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Laser Link continues to adopt the more standard rangefinder form factor with their second non-pistol shaped rangefinder. While that wasn't surprising, we were surprised to see the release of a rangefinder that provides slope-adjusted yardage displays, and keeping the with 6x magnification, +/- 0.5 yard accuracy, and the ability to scan across multiple targets for distances (reflective prism not required on flagsticks) of it's brother, the Laser Link XL1000. Now the question is whether a lower-powered device will be able to compete in the crowded rangefinder market. At least price won't be a hurdle... Read more details on the Laser Link SLOPE. Retail price: $199.00 Amazon.com: Check price now

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Last Link retains most all of the features of their classic QuickShot, including the pistol form factor (of course), and a red dot in the viewfinder to help align with the flagstick to obtain yardages. Just remember, this laser rangefinder will work only if the flagstick is equipped with a reflective prism. If they aren't, and you like this shape of rangefinder, you'll want to look at either the Laser Link Switch Tour, or the Laser Link Red Hot 2. Retail price: $189 Amazon.com: Check price now

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The Laser Link Switch Tour replaces the aging Laser Link Swith, but...well, offers no noticeable changes. Laser Link continues to be the only company offering the "pistol" form factor, where the player holds the rangefinder away from their eye. And while Laser Link is best known for pairing the flagsticks that have reflective prisms, the Switch Tour allows the player to swap between modes of targeting any point (as with the Red Hot 2), and focusing on reflective prisms (as with the QuickShot). And yes, this is the only device that requires the user to actually take action when moving between targeting different objects. Oof. Retail price: $299.00 Amazon.com Check price now

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Bushnell, one of the last laser manufacturers to still offer a horizontal form-factor, makes the switch to all vertical offerings with their new Bushnell Pro X2. The Pro X2 offers all the features of their most recent prior top-end devices, including 6x magnification, the ability to toggle between vivid red and green text and images in the display, and slope-compensated distance readings when needed, though now available at the flip of a switch. There is JOLT (vibrations) when you lock onto a pin, range now up to 1,300 yards, and accuracy down to 1/2 increments. There isn't much more a player could want, really. Read on for more about the Bushnell Pro X2. Retail: $499.99 Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Bushnell Pro XE Amazon.com: Check price now

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Bushnell makes a slight shift (literally) with the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift, offering a small update from the prior generation Bushnell Tour V4 Slope. The Bushnell Tour V4 Shift allows for the player to quickly toggle between distance readings with slope compensated distances using a hard switch (versus having to navigate software menus), and the USGA-conforming mode of providing line-of-sight distances only. Other that that, all features remain the same as on the Bushnell Tour V4 Slope. Read on for more about the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift. Retail: $399.99 Amazon.com: Check price now

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Leupold no longer has to have a separate clip-on faceplate to enable slope-adjusted distance readings in order to abide by the USGA Rules. With a rule update, as long as the DMD (that would be 'Distance Measuring Device') has the ability to turn off the ability to provide slope and/or slope-compensated distance readings, the player can use the devices for tournament play. Where permitted, of course. Tack on to that 6x magnification in a lightweight device that, for Leupold, provides the same slope information for less than their GX-4i2, and you're ready to go. Read on for more about the Leupold GX-22 Retail: $429.99 (but more commonly found under $340) Edwin Watts: Check price now

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Bushnell keeps plodding along, adding the V4 family of devices to its already packed lineup of laser rangefinders, which all seem to live on. And on. And on. The V4 shaves just a bit in size from the v3, and still provides the same 5x magnification. The kicker with the "Slope" family from Bushnell is the elevation compensated distances available for the player. Read on for more about the Bushnell Tour V4 Slope. Retail: $399.99 Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift Amazon.com: Check price now Golfsmith: Check price now

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Yes, it does have distances to front/middle/back of green, plus hazards. Yes, there is a green view with ability to place the flagstick, and a scorecard. And yes, there are 40,000 worldwide courses pre-loaded and Garmin has great course coverage. But it clips to your waist. Clips. Read on for more details about the Garmin Approach G10 golf gps. Retail price: $129.99 Three year total cost: $129.99 Amazon.com: Check price now

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Boy this watch looks familiar...where have I seen this design before...hmmm. Anywho, the Garmin Approach S20 offers a reasonably priced golf watch with yardages to greens (front-middle-back, along with ability to place flagsticks), hazards, and other targets such as layups and doglegs. Garmin's new AutoShot feature captures the location and distance of each shot automagically, then uploads data for post-round analysis, including map overlay. Paired with the Garmin TruSwing sensor, the device can provide more in-depth swing analysis. Read on for more details about the Garmin Approach S20 golf watch. Retail price: $199.99 Three year total cost: $199.99 Amazon.com: Check price now Golfsmith: Check price now

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GAME GOLF LIVE, as with the older Classic, doesn't have a screen, but the LIVE can provide real-time on course statistics, in-round editing capabilities, real-time (or post-round) syncing, and "SMART GPS" via a connection to your Bluetooth-enabled iOS/Android device. If you leave your phone at home, that's okay...GAME GOLF LIVE continues to record your stats for review post-round, either on your phone or computer. Read on for more about GAME GOLF LIVE. Retail price: $299.00 Three-year cost: $299.00 Amazon.com: Check price now

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Ahh, the wearables revolution begins. In this case, it is GolfBuddy trotting out the GolfBuddy BB5 golf GPS band. What's that? Well, think of that fitbit you or your buddies have, but one that shows distances to front, center and back of green on an LED display. We don't have any issues with their effort, but we are concerned about the price. At $250 retail, we bet many players will start looking toward golf watches that offer target and hazard distances, and scoring functionality. Read more about the GolBuddy BB5 golf GPS band. Retail price: $249.99 Amazon: Check price now

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The Swami 4000+ adds distances to hazards and doglegs to the original Swami 4000, which offered only front, center and back of green information. There is an associated $20 price bump, but with no annual fees, the IZZO still remains one of the most inexpensive golf GPS devices on the market. The device has a 1.8" color screen, and offers basic functionality such as hole advance, shot measurements, and distances in yards or meters. Read on for more about the IZZO Swami 4000+. Retail price: $139.95 Amazon: Check price now

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The GolfBuddy WT5 brings a slimmer design and lower price tag to the GolfBuddy lineup. It offers the basics in its simple black-and-white LCD that is 1.3" across. Four buttons allow the player to get distances to targets and hazards, front/center/back points of green, place the pin for more accurate reading. The WT5 also provides an image of the green and pin, and a scorecard. Read on for more about the GolfBuddy WT5 Watch. Retail price: $199.99 Amazon: Check price now

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Now here's something we didn't expect...a laser rangefinger from GolfBuddy, and kick in an aggressive price point to boot! Known best for their GPS handhelds (and now watches), GolfBuddy expands their offerings with the GolfBuddy LR5. The laser weighs under 8oz., has 3 different scanning modes, 6x magnification and accuracy to 1 yard. Hey, with most players selecting either a laser or GPS device, why shouldn't GolfBuddy give it a shot? Read on for more details about the GolfBuddy LR5. Retail price: $249.99 Amazon: Check price now

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There are about a billion different options in this category, so its impossible to cover the breadth. Our purchases keep to those tees that are USGA-conforming, but after that can range from the traditional cup-style to designs that have a three-prong design, to plastic and bamboo, to those that have stripes on the sides to help with determining height. Read on for more about the variety of golf tees available. Retail prices: varies Oh, and don't forget to purchase the correct height tees for your game and clubs! Some options on Amazon: Frogger Green Monster (bamboo - harder and more sustainable than other tees): Check price now Zero Friction (3-prong, with stripes for correct placement): Check price now Pride Professional (plastic, durable and longer-lasting): Check price now Frogger Green Tess

