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...you can pick up a heavy-duty carabiner at homedepot for about 5 bucks.... the one I had for my NX7 bit it pretty quickly but I didn't bother to mention anything about it since I didn't even expect it to be included.

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After hearing about issues with the carabiner I haven't even used it yet. I either stick it on the cart or if I'm walking I have it the NX9 in the case inside a zippered pocket. I should invest in a decent carabiner, however. 

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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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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! 
 
 
 

Great pros and cons - but I gotta ask how in the world did you get a pic of the display?


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Great pros and cons - but I gotta ask how in the world did you get a pic of the display?


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Verrrrrry steadddy hands. Haha

I’ve also started using this. I call it the “official NX9 HD tester thingy I stole from my
Kids bath toys”. It’s almost a perfect
Match for color but more
Importantly it’s at a good thickness for a focal length between the iPhone camera and the viewfinder.

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I am working on something a bit smaller too.


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Awesome! Just curious do your kids know it's missing? 😂

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Awesome! Just curious do your kids know it's missing? 


Not yet! I’m sure it will be the end of the world when they find out its missing. But at least the 0 and O looks the same in the set.


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On the mounting front: this morning, I ordered a set of magnets with double-sided tape from Amazon ($7):

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GF4D22M/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I'll let everyone know how well they work as a way of mounting the NX9 to my pushcart. I've been thoroughly impressed with the magnet on the NX9. I've hit some jarring bumps on the course in a cart, and it stays mounted. I wouldn't have believed it without seeing it, but the magnet is a great idea that makes the NX9 incredibly accessible during the round.

I'll add: for me, this is a big deal. Any piece of on-course tech needs to be as transparent in usage as possible. I've posted in my other thread that I gave up using my phone for shot tracking because I played worse using it, fiddling with shot placement and whether the ball was on the green etc. The same principle applies here: anything that streamlines the process of grabbing this device and getting the yardage makes it far more valuable.

As small a thing as it is, the magnet does that.

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On 7/23/2019 at 9:48 PM, B.Boston said:

 


Verrrrrry steadddy hands. Haha

I’ve also started using this. I call it the “official NX9 HD tester thingy I stole from my
Kids bath toys”. It’s almost a perfect
Match for color but more
Importantly it’s at a good thickness for a focal length between the iPhone camera and the viewfinder.

IMG_5521.jpg

IMG_5520.jpg

I am working on something a bit smaller too.


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OK I think I need one of those green donut thingies too! I tried for a good 15 minutes last night to take pictures through the viewfinder with my phone and I just couldn't get it to work. I'm going to have to bring a tripod and my wife's DSLR I guess to make it work.

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OK I think I need one of those green donut thingies too! I tried for a good 15 minutes last night to take pictures through the viewfinder with my phone and I just couldn't get it to work. I'm going to have to bring a tripod and my wife's DSLR I guess to make it work.


Yeah you need some space between the end of the viewfinder and your camera lens for it to work.

I will say
I’m not sure how well a DLSR will work... the lens may be too big to get a good image or you may have to crop it a lot.

I got a few more yesterday, so far the black readout has been plenty legible!

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OK guys, I did it again. Getting my stuff together for last night's league round, pulled my case out of my bag (it's in a pocket until I replace the carabiner)—and the case is empty. Once again, I had left it magnetized to the cart I had taken earlier this week. Once again, it was found and turned in to the pro shop.

Am I alone in having this problem? I walk most of my rounds, so I don't have this problem then. But when I cart, I put the NX9 on the upright of the cart with the magnet. It's awesomely accessible. But I finish the round, and I'm looking in the cupholders and bins and such in the cart to make sure I have everything, and I keep overlooking the NX9.

To be honest, I wasn't too keen on the bright green color, but in hindsight, I'm thinking they should make the whole thing blaze orange for the sake of people like me.

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46 minutes ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

OK guys, I did it again. Getting my stuff together for last night's league round, pulled my case out of my bag (it's in a pocket until I replace the carabiner)—and the case is empty. Once again, I had left it magnetized to the cart I had taken earlier this week. Once again, it was found and turned in to the pro shop.

Am I alone in having this problem? I walk most of my rounds, so I don't have this problem then. But when I cart, I put the NX9 on the upright of the cart with the magnet. It's awesomely accessible. But I finish the round, and I'm looking in the cupholders and bins and such in the cart to make sure I have everything, and I keep overlooking the NX9.

To be honest, I wasn't too keen on the bright green color, but in hindsight, I'm thinking they should make the whole thing blaze orange for the sake of people like me.

