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#1 smgoldstein

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:40 PM

I had some time to kill this past weekend so paid a visit to the local Golf Galaxy, Golfsmith and PGA Superstore.  Swinging the same demo club the readings I got were all over the place.  My driver SS had a range of 88-102 and carry from anywhere from 245-205 and all the other pertinent data had a wide range as well. When I asked the employees how accurate the readings were they all say "Very accurate."   I will be fit soon with a fitter that has a Trackman, but what is the average guy off the streets supposed to do when he walks into one of these stores? I mean how accurate can they all be?


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:58 PM

I have a local store that has 4 launch monitors and I get different readings from all 4.  Thankfully their latest purchase was a trackman so that is the only one I trust from here on out.
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:08 PM

While I don't know the numbers at all for my drive swing, it still is clear to Jack Pearsall when he bombs one, or 50 or none.

None? - pearsall the thought!!!!
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:25 PM

Had the same thing happen recently. Freaked me out. I hit four buckets at the range the next day then went back in with my own driver and all was well in the world again.
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:29 PM

I don't know Launch Monitor, I have only tried a TrackMan. But don't be frustrated.

I can tell you - speaking of myself - the best fitting I can get is together with my coach and my caddy. Then I use my feel and my eyes (so I can see the ball flight, carry and how the ball roll out) and my common sense. I literally don't give a TrackMan anything. I know it can help you with many things, but if I know I can hit it 285 carry each time with my swing, I really don't want to get confused and lose confidence, just because a TrackMan is saying I am swinging the club "wrong" or I am using the wrong shaft.

No thank you. In the end it's all about feel and confidence on the tee, so you can hit that fairway every time.

Edited by cp1337, 26 February 2013 - 03:30 PM.


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:56 PM

Any idea which launch monitor showed those strange variances?  I hit balls at golftec in the winter and I've found their launch monitor to be quite accurate.  They use Foresight launch monitors but I'm not sure on the brand or software version...

If I hit a cut, the ball cuts.  If I take a little off, I get my expected yardage.  High balls are high.  Low balls are low.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:02 PM

Golfsmith had the Foresight monitors, the PGA Superstore had About Golf and I believe Golf Galaxy had Foresight as well.  Can't wait to get on the Trackman to compare.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:12 PM

they are junk compared to a flightscope or trackman,in no way consistent at all

Edited by spanktu, 27 February 2013 - 02:50 PM.


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:26 PM

I've used the foresight GC2 quite a bit, and it is very accurate for ball data (ball speed, launch angle, spin, etc.). But it's very easy to change the configuration to mess with the distance - there's a 'shot distance boost' setting that can be used to alter the distance. Also, I believe the club head speed info is computed based on ball speed and an assumed smash factor.
  So basically if you're comparing one club to another on the same GC2 I think it's very good. If you're comparing your distances on two different GC2 units, then you need to double check all the settings.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:29 PM

Right...if you use the same LM...could you pick the driver with the best numbers since the LM should be consistant regardless of how it's configured?


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:25 PM

definately keep to the same monitor for club comparisons and stick with the same ball....literally!!! for each test!!

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:54 PM

I really wish I could get on a trackman.  The closest one from my location is 4-5 hours away.  Very frustrating.
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:59 PM

They are not scientific instruments and the people operating them Re normally not qualified.  It seems at most stores anybody can just walk up and start hitting while pushing buttons.  It's a wonder they work at all.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:01 PM

I saw Trackman costs $20k. How much is flightscope? I need a night job. :read:
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:32 PM

View PostJack Pearsall, on 26 February 2013 - 03:08 PM, said:

While I don't know the numbers at all for my drive swing, it still is clear to Jack Pearsall when he bombs one, or 50 or none.

None? - pearsall the thought!!!!
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Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:52 AM

View Postpaul1406, on 26 February 2013 - 10:01 PM, said:

I saw Trackman costs $20k. How much is flightscope? I need a night job. :read:

Around half that...but 10K is still not easy to justify by any means.  Believe me...I have tried.
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Posted 27 February 2013 - 02:52 PM

flightscopes for all intents and purposes are just as accurate as a trackman and have alot of the same bells and whistles,just a lot more affordable

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 02:19 AM

Btw I have my own TrackMan and it works in and outdoor. Na na na na... It's soo sweet for the off season...

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 09:59 PM

If I want a computer to tell me how far I hit the ball, I'll play Tiger Woods on my PS3.




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