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Ok, they aren't going to revolutionize your game, but it will save you some hassle. For way too long we had a handful of rubber golf tees in our bag that were different sizes to deal with the variety of driving range mats. Now we just have one. Twist it up, twist it down...adjusts to whatever mat we happen to be using at the moment. Simple and handy. Read on for more information on . Ok, we would be rather hitting off grass, but until Critical Golf hits the big time and we can join a club, that isn't an option... Retail price: ~$3.50+ each Amazon: Check price now

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And here they come...the Apple Watches. Our test is for the 42mm Watch Sport with Golfshot subscription, though users will have the same user experience on the course. In addition to flashing your Apple fanboy-ness, you will also receive 3D hole flyovers, stats tracking and yardages to hole and targets. Stay tuned for more in our upcoming Apple Watch review. Retail prices are shown below for the range of Apple Watch offerings. Apple Watch Sport: $349-$399 Amazon: Check price now There are also options for the Apple Watch at $549-$1,099, and the Apple Watch Edition at $10,000-$17,000 (right....) Golfshot: Check price now ($24.99 annually)

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The Nikon COOLSHOT 40i was released concurrently with the Nikon COOLSHOT 40, and is the latest top-of-the-line golf laser rangefinder, including slope adjusted distances. The COOLSHOT 40i offers a different color scheme than the 40, a darker color (maybe to imply that you are receiving, ahem, assistance?), 6x magnification and scanning for up to 8 seconds. Distance accuracy is an excellent 0.5 yard and range up to 650 yards, and the device is rainproof too. If you are looking for Nikon optics plus slope adjusted distances, here it is. Read more about the Nikon COOLSHOT 40i. Retail price: $399.99 Amazon.com: Check price now

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The Nikon COOLSHOT 40 is the mid-level golf laser rangefinder in the Nikon COOLSHOT lineup, improving on the previously introduced Nikon COOLSHOT 20. The COOLSHOT 40 offers a similar white and blue design, with 6x magnification and scanning for up to 8 seconds. Distance accuracy is increased from the COOLSHOT 20 down to 0.5 yard and range up to 650 yards, and its rainproof too... Read more about the Nikon COOLSHOT 40. Retail price: $299.99 Amazon.com: Check price now

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The Nikon COOLSHOT 20 replaces the original Nikon COOLSHOT as the entry-level Nikon offering, and offers a modified white and blue design versus the original, though slightly less powerful laser. The Nikon COOLSHOT 20 at release holds the title as the smallest and lightest Nikon golf rangefinder, with 6x magnification and LED illumination, scanning for up to 8 seconds, distances to 1 yard and range to 550 yards. Not bad for a sub-$200 device. Read more about the Nikon COOLSHOT 20 golf laser rangefinder. Retail price: $199.99 Amazon.com: Check price now

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What the $#!#$? Well, that might be what the major golf laser manufacturers are saying about the ScoreBand Pulse, which retails for under $180. Yup, you heard that right. $180. You might not expect much, but it comes with 6x magnification, scanning mode, flag-lock mode, and claims accuracy to +/- 1 yard. Dang... You do give up some in distance, with a 250 yard range to a flag, and 400 yard range otherwise, which is less than the competition. Read on for more about the ScoreBand Pulse. Retail price: $179.99 Amazon.com: Check price now

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Callaway leverages its new relationship with IZZO to introduce the Callaway 300 Laser Rangefinder. It is reasonably priced, offering 6x magnification (the minimum we recommend), accuracy to +/- 1 yard (standard), and distances in yards and meters. The Callaway 300 is waterproof and fog proof, and comes with carry case included. It continues the line of entry-level laser rangefinders that Callaway has offered in the past. Read on for more about the Callaway 300. Retail price: $279.99 Amazon.com: Check price now

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We have to admit we are struggling to figure out the target market for the Callaway (/IZZO) ECLIPSE. You can clip the device to your belt or bag, and then quickly detach it and carry it in your pocket. Um, or you could simply get a dedicated handheld or a watch. The ECLIPSE provides front, center and back or green, as well as distances to hazards and doglegs. There are scoring features as well, including putts and GIR. We just aren't quite sure what the versatility gains us. Read more about the Callaway ECLIPSE. Retail price: $199.99 Three year cost: $199.99 Amazon.com: Check price now

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Want simple? The Bushnell NEO Ghost is it. The Ghost provides front, center, and back of green distances, with up to four hazard distances per hole - this in addition to the part and hole number. The NEO Ghost comes preloaded with 33,000 courses, with no downloads or annual fees. There are 6 buttons on the device that allow you to move through menus, make selections, and track (but not save) shot distances. The functionality is essentially the same as the Bushnell NEO XS watch. The deciding factor for players will be if they want to spend a bit more for the convenience of a watch instead of pulling the Ghost from their pocked or the attached clip. Read more details in advance of our full Bushnell NEO ghost review. Retail price: $129.99 Three year total cost: $129.99 Amazon.com: Check price now

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The Leupold GX-3i2 has a solid aluminum body and a red OLED readout, all in a compact form factor. Enhancements in this model from the prior Leupold GX-3i are slight, but Leupold is now making enhancements on a line that is already exceptional. The device has 6x magnification, provides distances when panning and a flagstick prism lock option. Read on for more details of the Leupold GX-1i2 review. Retail price: $374.99 Amazon.com: Check price now

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Leupold continues to get more aggressive with their entry golf laser rangefinder, with the Leupold PinCaddie 2 now at under $250 is one of the lower priced laser rangefinders in our tests. The PinCaddie 2 has an LCD display and features Leupold's PinHunter technology (targets the nearest object), 6x magnification, and scanning mode. Read on for more details about the Leupold PinCaddie 2. Retail price: $249.99 Amazon.com: Check price now

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The SkyCaddie AIRE II is the smallest handheld SkyCaddie handheld device, providing distances to the front, center and back of green only on its black and white screen. And as all SkyCaddie devices, don't forget to consider the yearly fees for the features you will likely want, in this case distances to hazards, as well as additional green information...for a whopping $49.95 per YEAR. Check out more details on the SkyCaddie Aire II. Retail price: $169.95 Three year total cost: $319.80 Amazon.com: Check price now

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What struck us when we first saw the PING folding travel cover was not just that it was a new softsided travel case. But that it was standing upright, on its own. Hey, the others in our test sure don't have that kind of rigid structure. And with 2 wheels, you can tip and pull at an angle using the rotating rubber handle. Two interior pockets, three external compression straps, and thick upper padding will keep your bags safe. Read on for more about the PING Folding Travel Cover. Retail price: $225 Amazon.com: Check price now

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IZZO takes on Arccos and GAME GOLF with their Swami GT. The device is designed to not only track your shot data without having to manually input any information, but also provide distances to front, center and back of green, and a recommended club based upon your average distances. One of the big selling points is the cost, which at $200 for a combination GPS and game tracking device, will make players who are interested in more data on their game want to take a look. And, we bet, put some pressure on the competition to lower their prices. Read on for more details about the IZZO Swami GT. Retail price: $199.99 Three year price: $199.99 Availability: "Coming soon!" (as of June 2015)

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Don't be scared off by the four-step folding method of Sun Mountain's new Reflex push cart - break out your origami skills and fold it down to a small 25.0" X 15.0" X 11.0", and lift the 17.0 cart right into your trunk. The Reflex offers more storage space than most carts, with two padded valuable trays in addition to the standard holders for scorecard, golf balls and booz...er, fluids. The 180-degree range of adjustment for the push handles, in addition to adjustable handle height, is a twist (bada-bum-bum) as well. Read on for more details about the Sun Mountain Reflex. Retail price: $259.99 Amazon.com: Check price now

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The Micro-Cart gets updated in 2015 with the MC3, the latest offering in Sun Mountain's patented line. The MC3, like its predecessors, folds in two steps to a relatively small footprint, making it simple to get in and out of your car. The MC3 has upgraded to larger diameter tires, which combined with the low center of gravity on the Micro-Cart line, make the bumps on the course that much easier to tackle (you won't even notice those gopher holes). Read on for more details about the Sun Mountain MC3 Micro-Cart. Retail price: $199.99 Amazon.com: Check price now

