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  • Ryan5508Ryan5508 Members Posts: 564 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have the opposite vs my gc2.
    Distance is very close but ball speed is extremely slow. For me it happened after updating to 2.61.

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  • pilot25pilot25 Members Posts: 124 ✭✭✭

    Carry distance numbers, using the radar function, are only accurate to +/- 5 yards. The ball speed and club head speed numbers, I have found, are accurate to +/- 2 mph. I referenced it to a trackman and those numbers are very very close. The distance function is an algorithm Garmin programmed to "guess" based on the ball and club head speeds. Its nice to have but if you put a lot of weight on the distance then you will be disappointed. If you know your normal club head speed and you do whatever to try and increase it you will be very happy with the device.

  • KennybgKennybg Members Posts: 8 ✭✭

    A couple of months ago I had a G80 unit that randomly shut down, which I had replaced. My replacement unit with firmware 2.60 didn't shut down but randomly displayed 'Continue/Exit' when using the warm-up. This happened quite often and meant I had to keep pressing 'Continue' to carry on with the session. I then tried the beta software again, which as well as the 'Continue/Exit' issue, also reintroduced the shutdowns on the new unit! I did subsequently find that moving it off the range mat minimised the shut downs so it may have been vibration related. I emailed Luke from Garmin but got no response. I didn't get another replacement either as it was better than the previous unit and appeared to be related to the beta software.

    Anyway, today at the range the firmware updated to 2.70 so there is no longer beta software on it. The good news is there were no shutdowns, less good is that it still has 'Continue/Exit' randomly display when using the warm-up. It's the work of a second or two to reset it so I'm not too bothered and apart from this minor issue I find it a great device. I wondered however if anyone else has found this behavior on their G80 and if there is anything that can be done to stop it?

  • HiTrajLoSpinHiTrajLoSpin East TennesseeMembers Posts: 86 ✭✭✭

    @Kennybg, I'm still using firmware v2.61; my unit also has 'Continue/Exit' randomly displayed when using the Warm-up option, but I've had no problem with random shutdowns.

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  • smasma Members Posts: 37 ✭✭

    is it possible that the screen thinks you touched it when in fact it was only grass/dirt from the divot?

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  • KennybgKennybg Members Posts: 8 ✭✭

    HiTrajLoSpin: Thanks for confirming that I'm not the only one seeing 'Continue/Exit' randomly displayed. There is no pattern to it. It's a bit odd but only a minor inconvenience. The random shutdowns I'm hoping were connected to the beta software and are now (hopefully!) no longer a problem.
    Sma: I was hitting off mats so no grass/dirt.

  • puresurfrpuresurfr Members Posts: 2,008 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I have the same continue exit issue when a ball accidentally bumps into the unit, I place the unit in the ball tray instead of on the mat and occasionally a ball will roll and bump into the unit, not matter how light the bump, the machine will display continue exit.

  • Jimmy2ballsJimmy2balls Members Posts: 21 ✭✭

    I’ve noticed mine doing it too. However it only seems to happen when I pick it up.

  • KennybgKennybg Members Posts: 8 ✭✭

    @Jimmy2balls said:
    I’ve noticed mine doing it too. However it only seems to happen when I pick it up.

    I went to the range today and unlike the last session, the only time 'Continue/Exit' appeared was when I picked it up at the end. It was colder today so maybe temperature is an issue. It's a quirk but not one one I'm going to worry about.

    The main benefit is it really helps with distances which are on the whole pretty accurate. I hit the 100 yard flag with a wedge today and the unit displayed 98 yards. It is also very easy to use. I can set it down and then not touch it again (subject to 'Continue/Exit' not appearing!). The tempo and club/ball speed figures are also very useful to know, which display at the same time as distance.

  • pilot25pilot25 Members Posts: 124 ✭✭✭

    How are you guys storing this for the winter? Battery depleted, full battery, half battery?

  • St JimmySt Jimmy Members Posts: 459 ✭✭✭✭

    @pilot25 said:
    How are you guys storing this for the winter? Battery depleted, full battery, half battery?

    I'm going to hit balls in the basement using it as a sim.

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  • HiTrajLoSpinHiTrajLoSpin East TennesseeMembers Posts: 86 ✭✭✭

    @pilot25 said:
    How are you guys storing this for the winter? Battery depleted, full battery, half battery?

    Not storing, because I play during the winter, although not as much as other seasons.

