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Is there anyone out there that does NOT use a rangefinder?


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#61 dunn

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Posted 13 September 2016 - 11:31 AM

I use one, and my ydg is better becuz of it......I know exactly how far I hit each club and how far I hit partial shots.....I had a range finder for few years and it got lost.....so I played without for 6 months cuz they're expensive, and than I just got another one....it for sure helps........I cant believe how far off the GPS on carts and my own guessing is at times......as much as 10yds and 5yds alot of times.....in a 200 yd shot not such a big deal but in a 130yd shot very much a big deal........eliminating mistakes, and narrowing down finer details makes one a better player imo, when you don't have alot of strokes to throw away everything counts.........I play the game very fast, I don't take alot of time but certain things are important to me and I want to know.......iron play is much better with one vs without, I know this much.......

Iron play is strength and from 150 yds I expecting to ball on green and from 130 and in pretty tight to pin if it's accesibile....of course it doesn't always happen......aim small miss small

Edited by dunn, 13 September 2016 - 11:35 AM.


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Posted 19 September 2016 - 09:54 AM

I use a hand held gps and the distances are dead on and only takes a second to glance at the distance.

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Posted 19 September 2016 - 10:06 AM

I've tried half a dozen GPS units over the years. Early generation SkyCaddie, wow what a crappy piece of hardware. Bushnell Neo. The handheld one that Callaway had for a couple years then dropped. A Garmin S1 watch. Now a Bushnell Ghost. There was another one in there somewhere between the SkyCaddie and the Callaway, can't recall what it was, maybe a different watch.

Anyway, I have yet to find one that is consistently "dead on". There's a thing they all do from time to time that drives me crazy. First they'll take a few seconds when I stop walking to settle down on a distance. Which is fine. But then once it has given the same distance for a few seconds, I'll hit the shot and look back at the display. At least a handful of times per round it will have changed by 3, 4, 5 yards while I was hitting my shot.

So when I used the Bushnell Ghost I just treat it as a convenient, approximate yardage indication. I look at it while I'm still walking, don't bother waiting for it to settle down and try not to look again after I've hit my shot. I don't want to see it changing its mind like that. I just glance at it when I'm nearly next to my ball, round down to the next lowest 10 yards and go with it.

But when I'm at my home course I generally know my "approximate" yardage give or take 10-15 yards without needing a GPS. So I leave it at home and just carry a laser for the few shots each round where I want to know my carry over a bunker or whether a flag is front vs. middle of the green. Sure wish I could find one of these mythical beasts...the GPS that immediately gives a correct distance as soon as I stop walking.
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Posted 21 September 2016 - 07:28 PM

I had never considered a rangefinder until I came to WRX.

After reading all the threads on the merits and ease of use, I think I may replace my GPS with a rangefinder for next season.

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Posted 22 September 2016 - 09:30 AM

I had a multi sport Garmin GPS watch when I came back to the game. It has a golf app that works great. I use Ranger to get my distances on the range. Have not shopped for a range finder. Don't think I need one.

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Posted 22 September 2016 - 09:40 AM

It's not that I can hit 137 on command, but it helps get to know if the front is 110 and the pin is 130, I have a 30 yard range to work with. Or if the pin is 150 and the back is 152, I will opt for less club over to much as my miss.

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Posted 22 September 2016 - 09:41 AM

View Postkaycalkai, on 21 September 2016 - 07:28 PM, said:

I had never considered a rangefinder until I came to WRX.

After reading all the threads on the merits and ease of use, I think I may replace my GPS with a rangefinder for next season.

The only drawback is you must have a line of sight from where you're standing to some targetable feature. A laser does not work if you can't see the spot you want to target.

Other than that IMO laser is 100% better in every way than GPS.
Everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.

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Posted 25 September 2016 - 07:21 AM

I don't use one. For me, the precise yardage doesn't matter that much. I use my eyes to get a feel for what club to hit.

Now, it would be nice to know distances of things to lay up on or carry out there. The stuff you can't see.
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Posted 25 September 2016 - 08:59 PM

Don't have such a thing as fixed or accurate yardages for my clubs so my GPS is really just a guide for courses that I don't  play on often or at all. Most courses I do play have sprinkler distances in the middle of the fairway anyway. My philosophy is:
more technology = less fun, unless you're heavily into competition and coin is changing hands.
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Posted 26 September 2016 - 07:26 AM

View PostNomad Golfer, on 25 September 2016 - 08:59 PM, said:

My philosophy is: more technology = less fun, unless you're heavily into competition and coin is changing hands.

