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  1. The lack of pairing of the various models is a bit annoying. The wonderbooms pair together but the blast and rolls are solo operations. Maybe that feeds into their intended uses with the Blast being an Alexa interface and the Roll being small and portable. Totally agree though that I’d be nice to chain all of the UE speakers together. Now with three booms and three megabooms paired, I typically don’t feel the need for more speakers [emoji33][emoji33][emoji33] Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  2. CDs are the 8-Track of the modern world. In both cases, we thought that we had the most modern music delivery system ever.
  3. Insufferable Originality Sometimes variety can be exhausting. Seriously, how many different kinds of soup do we need, and does your order at Starbucks really need to be dialed into the half pump of a Stevia-based caramel syrup? Maybe it’s the old man in me rearing up, but lately I’ve been tempted to move into a choice-free lifestyle, where each day I eat the same meals, wear the same clothes to work, and watch only broadcast television. Gotcha! Those of you who have read everything that I have written here at mygolfspy during the past ten years (Hi Mom!), know that I am typically the first person in line for cosmetic customization, be it golf gear or otherwise. My twitter feed is perpetually peppered with pleas for plenteous in purple products. Why blend in when you have the chance to stand out? Custom Fit is the Sh*t When it comes to the choosing to use custom gear, perhaps only the sumo wrestler has a greater appreciation for custom equipment than the golfer. How many of you reading this right now are playing pure stock gear, where you made no choices as to your preferences? Any of you? I bet that many of you have made choices beyond the playability in your gear as well, like choosing the blue grips over the red ones. The gear is dialed, but you want that little bit of aesthetic alteration to make it truly your gear. The Golden Age of Wireless If we explore the category of Dave’s Worst Kept Secrets, right up there with my inability to ever break 80 is my perhaps unnatural affinity for all things portable audio. It’s not a new thing for me either. I wish that I had a photo of the huge boom box that I moved into the dorms with. It was just two mix tapes, and one piece of cardboard away from unleashing a traveling breakdance battle royal. Thankfully things have changed, at least on the portability front, and the battery front as that beast took ten D batteries. Forgive me while I shake my liver-spotted fist a bit, but the younger generations just can’t relate to the amazingness of the technological advances when it comes to portable audio over the past twenty-five years. The fact that you can store every CD that you’ve ever owned on your phone, and then play the music wirelessly through speakers with better sound quality than creepy come-check-out-my-hi-fi guys tower speakers blows my mind every time I think about it. For you youngsters, CDs were small plastic plates that held recorded music. Custom Creations with the UE myBOOM 3 Forgive my previous rambles, but as you can likely see, the UE myBOOM 3 that I am sharing with you today hits multiple boxes on my bingo card. It’s a personal audio peanut butter cup, with the ability for customization getting mixed in with great audio. Needless to say I was pretty pumped when I saw that one could now create custom versions of the UE BOOM 3. Based upon my previous reviews, and head to head Most Wanted validation, the audio prowess of the UE BOOM line is basically unmatched in the category, and now you can design it exactly how you want it to look. And so, what I have for you today is a comparison between what I saw on the myBOOM 3 design screen on my computer, and what actually arrived at my home. Spoiler Alert: There will be purple. Making myBOOM 3 When you pull up the myBOOM 3 design online interface, you’ll see that there are six different aspects of the speaker that you can customize. Again, let’s take a look at the expected vs. observed. Fabric Pattern Your first option, Fabric Pattern, is the big one. This selection will cover most of your speaker, likely establishing the foundation for your design. You can choose between simple solids, or outlandish patterns, selecting whatever suits your psyche. Initially, I went with the Ultraviolet fabric, but then in a reality ripping paradox, I chose Forest. End Caps Once you lock in the fabric, you will get to choose from eight end cap colors. Nothing is actually locked in by the way. You can bounce back and forth between the options and see how changing one thing affects the interactions with the others. This is why I ultimately went with Forest for the fabric. I liked the contrast with the Ultraviolet end caps, and opposed to just going all in on Ultraviolet. Volume Buttons Once again you have eight color options with the large volume buttons. What you don’t have is any commitment to make any of these colors match. I did, but that’s how I roll. Should you desire, you can just adorn you BOOM with your chaotic Neapolitan whims. Spine Again you have eight color options, and again I chose to keep the Ultraviolet theme rolling. The more I think about it, someone who orders one of these with all of the colors different should probably be on a government watch list. You can see the spine in hand photo below under the text heading. Don't want to give away the text surprise early... Loop Though also fabric, the loop options are not at extensive as those of the main body fabric. Still though, with eight colors to choose from, you’ll likely be able to pick one that matches, or clashes nicely with your design. The loop is a great feature by the way as you are just one carabiner away from attaching the speaker anywhere. Text To put the custom cherry on your speaker sundae, you last option consists of twenty characters of text that will run along the spine of the speaker. Perhaps the best option here is a cell phone number should your speaker