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The Bushnell Tour X rangefinder replaces the Bushnell Tour v3 Jolt Slope. The Bushnell Tour X has everything the Tour v3 offers plus more, with the TourX offering 6x magnification (versus 5x on the v3), and a switchable faceplace (ala Leupold) that allows the user to switch between a USGA-conforming device, and one that offers slope-adjusted distance readings. In addition, new "Dual Display" technology allows a user to toggle between Bushnell's "Vivid Display" (think red text/numbers) and black display based as desired. Read more about the Bushnell Tour X Retail price: $499.00 Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Bushnell Pro X2 Amazon.com: Check price now

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You didn't think Garmin would leave a gap in their naming, already having the S1, S2, S3, S4 and S6, did you? We didn't. And lo and behold, released at the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show, is the Garmin Approach S5 watch. So given this crazy set of offerings, which do you get? The best way to think of the S5 is that it is the entry-level Garmin golf watch with full course maps. It lacks the tempo training and pin-pointing features of the Garmin Approach S6, which is just fine with us. It still offers everything else you need - yardages to near-center-far points on the green, layup arcs, scoring and stats, smartphone notifications, and the free Garmin Connect portal. Read more details on the Garmin Approach S5 golf watch. Retail price: $349.99 Three year total cost: $349.99 Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Garmin S20, though units may still be available on Amazon.com (see link below) Amazon.com: Check price now

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The ES12 was Ernest Sports' introduction to the portable launch monitor market, and it remains the entry-level product within their line. The ES12 immediately provides ball speed and calculated shot distance (carry or total) and pairs via Bluetooth with your mobile device to allow for analysis and tracking additional information. As with it's big brother the ES14, the ES12 uses doppler radar to measure ball speed, and requires the player to select the correct club prior to the shot in order for the device to provide accurate calculation of shot distances. Read on for more details about the Ernest Sports ES12 Golf Launch Monitor. Retail price: $199.99 (down from $249 at introduction) Amazon.com: Check price now

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Announced in August 2014 at the Wyndham Championship is the SkyTrak, the first launch monitor from SportTrak. The photometric (aka camera-based) SkyGolf SkyTrak captures ball speed (not clubhead speed), launch angle (sweet!), backspin, side spin, and side angle, and from this data provides immediate feedback on where, how, and the distance the ball traveled, displaying as a 3D visualization on your paired mobile wireless device. The pitch from SkyTrak is a portable ease-to-use device that is consumer-friendly, offers a wide breadth of data, 3D visual analysis…all at an affordable price. Sounds good to us! Read more details about the SkyGolf SkyTrak. Retail price: $1,999 - $2,095, depending on included package (game improvement or package range package) Available directly from SkyGolf: Check price now

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Voice Caddie introduced voice-guided GPS rangefinders in 2010, and since that time has expanded into tools for putting analysis, green slope measurement and our focus here, their new portable launch monitor, the Swing Caddie SC100. The SC100 is a self-contained unit with large LCD that doesn't require a separate mobile device or laptop to use, and comes with a remote control for navigation. Its doppler radar provides ball and swing speed, as well as calculation of smash factor and carry distance. It's incredibly small and light, and at a attractive price point, this will be a portable launch monitor to watch. Read on for more details about the Swing Caddie SC100. Retail price: $269.99 Amazon.com: Check price now

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2014 brought Ernest Sports' latest portable launch monitor, the ES14. The ES14 uses doppler radar to instantly measure club speed and ball speed, and then from this information calculates smash factor, launch angle, spin rates and distance. The ES14 pairs via Bluetooth to your mobile device to provide additional swing data as well as tracking information over time. Selling points include the ease of setup and portability. Unlike most launch monitors, the ES14 is placed in front of your ball position and to the side, so if you are prone to the shanks, think twice before purchasing! Read more details about the Ernest Sports ES14 Golf Launch Monitor. Retail price: $549.99 Amazon.com: Check price now

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The upgraded Swingbyte 2 continues to provide a 3D visual of your swing along with key data immediately after your swing, pairing with iOS and Android devices and the use of a free Swingbyte app and allowing you to see real-time feedback. All the better to hone your game at the range...or that kickass home golf studio you've been dreaming about building in your kid's room after they headed off for college. Read on for more details about the Swingbyte 2. Retail price: $169 Amazon.com: Check price now Golfsmith: Check price now

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Zepp moves from their sport-specific GofSense device to an updated Zepp sensor that can be used for golf, and if you really want to do something else other than hit the course, can also be used for tennis or baseball, merely by purchasing additional sport specific mounts (at relatively low cost, about $10), and downloading the sport's free app from the Apple App Store or Android Google Play Store. Read on for more about the Zepp Golf Kit. Retail price: $149.99 Amazon.com: Check price now Golfsmith: Check price now

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Caddytek goes straight-up against the Clicgear 3.5+, one of the top-rated push carts in our tests, with their latest top-of-the-line 3-wheeled push cart, the CaddyLite EZ. We mention this comparison as this is how they market the CaddyLite on their website as well. Retail price: $179 Amazon.com: Check price now

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Caddytek (or is it CaddyTek? Not even their website knows...) iterates on their lone 4-wheeled push cart with the Caddytek CaddyCruiser ONE V3, alternatively known as the "CaddyTek One-Click Folding 4 Wheel Golf Push Cart - V3." This 3rd generation Caddytek folds to compact size (with just a single button click to release), has front wheel suspension (the only push cart to offer this), and a reasonable price. Read more about the Caddytek CaddyCruiser ONE V3 push cart. Retail price: $189 Amazon.com: Check price now

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The predecessor to the Sun Mountain Three 5, the Sun Mountain Superlight 3.5 received high ratings when introduced, and the new Three 5 is slightly redesigned for 2014. The bag features the a 9.5″, 4-way top and 6 pockets, including a full-length clothing pocket, beverage pouch and a velour-lined valuables pocket. The Three 5 features the Auto-Fit Dual Strap System, of which we are fans. Read on for more about the Sun Mountain Three 5 stand/carry bag. Retail price: $199.99 Amazon: Check price now Golfsmith: Check price now

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As Scotty Cameron and Titleist are both part of the Acushnet family of companies, we were disappointed to find a lack of putter fitting as a part of our visit to the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI). The good news is that, following the opening of galleries in Korea and Japan, Scotty Cameron has opened his first public fitting center in the United States, located in Encinitas, CA (just north of San Diego). The Gallery is offering 2-hour putter fitting appointments, as well as the ability to purchase one-of-a-kind Scotty Cameron putters, hand-crafted metalwork, apparel and more in their boutique. Read more about the new Scotty Cameron Gallery. Price: $350.00 Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00AM to 5:00PM To set up an appointment, contact John Pinney, Fitting Coordinator, 760-591-9720

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The Nikon COOLSHOT AS is essentially the same device as the Nikon COOLSHOT golf laser rangefinder (and thus the Callaway RAZR), adding slope-adjusted distance readings with the company's ID technology (so yes, this laser can't be used in competitions, even with a local rule permitting distance-measuring devise). A black body with bright lime green accents make for a flashy device. The LED offers continuous measurement up to 8 seconds, 6x magnification, Nikon's "First Target Priority", and distancing to 600 yards. Retail price $349.99 Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Nikon COOLSHOT 40i Amazon.com: Check price now

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The Laser Link Red Hot 2 continues the pistol-shaped design that Laser Link is known for and provides the ability to obtain distances to any point on the golf course, unlike the more limited-use Laser Link QuickShot, which is designed to only pick up distance to flagsticks with reflective prisms. The Red Hot 2 (RH2) has a more ergonomically-friendly curved rubber handle, a red dot in the viewfinder for aiming, and the ability for distance confirmation to provide sound, be silent, or vibrate when locked on to a target. While the RH2 is available at a much more attractive (and realistic) price point than the prior generation offering, the downside and biggest difference from the competition remains the lack of any magnification in the viewfinder. Read more details in advance of our Laser Link Red Hot 2 review. Retail price: $249 Amazon.com: Check price now

