The upcoming Hooked on Golf Blog World Tour trip to Scotland is 22 days, 4 hours, 12 minutes and 34 seconds away. But who is counting? During this particular tour I intend to carry my bag and what would you know, a great candidate for that job has arrived for review from Puma Golf. This is the Superlite Stand Bag:
I’ve been thinking about using a “Sunday Bag” for the Scotland trip because of how light and small they are. A couple of problems with Sunday bags are that they don’t have stands, and they typically can’t hold much. In Scotland I am going to need some room for sweaters and rain gear. That’s what may make this Puma Superlite the ticket. It’s only 3.8 pounds but has room for 14 clubs plus a ton of rain gear and other needs, like flasks full of scotch or extra golf balls if the gorse is particularly hungry.
I will begin my testing as soon as my next round, in two days. Stay tuned for my full review after I’ve had enough real rounds of golf to fill up my cranium with opinions about this bag. And stay tuned for the upcoming Scotland pictures to see if this bag made the cut for the trip to the birthplace of golf.
Golf GPS rangefinder watch technology is improving. No longer does the golfer have to wear a ridiculously large device to have GPS yardages and other great features on his or her wrist. Case in point is the new Bushnell neo iON GPS rangefinder watch. Let’s take a look.
Bushnell Neo iON GPS Rangefinder Watch
In the photo above I’m either playing a really short par-5 and I’m on the tee, or I just duffed my drive and did the walk of shame 50 yards forward from the tee. Take your pick. But the display does give a good example of the core information I need when approaching a green, the front yardage, middle yardage, and back yardage. Here’s a list of all the basic features of the Bushnell neo iON GPS Rangefinder Watch:
- One button operation
- Auto course recognition
- Auto hole advance
- Calculates shot distances
- Up to four hazard or layup distances per hole
- Extended battery life
- Over 35,000 preloaded courses
On The Course
One of the most irritating things about many golf GPS devices, watch or others, is the amount of time it takes them to recognize what course they are on. In fact, some of the GPS units I use never find the course. This unit finds the course very quickly and does not lose it.
During the round the yardages are solid and quick. I’ve confirmed them with markers on the ground and via laser. Rock solid. Sometimes it’s better to think about the front or back yardages of the green. Say you have a green with a false front which repels shots. Knowing the right number to avoid that spot is a great advantage. The same goes with pins that are long. If the green has a bad drop behind it or deep rough, long is dead. Knowing these yardages arms the player with great information for a better approach strategy.
The pedometer is a very cool feature. My phone has one, but it isn’t as accurate, and it drains the battery badly. Knowing how many miles I’ve walked is also great. A 7,000 yard course may calculate out to four miles, but the walk can be double that or more. After all, the golfer doesn’t hit straight shots. Left. Right. Left. Right. You get the drill.
Another great bit of information the unit provides is shot distances. One may “think” their 9-iron goes 140 yards when in reality it goes 132. Knowing exact yardages, and accepting what they really are, will save strokes. If only I could teach myself to accept them… That’s another discussion.
The battery life of the iON is great. I’ve squeezed two full rounds out of a unit before charging. I think I could have gotten more out of it but wanted to be sure I had a full 18 for my next round.
I have the same critique for this unit which I have for 99% of the golf GPS watches I’ve reviewed, the proprietary charging cable. Why is it so hard for companies to put a standard micro USB plug on these units? That way one could charge it with a standard cable should he/she forget to bring the proprietary one.
The other issue I have with GPS watches is the fact that they are watches. I’m not a watch wearer and I find them especially uncomfortable in the golf swing. So I usually attach them to my golf bag. It would be nice if the unit could be stand alone, without the band.
Though it retails for $199.00, I’ve found this golf GPS watch on sale at Amazon for only $149.00. Considering all the features and performance this is a great deal.
Father’s Day is coming up later this week. Dad would love one.
I received an interesting golf product to review a few weeks ago, the “Perfect Tee Mold.” This unit is a vintage replica of a sand tee mold, made out of 360 brass. A sand tee mold was used long ago to form a tee from wet sand which was beside each tee. The golfers would put the sand in the mold and pinch it onto the ground to form a natural tee.
Oddly, the person who submitted this product did not leave a website, email, or a phone number with the product submission. Mr. Jensen asks for my opinion but left me no way to respond! The only place I could find this product online is on ebay. I did some googling and found the website for Jensen Manufacturing, which is in the running for worst website on the planet. Obviously their machining skills are their focus…
Anyway, I’ll try to test it out on a real golf course soon. I tried making a tee out of dirt from my yard but it’s too dry.
Could you golf in sandals? Swannies thinks so, as they are producing a golf sandal. Below is the classic black Swannie.
When I received the Swannies I didn’t know the concept, or think twice that they might be used on the course. I was excited to have a pair of sandals to change into after the round, when I want to ditch my golf shoes and the sweaty socks that I just walked 9.5 miles in. At the least these will serve that purpose, and other applications like hanging out at the beach.
As bad as my footwork and massive weight shift (sway) are in my swing, I’m quite doubtful that I could have enough stability to make a decent golf swing with any kind of power in sandals. I’m going to give it a shot though. I’ll give it a good go.
Stay tuned for my full review soon.
How many ways can what is possibly the oldest golf accessory known to man be presented? Let’s add another, and I quite like it. Check out my new towel (also known as a rag) from MitholoG:
Yes the color scheme is a bit funky against my Utah Utes golf bag, but I’m a rock & roll rebel who is willing to make a statement with clashing colors in my accessories.
I’ve got 36 holes logged with the MitholoG towel. I like the look of it so much it was hard to use it the first time, and get it dirty. But that’s what it’s for.
After a few more rounds with my Ragz I’ll post my full evaluation. Stay tuned.