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  1. Dave's Take: Xikar's Tactical Triple-Jet Torch https://www.xikar.com/products/lighters/tactical-triple/ The streamlined appearance of the High Performance Triple Jet Flame Lighter (Tactical Triple) is engineered for performance and precision. Easily inspect remaining butane levels in your tank through the oversized double EZ-View™ red fuel windows and fine-tune your desired flame height with a quick turn of the oversized adjustment wheel, centrally located at the base of the lighter. Earlier this week, I shared with you my thoughts on the Xikar VX2 V-Cut cutter. Having had a stick or two since then, I am becoming more and more convinced that v-cutting is going to be my go to when it comes to cap clipping. Pleasant draws for days with the V. Cutting the cigar is only one part of the cigar smoking process though, as one typically needs to light the stick as well. Today, I am going to share with you Xikar’s new torch, the Tactical Triple-Jet Flame Lighter, providing you with my impressions of the lighter, running it through my 10-Click Challenge™, and ultimately determining if it will replace my current torch, the much adored Xikar Turrim Single. Features Durable and ergonomic metal body Oversized fuel adjustment wheel Ergonomic pull-down ignition Manual flip-top lid Angled triple jet flames Low-profile/removable pocket clip EZ-View™ Red Fuel Level Window Four available finishes MSRP: $99.99 Ergonomics and Functionality As soon as I saw the tactical name, I assumed that the torch would feature military-like aesthetics. While I can see this torch fitting into an overall military motif, it doesn’t scream militaria, making it approachable for those not looking for that style. I think that I would describe the overall look and feel of the Tactical Triple as tool-like. This lighter has the looks that would allow it to sit on a table next to a leather recliner and a glass of cognac, but it is much better suited for trips into the field. The field could be a hunting or fishing expedition, or better yet, a 6500 yard walk across freshly mowed grass. The overall texture of the Tactical Triple is just rough enough to promote a solid grip, but not so abrasive that it feels uncomfortable. The shape of the torch allows it to sit comfortably in your hand, with the flip-top lid, and the ignition button being thumb available. Since I never wear anything clipped to my belt, I usually remove such clips from items, but the clip on the Tactical Triple clip is very low profile, and doesn’t impair the hand feel. It also does clip nicely to a belt, or to the various clipable spots on the golf bag or push cart.If you really don't like the clip, just a couple of screws and it's removed. Xikar pays attention to the ergonomics of their products. If you look at the edge of the flip top lid, you’ll see a little ridge. That ridge gives you just a little more traction when you flip up the top, your finger likely slipping more should that ridge have been absent. It’s a small design element, but it shows the thought and thoroughness that Xikar puts into their products. Like with the Turrim Single, the flame adjustment knob is large, and easy to adjust. You can definitely adjust flame height while the lighter is going. The large EZ-View™ butane window lets you know exactly when the lighter needs to be filled, removing the possibility of taking an empty lighter to the course. Assuming, of course, that you remember to check... Dave's 10 Click Challenge My measurable metric for lighter performance is Dave's Ten Click Challenge. I fill the lighter, give it a few ignitions to make sure the butane is in the system, and see how many ignitions occur with ten consecutive lighting attempts. A reliable torch should give you fire, not clicks. The Xikar Tactical Triple scored 10/10. It actually did this on three separate occasions, with one time going for 25 straight ignitions before I got bored and stopped. The Tactical Triple brings the heat! Golfability How well suited for golf is the Xikar Tactical Triple? I would say that it is ideally suited for the golf course. It’s not a small lighter, but it is compact. It will easily fit into a golf bag pocket, or into your travel humidor if not displaced by long cigars. It’s not as travel humidor perfect as the cigar-shaped Turrim Single, but it fits in the 5-Cigar case all the same. The things that I look for in a course torch