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  1. Selling a GCQ ball data only with Alienware computer. This set up works well for home simulator bays. You can look up "Ball Data Only" on Foresight's website to learn exactly what that means. It does have basic club data. Pictures coming soon. Excellent condition. Indoor use only. Includes all original accessories. GCQ: https://shop.foresightsports.com/collections/new-gc-launch-monitors/products/gcquad-launch-monitor Computer: Alienware Model R3 Gaming Computer. 15.6" HD Display, Intel i7, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070+8GB graphics card. HDMI & USB3 email inquiries to sheponline@mac.com - SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY. No frivolous inquiries and no trades! Ships from Dallas, TX. $9400 w/ free shipping and insurance to the continental US.
  2. Unofficial Review of SkyTrak Launch Monitor (ISSUES AND FIXES): DISCLAIMER: This is review based on my personal experience with the SkyTrak unit I own. YMMV. There are many reviews of SkyTrak online which rate its accuracy as quite good even compared to the industry standard bearers like Trackman and GC Quad. You can find them here (TXG), here (WRX) and here (MGS). Therefore, I won’t dwell on that too much in this review. Instead, I will concentrate on issues people have reported which I’ve also experienced. I hope to share with you how I got around those issues and have successfully used it to help me improve my game over the last couple of years. WHAT IT IS : Most of the ‘spies’ are probably aware what SkyTrak is, so I’ll keep this part brief. SkyTrak is a portable launch monitor that is camera based. At the high end, foresight’s GCQuad is an example of a camera-based system whereas Trackman is an example of a radar-based system. You can find a good explanation of how different types of launch monitors work, here. Both types of systems have pros and cons, but camera-based systems are better suited for use in limited spaces where not much of the actual ball flight takes place usually stopped by a net or a screen. I’m only aware of 3 portable camera-based launch monitors, SkyTrak, GC3/BLP & GC Qaud. SkyTrak is the lowest end of the 3, retailing for $1995. SkyTrak only capture ball data unlike the higher end systems which provides club data as well. Like other launch monitors, SkyTrak will work as a golf simulator, too. It will integrate with a few popular simulation software at additional cost. MY HISTORY WITH IT: I purchased mine almost 2 years ago after quite of bit of online research, but without having seen one. The desire to be able to practice effectively at home was the main motivation. Although I was aware some of the issues that people were experiencing, at the end of the day, I decided it was a worthwhile investment. In my estimation, I’ve probably captured ~40,000 shots with it. I say ‘captured’ NOT ‘hit’ since I’ve probably actually hit more like ~45,000 shots since I estimate that about 10% of the shot are not read by SkyTrak. More on that later. I export the practice data from SkyTrak into excel and keep 100 most recent shots worth of data for each club and each type of chip/pitch partial shots. Data is automatically processed in Excel to show FW and GIR type percentages based on offline and carry data for each type of shot as well as 66 percentile carry distances for each club which I use as my yardage for particular club/shot. Yes, I’m kind of a geek. Anyone is interested in the Excel template I created for this, let me know. I have also played some simulated golf using WGT and E6 simulation software (demo version). I’ll cover little bit more of that later also. MY SETUP: My set up at home is quite bargain basement. I have Country Club Elite 5x5 mat, Rakket Sports Pop up net which was semi-permanently set up on my deck (outdoor) until it was taken down before the first snow last week. I use a Windows laptop to run the SkyTrak software at home. Now, I’m taking the SkyTrak to the indoor range I’ve joined for the off season. Instead of my laptop, I use my iPhone to run the SkyTrak software there. May other people I’ve met on golf simulator forums have built/installed much fancier indoor & permanent simulator set ups. ACCURACY: I believe SkyTrak is quite accurate with the ball data it provides which are ‘ball speed’, ‘launch angle’, ‘back spin’, ‘side spin’, ‘side angle’, ‘offline distance’, ’carry distance’, ’roll distance’, ‘total distance, ’flight time’, ’descent angle’ and ‘height’. My claim on its accuracy is based on the fact that I have replicate the carry and launch data on Trackman at practice facilities. Again check out the reviews here (TXG), here (WRX) and here (MGS). NOW THE ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS: MISSED SHOTS: As I stated earlier, I estimate almost ~10% of the shots were not read