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First Look: Arccos Golf Performance Tracking System

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, August 12th, 2016
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You thought I was kidding when I mentioned the possibility of using three shot trackers at the same time during my golf this weekend.  Well here’s the first look at the Arccos system.

Arccos-package

Arccos is a real-time golf performance tracking system. It delivers advanced GPS distances, automatic shot tracking and a shot analysis platform to measure and evaluate each shot.  Knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses though a device like this can really help from a game management standpoint, as well as giving the player information on what needs to be worked on.

I’m looking forward to testing out this unit.  I’ve heard a lot about it. I’m sure this unit will provide me a lot of information regarding what I can work on, since well, the granny over the top dual chicken wing swing has some weaknesses.

Stay tuned for my review soon.


First Look: TLink Golf GPS/Pedometer and Special HOG Discount!

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
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This is interesting.  There are many GPS units on the market.  I’ve reviewed a ton of them.  Some are stand alone and some are watches.  Most are bulky and expensive.  The TLink (pictured below) is neither bulky or expensive.

TLink_box

The TLink unit saves space by utilizing the GPS in one’s smartphone. The unit can be worn as a watch with the included band, or clamped onto a belt or pocket via the included clip.  TLink connects via bluetooth to an Android phone or iPhone and uses the phone’s GPS location for yardages, front, back and middle. TLink comes with 30,000 courses built in.  You can see if your course of choice is on the list here.

The unit also is a pedometer, like a FitBit.  It will track your steps (hopefully walking the golf course), distance walked, and calories burned.  It will even keep the records for later comparison.  So you can see how you did on your home course versus last week’s round. I wish I would have had this when I was in Scotland a couple of weeks ago.

The app is free with the unit, for yardages and pedometer functions.  An extra in-app purchase can open up a full statistics capability in the unit (pictured below).  Users can track scoring, fairways, putting, driving accuracy and so forth:

TLink_stats

The folks at T-Link reached out to me to do a product review.  That’s now in process.  They also asked if I would like to offer a discount to HOG readers.  Well, of course.  I’d love to reward HOG readers with a deal whenever possible.  Follow this link to the TLink web store and use the discount coupon code hooked at checkout to knock the price down from $99 to $89.

I’m charging up my unit for the first time.  I’ll be doing my first round of testing this week.  Stay tuned.


First Look: Zepp Motion Sensor

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
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I have a lot of testing to do. Added to the list is the Zepp motion sensor. This is a device which attaches to the golfer’s glove and sends data to the player’s smartphone or tablet. The very valuable is then shown to the user to help improve his/her swing, and even compare swings with pros like Keegan Bradley. I know better than to compare my swing with Keegan though. I’m trying to match is pre-shot routine…

Zepp_1

Awesome glove sold separately

Here’s a list of the data collected for golfers by this interesting unit:

  • Speed (not sure what speed this is yet, probably club head speed)
  • Tempo
  • Club plane
  • Hand path
  • Backswing position
  • Hip rotation
  • More

Zepp_3

Stay tuned for my full review soon, after I’ve had a chance to put the Zepp though the rigorous HOG test battery.


Father’s Day Golf Gadget Guide

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
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There are not too many people who know as much about golf gadgets as yours truly.  In fact, I know too much.  That’s a discussion for another day.

Today I’m happy to post a golf blog on the best Father’s Day golf gadgets.  The gadgets below have all been reviewed here on Hooked On Golf Blog.  You can click the link to read the full review or the link to buy one directly.  I try to make it easy for you.

Bushnell TourX Golf Laser Rangefinder

High End Golf Laser Rangefinder – $464

Bushnell TourX First Look (have not reviewed it yet) | Buy Now

Though I have not posted my review yet, I can tell you this is one badass golf laser.  Quickest and most accurate unit I’ve tested to date.  The price is a bit steep, but this is a quality piece.

ScoreBand Laser Rangefinder - click to buyBudget Golf Laser Rangefinder – $172

ScoreBand PULSE Laser Rangefinder Review | Buy Now

The most reasonably priced, accurate laser I’ve tested.  A great deal for dad (or mom, or son, or sister, or priest, or rabbi).

3Bays GSA Putt

Putting Analyzer for iOS or Android – $199

3Bays Golf Swing Putting Analyzer Review | Buy Now

User your smartphone or tablet with this device to hone your putting skills.

