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    RookieBlue7 got a reaction from Byrnzee in What Have You Bought Lately? (CHA - Club Ho's Anonymous)   
    New irons and shafts on the way.
     
    Adams Els prototypes and UST Recoils. Too bad they didn't ship the heads when I was promised they'd ship them
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    RookieBlue7 got a reaction from Rick Leiker in What Have You Bought Lately? (CHA - Club Ho's Anonymous)   
    You know when you know you're a club ho? When you buy a Mitchell SteelClub to bend clubs because you buy too many and don't like driving to have them bent.... Yeah, I just did that today
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    RookieBlue7 got a reaction from EasyTempo in What Have You Bought Lately? (CHA - Club Ho's Anonymous)   
    You know when you know you're a club ho? When you buy a Mitchell SteelClub to bend clubs because you buy too many and don't like driving to have them bent.... Yeah, I just did that today
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    RookieBlue7 got a reaction from JFish350 in What Have You Bought Lately? (CHA - Club Ho's Anonymous)   
    New irons and shafts on the way.
     
    Adams Els prototypes and UST Recoils. Too bad they didn't ship the heads when I was promised they'd ship them
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    RookieBlue7 got a reaction from ZJeb67 in What Have You Bought Lately? (CHA - Club Ho's Anonymous)   
    You know when you know you're a club ho? When you buy a Mitchell SteelClub to bend clubs because you buy too many and don't like driving to have them bent.... Yeah, I just did that today
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    RookieBlue7 got a reaction from Everardo in What Have You Bought Lately? (CHA - Club Ho's Anonymous)   
    You know when you know you're a club ho? When you buy a Mitchell SteelClub to bend clubs because you buy too many and don't like driving to have them bent.... Yeah, I just did that today
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    RookieBlue7 got a reaction from ChiefMikeOfficer in What ya drinking tonight?   
    Just a question. Today, I played and drank zero beers. I've played rounds where I've drank a beer a hole. I try to restrict my drinking and playing to temps below 85 degrees. If its above I usually will stick with water. Sure exceptions are made, matter of fact when I go to Tampa in a few weeks I'll likely drink a few while I play with Rev. But that withstanding, my break even outside temp is 85. I wear pants a lot of times when I play and sweat more than most because of that, so I want to make sure I stay hydrated. I've found that there's no real way to say if I play better or worse. I've shot par drinking and I've blown past 90. But theres no regularity to my scores while drinking.
     
    So do you or don't you drink while playing and why or why not? Just curious if others observe the temperature rule. I'm sure we have some that don't drink at all, while on the course or off.
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    RookieBlue7 got a reaction from release in Universal screws for driver adapters   
    No there’s not a universal screw because the manufacturers use different thread pitch and screw sizes. Hence the variable torque ratings. 
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    RookieBlue7 got a reaction from BallsLeon in What Have You Bought Lately? (CHA - Club Ho's Anonymous)   
    You know when you know you're a club ho? When you buy a Mitchell SteelClub to bend clubs because you buy too many and don't like driving to have them bent.... Yeah, I just did that today
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    RookieBlue7 got a reaction from BallsLeon in REVIEW: Grafalloy BiMatrix Tour Prototype   
    Introduction
    Back by popular demand (thanks to some Gary dude everyone calls Bubba), Grafalloy has reintroduced the BiMatrix shaft to the masses. The official name is the BiMatrix Tour Prototype.
     
    From Grafalloy's website: BiMatrix Tour Prototype combines the best of both worlds in materials and performance. The ultralight graphite BiMatrx body joins with a steel tip section for ultimate distance and control. BiMatrx also has the unique combination of allowing golfers to increase driver loft by as much as 30% while offering a 20% reduction in spin rate. This high launch and low spin blend delivers incredible carry and roll.
     
    When it came time to select a color and flex, I first decided upon the color. Fortunately for all of us out there, Grafalloy has a neat and handy tool on their site http://www.grafalloy.com on the homepage to aid in selecting your color. It's located near the top of the page, right under the scrolling pictures of different shaft offerings they have. It begs the question: What is your True BiMatrix color. Simply click the go button and answer a few questions and their suggestion for color pops up for you. There are 6 colors total to choose from: white, black, lime green, pink, neon blue, and neon orange.
     
    I went with an X Flex lime green version. According to their specifications, it's a .335 tip, .600 butt diameter, 80 gram and 46” raw length shaft. The torque rating is 2.0 for this shaft.
     
