Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
jigging-matt

Sonocaddie XV2

Recommended Posts

Just wondering if anyone has one of these. I have been in the market for a Golf GPS and after doing quite a bit of research and comparisons, these seem like a pretty good deal. Looked at Sky Caddie and Garmin. Both seem nice, but hate the fact that you have to pay every year. The Sonocaddie you don't have to pay a membership fee, and I was checking the courses that I would play/like to play, and all of them are there. Plus if you step down one model it is only a $29.97 fee once, not a yearly fee. Would like to hear any feedback of someone that has one of these. Yes I have tried the skycaddie and liked it, just don't like the yearly fee attached to it. Thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Matt ---

Did you mean the XV2? If so, it's a great unit. I'm also in the market for one. A buddy has one -- very functional, but not fancy. B/W, and has all the basic features one needs/wants. Distance measurement, yardage to green (front, middle and back), and scorecard. I believe it allows up to 10 courses to be downloaded at a time. Also, it take AA batteries, which I like versus the ni-cad rechargeable, so if your batteries die, you don't need to charge it, just replace the batteries and you're good to go.

I would recommend checking Sonocaddie's HSOforum and searching the available courses in your area to be sure they have the course/courses you want and play. Seems they have a real good MN selection. Of all the courses I play, I've only found one (Pine Ridge, Motley) that isn't available.

It clips onto your bag and 'walks along with you'...meaning yardage is automatically calculated as you walk/move down the fairway. After you record your score, it also automatically moves the the next hole. Very user-friendly.

And yes -- big bonus that there's no annual fee. I know the big auction site has several for $219/free shipping at any given time.

Let us know if you make the move and how you like it --- as soon as I can get a green light, I'll have one too!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Eckie, thanks I did mean the XV2. Was at work when I sent it out and couldn't remember the letter. Glad to hear that you like it. I did check on their webpage and all of the courses that I play are listed, and the ones that I want to play are also listed. Seems like a good deal. Have also been watching the big auction site, but wanted some feedback on them first. Thanks again for all the info, might just have to pull the trigger and make the purchase.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The little bit that I have used it I sure did like it, can tell that there are times that it can sure help. Especially if you are not in the fairway trying to guess your distance. Am going to get one of these very soon.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They also calculate yardages to hazards as well as allow you to customize the settings.

I forgot to mention drawbacks -- I asked my buddy what he didn't like -- 1) scorecard is one player only (can't keep track of two scores at the same time). 2) Download time from PC to unit can be time consuming. 3) 10 course maximum. I however, don't view this as a negative -- how many times does one need more than 10 courses downloaded at any given time? 4) Black and white -- color would be nice, but it's the same argument as the H20 and the H20C -- certainly not a necessity.

Bottom line -- it's highly functional and does exactly what it's supposed to, without having to pay$50 a year.

Was watching one sell on the auction site tonight for $113, but didn't buy it as the seller's feedback wasn't great (had a hard time passing on it tho!)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah...how many times have you hit a great shot, and realize upon walking up to your ball sitting on the front fringe (pin in back), that "yep, could've hit one more club", but didn't because you didn't want to hit it over the green.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am actually the opposite, I tend to take oneless club right now because I tend to bomb it over the green. I have accepted my inability to hit the green in regulation (par 3 or par 4) soif I can just knock it close and get out with a bogey, I am happy......of course something inside my head won't let me not go for a green in 2 on a par 5 either.....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, my begging paid off -- I just bought the XV2 this morning. $219/free shipping. In comparison to stores and retail, great price.

Matt -- your turn!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think I might have to follow your lead when I get home today. I might wait till end of the week, since I will be on vacation and don't want it to show up at the house while I am gone. But I think that is the machine that I am getting. Will have to compare how we like them once they can get a full workout. grin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, I ordered mine on 07/21 and it arrived on 07/24. Used it Sunday after downloading several of my favorite courses. It holds up to 20 courses at any time, all of which are free.

Also discovered that the course I played wasn't mapped, but with the aid of a cart, I was able to map it manually in 15 minutes.