by my SkyTrak. In the beginning it was much greater than that but now I’ve gotten to a point unless I’m practicing chipping with a lob wedge, missed shots are less than 5%. Following are the causes and remedies for misreads. · Unit not on the same level as the hitting surface. I have a metal protective case that can be purchased separately for the unit which can be height adjusted. Make sure the bottom the SkyTrak is level with the top of the Mat. This was the main cause of missed shots for me in the beginning. · Finicky ball positions: My Unit had trouble reading chip shots and drives. After trial and error as well as suggestion from other users, I found that moving the ball one inch forward of the red dot projected by the unit for ball placement helps greatly with chip shots. With drives, I needed to place the tee about an inch behind the red dot. I still get missed shots, but, mostly with high lofted chips. · White objects in the background: People have reported white background can cause missed shots. For me, it was the use of white colored Birtees (pictured) that made the drive misreads more frequent. Now I use colored Birtees. · Bad Karma: When you hit dead center of your driver face and put a smoothest swing ever and know that you have crushed one down the middle high with a perfect tight draw, it will fail to register the shot. No remedy against bad karma. SIDE ANGLE ALIGNMENT: One would assume that the unit would come calibrated so that setting up the unit parallel to the target line would guarantee accurate side angle data. I did not find that to be true in my case. In the beginning I thought I was just pulling the ball, but I began suspecting that the unit simply reads straight shots are ~2 degrees left. I was able to confirm this when I took it to a driving range and compare actual ball flight to what SkyTrak was reporting. That wasn’t quite enough to convince me so, I hung a piece of thick rope from the top of the net so that it would hang straight down to the ground. I made sure that the mat was square/ parallel to rope (the target). I began hitting chips with 9 iron until I hit the rope. I found that indeed my SkyTrak needed to be rotated counterclockwise 2.5 degrees for the straight chips that hit the rope to record as ‘side angle = 0.0’ I have since created a laminated sheet I can place the SkyTrak on with 2.5 degrees marked on the sheet. (see pic). I was again able to confirm with other users with the same issue taking similar remedies. Here’s good article on how to align your SkyTrak put up by GongHo Golf who is a reseller for SkyTrak (6 Simple Steps To Properly Align Your SkyTrak - GunghoGolf.com) Some, maybe even most units may not exhibit this issue, but many have reported the same problem. The fact that a SkyTrak reseller has this article on his website says it’s a common issue. Why not talk to SkyTrak support? Let’s not even go there. Let’s just say they were hesitant to acknowledge the issue. BTW, SkyTrak does come with an alignment feature where the unit projects 2 red dots which you are supposed use to make the unit target parallel. This does NOT work. The dots projected don’t seem to have anything to do with the internal components that need to be lined up. CONNECTIVITY: There are 3 different ways to connect to SkyTrak with decreasing level of reliability. · USB: SkyTrak can be connected directly to your PC via USB. I have never tried it, but people have generally reported this is the most reliable way. This was not practical for me. · DIRECT WIFI: SkyTrak will broadcast its own wifi network which you can connect your Windows PC or iOS device to. This is the mode I use. My practice session usually last 90 minutes or so. I will have connection issues causing me to have to reconnect every other practice session or so. This happens even though SkyTrak and my laptop/iphone are with within feet of each other. · NETWORK MODE: You can have your SkyTrak and your computer/iOS device connect to same WIFI network. Simulator integration require this method of connection since the simulator software on your device will want internet access. This was not reliable for me even though my WIFI signal was not too bad out on my deck. I suspect it would be more reliable with more robust WIFI signal. SIMULATION SOFTWARE: SkyTrak offers integration with WGT, E6, TGC and Creative golf. I tried WGT and E6 (one month free demo). It was enjoyable when it stayed connected (see above wrt to NETWORK MODE connectivity) except for putting. SkyTrak couldn’t register about a third of my putts with my setup. I had to use auto-putt feature 10ft and in. Anything longer, I was chipping on the green instead. Others have reported better success with their permanent hard wired indoor set ups. YMMV. Simulation software employs it own ball physics model based on the ball launch data SkyTrak (or