somehow go rogue. I went another direction as I wasn’t really interested in blasting my cell number out there when these photos hit the web. But What About The Sound? At this point, it seems prudent to take a short detour into the land of performance. Looking pretty is amazing, but if the speaker can’t spit the tunes, it’ll live out its days unpaired. Not too long ago, I reviewed the larger edition of this speaker the UE MEGABOOM 3. That speaker is sooooooo gooooood. Having owned and operated multiple generations of MEGABOOMS, I am confident in saying that the third incarnation is the best to date. Feel free to just copy and paste that for the myBOOM 3 too. This is the fourth small UE speaker that I have run through the paces, and it too is the best to date. The great thing about the older versions though is that they too are awesome. The Skrillex first gen BOOM still pumps tunes like a champ, and you have not heard anything until you pair all of these, and the MEGABOOMS together with the UE app. Just go Party Up, and you will never need that component stereo system again. My tune testing toolbox consists of three main songs: Nirvana – Where Did You Sleep Last Night? Papa Roach – Getting Away With Murder 2 Live Crew – Mega Mixx III While that list may seem a eclectic, it actually does a fine job of exploring the range of a speaker. With the myBOOM 3, you’ll be able to hear all of the subtle tones of Nirvana Unplugged, and turn it up all the way without distortion with Papa Roach. The only weakness with the speaker really comes with the 2 Live bass. Unlike the MEGABOOM 3 that will actually put some bump in your trunk, the much smaller MyBOOM 3 just can’t do justice to big bass only jams. 2 Live is really the outlier song here, where bass is everything. When you move just slightly from that extreme, you’ll find that the low tones are perfect for Primus, The Prodigy, and Peaches. The myBOOM 3 SMASHES! After all of my clicks and decisions, the myBOOM 3 that I designed ended up with a very old school Hulk palate. Though a bit corny to say so, I think that the Hulk theme is definitely appropriate as this speaker is incredible. The ordering process is super easy, and it just took a couple of weeks to go from computer to mailbox. The coolest thing is that the upcharge to go custom is either $30 or nothing. Some of the stock BOOM 3 speakers can be had on the ultimateears.com site for $119, but other limited colors will run $149, the exact price as the myBOOM 3 custom. If you are going to spend $120 on a speaker, I just can’t fathom not dropping another $30 to make it custom. The results of my selections were definitely worth $30 in my opinion. And so, Hulk and I will be blasting tunes and annoying neighbors of all form for the foreseeable future. Feel free to get your BOOM on and join us. Just for fun, let’s see your designs. Go to the myBOOM 3 site and take a screen cap of your BOOM 3. And no, I won’t call the authorities should your design push the boundaries of decorum.
  4. I actually have not used this in a while, but I did get and email yesterday that a new model may be coming out. No info as of yet, but I'll get it to you when I get it.
  5. I wish I could give a solid answer on sweaty play but it’s dry here. I’ll get them damp next round and see what happens. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  6. Introducing the UN series. A hybrid grip with the signature velvety sticky touch of NO1 Grip. This grip combines a sticky, solid feel in the upper hand area, and a delicate softer feel in the lower hand area, which provides an unmatched sense of stability and confidence. UN series promotes light and consistent grip pressure, which leads to a smoother swing, improved distance, and control. Available Round Material: Elastomer Weight: UN series 50g (±1g) UN Light 44g (±1g) Pink, Shocking pink Men's Standard My Third Shot at NO1 It was way back in 2011 when I first ran a set of NO1 Model 48 grips through the old GolfSpy Dave review process. It’s fun to look back at my early reviews to see how the golf industry has changed over time. One of the coolest things about the Model 48 grips was that they came in lots of colors. Such a spectrum selection would not move the needle as much these days, but as many of you remember, there was a time not too long ago when your choice of grip color consisted of black or black. I took my next spin with NO1 grips in 2015 when they released the Model 50 Pro grips. At the time, I considered the Model 50 Pro to be one of the best grips that I had ever put on a club. It had a great shape, tackiness, and overall feel in my hands. I could tell right away they it was also a durability upgrade over the Model 48. I really thought that the Model 50 Pro grips would last a while. As it turns out, I was not wrong. I played last week with a friend who was using the set of irons that I had gripped with the NO1 Model 50 Pros, and those grips were still in use, and looking damn near perfect. As one who regrips about once a year, I was amazed that he still had those grips on from 2015. All he did was occasionally clean them with dish soap and water. Unbelievable. And so today we take a look at a third model of NO1 grip, the newly released UN series. I’ve slapped them on my Srixons, and am ready to share with you what the UN is all about. A New Decade of Dominance Golf Pride’s New Decade Multi-Compound grips have impacted the golf grip industry perhaps more than any other grip. I'm going to go out on a ledge of craziness and call the NDMC the Anser of modern grips. Yep, that just happened. Sorry Tour Velvet... Keep the torches untorched for a second and hear me out. When we look at putter companies, nearly all of them make some kind of Anser variant. It’s really a necessity, as the consumer wants that head shape, and should a company want to sell putters, they had better provide the customer with what they want. Think about the upcoming Scotty Cameron Tel3 rerelease. You have two Anser Newport heads, and a cool flow-neck mallet. I’ll give you one guess as to why the Newports are there and not a