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Is a laser rangefinder really necessary?

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#121 shanx

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 11:04 AM

Played with a foursome a week ago, two guys had GPS apps/watches. They spent the whole round debating on each other's yardages for every tee and approach shot. After a few holes, it got to be quite grating, as it started to slow our group down.

I started to get anxious about it, as well as the third guy in the group. Finally after we made the turn, the third guy says "I'll end this now", pulled out his laser rangefinder and started using it when they started their debate. It did end the debates, as they quickly accepted the laser's yardages (and they might have observed the way the guy "stormed" over to them and tersely announced the accurate yardage to them).

I'm going to buy one, the range I use moves the tee spots as the grass becomes used up, so I never really know how far the targets are.


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Posted 16 October 2017 - 11:20 AM

I'll never rely on GPS again.

The rangefinder is so easy to use, and much faster and accurate than the GPS apps I was using.

I played with the rangefinder yesterday, I hit many more greens than I am used to, and was a lot closer to the targets all day. I had three birdies on the front nine, never had that many before!

It has allowed me to hit more confident approach shots, and I am getting a better idea how far my irons fly.

I wondered why it took me so long to buy one of these!

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 12:03 PM

I've used both GPS and laser for the past decade. I like the GPS when playing a new course as it provides more information and helps guide me around the unfamiliar landscape.

The Laser is my "go-to" for 95% of my shots just because most of the time I want a simple number or two i.e.; front and pin distance etc.

If given a choice, I'd take the laser because it's simpler. And in golf (to me), simpler is better.
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Posted 16 October 2017 - 12:38 PM

The course I learned to play on had a bush planted next to the fairway at 100,150 and 200 yards.  We walked it off from there.  It was easy if you walked the course instead of riding.  Then they put the colored disks in the fairway, then the sprinkler heads...after they installed sprinklers.....now nothing is marked because almost everyone has a laser or GPS.  

I use a laser, but the times I ride and the cart has a GPS I probably only use my laser once or twice a round.  Front, middle, back is usually good enough for me.  The main thing I don't like about a GPS is keeping it charged, it kills my phone if I use an app and when I had a Sky Caddy it was often an issue.
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Posted 16 October 2017 - 04:37 PM

You need a good rangefinder and must learn to use it properly or it can cause problems with your game.  A golf buddy bought a TecTecTec rangefinder which has pinseeker technology but doesn't provide feedback like the Bushnell Jolt.  Throughout his first day of using it, he was constantly coming up with bad distances because his hands were shaking and it was picking up objects behind the flag.  He flew over the green twice and eventually had to use his Golf GPS app to give him a distance range so he knew if he was on target when he used the rangefinder.


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Posted 16 October 2017 - 04:48 PM

View Postnew2g0lf, on 16 October 2017 - 04:37 PM, said:

You need a good rangefinder and must learn to use it properly or it can cause problems with your game.  A golf buddy bought a TecTecTec rangefinder which has pinseeker technology but doesn't provide feedback like the Bushnell Jolt.  Throughout his first day of using it, he was constantly coming up with bad distances because his hands were shaking and it was picking up objects behind the flag.  He flew over the green twice and eventually had to use his Golf GPS app to give him a distance range so he knew if he was on target when he used the rangefinder.

Yeah, the jolt technology really helps.

I was amazed at how much hand shake I had (I'm 50), but the two young dudes in my group this past weekend also had troubles with the shakes.

I have been at least a half a club short for the most of the season, I can't tell you how many of my approach shots landed short, and how painfully frustrating it got to be.

I was not short once this weekend, most approaches were on the green or pin high off the green..

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 05:09 PM

I love my GPS watch, but my watch and a friend's watch both Bushnell's are sometimes five yards different from the same spot.

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Posted Yesterday, 08:51 PM

I have always been quite happy just using my GPS watch with front center and back yardage.  This along with a quick look at the sprinklers gave me a pretty good idea of how far I needed to hit a ball.  The problem I have encountered in the last couple of years is the nicer courses around me seem to have all gotten rid of the different color flags to indicate front/center/back. I was constantly guessing only to be walking up to the green and the pin being in the opposite place I thought it was. I saw a Nikon COOLSHOT 20 at my local Dicks the other day on clearance for $79 and it was a no brainer. After using it a few rounds, I can never go back now.
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