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  1. Had an interesting lesson with someone using the Capto Putting system. Here's the LINK. Was similar to SAM lab type data, but it was way more realtime and the instructor knew right away how to tweak my stroke based upon the data. Interesting too for the Indian not the Arrow folk as my numbers changed dramatically when I tried different putters. Impact efficiency, basically smash factor, changed quite a bit with the different putters. That was something not surprising based upon how different putters feel when rolled, but it was cool to have the data to back up that feeling. Aim point lessons have probably had the greatest impact on my putting. Reads are so much better than pre-Aimpoint
  2. I'm thinking that one may not hold the cold quite as well
  3. Ten Years of MGS Buckets It’s kind of crazy to think that I have been writing reviews and other golf related articles for mygolfspy for almost ten years. That means that my soon to be twenty-year-old son was ten. Funny how fast life can fly by when you are not paying attention, or even when you are paying attention, I suppose. Anyway, over the years I have written a whole load of things, both here and on the blog. I have somewhere around 280 pages of forum posts and nearly 200 blog articles. That’s quite a few words about this silly sport that we love! It’s interesting to look back on some of those reviews, and see how the subject of the review worked out in the long haul. One of my earliest mygolfspy reviews focused on the Clicgear 3.0 pushcart, and obviously Clicker is still going strong. The new straps on the 4.0 model look pretty cool. Other products, such as the PivotPro, didn’t fare so well in the market, though preventing excess weight shift to the outside of my right foot is still a thing. While I am down to check out just about anything golf related, there are a couple of things that I always viewed as apex activities and/or products. Projects that were just a little bit more than the usual. I always wanted to visit PING and see how their Phoenix plant operates (did that), and I’ve also wanted to get a fitting done at and tour Scotty Cameron HQ (not done that yet). There are just some things that stand out on the to do list, like in the photo above where I was able to get Callaway to donate sets of clubs to the First Tee. All reviews are fun, but some have extra significance. With that thought in mind, we get to the subject of today’s review, The Yeti Roadie 20. My fondness for Yeti gear may be the worst kept secret on mygolfspy, perhaps second only to my addiction to putters. Up until this point though, my reviews have all been focused on what I consider to be somewhat supporting cast Yeti products. Not saying that the soft-sided coolers and insulated drink wear are not solid products, they are. It’s more that what initially drew me to Yeti was their hard-sided coolers, and until today, those sturdy suds schleppers have remained unexplored. Not anymore. And so, without further prattling, lets dive into this river green YETI Roadie 20. Something Solid for Standing I don’t remember if I recounted previously what a sales rep shared with me about the origin of the original YETI hard-sided cooler. If I’ve shared this anecdote before, and if you ask my wife, I probably have, then skip ahead. Otherwise, read on. Basically, the original YETI cooler was designed to allow fishermen to stand, or sit upon the cooler when in the boat, without worry about it collapsing. What synergistically happened was that once they achieved this level of structural stability, they also had produced a cooler that could hold ice for days, rather than more typical hours. Somewhere along the way they figured out that amazing cooling was a better marketing strategy than “you can stand on it”, and so the coldness became the main story. Enough history, let’s see what this Roadie 20 is all about. Definitely Durable Whatever the Roadie 20 origin story, what YETI has produced is an insanely durable cooler. Like surviving two gorillas using the coolers as gladiator weapons durable. Naturally, the first thing that I did when the cooler arrived was stand on top of the cooler, perhaps even pretending to cast a line out. What I do in my own backyard is my business! Regardless, it didn’t even flex under my 212 lbs. Not really being remotely facetious about the fighting gorillas either. Check out this bear tag: I’ve witnessed YETI quality of design time and time again in the other products, but with the Roadie 20, you can really see how these are engineered, perhaps over engineered even for longevity. Check out this photo of features taken from the YETI site and you’ll see that most of them share the theme of durability. From the locking straps, to the hinge, to the wall design, nearly all of the aspects are about strength of construction. It’s one of the things that helps me to swallow the price of YETI items: they are designed to last, and their warranty backs that up as well. Porting the Potables So let’s get to the real guts of the Roadie 20 review, how does it work as a cooler? Standing on it is all fine and good, but I can stand on lots of things that don't hold cold beer. Let’s look at the capacity and the cooling. Capacity Here are a couple of shots showing how various bottles and cans fit into the Roadie 20. Wine Beer Bomber YETI Growler Standard Bottles and Cans So you can see that this, the smallest of the Yeti hard-sided coolers is not deep enough to take on a wine bottle or a 22oz beer bottle standing up. Tip them on their side though, and you can get a half dozen in there easy. I was pretty surprised that the half-gallon Rambler fit in there, but this definitely ups the road-trip-to-breweries potential of the Roadie 20. Naturally, tall cans and standard 12oz cans went in with ease, but there was one thing worth noting that differed a bit from the YETI info. It was pretty easy to fit a 3x5 layer of cans across the bottom, and there was definitely room for a second layer on top of those. Sure, this