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Any good tips for scanning Golf Tags on the course?

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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Was not happy with the durability of the first tags out, but now very happy with the second generation black tags. I golf 3 to 5 times a week and have not had a tag failure since I got them 3 months ago. As far as using Link, I turn the phone volume way down and rely on the vibration of the Link. It's working great and I'm not holding anyone up. Most don't even realize what I'm doing. I do wish there were an easy way to record a sand shot without pulling my phone out. I have a Sony, Pebble, and Magellan smartwatch, but none have a provision for adding a sand shot. Maybe in the works?
I thought the bunker shots would be automatically selected, similar to the fairway results of a drive.  This doesn't seem to happen, so I'm always going in after the round and editting the shots to "fix" those things.  It does help tremendously that I can recall all of my shots in a round even up to a week later (I only play once a week or so), so I know which shots were from the sand or from the fringe or first cut.

I only have the tags and not the Link, so I have no idea how the Link works.  I'll have to speak to a friend who uses a Pebble watch with his tags and see if that is simple to do "on the fly".

My Tags are supposed to arrive soon so I have no experience with tagging and my iPhone. The Game Golf "Classic" device that I have used for years was easy to work with. I've seen mention of people keeping the phone "nearby", or taking it out to tag. Has anyone tried putting their phone in a holster or belt clip and tagging their shots?

Get a phone clip. It does wonders. 

I use a phone holster and what I noticed is that the metal and little magnets in the holster interfere with the NFC signal. Another thing was my putter grip. Because of the 'metal' bolt on top it had big troubles getting read by my phone.


My solution was to put a ferrite sticker on the entire back of the tag. It worked wonders so I ended up putting ferrite stickers on all my tags at the back.


Maybe it might be an idea for golfpad to look at NFC tags made for on metal surfaces. It realy boosts the performance on reading the tags.


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Edwin, I may give this a try.  Thanks for the idea.  I’ve been wondering why a couple tags are hit and miss when scanning.

Hate to answer such an old Golf Pad Tag Topic, but wanted to share a solution that works well and from an "ease of use" perspective this is the one that ends lots of the fumbling that's done trying to scan tags and play a round of golf. I also didn't want to have this GPS app (and it's accessories) slow up my game or have friends complaining that I spend too much time on my phone, and not enough actually golfing. First thing... Invest in a Caddie Buddy Phone Holder. And not just anyone... get the one in the link below https://caddiebuddy.com/push-cart-phone-gps-mount/ This phone mount allows the lower half of most phones to be assessable, on the back side, where the phone antenna is located for NFC communication. That's the near-field that Golfpad Tags use with phones. The phone holder comes with a Sun Mountain Pull; Cart screw mount, as well as a separate twist-type clamp, that can be mounted on any pull cart handle or riding golf cart windsheid frame. Mount that holder & phone, in a location, in your cart, that allows you to put the face of the phone at the back, middle of the phone, you should see the Tag Register regardless if you have the app open. Once you start playing, and placing your clubs under the phone in the cradle, you will start to see that you find the "sweet spot" much quicker with the phone stationary. The mounting clamp on this design allowed me to get a 46" Driver under the Phone/Holder with the grip and Tag flat. It raises the Phone App up high enough so you basically pull the club out, hold in under your cart handle, and it shows the club registered. After using it for about 10-12 shots I was hitting the antenna within seconds of removing the head cover off the club. I found that taking the phone in and out of a pocket, trying to scan by moving club & phone, just doesn't work well. And the Tag really needs to be FLAT against the NFC antenna location. A fixed location for your golf data display is always better, less chance to close the app moving the phone in and out of pockets So what about the putter you ask? Do not use a Tag on that, much easier to just register the number of putts on the app using the PUTT button... Press the putt button, press next hole, and move on. Stop trying to spot location when the key information is how far away is your first putt. That putt distance value could be something that you enter manually, after you do a quick paceoff of. Again, don't slow down play by trying to capture putt data to the "nearest inch" when the real data that helps the score is how close was the approach and did you get down in two. Cindy can work with development to have a box pop up when PUTT button is used, asking for distance... and that could be a selectable option in the setup section for using Tags. Until the integration between the GPS driven GolfPad App and a connected watch allows the use of both Tag Register AND the watch GPS, the idea of spotting the cup on a green, and using a Putter Tag are "difficult" at best. The idea of this product is to speed up play...not slow it down. You get perfect shot information, at the ball location, with recommended clubs in the Premium Version. If the putter tag still needs work to make it better, enter only that part manually, instead of all these work-arounds that really need better watch connectivity. Don't use a pull cart or ride? The clamp will allow you to mount on your umbrella handle if your carry. Or do a little modification and find the spot to mount on your bag with a built in stand. It's worth it to you to end the GoldPad Tag Pocket Pool game being played. Think about it...
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