The Zepp Golf tracker promises better golf through technology, and all you have to do it clip it onto your golf glove.
I received a Zepp 2 golf tracjker to test out over a few rounds and this is what I found.
Zepp 2 is a small golf sensor and movement tracker that’s about the size of a loonie, and as thick as your pinky. It fits into a small bracket with a clip and slides onto your golf glove. Once activated, it will track a number of stats:
CLUB SPEED, CLUB PLANE on your downswing, HAND PLANE, BACKSWING POSITION, TEMPO and HIP ROTATION. It’s also got 3D analysis and video analysis capabilities built in
Getting this device setup and using it wasn’t as straightforward as I hoped. It comes with virtually no instructions, except for a one page pamphlet that tells you to charge the tracker fully, then push and hold the button for four seconds to turn it on.
From there you’ll download the free app and follow the prompts to set up your account. With that done you’ll slide the sensor into its clip-on mount and wear it on your golf glove. That’s it.
I thought I had it figured out but I couldn’t get the device to begin tracking my round when I activated it on the course.
Inside the app are several tabs: Smart Coach, Training, Record, Feed, and Profile.
Somewhat unnaturally, choosing Record should let you score your round, which wasn’t intuitive, so I was standing on the first tee while trying to figure it out. I then chose the more helpfully labelled, Play, but again, wasn’t sure what to click next to advance and begin my round. I chose Scorecard, and though I was ready.
Next the app didn’t recognize the course I was playing at. It was a private course, but even so. It kept geo-locating me at the correct location, but it had the course under a different name. Thinking maybe it was a clerical error, I just started playing but the Zepp wasn’t tracking. I was just seeing a grid with a whole bunch of horizontal lines through it.
Turns out, when you get ready to play golf you’ll need to push and hold the power button for four seconds then you’ll need to go into the app and touch the “My Sensor“ button in the top left corner; it’s shaped kind of like a coffee bean. Touch that and then follow the instructions to connect to your tracker via Bluetooth. If the tracker is not connected no data will be saved from your round. It would be nice to know that up front.
Next issue; the scorecard function didn’t have the course data, so I needed to score my round manually, inputting the par for each hole, then adding my score. As a result, using the sensor didn’t feel seamless, it felt like it was constantly interrupting my round.
After about 4 holes, I put it away, vowing to learn more about it before my next game.
Yet again, my chosen course had no data in the scorecard so I had to score the round manually. It was here I gave up on Zepp on the third tee. Here’s why:
While I do love my gadgets and technology, I get out on the golf course for fresh air, sunshine and to be with friends or my husband for a few hours of distraction. Constantly needing to input the data into my phone was tedious. I’d rather leave my phone in the cart and enjoy the game. If this device was easier to figure out and use, and tracked things more automatically, and I could just, ‘set it and forget it,’ as George Foreman used to say, it would be great. In my opinion, this device requires too much handling and too much focus.
When I went back to retrie my old round data, once again, I was left mystified by this device. I couldn’t figure out how to find my last round’s data. I clicked all over the app before finally realizing it’s stored in the Calendar function. To get there, you’ll need to first go to the record screen, then you click into calendar in the top right, and you can choose the tab labelled Round, and it will display your recent rounds.
I love my stats and would love to get better at the game of golf, but for me personally this isn’t the way I’m going to do it. This device is difficult to learn, tedious to operate and is missing a lot of course data in Canada and California—the other spot I tried it. It takes away from the round if you’re constantly fussing with it, and if you’re not checking and fussing, then you won’t get any stats.
In my opinion, save your money for a few hours of lessons with a golf pro instead.
Zepp Golf is available at Best Buy.