Thank You Kickstarter Community! Ready For Round Two?
In 2015 our Kickstarter campaign for Golf Pad TAGS™ was an overwhelming success. With your support we built the product and delivered rewards to all 659 backers on time. TAGS are now used by thousands of golfers around the world to automatically track the game right on their Android phones.
We'd like to extend a huge thanks to all supporters! Without you, this next product wouldn't have been possible.
The number one question we received about the TAGS is iPhone compatibility. The new Golf Pad LINK is the answer - it works with both iPhone and Android. Even better, you can track your game without having your phone on you. Your shots are saved as you play. When your phone is in range, your data will sync automatically.
Automatic Game Tracking
Golf Pad LINK is perfect for golfers of all skill levels who want to automatically track, analyze and improve their game in real-time. Track your shots with a sleek, wireless reader and at set of 15 lightweight tags. Get accurate distances, intelligent club recommendations and more on over 40,000 courses world-wide.
Set up and start playing in minutes
Tracking shot distance and club is done with a simple tap. See results immediately on your phone or even your smartwatch. Golf Pad will prompt you to choose the club the first time you scan a new tag, and will save your choice so you never need to do it again.
As Seen On
Golf Pad LINK is powered by our top-rated app, Golf Pad GPS. With over one million downloads across iPhone and Android, Golf Pad is loved by golfers around the globe, and for a good reason. It's fast, easy and intuitive and loaded with features.
Some features and advanced statistics require Golf Pad Premium upgrade that costs $19.99 per year. Each Golf Pad LINK includes an upgrade code good for one year, so you can try them out. However, upgrade is NOT required to track your game with LINK or TAGS. You can use Golf Pad LINK with the free version of the app, forever.
Statistics tracked automatically
- Club distances
- Strokes gained
- Shot dispersion
- Fairways hit or missed
- Greens in regulation
- Distance trends
- Scoring analysis
- Course strategy
Improve faster with Strokes Gained
See exactly where you gain or lose strokes with the revolutionary Strokes Gained analysis. Golf Pad automatically calculates strokes gained or lost for every single shot or putt. You can see how you compare against the average PGA Tour player and what part of the game you need to focus on to make the biggest impact on your score.
In addition to computing Strokes Gained for every shot, Golf Pad also provides aggregated statistics by category:
- Short Game
Pick The Right Club, Every Time
Once you have played a couple rounds with Golf Pad LINK, the app will make club recommendations for you using our sophisticated algorithm.
See shot dispersion for every club. This includes both driving and approach shots. Know where you tend to miss and what part of the game you need to work on.
Golf Pad lets you review your performance on every hole of every course you played in a meaningful way. The app shows your drives and approach shots on the map. Pars or better are shown in white, while bogeys or worse are shown in red. This way you can see what strategy works the best for you.
You can also compare the performance and outcomes of using different clubs on the tee. This means you can make better decisions based on the real data from your own rounds.
Conforms To Tournament Rules
Playing in a tournament? You can still track your game with Golf Pad LINK using Regulation Mode. The app conforms to tournament play rules when local Rule permitting distance measuring devices is in effect (see USGA Decision 14-3/0.5).
With Regulation Mode enabled, you will not see shot distances and club recommendations while you play. Full game analysis will be available when you finish the round. You can always go back to the regular mode when you start a practice round.
Easy To Use
Put a tag on each club and tap the reader when you hit the ball. The club, distance and statistics are recorded instantly and automatically.
You don't even need to have the phone on you while playing. The reader automatically syncs the data to your iPhone or Android when it's in range.
NEW Golf Pad LINK Launch Edition Exclusively For Early Backers
A limited number of laser-engraved Golf Pad LINK Kickstarter Launch Edition rewards are now available. This reward includes:
- 1x Golf Pad LINK wireless reader and 15 tags
- Laser-engraved Kickstarter Launch Edition logo
- Unique serial number assigned in the order the pledge was received
- Optional personalized text, up to 30 characters.
- A special surprise gift included at the time the rewards are shipped
How is Golf Pad LINK Different from Golf Pad TAGS?
Play and Track Without Your Phone
Not everyone wants to carry their phone when playing golf. Lightweight and low profile, the Golf Pad LINK reader fits in a pocket or on a belt. You don't have to carry your phone unless you want to. Golf Pad LINK saves your shots and syncs automatically when your phone is in range.
After launching Golf Pad TAGS, the most common question we got was about Apple compatibility. Golf Pad LINK solves the issue. Golf Pad LINK brings automatic game tracking to both iPhone and Android devices.
Saves Your Phone Battery
Using the GPS on your phone consumes a lot of power. Golf Pad LINK has a built-in, high accuracy location sensor. You will not need to run the GPS on your phone. LINK's rechargeable battery lasts for two rounds of golf on a single charge.