cuts down the room for ice, but it would allow you to get more in there than the advertised 16 cans. I’d definitely wager that you could throw a case of beer in there, fill the remaining volume with ice, and that the 24thbeer would still be cold when you grabbed it. Cold For Days So I didn’t go and buy a block of ice and see how long it would take to melt. I was going to, but then I saw how many people on YouTube have done that already. Instead, I explored the construction that enables the sustained coldness. The main player in the durability story is the thick, insulated walls of the cooler. Obviously this is the main ingredient for YETI’s signature cooling as well. This is also the design element that you see copied so frequently by the competitors. Lots of coolers out there now feature this rotomolded, double-walled, insulated design, but YETI was the company that came up with the modern version. It's the Anser of coolers. Along with the thick walls, the lid also plays a significant role in the cooling story. At home, it doesn’t matter how much you insulate your walls if you have drafty doors. Too too with the Roadie 20. The lid gasket and body fit together in such a way that the cooler seals seemingly airtight. My pressure testing hardware is out at shop for repair right now, so I can’t say that it is airtight for sure, but it seems that sealed to me. Thick, insulated walls, combined with airtight sealing are the keep cool components for the Roadie 20. As long as you don’t keep opening it up all of the time, your cans will stay cold for a long while. There are Some Cold Spots There are a couple of things that you will want to be aware of if you are thinking about grabbing a Roadie 20, or one of the other YETI hard coolers. First, these coolers can get heavy quickly. The Roadie 20 weighs fifteen pounds empty, and obviously much more than that once you add ice and cans. Remember this before you head out with it on the two mile walk to the beach. If I have a hike ahead of me, I’d probably go with a soft-sided option like the Hopper series. The handle on the Roadie 20 is ergonomic and stout, but prolonged lugging could make this cooler feel like you are swinging a kettle bell. Remember though, every beer that you drink makes the cooler that much lighter. While the hard sides are great at making the Roadie 20 an unsquishable structural marvel, they also make it unsquishable. This cooler will not cram into the trunk last. You’ll need to pack around it. You can pack one less chair though for that soccer tournament as you can safely just sit upon the Roadie 20. Successfully Stalking the YETI While I am not ruling out any future YETI reviews, I do feel a sense of closure now that I’ve run the gamut from tumbler to cooler; hard-sided to soft. The Roadie 20 is a solid cooler (literally). It’s not a cooler for the walking golfer, but those of the riding ilk could have it sit co-pilot, or lash it down to the back rack on the cart. It does have openings specifically designed from lashing. Be sure to ask your marshal to help you tie it down. I’m looking forward to many road trips with the Roadie 20 in 2020. Cheers MGS peeps!
  4. Came for the contest, and stayed for the people. Thanks for a fun decade MGS peeps. [emoji482] Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  5. Just a little bump to the Vista review. First, still using these headphones and they are by far my favorite to date. Daily use in the gym and still going strong. Below is the press release about the new came green color option, and the fact that they now have military-grade certified toughness. They have always had this, but now they have the official designation. Read all about it below: ----- PARK CITY, Utah — February 18, 2020 — Jaybird, the leader in sport headphones for runners and adventurers, announced today the launch of a special edition colorway for its Jaybird VISTA™ Totally Wireless Sport Headphones – Planetary Green. VISTA is Jaybird's first true wireless headphone that meets U.S. military MIL-STD 810G rugged compliant standards, passing repeated shock, vibration, drop and crush tests, as well as withstanding tropical humidity, hurricane-force water and desert sandstorm conditions. Tweet now: @JaybirdSport launches Planetary Green VISTA earbuds with EarthProof best-in-class IPX7 and Military Standard durability. “When we developed VISTA, we set out to build a headphone that lives up to the demanding conditions athletes face around the globe,” said Jamie Parker, CEO of Jaybird. “The Earthproof™ construction of VISTA, now meeting U.S. Military standards to withstand the harshest environments, is a strong acknowledgment of the bar Jaybird is setting in true wireless durability.” Planetary Green is a special-edition color pattern inspired by the planet we love, the places we play, and the explorers who inspire us. Just as Jaybird brings cutting-edge technology into the wilderness, the topographic camo pattern of Planetary Green is a visual reminder of how digital and natural worlds intersect. With an EarthProof™ encapsulated and IPX7 water and sweat proof construction, incredible audio quality with 6mm milled drivers, a secure and comfortable sport fit, up to 16 hours of listening, personalized music experience through the Jaybird app and stashable charging case, VISTA can power any adventure or workout. Jaybird VISTA has received numerous awards, including Runner's World Editor's Choice, Gear Patrol's 100 Best Products of 2019, as well as GOOD DESIGN™ and iF DESIGN™ awards. Availability Jaybird VISTA Totally Wireless Sport Headphones in Planetary Green is now available at jaybirdsport.com and select e-tailers and later this month at local retailers for a suggested retail price of $179.99. Planetary Green joins Vista's other in-line colors: Mineral Blue, Nimbus Gray and Black, all of which featureEarthProof™ durability. For more information, please visit jaybirdsport.com or connect with us on Instagram or Facebook. The Jaybird app is free and available through the iOS and Android app stores.
