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Now that it's legal, Going to use a rangefinder?


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Now that it's legal, Going to use a rangefinder?

  1. Yes, I will use one next year (241 votes [76.75%])

    Percentage of vote: 76.75%

  2. No, I will still walk it off from a yardage marker (73 votes [23.25%])

    Percentage of vote: 23.25%

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#31 golf9596

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Posted 02 January 2006 - 04:34 PM

I have been using a Bushnell for the past two seasons during practice rounds. Now that they are legal I will use them when ever I'm allowed, just to confirm what I am seeing. I found that my calculations and the Bushnells readings were only a yard or two different( I'm not that good to notice a big advantage). I think the range finders biggest advantage is in determining the yardage to hazards and total carry distances.

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 01:19 PM

Yes.  I plan on placing a PUD order for a Pinseeker 1500 next week.  Our local rep says Bushnell is 2-4 weeks behind on production due to the demand since they are legal.

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Posted 14 January 2006 - 10:09 AM

I for the most part will not use one. The only time that the possibility might be is during practice rounds for a tourney. Some of the caddies of tour pros do that so I guess that it will be alright to some extent for me.

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Posted 14 January 2006 - 05:24 PM

I wanna get a Nikon 500g. I don't know how much I'll use it on my home course, but like others have said, it's a definite advantage when playing on new and unfamiliar courses.

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Posted 14 January 2006 - 05:40 PM

I have used both the Bushnel YTP and the Skycaddie, and the Skycaddie is much more convenient.  Skycaddie also plays to the "I go by sight" crowd, as you can reference it at a glance, and then concentrate your efforts on evaluating what you see.

I had many more instances with the Rangefinder where I set it down and started to doubt what I had measured.  

The idea should be to give more accurate yardage to the player without taking more time.  I am starting a collection of water balls in my bag to throw at people who cant put down their rangefinders long enough to play golf.

I will not play a new course without one or the other...  If the rules permit...


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Posted 16 January 2006 - 09:39 AM

I don't plan on buying a rangefinger at this point in time I might in time though. I would probably forget to use it most of the time.

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 05:04 PM

always used one even though they were not legal.   I only use it for new courses or the first couple of times.  On my regular course, I already know the yardage and where I typically hit from and do not need it.  

Most of the time it is in the bag, but pulled out when play is slow (can check out some of the hot cart girls from a distance!)

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 12:01 PM

I actually emailed the rcga last night about the ruling on range finders and have not had an answer yet.  It says the range finder can be used for distance only.  The pinseeker 1500 with slope takes the elevation change into account to give you a more accurate distance.  In the rule, gradient may have to do with the slope of the ground you are hitting from, which will also affect club selection.

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Posted 01 February 2006 - 04:30 PM

The Bushnell Pinseeker is great.  Many happy customers.  The 1500 w/slope is illegal for play, but I use it for practice.

We have 4 in stock right now at Bushnell Pinseeker 1500 w/Slope.  Use coupon code golfwrx07 for an additional 7% off.  Shipping included.

They will not be available again until March as the demand is so high.   Thanks.

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Posted 02 February 2006 - 12:33 AM

I am confused.  The Bushnell website seems to indicate even the one with slope is legal.  Does anyone know for sure? I also read the golf magazine that says they are illegal.  One of my friends says it is not so.


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Posted 08 February 2006 - 10:39 AM

i think they are making golf too easy

this is spost to be the the hardest sport in the world

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Posted 13 February 2006 - 01:27 AM

Making golf to easy....lmao.  If you don't put in your time practicing a rangefinder isn't going to do you any good!!!!  I have played with a bushnell yardage pro for almost 3 years now.  The benefits of having a rangefinder are many.  The biggest benefit to me is having one for practice sessions.  My rangefinder has really helped me dial in my distances in my short game(100yds and in).  Another great benefit is if you hit your drive a mile right or left.  I know I'm not suppose to be over there but hey.. bad swings happen.  With in seconds I will know the distance to the flag and all the guess work will be gone.  Saves a bunch of time too....no need to sit there and walk everything out.  Pro golfers have had this advantage on us for years.  Almost all pro caddies use rangefinders in practice rounds to get the distances right so I don't see why you wouldn't want to have one to do the same.  I believe having a rangefinder has helped my game more then any new driver or iron that I have ever bought....period!!!

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Posted 13 February 2006 - 02:09 AM

View PostYooper, on Feb 12 2006, 08:27 PM, said:

Making golf to easy....lmao.  If you don't put in your time practicing a rangefinder isn't going to do you any good!!!!  I have played with a bushnell yardage pro for almost 3 years now.  The benefits of having a rangefinder are many.  The biggest benefit to me is having one for practice sessions.  My rangefinder has really helped me dial in my distances in my short game(100yds and in).  Another great benefit is if you hit your drive a mile right or left.  I know I'm not suppose to be over there but hey.. bad swings happen.  With in seconds I will know the distance to the flag and all the guess work will be gone.  Saves a bunch of time too....no need to sit there and walk everything out.  Pro golfers have had this advantage on us for years.  Almost all pro caddies use rangefinders in practice rounds to get the distances right so I don't see why you wouldn't want to have one to do the same.  I believe having a rangefinder has helped my game more then any new driver or iron that I have ever bought....period!!!


