I’ve finally put a TaylorMade driver into play. No it isn’t the TaylorMade M1, or M2 or M5 (wait, that was Star Trek)… It’s a Tour Preferred 8.5 degree midsize System2 driver. This thing is a beast. Nope, it’s not adjustable. Can’t tweak the loft or the lie or adjust the compass on the bottom to north. All this driver does is open beer bottles and boy does it do a fantastic job. I’ve really tested this golf driver head bottle opener hard.
One can’t be too safe when it comes to golf accessories this important. A solid backup is a must. That’s why I have the Wilson Patty Berg Autograph persimmon driver, below.
This great use of old golf clubs is courtesy of a long time friend of the blog named Scott Jesse. Scott is a veteran and former golf pro who has a history of making some neat golf accessories.
These bottle openers can be purchased for a mere $15 plus shipping through the Elmjay Antiques and Up Cycle Facebook page. That beats the hell out of buying a $500 driver that will be obsolete and $24.99 in the used bin at the golf store before you reach the top of your backswing.
Think of Father’s Day, Christmas, birthdays for golfers… So many great applications. How about these being the default openers at your golf club?
I’m thrilled that the snow has melted and I’m back in the swing of playing golf and testing out/reviewing the latest and greatest golf products. It has been a long winter with the courses closed some 4-5 months here.
Today’s review is the great new GolfBuddy CT2 Micro Golf GPS. Mico and watch GPS units are the rage in golf right now and for very good reasons. The golfer has a very small, convenient, and light unit which provides accurate yardages and other nice features. Let’s take a closer look at them all.
Portable size for pocket or mounting on a towel, belt, golf bag
40,000 courses in memory
17 hour battery life. Play several rounds on one charge.
Automatic hole distances to front, back and center of the green
Dynamic green view from the golfer’s perspective
Distances to hazards and other relevant course features for layup shots
Waterproof up to 10 meters (for the time you decide to go after that premium golf ball in the lake on the 4th hole)
On The Course
I love how quickly this GPS unit grabs onto the course I’m playing. Some GPS units can seriously take 1-2 holes before they “gain consciousness.” The yardages are fast and accurate. I’ve run this GPS side by side with others and cross referenced with laser rangefinders and the numbers are right on.
The size of this unit means carrying it on my person is no problem. I’ll either keep it in a pocket or attach it to my belt or clamp it to my pocket via the very strong clip. Another place I’ll put it is in the pencil holder of my golf bag (first picture). With this GPS unit on my person at all times I always know my numbers. No searching for markers or sprinkler heads and then walking off the numbers.
The unit also serves as an electronic scorecard. I’m more into the old school pencil and paper scorecard personally.
Below is a short video showing the unit and it’s features.
In The Box
Golf Buddy CT2 Mini Golf GPS
My only critique with the CT2 is the charging cable. It is a proprietary cable you’ll never find at a regular store. If you lose or damage the cable, or forget it on a golf trip, you can’t simply use a standard USB cable to charge the unit.
The CT2 is a fantastic micro/portable golf GPS that easily fits in the golfer’s pocket. Of all the golf GPS units I’ve tested to date, the CT2 has the longest battery life by far. The yardages are fast and accurate and the unit finds the right course quickly and easily.
Sometimes it can be hard to identify your balls. It’s especially bad to get your balls mixed up with someone else’s. To avoid problems like that I’m testing out a new ball stamper from StampYourBalls.com. Check it out.
On the first tee I stamped my ball with a scottish flag – lovely
Since I love Scotland so much I chose the Scottish flag as one of my stamps. I have a few others which are quite entertaining. Watch for those soon. There are currently 130 designs to choose from.
The stamp is easy to use and the imprint is very crisp on the ball. I was quite surprised. Of course the big question is how long will the imprint last. Below is a shot of the same ball after the round. The photo is a bit washed out by the sun so it looks like more of the ink came off than really did. And yes, I played the whole round with one ball.
A little bit of the ink is worn off, but quite impressive after a full round
I’ll do some more testing of all the stamps in various colors, and post my full review soon. On first impressions this is a fun product which will help keep my balls properly accounted for.
I have a lot of testing to do. Added to the list is the Zepp motion sensor. This is a device which attaches to the golfer’s glove and sends data to the player’s smartphone or tablet. The very valuable is then shown to the user to help improve his/her swing, and even compare swings with pros like Keegan Bradley. I know better than to compare my swing with Keegan though. I’m trying to match is pre-shot routine…
Awesome glove sold separately
Here’s a list of the data collected for golfers by this interesting unit:
Speed (not sure what speed this is yet, probably club head speed)
Stay tuned for my full review soon, after I’ve had a chance to put the Zepp though the rigorous HOG test battery.
When I do golf equipment reviews or golf accessory reviews I typically do a “first look” post to get the word out that I’ve received a product for testing and give those who submitted the product a little air time. That gives them a little golf blog love and buys me time to spend testing the unit. I do spend a lot of time testing, unlike other fly-by-night sites who test from their kitchen table or by hitting three range balls.
This time around I’m compelled to do an intermediate post on the new TomTom Golfer Premium GPS watch. I already did my first look of the TomTom golf GPS watchand I’m not quite ready to post a full review because a single round is definitely not enough. I was so impressed with this unit during my first round I have to post about it.
The TomTom golf GPS watch is not overly large like other golf GPS watches. So it is actually wearable for those who can wear a watch and play. I’m not a watch guy, so I played a couple of holes with it on, then just attached it to my golf bag.
The yardages were quick and accurate, and I love the way they display with the black background. Below you can see the yards to the front, back, and middle:
This GPS watch not only gives yardages, but has all sorts of other great features. It will track scores, show green view, and even show hazards. See below? The first hole has water all the way down the right side:
And below is a shot of the score tracking. I made par on the par-5 first hole.
I’m not done testing and have yet to post my full review, but now that I have a round under my belt I already know the TomTom Premium golf GPS watch is superb. Stay tuned for my full review.