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  1. Remember that CPO also has Toulon putters and trade ins. Picked up a Toulon Long Island for about $20 after sending in a couple of clubs.
  2. 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
  3. I'm thinking that one may not hold the cold quite as well
  4. 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!
  5. Came for the contest, and stayed for the people. Thanks for a fun decade MGS peeps. [emoji482] Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  6. 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.
  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
  15. UPDATE: Bought two custom mugs for my brothers for Christmas yesterday. About $80 shipped with both sides customized. Order soon though bc it takes some time to get the designs done. Mine should arrive 12/2
  16. The customization is definitely cool. Got to do that too. Maybe for my Jack and Coke brother for Christmas.
  17. A New Cooler For A Spring-like November Now some of you may think that it’s a bit out of season for a cooler review, but being that NorCal is for some reason still in the 80’s, beverage chilling is still a thing. Sorry if you are currently snowed in until March. Just think, with all of that snow, you don’t have to deal with the traffic that I do. So many people driving to play golf, have picnics, shopping for groceries without jackets, and suffering through other outdoor activities that snow protects you from enduring. Hopefully you are feeling safe and snug under snow’s blanket. Since it’s that time of year, some of you may be also interested in the holiday present potential of a Yeti cooler, either as a give or a get. Having a bit more information when one makes purchasing decisions is what I’m all about. You’re welcome. Yeti, Me, and the M30 Is it wrong that I love that I made the title of this section rhyme? Sure, it’s a bit of a garble-mouth rhyme, but rhyming me and thirtyis next level grammaticism. Yes, I too just learned the word grammaticism. Anyway, I believe that the new Yeti Hopper M30 is the sixth Yeti Hopper cooler that I have run through the review paces. I still view the Hopper 8 as the best one to take to the course, and the Hopper Two 40 kept ice icy for three days last summer while camping near Tahoe. To a unit, I have been impressed with the Yeti designs, and the Yeti improvements on designs when the next generation arrives. For example, the transition from the Hopper to the Hopper Two represented a huge improvement in functionality by moving the zipper from the top to the side. Sure, the tapered top made resting a beer on it impossible, but loading and unloading the newer version resulted in significantly less arm hair loss. And that is the true onus for the review today, Yeti has once again rewritten the Hopper design, and so now’s the time to see if their improvement streak continues. The M is for MAGNETS! Water, fire, air and dirt F**king magnets, how do they work? -ICP That’s right, the secret to the future is not plastics, it’s MAGNETS, and yes, I did need to go full Insane Clown Posse shout out in my Yeti review. All in all I think that their music holds up pretty well... Anyway, the big thing that Yeti has done this time, and the reason for the M in M30, is that the zipper has been replaced with magnets. You read that right. The zipper is gone, and now the cooler holds in the cold with magnets. Now you perhaps can taste my curiosity. Magnets? Providing the same seal as the airtight zipper? I just couldn’t comprehend that this was even possible, and I figured that a few of you might be curious as well, and so that’s why we are all here today. So yes, the zipper is gone, and magnets now seal the cooler. OK so not just magnets. You will also see that the new design involves folding over the top, and then clipping it down in two places. Even with this, I just couldn’t fathom that this closure will work like the zipper. Let’s find out how it did, after a quick commercial break! Introducing the Yeti Rambler 24oz Mug! So maybe you are not in the market for a new cooler this winter, but I bet that you still have beverage needs. Keeping the hots hot, and the colds cold is an all-year-long battle. We need our drinks to be thermally correct! Don’t start countering my proposal with some garbage about already having an insulated tumbler either. You know that there have been times when your 30oz. tumbler is too big, and the 20oz. just can’t quite hold both of those beers. Enter the Yeti Rambler 24oz. mug. This online exclusive mug will keep both of those beers, or a full bomber, nice and cold. Truth be told, I’ve been on a Keto diet since early October