Great unit! Never realized how helpful it is - eliminates any guesswork from distance...but also gives accurate readings of front, center and back green readings...huge help if you know where the pin is located.

And no membership fee.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

UPDATE ---

After having this unit for a couple of weeks, I love it even more. Most of the courses I play are available for download. In a matter of seconds, the download is complete. Thus far, I've downloaded 9 courses into the unit (holds 20).

I've also come across 3 courses that weren't currently mapped/available. I emailed the company and requested these coures to be added. Within 3 days, I'd received an email confirming that the requested courses had been added and were ready for download.

After using this several times, it's phenomenal! Very easy to use and accurate and battery life seems good! I've played 4 rounds on the original batteries and they're still running strong (replaceable AAA batteries was a reason I chose this unit -- so in case the batteries died in the middle of a round, I could put new batteries in, vs. having to "recharge" it).

Great unit for anyone in the market!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Eckie, how do you feel it has helped your game? I know I feel like my gps has knocked 6 strokes off my game just because I know which club to hit from 158 versus 168.....

I played 36 holes today in Tampa Bay, I will never complain about heat and humidty in MN every again

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Picks -- the last two rounds I played in Brainerd were a best ball format, so I haven't had a chance to dial in my individual score, but I will say that before I had a gps, I'd choose a club based on the "150 stake" or the nearest sprinkler head. Then I'd 'up' a club or 'down' a club, depending on pin placement. Now, I can see the yardage difference between the front, middle and back of a green -- many times it can 30-40 yards from front to back -- or more than a 1 club adjustment. I'm now so much more accurate attacking the green/pin -- had several approach shots inside 10 feet last Saturday. I've been 1 or 2 shots away from breaking 80 this year --- my GPS will get me there!

I hear you on the heat in FL -- this is not the time of year to play golf down there! Nevertheless -- I wouldn't pass on an opportunity to play 36 either!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree with your assessment as well. They actually charged us 49 bucks for the first round, and gave us the second round for free. all with a cart........but yes, Tampa Golf in the first part of august is not fun. I drank a bottle of water per hole and still got dehydrated....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • You heard wrong and he left on his own, multiple times....
    • I have been adding a little equipment to my butchering hobby every year and this year I am going to add a bandsaw to the mix.  On the WWW there are a bunch of them in the 280-450 range that all look like rebranded clones of each other.    Then, from there it looks like the next jump is the Rikon/grizzly model that has bearing guides, a better blade and it looks like a better fit and finish for 650- 800 depending on the retailer. Does anyone have any experience with either of these types or anything similar?  I'm not going to spend the dollars to get a commercial model.     
    • Ya its been a long day. I don't know if I'm a puss or what but I havent even been able to eat today. Never lost a deer before. Hopefully never again. Worst part is I don't know what went wrong I would make exact same shot again.
    • Awesome thank you  
    • Sorry Charlie.  Way I heard it, the lords didn't like him having a plug for his sight in his .sig so he moved on, like many of the cooking folks did to another place.   I am there too, so come on over....  Just leave the politics here.  
    • Gee Dave, you are sure a  believer in the overprotective government.   I bet you cook all your eggs hard, and your chicken to 165.  You need to read up on pasteurization... It's a time and temperature thing. 
    • Reinhardt's skin was about as thick as sausage casing, it was after Obama got re-elected and the realization that he couldn't howl from his deer stand after Romney's victory. That's when he left, so it's been a while. He was a good dude with a lot of experience in a variety of things. A lot of folks are missed around these parts.  
    • Yeah, I think the first time was after too many people made fun of Michelle Bachmann.  Too bad. He had some great old school knowledge of sausages and butchering in general. 
    • I thought he just got mad and took his ball and went home? Didn't he do that at least a time or 2? I do miss Reinhardt though....
    • Check his web sight which caused him to get expelled from HSO many moons ago.... It has all his recipes and info on it.   www dot sausage heaven outdoors dot com   with a http:// and some deleted spaces you will be golden. 
  • Our Sponsors