4 Stars By Steve on 2016-06-11
Clever Device Works as Advertised
This device is small and light and stays connected to my phone flawlessly. The yardages change as you walk, even when your phone is asleep. My iPhone 6s Plus battery seems to hold up better using tLink then when I used my phone alone. You also have fast access to your exact yardage without having to wake up your phone and let the reading settle, which is what I was doing before I got the tLink. The tLink system seems quite accurate, although I would point out that neither the device nor anything the tLink app does has anything to do with the accuracy since the tLink uses your phoneâ€™s GPS and the app uses course maps from the same major provider that supplies other golf GPS vendors.
I used the trial of the Stat Tracking feature during a 9-hole round, and it worked almost flawlessly. There were two holes where it didnâ€™t know I finished the hole, and I needed to push the advance button. The on-screen instructions advised of this possibility. As soon as I did this though, the device requested my hole score, putts, etc. All this data was neatly displayed for me at the end of my round, along with my total score. Pretty cool. I will likely use the 99 cent per round stat tracking feature from time to time. The subscription pricing options are not cost effective unless you play golf more than twice a month, which I donâ€™t.
I took quite a while to decide between getting the tLink or a self-contained GPS wearable. After reading of trouble updating the self-contained devices over USB, as well as (with watches anyway) the proprietary bands breaking and needing repair, I decided tLink had some advantages. Easy updating over the app, and the course database in the app is also updated more reliably to name a couple. (Smartphone apps generally update with no trouble.) Also, if the band breaks a new one can be had cheaply, although I have pretty much settled on using the belt clip (more on that below). The tLink is very light, and smaller than most of the other golf GPS wearables, though the others are shrinking in both size and price. (Garmin refurbished S1 golf watches are the same price.) Of course, if you donâ€™t want to golf with your phone, one of the self-contained devices is what you want, the tLink wonâ€™t work.
Now to some other minor negatives. Firstly, while the tLink is smaller and lighter than other golf GPS devices, it is still bigger than any watch I wear. After wearing it for the pedometer function on my wrist for a while, I decided it was too big. I was also a little concerned about the stories of the device popping out of the wristband when golfing. I switched to the belt clip. However, the belt clip holds the device tight against your belt so to look at yardages, you need to grab it and twist your belt up so you can see it. In my view, the tLink ideally needs more of a belt lanyard. I have shorts I golf in at times with little loops that am now using some of the time, and I also made a lanyard of sorts out of a key clip. (See photos.) Hopefully, tLink will come out with other mounting options.
Secondly, in my view, the app needs some work. If you have your location services in your phone turned off either to save the battery, or for privacy, the app wonâ€™t even start up properly so you can look at your stats. Even if thatâ€™s not an issue, if you are out of range of your tLink (for example you want to show somebody at work your stats) a series of cumbersome menus come up and the only way to access the stats is to hit the help button with just the right timing. Even then as far as I can tell you can only access golf stats, not pedometer data. Finally there is no way to print anything (other than with screenshots).
All-in-all though, I am delighted with this purchase. And because the device is a simple remote display unit, the other functionality, mounting options, app features, can theoretically be easily and cheaply updated, which could prove to be tLinkâ€™s biggest advantage over a dedicated device. Time will tell whether the folks at tLink make good use of this ability.
4 Stars By CandysCO on 2016-04-14
My husband loves this little thing. He says it is the best he has had --BUT he has already lost two as the unit flies out of the watch band when he is hitting! Now we have 2 watch bands and 2 belt loops and no electronics to put in them. There must be a way to make the band more secure around the unit! Please!
5 Stars By 789789 on 2018-04-27
Nice husband loved it
Nice husband loved it! worked great even out on random golf courses and was extremely accurate. We checked the distance of watch against the golf course plaques that hang to show you distance from a hole and it was DEAD ON. no weird lag time. The only bummer was that it only worked with a certain type of phone and when he switched phones he had to keep the old one charged just to use the app needed for this watch. It was definitely cool though and he enjoyed using it.
1 Stars By 2DayDeliver Customer on 2017-04-14
Just not worth the hassle and worry.
The thing won't take a full charge even after 1 full day on charger. I don't like how you cannot turn off the scoring. GPS will be as accurate as your phone GPS bc thats what its connected to. Really worried that it will fly off the wrist strap when hitting the ball, meaning it doenst feel very secure in the holder. This thing is supposed to help, but I find that it may be just not worth the hassle.
3 Stars By Fred T. on 2016-03-28
Watch falls out of the strap
I love the device. One problem is that the rechargeable device becomes loose from the watch strap and has even fallen out while playing around of golf. The strap should be designed to more securely hold the device. Fortunately, someone found the small device on the golf course.
5 Stars By BBPS on 2016-06-02
Great Distance Marker!
Easy to setup, activate & sync. Extremely accurate distance to target. I've compared the TLink yardage to the yardage markings of the courses I've played and its spot on. I played 4 rounds on a single charge. I've only used the clip-on holder to avoid being distracted by the wristband. If it could only find my golf ball!
1 Stars By 2DayDeliver Customer on 2017-05-02
didn't like this so much
didn't like this so much. I returned it a few days later. Not easy to sync with my phone or computer. Sticking with golf buddy.
3 Stars By 2DayDeliver Customer on 2016-04-29
I like it but you should be able to charge it ...
I like it but you should be able to charge it without removing from the band. Also it should display the number of steps as a fitness tracker directly on the screen without having to look on the phone.
1 Stars By Darrell on 2018-04-28
DO NOT PURCHASE THIS PRODUCT
Do not buy this item the watch face will fall out of the wrist band with very little force and the company does not care about this . I emailed the company and did not even receive a replay.
1 Stars By nora on 2017-09-17
The GPS data and step tracking was totally inaccurate so it's now sitting in a drawer somewhere. Great in theory, maybe a few updates will make the next version worth buying.