While I haven't left it on the cart because I usually put it away after my last approach shot for the day (my glove too if its on the green), I have had a few heart attack moments driving thinking it had fallen off even though it was still there.  For the most part it rides in a cup holder.  I have no reason NOT to trust the magnet... but knowing its hanging out on the side like that still makes me nervous!

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I've let it hang by the magnet on the bar next to the windshield for 3 rounds now for all 18 holes and had no problems with it falling off. And I drove through some ROUGH patches getting my ball out of the woods. This was my biggest 'ah ha' moment for this product as odd as it seems. The magnet is legit.

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1 hour ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

OK guys, I did it again. Getting my stuff together for last night's league round, pulled my case out of my bag (it's in a pocket until I replace the carabiner)—and the case is empty. Once again, I had left it magnetized to the cart I had taken earlier this week. Once again, it was found and turned in to the pro shop.

Am I alone in having this problem? I walk most of my rounds, so I don't have this problem then. But when I cart, I put the NX9 on the upright of the cart with the magnet. It's awesomely accessible. But I finish the round, and I'm looking in the cupholders and bins and such in the cart to make sure I have everything, and I keep overlooking the NX9.

To be honest, I wasn't too keen on the bright green color, but in hindsight, I'm thinking they should make the whole thing blaze orange for the sake of people like me.

surprisingly enough I have yet to forget mine attached to the cart! 🤣

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With these rangefinders being primarily used in warmer weather, I wonder if the magnet will lose it's strength over time.  Especially if it's kept in a hot garage.  Had to go back to my old school science class to make sure I was at least on the right track with this question.

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@GolfSpy MPR I can be very absent-minded as well (I once abandoned a round after 6 holes because I never zippered my ball pocket and lost my keys as a result) so what I do is leave the empty Precision Pro case in the cart if I'm riding. This way when I'm cleaning all of my tees & balls out back at my car, I know to grab the case and put the NX9 back in it, if I haven't already. 

As far as the magnet, I've got 3 rounds of 9 in so far riding (we're walking today) and that thing does not budge. Like, AT ALL. And I've done some pretty serious offroading the past few rounds with how my driver's been!!

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Today was the first time I had a bit of an issue with the NX9 locking on properly. We were on a par 4 and my son wanted to shoot his distance (he gets a kick out of using it) and he told me he had 98 yards to the flag. I told him that was way too far and to do it again. He kept saying 98 so I took over and I also shot a 98. In reality the flag was 63 yards away and the trees behind the green weren't too thick. But even with what seemed like the bulls eye right on the flag, the NX9 kept picking up the trees. Same with the flagstick itself. 

Every other time I used it today, it was dead on. I also had to keep switching slope mode back on because my 13yo was constantly hitting the function button by accident. It would be nice to see it take a bit longer to switch modes so if you accidentally hit the mode button by mistake, it doesn't switch out of slope right away.  

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Today was the first time I had a bit of an issue with the NX9 locking on properly. We were on a par 4 and my son wanted to shoot his distance (he gets a kick out of using it) and he told me he had 98 yards to the flag. I told him that was way too far and to do it again. He kept saying 98 so I took over and I also shot a 98. In reality the flag was 63 yards away and the trees behind the green weren't too thick. But even with what seemed like the bulls eye right on the flag, the NX9 kept picking up the trees. Same with the flagstick itself. 
Every other time I used it today, it was dead on. I also had to keep switching slope mode back on because my 13yo was constantly hitting the function button by accident. It would be nice to see it take a bit longer to switch modes so if you accidentally hit the mode button by mistake, it doesn't switch out of slope right away.  



Wonder if the flagsticks had reflectors on them? After almost a year or use I have yet to have that problem but then we do have reflectors so I pick up the flagstick even when it's close to trees.


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9 hours ago, tony@CIC said:

Wonder if the flagsticks had reflectors on them? After almost a year or use I have yet to have that problem but then we do have reflectors so I pick up the flagstick even when it's close to trees.


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Don't believe so, however I've lasered that pin before with no issues. Maybe it was the angle, maybe it was just a random occurrence. At most I've had to laser a pin 3x. Usually the 3rd time is just a "let's play it safe" thing. In my comparisons to my watch and apps, it's been dead on distance-wise, so no complaints there at all. 

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Just a quick tease, I’m putting together a short comparison post between the GX-3i2 and the NX9 HD!

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Who wins the look and feel?!

Who is more accurate?!

Who has better optics?!

Tune in later to find out!


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