As a follow up to this i’ve emailed Arccos and requested some new sensors yesterday as they’re still under the 2 year warranty, so hopefully they’ll send me some out soon.
@MJTortella - Thanks for taking the time to write such a long reply. I understand all the points you’ve made, and am following the same pattern of trying to keep doubles off my scorecard more than anything else. I’ve also been trying to follow the percentage play but not always, sometimes i still want to hit driver rather than a 6 iron because in my mind i’m thinking “What if the 6 iron messes up anyway?”. It’s a constant battle, at least until i have a very reliable shot for each club. What you say sounds a lot like the Decade system which everyone seems to rave about. I might try doing the whole round of 18 holes at the range though mate, havent tried that before. Cheers
@Fraser - Yes, i have been picking my target for the green a bit more conservatively lately, usually the centre. But it feels like i’ve always got more to do on each green now haha. My short game is the only stat on Arccos that tells me i’m the same or slightly better than a scratch handicap. Whereas my putting is currently -4.3, only worse than my Approach of -6.2. To be honest my wedge game has gone downhill a lot lately from 75-120 yards, and practicing off a mat doesnt help as much as grass would. I do use Arccos on my phone as well as the range finder, this gives me the yardages for the front and back of the greens if the range finder doesnt pick it up. I need to eliminate 3 putts but currently averaging 32.6 a round, so not really bad but could be better. Maybe once i’ve improved my wedges i’ll improve my GIR’s, and in the meantime also practice putting. Thanks for the points made.
@Tlambros - Yeah i hear you, the $155 annual fee is seeming like too much compared to others. My current subscription runs until November so will be checking out others and swap if needed. I do like Arccos and to look at the stats, but really feel like i don’t know how to make the most of them still. Need to pull my finger out between now and November.
@Todd - Thanks for the vote on Shotscope, good to hear some real feedback. Will be giving it a go around October time, cheers.
At this time of writing Arccos is telling me to work on Approach, Putting and Driving in that order.
Approach and Putting definitely need work, especially approaches from 100-175 yds from the fairway. I can work on both pretty easily, apart from having to use mats at the driving ranges here.
Driving is a bit different. The stats seem a bit off because it says i’m losing -1.1 for distance, -0.9 for accuracy and -1.7 for penalties. The accuracy and penalties i can understand, but the distance bit bothers me.
It says my average distance is 226 yds off the tee for par 4 and 5’s for the last 50 rounds, whereas a scratch is averaging 256 yds. This bothers me because my average driver distance is 267 yards but i can’t use it on every par 4 or 5 because of tee box position, water hazards or too small a target to make any sense hitting it for some holes at my local courses. I’m sure Arccos must get their data from courses where a driver can be hit on nearly every hole, but who knows.
This month i’ll double down on Approach and Putting practice and see if scores improve.
My goal is getting to a 5 handicap this year, I was an 8 in January. For info I started playing about 2 and a half years ago and was 32 handicap in January 2021 - but i’ve played roughly 400 rounds in 2 years, plus a lot of practice. I’d like to get to scratch but whenever i say stuff like that it puts peoples noses out of joint, so i don’t bother anymore. Saying it on here doesn’t matter too much as i don’t know anyone haha. Sorry for waffling on, hope everyone is improving their golf on here, or at least finding help and answers. Cheers