Laguna and a Del Mar 2. Like the Anser, Golf Pride’s NDMC grips have become iconic, and highly desirable to the playing public. Like the Anser with putter companies, grip companies have paid attention to this consumer trend, and now most companies feature some kind of NDMC-ish grip where the upper and lower portions of the grip feature different materials and textures. These new grips are typically not just copies, as like with the Anser situation, these companies are also taking the original New Decade design and putting their own spin on it. “Adopting” and improving on a working design may be the most prevalent product plan in the golf industry, be it putters, drivers, gloves, or grips. Wheels get tweaked far more often than re-invented… With all of that in mind, I bet you can guess the general design of NO1’s new UN series grip. Yep, you’ll find different tactile situations at the top and the bottom of the grip, and like the Anser making putter shops not named PING, NO1 has put their own spin on the design, perhaps even improving on the original concept. A Tale of Two Textures One thing that the UN series grip is not is a multi-compound grip. The entire grip is made out of the same elastomer material. Elastomer is rubber for those of you out there without Google. What NO1 has done is make the UN grip more of a multi-texture grip, and in doing so, they were able to achieve the firmer upper/softer lower composition that we associate with the more traditional multi-compound grips. Those of you who spent points for ranks in putter face milling knowledge will immediately get how NO1 has accomplished this feat. When a putter face is deep milled, the amount of metal that actually contacts the ball at impact is reduced. This interaction will be perceived by the person putting as a softer impact experience when compared to a putter without the deep milling. When you look at the texture patterns on the NO1 UN series grip, you should notice that the texture on the lower section is far more aggressive than the top, with the holes being deeper and wider on the lower half. Think again about the putter and the milling. If you have larger holes on the bottom section, you will actually have less rubber touching the (typically) right hand, and thus it will feel softer. Crazy parallel there, huh? In addition to a less prolific texture pattern, NO1 has also added an additional layer of elastomer on the top section which increases overall firmness as well. It’s grip wizardry. One material, but two different tactile experiences. Playing The UN Series I love sharing the technical side of these with you, but at $16 a grip, what you really need to know about is how they play. With that goal in mind, I went grips-ons with the Srixons and went to the course. While all of the following is, of course, subjective, I did have a few key observations worth sharing. Comfy, Comfy, Comfy I love the feel of these grips. As a point of reference, prior to installing these, my irons were gripped with Lamkin 3GEN Ace grips. With that in mind, I definitely found the NO1 UN series to feel softer overall, with the lower region giving a nice bit of squish. It’s a welcome squish with these grips, at no point do they feel too soft. They are soft enough to mesh in with the fingers, but not so soft that you’d get waves of wiggle with the club. The great thing about my game these days is that I get to take all kinds of shots from all places on the course. Admittedly, that’s not so great for scoring, but it is great for testing grips on a variety of shots. Under all conditions, these grips felt great and performed as needed. Grip performance is absolutely a tough thing to measure. Outside of falling off the club, or spinning in the hand, it’s tough for a grip to have an immediate failure. In this situation, I measured subtle performance in two ways. First, these did not promote finger damage like I will sometimes get with the 3GENs and even NDMC. No bandaids needed to play that second 18, just the usual Advil and alcohol. Second, and most telling, is that I basically forgot that I was playing with new grips about two holes into the round. I don’t know if there is a higher compliment that I can give these grips than that. For me, they were so comfortable, and functional, that they just vanished into my subconscious while I played. A grip that rubs roughly, or suddenly slips, is not a grip that you would ignore during play. The UN grips were totally un-obtrusive and un-der my radar during play. Fancy Colors Rule You have a bunch of choices when you are shopping for the UN Series grips. While the lower hand will likely be navy, you can get a number of bright colors on the top hand. Of the samples received, I really liked the light blue, and would probably game the white or yellow as well. I’m a colored grip guy. I’d actually like to see some of the more esoteric color combinations that NO1 has on their Series 48 and Series 50 grips. If these came in purple/white, I’d probably buy a case of them. Should you prefer a more reserved grip palette, you can go with the mundane navy on navy combo, or the actually-very-badass all black design. Longevity I’ve only had a few rounds and some range time with these, but they are wear-free so far. Hopefully, they hold up like the 50 Pro grips. I’ll circle back to this section over the next few months and add photos should any wear issues develop. For now, all seems solid. Thumbs Up for UN Overall, I’m quite impressed with these grips. They are able to give you that upper/lower hand tactile difference that you look for in a multi-compound grip, without using multiple compounds. Folks who play without a glove, but don’t like the chord roughness in typical multi-compounds should definitely check these out. The vanish-from-consciousness nature of these grips was especially welcome. That’s one less thing for me to think about when I am playing. I don’t want to think about the alternator when I am driving, I just want the alternator to do its job under the hood while I drive. The NO1 UN Series grips have been UN-believably good so far.
