Callaway uPro Go

The line of Callaway GPS devices and laser rangefinders continues to grow with the addition of the Callway uPro Go. The uPro Go isn’t simply a lower priced and less functional uPro, rather it is a completely different device – from the look and feel to the user interface and feature set. The Go provides basic distances to hazards and greens, plus the option of more detailed green views (available for an additional one-time $50 purchase of GoMode functionality) with bright color graphics, but it lacks full hole views. Unfortunately the device isn’t as polished as we would like, with a large number of errors in the detailed green views on our test courses.

The absence of any per course or yearly subscription fees allows the Callaway uPro Go to compete against the entrenched devices in price. It’s a device well suited for those who are familiar with the courses they play and don’t need a view of the entire hole, and who don’t need a scorecard or statistics tracking.

SCORE
87
GRADE
B+
Setup
100
Course Availability
97
Ease of Use
88
Course Details
88
Features
85
Accuracy
79
Cost/Value
88

Pros:

Cons:

Retail price: $149.00
Availability: Discontinued; replaced by the Callaway upro mx


100 / A

Setup
The Good: The uPro Go comes pre-loaded with courses, so you can take it straight to the course and get down to business. We recommend registering the device first, if for no other reason than to get rid of the nagging registration reminders. Registration also enables you to download the latest course updates and purchase GoMode, which allows users to determine distances to any point on the green via a graphic image, if desired.
The Bad: We can’t say the process is always painless – on occasion taking several attempts to sync, though syncing is not required on a frequent basis. If the computer doesn’t “find” the uPro Go to let you launch the Sync application, Mac users are out of luck as there isn’t a downloadable application (as there is for Windows) to assist in a pinch. After syncing and updating your course list, be sure to confirm that the application has quit before unplugging the uPro Go, as the device is essentially a drive that needs to be “ejected.”
Details:

What’s in the Box: The Callaway uPro Go comes with the accessories listed below. Use of GoMode on one course as a trial is also included.


97 / A+

Course Availability
Critical Golf Test: The Callaway uPro Go is one of the top devices in our test of the availability of golf courses, with 97% coverage. Coverage both by type of course and geography were evenly dispersed.
Manufacturer’s Claims: Callaway claims to have 25,000 courses in its database, which puts in the middle of the pack against the competition.


88 / B+

Ease of Use
The Good: The Callaway uPro Go has a reasonably intuitive interface, with introductory videos pre-loaded. The screen is bright and clear, and the text and green graphics are easy to view. The device is comfortable both to hold and carry.
The Bad: The navigational joystick requires relatively deliberate pushing/pulling to scroll through menus, otherwise the user may press the joystick (which functions as a button) inadvertently. The uPro Go relies on a dedicated side button to access the more detailed GoMode green view. Rechargeable battery life is shorter than some of the competition, but in our tests we were able to get in two rounds before recharging was necessary.
Lastly, we experienced an inability to lock onto satellites on a number of different occasions. When this occurred it was always fixed by restarting the device (though would sometimes take several restarts).
Details:

Callaway uPro Go Golf GPS Device

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Check out the Critical Golf comparison of golf GPS device Ease of Use.


88 / B+

Course Detail and Mapping
The Good: uPro Go’s GoMode functionality provides detailed graphic green views with the ability to determine distances to any point on or near the green, along with distances to a number of pre-mapped points that will update as the user moves in relation to the green.
The Bad: Unlike the original Callway uPro, the uPro Go doesn’t have full hole images, which is something we both find to be extremely useful and are starting to expect devices to provide. Hazard distance information can be difficult to decipher without the hole view – with only generic graphic images you may be left wondering which bunker is represented within the Hazard view, for example. Lastly, there were a number of inaccuracies with the GoMode green images (see ‘Accuracy’, below).
Details:

Suggestion Box: We would prefer if GoMode was accessible through the Hazard soft key in addition to the side Mode button. And please Callaway, fix the incorrect GoMode green images ASAP!


85 / B

Features

The Good: Courses come pre-loaded so users don’t need to worry about loading their device with the course that they’re going to play on any given day.

The Bad: The uPro Go does not have a scorecard or any statistics functionality. With the exception of the most bare-bones devices, such as the Bushnell Neo and IZZO SWAMI, most GPS devices (and iPhone golf applications) provide these, and we are disappointed that the uPro Go doesn’t offer either.

Details:

Suggestion Box: We would prefer that users could start the hole in Hazard View (we can’t imagine wanting to consistently start par 5s with a view of the green only). The last nitpick, and it’s minor to be sure, is that after modifying individual settings and returning to the main Settings Menu, the “Change Hole” menu will always be selected by default.

Check out the Critical Golf comparison of golf GPS device features.


79 / C+

Accuracy

Device Accuracy: Our test of device accuracy found the uPro Go to be within a reasonable margin of error of five yards.

Callaway uPro Go Golf GPS Device


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Mapping Accuracy: Throughout our rounds we saw no problems with mapping distance accuracy. Given the uPro Go shows hazard and green point distances regardless of how close the user is to the target, somewhat rare among GPS devices, this enabled us to have confidence in the device’s accuracy across courses.

Unfortunately, we were extremely disappointed to find that a large number of GoMode images, while offering accurate distances to green points and surrounding bunkers and water features, had serious image errors (see images at right). These errors appeared to be limited to holes with water within the green view, and included water hazards seemingly running under greens and non-existent isthmuses extending from the bank of water hazards. You can take solace that the distances are correct, but it’s hard to believe for a number of the images.


88 / B+
Cost/Value

Retail Price: At $149.99, the Callaway uPro Go is the least expensive devices with a color screen.

Fees for Access to Course Database: Unlike with the original uPro, users don’t pay any per-course or yearly fees to access the course database or obtain course updates. As mentioned, users can pay a one-time fee of $50 to access the more detailed GoMode view that contains a graphic of the green, as well as green and surrounding hazard distances and the ability to provide distances to any point selected in the area.

Three-Year Total Cost of Ownership: Because GoMode adds so much more to the functionality of the device, we assume that users will spend the $50 to purchase it in our cost comparison. Even with that additional expense (which raises the retail cost to $198.99), the uPro Go has an attractive three-year total cost of ownership. No per-course fees or yearly fees keep the Go one of the most affordable devices over time.
Value: The uPro Go is a comfortable, capable device with an exceptional screen, and it’s less expensive than some of the earlier-generation devices that also don’t provide hole views such as the GolfBuddy Tour and the GolfLogix GPS-8. At nearly $200 with GoMode, it stacks up well against the competition in this price range. Depending on your needs, this device could absolutely be on your short list.