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#1 MidMOGolfer

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Posted 24 September 2017 - 11:57 AM

I'll start by saying that I love my Garmin G8 GPS and have no plans of getting rid of it on the course.  But I decided to get a Bushnell V4 for the driving range. It is really helping my distance control.  No longer do I have to wonder if the yardage signs are incorrect or if I'm hitting my irons longer/shorter than usual.

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Posted 24 September 2017 - 12:00 PM

Does the range have the same balls you use?

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#3 MidMOGolfer

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Posted 24 September 2017 - 12:08 PM

View Postbuckeyefl, on 24 September 2017 - 12:00 PM, said:

Does the range have the same balls you use?

They do not.  But my yardages are consistent from range to course.
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Posted 24 September 2017 - 07:45 PM

Our ranges use floaters.  Have been told the are 10% to 20% shorter than regular balls.  So just work on hitting them solid

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 02:13 AM

I use a rangefinder at the range and it helps me also. I would say the range balls are about 10 yards shorter on my irons than my CS balls, and about 15-20 yards shorter with my 3 wood and driver ... BUT using the laser has really helped my game.


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 06:01 AM

View PostScottyc1962, on 04 October 2017 - 02:13 AM, said:

I use a rangefinder at the range and it helps me also. I would say the range balls are about 10 yards shorter on my irons than my CS balls, and about 15-20 yards shorter with my 3 wood and driver ... BUT using the laser has really helped my game.
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Posted 02 November 2017 - 06:12 AM

View PostMidMOGolfer, on 24 September 2017 - 11:57 AM, said:

.  No longer do I have to wonder if the yardage signs are incorrect

There is never any need to wonder if range yardage signs are wrong, since they are wrong 99% of the time.

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Posted 02 November 2017 - 06:56 AM

View PostBlue Daddy Lion, on 01 November 2017 - 06:01 AM, said:

View PostScottyc1962, on 04 October 2017 - 02:13 AM, said:

I use a rangefinder at the range and it helps me also. I would say the range balls are about 10 yards shorter on my irons than my CS balls, and about 15-20 yards shorter with my 3 wood and driver ... BUT using the laser has really helped my game.
What is a good rangefinder brand to use on the range?
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Posted 09 November 2017 - 09:33 AM

I find that range balls don't seem to fly as far and wouldn't bother measuring

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 08:02 PM

I can't tell exactly where my ball lands or runs out to on a range.  Range yardage signs are only good as aiming points.

I use the elapsed yardage feature on my GPS while on the course. Easy to measure the carry and total yardages from tee or fairway to ball mark and to the ball.

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Posted 20 February 2018 - 07:01 PM

This reason exactly I am trying to dump my Approach S6, have my eye on the Nikon Coolshot 80 VR

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Posted 21 February 2018 - 01:04 PM

Can someone tell me the best method to use my rangefinder on the driving range to determine how far I hit each one of my clubs?

Do I just point my rangefinder to one of the flags on the driving range and start to hit my various irons and see which one travels that distance after 5-10 hits and get an average?

I then choose another flag either close or further away and do the same process?

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Posted 21 February 2018 - 02:18 PM

View Posttawarmbrod, on 24 September 2017 - 07:45 PM, said:

Our ranges use floaters.  Have been told the are 10% to 20% shorter than regular balls.  So just work on hitting them solid

Does your range have water hazards on it?

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Posted 21 February 2018 - 02:25 PM

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Posted 21 February 2018 - 02:37 PM

Don't waste your time. Most range balls are limited flight, not to mention the variability in their condition.



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Posted 21 February 2018 - 03:56 PM

I am impressed by the ability to find one particular ball while it is surrounded by a bunch of other balls.  When I've tried rangefinders, I have trouble finding trees.

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Posted 21 February 2018 - 05:14 PM

So if some of you do not think much about rangefinders on driving ranges to determine how far you hit your clubs, than what do you recommend if you do not have access to a launch monitor?

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Posted 22 February 2018 - 09:38 AM

View PostPingPoncho, on 21 February 2018 - 01:04 PM, said:

Can someone tell me the best method to use my rangefinder on the driving range to determine how far I hit each one of my clubs? Do I just point my rangefinder to one of the flags on the driving range and start to hit my various irons and see which one travels that distance after 5-10 hits and get an average? I then choose another flag either close or further away and do the same process?
Pretty much, but as others have said this will only give you a general idea since most range balls are limited flight. I can't seem to find it, but basically range balls are marked with one, two or three lines. The balls with three lines go the furthest, but again if it's 5 years old and has been hit hundreds (thousands?) of times then you are going to have different results.


View PostPingPoncho, on 21 February 2018 - 05:14 PM, said:

So if some of you do not think much about rangefinders on driving ranges to determine how far you hit your clubs, than what do you recommend if you do not have access to a launch monitor?
Frustratingly the best way of finding out consistent yardages for your irons is to go on the course and if there is time to play two balls. If you are getting good contact and get range x on club y I would say that is a pretty good indicator. Another one of my favorite ways of dialing in my irons a bit is to play a par 3 course every once in a while. I try to hit my par 3 every few months to keep my iron game strong.

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 04:01 AM

I am getting this mini doppler. Been wondering as many posters here, hopefully it'll work as expected and solve above concern. Unfortunately unit have no language option, but I can read numbers.lol. Anyway, reviews said it's quite accurate so I bought it.
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Posted 31 March 2018 - 04:28 AM

Interesting responses here. I bought my range after working with a pro at his recommendation. No, he doesn’t sell rangefinders. I went with the Caddytec. Simple to use, inexpensive and works at range and on course. I didn’t purchase for the course but do find myself using it more and more from 125 yds in. I use a gps for every place else.

I’m actually shocked by the responses here. I think many may be missing a huge point. Limited flight or not, you develope the repeatability to hit a single club consistently within a certain distance band. After that, it takes very little time to adjust on the course using your own ball.

You then take a little time and learn at least 3 distances with each club.

Example, swing length at the correct tempo will yield me the following with my 54* wedge. 7 o’clock = 50 yds, 9 o’clock = 75 yds, full swing = 100 yds. It doesn’t take long to figure out that some days my distances may  be 5 yds longer or shorter and those adjustments occur on the course.

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 06:23 AM

I’m amazed that so many people seem to think most ranges have “limited flight balls”.  Simply Not true.

Many range balls are old and beat up and don’t fly as far as they do new, but they aren’t made as “limited flight” balls.

I’ve been playing 35 years all over the country and I’ve only encountered limited flight balls on 2 occasions, and both of those times were the “floater” balls where you hit into a lake.
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