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  8. The Most Entertaining US Open This Decade It seems like we have all come to the consensus that the 2019 US Open was one of the best of all times. It really had it all this time. The best golfers in the world playing their best golf, a course that is iconic, punitive, yet still fair, and best of all, an outcome that kept us watching until that last player walked along the seaside on the 18th hole. As a whole, I think that we feel comfortable with Gary Woodland winning. He played great golf, with great composure, holding off a last day charge by the reigning king of majors, Brooks Koepka. Even though Rose faded a bit on Sunday, Brooks made enough shots to keep the pressure on Woodland, who ultimately shouldered it all with unflusterable confidence, securing his second best golf moment of 2019. Yes, I did say second best. His greatest achievement came earlier in the year in Arizona. Seriously, he’d need to win multiple majors to top his session with Amy at Waste Management this year. Regardless, Gary seems like a really good dude, and I truly enjoy seeing good things happen to good people. I’m not really writing this piece to talk about the outcome of the tournament. Lots of media outlets have already done that, and likely better than I ever could. Instead, I thought I would share my experiences while attending the US Open. I was fortunate enough to be granted a media badge for the event, and I thought that those of you who didn’t make the trip to Carmel would like to know what it was like to be there. So without further ado, I give you Dave’s Take on the 2019 US Open. The Fan Game Begins The Sunday Before While the main media and fan events start on Monday, it was actually possible to get on to the event site the Sunday before. While you couldn’t get out to check out the course, you could walk around the lodge and shops at Pebble Beach. If one of your golf goals is to enjoy a beer at the Tap Room, you can do that on Sunday, but not during the rest of the week as most of the facilities get converted into corporate suites. The big draw for many on that Sunday, myself included, was the official opening of the merchandise tent. The tent is massive. You’ve got clothing, artwork, hats, and other souvenir knick knacks that all sport the US Open logo. When we hit the shop about noon on Sunday, it was quite busy, but nothing like it would be later in the week. In many ways, this is the way to do it as far as shopping goes. On Sunday, you can park at the course, whereas the other days required you to be shuttled in from nearby Cal State Monterey University. If you buy your stuff Sunday, you can just take it home Sunday, removing the need to tote it around later in the week as you watch the golf. PRO TIP: There was a Merchandise Bag Check station where you could check your purchases while you hit the course to watch golf, picking them up later when you leave for the day. I believe this was a free service, but since I got my trinkets on Sunday, I didn’t use the bag check, and thus do not know for sure. For the record, I snagged a hat, poker chip, bag tag, and an amazing tartan pin flag designed by Seamus Golf for the US Open. Seamus had a nice little set-up in the tent, showcasing lots of their gear, and an anvil to get your metal items stamped at no extra cost. The ring of the anvil and hammer definitely attracted lots of folk to the area. Love how Seamus has grown over the past years. Again, sometimes good things happen to good people. Wife and I had lunch at The Bench, which would also be off limits to common folk for the week, but on Sunday we could sit on the patio with a lovely view of the back of the 18th grandstand. The view is definitely better on non-tournament weekends… Attending the Tournament Due to some family matters I needed to attend to, my wife and I departed the course on Sunday, and I was not able to return until the following Friday, with one day of the tournament already in the books. While I definitely missed out on some fun pre-tournament stuff, I like many of you, was able to keep up with the goings on through the US Open app. It was a serviceable app, but hopefully the people in charge of the 2020 majors apps take a look at the Masters app from this year. That app is hands down the best of the bunch so far. Busses to the Beach Attendees begin their day at the campus of Cal State University Monterey Bay where busses shuttle forty-five fan lots to the course. Ride time is about 30 minutes (though I did talk to someone who went in earlier in the week and the ride was closer to 60 minutes). He thought that the bus driver was likely lost when they drove by the same house for the third time. There have been some reports that Uber and Lyft cars caused some congestion and slowing as some fans went that route instead of the shuttle. Even with that, the bus system worked very well. The lines were long, but the USGA hired a ton of busses, so you basically walked through the serpentine ropes at a steady pace until you reached a bus. Never once did I wait for a bus to arrive. I was quite impressed with the scale of this bussing operation, especially after learning that they had a second system to bus the hordes of volunteers to a different parking location, and a third shuttle system for media. Be Prepared for Walking The walk from the bus to the course was not a short one, so bring some comfortable shoes. This becomes even more important as you will also likely be walking all over the place during the event. Your walk from the bus was surprisingly entertaining and informative. The USGA had set up lots of posters about past events, a graffiti wall to write your name on, a huge merchandise tent to drop dollars in, food and beer stations, and a big sign for your social