    After a few weeks of anxiously waiting, a cardboard tube arrived on my door step. The wait was mainly in part due to the demand for the lime shaft (I'd imagine the pink also had high demand, again thanks to that Bubba fellow). I tore into the shipping tube like a kid on Christmas morning. Eminating from the soft glow of the incandescent bulbs in my doorway upon removing the packing was the stripper candy lime colored shaft. Why stripper candy lime? Because the color was pure sex to my eyes.
     

     
     
    Feel, Build, Misc.
    For this test run, I decided to install the shaft into the driver I've been fighting to find a shaft for for a month or so now. That driver head? A Tour Issued TaylorMade Superfast 2.0 version 2 LCG with a marked loft of 8.5 degrees. After having it digitally lofted, I can say that the actual loft on this head is 8.9 degrees and the face angle is 2.1 degrees open. The head had also been hotmelted to 203 grams prior to my receiving it(I didn't weigh it, but it's heavier than the v2 I had before). I did use a heatgun to move the hotmelt low and deep in the head (and I got too close to the paint once and ended up scorching part of the red line on the underside, lol).
     
    I then spined and FLO'd the shaft. It came out with the graphics down in the optimal orientation. That turns out great for me, as I prefer the graphics to be down, even though I don't mind them in any orientation. It's a mental thing, I suppose one could say.
     
    Once the head was determined, I prepped the tip of this shaft (which is awesomely easy to prep compared to most driver shafts. Simply insert it into the head and mark it slightly above the hosel and tape it off then simply abrade it on the belt sander. Took maybe 2 minutes). From there, it's a simple epoxy job. I choose 2:1 tour set Golfworks epoxy in black and used a short ferrule. I also mixed in a small amount of shafting beads as there was a tiny bit of slop in the hosel when dry fitting it.
     


     
    I let the club sit overnight in my drying rack. The next morning, I pulled out the trusty Mitchell Club Length ruler and set it up in the soleplate. I measured out to my preferred 44 7/8” length, marked it and chopped it off at that length. I then put 2 wraps of tape under the right hand and blew on my favorite grip at the moment, the Lamkin Performance Plus 3gen midsize in white. The club swingweighted with the grip on at D6.5 (which is fine, as I like a heavy swingweight).
     

     
    I then gave it the waggle test. The shaft felt nice and firm without being overly boardy. It felt great giving it the waggle test inside the house and outside the house. I couldn't resist hitting a few balls out across the pasture before going to the range to pull numbers. I got 5 shag balls out and gave them all mighty whacks after taking some warm up swings. The shaft felt phenomenal, I could feel where the head was at the entire time during the swing (which mine could be described as a prisoner chopping the side of a roadway with a sling blade("some people call it a Kaiser Blade, I call it a sling blade mmmhmm") at the moment). The balls soared and kept climbing until disappearing behind the tree line at the back of my property. (I never get to see exactly how far these balls fly as they also have corn planted in there at the moment).
     
    Performance (Feel, Flight, Visual)
     
    Visually, I was in love with the shaft from the moment I laid my eyes on it. The color was just mesmerizing (seriously, it's like looking at a sour apple Jolly Rancher). It was bright and loud like my choice of clothing at times. It inspired confidence to me, as it wasn't distracting but rather pleasing to the eye. I try to blur everything out when addressing the ball, but pulling this sucker out of the bag just made me ooze confidence in it because it's “my” color (if you've looked through my WITB photos from the past, you've seen the crazy lime schemes I've thrown out there).
     

     
    Now on to the range session. I got there for the first range session, and I got good and loose. Once that was done, I wanted to get an idea of the shaft's feel and see the ball flight. I didn't concern myself with distance at this point, as I wanted to make sure I was making good passes at the ball and making solid contact. With this shaft, you can really feel it load at the top and unload at impact. It's hard to describe, but I'd imagine if a mule kicked you in the gut, that's what impact would feel like.
     
    I started out not going full bore, just being smooth (mostly trying to figure out my swing, as I've been struggling off the tee lately with the disco stick). After 4 or 5 balls, I was hitting everything straight and controlling the flight well, so I threw caution to the wind and started going full bore. Let me tell you, this combination is scary good for me at the moment. Ball after ball took off like a rocket, climbing to it's apex and staying there for what seemed like seconds before starting it's descent. And they'd hit the earth and bound out like a gazelle being chased by a pride of lions. A lot of carry and a lot of roll? Yeah, this could be good. I hit 50 balls and missed exactly 2 of them (and when I say missed I hooked one so bad that I almost hit the range picking cart parked in the shed dead left of the teeing ground. The other was a slice that hit a tree that boarders the right side of the range around 50 yards from my position. The ball bounced back completely across the left side of the range.) Nothing bad besides those two skanks, which was surprising to me as I've been hitting the ball all over the place with my driver lately (seriously, I've been in more back yards and in the trees more than most landscapers lately).
     
