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  1. I have also wondered about their clothes. Do they rewear stuff or always have something new? Why do my collars and pants pockets have sunscreen stains and theirs never do? These are the important questions.[emoji2] I like the idea. Sent from my MotoG3 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  2. I just posted my Stage 2 review. It is located on the first page of the thread.
  3. Stage Two: Precision Pro NX7 Pro Rangefinder – Official MGS Forum Review by SCC4380 Reviewer's Perspective My perspective in this review is that of a golfer who has never had or used a laser rangefinder. I have used a Garmin Approach S1 GPS watch for yardages the last few years. I have really liked it, but have wondered how much value would be added if I also had a laser rangefinder. On full shots I almost always try to hit the middle third of the green. If the flag is in the front I try to hit to the front of the middle third, if the flag is in the back I try to hit to the back of the middle third. One of my minor pet peeves is when the flag color doesn't match the pin position. My major pet peeve is slow play, whether it is in my group or somewhere ahead of me. The other reviewers will bring their own perspective. MDGolfHacker uses both a handheld GPS unit (SkyCaddie SG5) and a laser rangefinder (Bushnell PinSeeker 1500), while Schnergun uses a handheld GPS unit (Garmin G5). Performance Product setup and Initial Use After unboxing and taking some photos, I read the instruction manual. It was clear and concise. It gave me all of the information that I needed and nothing more. I would say that they got it just right. Along with the instructions are a small microfiber (a nice touch), a wrist strap (I haven't used it), and the case with a snap link. The only thing that seemed cheap was the snap link, which I immediately replaced with a carabineer that I had around the house. I am glad that I replaced the snap link because I would hate to lose the unit and it didn't seem sturdy. The instruction manual indicates that there are videos on the Precision Pro website to “help you take full advantage of the product.” When I checked the website it indicated that they are still working on the videos and don't have them done yet. I don't think that this is an issue as I am not sure what the videos would add. The instructions also say to “scan over the target 1-2 times while the flag is flashing” to help the unit eliminate background objects and obtain the target. As someone who hadn't used a laser rangefinder before, I noted this and was prepared to carefully scan over the target a couple of times when I used it. Little did I know that it would take a good day on my part and a fairly close flag to not scan over the target a half a dozen times while trying to keep it still enough to do its job. LOL. I guess I am not as steady handed as some people. Product Setup and Initial Use Score: 18/20 points (-2 points for the snap link) (No harm, no foul on the missing videos) Performance on the Course For testing the unit, I started at the driving range where I checked the distance to each of the flags. While I don't trust range balls to go the distance of the balls I regularly play, it was nice for the first time to actually know the distances to the flags. The basic operation of the Precision Pro NX7 is that you push down the button and release it and the crosshairs appear. Push down the button again and hold it while scanning your target until the unit gives you the distance to the target. It was really pretty simple to operate. Next, I took it out on the course. The first few rounds I used it for every approach shot. About once a round it gave me a distance to the flag that I wouldn't have guessed based on the flag color. The course I play most often is basically flat, so even though I have the NX7 Pro with Adaptive Slope Technology, it made no difference in the yardages. I think that the unit is very accurate. I tested it against one of my friend's Bushnell laser rangefinders. They gave essentially same yardages. To see how the slope function works, I went to a local course with some big elevation changes. The biggest of them is the first hole. From the blue tees to the fairway where most people need to lay up it is a 170 foot drop. I wondered what the actual yardage versus the “plays like” yardage would be. I picked a landing spot on the fairway that was 275 yards away. Based on the Adaptive Slope Technology, hitting to that spot plays like it is 215 yards. I actually think that it plays a little bit longer than that, but I am not going to fault the NX7 Pro because the hole is pretty extreme and the unit probably isn't designed for that large an elevation change. Also, you