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  1. SkyTrak can connect directly to your device, it creates it's own 'hotspot' so even if no network is available it can still connect to your tablet/phone. I had a 3Bays a while ago, and liked it. I sold it when i got a Garmin watch and truswing, otherwise would still use it. I would suggest you look at PhiGolf too. It is more 'gamey' than 3Bays, but does putting and has a simulator with driving range and courses you can actually play, rather than just giving numerical data. Both 3Bays and PhiGolf will work without a ball. And as both plug in to the grip end they can 'wobble' a bit and give odd readings at times. The more stable it is on the club the more consistent your readings will be.
  2. Definitely don't buy before you try them, and If you can, get fitted. Even for a second hand set, where you obviously won't get a choice of shafts, you at least need to make sure they are the right length etc for you. It should be possible to get length and lie angle adjusted a bit later if it can't be done at the time you buy, most club pros should be able to check and adjust this for you do, for a small charge, although you may need new grips fitting if the length is altered.
  3. Dream bag? Cost no object? I'd fly out to TXG and get fitted to what's best for me. I reckon I could just about get away with it if I took my wife to Canada for a 'holiday' for a couple of weeks. No point in me drooling over shiny stuff that's not actually going to help my game.
  4. I have Skytrak. And I,'m very happy with it. I don't have space (even outdoors)for a doppler type so no other realistic option. I use it almost exclusively outdoors too, without any problems. I does miss the odd shot (but they all do) and some I have put down to poor lighting or bright sunlight, but very few overall. Also it's compatible with Android, iphone/ipad, and PC unlike some others.
  5. No brained for me, for a proper lesson it would be the coach. On course time and tips though would be cool with the player.
  6. My distance control and strike are somewhat erratic, but yes I do do that, and it does help. I probably don't do it enough to be fair.
  7. You can pick up digital calipers quite cheaply, they are plenty good enough for what you need. And they are a handy gadget to have around anyway.
  8. I'm using a CobraF7, they are adjustable. I'm using a 3-4 hybrid between my 5i and 5 wood. You should be able to pick them up a decent price as they are about 4 years old now.
  9. I'm in the UK and have been using Srixon 'Marathon Soft' for a while. They are available here from a budget multi sports chain for £20 for a 2 dozen pack. They seem to have come to some agreement to use the Srixon name on them. Not great, but not bad as a cheap option, better than some budget balls I've tried, but the Costco Performance + (3 piece) is not a lot more expensive and has a eurethane cover so they may be a better option. I am currently using my last dozen or so before I move on to the Inesis 900.
  10. That's my 'ball park' driver swing speed too. I would put it down to just technique, personal 'tendencies' and practice. I hit my 3 wood consistently better than my driver, I call it my '190 club', but it's not uncommon for me to get over 200yd on level ground, from tee or deck, and it's not unusual for me to out drive or be very close to lower hcp driver users off the tee. I currently carry two Cobra F7 3woods, one 'standard' and the other with my driver shaft and set to slightly lower loft and weight forward. Not a huge difference between them, but it does give me useable options rather than carry a driver I don't use, until I can learn to hit it properly. I currently have the 'spare' 3wood shaft in the driver, but am stiil more consistent with the longer 3 wood.
  11. My thought is that is just 'different' to what you are used to. A different shaft (of whatever material) can have different characteristics and give different results, which is the whole point of different shafts. Either you will adapt naturally and revert to your old pattern, or you will get used to the new one.
  12. My take on this... It depends WHY a player is a high handicap as to whether GI clubs are a benefit over blades etc. If they hit it out the middle every time, but they aim badly, 3 putt everything, and have poor strategy then even the most forgiving clubs won't help. If they struggle with making good, or at least consistent, contact then SGI clubs can help.
  13. I'm going to echo what others have said already... Lessons. Also ask the pro about how suitable the clubs you are using are for you, length and lie wise. He may be able to lengthen/tweak them to be more suited to get you started out on the right path without you needing to fork out a lot of cash just yet. Then look at getting fitted for new/newer clubs in a few months.
