So after severe disappointment with this at first due to lack of EA online support, I'm starting to really appreciate this game. Here's a list of new features this year:
EA Sports Gamernet is a new option that allows you to load replays online to show off to fellow gamers. You can save one shot, one hole, front 9, back 9, or the ENTIRE round online! You can also challenge other players through this menu by challenging posted clips. Other challenges include "freestyle - trick shots", "long drive", etc.
Shot Confidence makes this years' edition a little more like real life. It tracks EVERY shot on EVERY hole in your career. Your performance on each swing will affect the aiming circle size in the future. As you perform well, your confidence will improve and the target will shrink. Performing not-so-well will adversely affect your aiming circle and performance in the future. You can view these statistics in the "Confidence" menu while paused.
The new fade/draw technology makes a lot more sense this time around, and getting a perfect swing is much more difficult. Pulling and slicing is much more common, and an indicator pops up after your swing to show shot power percentage and hook/perfect/slice status. This will be refreshing for those who could complete a season with their eyes closed in the past.
There's a lot more to complete in this year's version as well. The Tiger Challenge is much more involved, requiring you to complete several mini-events before challenging a player.
"Three Click Swing" is back like the good old days, where you can view the power bar and click anywhere within the power bar. Pull this option up by pressing R3. Convenient when you're in between clubs, or just sick of swinging the joystick.
They've also added 5 more courses this year: Cog Hill, Harbour Town, TPC Boston, Westchester CC, and East Lake.
The coolest feature by far is the new Photo Game Face, which allows users to upload photos of themselves and have faces custom-built by the graphics engines within the game. This feature was unaccessible for the last week, but I was finaly able to get a couple faces loaded and put together. The image posted below is my brother standing next to his photo gameface character. Pretty amazing.