any other LM) provides. Therefore, I’ll skip on further details on the accuracy of simulation, etc. OTHER NOTEWORTHY ISSUES: · Slow rendering of results. There will be 2-3 second delay before a shot is displayed. This takes away from simulation experience. I didn’t mind it too much. No, it’s not as fast as GC Quad or Trackman, but, it’s also fraction of the price. · Software Crashes. I’ve had software crash or hang occasionally. · Club Data: SkyTrak attempts to provide club head speed. SkyTrak acknowledges that it is a “calculated” value. I don’t see how such value can be calculated. I ignore the club head speed and smash factor data it presents. CLOSING THOUGHTS: I feel like I really bashed the piece of technology that I enjoy almost daily and has help me understand and improve my game tremendously. During my ownership of the unit, I’ve dropped my handicap from 18 down to 12 (as low a 9). I concentrated on the issues because I feel like the positive write-ups about its accuracy and features can easily be found. Again check out the reviews here (TXG), here (WRX) and here (MGS). One sentence review would be: When SkyTrak stays connected, is aligned correctly and is able read the shot, the data it reports is spot on. Thanks for getting to the end of the review, I hope you found it useful in some way. Pakman92
  3. I am selling my Flightscope Xi+. I'm asking $3,000 including shipping OBO. I bought it directly from Flightscope so I am the only owner and used it exclusively indoors. It is in great shape and works extremely well and I very much enjoyed using it. Included with the Flightscope Xi+ are the original box, soft carry case, charger, 1 sheet of metallic stickers and usb cable. I upgraded the usb cable to a longer one which is necessary if you want to use it with a computer for any type of simulation. Shipping to US only. It can be updated to an Xi Tour with a firmware update through flightscope for a fee which gives you access to more parameters. Available Data Ball Data: Carry Distance Total Distance Roll Distance Ball Speed Landing Position Lateral Deviation Skills Distance to the Pin Skills Score Vertical Launch Angle Horizontal Launch Angle Spin Axis and Spin Shot Dispersion Club Data: Club Head Speed Smash Factor Angle of Attack Spin Loft Club Speed Profile Club Acceleration Profile
  4. Looking for a used SkyTrak. Looking to trade left handed clubs with cash for one
  5. Selling my used Mevo+. Purchased in December 2020 but didn’t receive my unit until March due to production and shipping delays. Still under flightscope warranty until March 2022 I believe. Used mainly in my home hitting cage and at the driving range. In great shape and comes with everything pictured. asking 1650 obo. If asking for shipping, add 3% for PayPal and whatever shipping cost for your preferred method. Located in Seattle and San Diego (I travel back and forth relatively often)
  6. I got tired of waiting for a launch monitor manufacturer who has an app that is compatible with Android devices. After some research and a few calls, I have purchased the Ernest Sports ESB1. The Android app is not yet available, but having spoken to one of the engineers, the last hurdle was getting the Bluetooth connectivity to function reliably. As of yesterday, 4/16/2021, I was informed that the app is ready and submitted to Google, but that they are waiting for Google's approval before it can be made available. So, even though this will only be a review of the my experiences with device itself, I decided to post it, and continue once I have the app for my phone. One of the positives that I already have enjoyed is that this is an American-based company, with friendly and accessible staff. They have been very patient and helpful with all of my newbie questions. The retail price of the monitor is $550, but keeping an eye out for sales can drop that considerably; my hard ceiling price for a personal launch monitor was $500, and I was able to stay below that with no problem. Dimensions of the device are 8" x 5" x 1.25". The ESB1 measures and displays the following data: Clubhead Speed Ball Speed Smash Factor Carry Distance Spin One needs to enter the clubs you have in your bag, with the added benefit of the ability of specifying the loft of each club. Given that I am currently hitting Wilson D7 irons, which have *extremely* strong lofts (27.5 degrees for the 7-iron, for example), this is nice. Another input option is altitude; this necessitated one of my many calls to Ernest Sports to determine the purpose and recommend setting for this parameter. The engineer informed me that this was a way to artificially alter the data based upon the known effects of altitude above sea level upon ball flight behavoir. The purpose is to adjust reported ball flight values if they seem unreasonable. Specific altitudes cannot be entered, but