“The yardage book is on borrowed time” says one Tour golfer, after this weekend’s Staysure Tour event saw another victory for the revolutionary SkyCaddie SX500.
The quote, from Paul Streeter, came after the Newark-based golfer used his SkyCaddie to good effect while claiming third place in last week’s Sinclair Invitational at Hanbury Manor.
And the event’s winner, Englishman David Shacklady, loves the SX500 so much that he no longer uses the books at all. “I don’t find any need for the yardage book now. I get absolutely everything off the SkyCaddie” he said.
Competitors can purchase detailed yardage books for each Staysure Tour event they play in, but with almost half the Staysure Tour field now using a SkyCaddie SX500 for their yardages the days may be numbered for old-fashioned yardage books on Tour.
Shacklady’s final hole on Sunday provided the perfect example of why the SX500 is revolutionising golf for competitors on the Staysure Tour.
“The 18th hole typified how I use my SkyCaddie SX500. I had the day’s pin position pre-loaded, but as it was an uphill second shot to a two-tier green it was more important to know the yardage to the ridge. Also, I wanted to know how much space there was beyond the pin.
“On shots like that you know the ball won’t stop immediately, so just knowing distance to the pin isn’t enough.
“Both me and my caddie Ash have an SX500, so with the cursor we worked out a yardage to a landing area safely on the top tier. It gave me a clear picture in my mind as to what I was hitting into, and I hit one of my best shots of the day to under four feet.
“It would have been impossible to do that with a laser, and I also have no need for the Tour yardage book now. I get absolutely everything I need from the SkyCaddie SX500, as quick as you like.”
SkyCaddie’s unique status as the only golf distance measuring device brand to walk every golf course, mapping dozens of target points on every hole, gives Staysure Tour golfers faith in its yardages.
The SX500, which emerged in late 2018, also has the ability to show the day’s pins – which is crucial to an elite golfer.
On Sunday Shacklady shot a final round 66 to win by a shot from Austria’s Markus Brief, with Streeter shooting 71 to finish third at the Hertfordshire golf course.
The win propels Shacklady into fifth place on the year’s Order Of Merit, with Streeter just outside the Top Ten in thirteenth place.
Streeter scored the SX500’s first victory in late 2018, when winning the Costa Blanca Benidorm Senior Masters last December.
Two other SkyCaddie SX500 users, Peter Baker and James Kingston, are also in the current Top Ten of the Staysure Tour Order of Merit.
In September 2019 the SkyCaddie SX500 can be bought with a free £30 leatherette holster, which also acts as a belt and golf bag clip for ease of use. See www.skycaddie.co.uk for full details of the SkyCaddie SX500.