Small and intuitive to use
Great depth of features
Very accurate yardages via GPS
Excellent way to review post-round performance
Somewhat clumsy to use when clipped to belt (also comes with wristband)
Integrated touch screen device for golfers or anyone looking to get in shape.
Sophisticated integration includes Wi-Fi data sync and software updates.
Among options for carrying the device are wearing it on the wrist (ala a wristwatch) or clipping it to one's belt.
Price of MotoACTV Golf Edition at introduction: $299.99. Other versions (not keyed to golf) of the MotoACTV begin at $249.99.
More info is available at motoactv.com.
Review: Motorola MotoACTV Golf Edition
As a golf GPS, MotoACTV is impressive in its small size (less than 4 square inches), weight and quality of measurement and display. What I didn't realize is how much more data I was missing from just a laser finder or golf GPS. Exhibit 1 is that MotoACTV measures the distance I walk in a given round. My measurement is given in steps, actual distance and calories burned. With the unit's accurate GPS, I can tell where I am on a given tract.
Regarding GPS accuracy, I found the MotoACTV to be among the best, if not the best, in measuring distances compared to laser-measured yardages.
Within the tiny unit there is also a very powerful capture for, shall we say, more "strenuous" cardio-related exercises such as jogging, elliptical and cycling. This really appealed to me as a golfer, because as a group, committed golfers today are paying more attention to their overall fitness level. The MotoACTV is one device that can actually inspire a golfer to do more than walk the course. I know it did for me.
More Uses for the MotoACTV Golf
And, as the commercial says, "wait – but there's more!" The MotoACTV gives a real-time summary read-out of total score, individual hole score, putts, GIR, steps taken, calories burned and distance covered. Wow – I think there is a whole new industry there for the stats obsessed. But, the more I used the MotoACTV the more I found it incredibly comfortable and indispensible.
And imagine the insight to be gained by sending your instructor the GPS-plotted data on your round in advance of your next lesson.
Are There Any Negatives?
The only real drawback I saw to this powerful little package of game aid and fun is that, clipped to a belt, I had to continue reaching to unclip the unit to read it and accidentally changed screens (no data was lost) to another function. It's always easy with a finger touch to get back to golf – but I'd prefer some kind of temporary lock for the activity. Motorola tells me there is currently a workaround for this issue as well as a plan to address it in the next software update. But the benefit of a total GPS package, plus all the bells and whistles in a smaller-than-credit-card-sized package is really something.
After the Round
Motorola couldn't have found a timelier endorser for the MotoACTV than Masters champ Bubba Watson. Bubba and his caddie use the unit not only for practice rounds, but for workouts. I understand that in the near future, both Bubba's workouts and some practice rounds will be posted for MotoACTV users to compare against their own efforts.
In short, the Motorola MotoACTV might take its place alongside the metal wood for its ability to change your game.