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GolfBuddy continues their model numbering system we haven't deciphered yet with the GolfBuddy PT4. This top-of-the-line GolfBuddy replaces the GolfBuddy World and GolfBuddy Platinum. It notably features an extremely large 4" high-resolution touchscreen and slimmer body design. While players generally think first of SkyCaddie and Garmin, the GolfBuddy PT4 features stats tracking, distances to any point on the course, pin placement capability and customizable targets, and with excellent course coverage and no annual fees, it shouldn't be overlooked. Read more in advance of our full GolfBuddy PT4 review. Retail price: $399.99 Three year total cost: $399.99 Amazon.com: Check price now

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Some might file GAME GOLF Classic (not to be confused with the GAME GOLF Android-exclusive tag set or their mobile app) under the category of GPS Devices, but as the unit tracks shots to help players learn more about their game after the round, and doesn't provide distances to holes or hazards during play, we have filed GAME GOLF Classic under our Training Aids category. Read on for more about the GAME GOLF Classic. Retail price: $199.00 Three-year cost: $199.00 Amazon.com: Check price now Golfsmith: Check price now

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The Ping 4 Series has been around a while, and the latest iteration introduces an attached rain hood that is snapped inside the hip pad, and a wider leg span when set down to increase stability. The bag features six pockets has a relatively slim profile and is the smallest of the more full-featured carry bags from Ping (by which we mean it has a more than just a few pockets). Read more details about the Ping 4 Series carry bag. Retail price: $190 Amazon.com: Check price now

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The Bushnell Tour Z6 JOLT is just what the name implies…the latest iteration of the Bushnell Tour Z6, with the addition of JOLT technology, which provides vibrating bursts when the rangefinder has locked on to a target. Other than that, the device retains all the same specs as the prior generation device: vivid display technology (picture red crosshairs and distances in the display instead of black, but not an OLED display), readings from 5-125 yards with ½ yard accuracy and distances displayed to 1/10th of a yard, and 6x magnification. Read on for more details about the Bushnell Tour Z6 JOLT. Retail price: $399 Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Bushnell Tour V4 Amazon.com: Check price now

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The Garmin Approach G7 updates the Garmin G6 with slope-adjusted distances (whoa!), club recommendations, and the ability to receive email, text and call alerts. The G7 shares the same form factor as the G6, distance information to front/center/back of green and doglegs, and users can pinpoint any target on the course via touchscreen. For those deciding between the G7 and the Garmin Approach G8: the G7 has a slightly smaller screen (2.6" diagonal), lacks the ability to point in the direction of the center of the green for blind shots, and does not have Wi-Fi. But then again, it's $100 cheaper. As with other Garmin Approach devices, there are no annual fees. The G7 also connects to the new Garmin portal to upload scores and track progress over time. Check out more info about the Garmin Approach G7. Retail price: $249.99 Three-year total cost: $249.99 Amazon.com: Check price now Golfsmith: Check price now

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What on earth?! Laser Link gets crazy with their announcement of a golf laser rangefinder that breaks with their traditional and well-known pistol shaped design. As with most laser rangefinders on the market, the XL1000 is held vertically up to the eye and can target objects other than flagsticks with reflective prisms. The XL1000 introduces magnification (6x) for the first time into the Laser Link family, and the ability to scan across multiple objects for distance readings. Read more details in advance of a Laser Link XL1000 review. Retail price: $359.00 Amazon.com: Check price now

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The Laser Link White Magic is a pistol-shaped laser rangefinder that is a slight iteration to the Red Hot, providing an additional "know your target" setting to make the device beep if it picks up a flagstick, and vibrate if it hits the trees behind (or any other non-reflective object targeted on the course). There is no magnification of the viewfinder, as opposed to most devices that feature 5x or 6x magnification. Read more in our brief in advance of a full Laser Link White Magic review. Retail price: $329 Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Laser Link Red Hot 2. Amazon.com: Check price Golfsmith: Check price now

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The Garmin golf GPS watch lineup continues to expand with the Garmin Approach S4, the new top-of-the-line watch in the family. As with the Garmin Approach S3, the S4 features a touchscreen display, is preloaded with courses (and free lifetime updates...we like!), has distances to front/middle/back of greens along with layup and doglegs. The Approach S4 can also measure shot distances and track scores and statistics. While we are still left longing for pre-mapped hazard data and an online portal, the Approach S4 does add the latest and greatest feature from Garmin – the ability to check your emails and text messages when paired with an Apple iPhone. You might be at the office...who knows?! Read more details in advance of our Garmin Approach S4 golf watch review. Retail price: $249.99 (dropped from $349.99 at launch) Three year total cost: $249.99 Amazon.com: Check price now Golfsmith: Check price now

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3BaysGSA is a golf putting analyzer that is designed to plug into the putting grip, and then capture putting stoke data and transmit the information via Bluetooth to your iOS or Android device so you can get instant feedback. The app calculates consistency, face angle, attack angle, temp, back swing time, down swing time, impact speed and swing path distance, all in real-time. There is also an audio-video recording feature, which provides a basic set of AV tools to record and trim video, slow-motion playback, and a line drawing tool. Read more about the 3BaysGSA PUTT. Retail price: $199.99 Amazon.com: Check price now Golfsmith: Check price now

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3BaysGSA is a part of an increasingly competitive field of mobile golf swing analysis devices, and in effort to differentiate from the rest, bill themselves as the "World's Lightest Golf Swing Analyzer". The device communicates via Bluetooth with your mobile device, and provides real-time swing analysis information including clubhead speed, face angle, swing path, tempo and more. The mobile app provides an animated graphic of your swing and allows you to compare yours to PGA and LPGA professionals. Interested? Read more about the more about the 3BaysGSA PRO. Retail price: $199.99 Amazon.com: Check price now Golfsmith: Check price now

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As with their prior voice GPS devices, the Voice Caddie VC300 speaks distances to center, front and back of the green at the push of a button. The device comes with 30,000 worldwide courses preloaded, and course updates can be downloaded (to Windows devices only...bummer) for free via their client software. The device features, as you would expect, automatic course and hole recognition, shot distance measurement, and volume control. The rechargeable battery provides up to 8 hours of continuous use. Read more about the Voice Caddie VC300. Retail price: $169.00 Three year total cost: $169.00 Amazon.com: Check price now

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GolfSense is a system consisting of a wearable motion sensor plus free mobile app from Zepp Labs. The motion sensor attaches to any golf glove, allowing the player to analyze their golf swing through instant feedback on their iPhone, iPad or Android device. The sensor, like other competitors in this burgeoning category, captures 3D swing data and sends the information via Bluetooth to your device after each swing. As with any of these mobile swing tools, remember to keep your expectations in check if you are expecting Trackman-like information. Read more about the GolfSense. Retail price: $129.99 Availability: Replaced by the Zepp Golf Kit Amazon.com: Check price now Golfsmith: Check price now

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There are those of us that are fair-weather players, and those of us that aren't. For those who are more like the Bishop, there is the OGIO Aquatech. The Aquatech stand bag (comes in a cart version as well) has a wide 10" 6-way top, is 4.2 pounds, and is built to withstand downpours. Features include a waterproof rain hood (of course), a lightweight waterproof fabric that makes up the bag itself, a waterproof fleece lined valuables pocket and cell phone sleeve, and thermo welded (whatever that is...) waterproof pockets. So play on...the heavy stuff isn't going to come down for a while. Read on for more about the OGIO Aquatech stand bag. Retail price: $259.99 Amazon.com: Check price now Golfsmith: Check price now

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Expresso iterates on their original golf GPS watch with the WR67. Updates to the original WR62 include black and white color options, longer battery life, tee time start function, and adjustable band. The watch is a close cousin of the Bushnell NEO-X watch, with front, center and back of green distances, and limited hazard information. Pricing remains the same as with the WR62, and is one of the least expensive golf GPS watches available, with no additional yearly or per course fees. Read more details about the Expresso WR67 golf GPS watch. Retail price: $179.95 Three year total cost: $179.95 Amazon.com: Check price now