media photos. Walking into the event felt like you were walking into an event. You quickly forgot the distance that you are covering. Back to walking the course. You know that you walk miles and miles when you play golf, but at a golf tournament, you’ll likely walk more as you cannot just cross the holes wherever you wish. Rarely are you going as the crow flies. Most of the time, it reminded me of walking around a buddy’s marker on the green, traveling sixty feet to cover six. You’ll hike from hole to hole, on adventures to find concessions and restrooms. Sometimes you'll be thwarted in your progress as the marshalls hold back the fans so that golfers can move along the course. You are going to walk, walk, and then walk some more. Unless you can show medical need, and then there are scooters available for rental. No golf boards though... I was quite satisfied with my choice of running shoes. You could go probably spike-less golf shoes too, but you will be walking on grass, dirt, uneven terrain, concrete, and asphalt. Sneakers were perfectly versatile, and though the weather was a bit damp, I experienced not a drop of shoe sop. It’s the US Open after all. Not like they water the course after Tuesday. Concessions are Expensive Though not unusual for any sporting events, you will get soaked in the wallet should you want to eat or drink. Beers are about $10, with burgers and such costing about the same. Lunch will probably set you back about $25. Should you want water, premium lunch offerings, and multiple beers, you are likely spending double that or more. Of course this is not a unique US Open thing. All sporting events, and every movie theater ever, mark up their concessions by about 500%, with the one exception being the Masters. As I drank my $10 Sculpin (12 oz.), I contemplated why we as consumers have let this happen. I would never, ever buy a six-pack of Michelob Ultra for $60 in a store, but loads of folk had them in hand as they strolled. Perhaps it’s a warming the frog situation, where gradual increases in price have got us to this point. I love beer, but I feel like I am reaching that backlash point where I say no, that’s too expensive. There is a rebellion waiting to happen in our stadiums and our theaters. At some point, we are going to push back against the mark-up, or maybe, we take the opine option, and just keep paying an extra $8 for the privilege of having a beer at a special location. Getting drunk on the course definitely required investing a weeks rent money to get that way. Be Prepared for Blue Room (Blues) Like the busses, the USGA again did a pretty good job with the number of porta-potties on the course. There were lines, but nothing too long. A key spectator goal is to find the ones that are stealthily placed. We found a batch of four that were never occupied, and thus still pretty clean. Some of the others were a little rough as animals with no aim had issues with trajectory. Do you want to get more women into the game of golf? Don’t piss on the seat in the blue room. Watching Golf at the Event Watching the golf at the US Open is not like watching it at home on TV. Don’t take that statement at negative, just that it is very different. If you’ve attended big venue sporting events, you know that this is true. The last time my Sacramento Kings made the playoffs, I had a seat in the very top row of the arena. I really couldn’t see much of the details on the court, but the eruptions of energy during the game were amazing, and only by attending can you experience that phenomenon. The thing about watching golf in person is that you need to accept that you won't see it all. It happens at a huge venue, making viewing what is going on from one place impossible. You’ll either need to move from spot to spot to follow the action of a few golfers, or camp out at one location to see the golfers at that one place as they roll through. Both strategies have their advantages and disadvantages, and both will differ from how you’d be watching at home. On Friday, my cohort began the day as wandering fans. We wanted to see the course, but were a bit lazy about it since we had attended the US Open at Pebble Beach in 2010 as well. That year, we walked the whole thing since none of us had ever been on the course before. I still need to play this beast at some point. Feel free to paypal me the $550 for greens fees. So we walked around, and paused to watch when golfers came through holes we were near. Landing areas off the tee are great spots to watch from (find them by looking for lots of divots). You’ll see the results from the tee, and get to watch the approach shots. Keep an eye on the tee sheet that they give you at the gate to know who will be coming through a hole next. We probably watched 14 holes as we wandered around that morning. At some point, we switched strategies and became hole campers. We walked by the 9th tee and saw lots of space at the rope, so we dropped our chairs and settled in to watch groups file through. This was a close up view of the players, and a great hole to watch tee shots as they needed to hit a big one on that silly long par 4. We watched for a while, and then decided to sit and wait for the Tigersurge. The Tigersurge One thing that you will not be able to experience from the comfort of your living room is the surge in fans when a popular player moves into a hole. Ricky, Jordan, and Phil all bring significant surges with them, but nothing like the Tigersurge. Remember, we were able to sit at the rope when we got to the 9th. Once we were getting close to Tiger Time, that tee box had the population of a small town. People follow Tiger all around the course, watching him hit all of his shots on all of the holes. For hole campers, it is an amazing site to see the Tigersurge roll in, and then depart