wouldn't go wrong playing the hole like it is 215 yards, even though I think that it plays more like 235. It is also possible that 215 yards is accurate and I wouldn't know because I always go to the first tee box cold and hit after a few practice swings. The rest of the holes have more moderate elevation changes and I agreed completely with the “plays like” yardage that the NX7 Pro gave me. I liked using the NX7 Pro, but did learn one thing about myself. I have a pre-shot routine that is geared around my GPS watch, not a laser rangefinder. I try to play when the courses aren't busy and love it when there isn't anyone in front of me to slow me down. My routine is to look at my watch the second that I arrive at the ball, pick a club and a target, get in position to hit the ball, take one more glance at the watch, and hit. I would have to be in some crazy parallel universe to ever be put on the clock. Adding a couple of extra seconds to get out the laser rangefinder, get the yardage, put it away, and then go through my regular routine was an adjustment. I am more used to it now, but it is still kind of hard for me when the course is wide open in front of me. When I am behind a slow group, I like using as it is a nice way to fill time and gives me additional information for my shot. Here is my response to the features and benefits as listed on the Precision Pro website. Adaptive Slope Technology allows you to toggle between elevation measuring Slope and tournament legal Non-Slope modes. Provides (play as) distances in Slope mode.I really like this feature. A simple push of a button changes the mode to make it tournament legal or to add the Adaptive Slope Technology. I like having the “play as” yardages. Pulse Vibration Technology gives a quick Pulse when locked on to the target so you know what you've hit.I liked this as well. It is a nice touch. Accuracy +/- 1 Yard- gives you the confidence to choose the correct club each time.When compared to my friend's Bushnell laser rangefinder, it gave essentially identical yardages. I can say this for certain, the NX7 Pro provides a level of accuracy that exceeds my ability to hit the ball specific distances. (TAG) Target Acquisition Technology- scans your field of view and locks in on the target to ensure you get the yardage to the target, not what's behind the target.I had a mixed experience with this. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. Sometimes I got a yardage for the flag, sometimes I got a yardage for the cattails, trees, fences, swing sets, etc. behind the flag. How it compares to other laser rangefinders is something that I can't address that the other reviewers might be able to. 400 Yard Measuring Range- ensures you'll never be out of range of the target.Almost all of my uses were for flags under 225 yards, so I can't comment on this in a practical way. If I take up deer hunting during the zombie apocalypse this will be my go to yardage finder. 1/10 Yard Measurements- an added layer of accuracy to give you the confidence that your distance is correct.This is a level of precision that I don't really need, but it is nice to know that the NX7 is really precise. If it were up to me, I would rather have numbers a little bigger and rounded to the nearest yard instead of having yardages to a 1/10 of a yard. High Speed SD Laser- picks up distance readings in under 1 second.In my experience, it may pick them up that quickly, but it doesn't give you the yardages that quickly. This was the only area where my friend's Bushnell outperformed the NX7 Pro. This was the biggest challenge for me when using the unit. For some reason I expect it to give me the yardage instantly like my Garmin watch. On a slow day it is no problem, but if I am in a rhythm and moving fast it seemed slow. The NX7 ranked 7th for speed in MyGolfSpy's recent test of rangefinders (https://mygolfspy.com/the-best-laser-rangefinders-in-2017/) Water Resistant Design- ensures the NX7 can be used in wet and rainy conditions without issue.This isn't a big selling point in the second driest state, but it does give me peace of mind if a rogue sprinkler goes off when I am on the course. Shock Proof Design- helps to survive the drops, tosses, any other impact on the golf course.This is a big plus for peace of mind. 6X Magnification- brings the target 6 times closer to you for improved viewing and target acquisition.I didn't think that there would be much difference between 5X and 6X magnification. I was wrong. I really loved this feature. Compared to my friend's Bushnell with 5X magnification, this made finding the flag and holding the unit on the flag easier. This is my personal opinion, but I wouldn't buy a 5X magnification rangefinder after comparing the two. Multi Distance Mode- easily switch between yards and meters depending on your unit of measure.I didn't try this feature out, but if I give it to anyone who lives outside of the US this will be a handy feature. Tournament Legal you should always check with the rules committee, but the NX7 Rangefinder is legal for tournaments that allow distance measuring devices.This is a nice feature. 