So are you using the feathery balls or Gutta-Percha? :)


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Posted 26 September 2016 - 01:02 PM

For fun rounds, gps or just using the scorecard/sprinkler heads is fine.  I think if you're really looking to shoot the lowest score, you'll want to know exact distance to flag in comparison to front and back of green and also exact yardages for layups on par 5s or recovery shots.  After caddying with a pin sheet, I realized how useful that information could be for approach shots.  I'm not that good so center of the green yardage is good enough for fun rounds but I also subscribe to aim small, miss small so I want to have a specific yardage I'm looking to hit.  Just easier to have conviction in your number if you use the rangefinder.

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Posted 26 September 2016 - 06:01 PM

View PostHateto3Putt, on 26 September 2016 - 07:26 AM, said:

View PostNomad Golfer, on 25 September 2016 - 08:59 PM, said:

My philosophy is: more technology = less fun, unless you're heavily into competition and coin is changing hands.

So are you using the feathery balls or Gutta-Percha? :)
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Posted 27 September 2016 - 07:08 PM

I agree that I don't have a level of control that needs an exact yardage, but I always like to have a ballpark.  Especially when my drives leave me in no man's land.

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Posted 27 September 2016 - 07:12 PM

View Postuserpick21, on 27 September 2016 - 07:08 PM, said:

I agree that I don't have a level of control that needs an exact yardage, but I always like to have a ballpark.  Especially when my drives leave me in no man's land.

I've played every hole at my home course well over a thousand times yet I still occasionally find myself in a new spot from where I have no idea how far it is to the green. Remarkable.
Everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.

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Posted 27 September 2016 - 07:53 PM

View PostConrad1953, on 10 August 2016 - 07:24 PM, said:

View Postthug the bunny, on 10 August 2016 - 06:55 PM, said:

View PostConrad1953, on 10 August 2016 - 04:30 PM, said:

A laser is essential when hitting your approaches from adjacent fairways. It helps
to shoot the right pin too.

Hey Rad, good on you that you can hold a laser still enough to get a good reading at your age ;-o. I can't. I like my gps app. I use it mainly when I'm in no man's land between or away from the fairway markers, or as you said off the fairway. Nice thing about gps is that it can mark without line of sight..

LOL, I was.........well I have a Garmin GPS watch but I sometimes hit the ball
where a laser gives me a more accurate number, especially with some of the
large, weird shaped greens on the Trail, where what is considered front, middle
and back by the GPS may be just wrong.

I'm not talking 3-5 yards but as much as 15-20 yards I have been off when
compared to the laser rangefinder. I can't tell you how many times on a par 3
I would just look at my watch and gauge the pin distance and grab a club,
then a compadre lasers the pin and announces a number 15 yards different
than what I had guessed.

That isn't always the case but it does happen enough that I've lost trust in
my Garmin watch.

I have a RF and one of my frequent playing partners has a GPS.  There are a couple spots on the course where sometimes the GPS gives wonky yardages (confirmed by using the RF).  up to 10, sometimes (but rarely) 20 yeards off.  not sure if its hills or trees or just proximity to lots of lost golf balls, but there are a couple clear zones on the course where i'm wary of the GPS and always laser it off.  Otherwise, i tend to just go with the GPS unless i want to get agressive going for the pin.  Usually center of green distance is more important to me than the distance to the pin as i can get in more trouble going for the pin than the center.  In any case, my experience is that the GPS isnt just randomly inaccurate, its usually inaccurate in just certain places where i guess it doesnt pick up signal well or sthg.


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Posted 27 September 2016 - 07:58 PM

Golf budee.  Super quick to get yardage.   Only downfall is you have to charge after 2 rounds

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Posted 28 September 2016 - 03:43 AM

View PostNorth Butte, on 27 September 2016 - 07:12 PM, said:

View Postuserpick21, on 27 September 2016 - 07:08 PM, said:

I agree that I don't have a level of control that needs an exact yardage, but I always like to have a ballpark.  Especially when my drives leave me in no man's land.

I've played every hole at my home course well over a thousand times yet I still occasionally find myself in a new spot from where I have no idea how far it is to the green. Remarkable.
Thats golf. It brings you back for next round  B)

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Posted 28 September 2016 - 03:47 AM

I have used all ( rf, app, garmin watch) and i always go back to rf because the goal is to get the distance and nothing more accurate than a rf. I dont spend 20 second getting a messure so no prob with slowplay.