are the ability to either not get too hot, or to cool down quickly (ideally both). With the three flame jets, the lighter definitely will throw fire at your cigar, but it still stays cool. The flip up lid never really heated up during cigar lighting, and it covers the hottest part of the torch when closed. I had no problem or concern with dropping the lighter into my pocket, or bag right after use. It is also worth mentioning that this torch does very well in the wind. The lid provides a nice little windbreak when open, and those three jets provide enough fuel to fight all but the strongest of gales. This was unfortunately not always true for the Turrim Single, where windy rounds would require awkward wind-evading crouching, and lots of relighting clicks. The Tactical Triple brings you fire in the field like a champ. Overall: I’ve Made a Tactical Decision The Tactical Triple-Jet Flame Lighteris now my gamerlighter. It’s in the golf bag, on the patio at parties, and it’s the one I seek out when I need to light anything on fire. I feel a little disloyal replacing the Turrim Single, but the Tactical Triple is just a better performer. None of us are going to bag a driver that’s twenty yards shorter just so it doesn’t feel bad when it’s left at home in the garage. Sorry Turrim Single. You are a great torch, but the Tactical Triple has got your number. You’ll save a penny from your Benjamin when you purchase the Tactical Triple, but you really will be getting what you pay for. This thing is a high-quality torch. Plus, with Xikar’s lifetime warranty, you’ll not need to buy another lighter perhaps ever. Assuming you didn’t do something awful to the torch, and even then, I’d contact Xikar. They support their stuff. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more cigar stuff, including what may be the most wind-proof lighter that I have ever tested.
  2. It’s an imperial Baltic Porter from Porchlight Brewing here in Sac. 10% and dangerously smooth. Need to moderate pours [emoji23] Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  3. Did a DIY tap handle for the 128oz growlerwekrs growler today. Local place does $10 fills on Wednesday’s so it won’t be too pricy to fill. CO2 keeps it fresh and flowing. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  4. Thanks for voting. Voting is open for a couple of weeks so feel free to spam family with FB accounts. The eggplant emoji driver cover would be rad. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  5. I think it’s my new favorite too. Much as I love the ritual of the Xikar XO cutter, this one just makes for a better smoking experience. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  6. https://t.co/Lft9k97zcF Yep, it's a shameless begging post for some votes in the Dormie Workshop Cover vs. Cover contest. Not totally sure of how long the voting is open, but you will need to log in with Facebook to do so. Here is the rough draft (aka I suck at digital drawing). If it wins, they will make it. https://t.co/Lft9k97zcF
  7. Spring is Here; Let’s Open the Lounge Since the Masters is now over, we can all officially welcome in the 2019 Golf Season! Sure, some of you are still dealing with snow, and some of us never really stopped playing anyway, but at least symbolically, we are all now ready to pack our gear, and hit the course. Those of us who enjoy a good stick with our sticks know that “golf gear” also includes our favorite tools for lighting up our favorite golf cigars. Just like selecting the best ball for our game, we also must take the time to select the correct cutters, lighters, and other cigar products for the. As such, it seemed like the natural time to add the Xikar XV2 V-Cut cutter to our growing Cigar Review Compendium. The Xikar VX2 V-Cut Cutter The VX2 V-Cut is engineered to create the optimal depth of a v-cut, ensuring plenty of draw without damaging your cigar cap. The inverted stainless steel blade provides inward pressure to the cap of the cigar during the cut, preventing the cap from expanding and splitting. The new VX2 V-Cut offers ergonomic, one-handed operation utilizing the all new Secure-Lock™ system requiring simultaneous pressure to both side release buttons, easily done with your thumb and index finger. Upon release, the spring-loaded cutter snaps open providing access to a built-in 64RG bowl, simply place the cigar cap in the bowl and press the cutter closed. The precision engineered depth of