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Alf. S

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About Alf. S

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    West Lothian, UK
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  1. One of our local ranges has had this installed lately, all the bays now have a TopTracer capability with loads of options to practice, play some top course, monthly competitions events, etc. A friend (more a social golfer) raved about it over Xmas to me so I thought I would have a go yesterday. Here are my initial impressions. I was looking to do a comparison between by FightScope Mevo and the Range and try out my re-griped clubs and a new driver. I usually pay £8 for 100 balls this was £9.50 for TopTracer so having picked up my 100 balls I was ready to go. I went through a registration process with my phone including downloading the App, this takes about 5 minutes, I didn't enter my club setup which would take another 10 minutes. You can then start the session by scanning a QR code on the screen. If you are going I would advise registering and setup before going. I then used the range screen to drive my practise. The start up screen gives you 4 or 5 options from playing course to challenges or straight practise. For me it was straight practise. After hitting my first 10 shots with driver I was beginning to get a bit frustrated at the numbers. I use Arccos so pretty much know how far I can carry a ball, my drives were consistently 10 to 20 yds shorter. I then started to use my Mevo (which my no means is gold standard) and on ball speed they were within a couple of mph, launch angles similar but the carry numbers were 10 to 20 yards longer on Mevo. I then started to go through my bag and consistently the system was under recording even visually you could see it from the distance markers on the range. I had a conversation with the guy in the next bay and he was seeing the same thing. For the driver you are pretty much stuck at hitting it off the teeing point in the mat, for my 3w I moved it forward to the front and it seemed to be a bit better. I ended up looking more at relative performance rather than actual numbers. After about 60 balls I stopped, this is about my boredom level at the range and moved over to course play. I had selection of 4 or 5 courses including Spyglass and the Old Course so I played the Old Course. This I found quite interesting taking into account I was having to hit 2 clubs more for any shot. The green play is interesting, 40 to 70 yds down the range there are 16 or so flags which are you target for pitching. When you are either on the green or near it come up with a screen of the mapped flags and you select one as your target. Depending on how close you hit your pitch it gives either 1-3 putts to get down. On completion I thought all my data would have been saved to my registered account but it wasn't so I must have screwed up the setup at the start. Being an old git I still think I'm technically savvy but this is probably operator error. Final thoughts. I think it is better than blindly hitting balls at the range but I was really disappointed with the accuracy numbers. In some cases it is a bit like a golf lounge capability where groups can go and compete, they have leaderboards on challenges positioned around the range. Will I go back probably but more for a fun day with friends if the weather is bad and we can't get out on the course.
  2. Has anyone tried this at your local range?
  3. For the guys that pick up it should take that hole as a net double bogey for handicap purposes.
  4. Yeap watched it all the way thru. Most interesting was the dispersion numbers. I've recently switched from Pro V1 to use the TP5x so I will be interested to see if I see any difference. I was also surprise at the distance difference between the TP5x and the Pro V1 on the 7i about 5 yds, that's a big number for someone who swaps between the 2 balls. In the warmer weather I will probably go and test this for myself before the season starts with my Mevo. Not as accurate but should give me a good idea of a 5 yard difference. On 2 piece I thought the JPX performed better that the AD333 but they conclusion was the AD333! I also was given a dozen ERC Soft balls last year and didn't like them at all. I played a couple of rounds with them and they are now in the garage looking for a good home.
  5. My old Rossa Monza 14 years old and showing it! My old Rossa Mon
  6. I've tried loads of putters over the years and moved them on, but I keep coming back to an old Taylor-Made Rossa Monza circa 2006. The o ther old favourite is an brass milled Yasuda that I've had about 30 years. My latest purchase was a TM Spider Tour X but it is now in the garage.
  7. Bought a Winn Dri Tac and a Dri Tac Light to try and I'm pretty impressed. Re-gripped the AW and my 56'. Grip is softer and tackier than MC+. Next step is a regrip of 6-PW with the normal Dri Tac. I'm going to get a couple more of the Lite grips and play around with then on my 3, 4 and 5i. My gapping is pretty good from 6i to AW but drops off with the 3i to 5i, thoughts are reduce the weight by 20g with the Lite grip.
  8. Currently I'm using Golf Pride MCC 4 Plus on all my irons, I bought into the idea of having less taper for my right hand. After a year I'm thinking of re-griping. I also used the Lamkin Plus 3GEN wedge grips on my wedges which I really liked but can't get them in the UK any more. I was looking to re-grip over the winter and bought a set of Lamkin Crosslines for the irons and and Crossline 1100 wedge grips for my wedges. I've re-gripped the wedges but seem to have lost a bit of feeling when chipping so may postpone the full set re-grip until I do a bit of consumer research. In my head I'm thinking of going for a lighter/softer feel grip. Winn Dri Tac maybe my next option!
  9. What golf grips do you use and why?
  10. Just had the results from the golf on my Birthday and my team won the Texas Scramble so looks like I'll get a late present
  11. Thanks very much, just for a change I golfed.
  12. Poor soul, we're hitting a hot spell in Scotland at the moment 40'F. I'm lucky if I can play in less than 4 layers; UA polo, T-shirt, vest top and FJ windstopper. I can always add my waterproof jacket if it gets colder
  13. Its Winter so non counters at the moment but we play a League between our fourball over the shortened Winter course. Best 4 Stableford rounds throughout the winter gets the coveted CLAG trophy below. I played on Thursday and came in with a respectable 5 over for 36 (off 75% handicap so 6 strokes) Stableford points, also went out yesterday just to pla y a few holes at the end I started to get a little pain in my knee and back. Today I turned up and groan on the 1st tee bending to tee the ball as pain shoots up my back. I'm thinking this is going to go well. After 3 bogeys in 4 holes, I said to one of my playing partners That I think I will go in at the 6th when we are pretty close to the club house. I then birdied 5, 6 and think what the hell I'll play the next couple and see how I feel. Birdied 8 and 9 to be one under at the turn. I continued on, nursing my back a little cost me a few bogeys on the back 9 but finished strong with 2 great iron shots on 16 and 18 to finish with level par 64 scratch and 42 points with 6 birdies. Pretty chuffed.
  14. Really!! After you see some of the trousers John Daly wears I would say jeans are a significant improvement.
  15. To me your stats for your short game look good for 20 h/c. Putts @ 30, 1/3 up and downs is pretty good. But it looks like you must carry a few doubles or worse on your card and looking a a parteo of what causes these is a good start. Small changes can make a big difference, getting rid of a destructive shot. For me the 3w has always given me a high cut, so it stays in the garage or I go out and practise with it until I get confident with it. Just remember that ShotScope is an aid and can give you loads of data but sometimes just standing back and using common sense can take a couple of strokes off your score
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