Callaway UPro Review

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Published 25/07/2012 18:54:40
 

This article is written by out guest golf professional Gareth Naden, teacher and pro since 2003. 

Trying to describe the Callaway UPro is like trying to describe the movie "Avatar". It is  awesome and a little over the top. This GPS device is not for the faint of heart or the technically illiterate.

This piece of hardware will set you back about £225, but someone who is in the market for this kind of technology is not looking to save a few pounds (I would assume.) There are so many features on this bad boy that I don't know where to begin.

Buy UPro (£225)

This GPS device comes with every bell and whistle that can possibly be had with a GPS device (hole fly-over, satellite aerial views, drag and drop distances, etc.) Along with all of this functionality comes a need to be constantly interacting with this device while you are on the golf course. Not my idea of keeping your head in the game, but this thing has some pretty cool features.


• Video Flyover - Before each hole there is a brief flyover that gives you a great visual of the layout of the hole.

• AnyPoint - This works almost like a range finder where you can drag and drop to any point on the course. This will give you two yardages; one to the point where you dragged and dropped and another from that point to the green. This is a great tool for figuring out the perfect layup yardage and can help to take trouble out of play.

• SmartView - This feature generates and updates a custom view of your target. Constantly updating yardages from the point where you are on the course, this feature allows you to get a bird's eye view of your target and the surrounding area.



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All of these features are available in the ProMode that is only available on the UPro. The actual benefit of this is that the unit uses satellite imagery to give you a full visual of every feature on the golf course. From calculating yardages to the hole flyovers, everything is displayed as a bird's eye view of the course. The UPro also comes with no membership fees, instead there is a per course charge of $1.20. The way it works is that you purchase a pack of credits and then each course download is worth a certain amount of credits. Along with all the advanced features, there is also a basic mode that functions much like a traditional GPS where the only information displayed is the yardages to the green and various hazards on the course.


Blinded by the Light


There is no doubt that there is plenty of technology in these devices, but don't get blinded. All of this information can be intimidating and trying to navigate one of these is not for the weak. There are plenty of functions and displays that can draw your attention off of the game. As long as the GPS device can be helpful and provide useful information, then it is worth the time you'll have to put in. But, in the end you still have to swing the club and hit the ball to the target.



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