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Has anyone done any testing from where we shouldn't be hitting tee shots?  Sometimes my Nikon has issues sometimes if I'm trying to get yardages when I'm having to go under tree limbs or something like that.  I have to make sure I find a good hole, and sometimes walk out to get the yardage.

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Has anyone done any testing from where we shouldn't be hitting tee shots?  Sometimes my Nikon has issues sometimes if I'm trying to get yardages when I'm having to go under tree limbs or something like that.  I have to make sure I find a good hole, and sometimes walk out to get the yardage.


I’ve found that with a little practice you’ll see how much space you need around your target to hit it. There is a hole that I play where you are hitting up hill and I know I need to aim above the flag with the flag all in the lower half of the cross hair to not get the hill.

There will always be limitations though since the software is looking for the closest reading in the ranged area.


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I played another round with the NX9 HD yesterday and got to test it’s effective range a bit. This is a short par 4 at shining rock (the 17th).

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Playing from the white tee box I was easily
Able to pick up the flag at 268 yards. This is where the 7x magnification can really help.

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And not-so-humble brag it’s also the first time that I have carried the front bunker and landed on the green. The course was really soft from a lot of rain Wednesday so my drive landed very soft and settled up about 12 feet from the pin which made for a very easy two putt birdie!

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I got a lot of use out of my NX9 today over 18 holes, for the most part it was stellar. However, I had another hole this round where I shot the flag from 182 out and after shooting it 5 times, I had 5 different yardages. While I love the magnification that makes it so easy to find the pin or hazard, when you're over 150 out it can be very difficult to get a proper read sometimes. The further out you are, the more the slightest movement can make you mis-trigger a shot. 

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going to have to agree with @russtopherb. I played this weekend as well and would pick up trees and bushes behind the green quite a bit. A bittersweet feature but can be annoying if you play in a heavily wooded course. I did compare this issue with my old Bushnell V2 Tour and the Bushnell would grab the flag before anything else. Does it happen all the time, NO. But its that 1 or 2x per round when youve lined up perfectly with some trees behind the flag. 

Still a great product but just some minor annoyances like anything.

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So for the other reviewers: how often are you using the NX9 for shots within 100 yards?

This is something I'm doing more and more often, especially in conjunction with nailing down some partial wedge feels with my SkyTrak. Again, for me, this is where the NX9 really shines: I can grab a yardage very quickly, and then step knowing I'm trying to hit a (for instance) 46 yard shot. I'm certainly not awesome at this yet, but the combination has me trending the right direction (and Game Golf agrees).

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9 minutes ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

So for the other reviewers: how often are you using the NX9 for shots within 100 yards?

This is something I'm doing more and more often, especially in conjunction with nailing down some partial wedge feels with my SkyTrak. Again, for me, this is where the NX9 really shines: I can grab a yardage very quickly, and then step knowing I'm trying to hit a (for instance) 46 yard shot. I'm certainly not awesome at this yet, but the combination has me trending the right direction (and Game Golf agrees).

I typically do not use a rangefinder for anything under 100yds. More specifically when i KNOW i am under 100yds (partial wedge shots). To me, those are more of a feel shot. Maybe i should be shooting the flag to know if its a 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 wedge....

The PP NX9 will very easily tag the flag from that close.

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18 minutes ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

So for the other reviewers: how often are you using the NX9 for shots within 100 yards?

This is something I'm doing more and more often, especially in conjunction with nailing down some partial wedge feels with my SkyTrak. Again, for me, this is where the NX9 really shines: I can grab a yardage very quickly, and then step knowing I'm trying to hit a (for instance) 46 yard shot. I'm certainly not awesome at this yet, but the combination has me trending the right direction (and Game Golf agrees).

I'll use it pretty must all the way up to the green on approach shots.  I've hit flags around 30 yards before.  It's actually kind of crazy how a little uphill or downhill lie can make that 30 seem like 20 or 40 yards.  Lots of stuff can play tricks on your eyes.

Once I'm green side its more of me picking a spot I want to land it and I rely much more on feel.

I should also note that like you I've been trying to lock down some swing feelings for partial wedge shots, so knowing how far those carry plus how far I am on those less than 100 yard shots is hopefully going to be the next key to shooting lower scores for me.  I'm still far too reliant on using my 54 and 58 on anything inside of 100 yards, but the past few range sessions I've been working on those all the way down to my 8 iron to look for some more consistency.

 

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3 minutes ago, JonMUSC08 said:

I typically do not use a rangefinder for anything under 100yds. More specifically when i KNOW i am under 100yds (partial wedge shots). To me, those are more of a feel shot. Maybe i should be shooting the flag to know if its a 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 wedge....

The PP NX9 will very easily tag the flag from that close.

Yeah, that's exactly what I've been working to implement in my game. It's still a work in progress, but going forward, I'm at least going to try to nail down the swings you mentioned above (1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and full) for both my 54° and 60° wedges. I'm toying with adding a Cleveland CBX PW and GW to my bag (replacing my G700 PW and GW) and adding them to my wedge matrix yardages.

Obviously, it doesn't always work, but lasering a flag at 62 yards and knowing that you have a stock shot to hit that number is confidence-building at address, and we all know that confidence is a big part of this game.