I totally agree.  What's the difference if you look at a yardage marker and see it's 150 yards to the green and if you use a rangefinder and it says 153 yards.  You still have to hit the shot.  The rangefinder just allows you to speed up your play and has nothing to do with the shot making.

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Posted 13 February 2006 - 08:58 PM

I'd probably use one.  It will help me decide on whether to hit a thin 8-iron over the green or a fat 7-iron short of it!!

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Posted 13 February 2006 - 09:26 PM

now that it's legal, if you have a rangefinder, you'd be crazy not to use it!!!  my bushnell pinseeker 1500 slope is worth every penny.  but remember, you still gotta hit the shot!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 03:28 PM

what is the best range finder in everyone's opinion?  i am looking for one to use whne i go paly courses i havent played before

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Posted 19 February 2006 - 01:48 PM

Been using one for 2 years now, and I wouldn't play without one.

Be considerate to your fellow players and get one. It speeds up everyone's play, and it makes the game more enjoyable IMHO.

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Posted 26 February 2006 - 11:09 PM

Just bought a sky caddie can't white till it come in  ;)

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Posted 07 March 2006 - 07:45 PM

SkyGolf's SkyCaddie for me.

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Posted 07 March 2006 - 08:50 PM

I carry a simple optical rangefinder, and use it from time to time.

Knowing actual distance-to-pin boosts my confidence level, especially in rough,
I simply have one less thing to worry about.

Knowing actual distance-to-pin also gradually trains my sense of distance. So next time
I need lay it up, I can forget about rangefinder or landmarks, and solely rely on my instinct.

Edited by ixcafe, 07 March 2006 - 09:35 PM.


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Posted 07 March 2006 - 11:28 PM

I'll defnitely be using the rangefinder from now on...they're allowing in NCAA play and it's much easier and faster
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Posted 17 April 2006 - 01:33 PM

I'll be using one, actually I am using one. I don't get to be on the course very often, but go to the range atleast once a week. I usually measure off each target from where I'm hitting from... Don't trust their markers. Plus I get to get accurate distance to bunkers, bumps/hills and brown spots etc.

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Posted 14 May 2006 - 09:57 AM

Just picked up a Bushnell Pinseeker 1500 w\slope - do not play competitive or tournament golf.  

Have used the range finder a few times and found it to be very helpful - especially on par 3s with large elevation changes.  So far very impressed and anyone who I have shown\tried the range finder has been impressed as well.

Do not have a membership at a club so I play different courses all the time.   For me the range finder will be the most helpful when deciding whether to hit over a hazard or not.  More so on courses I do not know or cannot remember how I played the hole in the past.

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Posted 14 May 2006 - 10:39 AM

Looks like bushnell is caught up to this issue. I am interested now. I was playing last week and a guy had one. It was fun. The yardage I had come up with didnt match the Bushnell. I was off a few times +/- 5 yards. I was fun anyway. I am liking the pinseeker 1500 tournament edition. No slope with this model.


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    * Range: 5-1500 yards/meters
    * 350 + yards to a flag
    * Pinseeker mode zeros in on flag
    * Scan feature displays multiple ranges while panning
    * Completely waterproof
    * Size: 1.7 x 5.1 x 3.7
    * Powered by a 9-volt battery (not included)

1500 Slope Edition

    * Provides golfer with a compensated distance based upon the degree of incline or decline
    * Magnification: 7 power
    * Range: 5-1500 yards/meters
    * 350 + yards to a flag
    * Pinseeker mode zeros in on flag
    * Scan feature displays multiple ranges while panning
    * Completely waterproof
    * Size: 1.7 x 5.1 x 3.7
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Posted 14 May 2006 - 03:58 PM

yes but since i dont know where / who to ask so in my practice rounds ill just make a note of what ardage i had from where yesterday


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Posted 14 May 2006 - 06:14 PM

Just ordered a Bushnell Pinseeker 1500.  I've played in several tournaments where this would have come in handy. Now I can't wait for the next tourney (June 3).

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 07:02 AM

View Postlidomkj, on Jan 26 2006, 08:04 AM, said:

Most of the time it is in the bag, but pulled out when play is slow (can check out some of the hot cart girls from a distance!)
Good thinking!

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Posted 01 September 2006 - 08:22 AM

Never leave home without mine

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Posted 01 September 2006 - 02:29 PM

I love the SkyCaddie for courses that are mapped and have a Yardage Pro Tour for those that arent.

To me its simply about saving time and has nothing to do with whether I am 150 or 152. I figured it easily saves me a minute per hole at least, especially on long Par 5s where it might be on two shots.

SkyCaddie has the added benefit of helping on doglegs or times you are out of the fairway and not near a marker. Instant idea of what the yardage is when no markers are in sight.

While I love pacing off yardages too, I like playing faster even more. I love the SC and being able to stop right at the ball, get out and know the front middle back yardages without doing anything. Think about if each member of the foursome could save 15 minutes per round.
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Posted 03 September 2006 - 08:38 PM

I use them more to work out how far i'm flying the ball that the biggest help for me.


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