    Data
     
    With the warm-up over, I played a round (which I'll cover in the next section) and then went home. I got up the next day and went to the launch monitor(wanted to be fresh and salty on the day I went). On D-day, it was a Vector Pro inside the local Golfsmith. I've used this one before and I know the guy working there that will set it up for me to ensure that I am not at elevation or have wind behind me or anything hokey to sell me a club. He set it up and I got loose. After warming up, it was time to get jiggy with it. I had to put electrical tape on the toe of the club as it doesn't like picking up the white very well and the electrical tape allows me to pull it tight on the club. After that was done, it was time to pound some balls. I hit 50 to get my numbers and here's what I came up with(averages):
     
    Swing Speed: 113.8 mph
    Spin(RPM): 2755
    Launch Angle:13.9
    Ball Speed: 168.4
    Smash Factor: 1.48
    Distance (Carry): 281.1 yards
     
     
    Analysis
     
    As I mentioned above, after the initial warm up session, I played 18 holes. I hit the driver 11 times (I've been hitting driver on average 3-4 times per round lately, only on par 5's). This day, I threw caution to the wind as I needed to hit this club with this shaft for the purposes of this review. Of the 11 times I hit it, I hit the fairway 8 times. 2 of them were in the first cut, and the last one was a swing that would've made Paul Bunyon proud. It was straight right, OB, into a road (the retee with the penalty assessed drive on this hole was pounded down the center though and I had a 75 yard wedge shot left, normally hit PW on this hole. Yes, it was a frustrated swing with plenty of anger in it). I drove the green on the downhill, par 4 10th. It hit the green and rolled to the back collar. 2 putted for birdie. I followed the 10th up with a nuked drive down the gut on the 11th hole par 5. Hit a choked down 4/21 hybrid to 4 feet (and lipped out the eagle attempt). All in all, this shaft flat out worked and performed for me all day. The LM session spat out numbers I was happy with. But the happiest thought of it all? I CAN CONTROL THIS SUCKER.
     
    Final Thoughts
     
    Call it a honeymoon period, or a good day, or whatever you want. But for me, this combination works and it works darn well. Was it a career day hitting the driver for me? Well, compared to the 16 others I've attempted to hit thus far this year, it was a career day for the year thus far. Do I still need to work on my swing with my driver? Of course I do, because until I groove it, I'm sure bad driving days will pop up. But, this review isn't an analysis of my game, it's for my thoughts on this shaft. And my thoughts on it are that it works as good as it looks and you'll be prying this from my cold dead fingers if you want to hit this club any time soon.
     
    Final Thoughts PT. 2
     
    After initially writing this review, I'm happy to say I've played 5 rounds with this shaft in the big dog. All 5, I've absolutely MURDERED this driver. I've been hitting this club further than any driver I've ever owned. But the even better part? I've been finding the fairway MORE. I did, after that first round, bring it home and cut it on down to 44 3/8" (raw before gripping). Since then, it's like a fighter pilot over Hiroshima, straight dropping BOMBS. I've driven the green on a par 4 that the closest I've ever been was 30 yards out(it was on the front edge and I 3 putted for par, but the drive was there). I hit driver-8 iron into a 545 yard par 5 four holes later that same day(at 290 out it goes downhill to a lake so I caught the hill and got good roll). Yes, this shaft is WORKING for me right now, and you're gonna have to bring something REALLY REALLY good to the table to unseat my king of the castle right now. I do have a build in the works (for another shaft review I'll be posting in a few days, as I didn't get along with the head I originally put the Black Ops White shaft in, but it's this same head in a slightly higher loft now, and I'm looking FORWARD to it to see if I can get even more carry with less spin and the same amount of roll or more.).
     
    At an MSRP of $79.99, Grafalloy really pulled a Mike Tyson on this one and knocked it out of the ring. I am practically calling my shots with it, point and shoot, literally. My playing partners, however, haven't been as happy as I've put even more space between their ball and mine off the tee. I did have 15 yards between myself and the longest, he's been routinely 30-40 yards behind me regularly and I'm hitting even less club into the green resulting in more scoring opportunities (my second round out with it, I posted my lowest round in 4-5 months with a 73, had 5 birdies and the bogies that day were on shots that I flew the green with because I hit everything as crisp as I have in months). So yes, sir, this combination is working for me, much to the delight of my wallet in my normal skins game.
     