and beers have not as of yet hit this purple pup. Yes, we are talking Yeti and Keto. That’s why I’ve been voted Most Basic Golfspy for five years running. The mug has a great shape, lots of color options, and a capacity to fit gin and soda water for days. I am assuming that it will get cold here at some point, and the mug will turn into a coffee mug that actually holds the correct amount of coffee (and Jameson). Smaller hands may not find the shape as comfortable, but the attached handle makes up for that. The mug is also not as cup holder friendly as the Rambler 20oz tumbler, but this is a mug built for pleasure, not commuting. Order them online at Yeti.com for only $29.99. And now back to the Hopper M30. You Were Saying Something About Magnets. Yes, MAGNETS! Ever curious, I set out to test the seal on the Hopper M30. Could magnets really seal up the cooler to Yeti-level of tightness. I tested the seal in three different environments: Environment #1: Wife’s Disco-Themed 50thBirthday Party A few weeks back, we converted our backyard into a disco for my wife’s birthday. Maybe you don’t need to know that, but I want you to see that the M30 had some real time testing, involving both sober and increasingly not sober testers. My plan was to stuff a bunch of different beverages inside of the M30 and see what party guests thought when they retrieved libations. Here are some of the observations: It Holds A Lot Though not as capacity crazy as the Hopper Two 40, the M30 will hold enough beverages for an evening, maybe a few evenings. Look at how it devours two wine bottles above. The Magnets Are Strong One pretty consistent comment was how surprised people were at how tightly the magnets held together. Getting a beverage was a two-handed operation, and I needed to wedge open the M30 to fill it effectively. That’s the nature about a tight seal though; it’s tight. Still way easier to operate, and way fewer scrapes than the zippered design. It’s Easy To Clean I wish that I had taken a post-party photo of the M30. It was a mess. It had so much red wine spilled on it that I thought I was watching a remake of Carrie (gross). Little water on a rag and all of that wiped right off. I did notice that our tap water left some spots on it when I hosed it off later, but I’ve not yet hit them with vinegar to see if they come off too. Environment #2: Post-Party Patio While one could argue that the second environment is just an extension of the first, you know that your house before and after parties just isn’t the same. We had an extra 20lb bag of ice in the freezer left over from the party, so I thought I’d see how the M30 kept it cold. After two days on the patio, there was still ice inside. After one day, there was a bunch of ice still frozen. I don’t know how long the ice would have lasted though as my wife cleaned the ice out of the cooler for me. So thoughtful. Environment #3: Watering the Lawn What I really wanted to test with the M30 was its ability to stay sealed. I don’t want to fill this cooler up with ice, and then have a lake in my car when it tips over. It’s time to test those magnets. So I filled the M30 up with water, clipped it closed, and tried to get it to leak. I tipped it, gently squeezed it, let it sit on its side for a while, and all of the water stayed inside. The magnets, fold, and clip plan worked. After I removed the clips though, inverting the bag while holding it by the shoulder strap did result in water release. Squishing without the top clipped definitely let the water out. These magnets are strong, but not that strong. Bottom line, the magnetic seal is pretty amazing, but you’ll want to clip them clips. M30 Magnetism I’ve got to give props to Yeti. I was very skeptical about the new magnetic closure system, but the Hopper M30 seals up like a champ, or maybe like what I expect a Yeti to seal up like. It holds a ton, has Yeti’s characteristic durability, and Yeti’s ability to keep cold stuff cold for a long time. Does this represent the end of Yeti innovation? Probably not. I’m sure that they have people working right now on improving the design, or maybe applying the design to other coolers. I’ll be really impressed if they can develop a magnetic enclosure for the Hopper 8. Get to it Yeti! Bonus Tip: Drying out the M30 I use a large, hard plastic solo cup to hold the M30 open so it can dry completely. You are welcome. Dave's Takes: Your Guide to 19thHole Gear My goal for usual goal for the 19thHole product reviews is to find the ultimate products for us to take to the golf course. I'm looking for things that help our beers stay cold, and our cigars stay delicious while we stroll through nature whacking the white ball.
