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Game Golf Live Review – Use Data To Knock Shots Off Your Game 

I’m a statistics geek – not just with respect to golf, but every walk of life. So I do have a predisposition to enjoying devices which crunch numbers, and am prone to waxing lyrical about them (if they’re any good).

But impartiality is important to me too, so when I was handed the new Game Golf Live digital tracking device, I did my utmost to avoid looking like a kid at Christmas.

Of course, one lame excuse to the Mrs later, and I was out on the golf course, excited and at the ready to give my new toy a try.

Game Golf pretty much broke new ground with their “Classic” product a few years ago, which I was blown away by at the time.

So would the newest addition represent a marked improvement? Abso-frickin-lutely.

If you already own Game Golf Live please feel free to leave your own review in the comments at the end of this article.

Game Golf Live

Our Assessment 

Ping have been an industry frontrunner for some time now and they just always seem to produce quality sets.

The Ping i’s are a progressive string with minimal offset in the shorter irons - more offset in the longer. Now despite there being less offset than its predecessor, the Ping i’s are very forgiving and cater to a slightly wider handicap and player bracket because of this. In the past we found Ping irons to be fairly squared off at the toe, but they have turned this around and now are pleasantly rounded particularly at the toe. 

Ping are the first manufacturer to use the new 431 stainless steel, which has a higher strength to weight ratio and subsequently improves feel as well as trajectory control. 

Sure they aren't terribly workable, but in general most of us are after consistency rather than workability. Good value for money for a great set or irons.

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Pros

  • Excellent variety of stats – even includes strokes gained across all departments
  • Visual and clear data display is market-leading; as is the GPS
  • So easy to set up, especially with club designation for the tags
  • Performance data recorded in real time

Cons

  • Tagging is still quite a manual process

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Key Facts

Features

Details

Launch RRP

$149.00

App

iOS / Android

Additional Features to Game Golf Classic

GPS-enabled rangefinder, real-time on course stats, in-round editing

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Detailed Review of Game Golf

Build & Features

There aren’t really too many significant differences between the new model and the original in terms of hardware. The color is a slightly lighter shade of red – almost maroon. And there is nothing in it in terms of the tags.

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But there are two key fundamental differences in the overall package. The first is the presence of an app, which is both iOS and Android compatible, and you can now view your performance stats in real time on your phone. Save the data, edit it – you can do what you like during the round, and afterwards it all syncs up to your phone anyway. Too easy.

The other important feature is a GPS-enabled rangefinder, which the original didn’t have. We carried a separate GPS on the course with us to compare, and I can promise you the distances offered up by the Game Golf Live GPS were bang on the money.

In terms of metrics and features, the usual suspects are all there, but it is the addition of the strokes-gained stats – in the context of tee shots, approaches, short game, sand saves and putting – which offers the most actionable insights of all.

Ease of Use

As with the original, Golf Game Live couldn’t be much simpler to use. Setup is a piece of cake. Charge your device up in the USB port and download the Game Golf app to your phone.

Once you’ve created a login, you can pair your phone with the device via Bluetooth.

Once all that is done, it’s a simple case of screwing the tags into your grips, which is straightforward given that each one is designated to a specific club.

Customizing the app to match your set of clubs is also easy – in fact the entire setup process literally takes a few minutes.

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Image Credit: Official Game Golf Image

When out on the course, turn the device on, clip it onto your belt, and then find the course on your app and select your starting hole.

After that, all you have to do is tap the tag onto the device before (or after) each shot, which is validated by a little buzz sound.

Probably the only weakness is the very concept of tagging – it’s still a bit manual, and requires you to remember to do it each shot! But that’s knit picking in all honesty, as this is a very smooth and convenient customer experience all round.

And by the time you finish your round, it’s all nice and synced up to your phone for you, so no need to plug it into a computer. Just crack open a cold one, sit back, and indulge the numbers geek within you!

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Image Credit: Official Game Golf Image

Performance & Analysis

There was nothing we could fault about the performance of the entire Golf Game Live system.

I’d read before that there were problems with the app in terms of saving data, finding courses and in-round editing, but we experienced none of that. It’s just a smooth process from start to finish, and everything is instant.

We always think we know our strengths and weaknesses as golfers, but I was amazed at the trends it was able to pick up on – even with the relatively small data set of the two rounds we played.