    (I promise I'll get some better pics up, as it was overcast when I took these originally and is raining at the moment.)
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    RookieBlue7 got a reaction from Woody83 in What Have You Bought Lately? (CHA - Club Ho's Anonymous)   
    FINALLY... I got the Mannkrafted plating done... It was a daggum CHORE.... I had problem after problem.  Now I'm uncertain on of I want to polish it up some or leave it matte copper and industrial looking... (It's still wet in some spots in the pics... And it looks better in person.  It's dark outside so I can't get natural light pics)





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    RookieBlue7 got a reaction from Bob K. in CaddyTalk Cube Rangefinder RB7 Review   
    Recently, my Bushnell XE died on me. Midround during one of my favorite charity scrambles I play in all year. I was highly disappointed as I’ve only had it about a year at that point (the button broke/stuck under the case. Try as I might it wouldn’t unstick). I will be sending it off but that’s not why we’re here.
     
    Upon knowing I had to buy a new rangefinder, and remembering all the talk of the PGA Show being about the Cube, I began to look into it. The more I read about it, the more intrigued I became. So I looked around and was about to pull the trigger on Amazon (because I know they ship quick) when I just checked their website one more time. As I was looking, their own add/specials began scrolling on the shop page. They were running a Father’s Day special where you get a rangefinder a choice of silicone sleeve and a choice of hat for retail of the rangefinder. Saves me cash, as I had loaded the sleeve and the rangefinder in the cart on Amazon. Ok they got some brownie points there. I chose USPS shipping as it was the fastest estimate and the anticipation began.
     
    After a few days wait the rangefinder touched down this past Friday. I’d read some about it since the purchase but nothing by the way of a manual. So I get the manual out and the beginning wasn’t English (I don’t have it in front of me at the moment so I don’t recall which language was first). There was at least 1 language before the English section, perhaps 2. Either way, I found the English section and began reading. Had to charge it fully to 100%, so I dug thru the box. There’s no wall adapter (which I’d like to see there be but I digress) so I had to run to the store and grab one as it’s a usb to usb-C cable and I no longer have anything that’s standard usb by way of wall plug as the new stuff is going to usb-c it seems. No biggie, just worth a mention imo.
     
    I get it charged and run outside to try it. It’s dark out by this point so I didn’t get a whole lot by way of a reading, other than I had turned the brightness all the way up and it’s REALLY bright at night lol. I tinkered with getting into the settings a little bit then got scared I’d get it changed around and end up in meters or something and not figure out how to get it back out so I got out of the settings menu and left it on the factory setup. Next morning I have a round and get to try it.
     
    The round begins and being as it’s my home course I know the distances and such very well. So I shoot the first distance and I know it has vibration so I shoot the pin. Picks up quickly but no vibration that it’s locked. I continue to hold the button and scan and then back to the flag. The target kind of illuminates a little brighter when you’re on it. Let go and then it vibrates when it does the slope adjustment. So now I realize the vibration is to let you know the calculation is complete (the instruction manual was kind of short and I didn’t recall reading that). No biggie, just a little different than I’m used to. A few more holes pass and everything is working, click distance and eSlope calculation.
     
    I get to #4 and this is where I decide to begin trying caddy mode. So I flip it to caddy mode and I’m trying to get it to cycle from the ball reading to the hole. I’d done it the night before in the dark but this time I couldn’t get it to pick up the ball. I give up on that hole to use it and just shoot distance from the ball. I try it again a few holes later and couldn’t do it again. So at the turn I jump on YouTube while waiting on the cart partner to use the restroom and grab a snack and figure out my error (again, didn’t remember from the manual specific directions) but in caddy mode you turn it to the mode and the ball icon flashes on the left. Locate the ball in the target and short click it. It will mark and give you a quick distance from you to the ball. Then it swaps from the ball Icon to the flag icon and you locate the flag and short press again like a normal reading. Next chance I get it works and get a vibration after the flag reading and a calculation. Pretty cool. A little user error as I get a decent variance of 18-20 yards from the ball to the flag but I did get a reading this time. And it narrowed it down. I tried it again a few more times and continue to get more and more accurate readings as I learn how to use the mode. Overall, once you get the button sequence down it becomes more intuitive to use. I’m sure as I get several more rounds in it’ll become second nature and be very useful. The issues were all me on this mode for the learning curve so don’t read a lot into it with me saying I had issues. I may have misread (I still haven’t gone back to check the manual as I’ve figured out how to get my distances at this point so I’m not that worried about rereading it) so again I point to user error.
     