2 Year Warranty- if anything happens to the NX7 Rangefinder during the normal course of use we will quickly replace or repair the product for you.I haven't had any problems with my NX7, but I really like that Precision Pro stands behind its products. Free Battery Replacements- provides free battery replacement for the life of your product.This is a nice touch. While the battery for the NX7 isn't expensive, this is a really nice touch and something that isn't offered by other manufactures. Performance on the Course Score: 45/50 (-5 for being slower than I would have liked) Subjective Looks I really liked the looks and feel of the NX7 Pro. I think that the back and green with white lettering looks great. I also like the texture and hexagonal pattern. The NX7 Pro was a comfortable size for my hands. I am sure that I would want a rangefinder that is much smaller than the NX7 Pro for my hand size. I do wish that the yardages were a little larger when they display and that they were a little closer to the crosshairs. When you are wearing glasses or sunglasses you can't see the full display. Of course, I could take off my glasses or sunglasses when I use the rangefinder, but that takes time and mine don't sit neatly on my hat like some people's do. The case was sturdy and looked good. The elastic band held the rangefinder securely in the case, which allowed me to skip zipping the case open and closed between uses. Looks Score: 9/10 (-1 for the yardage display) Likelihood of Purchase If was going to purchase a laser rangefinder, I would buy the NX7 Pro. The value proposition of Precision Pro is quality rangefinders at a reasonable price. I think that they deliver on this in spades. It isn't as fast as I would like, but I don't use it enough to justify spending any more than the $249.95 list price. My friend agrees with me and wishes that he had spent less than he did on his Bushnell. Likelihood of Purchase Score 20/20 Conclusion Overall lessons learned : I like having a laser rangefinder. I pull it to check yardages a few times a round, but I don't use it on every hole like I did at the beginning. Generally, I am not trying to hit to the pin with anything longer than a pitch shot, so the exact yardage to the flag isn't super important to me, but it does help me verify the pin position when things don't look right. It is also really helpful when I can't see where the flag is at all. In those cases the 6X magnification has been great. One limitation of a rangefinder is that it won't work in every situation. At the course I play most often, there are large mounds in front of one green. When you can only see the top of the flag it is hard to get a yardage to the flag instead of the mounds. I have also found it to be of limited use for things like layup yardages when there is a short aiming stake in the fairway or a fairway bunker that you are trying to avoid. I have been very happy with the Precision Pro NX7 Pro laser rangefinder. If I was going to buy a laser rangefinder, this would be it given how I use it and the price point of the NX7 Pro. Thanks to MyGolfSpy for selecting me to be one of the testers for the NX7 Pro laser rangefinder. Overall Score 92/100
  4. Stage 1: A little about me and golf. Growing up, I was interested in golf because both my dad and older brother were golfers. My dad was not as serious about it or as good as my brother. Because my brother is 14 years older than me, he was out of the house while I was still pretty young, so I played a few times a year with my dad and occasionally with my brother when he was in town. I used old clubs I found in the garage and I was never any good. I did love the occasional shot that actually went where I wanted it to go, but swimming was my sport and I never pursued golf in a serious way. I did take a golf class in college, but I can't say that it helped at all or that I played a lot after that. After college I got a job in southeast Texas and found that I had two colleagues, both named Jim, who liked to golf on Friday afternoons. For two years, we played most Fridays. I even took a few lessons and got a bit better, but shooting 90 was my lower threshold. After two years in Texas, I took a job Utah. With work and family commitments I didn't play more than an occasional round for a dozen years. Five years ago one of my colleagues, not named Jim, invited me to go play with him