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  1. FYI for those thinking about getting an electric cart, Costco has the sale on the MGI Zip Navigator AT online for for the next week (through 6/13/21) at the $1299 price with accessories ($300 off list with about $250 worth of accessories.)
  2. Duffer, I completely get your point. I moved recently from a course where I could hit the next fairway and still get to the green in 2. Now I'm on a course like your northern course - 10 feet of fringe then water, OB, or knee high fescue(aka lost ball). Those penalties quickly add up on a score card. I was trying to break 80 on a par 70 course (70.9/129). Now I focus on breaking 90 on a par 72 and keeping all rounds under 100 (73.4/138). My handicap quickly hit the soft cap. Fortunately I just play for enjoyment and rarely play in events that require a handicap. Overall, I think this harder course has forced me to become a better golfer because I have to think more. I took RickyBobby's approach and started playing with strategy and course management. Recent example - longest par 4 on the course where the conventional play is Driver. I pulled out hybrid to the horror of my playing partner. My plan was not to hit the green in two, but hit two controlled shots that allowed me to chip/pitch close to the pin. In some ways it puts me at a bit of a disadvantage but I had a makable putt for par...that I missed. But I effectively took the water and woods out of the hole, and had a par opportunity - which for a bogey golfer is a win. I also toyed with the tee boxes I hit from - my course has 4 for mens, i played with the middle two. That has not been mentioned as an option yet. Granted the handicap adjusts for the tee boxes, but If you play blues in the more open course and whites on the tight maybe that would even out your handicap. Especially if you sacrifice distance for control in the tighter course which is the longer of the two. Good luck!
  3. Jim Huntsville, AL (home courses are the local RTJ) Yes, I walked all but about 5 or so of the 74 rounds I have in my GHIN last year. Plus Par 3 course and partial rounds. Just bought a Clicgear 4.0 over the winter. Previously used a Sun Mountain and a two wheeler.
  4. No doubt they would, but I am about to change home courses. I have no doubt I will go through all of them as I learn how to play a course with water on most of the holes!
  5. I'll listen to Get a Grip with Max Homa and Shane Bacon. Some of the content is completely random, but I like hearing a pro's perspective on how courses play, the approach to the week's tourney, etc.
  6. I play the blacks and have not noticed anything unique either.
  7. Pmookie and Cnosil are excellent choices. I've noticed they are two members who always provide sound advice to everyone. I'm really excited to see they were chosen. Congrats. On the down side, it looks like I may end up buying one of these with my own money. Such is life.
  8. One last thought. Don't underestimate the value of the 7x vs 6x optics. It may not seem like much but when I look through other rangefinders it is noticeable. It was a huge difference from the V4 and others. May not be as big a difference with the V5. I mentioned this on another thread but I will sometimes use my rangefinder to look for my ball (that can be 100-150 yards away) when I go to where I think it should be and it's not there or when cresting a blind hill. It has saved me a lot of steps when walking.
  9. I bought the pro XE last year and really like it. I spent the extra money because I figured it would be something I use for 8+ years and it would be worth the extra money for the additional features. At the time it had better optics which really makes a big difference. Looks like the V5 uses the same. I would say the temp and alt adjustments are worth it depending on where you play. My home course is at about 4.5k feet and on the side of a mountain. I noticed that my slope range will be +/- 10 yards vs other range finders without the "elements" features depending on if I am going up hill or down hill. So if you travel around and play courses in CO and FL, then yes, I would say the extra $100 is easily worth it. The ability to know that your 170 club is actually 170 at what ever course you are playing and not 160 or 180-190 would make the round more enjoyable. Or even not those extremes but if you play a home course and travel to Appalachians for a couple of rounds you will notice a difference. If you only ever play your home course I don't know that it would be worth it because you will be able to equate your "distance" to a club and not have to worry about the variation that altitude/temp induces.
