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5 hours ago, StrokerAce said:

how long does it take to get it positioned properly?

And could you give me lessons on how to do it because I always have it aiming anywhere and everywhere other than down range.  Fortunately the video is pretty accurate to what it sees.

 

And I sure do wish I could invent that tracker golf ball.  Someday....

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Tour Exotics 3 wood is in the bag because we are allowed 14 clubs.  It's a great club for pulling balls out of the water or from bushes - you never want to put your hand into anything in Florida unless you are absolutely certain that it's safe.  There are rare wind conditions when I might hit it off the tee on a few holes that I play.  

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On 2/22/2021 at 1:02 PM, StrokerAce said:

how long does it take to get it positioned properly?

I have an iPhone 12max ... nice large screen. Once the MLM is turned on and Bluetooth paired, it’s quick. It knows my course gps location w/map, I get out of the cart first & start setting up, re-pair, orientate the hole which is just a quick swipe on the screen ... I’m doing this while everyone is jawing about the last hole or how to play the next hole or choosing a club - no real rush ... I put a tee in the ground like in a scramble & everyone drops their ball near it. That way they are pre-positioned in the screen during their shot ... or I make a very minor realignment of the camera. I stand next to the MLM and they announce their club selection, then as they visualize their shot, I make a quick club selection on screen. It’s all fast & simple. The thing to remember is that MLM records everything as if it’s only me ...  but we can see who is in the video, and we know approx where each of us landed.  I can go back to a hole later, if we all hit different clubs it’s even easier. I click on a shot to pull up the video, and if Aiden wants a copy of the shot he hit on 17, I can dm share it with him. 

Granted, if you are a slow group you might catch hell from people. But then again, if play is slow and it’s not because of your group, you have lots of time to set it up ... But it’s quicker for me to enter each person’s club selection instead of them trying to get the camera to read their club ... I have not been able to get it to recognize my black finish irons, anyway. So if your are smart and considerate of others, I don’t see how it can slow you down. I believe it’s far worse when people are not ready to putt when it’s their turn. 

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I have an iPhone 12max ... nice large screen. Once the MLM is turned on and Bluetooth paired, it’s quick. It knows my course gps location w/map, I get out of the cart first & start setting up, re-pair, orientate the hole which is just a quick swipe on the screen ... I’m doing this while everyone is jawing about the last hole or how to play the next hole or choosing a club - no real rush ... I put a tee in the ground like in a scramble & everyone drops their ball near it. That way they are pre-positioned in the screen during their shot ... or I make a very minor realignment of the camera. I stand next to the MLM and they announce their club selection, then as they visualize their shot, I make a quick club selection on screen. It’s all fast & simple. The thing to remember is that MLM records everything as if it’s only me ...  but we can see who is in the video, and we know approx where each of us landed.  I can go back to a hole later, if we all hit different clubs it’s even easier. I click on a shot to pull up the video, and if Aiden wants a copy of the shot he hit on 17, I can dm share it with him. 

Granted, if you are a slow group you might catch hell from people. But then again, if play is slow and it’s not because of your group, you have lots of time to set it up ... But it’s quicker for me to enter each person’s club selection instead of them trying to get the camera to read their club ... I have not been able to get it to recognize my black finish irons, anyway. So if your are smart and considerate of others, I don’t see how it can slow you down. I believe it’s far worse when people are not ready to putt when it’s their turn. 



That’s pretty cool -

I think I’ll stick to focusing on keeping the ball in plain sight on par 3’s though. I can’t get mine properly oriented on the range. It would become a real laugh riot were I to try and use it on the course like this. It would probably have all of us on a neighboring lanai. :)


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Tour Exotics 3 wood is in the bag because we are allowed 14 clubs.  It's a great club for pulling balls out of the water or from bushes - you never want to put your hand into anything in Florida unless you are absolutely certain that it's safe.  There are rare wind conditions when I might hit it off the tee on a few holes that I play.  

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Just wanted to update. I'm continuing to use the Rapsodo. I have been working on Monte Scheinblum's No Turn Cast video. Has been working very well for me. The MLM is helpful to tag the video with how the shot was, so when I come home I can compare what was a good swing and see if can see trends.

When I was doing the testing, my driver swing was horrible. I'm still working on it, but after a lesson and Monte's information go along with it, I'm trying to get more upright on my takeaway and get my arms moving in front of my chest more.