after he hits his shot. I don’t know that I’ve ever experienced anything like it in another venue. Maybe the crowd surge after an opening band finishes and the headliner approaches, but I think that’s still not quite the same. Hundreds, if not thousands of fans travel the course with Tiger. It’s a sight to see for sure. (A buddy grabbed that shot for me from his TV last Friday.) On Saturday, we camped out in a spot that we noticed on the way out the day before, just to the left of the green on the first hole. The first hole is not the sexiest hole at Pebble Beach by a long shot, but I think that lower status helped us to score prime real estate. We had a great spot to see where the tee shots landed, as well as approach shots and putting. It was fun to really get a feel for the green by watching so many players putt it. After a while, we would make predictions about what the results would be, and most were just about right. We knew which putts would be short, or low, and so on. Hole One was a fun green to watch because it was challenging. Lots of pars, and only five or so birdies from the whole group of cut makers. One three jack too. It was painful to watch doubles happen on the first hole of the day. Sitting by the first hole, we could also see that the rough was deadly. There were spots where players could still reach the green, but other landing zones were brutal. Rory had a rough go, and Xander had a lie so bad that he accused the marshal who found his ball of stepping on it. To me, this was a testament to the USGA and their minions of grounds crew members. Good shots were good, but if you got loose, it was penal. That’s how it should be. This was the anti-Chambers Bay execution. If you can’t hit fairways, your black number is not on the USGA this time around. In 2010, we camped out on the much more iconic 7th hole, but the spot where we sat back then were not accessible to fans this time around. Instead, there was a large grandstand to watch. The grandstands fill up early, and if you leave, you lose your spot. Again, it’s a different experience if you take that route. Lots and lots of people were out on that three hole stretch. Another reason that we avoided the 6-7-8 peninsula this time around was the weather. It was pretty cold on the course, and the wind off the point was icy. It was very grey all days, as the marine layer came in and stayed in. Once we got back home, it was interesting to see how they adjusted the color for television. It was much brighter on TV, and definitely didn’t speak to the cold grayness that we experienced in person. On Saturday, the temperature didn’t break 60 °F, with the wind making it feel colder than that. If I was going to pick my favorite venue to watch from, I’d probably pick my living room on Sunday afternoon. We were not able to stay for the last day, so I watched the drama unfold from the comfort of my couch. I really like having the ability to watch the leaders play the different holes and to see the build up as they head for the finish. That really is just not possible on the course. You’d need to be in two or three places at once to do so. If you want the Sunday drama, you probably need a television. It's so good to be there, but the cameras on each hole can tell a more complete story. Flipping the script, some of the experiences from the tournament can only be obtained at the course. Camping out so close to the players on the 9th, and watching them hit powerful drives was unreal, not to mention surfing the Tigersurge. You’ll never become an expert on a single hole by watching TV, but you can if you spend the day sitting by the green. Both of these situations were amazing, and different from TV golf, which is really the point of attending in person. Random Robbie One other thing that you’ll get to experience at the event are assholes. The vast majority of people are civil human beings, but there is something about golf that lets loose the lower brain functions in some. You’ll hear all of the mashed potatoes, bababooey, get in the hole, and other creative bullshit yelled when golfers hit their shots. We had some guys behind us that were actually rehearsing what they would say when Tiger hit his shot. Who knew that there were so many different inflections of Taco Cheese. This was like an hour before Tiger would hit that tee. While they were ultimately pretty annoying to be around, I couldn’t help but respect their dedication to their craft. It’s not just someone expressing spontaneous sentiment. These shouts are planned and practiced. Who knew? It was obvious that they were really enjoying the process. Good for them, and good for us, when they departed with the Tigersurge. Going Again in 2027? So the question that I reflected upon at the end of the week was would I be attending in 2027 when the US Open once again returns to Pebble Beach. Actually, I had previously planned to be in attendance at Torrey Pines in 2021. I feel like the answer is yes, but maybe it’s a cautious yes. Amazing things are witnessed when you attend, but you do miss the real ebb and flow of the tournament. It is a physically demanding event to attend, and don’t forget expensive. Still though, it would be pretty fun and memorable to spend Father’s Day in 2021 at Torrey with my then 21-year-old son. I think I'm down to go again, but I had better start saving the beer money now. If you have any questions, be sure to ask. I'm happy to expand on anything
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  11. You can also regrip the Toulon-Stroke Lab putters with the adjustable weight super strokes. I've got a San Diego that has a SS GT Tour with the 25g butt weight. Feels spot on to the other traditional-weighted Toulon grips. More on this putter very soon on the blog page, but here is a teaser of the grip.