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So you've won the lottery and have money to burn? You've come to the right place. After treating us to a celebratory round of golf at Pebble Beach, you'll want to check out the lineup of JuCad (pronounce that "you-cad") powered golf trolleys. If you haven't already, you'll be shocked by what you find in these handmade German trolleys. The JuCad family features Titanium, Carbon and Stainless Steel electric cart frames weighing as little as 10.8 pounds. You heard that right: 10.8 pounds for the cart. The battery will add a few more pounds, but still... At first glance these carts are so slim you'll likely mistake them for non-powered carts. The JuCads are good-looking in design, which is kept minimal in nature due to the storage of the battery in the golf bag as opposed to on the frame. Not a bad thing, just...different. Read more about the JuCad Drive SL Travel eX2. Retail prices: $$$ Availability: Direct from JuCad (contact Jucad)

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Based on their best selling GRX-900, CartTek has introduced their first lithium ion battery powered cart, the GRX-950Li. The GRX-950Li offers a significantly lighter battery (just 3 pounds, vs 18 pounds for the GRX-900), more efficient 24 volt electric system to provide longer battery life, a new ergonomic handle and power button, and the option to purchase a padded seat to attach to the frame to let you take a load off during play. The GRX-950Li has a variable speed dial to match your walking pace, and a distance timer to send the cart on ahead of you. The wheels can be set to "freewheel" mode in case of loss of power (or when catching a ride on someone else's driving cart). The chassis is available in black or silver, weighs 24 pounds, and when folded the CartTek GRX-950Li collapses to 12" x 29" x 12" - which CartTek claims is the smallest and lighted folding electric golf caddy available. The frame and battery carry a 2-year warranty. Retail price: $849 Amazon.com: Check price now

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The GolfBuddy VT3 is the 9th (yup, NINTH) device that GolfBuddy has added to their lineup (which is insane, but we'll leave that for later comment). The VT3 is an iteration to the GolfBuddy Voice+, adding a touchscreen, ability to place the flagstick on the image of the green to obtain more accurate distances, and the ability to score. The device doesn’t provide distances to hazards. Pricing is significantly higher than the GolfBuddy Voice+, which makes us wonder how it will fare. Read more about the GolfBuddy VT3 watch. Retail price: $299.99 Three year total cost: $299.99 Amazon.com: Check price now Golfsmith: Check price now

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The GolfBuddy Voice+ is a slight iteration to the GolfBuddy Voice, incorporating a wristband, longer battery life and front and back distances within the main hole view. The device doesn’t provide distances to hazards, nor will it track scores – for that you'll need the GolfBuddy VT3. Read more details about the GolfBuddy Voice+ watch. Retail price: $179.99 Three year total cost: $179.99 Availability: Replaced by the GolfBuddy VT3 Amazon.com: Check price now Golfsmith: Check price now

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Sun Mountain slightly updates their popular Micro-cart for 2013 with the new Sport. The Micro-cart Sport provides all of the advantages of the original Micro-Cart, with the addition of new colors (spice things up with yellow, lime, blue or red). The cart retains it's four-wheel design, compact folded footprint and light weight. Stay tuned for our detailed Sun Mountain Micro-cart Sport review. Retail price: $189.00 Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Sun Mountain MC3 Micro-Cart

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If you're looking for a hotel with golf course on the California coast, you would be hard-pressed to find something closer to the water than the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay. Located 25 miles southwest of the San Francisco International Airport, the Ritz offers a gorgeous setting with 36 holes of golf, spa, several dining options, and fire pits overlooking the Pacific. And if you would like to bring your pet, the guest houses available a short walk away from the main hotel, are pet friendly. Keep an eye out for our detailed Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay review, coming in 2014.

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Callaway likes to pair their rangefinders with their latest club names, thus the new Callaway X Hot laser rangefinder. The device features an LCD display with 6x magnification, and distance readings to 550 yards in half-yard increments. As with other Callaway rangefinders, the device has First Target Priority mode always-on, and can pan and display distances for up to 8 seconds. Read more details about the Callaway X Hot laser rangefinder. Retail price: $299.95 Availability: Discontinued (may still be found on Amazon). Replaced by the Nikon COOLSHOT. Amazon.com Check price now

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GAME GOLF allows players to capture their round of golf (semi) automatically while they play, perhaps a consumer version of Shotlink would be the most apt comparison, with all their stats and trends. The beauty of this is that you don't have to continuously enter information while you play. Can you imagine… technology that doesn't get in the way of you playing your round? Tell me more! After the round, log in and see shot locations (along with a satellite view of the course), clubs used and average distances, as well as other statistics to help you improve your game. Even better, the price has been cut since its introduction! Read more in about the GAME GOLF Classic. Retail price: $199.00 Three-year cost: $199.00 Amazon.com: Check price now Golfsmith: Check price now

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Bandon Dunes features five different courses (four of which are generally ranked in the Top 100, the fifth a 13-hole par-3) built on a stretch of sand dunes along the Oregon coast, a number of lodging options, and two restaurants and two bars at and around the main lodge. If you're looking for a pool or tennis courts, forget it. What you get at Bandon Dunes is stunning links golf, and that's all we need. Stay tuned for our detailed Bandon Dunes Golf Resort review, coming this fall.

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The SkyCaddie SkyPro swing analysis and training tool looks to take on the likes of Swingbyte, 3BaysGSA, and others. The SkyPro connects via Bluetooth to your iPhone (the SkyPro iPhone app is free) to provide 3D graphics of your swing, along with data on your clubhead speed, swing path, club rotation, face angle, swing plane, impact position, tempo and more. Features that sound intriguing include the ability to compare two swings, built-in alerts to help identify swing faults, and drills. We so hope that SkyCaddie has done a good job with the user interface (better than with their ClubSG portal). Just remember: as with any of these mobile swing tools, if you are expecting a TrackMan, please keep your expectations in check. Stay tuned for our detailed SkyCaddie SkyPro review. Retail price: $199.95 Amazon.com: Check price now Golfsmith: Check price now

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We haven't figured out the target market for the SkyCaddie GIMME, which seems to provide the same distance information as the SkyCaddie AIRE. Overall we think SkyCaddie continues to spread themselves too think (in addition to the four models announced for 2013, they have three additional devices still on the market, the new SkyCaddie Breeze, as well as the SkyCaddie SGXw and SkyCaddie SGX. It's like SkyCaddie is trying to do their best to confuse the customer. The GIMME is marketed as having "large, easy-to-read numbers", and distances to the front, center and back of the green. We don't get it, but read more about the SkyCaddie GIMME. And don't forget yearly fees - for the Sport Series, which includes the GIMME, $49.95 will get you 3 years of course updates. Note: for a limited time, SkyCaddie is offering free annual "Go Play" memberships, which provide course data but not the ability to upload cores and data to ClubSG, which is available separately. Retail price: $169.95 Three year total cost: $219.90 Availability: Discontinued though still available through some channels; replaced by the SkyCaddie AIRE Amazon.com: Check price now

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Just when you think SkyCaddie is going to greatly simplify their family of devices with their versatile SkyCaddie Breeze, where users can customize through additional Feature Packs, there they go again. At any rate, the Aire is a part of a group of 4 different SkyCaddie devices announced in 2013), and is the smallest handheld SkyCaddie device with screen (greyscale) available. The Aire provides distances to the front, center and back of green only, and some additional features that we don't need, such as calorie counter and odometer. Check out more details on the SkyCaddie Aire review. And as with other current SkyCaddie devices, don't forget to consider the yearly fees - for the Sport Series, which includes the AIRE, $49.95 will get you 3 years of course updates. Note: for a limited time, SkyCaddie is offering free annual "Go Play" memberships, which provide course data but not the ability to upload cores and data to ClubSG, which is available separately. Retail price: $129.95 Three year total cost: $179.90 Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the SkyCaddie AIRE II. Amazon.com: Check price now Golfsmith: Check price now

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Not wanting to be left out of the voice trend in golf GPS units, SkyCaddie in 2013 announced their first golf GPS unit that provides distances by voice. The device was marketed as providing distances at the push of a button to front, center and back of green, and lacking any screen. The company marketed the VOICE as providing distances at the push of a button to front, center and back of green, and lacking any screen. At the time of announcement the retail price was slated to be a bit lower than competing devices, though SkyCaddie annual fees would likely increase the three year total cost by a bit. But given it's been seeming forever since the announcement, right now we are marketing the VOICE up to vaporware. Perhaps you will arrive done day, SkyCaddie VOICE. Retail price: $149.95 Three year total cost: $199.90 Availability: Um...never?

