The battery to my (now former) laser rangefinder died last week on the first fairway. I was quite surprised how accurate I was during that round with guessing yardages. Thankfully I don’t have to go to the store and find one of those weird CR2 batteries or whatever they are. I’ll be replacing that dead battery and laser with a whole new laser I’ll be testing, the Bushnell Golf Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder.
Bushnell Golf Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder
Bushnell Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder Features
Pinseeker technology. If you haven’t used a Pinseeker unit, they’re awesome. The laser easily locks onto the flagstick, even with shaky hands
“Jolt” technology vibrates the unit when the the laser locks onto the pin to confirm the right yardage
Accurate to 1/2 yard (more accurate than a GPS)
Can give ranges to the flag up to 450 yards for you big hitters
Slope technology with a switch to turn it off and be USGA legal for tournaments
Dual display: bright red or black
SMALL! Much smaller than older lasers!
Father’s Day Golf Gift Alert!
My review is pending my testing. I’m compelled to point out that Father’s Day is coming up and the arrival of the new Pro X2 is perfect timing. Based on my previous reviews of Bushnell Golf’s products I’d be willing to place a bet that dad will think you’re the most awesome person ever if you pick him up a Pro X2. I’m confident I’ll be backing up those statements in my full review around the 1st of June.
Yesterday I had my regular Wednesday league, 9-holes. I played fairly solid up until I got in a bunker on the 6th and ended up turning that into a double-bogey 5. Score wrecker. The sand at Bonneville is very strange. It’s very light but also very large grains.
The front nine of 2:50 (lame yes) ended at 7:20pm. I headed to the back nine with my push cart knowing sunset is 8:30. I thought I’d play a few holes until sunset and bail. On the 13th tee the thought of finishing the whole 18 started to make sense, so I decided to jog some holes. Admittedly, I’m not in the best of shape. I could stand to dump a few extra LB’s and the most exercise I’ve gotten in the last 10 months is clicking a mouse button. I jogged three holes.
Par-3 15th at Bonneville – 230 yards
I actually played very solid golf on the back at a hurried pace, all by myself. My first bogey on the back was the 460 yard par-4 18th. But before I got there I did some practice bunker shots on the par-3 17th which has a bunker I’ve yet to get out of his year. Same weird large-grained poofy sand. I tried numerous clubs and techniques from blasting an open 56 or 60 to squaring up a 52 and chopping down. Either I would blade the shots because the club bounces so easily, or I’d poof completely under the ball and advance it two feet into the bunker face, where it would bury. After about 20 different attempts I tried a completely unorthodox theory.
I took my pitching wedge and squared up the blade. I put my feet close together like I was going to hit a simple pitch or chip. I did a small chip swing and voila, ball goes out of bunker onto green. I tried it again and got out again. Tried it a 3rd time and put it close to the flag. On the 4th time I made a video (very poor quality, sorry about that). By this time it was past sunset and quite dark.
I was very sore and dehydrated today after walking 18 on a very hilly course, and deciding to jog three holes in a row. But playing that back nine alone with the whole course to myself was quite a zen moment; the best time I’ve had playing this year.
Even with a stop to practice bunker shots I played the back nine in 1:20. That kind of golf I can get into. 5-6 hour rounds not so much.
Father’s Day golf gift alert… I’ve just spent a few minutes setting up my new Bushnell Excel GPS Rangefinder Watch, loading the accompanying mobile app, and setting it up on my Google Pixel phone (Android). See photo below.
This GPS Watch does more than a typical golf GPS. Here’s a short list:
Book tee times
Record scores during and/or after play
View smartphone notifications (incoming calls, texts) from the watch
Mobile App (integrates with GPS watch)
Full color aerial views of hole layouts with distance
3D flyovers with distances
Book tee times
Swing analysis stats
I’ll be starting my testing tomorrow in Wednesday league and posting a review before Father’s Day, hint hint.
My short game needs more work than a 1975 AMC Pacer. It’s nice to have a six-sleeve of Sci-Core indoor/outdoor practice golf balls handy to practice my chipping and pitching in the hallway.
I can even hit flops from the bottom of the stairs to the landing, then up the other half of the stairway to the 2nd floor of HOG World Headquarters. If I mis-hit a shot, which is highly likely, I won’t break anything except my fragile confidence. Sci-Core practice balls are soft.
Some pitching wedge work in the hallway
Sci-Core practice balls differentiate themselves from regular practice balls in a few ways. They’re soft, but will not crush or change shape. Many practice balls will cave in with hard swings, never to be the same shape again. The covers are durable and don’t scuff. The roll and flight is more accurate than any other practice ball I’ve used.
Practice makes permanent. Work on your short game inside or outside, in tight spaces without the worry of causing any damage on errant shots.