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@GolfSpy MPR I went ahead and dropped my 56 wedge (which i used to use for EVERYTHING) from my bag and only carry a 52 & 60 now. The 52, for me, will go no more than 105 on a full swing. From there i know the feel all my pitches of 1/4, 1/2, 3/4. Then around the green if i need to land it soft i use the 60 but if i need it to roll out i'll go 52. Same for bunker play.

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2 hours ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

So for the other reviewers: how often are you using the NX9 for shots within 100 yards?

 

I use my NX9 Pro from second shot in, except for Par 3's where I always measure from the Tee box. 

100 yds. in?  I've created a table for the different yardages on my wedge shots. So I know which wedge and the swing (full/1/2, etc) to use.  Using the LRF and the 'cheat sheet' has dramatically improved by short game. 

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under 100yds I use my eyes.

Used it today in wind and rain, had to shoot it loads of times as targetting the pin was very very hard, first its 165 then 120, then 187 then 174.........man it's tough in the wind on top of my shaky hands.

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3 minutes ago, perseveringgolfer said:

under 100yds I use my eyes.

Used it today in wind and rain, had to shoot it loads of times as targetting the pin was very very hard, first its 165 then 120, then 187 then 174.........man it's tough in the wind on top of my shaky hands.

Don't beat yourself up... likely the rain more than the shaky hands that were messing you up.  those little water droplets do not do wonders for lasers reflecting back 🙂 

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4 hours ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

So for the other reviewers: how often are you using the NX9 for shots within 100 yards?

This is something I'm doing more and more often, especially in conjunction with nailing down some partial wedge feels with my SkyTrak. Again, for me, this is where the NX9 really shines: I can grab a yardage very quickly, and then step knowing I'm trying to hit a (for instance) 46 yard shot. I'm certainly not awesome at this yet, but the combination has me trending the right direction (and Game Golf agrees).

I absolutely have been using mine on approach shots. Knowing my yardage has really helped start dialing in wedge distances. Hasn't shown up in the scores yet but I'm a getting a lot better at knowing which wedge to pull and how much of a swing to take.

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Don't beat yourself up... likely the rain more than the shaky hands that were messing you up.  those little water droplets do not do wonders for lasers reflecting back  

Haven't used it on a rainy day. But the other night while out playing , a sprinkler popped up in the fairway. My NX7 Pro shot through the water from the sprinkler with no problem.


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Have had the issue of picking up trees behind the hole but it is easy to refocus and get the target.  

Right now using it within 100 yards, once the newness wears off will most likely only use it if I'm unsure about the yardage from that distance.  

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So I mentioned in my opening post here that the NX9 HD would be replacing a very cheap, generic laser range finder. Going in, I honestly wasn't sure how much difference there really would be between the sub-$100 device and the more expensive device.

There is a difference.

And it's not just the obvious one: the slope feature. Yesterday, I got word that my NX9 HD was needed at the MGS home office, so I boxed it up and sent it away. <sniffle>

So for my league match last night, I pulled out the old range finder. Yikes. Lots of yikeses. The accuracy was fine on a clear shot; I have a hunch that that part of the tech is pretty universal across all the range finders. But actually shooting the flag? What a pain!

I know that from time to time, we who are using the NX9 will note that it doesn't always grab the flag on the first try, especially in tricky conditions (rain or lots of trees). But the cheap rangefinder really struggles, to the point that on certain shots, getting the yardage almost adds more doubt into your plan than it removes.

After one round, I already miss my NX9, and am eagerly awaiting its return.

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So I'm just going to repeat my last post here: I miss my NX9. Last night's league match, I hit a nice 260-yard drive on a 320 yard uphill par 4. Grabbed my old rangefinder and tried to shoot the flag maybe a dozen times. Half the time, it was giving me a number in the mid-90s, which had to be the trees behind the hole. The other times, it was a number in the 70s, which seemed long for where I was relative to the yardage stakes.

For context, just before I left for league, I was drilling on partial wedge shots with SkyTrak. I was feeling really confident that I had swings for specific yardages.

Ended up guessing the yardage (which should have been around 65, not counting the upslope). Came up short, bad chip, made bogey.

Underrated downside of a bad rangefinder: by being untrustworthy, it actually adds uncertainty as you set up over a shot. It's like having a caddie say, "Well, I don't think this is a good idea, but...."

Looking forward to getting my @PrecisionProGolf device back in my bag. A lot.

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Fun little factoid for anyone out there on the fence between the NX9 HD and the NX7 line of rangefinders....

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My league partner has an NX7 so took some time to play around with the NX9 HD. I filled him in on what Precision Pro was trying to accomplish wit the NX9 HD and before I could finish talking about that “Bigger, Brighter, Faster” line he targeted a flag and said: “Holy Sh*t that’s fast.”

In the 2 rounds we played together since he only used his rangefinder when he had to.

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The NX9 HD has been a really solid device and proved to me to be a significant upgrade over the already well reviewed NX7 series of rangefinders as well as my slightly older, but still premium Leupold GX3i2.




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I have HD envy since I only have a NX-7 Pro. Although my wife did say the other day - we really need 2 LRF's since both of us play in leagues on the same day. Maybe............there's one in my future?????


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