The SkyCaddie required minimal fuss, but still provided the majority of information I needed. Fast updates and ease of use meant this really helped speed up play. The battery easily lasted for 36 holes and there were no adverse effects from the rain. The only downside was that it was difficult to tell exactly where the ideal lay-up area was without a detailed overhead display.
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The SkyCaddie SG5 golf GPS: Up to 40 targets per hole are mapped on foot by a trained SkyCaddie team in order to give more accurate readings. The shape of every green is also mapped on foot and the yardages to the front, back and middle of greens change depending on the angle you are approaching the green from. The colour display gives a preview of the safest path to the hole and advises on the best lay-up areas to aim at.
Automatically updates between each hole so it doesn't need constant attention. Clear distances to the front, middle and back boosts confidence on shot selection.
Can only hold 20 courses, so the travelling golfer needs to manage these. Hole overview is basic. Premium price tag.
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In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."
Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points.
Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSR2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X
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