the VX2 V-Cut maximizes draw without cutting too deep and breaching the cigar cap causing your cigar to unravel. Exquisitely designed and engineered for precision. I thought that we would kick off the 2019 cigar gear reviews with the new Xikar product that I have been most excited to try out, the Xikar XV2 V-Cut cutter. It’s tough to pinpoint why this cutter really piqued my curiosity, but at soon as I saw it, I wanted to take it out for a quick clip. I guess I was wondering about how a V-Cut compares to the traditional guillotine cut, or simple punch through the cigar's cap. Is the draw smoother? Does the cap suffer more, or less damage when sliced in the V shape? Could the deeper V-cut make the draw too much? As I said, I was curious. Specifications: Xikar VX2 V-Cut Cutter V-Cut cutter Aluminum body Stainless steel blades Double Secure-Lock™ release buttons Spring-loaded blade release 64 RG bowl (cuts the cap of 70RG cigars) Colors: 5 (Silver tested) MSRP: $49.99 One of the things that you are likely to first notice when you take the VX2 cutter out of the box is its weight. This cutter has a very pleasing heft to it. It feels like you are going to do something significant with it. As you can see from the photos, it’s just the right size for single-handed operation. The VX2 sits in your palm, where you can then very easily engage the Secure-Lock™ buttons to open the cutter. I like this double-button feature as it is super unlikely that the cutter will just pop open on its own, either in your bag or your pocket. Simple to open, and only opens when you need it to. That’s an ideal mix. To cut your stick, you just simply rest the cap in the bowl, and press down on the top of the cutter. The blades are quite sharp, and cruised through the tobacco without a rip or squish. The cigar in my photos is a NUB Habano tubo, a pretty solid stick made by Oliva, with a ring gauge of 60. Here is an image from the Xikar site showing you what the cuts would look like with different sized cigars. Even with a smaller cigar, the cut depth does not penetrate too far. This is likely due to the bowl geometry of the cutter. Regardless, you’ll have no issues with having the dreaded too-deep V. Did the V-Cut Make a Difference? That’s the big question, right? It is all fine and good if the cutter feels good, and cuts well, but why bother if the performance is not significantly different from just poking a tee into the end of the stick? What did I conclude? I loved smoking the NUB with the V-cut. If I’m being honest, didn’t really expect to see that much of a difference between the V-cut and the traditional blunt cut. The difference was actually quite extraordinary. I’ve had more than a couple of NUB tubos on the course. They are the perfect length, and the tube makes them very golf bag friendly. Until prior to the VX2, all of them had been cut with a traditional guillotine cutter. The VX2 was as easy to use as expected, but the improved draw was a lovely surprise. Something about cutting through the cap, and deeper into the filler, really made the draw smooth, and appropriate. Now obviously your mileage will vary with the cigar brand that you choose, but with that NUB, the draw was spot on. Not too much so the cigar burned too hot, and not too little, causing you to collapse your face to move air though the layers. It was a balanced smoking experience, with the NUB only becoming too hot to hit once I was under the 1” mark. Out of curiosity, I also double V-cut a NUB and while the airflow went up a bit, it was still a spot on smoking experience. No problems with cigar integrity on that second cut either. This blade, will cut! Dave’s Take: Bag the VX2 V-Cutter While I could roll out a bunch more fancy words about the Xikar VX2 V-Cut, the final take is that this will be the cutter in my golf bag, and on my patio for the foreseeable future. It’s fun to cut with, and the V-cut opening enhances the cigar smoking experience. The five available colors cover a wide range of aesthetic options, and while the $50 price is quite reasonable for the Xikar quality, a quick search on Amazon will let you grab one for about $10 less. Stay tuned for more Xikar and other cigar-related products in the coming weeks. I may even have a few things to pass along your way as well. -Dave
  8. I'd like to see him pass Jack, and then I'd like to see the next phenom come along and pass Tiger. I love seeing golfers perform super-human feats.