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Leupold brings their "DNA" technology to the Leupold 1 and 2 "intro" line. The new Leupold GX-1i replaces the Leupold GX-1, which was not revved in 2012. The GX-1i includes all of the USGA-approved Leupold rangefinder features available (scan, fog, PinHunter, Prism Lock), with the exception of the OLED display and aluminum body included in the Leupold 3i. Stay tuned for our detailed Leupold GX-1i review. Retail price: $374.99 Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Leupold GX-1i2 Amazon.com: Check price now Golfsmith: Check price now

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Leupold brings their "DNA" technology to the Leupold 1 and 2 "intro" line. The new Leupold GX-2i replaces the Leupold GX-2, which was not revved in 2012. The GX-2i includes all of the basic Leupold rangefinder features available (scan, fog, PinHunter, Prism Lock), along with slope-adjusted distance information and the ability to assist with club selection. The Leupold GX-2i lacks only the OLED display and aluminum body found in the Leupold 4i. Stay tuned for our detailed Leupold GX-2i review. Retail price: $439.99 Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Leupold GX-4i2 Amazon.com: Check price now Golfsmith: Check price now

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Wilson offers a full range of balls, including six different "Staff" (high performance) balls and four additional recreational balls branded "Tour" (these have replaced the prior SL line). Wilson just released for 2013 their new Will Custom Fit Staff Center to help players determine the best golf ball for their game from their Staff lineup. Amazon: Check price now

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Maxfli, acquired by Dick's Sporting Goods from TaylorMade-adidas in 2008, offers a range of urethane cover golf balls that are given names that make them easy to differentiate. Multi-piece golf balls are, at a high level, designed to give players benefits across different shot types. This includes lower spin rates and distance for drives, with higher spin rates and additional control for more lofted clubs. As Maxfli is owned by Dick's (which also owns Golf Galaxy), these balls don't have the same distribution as the major manufacturers.

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As we all learned from Kermit, it isn't easy being green. But if there is one company that is trying to market their efforts, it's Dixon Golf. Dixon makes golf balls that are both 100% recyclable and designed for performance (though as far as we know, there are balls from all manufacturers that are both 100% recyclable and designed for performance). Players can get a credit ($0.50 per ball) toward a purchase of a dozen Dixon Earth golf balls when bringing in their old golf balls (any brand) to a Dixon Golf retailer. The Dixon manufacturing facility is green, and features LED lights, solar panels, and boasts better air quality and lower VOC's than other similar facilities. Amazon.com: Check price now Golfsmith: Check price now

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If there is any company that likes yellow balls, it's Srixon. They make eight different models, five of which come in yellow. Same as the traditional white ball, but easier to find in the thick rough or woods where we spend most of our rounds. Oh, and it's easier to determine which is your ball when needing to fish it out of the greenside water hazard. Amazon.com: Check price now Golfsmith: Check price now

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Bridgestone is one of the few companies that is pushing the bounds of providing fitting tools and days. Heck, they even have online chat tools in case you need immediate help! They claim to be the "#1 Ball Fitter in Golf", and the variety of tools they have available make this credible. For those who still think tires are all that Bridgestone makes, take note that Fred Couples, Matt Kuchar, DLIII, and Brandt Snedeker all play Bridgestone balls. Amazon.com: Check prices now Golfsmith: Check prices now

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Surprised to hear that Nike offers more golf balls than any other brand? We sure were, though I guess if you are pushing to grow in a market still relatively new to your company and have the dollars to spend, why not throw a bunch of balls against the wall and see what sticks? Also, pay massive sums to Rory. It's all about the branding… With so many ball choices things can get a little confusing, so it's a good thing there is a Nike golf ball fitting and comparison tool available. The tool walks visitors through a series of questions, and then provides the "best golf ball" for them, as well as recommended alternatives (a good way to help decide which two or three balls to take to the course to test). Amazon.com: Check prices now Golfsmith: Check prices now

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I'm feeling a little grumpy. So here's my list of golf-related pet peeves. It includes Poipu Bay, my Ben Sherman t-shirt, and railroad ties.

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Though perhaps not as many wins each year as Titleist, there are dozens of PGA and European PGA Tour playing Callaway golf balls. Callaway offers six different golf balls: The HEX Black Tour, HEX Chrome, HX Diablo Tour, HX Diablo, Solaire, and the Warbird Plus. Most professionals are playing the HEX Black Tour ball, though others including Mickelson, Jacobson, and Janzen, are still using older models (the Tour i(s) for Phil, Tour i(x) for Jacobson and Janzen). Amazon.com: Check prices now Golfsmith: Check prices now

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Titleist is the brand played by most of the Critical Golf staff (specifically the Pro V1). It's also the brand played by most professionals on Tour and has the most worldwide golf ball wins. Coincidence? Certainly. While we can (will) always dream that the Pro V1 will help us play like the pros, we like it for its feel, durability, and spin characteristics. Titleist offers a number of tools to help with Titleist golf ball fitting, including on-course evaluation scorecards, as well as their online golf ball fitting tool. Their site provides a nice range of information for the user to help wade through their options. Amazon.com: Check prices now Golfsmith: Check prices now

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We haven't quite figured out the marketing plan behind the TaylorMade line of balls. Maybe its all pinned to Sergio breaking through. And what's with the naming, anyway? The Burner? RocketBallz? The Noodle? They have a bit of work to do. TaylorMade also doesn't have as advanced marketing material as some of the other manufacturers, lacking the online golf ball fitting tools or other information to help customers make a selection between the different models. Amazon.com: Check prices now Golfsmith: Check prices now

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Pinnacle, part of the Acushnet Company with Titleist (and FootJoy), allows Acushnet to have a ball line of more aggressively-priced balls (translate: inexpensive) that Titleist balls don't address. Don't want to sully the Titleist name! There are just three ball options under this brand: the BLING (c'mon! All caps?! Don't do it!), the Gold, and the Gold Ribbon. Amazon.com: Check prices now Golfsmith: Check prices now

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Released in 2012, the Laser Link Switch combines the ease of use of the Laser Link QuickShot with the greater versatility of the Laser Link Red Hot at the flip of a switch. Laser Link is the sole company that provides the easy pistol-like shape that allows users to target objects while holding away from your face. The cost places it above average, and the lack of magnification may leave players looking for more. But if you're a fan of the form factor, and primarily target flagsticks with reflective prisms but would like the option to obtain distances to other objects on occasion, you may wish to take a look. Read more details about the Laser Link Switch. Retail price: $399.00 Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Laser Link Switch Tour Amazon.com Check price now

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This remote control electronic cart has an operating range of up to 150 yards with its included remote, which provides another operating option in addition to the soft touch control panel on the handle. There are five present distance settings, a battery level indicator, and anti-theft function. The Dyna-Steer is powered by dual motors and 12-volt battery. If ever needed, wheels can be made free-wheeling at the push of a hub cap lever. To keep things stable, there is an anti-tip bar to allow the cart to tilt back to a maximum of 15 degrees, and wheels are placed 28 inches apart to provide stability. But it's not all about technical details, right? For those concerned about fashion, the Dyna-Steer comes in more color options than any other electronic caddy: yellow, green, silver and a hot pink! Retail price: $1,595 Amazon.com: Check price now

