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    I've been playing around trying to find the optimal setup for the Ernest Sports ES Tour Plus on E6 Connect for several weeks now. I've had several shots where spin wasn't recorded, several no-read shots like others have reported but I also saw some absolutely robust measurements on some swings where all the data points hit the mark. A lot of the issues are from simply being unfamiliar with the device and its idiosyncrasies and time on the practice area in E6 Connect can really help. Out of the sessions, I began to see a pattern in what swing types returned really good measurements and gave the best simulation results. All results where club data is reported in E6 proved to have the truest most lifelike flight and ball spins. They make for a better more enjoyable game. 1st rule is pretty much the word with these units, get a ball that has bold lettering in a straight line across the ball. Callaway's logo doesn't work, but Srixon does. Place the ball with the lettering facing the center of the ES16TP with the logo parallel to the ground. The rest is what I found that works for me. If you have your own system I would like to hear it. So I've attached a diagram of what I've found to be optimal ball placement for each club type. Irons-PW-SWs are placed closer to the unit than woods. For putting, I found that it helps to toe-out the unit about 2 degrees. The tee is placed exactly 8" from the units toe. In this diagram, I show the optical field as only covering half the area, when it actually covers both sides. The purpose is to maximize the overlap of radar and optical! In outdoor mode, the unit is radar only. In Indoor mode (used for Simulation) it Hybrid/Radar and Optical, with two modes of pure optical CHIP and PUTT. CHIP mode is where you may see missed reads either because the ball movement was too fast or the ball traveled in a trajectory the cameras missed. Always on tee off, be sure to read the Club selection as I've found the auto-caddy of E6 wrongly set the unit into CHIP mode.

    When putting, be aware the window for ball motion is very small and a small imperfection in your putting surface will be compounded with distance to the hole. Your ball tee should be aligned to the center of your screen about 8ft-10ft away (I found 7ft works too but I can't attest to ball speed values).

    But basically, if you can get optical and radar to overlap, you will get very consistent robust reads.

    Now on to the acoustic trigger. For the most part, this works very well unless you're prone to digging in your club a little in front of your ball which I am. First, don't do that. You really don't want to do that anyway. But I thought I would test how sensitive it is. It does vary according to the type of clubs you use. Putting it's very very sensitive and just talking, popping open a can of beer will set it off. Other clubs like a driver require a really good bang to go off. What I couldn't understand was why my 3 wood would no read if I hit off-the-dirt a little too dirty. Well, I put an acoustic spectrum analyzer on my mat and if I just brushed the mat with my club, it looked almost like the sound pattern from a ball strike! This is from an Ultimat2 ("holds a tee") mat. Mats like mine are scratchy and noisy and a hit on them can mimic the signal of club impact. To my ears, it sounds completely different, but to a computer not much diff at all. So do what you should be doing and learn not to hit fat and just chalk this one up as a quirk of the device. If ES ever decides to take the ES2020 to the pricing realm of the hobbyist, its trigger is purely optical ball motion and has much faster cameras and should give everyone far fewer issues.
    Last edited by Chuck; 10-30-2020, 11:58 PM.
    Courses Created: Cresent Hill KY (L)
    Cherokee Park KY (L) 9

  • #16
    After using it a lot more and following your guidelines, I'm finding driver placement to be the most finicky. I am not sure what I'm doing wrong, but it really is picky with my driver.

    The most disappointing thing is that 8 out of 10 times my driver swing speed is 104-109 or so, but every 2 out of 10 I'm really flowing with the swing and know I pass 110 - and I can't get the reading. The guys at Ernest told me to position the ball logo instead of facing noon, facing 12:30, and I think that's helped, but I have never seen my device read 110 MPH on the digital screen, and I know I have swung faster than some of my 109's.

    When i do hit that max speed (for me), it is a no-read. I am not expecting perfection, and the ES guys tell me it can read up to 140 mph so I'm not against the notion that it's me and my placement, but to your point, Chuck, I wish they'd produce a better documentation or video. My guess is, it's not an exact science...
    My Published Course:
    Green Harbor (L) - MA, Marshfield, MA
    Stow Acres North (L) - MA, Stow MA

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    • #17
      Originally posted by nickfisher47 View Post
      After using it a lot more and following your guidelines, I'm finding driver placement to be the most finicky. I am not sure what I'm doing wrong, but it really is picky with my driver.

      The most disappointing thing is that 8 out of 10 times my driver swing speed is 104-109 or so, but every 2 out of 10 I'm really flowing with the swing and know I pass 110 - and I can't get the reading. The guys at Ernest told me to position the ball logo instead of facing noon, facing 12:30, and I think that's helped, but I have never seen my device read 110 MPH on the digital screen, and I know I have swung faster than some of my 109's.

      When i do hit that max speed (for me), it is a no-read. I am not expecting perfection, and the ES guys tell me it can read up to 140 mph so I'm not against the notion that it's me and my placement, but to your point, Chuck, I wish they'd produce a better documentation or video. My guess is, it's not an exact science...
      Try moving the tee to about 8" to 9" out for the LM foot. I found that gives me the best results with driver nearly 10 of 10. That and having a bold non-curvey logo facing the LM foot. But to your point, it is finicky in the Radar/Optical modes as it needs both to give a good sim result. But what do I know, I barely hit 95 mph on a good swing. What do you carry, 360 or something?
      Courses Created: Cresent Hill KY (L)
      Cherokee Park KY (L) 9

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      • #18
        If I get 110, and if I can get my smash factor above 1.4, it usually carries about 270 for me. Now, the tricky part is I have bravery and boldness in a sim but once I get on a course I"m so terrified of losing a ball for some reason that my swing is entirely different and I'm lucky to hit it 240 on a real course. I am not entirely sure the sim is good for my real life game.

