Cool golf gear alert! I’ve been testing out the new Bushnell Phantom 2 Golf GPS for a few weeks. Thrilled to have it, as my original Bushnell Phantom was lost/stolen. I’ll cover that more in a minute. First. let’s take a look at the Phantom 2.
The Phantom 2 provides GPS data for over 38,000 golf courses around the globe. I haven’t visited a course yet with either my original Phantom or the Phantom 2 that didn’t pop right up on the courses list (below).
The data includes front, center and back yardages. Knowing something other than center is strategically beneficial so one can choose the appropriate shot in terms of risk, carry, and optimal distance.
The yardages (pictured below) are shown in very large, easy-to-read numbers. Even if the unit is on your bag or golf cart several feet away the yardages are easy to read.
The unit automatically detects when the golfer moves to the next hole and advances the data to that hole. Of course, the user can manually control which hole he is on in the event of some…. “errant” shots.
The unit is pocket sized, small and light. It’s easy to carry in a pocket, but also comes with a clip for clipping it onto a bag or a belt. The clip features a loop so the unit can be attached to a golf bag with a carabiner. The back features a strong magnet to stick it to the supports of a golf cart. Pay close attention to where you put it.*
Each golf hole can have up to six hazard/layup distances per hole. This is extremely useful information, especially for that first time on a course when the player is unsure what to hit and how far the hazards and carries are.
The green-view screen is very informative and useful. It shows the shape of the green and allows the user to cycle through the different pin placements, showing the yardage for each pin placement. This is vital information which will help the player choose the right club and avoid missing greens and/or three-putts.
The player can track each shot, including putts. Below I’ve 2-putted the 17th.
The unit doesn’t just count up shots, it also tracks shot direction and distance so the user can analyze the round later and use that recon for improvement. Knowing what to work on is fantastic. Missing a bunch of fairways to the left? AIM RIGHT! LOL.
The internal battery lasts up to 18 hours, perfect for those summer solstice day-long marathons! The battery is charged via USB-C. Nice that it isn’t an odd and hard to find proprietary cable.
Lastly, the unit features a cool gray camo look.
The features packed into an affordable $129.00 retail price for the Phantom 2 are many. Yardages are quick and convenient, as is shot tracking. Play with confidence in your choices, knowing the proper distances, hazards, and pin placements.
*Beware of attaching the unit to a golf cart! I used my original Phantom this way until the day I forgot to take it off the cart. Despite the fact that I’d played the fanciest private club in town, by the time I realized I’d left the unit on the card and ran back to the clubhouse, the Phantom was gone.
I get so many useless golf gadgets in for review that it’s a big deal when I receive an actual useful one! Well here’s the big deal, the HandiMagnet. HandiMagnet is a small golf accessory which an incredibly strong magnet on one end, and a multi-function clamp on the other.
The first clamp, seen lower right on the image above, is for gloves, towels, or even papers like scorecards or pin sheets. Simply attach the super magnet to your push cart or golf cart frame, then hang the glove/towel/paper from the other. The accessory airing out and drying sweaty gloves. Take the glove off and hang it on the HandiMagnet while driving the cart or pushing a trolley down the fairway and let the glove air out in the sun and wind.
I’ve used the clamp to hang a pin sheet and have it right up in front of my face on a golf cart. Super convenient.
I’ve been known to enjoy a few stogies on the golf course. One pain when golfing is finding a place to put that cigar. With the 2nd mount (middle of first photo above) one can make any metal object an instant cigar holder. Below my 4-iron has been converted from a club that’s hard to hit, to a club that provides me convenient access to my Romeo Y Julieta.
Bonus Function – Club Loft Checker
An old golf trick to help a player understand the launch angle of a club is to stick a golf tee on the face of the club. The tee points to the angle of the shot. A golfer can use that in practice or on the course (against the rules) to see if a shot will clear an obstacle like a tree. Sometimes golfers will use some chewing gum to stick the tee to the club.
A bonus with the HandiMagnet is this unit can be used as an easy loft checker. The magnet is so strong it will not come off even during a full swing. I tried it and couldn’t get it to budge.
Father’s Day is coming up quick! HandiMagnet is a super choice for dad, at a mere $13.99. Get one for dad and one for yourself and still have enough money left over to buy a frosty beverage at the cafe after your next round.
It has been raining here in northern Utah for about four straight weeks. Not just a light rain either. It has been pouring. To you locals here I apologize. It is my fault. You see, I bought new patio furniture and a new grill for the summer. Since the day I bought it, it has been raining non-stop.
Fortunately for me I’m dealing with the rain in style with my new Weatherman golf umbrella, which arrived about 3 weeks ago. Perfect timing. I’ve had it in use for days and days and I’ve been extremely impressed. Let’s take a look at the basic features of this umbrella, including its “mobile experience.”
Weatherman Golf Umbrella Features
Size! I’m using the 62 inch model. It is quite large and covers a ton of area. The width would easily cover caddie and player. Weatherman makes 68 inch model as well.
The construction of this umbrella is like a BMW crossed with a tank. It’s so solid, well built, high performance, and extremely attractive. The skeleton of the umbrella is made from industrial-strength fiberglass. The fabric is coated in Teflon to repel water. The handle is beefy and comfortable.