  18. Expanding The Sound Horizon with The Jaybird Vista The Jaybird Vista took me a bit by surprise. It was just back in March when I started using the Jaybird RUN XT headphones, Jaybird’s upgraded version of their RUN bluetooth headphones. I was a fan of the original RUN, and I found the RUN XT to be an improvement on the original. Knowing typical product cycles, I figured that the RUN XT would be the last Jaybird earbuds that I would see for a while. I was incorrect in that assumption. As it turns out, Jaybird had another pair of wireless earbuds waiting in their wings, the Jaybird Vista headphones. As you can probably guess from the name, this new pair of speakers is not a new version of the RUN, but rather a new style all together. As I said, I am a fan of the RUN headphones, and as such, a wholesale redesign of the ear buds seemed strange to me. This confusion quickly morphed to indignation. How could they mess with the RUN design? Unless, the Vista design is actually better than the RUN... Vista Specs: Case and Battery Before I get into comparing the Vista to the RUN, let’s take a look at the general characteristics of the Vista. The Jaybird Vista headphones are bluetooth connected earbuds that store in a charging case. OK, so maybe that’s exactly like the RUN, and Airpods, and similar designs. Regardless, this allows Jaybird to put smaller batteries in the actual headphones, with the rechargeable charging case carrying a much larger battery that can then deliver the juice to the earbuds when you put them away after use. Getting to the specifics of the battery, you’ll get six hours of music on a full charge in the earbuds, and the case will add another 10 hours. Should you need charge in a hurry, 5 minutes of charging will get you an hour of music. The case itself charges via a simple USB C port, a departure from the more run of the mill USB cable used for RUN charging. Vista Specs: Custom Fit Like most Jaybird headphones, the Vista earbuds come with silicone ear coverings to fit ears of different sizes. Unlike the RUN series though, the ear fins and the part that goes into the ear are connected as a single piece. This does reduce the possible fit combinations from nine to three, but maybe Jaybird realized that there are not many people out there with tiny ears with huge ear holes. I actually welcomed the lower level of adjustability. I got a little brain locked with the extended choices when I first dialed in fit with the RUN. With the Vista, I only had to pick between three, and the standard sized ones actually fit the best. The fit is nice and snug too. These are not noise canceling, but they block out the vast majority of the ambient sounds. Granted, this can be a bit dangerous if you are running on roads and can’t hear cars, but it’s amazing at the gym or range when your neighbors are talking on the phone, or when bad golfers are giving other bad golfers lessons. The fit is definitely secure enough to meet my gym and range needs. I didn’t experience any slippage at all. The Vista buds stay in the ears. There’s a bit of movement when you press the buttons, especially if sweaty, but not enough to be annoying. Vista Specs: Tune Control Controls on the Vista are pretty intuitive. You have single-press pause, double-press to skip, and so on. What’s cool with the Vista is that you can use the Jaybird app to customize how the buttons work. You can even dial it in so that you can adjust the volume from the buds with long presses. I know that I was initially annoyed with the first batch of RUN headphones where you could not adjust volume, and now you can do just that. Irony is after I goofed around with the new settings, I just ended up going with the factory settings. Should you want options though, you can reprogram the buttons to suit your needs. Vista vs RUN XT So how do these new Vista earbuds stack up against the RUN XT? Here are some of my observations: Both are super easy to pair, but the system has changed a bit with the Vista. Rather than pairing from the headphone like the RUN, the Vista pairing is initiated from a button in the case. This was a bit unexpected, but it worked without a problem. I was worried about the buds becoming unpaired, and then needing the case to repair them, which is likely true, but they have yet to unpair, so this is not an issue. The new Vista case has a smaller profile, and I think that it is an improvement on the RUN case. Sizewise, it fits way easier into a pocket than the thicker RUN case. There are also little magnets in the case that align the earbuds precisely for charging. I actually had one of the small brass charging prongs break in one of the RUN cases, making inserting the earbud correctly annoying. With the Vista, there are only two charging prongs per bud, and the magnet lines them up perfectly with the holes in the earbud. Hopefully this leads to a longer case life. I think that the sound quality out of the Vista earbuds is actually better than the RUN XT. I’ve got no real way to quantify this, but that’s my overall impression. The bass is amazing, especially considering how small the speaker is overall. The Jaybird app allows for easy sound level customization as well. A few tweaks on the EQ, and I was very happy with the sound output. Make sure to use the app because you can also take advantage of the Find my Buds feature should you misplace them. A Vista Worth Exploring With the Vista, Jaybird has continued their streak of producing excellent wireless headphones, and although I was a bit skeptical about them redesigning the RUN, I think that the Vista is a better design. The fit and sound are improved, and the case, even with the switch to USB-C, is better than the RUN case. At $179, the Jaybird Vista is not cheap, but they also do not perform like cheap headphones. This price places the Vista in direct competition with the Apple AirPods. Having “borrowed” my son’s AirPods this summer, I prefer the Vista for anything physical. The fit is just way more secure. I also think that the Vista’s tighter seal in the ear makes for better listening. Watching movies with the Vista headphones allows me to totally tune out the other environmental sounds, something that the AirPods could only accomplish at much higher volumes. As an Apple diehard, it’s tough to not go with Team Jobs, but I think that the Jaybird Vista is a better option.
  19. 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
  20. CDs are the 8-Track of the modern world. In both cases, we thought that we had the most modern music delivery system ever.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
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