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#1 pants

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Posted 07 April 2016 - 08:56 AM

Hi all, 

 

I do apologise if this has been covered, just I couldn't find anything really covering what i wanted to learn. 

 

Who has used trackman for gaining information on their distances for clubs? Not for fitting, but pure distance?

 

Background for me is, I have been fitted for new irons, I've just started to them well however, I am now struggling with the distances that I hit them (example previoius clubs i would hit a PW 120m, now I find that i carry that pretty easily). Whilst there is many factors in this and I have been to range to try and work this out, I have found range balls to be very inconsistent. 

 

So is it worth it? I am currently in Melbourne (watsonia) for the next 2 months and have already spoken to Albert Park driving range and they offer trackman sessions at $200 for 90 minutes. 

 

Any advice and experiences would be greatly appreciated. 

 

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Posted 07 April 2016 - 01:38 PM

So are you asking if it is worth spending money to get your distances figured out? If so thats your call. When I got fitted I got the distances too as a fitting is about all aspects of ball flight including distances. 


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Posted 07 April 2016 - 02:29 PM

Save yourself $200 and just drop down a club.

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Posted 07 April 2016 - 02:55 PM

Go and play a practice 9 or 18 holes somewhere when it's quiet, and set yourself up at one of the 150m or 200m markers.

 

Hit some balls with a couple of different irons, eg, hit over the back of the green, to the back of the green, middle of the green, front of green and just, see where they land etc.

 

Do the same at a 100m marker with your shorter clubs wedges etc.

 

Factor in the wind conditions at the time, then you should have a good guide. If you've got a rangefinder even better, just hit balls and scope them once they stop moving.

 

For the price of 9 or 18 holes, you'll have you're numbers sorted out. :D


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Posted 07 April 2016 - 07:54 PM

So are you asking if it is worth spending money to get your distances figured out? If so thats your call. When I got fitted I got the distances too as a fitting is about all aspects of ball flight including distances. 

 

Good point. Thanks. Did it really work the distances for you?  

 

Gpj_longdriver thanks. That's a good idea. 



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Posted 07 April 2016 - 08:09 PM

Spend the $200 on a laser rangefinder. A round or two and you'll soon know how far you usually hit each club.
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Posted 08 April 2016 - 08:02 AM

Hi all, 

 

I do apologise if this has been covered, just I couldn't find anything really covering what i wanted to learn. 

 

Who has used trackman for gaining information on their distances for clubs? Not for fitting, but pure distance?

 

Background for me is, I have been fitted for new irons, I've just started to them well however, I am now struggling with the distances that I hit them (example previoius clubs i would hit a PW 120m, now I find that i carry that pretty easily). Whilst there is many factors in this and I have been to range to try and work this out, I have found range balls to be very inconsistent. 

 

So is it worth it? I am currently in Melbourne (watsonia) for the next 2 months and have already spoken to Albert Park driving range and they offer trackman sessions at $200 for 90 minutes. 

 

Any advice and experiences would be greatly appreciated. 

 

Thanks

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Trackman is useful for establishing differences between clubs like a driver, because it can measure ball flight spin rates, and can see differences between shaft performance using same head. So ideally you should have used trackman during buying selection process,

 

if want to measure differences in distance between clubs a cheaper option go to one of the Golf simulator centres like X golf in Malvern or Golf tech in Melbourne CBD.

there you can hit 10 balls with each club and record spin and distances with each club.

 

But the distances and spin rates are accurate for the balls in the shop . If chance ball type or its windy or RH in air is high this will also effect distance.

 so its a guide at best.

 

Knowing distances on trackman is only good if you record worst distance and best distance with each iron, and work out middle distance with an OK swing. then during a round always club your approach for mid distance achieved not with your best swing.

 

 you mention getting a difference in distance between your new PW and old clubs. This is because with new clubs the PW is same lofts as your old 8 or 9 iron,just has a PW stamped on base, so you get the wow factor when hit PW further.


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Posted 08 April 2016 - 12:39 PM

Hi all, 

 

I do apologise if this has been covered, just I couldn't find anything really covering what i wanted to learn. 

 

Who has used trackman for gaining information on their distances for clubs? Not for fitting, but pure distance?