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The Hawk E-Z-Go Powered Golf Caddy is one of the lowest priced electric carts on the market (you'll see it for sale on Amazon for far below the retail price listed below). The cart is spec'ed as having all the basics: a 180-watt motor, scorecard and beverage holder, and 10-inch non-flat tires. The cart has a switched powered supply with cariable speeds and a cut-off system as well. Unfortunately, while design necessitates some disassembly for folding. It's basic, but perhaps all you need. Retail price: $599.99 Availability: Discontinued

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The CartTek GRX-900 is one of Cart-Tek's entry level electric golf push carts, though still captures all the components that most players will need, including scorecard, ball, drink and umbrella holders. The GRX-900 has one 180-watt motor (what we consider as the minimum power level), allowing it to climb 30 degree inclines, and variable speed settings. The cart also has an on/off button with memory to retain settings and a distance timer to send the cart ahead of you. The weight is 39 pounds with battery, and folds to 23.75 x 37 x 12.5" (further disassembly can get it to even smaller size for the optional carry (!) bag). The battery is rated to 20Ah, which you can assume will get you through 18 holes (though if you go more and the battery quits, the wheels can be set to "freewheel" mode). Players have the choice of a gloss or metallic black color, and the CartTek comes with a one-year warranty. Retail price: $499 Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the CartTek GRX-950Li

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The GRX-1200-R is CarTek's best selling remote control golf caddy. Featuring twin 180-watt motors and a 40 Ah battery, the range is longer than the 900R, up to 36 holes, though this will depend on course conditions. The remote will allow for a number of adjustments including speed settings, with a range up to 100 yards. Like to play in the rain (hey, it still beats a day at the office)? No worries…the waterproof housing will protect the electronics. The 1200-R weighs 59 pounds with battery, and can fold to 25 x 32 x 9.5" (with quick-release wheels to boot). The cart has a load capacity of up to 65 pounds, and includes the basic holders for scorecard, balls, drink and umbrella, and comes with a one-year warranty. Retail price: $795 Golfsmith: Check price now

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The top-end electronic golf cart from Bag Boy, the Navigator Elite features a color interactive screen that displays battery charge status, distance traveled, time, service and maintenance sensors. The Navigator Elite has a full directional remote (forward, left, right, reverse, and speed controls), 24 volt battery, padded seat with storage compartment (take a load off!), and a 360 degree swiveling front wheel, with suspension, no less. The Navigator Elite is powered by twin 200 watt motors and folds up to 35" x 24" x 14". Additional features include an adjustable handle to accommodate different player heights, a new lower profile and wider wheels versus the Navigator 2, and holders for sand/seed, refreshments (your call what kind), and an umbrella. Retail price: $2,295.95 Amazon.com: Check price now

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The FTR CaddyTrek CT2000BAis an automated electric golf cart from FTR Systems that faithfully follows 2-3 yards behind you as you walk. The fame collapses into a reasonable 23" x 18" x 12", and can support 45 pounds, which will be able to handle all but the most Rodney Dangerfieldesque golf bags. The CaddyTrek weighs 39 pounds with the battery, 33 pounds without, and should last up to 27 holes. Retail price: $1,495.00 Amazon.com: Check price now

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The Expresso AG50 comes loaded with front, center and back green distances along with pre-mapped targets. With a paid membership via iGolf.com (the same company that provides data for Bushnell XGC/XGC+ golf GPS devices) of $34.99/year , players will also have access to full hole images and the ability to determine distances to any point on the course. The Expresso AG50 isn't just a golf GPS device, however. It is equally a car navigation device, and multimedia player. With its smorgasbord of offerings, it is a member of a unique category of golf GPS devices that also includes Golf Guru.Check back for our Expresso AG50 review, or follow us on twitter (twitter.com/criticalgolf), where we tweet all our latest reviews they are released. Retail price: $199.95 Three year total cost: $304.92 Amazon.com: Check price now Golfsmith: Check price now

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The Expresso AG1 (the "AG" standing for "Automotive" and "Golf") provides a navigation system for while you are on the road, and a golf GPS device for when you are on the course. Not limited to just GPS use, the device also can acts as a portable media player, with the ability to show photos, and play both music and video. Whether users find these additional features a plus or a minus, however, we leave (until our review) for others to debate. Retail price: $249.99 Three year total cost: $354.96 Amazon.com: Check price now

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We never had a chance to test the Sun Mountain KG:2 carry bag, but here's what we know: The KG:2 comes with a host of Sun Mountain's premium stand bag features, including light weight, the E-Z Fit Dual Strap System, and a cart-friendly bottom and new leg-lock system. The bag features a 9.5" 4-way top, three integrated top handles, and 8 pockets (with a mobile phone specific pocket - just make sure you turn it off though, OK?). The bag comes in eight color combinations. Retail price: $299 Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Sun Mountain Series One.

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With the V300 Plus, Sonocaddie is starting to rival SkyCaddie with the sheer number of devices they have available: 6 versus SkyCaddie's whopping 7 devices. A marketer's dream! The Sonocaddie V300 Plus has a color screen and comes preloaded with basic distance information, including course hazards, targets and a graphic indication of whether they are on the left, center or right side of the hole. It does not, however, provide a map of the hole. Accessing hole maps, which include both color graphic layouts and satellite images, requires an additional membership fee of $29.95 per year. Retail price: $229.95 Amazon.com price: Check price now

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The Medicus Dual-Handle Putter Trainer looks and works unlike any of the other putting training aids on the market. The Medius trainer temporarily attaches to your putter by "sitting" on the butt end, with two handles that extended to either side of your putter handle, and then attach at the base of your grip. The goal is to develop the muscle memory to train the movement of the shoulders to keep your ball rolling in a straight line, every time. Read more about the Medicus Dual-Handle Putter Trainer. Retail price: $19.95 Amazon.com: Check price now

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The EyeLine golf laser is a simple offering, a laser that easily clips on to any putter shaft. The laser projects two perpendicular straight lines onto the ground (intended for indoor use) – one that points to the target and is perpendicular to the putter face, and the other that is along the face of the putter and is square to the target line to show the position of the putter face throughout the stroke. This allows players to get instant feedback to easily see if the putter is aligned or is moving off target. Read more about the EyeLine Putting Laser+. Retail price: $59.95 Amazon.com: Check price now

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We recently paid a visit to Cool Clubs, one of the few manufacturer-agnostic fitting centers with locations nationwide, and one of only two that focuses entirely on club fitting. Our editor visited the new 2,800 square foot Cool Clubs studio located within the Mariners Point Golf Center in Foster City, California.

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The Z Factor Perfect Putting Machine rests on the green (or your carpet, of course), and is unlike other products in that you attach your putter to the system, and then "feel" the correct putting stroke and build the muscle memory groove it. The Z Factor is adjustable for six different swing planes, including square to square and five different arcs. Or bet is that your stroke matches one of the six. Or at the least, it should. Left handed? No worries, it's fully reversible. Read more about the Z Factor Perfect Putting Machine. Retail price: $199.95 Amazon.com: Check price now

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TOMI, short for The Optimum Motion Instructor, is a training system designed to support instruction on the practice green. The system consists of a transmitter that attaches to the shaft and a base unit which records the information and saves it to your PC. The system records the motion and angle of the putter in space, from the backstroke to follow-through. The system then in near real-time breaks the data into sets of data for each of the eight key stroke measurements and then displays these results in charts and graphs. For data junkies out there looking to work on their putting, this could be just the ticket. Read more about the TOMI Personal Putting System. Retail price: $199.99 Amazon.com: Check price now

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The S3 Digital offers all of the base features found in the entry-level S1 Digital, including the same dial control with 9 speed settings, 200w motor, ability to lock when folded, ergonomic grip, in an aluminum frame that weighs 19 pounds. The top-of-the-line Motocaddy also can track 3 different distances at any time (total distance traveled, distance for the found and also shot distances - though they can't be saved as with some GPS devices), and for those of you who simply refuse to leave the office (or Angry Birds) behind, a USB charging port for your GPS device of choice. The S3 Digital's display also provides time and a battery meter, and an adjustable distance control feature allows to to send the S3 on ahead of you from between 5 to 60 yards. Motocaddy S3 Digital Retail price: $849 Amazon.com: Check price now

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Tucked away in the little Hamlet of Huntington Beach just off the 405, in an unassuming office complex surrounded by Konica Minolta and Boeing buildings, lies Cleveland Golf headquarters, the site of our latest visit in our continuing series on golf club fitting and performance centers. Whether you select a fitting for woods (driver, fairway and hybrid), irons, wedges, or a putter the cost is the same. Zero. That's right. Zilch. Nada. Nothing. Apparently something in life is free! That’s not reason alone to drop everything that you’re doing and head on over, but it’s one on the list.