It's vital to have accurate shot tracking. Especially for putting and approach statistics. Location accuracy varies with individual phones. When using LINK, you'll know without a doubt, you've got the most accurate tracking available on the market. We are using a next generation sensor that works simultaneously with GPS and GLONASS satellites for extreme accuracy.
Already Own Golf Pad TAGS?
Pick the standalone LINK reader as the reward. The reader will work with the existing tags.
How Does Golf Pad LINK Compare To The Competition?
The Best Golf App
At the heart of Golf Pad LINK, is Golf Pad GPS. It's packed with useful features golfers love. It's been used to record over 3,700,000 rounds of golf, making it the most used golf tracking app.
Golf Pad GPS has earned the highest rating of any golf app. Golf Pad is the only automatic golf tracking system to be awarded Google Play Top-Developer status.
Tracking and rangefinder accuracy matters. Golf Pad LINK has been designed to be the most accurate system on the market. We are using an advanced location chip and custom-tuned antenna for extreme accuracy. The chip tracks both GPS and GLONASS satellites at the same time.
More tracked satellites results in greatly improved accuracy and faster location lock. This technology is more expensive than basic GPS chips, but is well worth it for golf tracking. Improved accuracy is particularly important for putting and short game statistics.
Comprehensive Smartwatch Compatibility
More and more golfers are enjoying the convenience of smartwatches. Golf Pad is compatible with even the newest smartwatches. You'll see instant confirmation of club choice and last shot distance whenever you track a shot. Your watch works as a golf GPS rangefinder the rest of the time.
Golf Pas has earned Strategic Partnership status with Samsung. As a result, we're the only major golf app to be compatible with Gear Fit 2.
Sophisticated Modern Design
Usability and design matter. Our design team spent countless hours creating a product that's beautiful and easy to use.
We designed the reader to be discreet in a classic, black color with dark blue accents. The slim design means Golf Pad LINK has the lowest profile on the market.
Wear it on your belt using the clip. The clip is also removable, so it fits easily in a pocket.
Ever since we launched Golf Pad TAGS we've been working on improving them. Current generation tags are extremely durable and provide an extra secure fit for a wide variety of golf grips. As always, the tags are ultra-light and don't require batteries. They sit flush on both flat and rounded grips.
The innovative design and advanced materials allow them to stand up to years of continuous use.
No Missed Shots, No False Reads
Some tracking systems rely on motion detection to track shots. While convenient, it might result in false reads when taking a practice swing or missed strokes when putting. This means you end up spending extra time checking and correcting your score, rather than focusing on the game.
We designed Golf Pad LINK to be easy to use and extremely accurate. A simple tap of your club to the reader records your shot. Tapping is easy and becomes virtually automatic after a golf round or two. Many TAGS users say this is a part of their pre-shot routine now. The reader vibrates to confirm successful scan, plus there's optional audible confirmation on the phone. You don't have to worry about practice swings or tap-in putts. You can be confident what you track is how you played.
Why We Need Your Help
At this point we completed the electrical and mechanical design, built prototypes and tested them in the field. We are working on FCC and international certification as well as setting up the full-scale production. This is where your support is critical.
With your help, we can bring the new standard of game tracking technology to the market. And ensure the first sets of Golf Pad LINK can be produced at a reasonable cost, making them more affordable to our backers and customers.
The Golf Pad Team
Golf Pad is a team of golf and technology enthusiasts. The company was started by ex-Google engineers in 2011. Our first product was a golf app for Android, and then expanded to iPhone. Over the years it became a top-rated choice for golfers, praised for ease of use, yet loaded with features.
We were one of the pioneers of tee-to-green shot tracking. Initially we built it as a feature in the mobile app. Golfers loved the insights this provided, but wanted something that did not require fiddling with the phone during a round. To make tracking automatic we launched Golf Pad TAGS for Android in 2015. The project was backed by 659 golfers on Kickstarter - thank you for all our supporters! This new project, Golf Pad LINK, expands on TAGS, makes tracking even better and brings it to Apple and Android users.
Risks and challenges
Having completed a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015, we're well prepared for the launch of Golf Pad LINK.
We completed electrical and mechanical design and software, built prototypes and played multiple rounds of golf with them. The tests have gone well and we're ready to launch full scale manufacturing.
Supply Chain Risk
We partnered with CMF Industries, a well-established manufacturing company headquartered in Washington state to manage manufacturing and supply. CMF has over 25 years of experience manufacturing parts and products of various complexity, both domestically and internationally.
We partnered with Shipwire, one of the leaders in product fulfillment. Awards can be shipped virtually anywhere in the world. Note, the recipient may be responsible for import duties or taxes.
We expect a smooth ride. However, component delays and unexpected shortages can occur. If this happens, we’ll be sure to keep you informed and work to quickly solve the problem.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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