 

Background for me is, I have been fitted for new irons, I've just started to them well however, I am now struggling with the distances that I hit them (example previoius clubs i would hit a PW 120m, now I find that i carry that pretty easily). Whilst there is many factors in this and I have been to range to try and work this out, I have found range balls to be very inconsistent. 

 

So is it worth it? I am currently in Melbourne (watsonia) for the next 2 months and have already spoken to Albert Park driving range and they offer trackman sessions at $200 for 90 minutes. 

 

Any advice and experiences would be greatly appreciated. 

 

Thanks

 

Aside from costs, i think a negative of the albert park option is that you will have to use range balls. Although I am sure TM have been re-calibrated, the condition of the range balls will be quite varied, impacting on the figures you get.

 

You do have options, as mentioned by a few already.

1. Call Pureform. But instead of a fitting, ask them if you can use it for yardage calculations. I would think that if the studio isnt being used, they wouldn't mind it  (for a fee).

 

2. Get to the Melbourne Golf Academy (MGA) driving range with a laser rangefinder. The golf balls there are better than most offerings and are not the yellow distance limited range balls. Distance wise, they are close to your regular golf ball. At the range, you might not get ALL the distance markers you want, but you can extrapolate from the ones they do have. ie. If you only have numbers for a full PW and 7iron and 5iron, you can guess what the clubs in between will be (assuming consistent lofts.)

 

3. Gamegolf (or similar GPS shot tracking devices). Simply put, you can tag each shot to measure your club distances in a round. After a few rounds, you get a median figure to your actual distances. The negative of this is that it can't account for a windy day or whether you duff/skinny/shank the shot.

 

Personally, i think the first option is the most ideal. Assuming you are a fairly consistent ball striker, the figures you get at the TM sessions are your 'ideal condition' numbers. If its windy, or raining etc, you know how much you need to compensate for the changing conditions.


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Posted 08 April 2016 - 08:52 PM

Thanks heaps guys. I will give pureform a call and will also check out the simulators if they can't help out much.

Appreciate the feedback

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Posted 08 April 2016 - 10:09 PM

If your going to go all the way to Pureform give Igor a call from 24/7 golf.

They have the latest Trackman 4 (last time I was at pureform they had TM3)

Its membership based but hes a ripping guy im sure he'll work something out for you
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Posted 19 April 2016 - 02:41 PM

My coach does a cheap deal for checking distances, particularly of irons.  Then he does it up in a little laminated sheet to put on your golf bag.  It is pretty popular with some people.  I have done a similar check with my wedges and short irons, but just in the course of an ordinary lesson.


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Posted 19 April 2016 - 03:34 PM

Go and play a practice 9 or 18 holes somewhere when it's quiet, and set yourself up at one of the 150m or 200m markers.

 

Hit some balls with a couple of different irons, eg, hit over the back of the green, to the back of the green, middle of the green, front of green and just, see where they land etc.

 

Do the same at a 100m marker with your shorter clubs wedges etc.

 

Factor in the wind conditions at the time, then you should have a good guide. If you've got a rangefinder even better, just hit balls and scope them once they stop moving.

 

For the price of 9 or 18 holes, you'll have you're numbers sorted out. :D

 

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Posted 20 April 2016 - 07:37 AM

GCO in CBD has partnered with Golftec and have now moved into the store. They are installing trackmans soon (they are waiting on backorder so I have been told..) so you could go in and use theirs with your own balls if you wanted.

I can't remember the exact prices but I remember thinking it was on the cheaper side for usage and time. Something like $20.
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Posted 21 April 2016 - 10:49 AM

Thanks Joe. Called up GCO just a few moments ago to see if they have a better idea when the trackman is expected to arrive, one of the golftec guys told me that 247 golf (http://www.247-golf.com/) has trackman simulators. For those in Melbourne, that might be a convenient alternative.


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Posted 21 April 2016 - 08:08 PM

Thanks Joe. Called up GCO just a few moments ago to see if they have a better idea when the trackman is expected to arrive, one of the golftec guys told me that 247 golf (http://www.247-golf.com/) has trackman simulators. For those in Melbourne, that might be a convenient alternative.


Ahem i did mention that a couple of weeks ago :)
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