    Overall, the readings were pretty much spot on with what I expected compared to my Bushnell. I verified it against one of my playing partners readings as his and my former Bushnell were spot on. This gives readings that match up so for accuracy I give it a 10.
     
    A few other things I’ll note. This rangefinder is tiny. It’s smaller than any I’ve ever used. Nice compact product and honestly you could easily slip it in a pocket and not notice it. It’s also super lightweight. The case is a flip top magnetic pouch with a belt loop and a carabiner. I’m sure it’d be fine for those that wear it on a belt loop but I don’t personally do or prefer that. I’d rather have a zip up case I can hang from my bag and leave the case on the bag. I’m minimalist on the course. I carry the smallest divot tool I can find, one long and one short tee and a marker and a small pocket brush and the ball. Don’t want any more stuff in my pockets or on my sides. So a different case would work better for ME. The case fits fine and is well made, I just prefer a different design personally. The silicone case is a silicone case… it takes a little effort to get it on properly but again, it’s a silicone case it’s supposed to be fitted. Nothing unexpected.
     
    My only true want from it that I’d actually change that’s not just preference, but seems to be a common criticism I’ve seen universally on socials? There’s no magnet on the exterior of the product. I too like that feature as I like to attach it to the cart post for convenience. I may add a Stick-It strap to this one after a couple more rounds as I’ve had one of those previously and it worked great for a couple Bushnells I had before they started integrating Bite tech.
     
    Overall, I’d give this product an 9/10. If there were a magnet on it and the case were zippered and not a flip top magnetic, I’d have given it a 10. The value, I give it a 10/10, especially with the sale going on. Accuracy, I give it a 10/10. My only ding is aesthetically and their personal preferences, I give it an 8/10 there. 
     
    One thing I will say, however, is you can get a free silicone case right now (you pay shipping) for scanning the QR in the card that’s in the box and providing a review. I got a second silicone case in a different color so I’d have options and another one in case this one eventually wears or stretches or anything. 
     
    I’ll upload a few pics when I get back home
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    RookieBlue7 got a reaction from cksurfdude in CaddyTalk Cube Rangefinder RB7 Review   
    Recently, my Bushnell XE died on me. Midround during one of my favorite charity scrambles I play in all year. I was highly disappointed as I’ve only had it about a year at that point (the button broke/stuck under the case. Try as I might it wouldn’t unstick). I will be sending it off but that’s not why we’re here.
     
    Upon knowing I had to buy a new rangefinder, and remembering all the talk of the PGA Show being about the Cube, I began to look into it. The more I read about it, the more intrigued I became. So I looked around and was about to pull the trigger on Amazon (because I know they ship quick) when I just checked their website one more time. As I was looking, their own add/specials began scrolling on the shop page. They were running a Father’s Day special where you get a rangefinder a choice of silicone sleeve and a choice of hat for retail of the rangefinder. Saves me cash, as I had loaded the sleeve and the rangefinder in the cart on Amazon. Ok they got some brownie points there. I chose USPS shipping as it was the fastest estimate and the anticipation began.
     
    After a few days wait the rangefinder touched down this past Friday. I’d read some about it since the purchase but nothing by the way of a manual. So I get the manual out and the beginning wasn’t English (I don’t have it in front of me at the moment so I don’t recall which language was first). There was at least 1 language before the English section, perhaps 2. Either way, I found the English section and began reading. Had to charge it fully to 100%, so I dug thru the box. There’s no wall adapter (which I’d like to see there be but I digress) so I had to run to the store and grab one as it’s a usb to usb-C cable and I no longer have anything that’s standard usb by way of wall plug as the new stuff is going to usb-c it seems. No biggie, just worth a mention imo.
     
    I get it charged and run outside to try it. It’s dark out by this point so I didn’t get a whole lot by way of a reading, other than I had turned the brightness all the way up and it’s REALLY bright at night lol. I tinkered with getting into the settings a little bit then got scared I’d get it changed around and end up in meters or something and not figure out how to get it back out so I got out of the settings menu and left it on the factory setup. Next morning I have a round and get to try it.
     
    The round begins and being as it’s my home course I know the distances and such very well. So I shoot the first distance and I know it has vibration so I shoot the pin. Picks up quickly but no vibration that it’s locked. I continue to hold the button and scan and then back to the flag. The target kind of illuminates a little brighter when you’re on it. Let go and then it vibrates when it does the slope adjustment. So now I realize the vibration is to let you know the calculation is complete (the instruction manual was kind of short and I didn’t recall reading that). No biggie, just a little different than I’m used to. A few more holes pass and everything is working, click distance and eSlope calculation.
     