The fabric section is a dual layer design, which helps the umbrella bust the wind. In fact, this umbrella can withstand winds up to 55 mph. 55 mph should be plenty for any golfer to survive a round in extreme rain and wind, except perhaps Scottish chaps. 55 is but a “wee breeze” in Scotland.
A simple and smooth auto-open feature is activated by a button on the handle. It opens quickly. Closing is manual, and couldn’t be easier.
On the underneath of the umbrella is a mesh pocket for storing personal items.
Never thought I’d see the day, but this umbrella comes with its own “mobile experience.” First theres a bluetooth tracker (round item in photo below) which helps the owner track down the umbrella when it is misplaced, or stolen. Second, the Weatherman app will keep you up to date on pending rain and remind you when to have the umbrella ready.
Weatherman was the maker of the 2018 USA Ryder Cup team umbrellas. Unfortunately those models now appear to be sold out.
The Weatherman umbrella would make a fantastic gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays or Christmas.
This is the best golf umbrella I’ve ever used. With about 15 years of golf blogging under my belt so far, I’ve tested many.
Every element of this umbrella is well thought out, superbly designed, and manufactured with the highest of standards.
Tis the season to give generously to the golfer on your Christmas, um, er…. “holiday” gift list. Hooked on Golf Blog has you covered. Below are a few great golf gift ideas which will run over $75 and let’s face it, not much in golf is less than $75, except the HOG golf gift ideas under $75.
In the list below I’ll post the item, a photo, and a quick comment on each. You can visit the full HOG feature by clicking on them.
Tune Driver – Bluetooth golf driver speaker – $110
The tune driver cranks! The sound quality is great too. And if you break your driver, the tune driver could be a substitute in a pinch. But please, for the love of golf, do NOT play Coldplay with this thing or I’ll wrap my driver around your head. While I’m at it, lay off the Kenny G too.
Indi StingRayTT Wedges – $159-$169 each
After about 12 years of playing the same wedges I finally have a new fun set I’m working with from Indi Golf. The StingRayTT wedges have full grooves all the way out to the toe, lots of mass in the upper outside part of the head, and make hitting out of the sand easier than ever.
Bushnell Phantom GPS Rangefinder – $99
Phantom showing yardages to center, front, back.
The Bushnell Phantom GPS is so awesome and so compact that you need to make sure you don’t have it stolen, like I did. Talk about infuriating. Anyway the Phantom is a great GPS which has a super powerful magnet so you can attach it to the frame of a golf cart or other metallic surfaces. The numbers are super accurate.
Puma Ignite PWRADAPT Disc – Golf Shoes – $150
The Puma PWRADAPT Disc golf shoes are super stylish, extremely light and comfortable, and are tightened by a super awesome knob.
Shot Scope V2 GPS Performance Tracking Watch – $189
Like getting granular with your golf stats? Track everything you can imagine, from fairways to greens to putts, while also getting GPS yardages. Did I mention this is all on a watch?
Tour Edge Exotics CBX Hybrid – $249
This is a tremendous hybrid. I’m thrilled with mine. It flies far, straight and is easy to hit, just like hybrids are supposed to!
New Level Golf 1031 Forged Irons – $199 per club
Take your game to a New Level. I did.
ProCheck Golf Ball Compression Measuring Device – $139
Ever wonder if the ball you fished out of the lake is good? Not sure what ball fits your swing speed? Live on a golf course and find lots of used balls? Test them out with ProCheck.
It’s that time of year again. Time for the annual Hooked on Golf Blog Christmas gift guides, “holiday” gift guides for you politically correct types. Today’s focus is affordable golf gifts. In my guides I feature products I’ve reviewed in the previous year, and provide links to the full review. Let’s get this one started!
Wallaroo Shelton Sun Protection Hat – $48
Wallarroo hats makes some very stylish, comfortable hats which also provide great protection from the sun. I use the Shelton hat regularly when golfing, camping, hiking, or working in the yard. Okay, I admit it. I don’t work in the yard.
Coast Apparel French Terry Crew Neck Sweater – $39
This blended sweater (55% cotton/45% polyester) is very comfortable and works great on and off the golf course.
Kentwool Socks – $20
Such a great color…
Kentwool socks will probably be on every gift guide I ever do. They’re simply fantastic and I refuse to wear any other sock on the golf course.
Ricky Johnson Milled Aluminum Cigar Holder – $70
Classy. This is a super cigar holder with a mega-strong magnet. Mount the holder on a golf cart frame or any metal surface.
Mullybox – $29/month
Monthly subscription gift boxes are hot in the golf world right now. Mullybox puts together a great package with lots of very cool and useful golf accessories.
Chase54 Frequency Golf Pollo – $73
Chase54 makes some fantastic golf apparel. I really love my Frequency polo, and it goes great with their Trekker golf shorts.
Vegas Golf VIP Edition On-Course Game – $29
Vegas Golf is a fun game with chips that are awarded for good and bad plays in your golf group. Add ’em up at the end of the round and collect your bets!
Srixon Z-Star Golf Balls – $29
Srixon has been advertising a special rate of $29 for their Z-Star golf balls. The Z-Star is fantastic and every bit as good as any other tour ball out there like the ProV1, ChromeSoft etc.
I must admit I wear this RangeBall t-shirt as my jammie jams, just about every night. The fabric is so comfortable.