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Alf. S

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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
  16. End of season update. My lesson for the season is don't dick around too much with your kit and swing. If I look back to May my scoring was doing OK but was looking for a step improvement. I invested in lessons a new putter, constantly change my club setup; different wedges, 2h vs 3w, 3h vs 3i, driver settings, multiple fittings looking for a new driver. I was also getting anal about my stats on Arccos. Looking back my scoring was all over the place and my handicap showed it. In the last 6 weeks I went back to things that have worked for me in the past and added a few simple things I have picked up on. I always thought a had a strong left hand grip, watched Sky and them discussing Jon Rahm's grip I found out it was weak, so I changed that. My take away has been an issue because I don't really understand cause and effect. I would go out onto the range and tinker with it and come up with a "solution". This "solution" would breakdown on the course or with a different club. Focusing on a slow takeaway letting the body/shoulder turn naturally has helped this and given me more consistent ball striking. It has also help in the transition. Chipping, I've chop and changed my setup over the last couple of years but now I have settled down to a comfortable setup. I have a funny stance at setup with my left foot almost pointing at the target but this keeps the bottom half quiet and using the takeaway swing thought about has helped. Putting; my SpiderX is back in the garage and I'm now using an old Rosa Daytona and an old setup that worked for me in the past. I've always though my left hand/side contributed to me pulling putts. Over the winter season last year I consciously tried to use a conventional grip and swing which I continued to use into the summer. This has now been ditched reverting back to a old setup with my left elbow pointing away from my body and a very light left hand grip. This has taken the pull out of my putting. With all this stuff in my head the last thing I'm using to re-enforce is to try and get my setup consistent and I use the acronym GAS. GRIP: Strong Left Hand Grip ADDRESS/AIM: Body Setup and target setting SWING: Pratise takeaway to ensure body is turning correct and weight is transferring OK. It seems to be working my first win of the season on Saturday with a 75 net 66 in windy conditions. Also my scoring is now more consistent. I did have a couple of rounds last week outside my handicap but this was in a 40mph gale at Dundonald on Wednesday and a few strategic mistakes playing Castle Stuart on Sunday, but I was still hitting the ball well on the 2 Championship courses. Just a shame that I'll have to wait 6 months for my next handicap counting competitions .
  17. After a disappointing season on the final weekend I hit some form. Hit a scratch 75 net 66 and hopefully win the monthly medal then played at Castle Stuart yesterday in great autumn conditions. I'd played there before but in 30mph winds and overcast conditions. Yesterday was stunning. For those who have read my post on course management, I started well lipping out my par putt on 1 and birdie on 2, feeling good on 3 until I pulled my approach left. The ball is sitting in a small gorse bush root, there is no way you can get the club onto the back of the ball and I try the Seve shot 4 shots later I'm on the green and the mist has descended. Apart from that I was pretty steady. Some pictures below and one of Elgin Cathedral just to show I don't always play golf
  18. What a great gift So they send a selection of Malts out how regular? They have 2 bars/clubs in Edinburgh (Leith). The company I use to work for have a corporate membership their and I use to host customers their. Expense stretched to a bottle of Malt for the customer. For those who don't know. The company buys casks from the distilleries and bottle the malts themselves. They can't call the whisky by its brand name because the Whisky Society bottled it and the alcohol level will not be the same as the brand. In revkev's picture you can see the cask number and a creative name for the malt, I suspect he also has got a description of each i.e something like "Speyside malt, matured in bourbon casks with a strong peaty taste".This usually gives a good indication of the distiller. Most of the malts tend to be higher strength as much as 110 proof 55%/vol. One of my friends also has membership, during the Xmas holidays a group of us would go there, catch a train then taxi to the club to get their before midday. You get the malt of the day to start, then each of the group gets a round with a malt of their choice. Once you have all bought a round we head home with the barman's choice while you're waiting for the taxi back to get the train. The problems arises due to group size (usually 10 to 12 of us) and the strength and measure sizes. For the 1st couple we go through the nose and taste test trying to guess the malt but after about 3 this becomes a bit pointless as the senses get numb. After about 6 or 7 it starts to become a war of attrition and at the end the task is trying to get the group home in one piece as we struggle back for the train at about 6pm.
  19. One other thought Samsung even on their flagship phones (i.e. Galaxy S and Note) use two different Codec vendors. They split production across using the Qualcomm Snapdragon Application Processor which binds them to using Qualcomm's Codec and their own Exynos Apps Processor which they partner with a 3rd party Codec. I can't remember which is which in terms of country markets but one platform is sold in the US the other in Europe. This means you may not get the same audio performance with a Galaxy S10 in Europe as you do in the US. Just for info. The Codec is the 1st chip the mic connects to in the audio chain it converts the audio signal into a digital signal that the application processor on your phone can understand. As the name infers the application processor is the chip that runs most of the software including the Arccos app. In the other direction it takes the digital output from the apps processor and changes it into audio to drive the speaker, ear piece or headphone jack.
  20. Pretty much, the shaft in both was Fujikra pro 62. This was one of the stock shafts in 2016/17. I can't remember what the shaft was for the M6 but i was Stiff and light, did it at American Golf in Uphall, obviously didn't buy!. Bit more data my swing speed is usually 95 to 105 and I tend to close the face a bit. On the Callaway I average about 240yds with a carry of 220.
  21. Not used the M2 or M4 but have experience with the sister clubs M1 and M6. I use to be a TM zealot ever since the R7. But I had an M1 for 2 years with Stiff Fujikra shaft and it was the worse driver I ever had. It was more the consistency rather than anything else. Sure I could hit some great drives but the off centre ones would go nowhere. Going back a couple of years I was fitted for a Callaway Epic ended up with a similar Fujikra shaft as the M1 and really happy. Tried fittings with the Epic Flash, M6 and Cobra F9 and this year and not getting much more out of them than the older Epic but again the M6 gave me the worse dispersion.
  22. An experience update. Don't wear tight jeans when using Arccos. Played 18 yesterday and was 3 over at the turn (39), took phone out my front pocket and it had me 15 under. I think combination of thick material and it being snug in my pocket meant it missed most of my shots.
  23. Personally I think it the variations in Audio performance across Android is the issue rather than the variations on OS. With Apple the mic input through the Codec is pretty much the same since the iPhone 6. You tune the App for one iPhone you have it for the full range. For Android even across the same vendor the Audio paths can be significantly different. Samsung A series and J series use a lower cost Codec compared with flagship Galaxy S and Note you match this with the mic then the permutations to tune soon get into 10s just for Samsung.
  24. Oops We'll soon be the 51st state if BloJo gets his way!
  25. Hi I'm Alf and I'm bad at course management, I hope by sharing this maybe I will realize this on the course and back off. We have 2 par 5s at my club that I can reach on a "good" day in 2. My destructive shot is a slicing 3 wood which is maybe 50% of the times I hit the club. I can carry my 3 wood 210 yds and I go for it every time. Absolute testosterone driven nonsense. I find our 17th a bit tight and can end up blocked in the trees on the right for my approach and in my head I'm Seve. Instead of chipping out I will try a shot I have never practised or played. Instead of putting for par I end up with a double. This is from Tuesday I consider myself level headed and very objective but on a golf course this seems to go out the window.
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