  9. Congratulations to BGH Bracket/espn19369949 Shoot me a DM and let's get that putter on its way to you.
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  11. Yep. It’s excellent. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  12. Bettinardi is rolling out their second limited edition putter for the year, the Copper Classic BB1. While the "First Major" theme is tough to miss, I was more smitten with the throwback aesthetics of the putter. It reminds me of the copper insert putters that Bettinardi manufactured back in the early 2000's. For my putter-eye, it's a look that I fondly remember. Feel free to enjoy these photos, check out the specs below, and get your finances in order by the release date on 4/8. There are only 250 of these being made, and even at $800, they will sell out in hours, if not minutes. From Bettinardi: Matching the excitement of the spring golf season, Robert J. Bettinardi is proud to unveil his latest limited run creation, the BB1 Copper Classic. Using his .38 Special BB1 style head shape, Robert created this BB1 using 303 Stainless Steel, and giving it a 110 Copper insert over our distinct and patented Honeycomb face milling, for a buttery soft , unforgettable feel at impact. Completed in a gorgeous high polish face, sole, and neck with 110 CU and 303SS intricately milled on the bumpers, this eye catching putter matches the classic look with a fancy Hex B centered in the pocket for an unmistakable look of genuine craftsmanship. Comes paired with a premium Made in USA quilted leather headcover, the BB1 is limited to only 250 pieces worldwide. The BB1 Copper Classic will be available at Bettnardi.com in the Hive on April 9th, 2019 and select Bettinardi specialty dealers worldwide. Model: BB1 Metal: 303 Stainless with Copper Insert Face Milling: Classic Honeycomb Weight: 355g Grip: Green Lamkin Deep Etched Cord Headcover: Premium Made in the USA Quilted Leather MSRP: $800.00.
  13. I made us a nice little group to go head to head as the pros go head to head this week. Follow the link below and use the password mygolfspy to join the group. https://fantasybracket.pgatour.com/og_objects/v1/wcbracket/groups/2007  If the link does't work, let me know. No prizes as of now for the winner, but if a non-staffer wins, I'll hit up the boss for something, or find something in my personal golf stash.
  14. Forgot all about this putter so I thought that I'd bump the topic to give it some more love. I wish that I had it today with a Rincon (flow) neck. Byron is a stud.
  15. That's brutal. Double check with the app that your firmware is up to date. I know that an update went through not too long ago. Maybe it'll improve.
  16. The older model RUN would cut out in the left ear sometimes, but not yet with these. Quick off and on always fixed it.
  17. Incremental Gains With The Jaybird RUN XT That’s a funny phrase: Incremental gains. On one level, you are improving, but maybe not at a level that is significant in the short run. Incremental does not necessarily mean insignificant though. Folk who have succeeded in weight loss, and other fitness programs, know that all gains (or losses) are incremental, and that it is the summation of these small gains that really add up over time. If I lost just a pound a day, I'd weigh -165 pounds this time next year! I’m not trying to lower your expectations of the Jaybird RUN XT that I am reviewing for you today, but perhaps trying to get out in front of those that say that the new model is not that different from the last model. That is actually very true, and it is perhaps the greatest compliment that I can give this new incarnation of Jaybird’s wireless headphones. The Jaybird RUN XT headphones are incrementally better than their predecessor, and that’s a big deal since I once claimed that the Jaybird RUN were the best wireless headphones that I have ever used. Still Running With the RUN Thankfully, the Jaybird RUN XT are proving to be just as solid a headphone choice as the Jaybird RUN. I’ve had quite a few sessions with the RUN during the past sixteen months. They have proven time and time again to be the best headphones at the gym, on the range, in the living room, and on the streets as I rack up the miles. The RUN have never disappointed me with regard to fit, or sound, or battery life. They just meet the needs. So what then has Jaybird improved with the RUN XT? IPX7 Waterproofing I didn’t know anything about waterproofing before diving into headphone and speaker reviews. I just assumed that if something was waterproof then that they could be wet. Well that’s not quite how it works. Since this is the biggest improvement in the new version of the RUN, let’s take a look at the waterproofing scale above. The last version of the RUN was listed as “sweat proof and water resistant” so this update to full IPX7 classification is significant, especially if you intend to use them during rainy runs or rounds. Obviously, you may not see this as a huge feature, depending upon your usage, but for a certain subset of users, this improvement will definitely be welcome. Personally, I would like to see an IPX8 version that I can use while swimming. If anyone has a good suggestion for IPX8 wireless headphones, please let me know. Keeping the Good Although the new waterproof rating may not be an attractant for you, the new Jaybird RUN XT headphones still feature the specs that I definitely appreciated with the RUN. Super easy to pair to your phone out of the box, and to pair to other devices after that. Battery life is excellent, both in terms of music playing, and from the battery-containing case. The charging case has allowed me to have working headphones when I would have otherwise gone without due to forgetting to charge them. The quick charge ability (one hour of music in five minutes) is great if you leave them out of the case for a while. 