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  1. So, I've now had my second sensor fail. Sent in another support request, and I'm sure it will be shipped quickly. Customer service seems to be quite good. Sadly, I've probably played a grand total of 12 rounds, and already had two sensors fail. That seems REALLY fragile.
  2. Great customer service! I had a sensor go bad over the weekend. Submitted a report Sunday evening. Already have a reply and they are sending a replacement sensor. Well done, support team!
  3. Par 3, 176 to flag, all carry over water. 6 iron, landed 5" past & left of hole, spun back to 3". Made the putt ...
  4. All: Here's my initial impressions review. Unboxing, installation, setup, and first couple of rounds. TL;DR = Simple, easy, accurate, with a couple of minor interface issues. I'm impressed, and can't wait to get more data! -- Arccos Sensors / Caddie Link – Official MGS Forum review by goaliedad30 Introduction I’m currently 58 years old, and have been playing golf for 51 years. While I was a scratch player in high school and college, my index now hovers between 2 and 4, depending upon the state of my game. I play out of a private club in Northern California; it’s a hilly track with tees that range from 5,700 – 7,000 yards. I typically play around 6,500 yards. On a good day, I’m right around par. On a bad day, I can be in the 80-81 range. My average score is right around 77. Strengths/Weaknesses of my game I’m generally a good iron player. My distances are dialed in, and my misses are more right/left than long/short (unless it’s a crazy windy day). My short game is generally pretty good, and my lag putting is another strength – I typically have very few 3-putts. I’m also a good bunker player. Weaknesses are really driver and wedge play. On days when I’m driving it well, I score well. If I’m fighting it off the tee, I have to scramble to turn in a good round, and if I’m having a so-so short game day, I can end up with a big number. My proximity to hole with wedges is OK, but not nearly good enough to get back to scratch. I am working on that, and it’s getting better! WITB? My current setup looks as follows: TM M6 driver, 3w, 5w, 7w TM SIM 5h TM p770 6-PW Cleveland RTX4 50/54/58 TM Spider X putter The driver & fairway woods are solid, and were fit by our pro for me. 7w is essentially my 4i replacement. The irons were acquired last year, replacing some 6 year old TM Psi irons. Very similar topline and head profile; I went from DG300S shafts (120g) to Modus (105g), which was a definite improvement for me. I’ve been a Cleveland wedge guy since my first 588’s years ago; they just work for me. Current yardage tools / tech savvy I currently own and use a Garmin G80 approach which is my primary distance tool. I like having front / middle / back, along with carry distance to bunkers, hazards, and the like. I also like the large screen view of the hole (I’ve always been a yardage book guy …). I supplement that with a Precision Pro 7 rangefinder that I use primarily inside 100 yards for specific wedge distance information. Sometimes I will use the rangefinder if a flag is positioned short of, or just past, a slope or ledge, so I know a specific carry distance. Technically, I’m a retired Silicon Valley senior executive, so very comfortable with tech tools. That said, when I’m playing golf, I really don’t want a tech experience; I want to focus on my game, the shot at hand, and enjoying the day with my partners. I’m willing to invest time in learning an interface and doing some setup if it provides me a seamless, simple experience when I’m on course. First Impressions - SETUP OK, enough about me! Let’s talk about the Arccos Sensors, and Caddie Link products! The products arrived in slick packaging that was super easy to open and understand. The sensors themselves included 13 club sensors, and one putter sensor. Here are the boxes, and the inside with just the putter sensor left in it (the others are installed in my clubs!) I didn’t use the putter sensor, since I also received a specialty sensor for my SuperStroke putter grip. The sensors were super easy to install, and the quick start guides were easy to follow. I did have to head to the Arccos Academy website for the video on installing the SuperStroke adapter, but it was very straightforward to accomplish. I’d already registered with Arccos, downloaded the app (Android phone, Pixel 3XL, with GoogleFi service), so it was easy to pair the sensors. One at a time, I pulled them from the bag, focused the camera on the sensor, and it paired pretty much instantly. If you’re familiar with depositing a check with a mobile app from your bank, scanning a QR code, or using an app to scan a passport into a frequent flyer account, this will be just as easy. With the sensors paired, I moved on to the Caddie Link device. This is one of the big selling points for me; I do NOT like to carry my phone in my pocket while playing. I typically keep it in the cart or zipped in my bag. The idea of having a small device clipped to my belt that captures the data with no user input is exactly what I’d like to have on the golf course for tracking shot data. Pairing the device was as easy as turning it on while it was near my phone, with the Arccos app open. Truly plug & play! It’s very small, and uses a single multi-color LED to communicate status, all of which is spelled out clearly in the startup guide. Overall, the unboxing, registration, pairing, and startup experience was very simple, and easy to understand. I was extremely pleased with how quickly I went from “boxes received” to “ready to hit the course”; the whole process probably took 15 minutes at most. First Impressions – ON COURSE I’ve now played a couple of partial rounds, and two “full, good tracking” rounds using the sensors and Link. Overall, I’ve been very impressed with the ability of the sensors to capture full swing shots. They seems to easily detect full swings with every club, and accurately mark those on the course map. The first few outings were less successful around the greens, however. When carrying multiple clubs to the green, I’d get false readings (multiple shots), and it seems to struggle to accurately pick up putts, especially short tap-ins. Additionally, with the phone left in the cart, I’d periodically get completely missed readings. For today’s round, I tried a different tack: I carried my bag for much of the round, and never took out more than one club. I also put my phone in my back pocket, near the Link device. This proved MUCH more successful! It still struggled to pick up some short putts, but I could correct that on the next tee. I went from probably 80% accuracy overall to 95%+. The downside for me was that I needed to check the phone on the next tee to ensure things were recorded correctly, which interfered with my “focus on golf” desire. I’m looking forward to getting more rounds in the books to determine the real impact on my overall focus. The stats are super helpful, and getting more shots recorded will give me lots of useful information. I will be working on my own routines / habits / interactions with the unit as I get more time on the course with it. Today, I was very successful using the Link to mark the hole location on the green, without it being a distraction (it’s a simple button press on the Link itself). Overall, I’m impressed right now. The data tracking is generally both seamless and accurate. For things that need a little more interaction, I’ll need to figure out whether in-round or post-round is a better idea for me. I’m looking forward to seeing what the in-depth stats and analysis tell me after I’ve created a better data set. For now – Arccos is delivering on their promise of simple, accurate shot tracking!