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Posted 20 November 2016 - 04:09 AM

I can't bring myself to get one yet.. Rather use my eyes..
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Posted 21 November 2016 - 06:57 AM

I have a rangefinder and am getting a G6 for Christmas and I'm more than excited about it. My rangefinder is on the fritz, and even with "pinseeker technology" it still takes some serious skill to get the pin. Not being able to tell hazard distance, esp at an unknown course, can be detrimental to a round.

Once I get my GPS I'll still probably use the range finder just for exacts but I'm going to play the first few rounds just with GPS. I want to see if me knowing front/middle/back is better than knowing exact distance.

I hated having to hunt for sprinkler heads, but when I did I just played to center green and hoped from there.


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Posted 21 November 2016 - 07:13 AM

My friend refuses to buy one, a rangefinder or a GPS, but is always asking me the distances.

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Posted 21 November 2016 - 07:40 AM

Yup, before I had one.

Now that I've been exposed to the dark side I'd never play without one.
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Posted 21 November 2016 - 08:07 AM

Our temps have been all over the place recently. It can change 20 degrees or more from one round to the next and the fall winds can come from unusual directions and be rather gusty. So until the cold weather settles in to stay (some time between Thanksgiving and Christmas) I don't really have a handle on my club yardages.

So the last two rounds I just left the rangefinder at home. Since I play the same course 120+ times a year I seldom shoot more than a handful of distances per round anyway. A few times this weekend I guessed real well on shots I normally would have lasered. But one time it cost me. By eyeball it looked like a basic 45-50 yard 3/4 swing lob wedge over a bunker to the hole near the back of the green. I hit the shot just like I wanted and it flew 10 yards past the flag, took one hop and scurried down the slope over the green. Double bogey. I paced it off after the shot...38 yards. Oops,

For me at my home course where we have 100-150-200-250 plates in the fairways I should in theory be fine with no yardage aid.. In practice I'd say about one disastrous misjudgment like that in two rounds is about the cost of not measuring. So that's two strokes every other round. About a shot per round is my answer to how much the rangefinder saves me AT MY HOME COURSE I'VE PLAYED 1,500 TIMES.

Edited by North Butte, 21 November 2016 - 08:08 AM.

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Posted 21 November 2016 - 02:53 PM

I've never owned a rangefinder.

I use the free version of Golfshot. It gives me enough of a reading to know what club to hit. Most of the time I just look of sprinkler heads and walk it off. I have a GameGolf, but it's the first version, so it doesn't give you readings live.

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Posted 22 November 2016 - 12:13 AM

I have swingXswing on my phone. I've used it for a few years. Gives front middle back, slope, scores, stats, keeps a handicap etc..
Other than sometimes not locking in as has been mentioned it's nice not to have to deal with multiple devices although I sometimes wish I had a LRF

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Posted 22 November 2016 - 04:50 PM

I use a laser but could live without it EXCEPT for good yardages to the pin inside 100 yards. I really need that info - other than that it is  mostly a convenience thing.

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Posted 22 November 2016 - 05:28 PM

View PostDaveLeeNC, on 22 November 2016 - 04:50 PM, said:

I use a laser but could live without it EXCEPT for good yardages to the pin inside 100 yards. I really need that info - other than that it is  mostly a convenience thing.

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, if you think about it, all the PGA professionals get the exact yardage from their caddies. It is really a good thing to have those yardages especially as you get closer to the hole.

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Posted 02 December 2016 - 12:02 PM

I don't use one... I use a GPS watch mostly to know yardage to a bunker or to carry water or something like that.

quite honestly, I can usually guess the yardage within 5yds +/- (years of playing football and shooting as a hobby) or when I get to my ball, I can look at the flag and say "this is a 8i" or "this is a 4h", etc...

I used to carry one to the range but the 2 courses I practice at are very consistent with their yardages and the markers.

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Posted 07 December 2016 - 11:08 PM

Hey guys!

Great discussion going here and some solid advice!

I’ve set myself a budget of $250 for my first rangefinder and am still not sure which one to get.

I’ve been reading some reviews on this site http://hitgolfing.com/ and am considering the Bushnell V3 or the Nikon Coolshot20.

Does anyone here actually own either of these? What are your experiences?

Thanks a lot for the tips!


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Posted 07 December 2016 - 11:13 PM

I still do it the old fashioned way.... walk it off and eye ball


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