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  • pilot25pilot25 Members Posts: 124 ✭✭✭

    Great for you guys. Anyone have a suggestion for storing the device long term? I emailed Garmin to no avail. 2 responses that were clearly not from someone who speaks English because I received links to the manual which doesn't address the question.

  • Zip-in-ZZip-in-Z Z-Z's First Love - 1970 Members Posts: 845 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @pilot25 said:
    Great for you guys. Anyone have a suggestion for storing the device long term? I emailed Garmin to no avail. 2 responses that were clearly not from someone who speaks English because I received links to the manual which doesn't address the question.

    P25 ... I plan to fully charge mine while it sits in hibernation for a few months until I head back to Palm Springs in January. I've always fully charged & stored all of my electronics (golf watch, fishing, hunting, cameras/recorders etc.) never had an issue. It most likely would be a good idea to check your G80 after 3 months to see if the battery strength has decreased. If you find more info on the topic look forward to an update.

    Tks

    David

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  • Zip-in-ZZip-in-Z Z-Z's First Love - 1970 Members Posts: 845 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I've been really enjoying my G80 and it's GPS accuracy continues to amaze me. Today was a back nine start, after warming up at the practice green I turned the unit on and walked over to #10 T-Box, it's only 100-125 feet away from the #1 T-Box, the unit started up after a couple seconds and it opened up on the 10th hole. My Garmin S5 watch can't determine the correct t-box it always opens up on Hole #1 and you have to fiddle with it to get to #10.

    As well, I'm enjoying the "Score Card" feature, I no longer pick-up a score card in the Pro-shop and don't have to look for a pencil, end the round and save the score and Garmin Connect keeps track of all your data, if you forget to confirm an individual hole score or putts, you can easily amend the final score card on your P.C. Since early May I've recorded 33 rounds and had 2 - 74's, hoping to break par before they close our course (Central Alberta) in late October.

    Cheers

    D.

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  • pilot25pilot25 Members Posts: 124 ✭✭✭
    edited Sep 8, 2019 4:10am #227

    @Zip-in-Z said:

    @pilot25 said:
    Great for you guys. Anyone have a suggestion for storing the device long term? I emailed Garmin to no avail. 2 responses that were clearly not from someone who speaks English because I received links to the manual which doesn't address the question.

    P25 ... I plan to fully charge mine while it sits in hibernation for a few months until I head back to Palm Springs in January. I've always fully charged & stored all of my electronics (golf watch, fishing, hunting, cameras/recorders etc.) never had an issue. It most likely would be a good idea to check your G80 after 3 months to see if the battery strength has decreased. If you find more info on the topic look forward to an update.

    Tks

    David

    Digging through manuals of other devices' suggestions on storing a battery long term, I came across this study. https://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/how_to_store_batteries

    I'm almost positive the G80 has a lithium ion battery. Therefore, I'll probably use it to about 50% then put it on the shelf for the winter. I think I'm going to set a couple Google Calendar alerts each month to remind me to check it. Its far too expensive for me to be dismissive of its care.

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  • Bill BroderickBill Broderick Members Posts: 243 ✭✭✭

    @pilot25 said:

    @Zip-in-Z said:

    @pilot25 said:
    Great for you guys. Anyone have a suggestion for storing the device long term? I emailed Garmin to no avail. 2 responses that were clearly not from someone who speaks English because I received links to the manual which doesn't address the question.

    P25 ... I plan to fully charge mine while it sits in hibernation for a few months until I head back to Palm Springs in January. I've always fully charged & stored all of my electronics (golf watch, fishing, hunting, cameras/recorders etc.) never had an issue. It most likely would be a good idea to check your G80 after 3 months to see if the battery strength has decreased. If you find more info on the topic look forward to an update.

    Tks

    David

    Digging through manuals of other devices' suggestions on storing a battery long term, I came across this study. https://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/how_to_store_batteries

    I'm almost positive the G80 has a lithium ion battery. Therefore, I'll probably use it to about 50% then put it on the shelf for the winter. I think I'm going to set a couple Google Calendar alerts each month to remind me to check it. Its far too expensive for me to be dismissive of its care.

    Yes. It does have a lithuim-ion battery. Although it's probably not necessary, if you do decide to make the effort to check the battery each month, it couldn't hurt if, at the same time, you charged it and ran it back down to 50% before putting it back into storage.

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