From the previous story:
A (rare) firmware update is rolling out to the Microsoft Band, documented below, with 'bug fixes and perfomance improvements', but also probably enabling the hooks needed for the 'golf mode' announced recently. We won't know for sure until the corresponding Microsoft Health application for Windows Phone is itself updated, since it's this that manages the tiles on the Band.
And, with snail-like performance - flying dots are the main UI feature, boy does Microsoft Health (the Windows Phone app bit, anyway) need an update. But, of course, Microsoft couldn't update this until the Band itself supported the extra functions needed for the golf tie-up with TaylorMade’s myRoundPro and the 'golf' tile in general. With that in mind, give every active user a few days to update their Bands and then I'd expect a corresponding Microsoft Health update in the Windows Phone Store.
We now have this, with the changelog:
New in Version 2015.625.2014.4357:
• Guided Golf - Track your golf game with Microsoft Band and TaylorMade®. Your band provides distance to the front, center and back of the green while it tracks your strokes, steps, heart rate and calorie burn.
• Bug Fixes
As usual, the Microsoft Health application itself is here in the Windows Phone Store.
I'm not quite sure how to test this properly given that I don't play golf - and neither does Rafe - so I'll let anyone here chip in with whether this is any good or not, in due course.
In the meantime, here's the really well done promo video, which shows off the system better than I could: