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Alf. S

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  1. So after much thought about my financial situation at the ripe old age of 58 I've decided to retire. Since graduating University with an Electronics Degrees 35 years ago I have had only 6 weeks out of work so I'm a bit worried if I will fill my time. There is only so much golf I can play. I've always played golf but at the age of 40 I got my first handicap of 22. After a couple of years and a tip from a wise experience golfer I got down to 16 then 12. I had a couple of excellent rounds and was cut from 12 to 8 in the space of 3 weeks, which I could never play to. Now 8 years later for the last 3 years I've oscillate between 7 and 8, getting tantalising close to category 1. They say that once your over 50 you lose 5% muscle mass per year and I'm beginning to notice that my length is reducing. I've got 3 months notice to work but then the heat is on, my target is to get to be a category 1 golfer before I'm 60 so with a season and a half of retirement I'm hoping this will give me the spare time to get there. Wish me luck. Alf
  2. I ended up buying some extra sensors so now I have 18 because I swap clubs out depending on course conditions i.e 3i, 3h, 4h, 60' W. The app has 2w thru to 15w and also x and xx labels soo you could probably use these rather than 7i!
  3. Welcome happy 1st post. Yes I'm in the UK, Falkirk
  4. Photos as requested and a bit of self indulgence Maspalomas was pretty unexceptional but was in good condition. Pretty flat with tree lined fairways. Course is quite forgiving with very little rough, a good walk. Only one photo This is the sands that border the course. Anfi Tauro on the other hand is carved out of the mountains and has spectacular views down to the coast. I thought this was by far the best course of the 4 I played. Challenging but not too long 3rd green Drive off the 4th, long par 4 and first birdie of the day 7th green big water carry and picturesque green with waterfall 10th green this hole seemed to have been carved out of the mountain. 12th Tee 14th tee with a good view of the whole resort Final hole waiting to play our second shots. 9th and 18th share the green. 230 yd 3w onto the green for me but a long way away so 3 putted. I was due to play only one more round at Salobre New but that didn't go as planned. You can't walk this course, there are at least 2 10-15 minute buggy runs up mountain paths between holes This course has had major changes since Oct and they are now playing forward golf with only the forward tees in operation and I think this is because the course is so tight. I lost 6 balls on the day compared with 2 in total for the other 3 rounds. The greens were lightning quick. My usual number of putts per round is low 30s, I came off with 46 (with 3 single putts).I didn't have a good day. Couple of Photos 3rd was a par 5 dog leg where you drive to the top of the hill leaving you a 200yd carry across a 60ft drop gully. I got lucky and pitch on the hill to run down to the bottom, left with a 52' wedge and 2 putted for birdie. Good view of 4th par 4, this is the red tee with a 180yd carry to the 2nd marker post. I needed my rangefinder to judge my line. Just carried. With the forward golf, course changes and basically feeling the course was not as advertised had a word with the Course Director at the end and he kindly offered me a round on Salobre Old the next day. This was tight but fair and the greens were fast but not as quick as the New Course the day before. I had my lowest score of the week here with a 78 without holing a putt. Tee shot at the 8th really nice par 3. T 12th green with 13th tee in the back ground Tees shot on the 13th. A good week all in all with perfect weather 24'C
  5. Scotland at this time of year can be a windy, grey place. Getting away to the sun is a nice pick you up before the season starts.
  6. Anyone played in Gran Canaria. There for 3 rounds next week Maspalomas, Anfi Tauro and Salobre New. Any reviews or input?
  7. Me too. tried it last Friday with the Atmos stiff shaft and I was hitting it really sweet
  8. Just saw this and thought I would share of my local club. The sun always shines like this all year round with it being Scotland
  9. Any plans to review and test the Cobra F9 Speedback? Had a taste at a local reseller on Friday and was hitting it really well c.f. my Callaway Epic and against the M6 and Flash. Like 20 yds carry further!
  10. Just saw this from one of our local paper https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/donald-trump-orders-changes-turnberry-13587847 The 11th is great hole I won nearest the pin there last month 14th Oct, 9th I sort of agree hit a 5i to the centre of the green from 180 and ended up 10 yds through the back. The championship tee is another 50 yds back
  11. Yeah me too, I'm going to have to upgrade soon and don't know whither to go for iPhone 8 or X. Fozcycle's posts saying his iPhone 7 works every time does throw me and have me doubt my upgrade choice. FYI The main hardware that connects to the microphone on your phone is an Audio CODEC. The CODEC normally has its own microcontroller/DSP this does all the signal processing before passing it to the Application Processor (where the Arccos App runs). The iPhone 6 and 7 have the same CODEC, where as the 8 and X have a newer version but to my knowledge hardware wise there should not be any major performance difference. From a software point of view then the newer phones will have better Adaptive Noise Cancellation but these tend to be more focused on tuning for phone call use i.e holding the phone to the ear the phone will use the video microphone on the back of the phone to cancel background noise in the earpiece.
  12. It maybe worth doing a comparison of user experience against phone use. Anecdotally from the reviews the iPhone 8 and X is better than 6 and 7. Arccos are releasing an Apple watch that will do the sensing will that be any better?