    I get to #4 and this is where I decide to begin trying caddy mode. So I flip it to caddy mode and I’m trying to get it to cycle from the ball reading to the hole. I’d done it the night before in the dark but this time I couldn’t get it to pick up the ball. I give up on that hole to use it and just shoot distance from the ball. I try it again a few holes later and couldn’t do it again. So at the turn I jump on YouTube while waiting on the cart partner to use the restroom and grab a snack and figure out my error (again, didn’t remember from the manual specific directions) but in caddy mode you turn it to the mode and the ball icon flashes on the left. Locate the ball in the target and short click it. It will mark and give you a quick distance from you to the ball. Then it swaps from the ball Icon to the flag icon and you locate the flag and short press again like a normal reading. Next chance I get it works and get a vibration after the flag reading and a calculation. Pretty cool. A little user error as I get a decent variance of 18-20 yards from the ball to the flag but I did get a reading this time. And it narrowed it down. I tried it again a few more times and continue to get more and more accurate readings as I learn how to use the mode. Overall, once you get the button sequence down it becomes more intuitive to use. I’m sure as I get several more rounds in it’ll become second nature and be very useful. The issues were all me on this mode for the learning curve so don’t read a lot into it with me saying I had issues. I may have misread (I still haven’t gone back to check the manual as I’ve figured out how to get my distances at this point so I’m not that worried about rereading it) so again I point to user error.
     
    Overall, the readings were pretty much spot on with what I expected compared to my Bushnell. I verified it against one of my playing partners readings as his and my former Bushnell were spot on. This gives readings that match up so for accuracy I give it a 10.
     
    A few other things I’ll note. This rangefinder is tiny. It’s smaller than any I’ve ever used. Nice compact product and honestly you could easily slip it in a pocket and not notice it. It’s also super lightweight. The case is a flip top magnetic pouch with a belt loop and a carabiner. I’m sure it’d be fine for those that wear it on a belt loop but I don’t personally do or prefer that. I’d rather have a zip up case I can hang from my bag and leave the case on the bag. I’m minimalist on the course. I carry the smallest divot tool I can find, one long and one short tee and a marker and a small pocket brush and the ball. Don’t want any more stuff in my pockets or on my sides. So a different case would work better for ME. The case fits fine and is well made, I just prefer a different design personally. The silicone case is a silicone case… it takes a little effort to get it on properly but again, it’s a silicone case it’s supposed to be fitted. Nothing unexpected.
     
    My only true want from it that I’d actually change that’s not just preference, but seems to be a common criticism I’ve seen universally on socials? There’s no magnet on the exterior of the product. I too like that feature as I like to attach it to the cart post for convenience. I may add a Stick-It strap to this one after a couple more rounds as I’ve had one of those previously and it worked great for a couple Bushnells I had before they started integrating Bite tech.
     
    Overall, I’d give this product an 9/10. If there were a magnet on it and the case were zippered and not a flip top magnetic, I’d have given it a 10. The value, I give it a 10/10, especially with the sale going on. Accuracy, I give it a 10/10. My only ding is aesthetically and their personal preferences, I give it an 8/10 there. 
     
    One thing I will say, however, is you can get a free silicone case right now (you pay shipping) for scanning the QR in the card that’s in the box and providing a review. I got a second silicone case in a different color so I’d have options and another one in case this one eventually wears or stretches or anything. 
     
    I’ll upload a few pics when I get back home
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    RookieBlue7 got a reaction from cnosil in CaddyTalk Cube Rangefinder RB7 Review   
    Recently, my Bushnell XE died on me. Midround during one of my favorite charity scrambles I play in all year. I was highly disappointed as I’ve only had it about a year at that point (the button broke/stuck under the case. Try as I might it wouldn’t unstick). I will be sending it off but that’s not why we’re here.
     
    Upon knowing I had to buy a new rangefinder, and remembering all the talk of the PGA Show being about the Cube, I began to look into it. The more I read about it, the more intrigued I became. So I looked around and was about to pull the trigger on Amazon (because I know they ship quick) when I just checked their website one more time. As I was looking, their own add/specials began scrolling on the shop page. They were running a Father’s Day special where you get a rangefinder a choice of silicone sleeve and a choice of hat for retail of the rangefinder. Saves me cash, as I had loaded the sleeve and the rangefinder in the cart on Amazon. Ok they got some brownie points there. I chose USPS shipping as it was the fastest estimate and the anticipation began.
     
