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  1. Regarding the tilting to read the display, this suggests that you're wearing polarized sunglasses while playing. Generally speaking it's smarter to wear non-polarized lenses while playing. Polarized lenses can make reading greens (or rangefinder displays) very difficult.
  2. I'm in the market for a mid-level golf watch from Garmin, and I see a few deals out there like the S42 at Wal Mart for $255. Then again, winter is settling in here and I'm probably looking at one round a month tops until spring. I may just struggle along with my Shot Scope V3 til then if there will be better deals or updated tech to be had in the spring. Would appreciate any intelligence on how these things price throughout the year and whether or not new versions are likely over the next 120 days. Thanks.
  3. me05501

    Chattanooga Golf

    At one point Luken Golf owned Eagle Bluff, Valleybrook, Battlefield, Mount Airy, Montlake and maybe one other. They were selling a monthly membership that allowed people unlimited access to all of the courses. Eagle Bluff is closed. Mt. Airy is for sale. Montlake and Valleybrook are probably in their worst-ever condition. Only Battlefield has continued to be maintained to a decent standard.
  4. me05501

    Chattanooga Golf

    I was there about three weeks ago. It was in very good condition for a public course. There are a couple of greens where they had issues earlier this year, and you can see spots where they're still healing, but it's in very playable shape.
  5. me05501

    Chattanooga Golf

    Eagle Bluff has been closed for a while now. Several of the affordable public courses were all bought by the same non-golf investor and he's let them go to crap for the most part. It's sad.
  6. me05501

    Chattanooga Golf

    They are more aggressive than the adults and less disciplined. When they bite they’ll always discharge all of their venom where adults will often hold back.
  7. This watch is in great shape and has served me well...I'm just on the upgrade path. No issues whatsoever. Fast and accurate yardages. $75 shipped/PayPal'd in the 48 contiguous United States.
  8. I don't know if this is 100% accurate, but it seems like tapping the club tag on the little black plastic tab on the inside of the wristband indicates to the watch that you're about to use that club. It has worked for me several times.
  9. In a fundamental sense I agree with you, but there is a real value to learning while using the technology too. This is especially true with the generation raised on screens and games and Top Golf. My instructor uses both. We'll be inside the bay hitting out toward the range for a while and them move out onto the grass. I learn from both settings.
  10. I'm not the OP, but I'd probably never consider that area. Too much mountain golf, and too far from bigger cities. Sometimes you just want to use a hub airport or see an NBA game, ya know?
  11. They're selling magic, or the perception of it. As long as there are several people a week who will pay it they'll keep jacking up the rates. ***** I learned an interesting economic lesson recently when I hired a plumber for a small project. My first call was to a large plumbing contractor known in the area for commercial work. They've been around fifty years. When I called to schedule the lady said "A two-man team is $175/hour and the time starts when we leave our shop, not when we arrive at your location." That seemed sort of odd to me, so I declined the appointment and asked around for some other names. My daughter said I should call this other outfit that has a fleet of new shiny trucks and advertises a lot on social media. They charge a $69 assessment fee and then provide an estimate for the job. Sounded good! When the guy showed up in his shiny truck, all by himself, I showed him the job. We were converting the space that used to have a bathtub into a tiled shower stall. Moving water supply lines and the drain, basically. He was upstairs for a good twenty minutes cooking up an estimate. When he came down he showed me an iPad with an estimated cost of $2,400. It turns out that the shiny truck plumbers charge out every task at a set rate. Move one water supply line = $275. We had two. Move a drain line = $500. Parts and materials were cost plus 200% or thereabouts. They wanted $300 for five feet of copper pipe. None of it made any sense to me. It was clearly a pricing system designed to take advantage of people who didn't know what things should cost. I sent the guy packing. He tried to offer a $500 discount but I didn't want anything to do with that outfit. I called the original commercial plumbing firm. They sent out a two-man crew within a few days and they knocked out the work in a few hours. My total cost was under $450 for time and materials. The shiny truck plumbers use the same model as those notable online pros. Charge what people will pay, and don't worry over the people who aren't willing to pay the price. The old line plumbers are like your club pro. They charge a reasonable rate and hope to get repeat business.
  12. Rain gloves are like magic. Can't believe I waited so long to get a pair, but I've used them a handful of times over the last year and they are a lifesaver. Also nice for those colder days when having a glove on both hands saves a lot of discomfort.
  13. me05501