one must choose from a list. Fort Wayne sits at 870 feet above sea level, so I just chose the nearest available value in the options menu, which was 1000 feet. Based on my results vis-à-vis the Trackman, I haven't messed with this setting, but I will do so to see how it effects the numbers reported. You also have the ability to adjust the shot distance for each club from -9 < 0 < +9 percent, again, if these data seem amiss. Another mode setting is the option to toggle between "normal" and "softer" shots. I haven't yet tried this, but I am sure that it will merit another call to suburban Atlanta. I will try this out and include my findings in my followup review. I have run two tests so far: Side-by-side A/B comparison with Trackman at Apex Golf in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Hitting from a mat into a screen, located about 15 feet away ESB1 alone, in a fairly dimly-lit indoor dome driving range. The maximum height of the dome ceiling is about 18 yards, and the maximum downrange distance to the far wall is 97 yards. First of all, and probably obviously, I would not spend this kind of money on a launch monitor if there was not a phone app in the works. Having to walk towards the monitor, which is setting 4-6 feet behind me, to see the results would be a non-starter for me. My old-man eyes don't help, and I guess that you younger folks could see the numbers from that distance, but still... Also, $550 is a lot of coin if all the monitor gave you were bare-bones numbers, IMO. I can't wait for the app! For the side-by-side Trackman test, I would first hit 4 or 5 shots with each club (PW - D), then randomly decide that the next shot would be the one for which I would record the data. Not ideal, I know, but without the app, no shots are saved, and writing down the numbers for each swing would have been tedious beyond belief. Also, I felt that choosing a random swing to be the one recorded would give a mix of good and poor shots, including topped, fat, heels and toes. I am pleasantly surprised by how close the ESB1 numbers were to those reported by Trackman,with a very big exception I'll mention below. For my 15 handicap purposes, not knowing for sure if I carry my 7-iron 160 or 164 yards is a non-sequitur. Informally, I did look at the numbers for each shot, and all were reasonably close, as defined by my needs. A big exception were the spin values. The ESB1 numbers as compared to the Trackman were all over the place, some higher, some lower. I need to ask Ernest Sports about this. Also, not a single shot was missed by the ESB1. I recorded the numbers on a spreadsheet, but don't know how to embed it here. Can anybody help? For the driving dome testing, I didn't have anything with which to compare, but I wanted to see if the numbers seemed reasonable, especially in the comparatively subdued lighting. I hit 5 or so shots with each club, PW - D, and looked at what the ESB1 reported. Everything seemed to be within my expectations. Also of some importance, not a single shot was missed, even the occasional topped/shanked shot. I think that I recall that the smash factor for the shanked shot was around 0 . So far, I can say that I am impressed with the accuracy of this personal launch monitor. Looking at the things you can do with the iOS app, I am very eager to test the Android version, and I check the Google Play Store daily. Once it is available, I will try to put it through its paces and report back here. Of course, I also need to hit some shots outdoors! Please let me know if there is anything else you would want me to try with this monitor, and I will do my best to include that in the next report. Thanks. For more details, here is the website: https://www.ernestsports.com/es-b1-behind-the-player/
  7. Good morning MGS brethren! I am creating this thread to put quality information out into the community for those who are trying to research how to build an epic golf simulator. I just finished my build and it has drastically improved my game in the short time that it has been in use. When I started to research all of the different options for components however, not a lot of good information was available..... Now it will be! I will be updating this thread in a stage-type fashion. Each stage of the project will show pictures of the setup, components, and result. Each stage will also have all of the different vendors researched, the decision that was made & why, and links to the selected products. I hope that this will drastically help anyone going down the road of building their own. Enjoy!
  8. Hi everyone, I am selling a brand new, in box, PRGR Red Eyes Launch Monitor. I have one that I use personally and absolutely love it, had ordered one for a friend that wanted it too, but he backed out, so now I'm stuck with 2. Asking $115 + Shipping Please message me if interested.