  10. I had the same issue with the new Performance+ balls - I bought them in March I believe. They cut so bad on me that I had to take some out of play after one hole going tee-fairway-green. (Granted I was playing new SM8 wedges...but still.) I have over a dozen left in the garage. For the price they are still a good value, but if you don't lose a lot of balls I'd look elsewhere. I moved to the Snell and that is a very durable ball that has played consistently for me.
  11. Jim, El Paso, TX Pre-lockdown - 15 min before rounds. once or twice a week I'd work on chipping and putting for about an hour. Last 14 rounds - 2.7 three putts per 18. High 6(!), low 1. Does not include my putts from the fringe which would make the number go up. The face path/impact angle feedback and the portability interests me. I'm also interested to see if this can help build some excitement for putting and reinforce putting fundamentals in my 4th/5th grade boys. Personally, my main issue is and has been distance control. I'd be interested how that element of the game would translate from the ExPutt to the greens. Specifically how much time is needed to transfer that muscle memory to a visual cue. I bought a new putter recently and think I have noticed trouble with path and face angle at impact - but I have nothing empirical to back that feeling up. I'm stabbing in the dark trying to find/fix the issue. The putter has a weight kit and I would experiment with the impact adjusting weights has on my stroke and ball striking to find the "best" setup for me.
  12. I didn't mean to phrase it as a negative. Just a statement of fact. Since I played a solid putter before it was a new input to my stroke. But you are absolutely correct that it does provide more feedback - feedback I am still figuring out as I get used to it.
  13. I just put my thoughts on the putter in the "unofficial reviews" section. Bottom line I like it. I'm keeping it. Glad I bought the weight kit.
  14. I finally received my KS1 Putter after a shipping snafu. Bottom line - I like it and I’m keeping it. Glad I bought the weight kit. Before I get to my impressions I’ll let you know a bit about my putter history so you can frame what i say: I have only ever had one putter in my bag - bought in 1992 from the thrift store. It was J.C. Snead Northwestern 405 Brass head putter from the 70’s. That means my frame of reference is limited. It made me a better putter because it was so unforgiving, but it was time to move on. I also used a pistol grip(SNSR 140cc). My main issue was distance control - the swing weight of my putter was C1, which is apparently on the light side. KS1: It feels solid but the sound is not uniform. I recently started using Snell Blacks full time. On the practice green I purposely mishit some shots. Distance was pretty consistent from the sweet spot out towards the tow though the sound changed. Hits towards the heel were noticeably shorter. But on the whole, I would say that the putter is very forgiving of mishit shots. It turns out that I don’t like the standard setting as much as when i adjusted the weights. My distance dispersion was much better with the weight kit than without. I wouldn’t call the greens I worked with fast, they were solidly in the normal range. I tried every combination I could think of and it came down to one with the 15’s and the 20’s with the grip weight. I will likely tweak it further when I have time and patience. The logo is not near as bad in person as it is in pictures. But I never see the club from behind so that may have something to do with my impression. I have been playing with it for two weeks and have not noticed it once. On first glance when I opened the box it was off-putting, but on the course at address - the club looks good. My grip was properly aligned unlike the other reviewer. I preferred a pistol grip, but I can deal with this. It has a flat end which I appreciate and I’ve adjusted to the feel It was a little less upright than my previous putter, but is .5” shorter, so my view at address felt about the same. I feel that standing over it (and being left eye dominate) that I am able to hit it where I think I am aiming it. As for the distance control - That is still my weak spot. Turns out that a new putter does not fix everything! But I do think that it did improve my on course performance P.S. Kirkland could get away with much smaller packaging. The weight kit packing is ridiculous and the putter packaging is not much better. They could easily compress the layout.
  15. Alex, you are now the volunteer to do the review! Karma intervened and my order didn't ship or got lost. Since it is already sold out they can't fill it. (Maybe it became one of the putters on Ebay!) Good luck, hope it works for you! Looks like I will be looking elsewhere for a putter. Might just go the Edel route.
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