Laser Rangefinder vs. GPS device
Posted 23 February 2008 - 08:17 PM
Posted 24 February 2008 - 04:03 AM
Posted 24 February 2008 - 05:48 AM
Accuracy: Laser wins hands down because it is accurate to within a couple of feet. GPS can be off by a few yards.
Ease of use: GPS is easier to use since most models are constantly updating so by the time you get to your ball, the distance is pretty accurate, although I will say that the reading you immediately get may not be right. I've noticed with mine (SG5) that I have to wait few seconds for the distance reading to settle so if your in a hurry your reading may be wrong. Pulling out the laser can get tedious sometimes because I keep it in the bag.
Posted 24 February 2008 - 09:02 AM
Bingo- The only thing I want to go digging for in the middle of a round is a cold beer. Just sounds like too much work/time for the laser.
Posted 24 February 2008 - 09:58 AM
The case for the Bushnell 1500 that straps on the bag eliminates alot of the hassle. It has a zipper on the flap for normal transport, and on the course the flap has a magnetic closure.
Driver: Taylormade M4
Fairway: Taylormade M4 3HL
Hybrid: Taylormade M4 19°
Irons: Taylormade M1 4-P
Wedges: Taylormade ATV 50°, 56° (bent to 55°), and 60°
Putter: Taylormade DA-12/Taylormade Spider/Taylormade Est 79 TM-110
Ball: Taylormade Tour Preferred X/TP5X
Posted 25 February 2008 - 09:35 PM
Posted 26 February 2008 - 04:41 AM
Ehm, not everyone has a rangefinder or GPS?
Posted 26 February 2008 - 10:26 AM
Posted 26 February 2008 - 10:27 AM
Posted 20 July 2008 - 09:26 PM
I used to play a Sky Caddie back in the day when the interface to the computer sucked... you could download courses but it would hang up all the time and it was a major pain. The fact that the laser worked with any course in the world immediately sounded really cool. Then after I made the switch being able to get the distance to ANYTHING I wanted was really cool... .I didn't have to rely on what info the GPS company had mapped out. So, I played the laser for about 1.5 years. About a month ago I got sick of putting the laser up to my eye for every shot... so I decided I was going to go back to the Sky Caddie because I heard the interface is much better and the courses are mapped out better now. Well, when I got my Sky Caddie 2.5 I was really impressed. Downloaded coarses withing 15 minutes and was ready to roll. Here is what I noticed after that......
1.) When I was warming up for my round I wanted to know how far a flag on the range was... oops, can't do that with a GPS unit.
2.) The Sky Caddie worked great swtiching from hole to hole on its own and didn't seem to "lag" on displaying yardage as you are driving up to, and stopping, at your ball.
3.) THe yardages seemed really good, but there were times where I just didn't believe it.
4.) Knowing the distance to the front and back of the green is AWESOME.. but I still found myself wanting to know the exact distance to the pin.
5.) There were to many times that I wanted to reach for the laser to laser a tree or a rock and that was my target line so I could judge my shot distance.... you can't do this with the skycaddie unless they decided to map that specific object(which in some cases they did!)
6.) I LOVE being able to "mark" and check the distance of my drives... but after several times doing this I realized that my drives are 270 to 290 so I don't really care to measure any more.
SO, in summary, I love the skycaddie for convenience but I just found myself wanting the "exact" nubmer to much and doubting the GPS number just enough to be in my head... Maybe this is just an issue with me and needing to trust the device.... but for me... I am sticking with the Laser.... .one last bonus is that they are legal in tourneys!
Just one mans view.
Posted 21 July 2008 - 09:40 AM
For speed of play, the GPS wins. For example, 7th hole at my course, par 5. On the 2nd shot I am faced with wanting the yardage to carry a bunker on the left if I want to take a left approach depending on the pin location, the distance to a bunker in the center of the fairway if I want to lay up, what the carry distance over that bunker is and what the distance is to a 2nd bunker short of the green is if I want to be closer, and what the distance is to clear that second center bunker is if I want to go for the green and how much distance I have to the back of the green on that line if I do carry it. I can get all of that with not much more than a glance at the SkyCaddie. Assuming one could even see the lips, edges of the green, etc. with a laser, imagine how long it would take to get each of those distances by comparison.
Posted 21 July 2008 - 03:22 PM
I almost bought a unit with a lot more features but I am glad I have kept it very simple. It fits my game
Edited by TundraToad, 21 July 2008 - 03:23 PM.
Posted 21 July 2008 - 07:07 PM
Pulling out the laser can get tedious sometimes because I keep it in the bag.
I ended up with the Nikon 500G laser rangefinder for that very reason. It is quite small and I just carry it in my left front pocket.
Posted 23 July 2008 - 01:42 PM
Interesting...thought it would be opposite. Thought it would be GPS for general guidance and laser for more exact yardage (laser within a yard...GPS can be off much more)
Posted 23 July 2008 - 02:42 PM
That being said, I would not rely on GPS for tournament play. The GPS gets flaky when it is cloudy and is just not as dependable. Sometimes the readings can be off by as much as 20 yards. The range finder gets you exact distances to the pin, not just an estimate like a GPS.
Posted 23 July 2008 - 03:49 PM
Posted 23 July 2008 - 04:28 PM
Posted 23 July 2008 - 04:56 PM
What GPS are you using or used that presented the problems you mention? I want to make sure I avoid getting one of those. Maybe it is because of where I am, but in almost 5 years of using the SkyGolf SG2 and this year using a Golf Guru, both in all types of weather conditions, I have never had a problem with readings fluctuating from day-to-day or under different weather conditions. The only thing I have noticed between the two is that the GPS in the Golf Guru is newer and what is referred to as "high sensitivity" so it finds and locks onto more satellites much faster than the older SG2.
I am using the SkyCaddie SG3. I just had the same problem once again this weekend. It was cloudy in the morning and it would not get a lock (after fiddling with it for an hour). The clouds lifted around 11:00 and I was able to get a lock.
I've tried resetting the satellites in the past to no avail.
Posted 23 July 2008 - 07:15 PM
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