  9. Hello MGS Community, I'm a long time consumer of MyGolfSpy, but this is my first Topic I've created. The gist of this thread is how to build the best Home Simulator for $4,000. That seems like a lot, but in my honest opinion, this is the lowest cost you can get while getting a full sim experience with true ball data instead of random ball data assumed from club data systems like the Optishot's infrared system. I'm not here to brag about anything as you can see from pictures below that I built this system over a number of years and countless hours of research. In the below spreadsheet, I work through an analysis of each of these components and review them based on personal experience and the reviews of trusted golf equipment reviewers: 1. Launch Monitors 2. Hitting Mats 3. Nets and Impact Screens 4. Simulator Softwares 5. Projector In the spreadsheet, I provide data on my research, actual use, recommendations, costs, and links to the products. I will say you can spend a lot more than $4,000 using my spreadsheet, but you can also spend less. There are always more expensive and cheaper options out there that will work, but I have done my best to give an in depth review of those products including the pros and cons on when to go expensive vs. when is the cheaper option just as good if not better. Popular brands in the analysis are Skytrak, Flightscope Mevo, GC2, Optishot, Net Return, Carl's Place screens, Viewsonic projector, Fiberbuilt, Truestrike, The Golf Club 2019, and TruGolf by E6. Here is the viewable spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hbjBM2Iuk7QC4s6XDVrrWlrEZ7lDRvdwN0qTulBDK7k/edit?usp=sharing Below are some pictures of my final and some of my earlier setups:
  10. Hi, all, looking to get a launch monitor to work in my garage as i use Superspeed golf training. Seems like most of the PLMs require impact, can't do that in my garage. I want to measure the superspeed sticks and my normal driver until I can get on the course in the spring. Thanks for recommendations!
  11. Hey Spies, Just finished the No Putts Given episode on personal launch monitors and I think that the Trackmans and the Flightscope companies should make a personal launch monitor that gives data similar to Shot Tracer. Akin to catering to the people who don't care how the sausage is made, this monitor won't spit out Ball speed, Spin Rates, AoA, etc. but maybe focus on the information about the ball flight: Yardage Yards Offline Left or Right from the "Target Line" (in relation to the position of the monitor which is assumed to be some 10 feet behind the ball) Peak Height? Maybe also have a camera so that it makes a shot tracer video? The selling point would be to give golfers an idea to where their ball ended up (helping pace of play), shot tracer video they can share, and just enough data for those using it as a DIY fitting tool. Obviously getting professionally fitted with a GC Quad or Trackman would give you more data, but that's when you buy the flagship product (therefore, even if these companies were to develop this product it wouldn't undercut their top of the line product). What do you all think? Is this something worth developing? Would you buy it? Does it fit in the market and satisfy the requirement of not threatening sales of the fully spec'd launch monitors?
  12. Availability, price (£199), convenience, portability, user friendliness, swing & ball speed accuracy and smash factor are insane, carry & total distance are also fairly accurate (super sufficient for gap testing purposes and wedge distance control)...knowing your numbers is a complete game changer when working on swing speed, all from a pocket sized launch monitor that runs on 4 * AAA batteries, that’s not fussy about location or whether you’re in a net in the backyard, down at the range or on the course - checkout the YT review from MrShortGame
  13. Has anyone else seen this or tried their putting only Gen i1 model? I'm curious what everyone thinks since of this since I would love to have an apartment friendly practice option if it doesn't suck. https://www.coachlabs.com/workshops/gamer-pack
  14. Seen a couple youtube videos about the approach G80 from Garmin , highly touted as the first 2 in 1 launch monitor and range finder, any one have or tried one? Steep price tag but I have been looking for a decent range finder , could kill 2 birds here.