I was able to see getting my right arm behind and stuck on this swing from couple weeks ago

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Working on my cues for range session today.  Worked through my wedges first

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And slow 8 iron

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Then driver. Wasn't doing well

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Then with the real time video, I noticed I am very hunched over at address. Moved to more upright feeling (felt like standing up)

 

Definitely MLM is powerful, but finding more uses for it 

 

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Does anyone know how the ball you use reflects the rapsodo data? I know one local range uses lower flight balls (10% less distance, so they say) so if I hit those would the MLM show the real distance or the reduced distance the ball is actually flying? 

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Just picked up a used Rapsodo MLM yesterday from a friend.  Looking forward to getting it set-up and using it for range sessions with my wedges.

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Does anyone know how the ball you use reflects the rapsodo data? I know one local range uses lower flight balls (10% less distance, so they say) so if I hit those would the MLM show the real distance or the reduced distance the ball is actually flying? 


My educated guess is that you won’t get accurate numbers. Reduced distance cones from reduced ball speed - you’ll get an accurate reflection of what’s happening with the reduced balls


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Tour Exotics 3 wood is in the bag because we are allowed 14 clubs.  It's a great club for pulling balls out of the water or from bushes - you never want to put your hand into anything in Florida unless you are absolutely certain that it's safe.  There are rare wind conditions when I might hit it off the tee on a few holes that I play.  

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55 minutes ago, revkev said:

 


My educated guess is that you won’t get accurate numbers. Reduced distance cones from reduced ball speed - you’ll get an accurate reflection of what’s happening with the reduced balls


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Kind of what I was seeing at the range, the distance shown on rapsodo was about what ball was flying

 

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Irons:     :titelist-small: 718 AP1 (4-PW) AMT Red Stiff Shafts 

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Hoping that Rapsodo Support reads these posts.

Just purchased new Rapsodo launch monitor.  It arrived and is charged.   I have the app on my iphone.   I cannot open the app which is a requirement to actually use the launch monitor.   Rapsodo app doesn't recognize registration info,..username and password which has been confirmed email by Rapsodo.  I can logon to Rapsodo page and use my new account.   However,  the app doesn't recognize any of this info and thus will not allow me to open the app and pair the device with my phone.   So I'm dead in the water.   As to SUPPORT from Rapsodo........NON EXISTENT SO FAR AFTER 2 DAYS.   I've tried to create another account on the app but unsuccessful.....it doesn't recognize the email address which Rapsodo has confirmed!!  (??))   My next step is to call my credit card company and cancel/dispute the charge.   Maybe then I'll get some support from Rapsodo......timely and meaningful support.

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Okay just an important word here. I had a TMag wood fitting at our club today.  While warming up I threw the rapsodo down and recorded a few drivers and 5 woods - I felt like I was a bit off - more than a little tired after a poor night’s sleep and lots of days in a row with no day off.

 

At any rate my carry distance was down with both clubs - didn’t have time to check SS or other data.

On to the fitting - tried a few different 3 wood shaft, head settings and couldn’t get much of anything,

 

My 3 5 woods carried 177, 190 and 185 the last 2 being 295 with the run out according to track man - no 3 wood shot reached that.

 

Driver fitting was so easy - when the first adjustment the guy makes gives you shot after shot looking the same two with zero dispersion all between 225 and 235 (very good for me) 14 degree launch, 90 mph SS, 2800 spin rate, can’t get a better fit.

 

Actually the average SS was 89.77 

 

When I checked my average from the earlier Rapsodo shots it was  90 mph.

 

Thats 3 mph off my normal BTW but it was consistent between the two devices including the launch angel - it was just under 14 on the rapsodo.

 

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When I talked to Rapsodo I was told most accurate results required fairly new golf balls. Not good found balls or even 6 month old shag balls used daily. 

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Picked up a Rapsodo last week.  I've taken it out to the range several times already but I've been frustrated by the numbers I've been getting.  They seemed to be registering well under my usual distance.  So today I picked out a yardage sign that was placed on the range, took a reading with my laser scope to get the exact distance, and then proceeded to choose a club that would carry to that sign.  There was about a 15 yard discrepancy between the laser reading and what the Rapsodo was telling me.  I know that they say that there is no need for a calibration-- that it's extremely accurate right out of the box.... but I'm not so sure.  And I have no idea how to manually calibrate it (if it's possible or even if I should!)   Any thoughts???  

