah, no one seems to ever have a bad thing to say about their service, and a lot of their gear looks very good now. I think 2014 will be a good one for them with the cutting of some products. Hopefully its not too little, too late. We don't need another company getting bought up by a competitor or going under.

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The original UPro set the bench mark for a GPS unit. The mx launch was a mess but Callaway gave refunds and then made the product really good with the mx+. I got one on amazon early in 13 and gave my original UPro to my son. Both work perfectly. I will have mine loaded with as many pro mode courses as possible at the end of next season and hope it lasts as long as possible.

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[quote name='jnradioactive' timestamp='1384729010' post='8163550']
[quote name='jerryo' timestamp='1384728516' post='8163508']
[quote name='jnradioactive' timestamp='1384548831' post='8154752']
People who bought these probably bought Dune mp3 players too
[/quote]
Please enlighten the Upro buyers on what they should have purchased instead.
[/quote]

Skycaddie
Golfbuddy
Garmin

Companies whose main focus is golf GPS or in the case of Garmin gps devices in general.
[/quote]

It doesn't make sense. There are many diverse companies out there. Some sell manufacturing equipment and also sell IT services, some sell cars and also sell telecom services. There is no reason that a golf company can't also sell a GPS, and again, they had two models before this one that were very good (as was this one once the bugs were fixed). If that is your thinking, Bushnell shouldn't have got into the GPS market either. They are a company that focuses on optics. Scopes, range finders, etc. GPS is a completely different technology. I think there are a lot of people that are very happy with their Neo devices (I have one and it works great for simple distance data to greens and hazards).

Skycaddie has you on the hook to pay for service. Some people just don't want to deal with another subscription fee on top of an already expensive device. Maybe that changed, I haven't checked.
Garmin is bulky if you want something that shows a hole overview and greens. I don't really know much about Golfbuddy.

Either way you look at it, the MX+ filled a spot for those that wanted a smaller device that had full hole maps, layup distances and real images of the course. Now 2 years later, there are other options but we can still be sad to see it go, no?

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[quote name='jnradioactive' timestamp='1384729010' post='8163550']
[quote name='jerryo' timestamp='1384728516' post='8163508']
[quote name='jnradioactive' timestamp='1384548831' post='8154752']
People who bought these probably bought Dune mp3 players too
[/quote]
Please enlighten the Upro buyers on what they should have purchased instead.
[/quote]

Skycaddie
Golfbuddy
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[/quote]
Fair enough. I bought a Upro MX+ on the bay for a very, very reasonable price. It was back in July I think. This device has worked perfectly. It is the perfect size. I only use the features that came on the device. i did download one course but realized immediately that basic mode and the other mode that comes on the unit are all I need. I liked the MX+ so much I sold my Pro 1M rangefinder. A decision I do not regret one bit.

Looks like I will be using my unit until it dies. I don't blame Cally for shutting this division down. I would do the same thing if i was them. I knew when i bought the unit that this outcome was a very real possiblilty.

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[quote name='wundej' timestamp='1384732403' post='8163846']
[quote name='jnradioactive' timestamp='1384729010' post='8163550']
[quote name='jerryo' timestamp='1384728516' post='8163508']
[quote name='jnradioactive' timestamp='1384548831' post='8154752']
People who bought these probably bought Dune mp3 players too
[/quote]
Please enlighten the Upro buyers on what they should have purchased instead.
[/quote]

Skycaddie
Golfbuddy
Garmin

Companies whose main focus is golf GPS or in the case of Garmin gps devices in general.
[/quote]

SNIP....

Garmin is bulky if you want something that shows a hole overview and greens. I don't really know much about Golfbuddy.

Either way you look at it, the MX+ filled a spot for those that wanted a smaller device that had full hole maps, layup distances and real images of the course. Now 2 years later, there are other options but we can still be sad to see it go, no?
[/quote]

The Garmin G6 is small, light and shows fairway details (just not with real pictures) but that really shouldn't matter and frankly are generally higher contrast and easier to see than a real aerial image. You should check it out. Dicks has (or had) it on sale for $250 and I believe another $50 rebate.

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[quote name='Andy L' timestamp='1384734530' post='8164044']
[quote name='wundej' timestamp='1384732403' post='8163846']
[quote name='jnradioactive' timestamp='1384729010' post='8163550']
[quote name='jerryo' timestamp='1384728516' post='8163508']
[quote name='jnradioactive' timestamp='1384548831' post='8154752']
People who bought these probably bought Dune mp3 players too
[/quote]
Please enlighten the Upro buyers on what they should have purchased instead.
[/quote]

Skycaddie
Golfbuddy
Garmin

Companies whose main focus is golf GPS or in the case of Garmin gps devices in general.
[/quote]

SNIP....

