Snooper Shotsaver Tour Pro S430 Golf GPS Review

The Snooper Shotsaver Tour Pro s430 is a feature-rich golf gps designed to be used on courses in the UK and Europe.

With over 6,000 course pre-loaded, no ongoing subscription costs, and a wealth of information at your fingertips this is a formidable product from the manufacturers, Snooper.

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Shotsaver Tour Pro S430 Golf GPS- Features

  • 3.5″ full colour, LCD sunlight readable display
  • Tour Pro Flyover Technology
  • 2D and 3D Hole View
  • Tour Pro Green View
  • Auto zoom, Auto rotation
  • Club distance recorder and built in scorecard

Shotsaver Tour Pro S430 review - Snooper Shotsaver Tour Pro S430S430 GPS - Opening The Box

When first opening the box on the s430 the first thing that struck me was the size and weight of it. It was only when I read a little deeper that I realised that it is primarily for use with a golf cart or trolley.  In comes with a bracket for easy fitting to your particular golf vehicle.

For traditionalists like myself who insist on carrying a bag the device is large (W:7cm x H:12cm x D:2cm) and meaty, but when you start to appreciate the detail on the large screen somehow it feels worth the bit of extra weight (I had it in the top pocket of my bag with no difficulty).

In addition to the trolley/cart bracket, in the box are a hardshell protective case, a silicon case to keep rain off it, a usb charger, a cigarette lighter charger and a home charger (much more than just the usb cable that most devices now come with).

Charge-wise Shotsaver claim that it will last up to 14 hours in basic mode (Front, Middle and Back) and 7 hours in Tour Pro mode (when you use the non-basic options). Certainly, I used it for a couple of rounds with no problems.

Shotsaver Tour Pro S430 GPS - On The Golf Course

This device is the fastest I have used in locating the course. From initial switch on I had a view and yardages of the first hole in around a minute.

As you stand on the tee you are given a 2d view of the entirety of the hole with yardages to the Front, Middle and Back of the green. You are also shown the hole number, par and stroke index. Moving from hole to hole is done manually with one tap of an on-screen icon.

The thing that really stands out about the Tour Pro S430 is the screen. It is bright, colourful and easy to read. Given it's size it gives you a wealth of information without being cluttered.

The screen brightness can easily be adjusted and even on the sunniest of days it was very, very easy to read.

It's more of a tap-screen, rather than a touch screen, and is designed to be used with a tee. Having said that I used it giving a quick tap with my fingernail and it worked perfectly.

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Lay Up, Or Go For It?

Shotsaver S430 gps lay up - Snooper Shotsaver Tour Pro S430

Lay-Up View

The Tour Pro gives you the ability to choose a layup area if you wish, and to improve your course-management skills.

You can tap on the screen for your chosen landing area and will be given a yardage to that exact spot. At the same time the distances to the front, middle and back of the greeen are updated to show how far from your chosen spot.

In this way you can lay-up perfectly ensuring that your approach shot is with your favourite club and yardage.

2D, 3D and Flyover Views and Green View

Shotsaver Tour Pro S430 2D view - Snooper Shotsaver Tour Pro S430

2D View

You have a number of ways to view the hole you are on which show hazards, turns and the green.

2D View is the default mode and is the equivalent of looking from high above and shows the entire length of the hole. As you move closer to the green the image zooms in so you only see what is ahead of you.

3D View is a representation as if you are looking from slightly above your current standing position, so you have an more realistic eye-line view.

Shotsaver Tour Pro S430 3D view - Snooper Shotsaver Tour Pro S430

3D View

Flyover View does exactly that. It flys from your current position (using the 3D view) and travels the length of the fairway all the way to the green. This is a great feature if you can't see round a dogleg or your view to the pin is obscured by terrain or by trees.

Shotsaver S430 GPS Green View - Snooper Shotsaver Tour Pro S430

Green View

Green View shows you the shape of the green, from your angle of approach. It's very useful in determining just how much of the short grass you have to play with when hitting your approach shots. It also shows you the hazards around the green (particularly useful in locating those hidden-from-view bunkers).

Shotsaver Tour Pro S430 Scorecard - Snooper Shotsaver Tour Pro S430

Scorecard

Tracking Your Round

The S430 has a four-player electronic scorecard.  Enter the name and handicap of each player at the start of the round and enter the number of strokes at the end of each hole to avoid any mistakes when adding up.

As the S430 knows the Stroke Index of each hole it can also work out Stableford points for each player adjusted to their handicap, automatically giving them their allowance on the appropriate holes. This feature can save a lot of headaches!

Tracking Your Game

As well as keeping tabs on your scores the Shotsaver Tour Pro S430 has the ability to help you get to know your relationship with the clubs in your bag.

As you stand at your ball mark the club you are about to use into the device, hit the shot and when you arrive at the ball again mark that on the device. In this way you can keep an accurate record of how far you hit each club.

You can do this on every round you play if you wish and the S430 will keep a running tally of the information, showing you the shortest, furthest and average distance of every club.

You can also use the device to measure the distance of any particular shot.

Shotsaver Tour Pro S430 - Verdict

I have to say that I found this a great product to use. If you use a cart or trolley then this is highly recommended. If you carry your bag then the smaller Tour Pro S320 (external link) will probably be the best choice (it has the same features, but a smaller screen).

Few devices are as feature-rich as the S430 and with it's bright, full-colour screen, fast-loading, accurate distances and very competitive price it is hard to beat.

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