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On 6/4/2021 at 10:27 PM, Calypso55 said:

Picked up a Rapsodo last week.  I've taken it out to the range several times already but I've been frustrated by the numbers I've been getting.  They seemed to be registering well under my usual distance.  So today I picked out a yardage sign that was placed on the range, took a reading with my laser scope to get the exact distance, and then proceeded to choose a club that would carry to that sign.  There was about a 15 yard discrepancy between the laser reading and what the Rapsodo was telling me.  I know that they say that there is no need for a calibration-- that it's extremely accurate right out of the box.... but I'm not so sure.  And I have no idea how to manually calibrate it (if it's possible or even if I should!)   Any thoughts???  

Welcome back my friend - could you have it on meters rather than yards? 

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Tour Exotics 3 wood is in the bag because we are allowed 14 clubs.  It's a great club for pulling balls out of the water or from bushes - you never want to put your hand into anything in Florida unless you are absolutely certain that it's safe.  There are rare wind conditions when I might hit it off the tee on a few holes that I play.  

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On the topic of using range balls with the Mevo … someone mentioned range ball distances were only off by 10% … there are a variety of qualities in range balls offered & can vary from 10-25% off compared to new brand name balls. And those figures usually are how manufacturers claim their new range balls will perform. I’m in a rural location & both the public & my club’s private range do not have new range balls. I think our club buys new balls every 5 years, tosses the cut ones & then mixes the old with the new … I bet the public range does same. So I might be hitting 5-10-15 yr old balls. And then consider how often those balls get hit per week. I don’t want to flog a dead golf cart here, but when I told Mevo tech support that I thought my unit’s distances were off by 20 yards, they blamed it on the age of my balls. They told me to go back & hit brand new balls … not 6 month old balls used for several rounds, but brand new balls. And it made a difference … not the full 20 yds I thought I was off. But def 10-15 yards better than 1-2 yr old brand name balls. Now that’s a Mevo yardage, not actual yardage. Has anyone at Golf Spy done a test to determine how balls age? Am I losing 10-15 yards if I don’t use a brand new ball Saturday morning in a $10 Nassau?

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On 7/11/2021 at 11:55 AM, B_R_A_D_Y said:

On the topic of using range balls with the Mevo … someone mentioned range ball distances were only off by 10% … there are a variety of qualities in range balls offered & can vary from 10-25% off compared to new brand name balls. And those figures usually are how manufacturers claim their new range balls will perform. I’m in a rural location & both the public & my club’s private range do not have new range balls. I think our club buys new balls every 5 years, tosses the cut ones & then mixes the old with the new … I bet the public range does same. So I might be hitting 5-10-15 yr old balls. And then consider how often those balls get hit per week. I don’t want to flog a dead golf cart here, but when I told Mevo tech support that I thought my unit’s distances were off by 20 yards, they blamed it on the age of my balls. They told me to go back & hit brand new balls … not 6 month old balls used for several rounds, but brand new balls. And it made a difference … not the full 20 yds I thought I was off. But def 10-15 yards better than 1-2 yr old brand name balls. Now that’s a Mevo yardage, not actual yardage. Has anyone at Golf Spy done a test to determine how balls age? Am I losing 10-15 yards if I don’t use a brand new ball Saturday morning in a $10 Nassau?

MGS is live streaming the ball test this week, including refurbished Pro V's. So far looks like 3MPH less ball speed which could cost you 5+ yards of distance. 

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Hey guys - I wanted to revisit this test and ask a question of the testers. @Mtbryant01 @revkev @Rchang @StrokerAce

Are you still using this product? If so, how often or frequently do you use it? 

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23 minutes ago, TBS said:

Hey guys - I wanted to revisit this test and ask a question of the testers. @Mtbryant01 @revkev @Rchang @StrokerAce

Are you still using this product? If so, how often or frequently do you use it? 

I'm not an official tester in this group but have tagged along because I am a rapsodo user.  I continue to use mine nearly every time that I go to the range and of late when I'm using the Spornia hitting net that I'm testing in the backyard.  I'm considering springing for the premium content next year given the additional data that will be available through it.  I've been using mine for a year and a half or so - I find it extremely helpful for gapping and also to make sure I'm consistent with swing speed and dispersion.  

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Tour Exotics 3 wood is in the bag because we are allowed 14 clubs.  It's a great club for pulling balls out of the water or from bushes - you never want to put your hand into anything in Florida unless you are absolutely certain that it's safe.  There are rare wind conditions when I might hit it off the tee on a few holes that I play.  

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When I am working on swing mechanics, I don’t use it. Because he marks your yardages, I don’t want to muddy up the waters. And I want to focus on the swing feel as opposed to with the ball is doing at the moment. I find it helpful to do my gapping especially with half and three-quarter wedges. That really helped my last couple rounds.

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