Bushnell NEO Golf GPSPocket Golf GPS – $99 (no-brainer)

Bushnell NEO Golf GPS Review | Buy Now

This golf GPS goes in one’s pocket, or on one’s belt.  Super light. Clear display. Easy to use.  Great for senior golfers.

Rukket_Chipping_Net_6Golf Practice Chipping Net – $34.99

Rukket Sports Chipping Practice Net Review | Buy Now

This chipping net can be used indoors or out.  Less than $35?  Money well spent.

GameGolf_01Game Golf Score/Shot Tracking System – $199

Game Golf Review | Buy Now

Game Golf was one of Hooked On Golf Blog’s 2014 products of the year. It is an awesome system that tracks every shot and lets you analyze on your computer at home.  Shots are plotted over a map and every club distance is measured.  Many more cool features included.  Very cool golf gadget!

Swing Caddie SC100 Golf Launch MonitorPersonal Golf Launch Monitor – $198

Swing Caddie Personal Golf Launch Monitor Review | Buy Now

Another one of the best products of 2014.  This unit shows golf club head speed and all sorts of other great golf launch characteristics.  Great for practice and club testing.

Frogger Golf Cart PonchoFrogger Golf Cart Poncho – $44

Frogger Golf Cart Poncho Review | Buy Now

Very affordable golf cart cover by Frogger.  The “poncho” is so portable it can fit inside a golf bag!


Review: 3Bays GSA Putt – iOS & Android Putting Analyzer

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, April 27th, 2015
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3Bays GSA Putt

3Bays GSA Putt Transmitter

When most amateurs practice golf, they go straight to the driving range and hit driver after driver. On a typical course one hits driver 14 times but could hit a putter 36 or more times. The quickest way to shave strokes off of one’s scores and lower the handicap is to improve putting.

In the day of apps and mobile technology there are some very cool systems on the market which can analyze golf swings and putting strokes, giving the user a wealth of very valuable information which can be used to improve one’s game and ultimately one’s enjoyment. The 3Bays GSA Putt system is one of these systems, focused entirely on the area most amateurs can improve the fastest, putting.

Features

3Bays GSA Putt is a small device which attaches to the end of the putter grip. Inside is an accelerometer which captures movement data and transmits it to a smartphone or tablet via a Bluetooth connection. In the mobile device is a very cool application which takes that putting stroke data and processes it, showing the player all sorts of great statistics. The data can be stored and compared for consistency, and even played back in real time or slow motion to give the golfer the opportunity to see what his/her putting plane or line really is.

The following statistics are tracked by the GSA Putt:

  • Tempo (including backswing, downswing, total)
  • Face angle throughout swing
  • Attack angle
  • Impact speed
  • 3D swing path (horizontal and vertical swing path shown individually)
  • Swing path distance
GSA Putt swing info window

GSA Putt swing info window

Along with the features above, the software allows the user to save swing sessions and view later. “Best swings” can be marked and are used to compare other swings for consistency.  In the image below you can see my “best swing” in blue and the current swing in white.  Fairly consistent.

GSA Putt stroke comparison

GSA Putt stroke comparison

Below is a video showing that latest stroke as shown by the application:

Setup

Setting up the unit to work with a smartphone is fairly easy.  You put the unit on the end of your putter, download the application from the Google Play Store (Android systems) or the iTunes Store (iOS systems).  Then follow some simple instructions to connect or pair-up the GSA Putt with your device.

Comments

This unit can be used even at home or the office when practicing putting on the carptet. No need to go to the golf course to work on your putting. The benefits of seeing one’s swing path and all of the individual statistics are fantastic. Many putters try to putt “stright back and straight through” but I do not. I use more of a Ben Crenshaw “swinging gate” stroke where the putter goes back inside the line, closes at impact, and then on the follow through goes back inside the line. You can see that swinging gate in the images and video. The problem with a stroke like that is making sure the putter face is square at impact, and you can see that I can be 1-2 degrees open at impact. That’s a push. By practicing and looking at my stroke data in the GSA Putt application, I can make sure my putts are all starting out on the proper target line.

In my opinion the most important stats tracked are the face angle and the tempo. My tempo looks good. I bring back the putter slow and accelerate through the stroke, thus the longer backswing time of .88 and shorter downswing time of .35. If those numbers were the opposite that would be very bad, as the backswing would be a quick jerk and then the putter would decelerate through the impact area, which is very bad.

Conclusion

Don’t buy a new putter to fix your putting issues or improve your putting. For the same cost of a nice new putter (under $200) you could pick up a 3Bays GSA Putt putting analyzer.


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