  12. DJ takes this one. He just needs to play four days and not his usual three... BTW, I'll be there next week. Keep an eye on my Instagram feed (@golfspydave)for photos and story updates. Let me know if you will be attending as well. Perhaps we can meet for a tasty beverage Plan for Saturday is to camp out on #7. Did that last Open and it was super fun. Loved hearing Poulter say "How the F00K am I supposed to play this hole." after hitting his tee shot.
  13. FYI Just started a contest to give away two of these up on Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/p/ByFz4vRlymF/?utm_source=ig_web_options_share_sheet
  14. Here you go. Play at your own risk [emoji12] Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  15. I’ll shoot and post the rules when I get home later. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  16. DivPro: The 6-in-1 Golf Tool: Multi-Tool Madness I’ve been a sucker for multi-tools since I was a kid. I think that my love affair with them started either with my first Cub Scout pocketknife, or perhaps a bit later with the mother-of-all multi-tools, the Swiss Army Knife. I loved having a single tool that could be used in every situation. I didn’t ever plan on an adventure where I’d need to scale a fish, cut a tree branch, punch some leather, and then pick something out of my tooth, but it was good to know that my Swiss Army knife had me covered should the need arise. The DivPro 6-in-1 golf tool may not be as dynamic and broad ranging as the Swiss Army knife, but the comparison between the two is not that much of a stretch. You carry one tool that can handle multiple jobs, as opposed to packing multiple tools. The key for any multi-tool though is performance. Jack-of-All-Trades, Master of None is not a title that we want to see on a tool that we need to actually work. A screwdriver that bends during use is not improved just because it sits next to a bottle opener in the knife. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the six functions of the DivPro, and see how they measure up in on-course testing. Div Pro DIV Pro is a pocket organizer for golfers tired of searching for the right tool every hole. The DivPro is a multi-functional golf gadget that incorporates the following: Cigar Holder Ball Marker Club cleaner Grip Saver Divot tool Shotgun Can Opener Cigar Holder: 4/5 The DivPro did a fine job of keeping my cigar off of the grass, or from being lost when I drive away from the hole, forgetting that the cigar was balancing on the window ledge. The only deduction is that the holding apparatus has a fixed geometry, being made of inflexible metal, and as such cigars of different lengths and different gauges may require a bit of finagling getting them to balance. It’s also not quite as convenient as a clip that attaches to the push or power cart. Ball Marker: 5/5 The DivPro has a easy-to-remove ball marking coin that attaches to the tool with a magnet. The coin stayed in place while the DivPro was in my pocket, and it came off easily when it was time to mark. All solid here. Club Cleaner: Unscored! I don’t have a photo of this one because there was no way that I was going to cram the metal points of the DivPro into the forged grooves of my Srixon 765 irons. YMMV on this but I’m not doing that. As a caveat, the DivPro did a nice job of cleaning grass and mud from my grooves in my shoes. Grip Saver: 5/5 I am not a fan of power cart golf, and one of the reasons is needing to take multiple clubs from the cart to chip, then putt, or just to bring a few when yardages are uncertain. For me, there is nothing worse than picking up a damp, grass-encrusted putter grip. When it’s that type of round, I always have a tee tucked into the back of my cap for grip elevation. The DivPro provides a stable platform, even wider than a golf tee, which should keep your grip out of the morning dew. Divot Tool: 4/5 The DivPro does a fine job of fixing pitch marks. The tines are narrow enough to go into the green easily, with the geometry of the tool providing plenty of leverage for usage. My only dings on the tool come from its overall size. It’s just a bit big for pocket carrying for my tastes. I usually only have a switchblade tool and my coin marker in my pockets when I play. The DivPro is a bit longer, and a bit pointy on both ends to be 100% comfortable for me, but once again, YMMV. Shotgun Can Opener: 4/5 It’s been a minute since shotgunning beers was a standard routine in my golf round. Sure, it still happens during the occasional scramble, but I tend to buy good beer these days, ones that are better savored than shotgunned. Anyway, for the sake of research, I gave the shotgun tool a test, and it did a fine job. Can geometry will effect the latching on of the tool. The one I used had a rounded bottom and it was a bit wiggly. Once attached, the leverage was good, and the point sharp enough to punch through the aluminum. Watch out for the spray. The resulting hole was ample, and the shotgun process took the expected three seconds to complete. It’s a solid shotgun tool, easily better than a key, tooth, or tee. It also opens up glass bottles too, but don’t bring glass to the course. That’s not cool. If you really want to take your next round up a level, the DivPro package also includes the rules for playing Shotgun Golf, with full incorporation of shotgunning beers. The marshals will love you. DivPro Delivers I’d say that for $14 with Prime shipping on Amazon, the DivPro sits nicely in the price to value ratio. My only real gripe is that it is a little big for my preferences because of the can opener end. It’s not a deal killer, just worth noting. If you happen to shotgun beers when you play golf, this little tool may be just what you are looking for.