The strokes-gained stats in particular are fantastic, but the wide range of data factors in everything you can think of: fairways, bunkers, putting, wedge shots etc.

You can also see in detail how you played each hole, which in turn enables you to infer what impact things like slope, dogleg and wind have on your distances.

Yet even with a sea of data at your fingertips, I truly don’t believe it is an overload, and because the app conveys it all in a clear and concise manner, it really is easy to determine the good and the bad, and to implement the necessary improvements to change your game for the better.

As for the battery life, we charged the device up for a couple of hours; played two 18-hole rounds with it, and still had a bit left over.

So even though it may be a pain to have to charge it up in the first place, at least you’re guaranteed good mileage out of it.

Value for Money

When Game Golf Live first launched in 2016, it retailed at about $300. At first glance, that looked like a lot of money, but having reviewed the product exhaustively, I’d say that would still represent decent value.

So the fact that you can now pick up one of these babies for half that amount, well… I think it’s an absolute steal in all honesty.

To put it into context, think about what this sort of system can do for you by channeling and providing focus to both practicing and lessons.

In both cases, you’ll have such a crystal-clear idea of what needs to be worked on, which in turn will ensure a great deal of efficiency in terms of time and money spent. Value. For. Money. Everywhere!

About the author 

Michael Todt

Mike fell in love with the game from a very early age – a passion that hasn’t diminished ever since. He earned provincial colors throughout his junior years, but by the time he reached Varsity, the realization set in (thanks largely to some cold ales) that it was time to favor the pen rather than his clubs. He now writes for GA along with a few other sources.

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  1. I bought GG live and entered into a lengthy email exchange with their support team (always seemed to be the same optimistic guy) who never actually resolved the inaccurate readings, missed readings (it showed some of my shots hundreds of yards away from the actual position) and “design intent” that using a club to pitch 10 yards onto a green is counted when averaging the full swing shot distance for that club.

    Bottom line is that despite the repeated promises that a fix was coming I gave up trying to get it to work as advertised after three months. Great idea that never worked well for me…

    1. with me happened the same thing…. it seems that it is a standard reply, never related to the problem i wrote in my emails searching for solution… its a very bad customer service!

  2. I have both GG Live and Pro. The issue I have is the tags on both, which to some degree is expected with tech in the devices. Wouldn’t be bad if your Tech support actually answered a request for help. If I could find a dealer maybe I could get some help but I bought directly from them and not can’t get any support. I really surprised that some big names like Jim Furyk or Sean Foley would put their name on something like this.

    #Furykfearsnone #gamegolf

  3. I have the same problems as a lot of other people, uploading rounds to the app which pretty much makes it useless. Support will acknowledge your initial email then ignore you. Waste of money don’t buy.

  4. I complained now twice this is the third email and my problem hasnt been solved. This device is not working with my mac nor my app on my android phone.. last year it worked in both places…today I tried to play at Spalding golf course and it doesn’t download the map. I changed the map location went to another course close to my house and it still doesn’t download the map. I tried several times it says data issues I was on wifi and also on 3G nothing worked.. I used the device as a test while playing golf, and when i tried to connect to my laptop nothing, also the connection via bluetooth via phone it disconnect all the time not been able to transfer the data, data lost.

    When it is about to download the rounds on my phone when it finally connects, at the 3rd round it says {Failed uploading round}. This device is very expensive to be used only for 2 years and I sure cant recommend to anyone at the golf club as it doesn’t work. See the screenshot attached. I can’t download the map, I can’t connect the device in a stable connection and I can’t connect the device on my mac for the game of golf app on the mac..

    I received this email today:
    Good morning Elisangela,

    Here are the specific steps:

    When device is paired and waiting for connection with circle

    1) Wait for 30 seconds if it does not connect then go to step 2
    2) Turn off live device wait now for 30 sec
    3) Turn on live device and see if that connect it, if not then quit the app and go to step 4
    4) Turn off the device and open gamegolf app and go to playgolf screen
    5) Turn on the device and attempt to pair once more.

    Kind regards,
    Mike

    I tried it all like silly as I have done before, I even reset the device and it still doesnt work. Could you please accept the fact that this device has a failure malfunction and doesnt work? in average I used it 15 times? I need a proper customer support here.
    Not just a simple black and white email which solves nothing, sorry!
    I cant even press Play now as it shows only TRY SMART CADDIE and its like is locked forcing me to buy your caddie service!

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