Summary: it works on the course without delay. Much better than the Skycaddie SG4 which is in black and white not color as with the SG5. A new model or one in better shape would have a clearer screen. The download from the sky is also much faster.
I like SkyCaddie, for $50 a year,but if goes up, would consider laser point
1 October 2012
Summary: Liked the SG5 better than the SGX. With a glove on, the butters on the SG5 were easier to use. SGX has that small pin-point knob to use to manuver the elements within the screen. What they don't tell you about the SGX, is you have to use WIFI to download but you can get just basic yardage to the green, but no targets are available.
Summary: The caddie is great but I'm not sure I trust it. When I place it right beside another sky caddie there can be up to a 5 yard difference....why? Another issue that I have with the purchase is that the two courses I play most are not available for a download.... one of them hosts a Hooter's tournament annually; so not a shabby course. The other one is the sister course to it. Never heard from Sky Caddie when I put in a request to get these courses measured.
Summary: For your golf game this is an excellent tool to help with course management and club selection. Only issue is with Sky Caddie Link, it's not the most user friendly interface. That's a minor issue though, overall great product, to bad it doesn't help me make putts!!
Summary: Purchased unit because I got tired trying to find yardage markers then guessing my distance. I also travel a lot and play a lot of different courses. The Skycaddie will allow me to download these courses and study them before and during play. Using the Skycaddie has really sped up play. I'm still getting used to the unit and my only complaint so far is the backlighting. It's hard to read when there is bright sunlight. I also suggest buyers to buy the cart mount.
Summary: I have had the skycaddie for about 4 months now. It has helped my short game more than anything. I never took the time on the courses i play to measure the size of the greens so that is a plus. Also when i play on a new course it really helps. The only negative is the requirement to have a subscription to download and keep the courses. Once your subscription is up all your courses go away.
Conclusion: I used it all last season and loved it. Got it cheaprer on Craigslist. This year, they changed the software. I upgraded it with the new S/W and I couldn't get it to work. After days and hours on the phone with Tech Support, they decided it was a hardware problem and I had to send it away to get fixed. Still wish they's allow more than 20 courses at once, or have an option for a removeable SIM card.
Conclusion: I've had my unit for 1.5 years. It works well. I love the color screen and all the detailed information available. However, I cannot get two full rounds on a battery charge. Around hole 15 of my second round the battery loses the charge. This isn't a problem if I have my charger with me between rounds. The other issue I have is minor. If the round I'm playing is a bit slow, the unit sometimes jumps ahead to the next hole. I have to bring it back to the current hole.
Summary: I was a 8 handicap and this device helped me get down to a steady 4. I know how far I hit my clubs, so having accurate distances really helps. I find the SG5 easy to use, I can easily play 36 holes and it still has lots of battery life. I especially like the target display for new courses as it helps me to avoid trouble an select the correct club. I have used the SG5 in Ontario Canada, Michigan and Florida. I have not found a course that I could not download.