        But thanks for the great advice, I'll try 8" to 9" and see how it works!
        My Published Course:
        Green Harbor (L) - MA, Marshfield, MA
        Stow Acres North (L) - MA, Stow MA

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Chuck View Post
          I've been playing around trying to find the optimal setup for the Ernest Sports ES Tour Plus on E6 Connect for several weeks now. I've had several shots where spin wasn't recorded, several no-read shots like others have reported but I also saw some absolutely robust measurements on some swings where all the data points hit the mark. A lot of the issues are from simply being unfamiliar with the device and its idiosyncrasies and time on the practice area in E6 Connect can really help. Out of the sessions, I began to see a pattern in what swing types returned really good measurements and gave the best simulation results. All results where club data is reported in E6 proved to have the truest most lifelike flight and ball spins. They make for a better more enjoyable game. 1st rule is pretty much the word with these units, get a ball that has bold lettering in a straight line across the ball. Callaway's logo doesn't work, but Srixon does. Place the ball with the lettering facing the center of the ES16TP with the logo parallel to the ground. The rest is what I found that works for me. If you have your own system I would like to hear it. So I've attached a diagram of what I've found to be optimal ball placement for each club type. Irons-PW-SWs are placed closer to the unit than woods. For putting, I found that it helps to toe-out the unit about 2 degrees. The tee is placed exactly 8" from the units toe. In this diagram, I show the optical field as only covering half the area, when it actually covers both sides. The purpose is to maximize the overlap of radar and optical! In outdoor mode, the unit is radar only. In Indoor mode (used for Simulation) it Hybrid/Radar and Optical, with two modes of pure optical CHIP and PUTT. CHIP mode is where you may see missed reads either because the ball movement was too fast or the ball traveled in a trajectory the cameras missed. Always on tee off, be sure to read the Club selection as I've found the auto-caddy of E6 wrongly set the unit into CHIP mode.

          When putting, be aware the window for ball motion is very small and a small imperfection in your putting surface will be compounded with distance to the hole. Your ball tee should be aligned to the center of your screen about 8ft-10ft away (I found 7ft works too but I can't attest to ball speed values).

          But basically, if you can get optical and radar to overlap, you will get very consistent robust reads.

          Now on to the acoustic trigger. For the most part, this works very well unless you're prone to digging in your club a little in front of your ball which I am. First, don't do that. You really don't want to do that anyway. But I thought I would test how sensitive it is. It does vary according to the type of clubs you use. Putting it's very very sensitive and just talking, popping open a can of beer will set it off. Other clubs like a driver require a really good bang to go off. What I couldn't understand was why my 3 wood would no read if I hit off-the-dirt a little too dirty. Well, I put an acoustic spectrum analyzer on my mat and if I just brushed the mat with my club, it looked almost like the sound pattern from a ball strike! This is from an Ultimat2 ("holds a tee") mat. Mats like mine are scratchy and noisy and a hit on them can mimic the signal of club impact. To my ears, it sounds completely different, but to a computer not much diff at all. So do what you should be doing and learn not to hit fat and just chalk this one up as a quirk of the device. If ES ever decides to take the ES2020 to the pricing realm of the hobbyist, its trigger is purely optical ball motion and has much faster cameras and should give everyone far fewer issues.
          Is this still the optimal Set Up? I received my ES Tour Plus in April and have been trying to get it dialed in... Thank you. kj

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          • #20
            There was an update to the Firmware that kind of changed everything. With the latest firmware, the optimal tee up location is 10in from the club-side corner of the foot, and about 0.5in out from the corner of the club side foot. That tee location should be on the exact center of your projected screen image. The ES16TP should be lined up parallel to that line so it should be aimed 10in right of the screen center line for a right hander or 10in left for a lefty. If all is square and even, and you configure the projection properties in the sim software correctly correctly, you will be amazed at how well this unit works. I found that tee-to-screen only needs to be 71/2ft-8ft. This works both with E6 Connect and TGC 2019. GOOD LUCK AND ENJOY.
            Courses Created: Cresent Hill KY (L)
            Cherokee Park KY (L) 9

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            • #21
              Chuck, thanks for posting these. Still putting the final touches on the sim bay. The CCE mat got here Sunday and the ES Tour Plus got here this afternoon. The screen and netting doesn't get here until Tuesday so I only got a few shots in before my canvas curtain material started crying uncle. Only misread out of about 20 was a seriously fat shot. The rest did what they should have except clubhead speed seemed to be on the high side even though ball speed was spot on when compared to recent Trackman numbers. And as long as those numbers are measured consistently I don't know that I care if they aren't exactly accurate. Direction was where I thought it should be on each shot as well.

              I didn't have your measurements handy when I went out to play. Seems pretty clear that getting ball placement dialed in will be the key. Feels like they should give better directions on how to locate the ball. I wish there was a way to figure out which direction you were misplacing the ball, but that will be solved with a sharpie and 30 seconds once I get it sorted.

              I feel like ES is their own worst enemy. They are essentially a modern technology company using 1998 marketing and online resources. When I call them tomorrow I might put in my application to take over their online presence because right now they are blowing it..

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