  6. Hi Dave! Just read your Yeti Hopper Flip 8 review! Appreciate all the detail. I am on the fence between the 8 and 12 right now. Main use would be for a golf league every Monday so I see the 8 is probably the best way to go for fitting in the basket and what not. Just worried about those pool party days and maybe needing the 12 lol. Does the 12 not fit in the golf cart basket? Didn't see if that was covered in another review. Thanks! 

    1. Garrett.Faulks

      Garrett.Faulks

      Just found your Hopper 12 review! Thanks again lol. 

  7. I'm in, and definitely not taking D-shampoo with first pick this year...
  8. Yep. I always go mittens. I have this Ping pair and another larger footjoy pair. Open air in the mitten warms better than gloves. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  9. It is the endgame of totes. I can’t imagine one more completely engineered. As for the Betti, last Sunday I went BB0 but latest gamer has been QueenB 10. Custom Queen B six on the way as well. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  10. That's why I have a Yes! Emma (daughter) in my collection. My daughter behaves way better though.
  11. Dave’s Take: Yeti LoadOut GoBox 30 Having your gear accessible and protected is non-negotiable for almost any pursuit – and yet typical gear cases aren’t built to stand up to the demands of the outdoors, and lack organizational capabilities. Built to be nearly indestructible, the LoadOut GoBox™ can endure seasons in the sun, negative temps in the field, and the daily abuse of being lugged in and out of the truck, the boat, and the blind. Organization’s Final Boss Is a final boss battle even a thing in video games anymore? It seems like most current games are geared toward continuous farming, and/or in-game purchases. I totally get this from a want-to-get-paid point of view, but I pity the modern gamer, myself included, who will never get the satisfaction of watching that impossible final boss finally die. From hitting Bowser with a terminating fireball, to finally punching-out Mike Tyson, nothing satisfies like finally finishing off the last big bad guy. I’ve always held the belief that video games are great problem-solving training tools. Again, not necessarily the games where you just log in and collect resources, but the games where you are presented with real puzzles that one can only figure out with experience and the right tools. Under that lens, golf represents a very similar challenge, with success coming from experiences and tools as well. Sadly, the hours spent playing Tiger Woods Golf did not help me swing like him… If you are anything like me, you probably have a ton of golf gear in your garage. Lots of balls, tees, gloves, towels (oh the acres of towels), training aides, ball markers, souvenirs, and other random golf items that seemed must-haves at the time of their purchase. In total, I think that maybe 1% of all of my golf garage stuff ever sees the course. If we are talking garage putters, that percentage may be a little high. Hi, my name is Dave and I have a putter problem.Regardless, we have all experienced the frustration when the one thing that we needed was left behind in the garage, forcing us to play without warm hands, open bottles, dry socks, or shoes with spikes. We have lots of gear, but still occasionally lack the gear that we need. Today, I present you with something that could fix that issue: The Yeti LoadOut GoBox 30. It may not have been designed with golfers in mind, but I think that golfers will definitely find it useful. Finding Closure in a Container I’ve put numerous Yeti products through the paces over the years, but I think that the LoadOut GoBox 30 may be the first one that is not a cooler, or any kind of drinking thing at all. It’s a bit strange to have deviated from my for the 19thHolefocus, but when I saw this thing on the Yeti site, I knew that it was something that could be perfect for golfers looking to organize their gear. Sure, perhaps golfers don’t hit the rugged outdoors demographic that the GoBox is marketed for, but we have lots of gear too, and it can get just as disorganized as anyone else’s gear, and that can make our golfing experience less awesome. The usage connection is not that tenuous. At its essence, the Yeti LoadOut GoBox is a box to store your gear in, but I actually think that it is the box to store your gear in. The final boss of boxes. You’ve made it past Goro, it’s time for Shang Tsung. Let’s take a look at the specs on the LoadOut GoBox 30 and see what makes it the ultimate organizational ally. DEFENDER MATERIAL: We can’t legally say it’s unbreakable – but this cargo box can withstand serious impact, even in the most extreme conditions. WILDPROOF™ DESIGN: Waterproof and dustproof to keep gear inside protected from unwanted wilderness. 