  15. I am going out on a stretch with this one... When we all buy new golf clubs or are in the market for a new club (testing), we head over to our local shop (Dicks Sports, Edwin Watts, PGA Superstore, etc) and request to try the clubs out in the bay with the launch monitors. Of course, how well is the new club going to compare to our existing club. In my personal experience, the employees in the shops always seem annoyed when you ask to try out clubs in the bays; more so if you are a lefty such as myself. That means they have to move the launch monitor sensor to the other side of the mat . Those of us not on tour or living in the 1% wealth do not have the ability to own a Trackman or GC Quad BUT would still like to utilize those products to test equipment and learn to gap our clubs. Do these 8 new drivers really give me 20 more yards and are much more straight than my existing driver... who knows, but the golf shop guy does not want me spending 3 hours testing all his equipment. Yet he wonders why i do not buy anything after i try one driver and dont get results. Don't be annoyed with me if i ask to try a different driver. Here is the dream... A driving range with 2-4 bays rigged with launch monitors. Having top of the line monitors may be quite expensive but something to at least provide sufficient data to help the average or better golfer. By allowing players to learn their yardages and make adjustments will in essence speed up rounds as well. With the popularity of the technology AT the range, players would need to schedule times and pay fees for equipment use. The Arccos system is a great tool to help gap and determine club lengths BUT it takes quite a few rounds to determine all your clubs. Now i can hit 20 shots with each club and get solid data on EACH club. In addition, i can borrow or rent multiple clubs if i am in the market for a new driver, iron set, etc. IDEALLY having newly released equipment AT the range would be perfect. My Golf Spy Community, lets make this happen! Make this the new Top Golf or get me in touch with a Top Golf guy to integrate this!
  16. I want to hear everyone's experiences that they may have had on fittings. Particularly if you had an outdoor vs indoor fitting for the same product within a short period of time, on how they went and the differences between the two. So as some may have read, I was one of the members chosen for the JPX 900 Iron Testing. I'll be reviewing/testing the Hot Metal version. We were even more fortunate that Mizuno was allowing us to send in our own specs and choose from anything on it's current custom offerings. So wanting to make sure I got properly fit irons for the test, so i could give solid accurate feedback, I wanted to go get fit by a certified Mizuno fitter who used the Mizuno Shaft Optimizer, see the pretty cool video of how they use it here. http://golf.mizunoeurope.com/blog/mizuno-challenges-6-golfers-to-the-swing-dna-iron-test/ So settle in this might get wordy....Even for me...HA I first called a place I had been fit before that has a reputation as one of the better fitters in the area. Of course he was off until Tuesday (this being Monday, and having a case of the "I want it now!!", I called a second place that I had heard of but never been to. They said come on down anytime today, so that's what I did. INDOOR FITTING In short this one was a very nice golf independent golf shop in the area, it has survived the glut of Big Box stores the past 15 years and has a very loyal local following. I was met by a young man who took me over and explained the process. Sounds good. Having watched the above and several other videos on Mizuno's Swing DNA system, I pretty much knew what he was saying. Well, in short it didn't go well at all. The Shaft Optimizer kept dying after every shot, so they had to charge it have me hit a shot and repeat The computer software wasn't working correctly, it didn't save all the info so the fitter said, he could probablyy remember the numbers from the 3 balls (the ones we had to wait 5 minutes between) and entered them manually Lastly, my swing was way off, I struggled to hit two consistent shots back to back. not that I was looking for perfect shots, but they didn't have some shafts in 1" over so I had to go with 1/2 in some which was tough to adjust to. All that said, I don't blame the young man at all, he himself was very frutstrated by things not working and just having conversation with him, I could tell he knew how to fit and knew his stuff. he was also very patient with me struggling to put solid shots together. Well the recommendations that we got from the Optimizer based on his memory Project X LZ 5.5 Nippon Modus Tour 105 Stiff Dynamic Gold R300 We hit all those and I immediately eliminated the DG based on it feeling to heavy. I currently have the Modus 105, so those felt familiar and the Project X LZ felt good as well. We went to look at the numbers and the only ones that saved were the PX, and he said I was getting too much spin and too high of flight on those. So his recommendation was the Modus 105. Which I was fine with as I have them in my 565/765. But all these shots were hit in a small bay that had no more than 6 to 8 feet of flight before hitting the net. Impossible to tell what the