Garmin is bulky if you want something that shows a hole overview and greens. I don't really know much about Golfbuddy.

Either way you look at it, the MX+ filled a spot for those that wanted a smaller device that had full hole maps, layup distances and real images of the course. Now 2 years later, there are other options but we can still be sad to see it go, no?
[/quote]

The Garmin G6 is small, light and shows fairway details (just not with real pictures) but that really shouldn't matter and frankly are generally higher contrast and easier to see than a real aerial image. You should check it out. Dicks has (or had) it on sale for $250 and I believe another $50 rebate.
[/quote]
That wasn't around when the MX was released. The new one is obviously better, but the one that was out 2 yrs ago was a tank from what I remember (on of the guys in my league had one). I walk and like to keep it in my pocket. That is another reason why I didn't like the Skycaddie.
I did take a look at the G6, and if the uPro dies on me after next year that is probably going to be the one.

The only benefit of real pictures is to capture the buildings, shrub/trees that the mapper may not have marked down when mapping the course. Some of that stuff comes in handy. I think this was "patent pending" when the original upro came out, not sure if it was ever approved. Would be nice if they'd sell that off to someone else.

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[quote name='Andy L' timestamp='1384734530' post='8164044']
[quote name='wundej' timestamp='1384732403' post='8163846']
[quote name='jnradioactive' timestamp='1384729010' post='8163550']
[quote name='jerryo' timestamp='1384728516' post='8163508']
[quote name='jnradioactive' timestamp='1384548831' post='8154752']
People who bought these probably bought Dune mp3 players too
[/quote]
Please enlighten the Upro buyers on what they should have purchased instead.
[/quote]

Skycaddie
Golfbuddy
Garmin

Companies whose main focus is golf GPS or in the case of Garmin gps devices in general.
[/quote]

SNIP....

Garmin is bulky if you want something that shows a hole overview and greens. I don't really know much about Golfbuddy.

Either way you look at it, the MX+ filled a spot for those that wanted a smaller device that had full hole maps, layup distances and real images of the course. Now 2 years later, there are other options but we can still be sad to see it go, no?
[/quote]

The Garmin G6 is small, light and shows fairway details (just not with real pictures) but that really shouldn't matter and frankly are generally higher contrast and easier to see than a real aerial image. You should check it out. Dicks has (or had) it on sale for $250 and I believe another $50 rebate.
[/quote]

I wouldn't call the g6 small but it is a great unit.

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[quote name='ronbo' timestamp='1384826625' post='8169852']
I'm Shutting down from buying anything from Callaway, goes both ways........ You would have thought they would give you a Gift card to buy something else from them!! Class less move.
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Good move.

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I had a Upro a few years back, kept it for 1 year and then sold it. I think it was an ok device, the flyovers were nice to see but the interface with their website was poor for the most part. One thing I did not like was when requesting courses in Pro Mode nothing ever happened, I requested about 10 courses in my first month of use, none were ever done.

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Had the original Golf Guru for years - LOVED it. Picked up a uPro in January, as uPro was my second choice when I purchased the Guru way back when. I thought the fact that Callaway had purchased them was nothing but a plus.

That was a swing and a miss... Haven't even owned it a year!

Not sure where I will go next. I won't pay a subscription fee, and refuse to bring my phone on the golf course (silly perhaps, but I feel pretty strongly about that).

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[quote name='Saluki91' timestamp='1384860834' post='8171328']
Had the original Golf Guru for years - LOVED it. Picked up a uPro in January, as uPro was my second choice when I purchased the Guru way back when. I thought the fact that Callaway had purchased them was nothing but a plus.

That was a swing and a miss... Haven't even owned it a year!

Not sure where I will go next. I won't pay a subscription fee, and refuse to bring my phone on the golf course (silly perhaps, but I feel pretty strongly about that).
[/quote]
From one Golf Guru owner to another, they were the best. I still love my G002.

I did get the Bushnell Neo-X and am now loving it. I'd say go with the NeoX or Garmin watch or Garmin G6. Currently there are $50 rebates on garmin products and no annual fees on any I've mentioned.

Good luck.

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[quote name='ronbo' timestamp='1384826625' post='8169852']
I'm Shutting down from buying anything from Callaway, goes both ways........ You would have thought they would give you a Gift card to buy something else from them!! Class less move.
[/quote]

I think they made well on the disastrous release.
Their going to keep the website up for another year plus. Your gps will work indefinitely on the same courses. By the time you can't use it anymore there will probably be better technology available that's worth buying.
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