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2019 Official Forum Member Review-Precision Pro NX9 HD Rangefinder

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On 7/15/2019 at 7:29 AM, MDGolfHacker said:

Great stage 1!  So it looks like there are 3 lefties testing the NX9 HDs? 👍

 

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Wow, didn't even know that had a left hand model!!!

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Looking forward to my league round on Thursday! It will be my first real action with the NX9 HD on course.

As long as the rain moves through in the AM and doesn’t hang around I’ll update you guys with some on course comparisons to the Leupold GX-3i2.


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Are you guys going to be stepping off any of the yardage to verify the NX9 and whatever you're putting it against actually has the correct yardage? Obviously not on a 500 yard measurement but say 100 yards or so? Maybe going onto a football field to measure off yardage.

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Not sure if this has been covered but a couple of weather related tests: for and light drizzle would be great. . 

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54 minutes ago, goaliewales14 said:

Are you guys going to be stepping off any of the yardage to verify the NX9 and whatever you're putting it against actually has the correct yardage? Obviously not on a 500 yard measurement but say 100 yards or so? Maybe going onto a football field to measure off yardage.

I should be able to get myself down to the football field if its open, good idea! 

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42 minutes ago, B.Boston said:

I should be able to get myself down to the football field if its open, good idea! 

Our football field has been torn up to install new artificial turf so I'll rely on you for this one 😉

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5 minutes ago, russtopherb said:

Our football field has been torn up to install new artificial turf so I'll rely on you for this one 😉

Just say you're there to officially make sure the yard markers are set up correctly once they start going in 🤣

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One quick update from me: like @perseveringgolfer, it hasn't taken long for the spring in the carabiner on my case to break as well. For me, it was my son (my other son, not Kirke) who was playing with the case. Not sure what he did, and so I certainly can't blame Precision Pro for this one.

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2 hours ago, goaliewales14 said:

Are you guys going to be stepping off any of the yardage to verify the NX9 and whatever you're putting it against actually has the correct yardage? Obviously not on a 500 yard measurement but say 100 yards or so? Maybe going onto a football field to measure off yardage.

Been trying to figure out where i can compare to a "calibrated" or set distance. So far been comparing distance between my old bushnell and the new Precision Pro

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One quick update from me: like [mention=76917]perseveringgolfer[/mention], it hasn't taken long for the spring in the carabiner on my case to break as well. For me, it was my son (my other son, not Kirke) who was playing with the case. Not sure what he did, and so I certainly can't blame Precision Pro for this one.


Mine seems to have a lot of side to side play so I do worry about the durability of that part. I will likely just end up putting a more robust carabiner on there if I use the case vs a zippered pocket in my bag.




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3 hours ago, tony@CIC said:

Not sure if this has been covered but a couple of weather related tests: for and light drizzle would be great. . 

Somebody else going to have to test for this one, lucky if its below 100 degrees here 😀

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The PP NX9 is quick! Compared to an older rangefinder, this one acquires a yardage much faster. I can appreciate that since i prefer to shoot a flag 2-3x.

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15 hours ago, poprocksncoke said:

Somebody else going to have to test for this one, lucky if its below 100 degrees here 😀

Maybe a trip to PNW - it's always raining there! 

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29 minutes ago, JonMUSC08 said:

The PP NX9 is quick! Compared to an older rangefinder, this one acquires a yardage much faster. I can appreciate that since i prefer to shoot a flag 2-3x.

Interestingly, my NX7 Pro acquires the target before I can steady my hand. Yes it is fast and you don't have to aim precisely with a steady hand like the cheapo ebay one I had previously. 

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How Strong is the magnet??? Quite strong! Check out the video. I am driving on the fairway (bc why would i drive the ball in the rough 😉). It does still hold on while driving over roots and through bumpy terrain!

 

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Stage 1 updated with pics and video! NX9 was waiting on my porch last  night when I got home. Hope I can get to the range tomorrow to test it out!

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Hey Guys,

Just a few notes and findings so far from my mixed use of both the NX9 HD and my older Leupold.  So far I am really liking the NX9 HD.  I have a lot of positives with it and only a few minor complaints, and they really boil down to my personal preferences, and I think both could be solved with software updates.

NX9 HD Pros:

  • Loving the slope feature, which I never thought I would like.  I can see this being of particular value when I head to a new course.
  • Accuracy has been great so far.  every time I have tested against my Leupold I have gotten basically the same readings.  The NX9 HD will give me something like 55 or 56 yards and Ill get 55.6 on the Leupold.  I haven't been in a situation yet where I have been unable to confidently get the flag within 2 or 3 presses.
  • The viewfinder is nice, big, and bright.  the extra level of magnification shows the same image in both eye pieces, but the larger viewfinder overall in the NX9 HD means the picture I see is bigger.  This also helps in targeting.
  • While I probably still prefer the red readout on the Leupold, the black display has been easily legible for me, and will probably hold up better long term.
Here are two quick pics of my tee shot on the 6th hole at Shining Rock last week and my view of that green through the viewfinder.  Hopefully that gives you a little indication of just how awesome the 7X magnification really is.