true flight was. Also a big thing I wanted to get right was what length he thought I should play as I've been alternating anywhere from 1/2 to 1" over depending on the OEM. He took my knuckle to floor measurement. Also for the lie, he was using lie tape and the lie board, but instead of leaving a mark like it usually does, half the tape was ripping off, so to me I didn't think it was giving a true indication of if the lie was correct or not. So instead of a print out of what everything was, he scribbled down on a piece of paper what the recommendations were. Now, again not all of this was his fault, as they had some technical issues. But at the very worst, I know OEM's provide fittings sheets, that he could have taken the time to at least compelte that as much as possible. For this I paid $45 Outdoor Fitting So the more I thought back on that, the less satisfied and 100% convinced that i had gotten the best information possible. So I went ahead and called my first choice and set an appointment for the following day. This is at a very nice range and was conducted outside in the private fitting/lesson area. I had worked with Jon before so he knew a bit about my game and we didn't' have to go through my profile or game ability. We got right to it. The Mizuno Shaft optimizer worked brilliantly from the start and he plugged the numbers into I-Pad. They spit out the following options. KBS C-Taper Lite 110 S Project X LZ 5.5 TT XP 115 S Honestly these options surprised me a bit, as I've always tended to play shafts between 95 to 105 grams, as my driver SS is in the low 90's and my iron ss in mid to upper 70's. However, Jon mentioned and has been pointed out during my Driver fitting last year, I have a very strong and fast move down, so a bit stiffer and more stable shaft suits me. Also he had irons in 1" over...THANK YOU!! So I didn't have to try and adjust my set up. Overall I was hitting the ball pretty solid with a few loose shots here and there, but certainly enough for him to see my natural tendencies (and also based on seeing me previously) The LM numbers between the C-Taper Lit and XP 115 were very close. Although to me the C-Taper Lite was much easier to swing, yes the 5 grams probably made a big difference. But I felt like I could feel the shaft getting through the swing more efficiently (loading better?) But one of the biggest things in the fitting came with the length and lie measurements. He used the same method of Lie measurement, with the tape on the sole, except these stayed in tact and showed I was hitting the ball flush in the center of the sole, with a 3 degree upright shaft. Interesting that I have been only going 2 degrees, but we noticed a slight reduction in my fade when we went from the 2 degree to 3 degree lie. He also mentioned to me that mizuno uses a 1/2 degree flatter lie as standard than most OEM's. So I was really going to need to add that to my spec. For length, the same thing with Mizuno, it's standard 6 iron is 1/4" shorter than most OEM. So when I measured 1" over on his PING fitting chart, we made that 1 1/4 inch for Mizuno. So factoring in the extra inch gives another degree upright, he gave me complete different specs than the previous fitter, who just gave me 1" over and 2 Up. John actually wrote out the exact specs 38 1/4" 6 iron length and 63.5 degree lie. BTW, I never would have thought I'd be in a C-Taper shaft at 110 grams...HA I tried the regular C-Tapers a couple years ago and it was like swinging a 2x4. I did a lot of reading on these C Taper lites, and they were perfectly placed between the Tour 90 and C Capers from what I read. I have had the KBS Tour 90 before and liked them a lot, but at times felt I hit them a bit too high. So these should give me more of a mid flight, which I'm excited about. I left there so much more confident that I was properly fit and that I'm getting the best shaft for me for these irons. For this I paid $0.00. I explained to John why I was getting the irons and that I wouldn't' be buying them there, and again offered to pay for his time and the fitting. He said, "Not at all!! Sounds like a great opportunity with Mizuno. Let me know how they work out for you. So if you're still with me, let's hear what you like and don't like about indoor and outdoor fittings. And if you've ever had two completely different experiences back to back like that.
  17. I'm curious - has anyone on here truly dialed in their distances? I ask because I swung by the local PGA Superstore today to borrow a launch monitor and felt a bit embarrassed. I understand there's a few variables in play on the course, and I also understand you always want to believe you hit your clubs farther than you actually do. But I certainly didn't expect the carry gap I saw. Granted, I was hitting clubs that were harder to hit than my J38s (yes, an almost blade like club), and I wasn't hitting the center every time...but it certainly wasn't what I expected. So, has anyone actually rented a launch monitor for an extended period, or gone through a fitting, or used a rangefinder on the range to get accurate distances for all their irons? Am I the only one flying blind, off feel? Either way, it's crazy how big of a difference there is on the course as opposed to hitting in a vacuum.