  13. I was one for always saying if I drove well I would score well. But over the last year I've released my good scores are because I chip and putt well. My home course can be quite generous if you're a bit wayward with your drive, consequences are blocked out rather than losing a ball or in a hazard. If I can get it back in play and within 50yds I have a good chance of getting up and down. I've always been a decent putter but not great, with a little practise this year my average from 6-12 feet has gone up to over 50% and has resulted in my handicap reducing by a stroke at the end of the season. When I play tight courses I do suffer if I haven't put the time on the range beforehand to get my driver in the groove. On the comments about right tees, for me I don't like playing a course above 6500 yds. Hitting woods, hybrids or long irons into greens on long par 4s is not my strongest part of my game and if this is the requirement on 80% of the holes then I won't enjoy it. I like to come of the course having exercised, the clubs in my bag if that means playing off the forward tees then so be it. I'm not into Testosterone Golf.
  14. Working in the electronics industry the False Accept/False Reject issues are going to be challenging for any offerings. Connectivity from club to watch, handheld or phone is solvable, especially now that Bluetooth mesh and Bluetooth Low Energy are available. The main challenge is being able to differentiate when there is a small movements in sensors and from my experience of both Arccos and Shot Scope neither of them are accurate at doing this, most of my missed shots are putts. Let's see how they respond.
  15. Now we're talking. This is my favourite just now Benromach a peaty Speyside which is unusual. Still has the peaty taste without the Laphroaig antiseptic aroma. Usual straight for me. But if it is strong sherry tasting will take it with a bit of ice. Have the best part of 40 malts in the drinks cabinet. Tend to buy a bottle drink 1/2 of it and then keep the remaining for visitors to sample. Except obviously the favorites which need replenish on a regular basis. Have had many a night taking a malts tour of Scotland from the cabinet. When it gets to about 2am the 8 year cask strength Highland Park comes out. This is a bit like firewater and usually the guests can finish it and the night ends.
  16. You've taken that too far!
  17. BTW don't stop playing in the winter, just layer up. Last year on 29th Dec
  18. I've changed my whole bag since November The driver, 3w and hybrids were all Titleist 910 and and these have been replace by Callaway Epic and has given me a more consistent strike My irons were Titleist AP1 710 r300 dynamic gold shafts and these have been replaced with a set of Srixon Z565 with stiff Nippon NS Pro 950GH shafts. These have given me an extra 10 yds on the AP1s Cleveland 588 RTX2.0 wedges updated to RTX 3.0, these are probably the least successful purchase. Better around the green but don't seem to get the same distance as the old wedges And I've sorted of changed my putter from my old TM Rosa Monza to a Cleveland Huntington Beach Collection 10 putter. Although after using the new putter for 4 weeks I'm back to the Rosa Monza yesterday.
  19. I'm pretty much self taught although have had a few lessons. People use to say I had the quickest swing that could fit in a phone box. i.e short and fast. But I've changed over the years so at least I get to about 3/4 swing with very little wrist cock. Looks: C Effectiveness: C
  20. That's me played my final qualify competition of the season. Autumn is upon us, the clock go back next weekend and I reckon my home club will go onto the shorter winter course in a couple of weeks, sigh. For me it has come at the wrong time, I've found a swing that is working and my handicap has dropped by 1.5 in the last 3 weeks. But C'est la vie. I like to reflect back at this time to see how my season has gone. Handicap started 8.3 finished 7.1 Won one medal and came 2nd in another 2. Played Turnberry Alisa course for the 1st time. Competed in Golf in Scotland for the 2nd year and fell 10 points short of qualification for the finals in Turkey Had some great golf in Tenerife, Benidorm and Lanzarote After an injury season last year this year has been a big step forward. Roll on 2019.
  21. The sensitivity of recording and missing of shots does seem to be an issue. Disclaimer, this is all my conjecture and could be technically totally wrong There are 2 possible ways it could miss a shot. The first is with shot detection. I'm assuming the sensors have some sort of MEMS accelerometer in them i.e. can detect when the club is being swung. With the App enabled the phone is permanently in listen mode. When you swing the club the sensor sends a club unique audio pulse (setup in the pairing process) that the phone picks up and the phone then records club and location of the shot. For the shot to be recorded it must be able to trigger the accelerometer. The problem shots will be the little dinks around the green with your irons. This would also account for the putter having a more sensitive sensor i.e. it can detect smaller movements, and can miss the tap ins. The second is the communication between sensor and phone. In my experience and following the thread this is the more inconsistent performance area. It seems to vary from phone model to phone model and is sensitive to even the orientation of the phone in your pocket. I used both an iPhone 6 and 7 when Oaks is using an 8 and getting better performance. Looking at the teardowns the iPhone 6/7 use the same chip for audio while the 8/X/X(x) use a different audio chip but but the electrical difference is not significant. One thing that has changed between the phones is the Adaptive Noise Cancellation algorithms (ANC) which is enhanced post iPhone 8.
  22. No case, but the phones have 2 mics. I going to dig I should be able to find out the difference between the audio input paths.
  23. You must be special! What phone are you using? I wondering if the newer iPhones have better mic or audio CODECs.
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