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Firebird

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  • Birthday 10/21/1958

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    Bairnsdale, Vic,, Australia
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    Golf, Fishing, Kayaking, Flying (not allowed to anymore)
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  1. Fully agree, hit as many as you can get your hands on. Even superseded models if they have them. I game a Callaway Epic Flash and at the time I tested Mavrik, Sim, Cobra Speedzone, Ping 4??, Mizuno, Srixon etc. I have since also tested Epic Speed and Cobra Rad but none feel as good as the Epic Flash.
  2. First thing to do is to determine where the issues lie and for that you really need to get more lessons. In general I would recommend 2-3 lessons over a 8-12 week period. Once you have had the first lesson hopefully the pro will give you some points or drills to work on which you can do at the range and on course. My wife for example ended up having 5 lessons over 4 month. In the first the pro identified the issues in her swing and started the process to resolve them, the over the next two lessons he slowly added more drills till she had a reasonable swing. Lesson 4 was around putting, and lesson 5 was similar to lesson 1 where he reviewed her new swing and provided feedback on what to do next. She now get a lesson when she feels she is slipping back or when she identifies an area that needs improving.
  3. After posting my final review I was thinking about the cost of Arccos and what would best improve my game. Spending $540 AUD plus $140 per year on Arccos or spending that amount on lessons. Down under lessons are $70-80 for half an hour. That equates to approximately 8 lessons plus 2 ongoing per year. I know for a fact that having 8 lessons over let’s say 6-8 months, you should see a big improvement in your game, then add 2 a year after that and you can only get better.
  4. Wooo hooo, the doctor said I can play golf again. So I have been working with Arccos Support to try to workout why it was not detecting shots. Yesterday I installed the sensors back on my clubs and went through the Re-Pairing Process. I found one on my 8i that was not responding. Arccos had asked me to check that the clubs were being Identified using Caddielink and Link Diagnostics. I found that 2 were not being in identified. They also asked me to hit the ground with each club to see of Caddielink was detecting a the hit. As you can see my 4i and 9i are working perfectly however my 3W was being identified but the hit was not. in total I found 3 clubs that were being Identified but not hit recorded and 2 that were not even being ID’ed. I sent all the screenshots to Arccos. I also asked if this issue could be caused by faulty sensors and said that today I was going to run tests to check the sensors. This is what I did and what I sent to Arccos Support. So I have spent the 2 hours today testing. Here is what I did. Un-paired all sensors. Removed all sensors keeping them in order so I new which one came off which club. Then re-installed in reverse order so that no sensor was back on the original club. Then took my bag outside into the sun and started the process to Re-Pair them. Some were identified quickly, some took 15-25 sec, while 4 would not work at all. 1 was off my Dr, 1 was off the 3W, 1 was off the 8i and 1 was off the PW. I then run Sensor Diagnostics to confirm all the clubs were identified and that the pairing had worked. The 7i and AW both stated Not Paired. I then tried to Re-Pair the 7i and AW again and like before they worked. I then run Sensor Diagnostics and both were identified correctly. I then fired up Caddielink and checked that each club was being Identified. Once again the 7i and the AW were not. Again I run Sensor Diagnostics and both again stated they were not paired. I also run it again on the 4 that it could not see just to double check and all 4 did not respond. I then took each club and hit the ground to make sure that Caddielink was detecting the hit. Found I had to hit the ground quite hard in order for it to detect the sound however it did on ones that were identified. So before I started writing this I Re-Paired the 7i and AW. I just went down and checked them again and once again both were un-paired. I have to say that that is weird. Usually once a sensor or device is connected it should not just disconnect. On the plus side Caddielink appears to be working perfectly. Yes I had to hit the ground harder than I thought I would but that makes sense as there was no impact with a golf ball which would make it louder. So what now, looks like I have 4 dead sensors and 2 that are not doing what they are supposed too. Interestingly when I look at the data it confirms that these were the sensors that were detecting hits randomly. What does concern me is that I have now had 5 sensors fail and 2 that are not working properly. I use a buggy and the course once you get off the fairway can be quite rough in places so the clubs do bounce around in the bag however I would have thought that in reality that should not have caused them to fail.