4 hours of music in the headphones, plus 8 more from the case is definitely doable. Sound quality is excellent, and is definitely improved through interaction with the Jaybird app. I spent some time customizing the equalizer settings and couldn’t be happier with the resulting sound. The RUN XT also features multiple options of fins and cups for finding the ideal fit in one’s ear. I’ve never had one of these fall out, regardless of activity. The charging/carrying case is very portable, and stays closed. I toss this thing into all kinds of bags and pockets, and I have yet to have the latch pop. Simple controls mean simple usage. Though the ability to alter volume from the unit is annoying at times, it was actually something that I didn’t care about as often as I expected to. Pause and skip were the real choices most of the time, and one-press vs. two-press responsiveness was right on. I have had some issues here and there with the left earbud ceasing to play, but holding down the left button to turn it off and on has quickly fixed the situation, and I would not characterize this as a common occurrence. NOTE: No Video Lag Issues For Me One of the things that some folk have reported is that they experience deal-breaking lag when using the RUN headphones to watch movies.To be fair, most of my movie watching on the iPad is accomplished using wired, over the ear headphones. I want the larger sound, and my need for immobility on the couch is not inhibited by the wires. Regardless, it seemed wise to watch a movie or two with the RUN XT just to see if lag was happening. Maybe I’m just not that perceptive, or I have a hot internet connection, but I didn’t experience lag with Netflix or HBO Now apps. I’ve not tested this at the gym, because the gym is music only for me, but perhaps the difficulties come from decreased bandwidth in that type of setting. I'm not sure that this is the style of headphones that I'd shop for if I wanted to watch movies anyway, but if your are looking for an all in one solution, be aware that some have reported the video issues. Two Dave’s Up I should probably come up with an official ranking system for things at some point, but until that happens, I’d go with a rating of “buy” for the Jaybird RUN XT. If you are looking for portable wireless headphones that deliver a sound larger than their size, the RUN XT should suit your needs. Though they may not represent a huge improvement over the previous RUN model, that waterproofing upgrade may prove invaluable if it starts to rain on the range, or if you fall victim to a toilet drop. I don’t think that owners of the RUN need to go out and grab the RUN XT, unless, again, waterproofing is key for your activities. But if you are looking to make the move into a first pair of wireless earbuds, the Jaybird RUN XT is a solid choice.
  18. Happy St Patrick’s Day Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  19. Saw those on IG too. May reach out to see about reviewing one to have something to report to y’all Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  20. Should be good now in the app Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  21. mygolfspy Looks like the bottom of the first post gets chopped off in the app. I’ll add some returns and see if that helps. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  22. We've got a MyGolfSpy Madness NCAA Basketball bracket up on ESPN again. What will the winner win? Well, thanks to Cleveland Golf, the winner will walk away with a custom Huntington Beach SOFT putter. You get to customize the specs and personalize the model of your choice with the colors of your choice. Let us know what you will build when your bracket smashes the competition! Get in the action now: Link to Group: LINK Group: 2019 MyGolfSpy Madness Password: mygolfspy
  23. Golf is more physical than mental. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  24. Don’t worry about putter fitting. They all play the same. Just find one that you like the look of that makes you feel confident. [emoji23] Seriously, get fit at some point. Even “good putters” can benefit from stroke analysis and slight or significant putter modification. You can either compensate with changing your stroke to fit a putter, or get a putter that naturally fits what you do. This really shouldn’t be a question. Get fit. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
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