 

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IMG_5470.jpg

 

NX9 HD Cons: 

  • I REALLY like the "Scan" mode on the leupold as my main targeting mode.  This works differently than most rangefinders where you *press* to turn on and *press* again to target.  While this works great most of the time, occasionaly you get get the distance to the trees behind or something else (I'm talking about ALL rangefinders here, not just the NX9 HD).  The way Scan mode works on my leupold is like this: *Press* to turn on and *Press and Hold* to scan.  I start to the left of the flag and start scanning, this gives me the distance to whatever I'm pointing to.  Then while still holding the button down I go left and right over the flag, I'll see the yardage drop and know I've got the distance to the flag.  This mode works by displaying the *shortest* distance you've ranged.  I guess I prefer this way since I can see the change and am not relying on a beep or buzz to be told that the flag has been captured (I'll post an update after my round on Thursday with a video showing to the two modes if anyone is interested or if I have not explained it well).
    • It's not that this is needed, as the NX9 HD is fast enough I can get the distance to the trees in the background and then to the flag 5 times if I want without holding anything up.
  • Second con is how easily the MODE button can be engaged.  If the button were on the side of the unit this might not be an issue, but I've hit the MODE button a few times accidentally and switched between slope and non-slope.  For me this has no real consequence, but if you were in a tournament and ended up getting disqualified because you accidentally hit the button and turned on slope this could be really bad.
    • For this I think reprogramming the software to require a press and hold to engage the mode selections (much like they do for yards/meters) would be ideal.  You could *Press and hold for 3 seconds* to engage the mode features and then press to cycle through 1. Slope and Yards 2. No Slope and Yards 3. Slope and meters and 4. No Slope Meters.  Then do another *Press and hold for 3 seconds* to save changes.
Well sorry for all the words there, while it looks like I have a lot of cons I really don't.  I have been really enjoying the upgraded features and specs put into the NX9 HD, and think it really could be perfect with those few software tweaks as the hardware has been nothing short of impressive so far!

Let me know if anyone thinks I'm crazy or if you've run into similar issues as well! 

 

 

 

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On 7/17/2019 at 3:49 PM, GolfSpy MPR said:

One quick update from me: like @perseveringgolfer, it hasn't taken long for the spring in the carabiner on my case to break as well. For me, it was my son (my other son, not Kirke) who was playing with the case. Not sure what he did, and so I certainly can't blame Precision Pro for this one.

Give Precision Pro a call.  I had some major concerns with the carabineer when I tested the NX-7 Pro last year and they sent me a replacement case with a stronger carabineer.  I wouldn't go mountain climbing with it, but no worries for holding the case onto my golf bag.  Great customer service!

 

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25 minutes ago, B.Boston said:

Hey Guys,

Just a few notes and findings so far from my mixed use of both the NX9 HD and my older Leupold.  So far I am really liking the NX9 HD.  I have a lot of positives with it and only a few minor complaints, and they really boil down to my personal preferences, and I think both could be solved with software updates.

NX9 HD Pros:

 

  • Loving the slope feature, which I never thought I would like.  I can see this being of particular value when I head to a new course.
  • Accuracy has been great so far.  every time I have tested against my Leupold I have gotten basically the same readings.  The NX9 HD will give me something like 55 or 56 yards and Ill get 55.6 on the Leupold.  I haven't been in a situation yet where I have been unable to confidently get the flag within 2 or 3 presses.
  • The viewfinder is nice, big, and bright.  the extra level of magnification shows the same image in both eye pieces, but the larger viewfinder overall in the NX9 HD means the picture I see is bigger.  This also helps in targeting.
  • While I probably still prefer the red readout on the Leupold, the black display has been easily legible for me, and will probably hold up better long term.

Here are two quick pics of my tee shot on the 6th hole at Shining Rock last week and my view of that green through the viewfinder.  Hopefully that gives you a little indication of just how awesome the 7X magnification really is.

 

IMG_5468.jpg

 

IMG_5470.jpg

 

NX9 HD Cons: 

 

  • I REALLY like the "Scan" mode on the leupold as my main targeting mode.  This works differently than most rangefinders where you *press* to turn on and *press* again to target.  While this works great most of the time, occasionaly you get get the distance to the trees behind or something else (I'm talking about ALL rangefinders here, not just the NX9 HD).  The way Scan mode works on my leupold is like this: *Press* to turn on and *Press and Hold* to scan.  I start to the left of the flag and start scanning, this gives me the distance to whatever I'm pointing to.  Then while still holding the button down I go left and right over the flag, I'll see the yardage drop and know I've got the distance to the flag.  This mode works by displaying the *shortest* distance you've ranged.  I guess I prefer this way since I can see the change and am not relying on a beep or buzz to be told that the flag has been captured (I'll post an update after my round on Thursday with a video showing to the two modes if anyone is interested or if I have not explained it well).
    • It's not that this is needed, as the NX9 HD is fast enough I can get the distance to the trees in the background and then to the flag 5 times if I want without holding anything up.
  • Second con is how easily the MODE button can be engaged.  If the button were on the side of the unit this might not be an issue, but I've hit the MODE button a few times accidentally and switched between slope and non-slope.  For me this has no real consequence, but if you were in a tournament and ended up getting disqualified because you accidentally hit the button and turned on slope this could be really bad.
    • For this I think reprogramming the software to require a press and hold to engage the mode selections (much like they do for yards/meters) would be ideal.  You could *Press and hold for 3 seconds* to engage the mode features and then press to cycle through 1. Slope and Yards 2. No Slope and Yards 3. Slope and meters and 4. No Slope Meters.  Then do another *Press and hold for 3 seconds* to save changes.

Well sorry for all the words there, while it looks like I have a lot of cons I really don't.  I have been really enjoying the upgraded features and specs put into the NX9 HD, and think it really could be perfect with those few software tweaks as the hardware has been nothing short of impressive so far!

Let me know if anyone thinks I'm crazy or if you've run into similar issues as well! 

 

 

 

I don't think these units can be reprogrammed out in the field.  Maybe good suggestions for the next version. 

 

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