    After a few days wait the rangefinder touched down this past Friday. I’d read some about it since the purchase but nothing by the way of a manual. So I get the manual out and the beginning wasn’t English (I don’t have it in front of me at the moment so I don’t recall which language was first). There was at least 1 language before the English section, perhaps 2. Either way, I found the English section and began reading. Had to charge it fully to 100%, so I dug thru the box. There’s no wall adapter (which I’d like to see there be but I digress) so I had to run to the store and grab one as it’s a usb to usb-C cable and I no longer have anything that’s standard usb by way of wall plug as the new stuff is going to usb-c it seems. No biggie, just worth a mention imo.
     
    I get it charged and run outside to try it. It’s dark out by this point so I didn’t get a whole lot by way of a reading, other than I had turned the brightness all the way up and it’s REALLY bright at night lol. I tinkered with getting into the settings a little bit then got scared I’d get it changed around and end up in meters or something and not figure out how to get it back out so I got out of the settings menu and left it on the factory setup. Next morning I have a round and get to try it.
     
    The round begins and being as it’s my home course I know the distances and such very well. So I shoot the first distance and I know it has vibration so I shoot the pin. Picks up quickly but no vibration that it’s locked. I continue to hold the button and scan and then back to the flag. The target kind of illuminates a little brighter when you’re on it. Let go and then it vibrates when it does the slope adjustment. So now I realize the vibration is to let you know the calculation is complete (the instruction manual was kind of short and I didn’t recall reading that). No biggie, just a little different than I’m used to. A few more holes pass and everything is working, click distance and eSlope calculation.
     
    I get to #4 and this is where I decide to begin trying caddy mode. So I flip it to caddy mode and I’m trying to get it to cycle from the ball reading to the hole. I’d done it the night before in the dark but this time I couldn’t get it to pick up the ball. I give up on that hole to use it and just shoot distance from the ball. I try it again a few holes later and couldn’t do it again. So at the turn I jump on YouTube while waiting on the cart partner to use the restroom and grab a snack and figure out my error (again, didn’t remember from the manual specific directions) but in caddy mode you turn it to the mode and the ball icon flashes on the left. Locate the ball in the target and short click it. It will mark and give you a quick distance from you to the ball. Then it swaps from the ball Icon to the flag icon and you locate the flag and short press again like a normal reading. Next chance I get it works and get a vibration after the flag reading and a calculation. Pretty cool. A little user error as I get a decent variance of 18-20 yards from the ball to the flag but I did get a reading this time. And it narrowed it down. I tried it again a few more times and continue to get more and more accurate readings as I learn how to use the mode. Overall, once you get the button sequence down it becomes more intuitive to use. I’m sure as I get several more rounds in it’ll become second nature and be very useful. The issues were all me on this mode for the learning curve so don’t read a lot into it with me saying I had issues. I may have misread (I still haven’t gone back to check the manual as I’ve figured out how to get my distances at this point so I’m not that worried about rereading it) so again I point to user error.
     
    Overall, the readings were pretty much spot on with what I expected compared to my Bushnell. I verified it against one of my playing partners readings as his and my former Bushnell were spot on. This gives readings that match up so for accuracy I give it a 10.
     
    A few other things I’ll note. This rangefinder is tiny. It’s smaller than any I’ve ever used. Nice compact product and honestly you could easily slip it in a pocket and not notice it. It’s also super lightweight. The case is a flip top magnetic pouch with a belt loop and a carabiner. I’m sure it’d be fine for those that wear it on a belt loop but I don’t personally do or prefer that. I’d rather have a zip up case I can hang from my bag and leave the case on the bag. I’m minimalist on the course. I carry the smallest divot tool I can find, one long and one short tee and a marker and a small pocket brush and the ball. Don’t want any more stuff in my pockets or on my sides. So a different case would work better for ME. The case fits fine and is well made, I just prefer a different design personally. The silicone case is a silicone case… it takes a little effort to get it on properly but again, it’s a silicone case it’s supposed to be fitted. Nothing unexpected.
     
    My only true want from it that I’d actually change that’s not just preference, but seems to be a common criticism I’ve seen universally on socials? There’s no magnet on the exterior of the product. I too like that feature as I like to attach it to the cart post for convenience. I may add a Stick-It strap to this one after a couple more rounds as I’ve had one of those previously and it worked great for a couple Bushnells I had before they started integrating Bite tech.
     
    Overall, I’d give this product an 9/10. If there were a magnet on it and the case were zippered and not a flip top magnetic, I’d have given it a 10. The value, I give it a 10/10, especially with the sale going on. Accuracy, I give it a 10/10. My only ding is aesthetically and their personal preferences, I give it an 8/10 there. 
     
