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Does anyone else go to a range that has Top Tracer Range? I know there are around 60 in the US that have this but I never knew it existed until about a month and a half ago when it was installed at the range I go to. It provides a whole different experience at the range. They're going to be installing Top Tracer Handheld soon that will work from the grass area.

 

You can do longest drive, closest to the pin, points game, virtual golf, a launch monitor and WITB (you can save the data for each club in the app and access it at any time). 0512191638.jpeg0512191639_HDR.jpeg0512191639.jpeg0512191722_HDR.jpeg0512191723.jpeg0512191731.jpeg0512191741.jpeg0512191741_HDR.jpeg

 

Driver: TS2 9.5 stiff

3 Wood: 915 F stiff

3 Hybrid: 915 HD

4-PW: Original AP2

Wedges: 50, 56, 60 Vokey SM6

Putter: Scotty Cameron Select Newport M1

 

 

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Looks like a great idea for places that don't have a Top Golf.  From my checking, a Top Golf investment is  $15 to $50 million.  This could be an option for a significantly lower investment.   

The ability to have it outdoors on the grass area is really nice as well.  I could see these popping up in smaller markets as a more affordable option.  

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The course where I take my lessons has a few covered bays setup with top tracer and they foo food/drink service from the clubhouse 

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Top golf actually bought the technology and own it now.  I'm assuming they'll least it out to any range who wants to pay but they'll also be installing across their locations.  Just an FYI.  I've heard this directly from TopGolf.  Anyhow yes I've been to two ranges.  One was a golf dome in Romeoville IL and another was an outside range called Green Grass Driving Range in northern Illinois.  Nice technology.  When I went I noticed everything going about 15-20 yards shorter than what I'd expect  - I know, many will say or think its just another amateur expecting to hit it like the pros.  Well I beg to differ and here's how I know.

When they say same tech as the pros - yes same tech that traces shots - BUT Pros shots are measured by trackman on every single tee and shot link - not top tracer.  Pros are using their own balls - we use range balls.  I believe that along with a bit colder weather is the reasons for distance discrepencies.  Their technology is supposed to have a setting to account for the range balls but I'm not sure if that is turned on or calibrated correctly.

Someone is wrong but who?  So the folks at both ranges asked what I thought and specifically the accuracy of the distances and I said the same thing about being 15-20 yards off and they roll their eyes and say its cold and I just don't know my distances - which is probably true with most who hit up the ranges right but I have one big advantage - I'm good and I've played along time.  I've used numerous range finders, GPS units and before all that we walked off yardages from sprinklers, etc.  So some is wrong.

But who is wrong?  Either the top tracer ranges are off by 15-20 yards OR every single courses sprinklers, yardage markers, total hole lengths are all completely wrong AND all GPS units and laser range finders are wrong AND my entire life I've been living a lie AND all my fittings on trackman are also wrong.  So what is more likely?  1 piece of tech being wrong OR courses, GPS, Lasers and fittings?  I think its the top tracer LOL.  If I have 105 to the back middle, 110 over the green, 99 to the middle and 90 to the front - I hit a 58 degree every time assuming no wind/uphill - every time I hit the green unless its a fat or skulled shot or pulled - I'm assuming a well struck shot.  Well according to top range the absolute max my 58 will go is 79. LOL so I've either been lucky for 30 years AND all the yardages, sprinklers, GPS, and lasers are all wrong or just top tracer due to balls, and algorithms.  I can describe this exact scenario with any club.  PLUS last year on trackman I was fit for wedges (didn't buy it was a free fitting by Titliest) and my 50 flies 128, my 54 flies 115 and my 58 flies 102 - all max yardages - BUT top tracer shows 110, 100 and 79 LOL so again I think its amazing tech, its useful but DO NOT use it to club yardages.  You can use it to improve and understand your game though.

ADD in the MGS ball study and remember even premium balls show discrepancies of 28 yards! So a range ball going a lot shorter is definitely possible.

Its really cool playing a round.  I've played a round of 18 in 23 minutes.  I played another round of 18 in about 25 minutes LOL, I absolutely love the 'putting' part where you chip to targets and the circles are either large or small depending on how long of a 'putt' you've got.  ITs really something to go try at least once!  Whats really impressive is the leaders in top driving game - 300 yards when even though the thing is measuring short! LOL really some bashers go to just murder the ball.  I'm not short hitter but those numbers are insane.

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Not sure why anyone would want to use launch monitor technology at Top Golf since their balls are extremely limited distance and don't produce normal ball speeds due to the RFID chips inside.

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I haven't been to a range with this tech, but I know that Trackman has the same type of set-up for grass ranges and you download an app (Trackman Range) on your phone to store all of your stats/data.  However, they don't have that in my town either.

Here's a link:  https://trackmangolf.com/products/range   

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2 hours ago, jlukes said:

Not sure why anyone would want to use launch monitor technology at Top Golf since their balls are extremely limited distance and don't produce normal ball speeds due to the RFID chips inside.

Right. I wouldn’t trust anything distance wise from top golf. Also not bringing my clubs there other than maybe wedges if I was going with golfing buddies for some winter practice 

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The range I usually practice at has top tracer.  I use it  as a solid training aid to my work. great for getting a fairly solid knowledge of distance, loft and accuracy. I do have to add about 10 yards to distance due to the realty of using range balls

I use it every 6wks or so. The visual tracer after each shots tells me a lot.

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