  5. I use my 3W quite often off the tee and off the deck. If I find I am not hitting my Driver great then it gives me an alternative off the tee. Yes, it will stay in my bag, in fact I am in the process of buy a new one.
  6. Wooo hooo, the doctor said I can play golf again. So I have been working with Arccos Support to try to workout why it was not detecting shots. Yesterday I installed the sensors back on my clubs and went through the Re-Pairing Process. I found one on my 8i that was not responding. Arccos had asked me to check that the clubs were being Identified using Caddielink and Link Diagnostics. I found that 2 were not being in identified. They also asked me to hit the ground with each club to see of Caddielink was detecting a the hit. As you can see my 4i and 9i are working perfectly however my 3W was being identified but the hit was not. in total I found 3 clubs that were being Identified but not hit recorded and 2 that were not even being ID’ed. I sent all the screenshots to Arccos. I also asked if this issue could be caused by faulty sensors and said that today I was going to run tests to check the sensors. This is what I did and what I sent to Arccos Support. So I have spent the 2 hours today testing. Here is what I did. Un-paired all sensors. Removed all sensors keeping them in order so I new which one came off which club. Then re-installed in reverse order so that no sensor was back on the original club. Then took my bag outside into the sun and started the process to Re-Pair them. Some were identified quickly, some took 15-25 sec, while 4 would not work at all. 1 was off my Dr, 1 was off the 3W, 1 was off the 8i and 1 was off the PW. I then run Sensor Diagnostics to confirm all the clubs were identified and that the pairing had worked. The 7i and AW both stated Not Paired. I then tried to Re-Pair the 7i and AW again and like before they worked. I then run Sensor Diagnostics and both were identified correctly. I then fired up Caddielink and checked that each club was being Identified. Once again the 7i and the AW were not. Again I run Sensor Diagnostics and both again stated they were not paired. I also run it again on the 4 that it could not see just to double check and all 4 did not respond. I then took each club and hit the ground to make sure that Caddielink was detecting the hit. Found I had to hit the ground quite hard in order for it to detect the sound however it did on ones that were identified. So before I started writing this I Re-Paired the 7i and AW. I just went down and checked them again and once again both were un-paired. I have to say that that is weird. Usually once a sensor or device is connected it should not just disconnect. On the plus side Caddielink appears to be working perfectly. Yes I had to hit the ground harder than I thought I would but that makes sense as there was no impact with a golf ball which would make it louder. So what now, looks like I have 4 dead sensors and 2 that are not doing what they are supposed too. Interestingly when I look at the data it confirms that these were the sensors that were detecting hits randomly. What does concern me is that I have now had 5 sensors fail and 2 that are not working properly. I use a buggy and the course once you get off the fairway can be quite rough in places so the clubs do bounce around in the bag however I would have thought that in reality that should not have caused them to fail.
  7. Yes, that is what I have found with some of the lower cost urethane balls. They are great until I hit a full blown wedge with lots of spin. When I do it looks like someone has attacked the ball with a file. I had the same result when I hit them out of a bunker. An example is the Costco Performance Plus, it looked pretty bad after 18 holes.
  8. Today I asked my wife to wear shorts with the idea of her having the phone in her front pocket. She was not happy as the A5 is quite a big phone but said ok. The idea was to see if not using Caddielink made any difference. The simple answer was no. Overall it missed 11 shots and 12 putts. On 3 it only detected 2 shots, her drive and 5 hybrid. I have to admit she was really happy to hit her hybrid 299m. It did not register a shot on the 11th but did detect 2 Putts. They are forecasting up to 100mm (4”) of rain over the next 5 days so I doubt we will be able to get another round in for at least 7-8 days as the course is already water logged.
