The story of Caddieapp really began with my Apple Watch Series 1 and excitement about the possibility of using it for golf. Intrigued by the idea, I’ve tried most of the popular golf apps over the years, but none seemed to live up to the full potential I had envisioned.
As I experimented with these apps, I encountered several frustrations. While they provided basic information like distance to the center, pars, and handicaps, they lacked course maps – a significant shortfall. This often led me to rely on my phone, which I prefer not to use while I play.
Distance measurement to anything other than the center of the green was another problem. That also had me constantly reaching for my phone, disrupting the rhythm and enjoyment of play.
Battery life was a critical issue too. The apps that did use the watch’s GPS hit the battery pretty hard, often leaving me at zero before the end of the round, and forcing me to look for sprinkler head distances and use a pencil to keep score for the last few holes.
These experiences, along with the innovations happening in watchOS at the same time, were the catalysts for creating Caddieapp. I aimed to develop a solution that was a 100% standalone watch app – one that would free golfers from the need to use their phones. Caddieapp not only displays hole layouts directly on your wrist but also allows for accurate distance measurements to any point, and efficiently manages GPS usage to conserve battery life.
But this is just the story so far. I’ve addressed these initial challenges, and now I’m focused on continually improving Caddieapp. Feedback from fellow golfers who see the potential in using the Apple Watch for golf is invaluable. It helps me refine and evolve the app to better meet the needs of the golfing community.
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