  18. //ES14 Personal Review - please see attached PDF. Please feel free to ask questions. Let me know if you have something you think I might have missed, post personal experiences, or anything else... I'd like to hear what you guys think about this unit and this review. Enjoy! ES14 REVIEW.pdf
  19. My goal was to get out and play today to give a full review of this driver on the course but the weather has been so cold and rainy that it hasn't been possible yet. Instead I took the driver up to Golfsmith to get on their launch monitors and at least have some numbers to post. It took me a little while to get warmed up since I haven't swung a club in a few weeks but overall the club performed extremely well for me. I am very pleased with how low the spin stayed since I normally have a hard time getting below 3000 rpm's. I usually swing around 100 mph and currently play to a 3.8 handicap. My shot shape is pretty straight overally but I tend to favor a slight fade so my spin numbers are usually a little higher. I was a little scattered with my impact position on the face as you can see from my picture but for not playing in so long, I wasn't too upset. The driver shaft length was a little long (almost 46") and the swingweight was around D5. I usually prefer no longer than 45" and a swingweight of D2. The sound was a little hollow sounding but nothing obnoxious at all. It may also have sounded differently because I was in the fitting area indoors. Overall my averages were: Clubhead Speed: 100 mph Ball Speed: 145.6 mph Launch Angle: 14.7 degrees Backspin: 2298 rpm Total Spin: 2352 rpm Total Carry: 250.2 yards Total Distance: 274.19 yards Offline: 5 Yards Given these numbers I'm pretty excited to see what it does out on the course. I'm sure using real golf balls my spin will decrease some compared to whatever they have in the fitting area. Once I got home I shortened the shaft down to 45" and added a few grams of hot melt through the screw weight port. This should help the sound quite a bit and gave me my desired swingweight after I cut it down.
  20. I recently purchased the Voice Caddie sc100 launch monitor and I have to say, hitting with it is more productive and way more fun with it than I ever thought it would be. I was a little skeptical about its accuracy before purchasing it but after seeing the numbers it gave me versus what I know I hit my clubs, I was thoroughly impressed. Considering the price of this launch monitor at around $200 as compared to Trackman at 19 thousand or GC2 HMT at 13 thousand, it does a great job. It displays club head speed, ball speed, smash factor, and carry distance. It does not factor in temperature, pressure, wind, or any other environmental factors; it basically says "that ball would have gone X distance if the conditions were perfect". It is super portable (its the exact same size as my Samsung Galaxy S5) and fits in my golf bag no problem. I'm bringing this with me everywhere I go now. I like the "Target" mode it has where you pick the distance you are trying to hit and it scores you based on how close you came to hitting that distance. I'm not impressed with the "Random" mode mainly because it only gives a random distance under 100 yards. I was hoping it would at least go up to 150 or 175 yards, but I guess if you want to dial in your wedges, it is pretty cool. The only thing I think it's missing is an app so you can permanently store data from your sessions. It does show averages for each club, but only for either that current session or "All" (the last 100 shots). IMO if you want a cheap launch monitor that provides relatively accurate figures (within 2% of Trackman), give this one a try. You will not be dissapointed
  21. Very interesting article by TrackMan on the differences between hitting off a mat and hitting of grass. I always knew hitting off mats can give you some crazy distances (yesterday FlightScope was telling me I was hitting my 7i 220), but I didn't realize the dispersion would be that far off. Give it a read.
  22. I went to Golfsmith to use their launch monitor for some numbers on the B330s I'm helping review. So....while I was there I figured I'd check out the SLDR and hit it against my R1. The guy helping me....cannot call him a "fitter"...was real nice but seemed overly interested in keeping the launch angle down....which I thought odd. My R1 numbers look good to my completely untrained eye. It looks like there might be some yards to gain by "lofting up" the SLDR ?? What I did find interesting was that....even set all the way to FADE.....the SLDR went 31 yards further left than the R1.
  23. Came across this room on Electronic House. How could I not share it here? http://www.electronichouse.com/photo/interior_designers_embrace_technology_and_home_automation/4
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