  5. Wow, certainly not my private club experiences (and I've been a member of various clubs for 51 years ....) At our club, if we play in the morning (before about 9 am), we can usually play in 3.5 hours or less. Weekend afternoons MIGHT be a shade over 4 hours. Tournaments play a bit slower, because, well, tournament golf. The tee sheet almost always has plenty of openings midweek, and on the weekends, you can generally slot in if you forgot to make a time the previous week. We also run "open times" from 6:30-9:30 am on Sat & Sun. Just show up and play ..... Our members are pretty good at raking bunkers and filling divots with seed. Repairing pitch marks is hit or miss, but in general, the greens are immaculate. Virtually any public course near here is less well maintained, and plays closer to 5 hours than 3.5.
  6. My son is still waiting on his 425 irons ordered in June. I'll be pissed if they try to charge more when they're delivered through our pro shop!
  7. So, maybe a regular putter, and the old Billy Baroo for big putts to win matches?
  8. Honored to be chosen! Looking forward to providing feedback and insight.
  9. I wear progressive lenses in my glasses, but for sporting use (golf, cycling, skiing, refereeing ice hockey) I wear single-vision distance contact lenses. I tried to play in my progressive glasses, and it was a disaster. I usually don't play in sunglasses unless it's really bright or there's a lot of glare. When I do, it's the REKS golf lens, which is the best I've found (including some super-high-priced models).
  10. 1) Let someone else keep score. For certain, don't use the electronic scoring apps that constantly give you your score in relation to par ... 2) Repeat, over and over and over: "The only shot that matters is the one I'm hitting right now". Great rounds happen one shot at a time.
  11. In choosing a club off the tee other than driver, for me it's all about hazard avoidance. If there is significant trouble pinching in at the driver distance, which I know I can't carry, I'm going to club down (3w, 5w, 7w, typically) and make sure I'm short of it. A similar strategy goes for a dogleg hole where driver might run through the fairway. FWIW, I also define "trouble" as "driver is going to leave me a really nasty downhill lie. We have several holes at my club where a driver can end up with a PW off of a severe downhill/sidehill lie, whereas being 10 yards shorter leaves 8 or 9 iron from a perfectly level stance. My other exception to driver off the tee is when I absolutely MUST move the ball right-to-left off the tee. I can hit a 3w or 5w long enough, and pretty well be confident it will move left (at least, won't miss right). On those holes, unless I really need the distance of the driver, I'll usually hit the solid draw with 3w.
  12. From inside of 10 feet, I'm trying to make everything. Outside of 30 feet, I'm going to make very certain that whatever my read is, the ball is breaking towards the hole as it loses speed ... so I tend to miss "long" putts on the high side of the hole, but rarely have them slide away to that 5-6 foot knee-knocker range. When they go in, they generally topple in from the high side of the hole. From 10-30 feet, it really depends on the putt. A flattish 20 footer without much side-to-side break on medium-speed greens? I'm trying to hole that with a "just past the hole" weight. A sidehill 12 footer on fast greens? See the above strategy for keeping out of trouble! I will say I tend to putt faster greens better; if they slow down too far I struggle to get the ball to the hole, and always feel like I need too much "hit" on the makeable 6-10 footers. I love places that run their greens in the 10.5-11.5 range. Fast enough to be true with a little runout, but not so fast that play becomes ridiculously hard for many amateurs (and translates to pace of play issues).
  13. I carry 46 / 50 / 54 /58. The 46 is the PW that matches my irons (TM p770). It functions like a 10-iron, and flies 110-115. Easy to flight down as needed. 50/54/58 are Cleveland RTX4. Distance-wise, I get the following with 85% swings (as hard as I ever go after a wedge): 50 = 100-105 54 = 85-90 58 = 70-75 The 54 functions as my primary greenside club, with the 50 or 58 being used as needed for lie / green firmness / slope. 58 is my primary "stock" bunker club, with the 54 used for "long" greenside bunker shots (or from an upslope).
  14. As an experiment, have you tried playing the "summer" course with clubs where EVERY shot will stay in play? Just for a casual round, go out and tee off with a club you know will stay in play. Maybe that's a hybrid. Maybe it's a 7 iron. Heck, maybe it's a wedge. Hit every shot with a club that you KNOW will stay in play. See what you score. It's unconventional, but you might find it's competitive ...
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