    Chattanooga Golf

    Enjoy, it should be in primo condition! Just a word of caution: this is peak baby copperhead season. I've not seen any at McLemore but there are a lot of places I'd expect to find one. We were on the Cumberland Plateau over the weekend and saw a few laying about on the cart paths.
  14. I guess it's too early to notice any pattern of dropped shots. Forgetting to use Pin Collect probably accounts for several lost shots per round. I was definitely not capturing drops from OB or hazards. I was on unfamiliar courses over the weekend so there were more of those than usual. Obviously there's no way for the watch to automatically catch a drop, but I'm not crazy about the idea of manually entering it when I'm already hot and probably slowing down the foursome after finding the wrong side of the stakes. Maybe I can tie that process to an intention of putting the poor shot behind me and focusing on the next one. I do check to see that the watch has recognized the club I'm about to swing. It's been quite reliable on that front. I have until 10/31 to return the device so I'll continue to use it through the month and come to some conclusion. I love the idea of having a lot of data on each club and each facet of my game, but that's only going to happen if I accurately edit and save each round. A playing partner uses his Garmin watch with their app to record each club hit manually vs. automatically. That seems less than ideal to me as well, but he is in a groove with it and doesn't mind at all.
  15. Something like 75% of the US economy is driven by consumer spending. Golf OEM’s are equal parts R&D and marketing companies. They’re good at it!
  16. I think so too, but my main point is that adding a scorekeeping element to ShotScope would really help users find whatever missing strokes there may have been during a synched round. I think if you play once a week and make synching/editing your round a part of your post-round routine it is probably not an issue. This weekend I played four different courses over four days, and trying to edit those rounds on Tuesday morning left me wanting a lot more help finding the stray shots.
  17. I wonder if our expectations of new gear cause us to swing differently, sabotaging the results. Then we go back to an old friend expecting less out of it and swing more free and relaxed and hit bombs. Maybe.
  18. Thanks! I mostly was able to forget about it. The format of the event (and the fact that the watch couldn't find one of the courses we played) meant that I didn't collect as much data as I would like to have collected. As I'm editing the rounds, I am thinking of a couple of shortcomings with this system that seem easily correctable. The watch should keep the player's score, period. If players are going to have to manually to register putts (whether manual mode or auto w/ pin collect) there should also be a quick and easy way to manually register other strokes that aren't going to be detected by the device, like penalty strokes or drops from a hazard. Lack of scoring on the device is a big reason why editing is such a pain. If the device knew the score, and it also knew what it had collected, it could assist in finding the missing strokes. It could highlight the holes where you failed to use Pin Collect, or it could suggest that maybe a penalty stroke is missing when it knows you hit your second shot near OB or water. Since it doesn't know your score, all it can provide to you is what it collected automatically, and unless you have a detailed scorecard available you're relying on your memory. I'm so used to keeping score on my watch that I rarely use a scorecard unless I'm in a money game. The allure of having a season's worth of Strokes Gained data is appealing, but if I keep using this device my two choices will be A) keeping copious on-course notes and spending fifteen minutes correcting every round, or B) not trusting the data. I'm not sure either of those appeals to me.
  19. I've used the Orange/Yellow pretty regularly for the last few months. Now that some orange and yellow leaves are starting to end up on the ground around here I'll have to shelve them for the time being.
  20. me05501

    Chattanooga Golf

    They have the "Friends of McLemore" program and maintain a spreadsheet on their website that shows the available times. They tend to be early morning or mid-afternoon through the week. Should be easy to find a place to slot in. You have to call the clubhouse to make the reservation and you have to pre-pay for your round (I think it's $150).
  21. Thanks all. I'll have four rounds with it this weekend on a guys trip so hopefully I'll get it sorted.
  22. Okay, so your routine is: - Tap the upper right button before each putt - Tap the lower right button near the hole once you've holed out? I don't remember what icon was beside my lower right button, but it looked like a zero. Maybe it's supposed to be a circle to represent the green?
  23. Gotcha. Since I was in Manual mode I never saw the Pin Collect icon on the green. I assume that I'll see it next time now that I'm in Auto mode.
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