Bushnell neo+ GPS – click for more images
My primary yardage device happens to be a Bushnell Tour V2 laser. I’ve leaned on the laser side of yardage tracking because I like to point the cross hairs at stuff and see how far away it is, like the snack shack or the range ball picker.
But lately I’ve been really enjoying the simplicity and portability of my new Bushnell neo+ mini golf GPS. This unit is small enough to fit in a pocket or mount onto a belt (via included belt mount) without getting in the way of comfort or the golf swing.
NO FEES. That is a biggie. Many golf GPS devices require a setup fee, or a yearly fee or a fee fee. I’ve taken other GPS devices to the course and excitedly powered them up on the 1st tee, only to find that I need to “subscribe” and/or pay some fee. Quite a turn off, and that is what I ended up doing with those units, turning them off.
Adams Idea Tech V3 Hybrid – click to enlarge
The first time I tried an Adams Idea Tech V3 Hybrid wasn’t pleasant. I borrowed my local director of golf’s model and it felt horrible. I couldn’t get it up in the air. So when I received my own V3 from Adams to review I was very skeptical, until I hit it. It turns out on the first V3 I’d tried, my friend had the shaft modified, lengthened, kick point altered etc. He’s 6’4″ tall. That club was set up as bad as a club could be for my 5’9″ frame and granny swing. My V3 on the other hand, was close to magically setup for me and very easy to hit.
There are many design features and technologies at work with the Adams Idea Tech V3 Hybrid. And by the way, it would be cool if Adams could come up with a longer name for their next model… Ahem. I’m going to call it the V3 for now.
Painful Golf Shots
How fun is it when you hit at 3-iron thin and your fingers go numb? I love that even more than having my eyeballs gouged out with rusty pliers. And those stinging irons are especially fun when the temps are cold. Nothing like having numb hands for three holes. It seems that right when the numbness goes away, you do it again.
Shock Lock on my 5-iron reduces vibration and elbow abuse! Click for more Shock Lock images.
Another really fun and painful golf related thing I experience is golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow. If you didn’t know, they are two different animals. My golfer’s elbow has flared up recently as I’ve been practicing a lot trying to shake off the winter rust. Range balls are much harder than regular balls because they have to be durable. As soon as I start pounding range balls, my elbows flare up and start hurting with tendinitis.
Shock Lock Sports to the rescue
I’ve been testing out Shot Lock Sports’ Shock Locks lately, to help reduce the impact vibrations which sting my hands and aggravate my golfer’s elbow. So far so good.
What are Shock Locks? Shock Locks are a vibration dampening system for golf clubs. They consist of three pieces of plastic and rubber which go around the hosel and the shaft of the club. Two are black and sort of a shell which goes around a clear rubber “underlast.” Installing them is fairly easy, though I did have a bit of trouble on my older Hogan irons as the hosels are pretty thick. Generally though, they install well on clubs which are 10 years old or less.
On The Course
The system thankfully dampens the vibration to my hands, arms and joints. I felt the golfer’s elbow creeping in a few weeks ago, but since I put the Shock Locks on my irons the condition has gone away.
I don’t notice the Shock Locks on my clubs or find that my swing or game is compromised as a result of having them installed. I do feel less feedback than if they weren’t installed, but that is basically the point. The Locks don’t weigh much at all and don’t change the club weight or feel in my opinion.
As slow as my swing is, I don’t think the extra width at the hosel slows it down either. The extra width does take up a bit more space in the golf bag.
Shock Locks change the look of the club as you are standing over it. That can take some getting used to.
The units also increase the space the clubs take up in the bag. If you have a small opening in your bag, the clubs will be more tightly packed.
If you are a total “feel” player looking for lots of impact feedback from your clubs, it might be contradictory for you to put a damping system on them.
Shock Locks deliver as promised. They reduce vibration and shock to my hands, arms, joints and even my brain.
Though I’m a player who loves club feedback I’m willing to give up a little of that. It is much more important for me to be able to play without flaring up my tendinitis. So I’m keeping the shock locks on my irons.
Twist Tee - click for more images
I’ve been using some cool tees for my last few rounds called Twist Tee. These tees come with a an adjustable section which allows for customizing the height of the ball simply by twisting the top section.
Some other features include cool colors, stable ball cup (especially for windy conditions) and high strength.
The Twist Tee comes in two sizes. The longer size is pictured here and is adjustable from 2 7/8 inches to 3 5/8 inches. The shorter size tees it up from 2 1/4 inches to 2 5/8 inches.
Divot tool on spring loaded retractable belt mounted cable - click for more images
Golf inventors have so many ideas and gadgets that I could spend the rest of my life reviewing all of the ones which have come in to HOG Lab. The divot tool (sorry, green repair tool) has been reinvented more times than the wheel.
Another reinvention to the divot tool list is the Divot Up. This is a fairly nice divot tool, attached to a retractable and spring loaded cable which mounts on the player’s belt. This is great for those middle aged Harley dudes who like to attach their keys to their belt I suppose. Or perhaps the golf gadget addict who has everything else already.
The product is manufactured well and is very sturdy. The tool does in fact do a good job of fixing ball marks. Included with the green repair tool is a magnetic ball marker which can be customized.
Would any serious player wear this? Probably not.