    One thing I will say, however, is you can get a free silicone case right now (you pay shipping) for scanning the QR in the card that’s in the box and providing a review. I got a second silicone case in a different color so I’d have options and another one in case this one eventually wears or stretches or anything. 
     
    I’ll upload a few pics when I get back home
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    RookieBlue7 got a reaction from gulina in What Have You Bought Lately? (CHA - Club Ho's Anonymous)   
    New irons and shafts on the way.
     
    Adams Els prototypes and UST Recoils. Too bad they didn't ship the heads when I was promised they'd ship them
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    RookieBlue7 got a reaction from Woody83 in What Have You Bought Lately? (CHA - Club Ho's Anonymous)   
    New irons and shafts on the way.
     
    Adams Els prototypes and UST Recoils. Too bad they didn't ship the heads when I was promised they'd ship them
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    RookieBlue7 got a reaction from Fred Mitchell in Den Caddy Bag   
    I had one I kept balls in at one time. Then gave it away with the balls in it because I had plenty of shag balls to go with it that weren't in it. Should've kept it, but hey, I never used it besides storing shag balls anyway. Better it get life at someone's home (where they're using it to house their fireplace instruments, all have golf pride grips on them. Yeah, my uncle is about as bad as me about golf).
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    RookieBlue7 got a reaction from Jason Costain in What Have You Bought Lately? (CHA - Club Ho's Anonymous)   
    I'm taking a week off from playing this weekend to redo my garage... To build a new bench to build on and arrange a spot for the bending machine and stand, lol .
     
    Now I've gotta decide if I want to buy another JET grinder with multi-tool to replace the one I stupidly got rid of or to replace the swingweight scale with a better one.
     
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    You know when you know you're a club ho? When you buy a Mitchell SteelClub to bend clubs because you buy too many and don't like driving to have them bent.... Yeah, I just did that today
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    RookieBlue7 got a reaction from Bob Pegram in What Have You Bought Lately? (CHA - Club Ho's Anonymous)   
    You know when you know you're a club ho? When you buy a Mitchell SteelClub to bend clubs because you buy too many and don't like driving to have them bent.... Yeah, I just did that today
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    RookieBlue7 got a reaction from tony@CIC in Why NOT to walk barefoot on a golf course   
    With the chemicals in use on courses these days, there's no way I'd play barefooted. Still want to hear the full story on this though. It has to be good.
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    Hit up Zach Sewill at BestGrips. He’ll make a custom with whatever you’d like on it. BestGrips.com and it’s under putter shoes
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    RookieBlue7 got a reaction from cksurfdude in What ya drinking tonight?   
    Just a question. Today, I played and drank zero beers. I've played rounds where I've drank a beer a hole. I try to restrict my drinking and playing to temps below 85 degrees. If its above I usually will stick with water. Sure exceptions are made, matter of fact when I go to Tampa in a few weeks I'll likely drink a few while I play with Rev. But that withstanding, my break even outside temp is 85. I wear pants a lot of times when I play and sweat more than most because of that, so I want to make sure I stay hydrated. I've found that there's no real way to say if I play better or worse. I've shot par drinking and I've blown past 90. But theres no regularity to my scores while drinking.
     
    So do you or don't you drink while playing and why or why not? Just curious if others observe the temperature rule. I'm sure we have some that don't drink at all, while on the course or off.
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    Powdercoatng is terrible for putter heads. It goes on waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too thick. If you like the feel of your putter now, don't do it. If you want it to feel dead, by all means have at it. Polymers are the way to go for surface coatings and theyre available in more colors. Why polymer? It goes on between 1-3 mils thick (thinner than notebook paper) and will not affect feel.
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    So I picked up some new wedges recently and after a couple rounds and a forced patina, I absolutely LOVE the wedges. I’ve been working on some things in the game and have adjusted gapping as well as changing shafts to hit the ball higher. The new Cleveland RTX Zipcore Tour Raw with the DGTI Spinners went right in the bag and have been phenomenal. I played Cleveland wedges for years and then they started going a little more rounded on the leading edge so I went away from them for a while. The Miuras were wearing out and I needed a little less loft for gapping  as well. So even though I am a digger, I use the versatility of sole grinds and the ability to open the wedge up to add loft for green side shots. Thus I went against conventional wisdom and went with the mid 10 degree bounce in the 54 and low bounce in the 58 degree. The wedges are as playable as it gets and after the forced patina and some paintfill changes, I love them...
     
     

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