and another friend, also not named Jim. This time I was hooked and have been able to keep it up. During the golf season I try to get out for 9 holes during the week and play an occasional 18 holes with friends on the weekends. I have gotten better and am hitting the ball pretty well right now. I have a handicap, but I enter so few rounds that I am not sure that it is a relevant reflection of my golf game. (I only established an official handicap because I had the opportunity to go to St. Andrews last summer and thought that I might be able to get on at the Old Course. It didn't work out for me to play the Old Course, but I did get to play the Jubilee Course, which I loved. Below is a picture I took when I was playing the Jubilee Course.) What I love, is to hit golf shots. When I am out as a single and the course isn't busy, hitting just one ball seems really limiting, hence the relatively few rounds that I enter for my handicap. According to my Game Golf stats, I am comparable to a 10 handicapper everywhere but my putting which is atrocious and worse than a 25 handicapper. WITB at the start of the 2017 season · Srixon Z 565 Driver 9.5° with a Miyazaki stiff shaft -- This has been a great driver for me. I am not surprised that it was the top driver this year in MyGolfSpy's Most Wanted test. · Srixon Z F65 Fairway 17° with a Miyazaki stiff shaft · Srixon Z H65 Hybrid 22° with a Miyazaki stiff shaft · Srixon Z U65 Utility 23° with an Aerotech SteelFiber stiff shaft -- I am coming to really like this club and am relying on it more and more. · Srixon Z 565 5-PW irons with Aerotech SteelFiber stiff shafts -- I can't say enough good things about these irons. · Cleveland RTX-3 wedges (CB 50°, 54°, and 58°) with Aerotech SteelFiber stiff shafts -- I played Cleveland wedges before these, so it has been a seamless transition. · Putter will remain unnamed · Srixon Z-Star yellow is my favorite ball, but I really like the visibility of the Callaway Chrome Soft Truvis in yellow and black. When I am just trying different shots on the course, I play a TopFlite Gamer in yellow because on sale they are a really inexpensive three-piece ball. I was excited to be able to test the Precision Pro NX7 Pro because I have never had a rangefinder. When I golfing again five years ago I relied on sprinkler heads and on-course markers for my yardages. It wasn't very convenient or accurate. Before long, I bought a Garmin Approach S1 GPS golf watch. I have loved it. Before every shot to a green I take a quick glance at my wrist and know the yardages to the front, middle, and back of the green. The three things that are lacking are that (1) it doesn't give me yardages to non-green features such as the carry distance for a pond or the end of a dogleg, (2) it doesn't adjust for elevation changes, and (3) it doesn't help me when the flag color doesn't match the actual hole position (e.g. red for front, white for middle, blue for back). If things go according to plan, the NX7 Pro will help with all of these. When I got the NX7 in the mail, I was surprised at how small and light it is. I was expecting something larger and heavier. I like the look and the feel of the unit. It feels solid and well made. I like the texture and the hexagonal pattern and must admit that the green and black of the unit looks good. The hard-sided case is sturdy and well-made. The rangefinder can be secured by zipping up the case or using the heavy elastic band. The only thing that seemed cheap was the snap link. I immediately replaced it with an S carabineer that I had laying around the house. I didn't want to lose the range finder and wanted something that was easy to work with if I wanted to take it on and off my bag. Some photos of the NX7 Pro are below. I have started testing it and am impressed, but more on that later. If any of you have questions, let me know and I will try to answer them in my review.
  5. Good luck to everyone! They are great looking irons! Sent from my MotoG3 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  6. Thanks. I have a pair of them. They are pretty good shoes. Sent from my MotoG3 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  7. Thanks! Sent from my MotoG3 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  8. I have one of the older generation Ghost Spider putters with the center shaft. I really like it. I have a newer putter, but went back to the Ghost Spider at the beginning of the season. Sent from my MotoG3 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  9. Good luck to everyone. Sounds like a great opportunity. I think the Steelhead XR Pro irons look great.
  10. This is exciting. I can't wait to give it a test and let everyone know what I think about it. Congratulations to the other testers!
