I am experiencing the same issue. It usually takes 2 or 3 attempts to get it to recognize the club. It's a bit of a distraction when I am trying to set up for my shot. I'd appreciate any tips as well.
Same issue for me. Very distracting and finally gave up tracking the round after 4-5 holes b/c of it. I agree on the tee box it could be ok, but out on the fairway tapping my club over and over again to my pocket. I was slowing down the round and looking ridiculous.
I've had about 8 full rounds of tag scanning so far. On the second or third round I foudn the sweet spot on the phone in my pcoklet for scanning. I would say only one or two times a round am I unable to scan within the first try. Unfortunately I am still not completely thrilled about how I look with the club sticking straight out from my pocket. It is very odd looking and noticeable.
Since this is an NFC technology drawback, I'm not sure there is a great solution for this - it now makes sense why Game Golf designed their NFC reader the way they did at a 45* angle. I still think this is a superior product, utilizing the phone, but consideration of how to fix this would be huge.
When at tee I scan the club when I'm waiting for the other players to tee off. I don't have to do that on the tee? The same for the next shots. If I'm first I hit the ball and while waiting for the others to hit their balls I scan my club holding the phone to the club.
I agree with Cody. Taking out your phone, and tapping it on your club is the quickest and least stupid looking way to get it done quickly.
I agree with Peter. Make it part of your pre-shot routine and have a clear gap between messing with your toys and striking the ball. Mine:
Despite the work arounds in this post, I am disappointed with the gap in the actual user experience versus what is depicted in the marketing material... kind of like what a Big Mac looks like on TV versus what it actually looks like at a MacDonald's. Even with my cell phone out of pocket, it can take a few attempts to log a shot. Consequently, I've disabled my tags and will continue to use the app without them. I guess that is the risk you take with Kick Starter projects.
I haven't given up but I don't agree with paul and peter. If I wanted to take my phone out I would have never even got the tags. I also use a smart watch to link up to the app, so thats another variable that makes this more frustrating. I don't mind having data on my wrist or even tapping a club to my pants - but needing to pull out my phone is unacceptable.
I've got a good pre-shot routine down that doesnt detract from the game itself, and scans accurately, but it does still look ridiculous.
I absolutely love the golf tags with Golf Pad, but hate how I look on the Tee box, sticking my club out perpindicular from my body, rubbing the butt of my club on my pocket, trying to find the NFC sweet spot.
I understand the difficulties with NFC as a technology in general, but I was wondering if anyone found a good way to get the tags to scan without looking so silly, or them being so fussy?
The worst is on the tee box when everyone is standing around watching. I've considered taking my driver golf tag off, and keeping it in the pocket opposite my phone so I can pull it out and tap it, instead of doing the club rub, golf tag dance.
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