  17. Please make sure to post your putts per round once it shows up. Gotta keep the number low if you are gaming that thing
  18. Introducing Palio Cigar Tools One of my favorite things about working for MyGolfSpy is the chance to try out products from brands that I have never heard of before. Sometimes the products are so uninspiring, that there is a good reason that nobody has heard of them. In other cases, trying something unknown leads to the discovery of a product that will become a constant companion in the years that follow. In terms of golf items, this is what I remember happening with both Pure and SuperStroke grips. There was a time when both were relatively unheard of, which seems impossible now, as they are both major players in the golf industry today. At some point though, not many consumers even knew who they were. For a time machine trip, check out my original Pure Grips review from 2011 HERE. With that in mind, I was definitely interested when someone suggested I check out the torch and cutter from Palio that I am sharing with you today. While it’s unlikely that any product will reach SuperStroke status, you never know when the next product will become the next itproduct. Occam’s Cigar Tools I love Occam’s razor. It’s that wonderful premise that simpler solutions are more likely to be correct than complex ones. To simplify, just keep it simple.I know that there times when I wish I had an old glued-shaft driver, just so I wouldn’t think about where all of the weights and the hosel should be set. If I can’t adjust anything, then nothing can be adjusted wrong, and I need just hit the ball. KISS is a solid system to live by IMO. Simplicity of operation is definitely one of the strengths of the Palio cigar tools. The Palio cutter uses a simple double guillotine blade design to sever the cap from your stick. There is nothing fancy in the operation here. With the Palio cutter, you’ll find sharp blades, a strong plastic body, and nothing but a quick slide to sever the tobacco. There are some additional aesthetic and operational enhancements, like the beveled edge where the cigar rests for cutting, but overall, the cutter remains entirely overt in its operation, which is a huge plus. The Palio Triple Torch Lighter also operates with ease. You need just fill it up with fuel (Xikar’s Performance High Altitude fuel is rad.), flip the lid open, and then click the ignition button for three raging jets of fire. The lighter is very compact, and with that, a bit surprising in the amount of fire that it delivers. You’ll probably not go wide-open jets with this one unless you are smoking something with a 90-ring gauge. Yes, those huge sticks exist. Check out this shot of my two buddies with the giant cigars at The Punch Bowl from our last trip to Bandon Dunes. Anyway, the Palio Triple Torch is a simple, yet solid machine, and like the cutter, there are some little design features that really up its usefulness. Under the cap, you’ll see a little piece of mirrored metal, allowing you to monitor the burn of your stick as you light it. The other really cool design element is that the lid closes over the top of the ignition button, preventing the button from being accidentally pressed in a pocket or golf bag. I definitely appreciate a design that prevents pocket fires on the course. Palio Cigar Tools: Simple, yet solid features and... Inexpensive The best feature of these tools is that they are both quite inexpensive. The cutter will run you about $25, with the torch only costing $15, or less if you shop around. If you are looking for a cigar tool set for your golf bag, I love this pair as a budget-friendly option. While I truly believe that the Xikar Tactical Torch that I reviewed a few weeks back is the ultimate cigar torch, I would be wrecked if I lost it at the course, where as losing one that only costs $15 would be annoying, but not devastating. The Palio Triple Torch and Palio Guillotine Cutter tools are both budget-priced, yet they actually perform.
  19. That exactly how it works, and it doesn’t even need a car! [emoji41][emoji106] Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
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