100% WATERPROOF: Gasket, latches, and vent work together to ensure the gear inside stays dry. STACKABLE: Nesting design and non-slip feet keep your setup high and tight. WEIGHT: 11.8 pounds OUTSIDE DIMENSIONS: 20 1/2” × 11 1/8” × 14 5/8” COLORS: White, Desert Tan, & Charcoal MSRP: $249 Basically, it’s the GOAT of TOTES! Now I know that some of you are perhaps shocked that the MSRP on the GoBox is $249.99. Honestly, did you miss the Yeti brand name? Does Yeti make anything cheap? The answer to that second question is no, but not just in terms of price, but also quality. Time and time again, I have put Yeti products through the paces, and they have yet to fail to outpace my performance expectations. If you are thinking “I can just put my stuff in a $20 tote from Target.”, then you may be missing out on just what the LoadOut GoBox 30 brings to the transport table. It’s not just a place to store your gear, but a way to store your gear effectively. Sometimes You Need to Compartmentalize As I said, the Yeti GoBox is all about effective organization and transport. It’s more than just a box that locks (although it locks really well). Inside you will find clever devices that help to keep your gear in ideal isolation. Let’s look inside. Removable Caddy The first thing that you are likely to notice when you look inside the GoBox is the removable caddy. This little tray sits securely on either side, and is subdivided into three different sections. The caddy is deep enough to keep you smaller items from flying out, but shallow enough overall so as to not take away too much from the storage area beneath. It will fit on either side of the main compartment, and it features a retracting handle, making it easy to pick up, but compact when you put it back inside the box. It seems silly to get excited about a caddy handle, but I think that it speaks to the way that Yeti pays attention to design. They could have made a caddy that was all one piece, and it probably would have been cheaper, but in doing so, they would have lost the user-friendliness of the current design, and impacted the storage characteristics of the caddy. Yes, Yeti pays attention to the little things. Center Divider Not that it’s a huge feature, but the GoBox includes a removable divider for the large bottom storage section. Having this divider gives you the option to remove it to store large things, or slide it in to keep smaller objects separate. As a bonus, it also looks like the divider would make a great cutting board. Pack Attic Lid When you look under the top of the GoBox lid, you will find the Pack Attic. The Pack Attic is a fabric (nylon?) storage unit that secures to the lid via Velcro. There is a large zippered compartment, and two smaller zippered sections built from perforated fabric. It’s almost like there is a simple briefcase attached to the lid. The large section has a fairly significant volume, and the zippers should keep the contents from migrating during travel. Making the GoBox a GolfBox As I mentioned above, golfers have a bunch of gear. Sure, most of it gets crammed into our bags, but we still need extra storage in our garage, or perhaps something like the GoBox to organize our surplus stocks, or perhaps store those items that are not needed each round. Wouldn’t it be nice to get some of that “sometimes” gear out of your bag? With the GoBox, I saw the opportunity to get all the needed gear in one well-organized container that could easily be loaded into the trunk along with my clubs and cart. The initial question was, of course, would it all fit in the trunk? That answer was an easy yes. As you can see from the photos, the Yeti LoadOut GoBox had no issues fitting in my trunk with my Clicgear cart and Nike Hybrid bag. For reference, the car used for testing was an Acura TLX sedan, maybe my favorite car ever. With the GoBox system, I just throw the three things into the trunk and head to the course. I’m not searching for the specific small things that I might need, because I know that they are all in the box. What’s in the Box, Dave? The short answer to that question is “lots of stuff”. I tried to think of what I could need occasionally that I wouldn’t want to store in my bag all of the time. Most of what is in there is “extra”. You’ll see extra balls, socks, clothing layers, phone charger, and so on. Again, what could I need that I may run out of, or don’t want to lug around in the bag all of the time. I definitely see the contents changing with the seasons, but the main theme of backing up the golf bag should persist. The only storage issue that I can see some of you having is with the shoes. For reference, my shoes are size 11, and they pretty much fill the section on the bottom. If you wear something larger, you’ll likely not be able to put the caddy above them, or may need to remove the divider to make them sit flat. What Goes in Your GoBox? Although its price is potentially prohibitive, I think that the Yeti LoadOut GoBox 30is a great product for golfers. You can keep all of your stuff organized, and have an easy system for bringing your needed gear to the golf course. You need not search for your stuff, because you know it’s in the GoBox. Just take the box and Go! So, what do you think? Can you see a GoBox making your life easier? What would you put in your GoBox?
  12. The swapping of the stainless and aluminum is a huge change. These feel very different. Plus, no way to do custom welded necks with aluminum. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  13. https://mygolfspy.com/first-look-bettinardis-2020-bb-and-inovai-putter-lines/ Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  14. Actually lots going on with these. Check the blog later for my full report. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
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