  11. I would love the chance to test one of these and report back. Your first name: Steven Your home state or province: Utah Your current handicap: 12 Your current distance measuring method (laser, GPS or eyeball): Garmin Approach S1 GPS watch Thanks, Steven
  12. I have played with GolfSpy MBP, GolfSpy Dave, and KCleo. It was a pleasure. Sent from my MotoG3 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  13. I like the idea of a customized ball marker or a nice divot tool. I have a hard time seeing white golf balls in the air and i would end up giving them away. The other downside of balls is that I lose them too quickly. Ball markers and divot tools last a long time and are cool to have around. Sent from my MotoG3 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  14. Welcome. It​ is a great community. Sent from my MotoG3 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  15. Keep us posted. It will be interesting to see the results you get by switching shafts. Sent from my MotoG3 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  16. I am sure you will have a blast. I am envious and can't wait to read about it. Sent from my MotoG3 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  17. The golf season ended too soon and I didn't have a chance to thoroughly test everything. One of the questions for me was whether the Z H65 hybrid or the Z U65 utility iron was going to be the better club for me. At the fitting, my back was so tight by the time that I got to these clubs that I didn't have much confidence in my own ability to make a normal swing to hit the ball. The lesson learned is that I am not going to a club fitting without my foam roller, my massage ball, and my Tiger Tail. After I got home and got back out on the course, I was missing a little left with the hybrid, and though I was more accurate with the utility iron, its flight was a little low. Thanks to my friends at Uinta Golf (part of Worldwide Golf Shops) I was able to get on the launch monitor last Friday. What follows is not as rigorous as what MyGolfSpy does with its club testing, but it does help me understand what I was seeing on the course. I threw out any obvious mishits and used the median absolute deviation to eliminate outliers (both carry distance and yards offline). I wanted to keep 5-6 good shots and not slow down the process of closing up the shop for the night. Even though I didn't plan to hit my Z565 driver, it couldn't resist and I threw in some of that data as well. One note about the data, I was not especially concerned about yards offline, especially with the driver. Hitting balls into a black net that is 5 feet in front of me doesn't give me a good reference point for aiming. I find that I am more accurate on an actual golf course where there is a real target to aim at. All of the shots were hit with a Srixon Z-Star XV golf ball. Here is a graph that shows the dispersion of shots. Here is a table with information from the launch monitor. These are the average for the 5-6 shots that I kept. Consistent with my on-course experience, the Z H65 hybrid shots were higher and to the left of my Z U65 utility iron shots. I found that I had a tighter grouping for my U65 shots and ended up deleting fewer of them than I did the H65 shots. What surprised me is that they went essentially the same distance, though they got there via different routes. The U65 was lower launch and higher spin while the Z65 was higher launch and lower spin. There was about a 4 yard (12') difference in the height of the two clubs. What really interests me is that the highest launch angle of the three clubs is the 9.5° driver as opposed to the 23° U65 and the 22° H65. My natural ball flight with my irons is a low-to-mid-height draw. Consistent with my on-course observations, my driver has the highest apex of all of my clubs. Hitting the ball approximately 40 yards high with a driver seems a bit excessive, but I take some comfort that it does so with low spin and peaks a long way down the fairway. With my old driver I had too much spin and the ball climbed to an earlier apex and was shorter in carry and total yards. The Z 565 driver is a low spin beast, at least for me. What to conclude from this? First and foremost, I am really happy with the Srixon / Cleveland clubs. They are so solid. Beyond that, it is hard to make any real conclusions and I will have to continue with extensive on-course testing as soon as the courses open back up. At least that is what I am telling my wife. Now if I can just get Dan, Dave, KC, Eli, and Noelle to join me. Special thanks to: MyGolfSpy for selecting me for the Srixon / Cleveland Fit Like a Pro trip; Eli and Noelle and the rest of the great folks at Srixon / Cleveland; Dan, Dave and KC, three great guys from the MyGolfSpy forums; and Uinta Golf for letting use their launch monitor. Here is a photo of their sign after they had kicked me out and were closing up the shop for the night. If you have any thought, questions, or just want to tell me that I need lessons, I am all ears.
  18. I use the Pride Evolution plastic golf tees for my driver and a broken wooden tee that I find for everything else. The Pride Evolution tees seem to last a long time. I had my dad use the Martini tees as he got into his late 80s and his hands weren't as steady. They were great for him. My only problem with them is that they seem to go flying after a hit and I lose too many when I play alone. Sent from my MotoG3 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  19. Congrats Foz! Enjoy every minute of it. Sent from my MotoG3 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  20. It is sad. Craftsman was a good brand. Sears has had a slow and painful demise. Sent from my MotoG3 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  21. I use a Garmin Approach S1 GPS watch. I love it, but want to get a laser next season for approach shots to get yardages to the flag. Sent from my MotoG3 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  22. It was fun to watch the video and see Adam and Sam. It was also nice to see a little bit of the facility. I don't know how much money it added up to, but I know that some of us donated a little toward the facility. It would be nice to get a video tour since most of us will never make it there. Sent from my MotoG3 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  23. I had a blast today. Great movie. Sent from my MotoG3 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
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