Waiting on my Pebble Steel, which has shipped and should be here Thursday.
Hi Clark -
I actually picked up a Pebble primarily as a rangefinder / stroke counter (with the added benefit that it is a full smart watch, compared to dedicated golf watches like the Garmin). I had the opportunity to try Swing by Swing out on Saturday. First impressions, it’s a solid app that seemed to track distances very accurately. The Pebble crashed perhaps twice in 18 holes, but jumping right back into the app wasn’t difficult. And it is seriously much quicker clicking a button on a watch rather than pulling out a phone on each stroke, especially with all the initiatives to increase rate of play, but with the flexibility to pull out the phone to get an overview of the hole.
I am getting inconsistent times when the scoring page will show up. Seemed to work for a few holes, then stopped coming up.
That’s a great idea of putting the scoring screen on the next / previous hole menu. I had the opposite problem that you had this weekend, I would be up for a short approach from the bunker (quite a few times… it was one of those weekends), and it would already be on the scoring screen, meaning I wouldn’t be able to track my short clubs. Being able to manually bring up (or maybe cancel) the scoring menu would help.
Thanks for the notes and reviews!
I also think a third option on the hole switch menu is appropriate. I’ll see if I can talk the devs into making that happen.
The culprit of scoring not popping up is sometimes our fault (poor map, unresponsive app) sometimes the phones fault (not picking up current location, running slow) and sometimes the Pebble’s fault (Bluetooth sucks).
In every case, I think the extra menu option is a good solution for all those less-than-ideal situations.
Mike - we don’t actually count individual strokes with the pebble. You still need to count those in your head and input when the hole is over. The tracking function is just to measure how far you hit a shot - if you’re a Looper member, all that data is stored into your account and you can get club stats and suggestions.
Thanks again guys - we will keep trying to make this integration better. Happy that you’re getting some use out of it!
Ah that makes sense, I guess I should have figured when it asks for the strokes and putts on the scoring page.
That’s great! We will convert all those afraid-of-innovation old fogeys pretty soon!
Mike31 said:That's a great idea of putting the scoring screen on the next / previous hole menu. I had the opposite problem that you had this weekend, I would be up for a short approach from the bunker (quite a few times... it was one of those weekends), and it would already be on the scoring screen, meaning I wouldn't be able to track my short clubs. Being able to manually bring up (or maybe cancel) the scoring menu would help.Clark, were you ending your shot as you stood on the green? That brought up the scoring menu for me 100%.mike
That is great to hear. I believe that once the Pebble-app interaction is smoothed out and made rock solid, this will be the most functional golf app in terms of usability and post-round information reporting.
SBS v4.4 is in the wild if you get a chance to give some more feedback, it would be much appreciated.
Pebble app did not change. Only the SBS app was updated. Pebble update should be coming soon.
Tried your app on 2 occasions.