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New Bushnell rangefinder sighted!

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Serious golfers are always looking for ways to fit more golf into their schedules. Many times, that means hitting the course before sunrise, or near sunset. New rangefinders from Bushnell, the Pro 1M series, can be an asset to those kind of players, helping them zero in on targets in low light conditions.

But it’s not only golf addicts that will benefit from the Pro 1M Series – golfers of all levels will appreciate the rangefinder’s Vivid Display Technology (VDT), which provides improved resolution and sharper, clearer views, whether you’re focusing on a distant flag or the cart girl two fairways over. VDT does this by improving light transmission, providing extra brightness in the display. It also provides four adjustable brightness options, which allows users to personalize the level of brightness in the display.

“The brightness and quality of the display is amazing,” said John Novosel, a Bushnell representative. “It’s like HD … the numbers seem have a raised effect. They really pop off the screen.”

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The Pro 1M series replaces Bushnell’s Pro 1600 series, and will be available in both Tournament and Slope editions. It features the same 7x magnification of the 1600 series, but has an improved range — 5 yards to 1 mile. It also offers faster readings, and even tighter accuracy tolerances. Bushnell advertises the Pro 1M as being accurate to +/- 1 yard, but according to Novosel, it is actually closer to +/- 0.5 yards.

The Pro 1M rangefinders also offer improved battery life over their predecessor, which Bushnell says boosts acquisitions by 35 percent.

“For a serious golfer, that means 1-2 batteries per year,” Novosel said.

The battery compartment is also different than the 1600 series. The rangefinder uses a 3-volt battery, instead of a 9-volt, and is designed with a Posi-Thread battery door. The door screws on and off, much like the battery compartment on Bushnell’s V2 series rangefinders.

The rangefinders will be available Feb. 1. The Tournament model will retail for $499.95, and the Slope model will retail for $599.95. Both models include a 3-volt lithium battery and carrying case. Look for the PRO 1M rangefinders to be in the hands of PGA Tour players beginning in late January.

Click the link to view a PDF about the key features of the Pro 1M series.

Caring for a Bushnell: Like most high-end electronics, only high quality replacement batteries should be used with Bushnell rangefinders. According to Novosel, using low quality replacement batteries in a Bushnell rangefinder could cause corrosion within the unit.

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Indi Golf introduces two new putter designs featuring the brand’s Colossal Sweet Spot Technology

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Indi Golf Alisson Black Matte

Indi Golf has unveiled two new putter designs in two different finishes named Allison and Ramone.

The Allison and Ramone flatsticks come in both black and chrome finishes and contains the brand’s Colossal Sweet Spot Technology which, according to the company, eliminates miss-hits no matter where the ball is struck on the face.

Indi Golf Allison Satin Chrome

Indi Golf Ramone Satin Chrome

Speaking on the new additions, Rob Lang, General Manager, Indi Golf, stated

“After designing wedges for the past few years, the putter category was the most logical next step for us in our mission to help golfers make their short game their best game.

“We’ve been developing the technology for these putters for over a year now and we’re confident they will help golfers make more putts. We’re excited to finally introduce them.”

The Allison putter is a face-balanced mid-size mallet, which features a double-bend shaft which aims at creating a perfectly face-balanced putter for the player that uses a straight back, straight through putting stroke.

Indi Golf Allison Satin Chrome

The Ramone, a toe-hang blade putter, features a 30-degree toe-hang, which is aimed towards the player that favors an arced putting stroke.

Indi Golf Ramone Satin Chrome

Indi Golf Ramone Matte Black

As well as the Colossal Sweet Spot Technology, both of the new additions from Indi Golf are precision CNC milled and are constructed from Aircraft Grade Aluminum. The flat-sticks also contain toe and heel tungsten weighting, designed for increased stroke stability and maximum feel for ultimate consistency.

Indi Golf Ramone Matte Black

Indi Golf Alisson Matte Black

The putters are available with matte black or satin chrome finishes in 33”, 34” or 35” lengths and customers can also choose between a Lamkin Deep Etched Pistol putter grip, upper Stroke Traxion Tour 2.0, Traxion Pistol GT Tour or Traxion Claw 2.0 grip.

Indi Golf Ramone Stain Chrome

Indi Golf Alisson Stain Chrome

The putters are currently available for pre-sale at www.indigolfclubs.com, with inventory beginning middle of December. The MSRP for both putters is $449.99, and during the pre-sale, the price is $329.99.

 

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “How often to replace your wedges?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from cookszn who asks WRXers how often do they change their wedges. Cookszn also asks the same question focusing on those who don’t have the fortune to be able to play the game in winter months, and our members have been sharing their thoughts, with many following a variety of different philosophies.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • MattyO1984: “Lob Wedge, every year to 18 months. Sand and Gap, every 24-36 months.”
  • dlygrisse: “Every 2-3 years. For me, it’s more of a visual check, if the chrome is wearing off and the grooves are getting a bit dodgy. I play about 10 months a year on average. For me, though, it really depends on how much you practice. If you are just playing golf 20-40 times a year or so you really won’t get much wear. But if you practice bunker shots and work on your short game on a weekly basis, then you may need new wedges every season.”
  • Oz Max: “I’ve had my set for 5 years now, and they still spin a lot, enough to zip back a few meters on a pitch shot (when I make a good contact that is!). Though I loom after them, clean the grooves regularly and use one of those regrooving tools, they are perfect to keep the edges sharp every so often.”
  • Zigzog: “I am using some Cleveland 588 Tour Action at the moment, at least 15 years old – they still spin plenty for me. New wedges will give more initial bite, but this will stop after a handful of rounds IMO – so for me, I am more comfortable with what I know.”
  • RichieHunt: “About once every 12-15 months.”
  • Roody: “I play about 100 rounds a season. I just replaced my 60-degree wedge last week. The previous one was 5 years old. I have a groove sharpener that I use on the wedges once or twice a season. Seems to keep them “good enough” for my needs.”

Entire Thread: “How often to replace your wedges?”

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TXG: Is this the future of shafts? | Nippon G.O.S.T review

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Testing Nippon’s brand new Modus G.O.S.T. shaft that features a graphite layer on top of a steel shaft for a balance of feel, vibration dampening and stability.

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