  14. I have had my S60 about 18 months and it's great. I upgraded (from TomTom 2) as I wanted hole maps. I wear it as my normal day to day watch and battery life is fine, but i think it could struggle to do 2 full rounds comfortably without a little top up. I find the fitness tracking features useful to have, but it has no heart rate monitor built in, which is no big deal for me (if it stops I will find out soon enough).
  15. If this helps... Have a look at PhiGolf. I got one a couple of years back, and as far as I know is still available new. It is a 'plug it in the butt' (sorry couldn't resist) type sensor that gives a good amount of data, as well as a driving range and course simulator with several courses available. It's far from perfect, but overall similar to the other club mounted analysers I have tried. I did find the sensor wobbled a bit, so had to improvise to keep it more stable, which gave much more consistent readings. Because it only measures the club and doesn't detect impact it can give different ball flight results to a SkyTrak etc. But it does work well without a ball, which i find very handy. The main focus now seems to be on 'online play', but actually it works ok as a personal analyser and fun simulator.
  16. I once used the toilet at a crematorium (of all places) and there was a 'urine colour chart' on the wall (shades of yellow - obviously) with captions indicating your hydration level and advising you to drink more water when it was darker than a certain shade. What a brilliant idea, I'm surprised I have only seen it that once.
  17. There are options for both actually.
  18. Interesting, can't say I noticed, but if that is the case then from a practice angle it is probably better than the other way round though IMO. I got my SkyTrak in April this year, and I was a little 'twitchy' after ordering in case I was disappointed and felt I'd wasted my cash. But no, absolutely no regrets so far. I looked at the £500 level offerings and, apart from them needing more space for the doppler to work (which ruled them out for me anyway), I felt I needed the directional and sidespin data anyway. All in I reckon I spent around £2500 when I include the net, mat etc too. For a set up that I have to put up and take down each time, but at around 15 mins to set up it is quicker than driving to the range, and I get more time, unlimited balls and full launch data at no extra cost, and don't use fuel to get there either. I just can't use it in the rain. If your budget allows then go for it, and get the 'game improvement' subscription too.
  19. I can't say whether that is 'optimum' or not, but if that was my 'normal' I'd be more than happy.
  20. I have a Garmin S60, and very happy with it. It does step counts, activity tracking etc and I use it as my everyday watch and just switch on the Golf features before my round. It doesn't do heart rate though, but I believe the new S62 does. As the S60 is now not the 'latest' you may find them at a discount if an S62 is out of your budget.
  21. I've reached the point where I just don't use my driver as I can't get the distance with it. I consitently hit my 3W further, and maybe a bit straighter too. I know the main issue is almost certainly my technique etc. I am tempted to look at getting a different one, but feel I want to at least be hitting my current one fairly consistently before I do.
  22. My wife tends to give me cash so I get what I want, and I will do the same for her unless it's a 'project' i do for her instead of a 'gift', in which case i design or decide what to get, buy it and assemble it.
  23. First proper fitting for me was 3 years ago. When I wanted to replace my first set that I got used around 10 years previously. Originally went to a golf retail chain outlet at a local course, and got very disillusioned by the commission hunting 'fitter'/salesman steering me too much so I walked away. I then found an independent fitter who checked my swing on the 'Mizuno gadget' to determine the appropriate shafts for me. I tried multiple irons and woods and got what worked the best for me. It wasn't the 'full worķs' as in gapping, and tweaking lofts etc, but I was far too inconsistent at the time anyway to have got much out of it, and my budget limited me to stock shaft options.
  24. I have Tiger Woods (2008?) On an old laptop that I play occasionally. I found it helped my mental game a little, by training me to pause and think about each shot a bit more than I tend to do on course at times.
  25. You buried all your teachers in one grave?
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