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Founded in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2000, Hot Stix is one of the few brand-agnostic fitting companies with locations available nationwide. The company independently tests all of their equipment, and shares their experiences across locations to ensure that visitors benefit from the collective knowledge of its fitting staff around the country. Their client list includes over 250 Tour players (including major winners) and 35,000 amateurs, and the company is the official Golf Magazine equipment research partner.

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Our visit to GolfTEC was our first to a manufacturer-agnostic facility, one only two companies that offer such services nationwide, though with over 140 Centers available in North America, it is the largest by far. Those familiar with the GolfTEC name will most likely recognize the company as a provider of golf lessons. And it is indeed a powerhouse in the lesson business, teaching over 20% of all U.S. lessons annually, an absolutely stunning number. My visit, however, was for their Personal Club Fitting, one of the other services that they have available for players.

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We soak up a day at The Kingdom, TaylorMade's top-of-the-line clubfitting experience that was, until 2005, reserved for their Tour Professionals only. With a name like The Kingdom, the expectations are lofty – and as you will see from the review by our editors, TaylorMade truly delivers a remarkable experience.

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One of the best values in electronic carts, and one of the top selling on the market, the Bat-Caddy X3R can be controlled up to 120 yards (though 10-20 yards is recommended). The cart has a silver aluminum alloy frame with stainless steel components and a single 200-watt electric motor. The remote can move the X3R forward/reverse and left/right, and features a timed advance function to keep the cart advancing in front of the player. The cart has two rear wheels, one front wheel, plus a retractable rear stabilizer wheel. There are a large number of optional accessories, ranging from seat to sand dispenser. Bat-Caddy X3R Retail Price: $645 Amazon.com: Check price now Golfsmith: Check price now

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The Stewart X5 Remote is marketed as a “luxury” electric cart, and with the quality, level of design and specifications, it certainly meets this description. Designed from the ground up as a remote controlled cart, the X5 is far different than some of the competition that are based on existing push carts, with battery and/or remote control systems tacked on without a change in cart design. Stewart Golf X5 Retail Price: $2,495 Amazon.com: Check price now

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One of the best values in electronic carts, and one of the top selling on the market, the Bat-Caddy X4R makes large leaps from the Bat-Caddy X3R. The cart has a silver aluminum alloy frame with stainless steel components and two independently powered 200-watt electric motors. The remote can move the X4R forward/reverse and left/right, controlling it up to 120 yards (though 10-20 years is recommended), and features a timed advance function to keep the cart advancing in front of the player. The cart has two rear wheels, one front wheel, plus a retractable rear stabilizer wheel. There are a large number of optional accessories, ranging from seat to sand dispenser. Bat-Caddy X4R Retail Price: $995 Golfsmith: Check price now

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Bag Boy, well known for their push and pull golf carts, also offers a remote controlled electric cart, the Navigator 2. The Navigator 2 has two rear wheels, a 360-degree swiveling front wheel (with suspension), and the common rear wheel stabilizer. Dual 140-watt motors power the cart, which has controls for front/reverse and left/right. The Bag Boy Navigator 2 also comes with a removable seat with storage, in case there aren’t any benches on the tee to take a load off. Bag Boy Navigator 2 Retail Price: $1,995.95 Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Bag Boy Navigator Elite

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The Callaway upro mx has now been officially discontinued, ending its disastrous 16 month lifespan which included the initial launch, a litany of initial problems with both the device and uxplore portal, the (supposedly temporarily) recall of the device, a release of PC beta software in an attempt to fix issues, and as of today, the official scrapping of the device without ever being re-released. We can now say that this was the worst golf GPS launch GPS (actually probably the worst of any consumer tech device) we have ever seen. Read our detailed Callaway upro mx news update for further information Availability: never! Retail price: $199 plus $59.99 for unlimited ProMode (satellite view) courses Replaced by: Callaway upro mx+

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While we have not obtained a Bushnell Tour V2 Slope Edition laser rangefinder for testing, we believe that it will provide the same level of performance as the Bushnell Tour V2, reviewed on our site. These two rangefinders have the same specifications, with the exception of the slope-adjusted distances available on the Slope Edition version. Retail price: $399 Amazon.com: Check price now Golfsmith: Check price now

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FreeCaddie is one of the few apps listed here that doesn’t include either satellite or graphic hole images. The app provides distance readings to the center as well as front and back of the green, along with hole and par information, and offers far better course coverage than most apps on our list. But given the bugs we experienced, the lack of hole views and scoring, users can do better elsewhere. Download FreeCaddie from iTunes

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As hard as we tried, we never could get this app to launch successfully, receiving a variety of error messages upon launch. At least there is a 24-hour trial so players can see if the app works for them before purchase. And if you succeed, you get the pleasure of paying a blistering $50 yearly to access the iGolf GPS database, the highest-priced iPhone golf GPS app tested. Price: Free for the basics, $50 per year for GPS functionality Download iGolf Golf GPS for iPhone from iTunes

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With a combination of extremely sparse course coverage and an interface that isn’t quite as polished as others, Orrie Golf is going to struggle against both paid and free competition. We mapped a course in our area via the Orrie Golf website, but were unable to access it for play. Sad to say, we can't even get this app started. Price: $9.99 Download Orrie Golf from iTunes

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We attempted a number of times to test Sonocaddie for the iPhone, only to find that it does not work on the new iPhone OS4.0. Most iPhone golf GPS app companies have been quick to make this transition to the latest operating system, and we take this as a bad sign of how the Sonocaddie app was developed. We’re going to wait for availability o the latest OS arrives before reviewing. Price: $34.99 Download Sonocaddie from iTunes

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TeeDroid lacks the satellite or hole graphics that all other paid apps reviewed by Critical Golf provide, and has consistently been one of the least stable apps tested. The good news is that you have 45 days to demo the app for free before deciding not to pay the annual fee. Price: $19.95 per year Download TeeDroid from iTunes

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The Bushnell XGC, which we have not had the opportunity to review, includes course maps, distances to up to 5 custom points per hole, the ability to determine the distance to any point on the hole, and scorecard and statistics tracking. The device features a 2.2" high resolution color screen and storage for up to 100 courses. Amazon.com: Check price now Golfsmith: Check price now

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An augmented reality iPhone golf GPS app?! Yup, it's true. The good news is when it's working it's a pretty nifty app to show off to your friends. The bad news is that the current version is riddled with bugs. We would love to spend more time, but we'll wait until the app is more stable. Price: $19.99 Download Golfscape from iTunes

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From one of the top optical companies in the world comes the Leica Pinmaster. The Pinmaster sports a lightweight carbon-reinforced body and is watertight (to a depth of a meter, so don't throw it into the pond in a fit of rage). The device offers an exceptional 7x magnification (matching the Bushnell 1600 series and the Callaway LR1200), with an adjustable eyepiece that is suitable for glasses wearers and an LED display that adjusts its brightness based on the lighting conditions during play. The whopping $799 price tag is tops the in our tests, but rest assured you will likely to be the only one in your foursome playing this beauty. Retail Price: $799 Amazon.com: Check price now

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The iGolf Neo was re-branded under an agreement with Bushnell and is marketed (and reviewed by Critical Golf) as the Bushnell Neo. The iGolf Triton and Saturn are now available as the Bushnell Yardage Pro XG and XGC.

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