  9. Congratulations. One thing I would like to know is how well the cover stands up over 18 holes.
  10. Yesterday morning started with me checking that all the sensors on my wife’s clubs were all working. We then went to the course and I used a cart as I am still on crutches to follow her around the course and basically run the app. I plugged her phone in to the USB on the cart so that I could have the screen on permanently. The only other app that was running on the phone was MiScore which is the official PGA Australia scoring app. Caddielink showed it was connected and so we began. I was never further than 7-8m away from her during the round. Things started better that they had before as it actually detected her first hit. This only happened twice for me in the 12 rounds I played. Everything was going perfectly until we go to the 7th. It detected her drive, but not the next shot. I added it and it then detected the rest of the shots on 7. On 8 it did not detect here tee shot, I added it and it detected the rest of the shots. On 9 it worked perfectly. On 10 it did not detect her 2nd or the PW shot. This intermittent non-detection of shots continued for the rest of the round and I kept on adding the missed shots in order to ensure we had data for a complete round. One thing I did notice was that the PW was not being detected. This morning I again run diagnostics on the sensors and found the PW sensor said it was not linked to any club. However it was being detected up until the 10th. I re-paired it without issue. Overall, it missed detecting 18 shots of which 4 were puts. Here is the last 4 rounds, my last two and my wife’s first 2. As you can see on my wife’s first round it indicates she only played 14 holes. Basically it stopped working but still closed the round when she finished playing the 18th. So at this stage I have to say that I am not very impressed with Arccos. We are yet to playa round where it detected every shot and you generally do not have the time to be reviewing every shot when you are playing in competition. Another issue that women may find is that they will require Caddielink as my wife often plays in a skirt like yesterday and therefore does not have any pockets to put the phone in. So far from the research I have done, Arccos seems to work well on iPhones but not on Samsung (Android). Hopefully now that Arccos is working with Samsung to develop a Wear OS watch app they will improve the reliability of the product. One thing I hope they do is develop the Wear OS app so that it is compatible with other Android watches. One other issue I found was that it can take many attempts to access the rounds on the app. I get the following message
  11. So what I asked my wife to do is to simply open the app and log-in. Turn on Caddielink, check that it is connected, click Start Round and play. This is how it should work. The last thing I want to think about when I am playing in a comp is if the app is collecting all the data. It should be seemless. BTW if you log out it does not save the course so you have downloaded again. So what was the result. Absolutely woeful. It missed the first and second hit so it said she hit her 9 iron 301m. Overall it missed about 40% of the shots. So to make sure everything was setup correctly, I just spent an hour double checking the sensors are all working. 5 clubs it took 3-4 tries to get the verify the sensors were connected. However the one on her 5 hybrid looks like it is dead. Will put in a support request for a replacement, luckily she only has 12 clubs so was able to use one of the spares. I plan to go with her next time and drive a cart so I can then run the app and see if we can get a full round of data. I am not sure if it is because we use Samsung phones but to date I have found that this products data capture very inconsistent.
  12. Unfortunately I sprained my ankle so know golf for me for at least another 4 week. So in order to keep testing, I installed the sensors on my wife’s clubs and the app on her Samsung A5 phone. Now I know this will screw up the data but as I only managed to get Arccos to record 3 18 holes round out of 12 it will be easy to exclude that data. It will also provide a second persons feedback.
  13. As far as I am concerned it all comes back to your swing or more importantly the weaknesses in your swing. I went from 12-14 to 3-4 over a 12 month period many years ago. That however involved a huge amount of commitment, time, lessons etc. The key point to my success was that I had a really good pro, he did not patch problems, he rebuilt my swing from the ground up. Yes it was frustrating and my handicap went up not down in the first 6 months but slowly I started to get it right and once I did then things changed quite quickly. Initially I was having lessons twice a month and hitting 400-500 balls a week. I found it really hard to change my bad habits and allot of time slipped back in to them without realising. However I always started a range session by doing specific drills and eventually they become ingrained. Once I got to this point I started playing 72 holes a week when possible as well and still spending time on the range. The last 3 months were spent on learning to to work the ball, course management, etc. I had always been very good at chipping and putting so that reduced the time frame. So what could be achieved in 6 months all comes back to what you are starting with, the amount of time you can allocate to it, and how much you are willing to spend on lessons.
  14. Fully agree. I had 4 lots of knee surgery over 7 years. My knee problem was diagnosed in the late 90’s but by wearing custom orthotics I managed to get to the 2005 before I needed surgery. Using them also means you can wear most good quality comfortable shoes as you simply remove the inner soles and replace them with the orthotics. My gamer shoes are either FJ SL Pro or Helix DNA.
  15. Thanks guys. Yes I had a great day and got a brilliant gift. Our house in Melbourne settled on my birthday so we got a nice increase to our bank balance. On the negative side, I sprained my ankle the day before so no golf for a few weeks.
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