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Posted 14 March 2018 - 02:28 PM

Ok guys what type of range finder does your Jr golfer use. Mine is 10 yo and playing his 1st tournament in 3 weeks. His grandpa recommends the Bushnell but hasn't offered to buy him one haha. Just wondering if there is another brand more affordable then the Bushnell and that is easy for a Jr to use. Thanks


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Posted 14 March 2018 - 02:45 PM

Nikon Coolshot 40  (non-slope edition). Got mine for under $199 I think last year. Have played with others using a Bushnell and they were within 1 yard of each other for measurement.

Edit to add: My only complaint is the carrying case that the Nikon came with is a bit of a cheap piece of junk. I emailed Nikon and had them send me another carrying case under warranty. I'll switch to that one when the first one falls apart completely.

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 03:11 PM

We use Bushnell.

https://golfbee.net/...lf-rangefinder/

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 03:33 PM

Son has Bushnell.  I use Leupold.  Both work well.  Leupold excellent CS!

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 03:57 PM

Nikon Golf Coolshot 80i VR Golf Slope Laser Rangefinder - on sale now for $375.  Has slope but can be disabled for tournament play.  I prefer this model because in practice rounds you can get your yardages with the slope, take your notes on the + or - on the distance and then just refer to those during the round.  Also has a shakey hands vibration reduction technology which is good for the young kids trying to scope a flag from 250 yards out.


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Posted 14 March 2018 - 05:36 PM

Search for a Leupold PinCaddie 2.

Our HS Golf Coaches Association has a deal to sell them to members for $142.50 ea.  Maybe your local HS has a similar deal?
It's not aluminum frame like their high end lasers and it won't have slope, fog mode or prism lock... but it's a Leupold and their CS is outstanding (been there).
Super good unit for a 10yo and you'll feel better about the cost when it gets lost or stolen.
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Posted 14 March 2018 - 06:09 PM

Another one for Nikon coolshot 20, pretty much because it was the cheapest of the recognizable name brandsz. Year and a half in, works great without issue.  I have a bushell for myself, but has slope feature.

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 06:47 PM

I have a Leupold and Bushnell. The Leupold has better optics but is tougher to lock on to a target IMO. The Bushnell vibrates when it locks on a target and my kids find it much easier to get a correct distance. Leupold has the better customer service but Bushnell sells more. Most of the kids that I see playing have a Bushnell.

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 11:50 AM

bushnell v4.  I'm against any slope version just in case my son or I forget to turn it off.

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 11:54 AM

View Postkekoa, on 15 March 2018 - 11:50 AM, said:

bushnell v4.  I'm against any slope version just in case my son or I forget to turn it off.

I have been thinking of buying another with the slope version just for that reason.


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Posted 15 March 2018 - 02:31 PM

With most of the rangefinders today, the only way you know if the slope is turned on or off is by shooting a yardage. You canít tell by looking on the outside of the rangefinder. I canít imagine someone questioning you to the point of looking on the inside of the rangefinder.

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 03:04 PM

View PostGolfingdawg19, on 15 March 2018 - 02:31 PM, said:

With most of the rangefinders today, the only way you know if the slope is turned on or off is by shooting a yardage. You can't tell by looking on the outside of the rangefinder. I can't imagine someone questioning you to the point of looking on the inside of the rangefinder.

The Bushnell V4 has a slider switch thing on the outside.  Plus there's the whole 'integrity' part of the game.

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 03:58 PM

Tec tec tec vpro500 ... $150 pretty ease to use. Had an issue with case, they sent a new one out no problem.

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 04:03 PM

View PostSmarques33, on 15 March 2018 - 03:58 PM, said:

Tec tec tec vpro500 ... $150 pretty ease to use. Had an issue with case, they sent a new one out no problem.

Every thing that I read say these are really good.  Can you give more of a review?

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 05:22 PM

View Postheavy_hitter, on 15 March 2018 - 04:03 PM, said:

View PostSmarques33, on 15 March 2018 - 03:58 PM, said:

Tec tec tec vpro500 ... $150 pretty ease to use. Had an issue with case, they sent a new one out no problem.

Every thing that I read say these are really good.  Can you give more of a review?

I've been reading trough the amazon reviews on those i may take a chance on one.


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Posted 15 March 2018 - 08:26 PM

Itís the only rangefinder we have ever used so it is tough to have a comparison. We have the vpro 500 ($149). Simple to use... it has 3 modes. It is accurate when in pin sensor mode. It allows you to shoot hazards in front the pin which is a little tricky if you donít have a steady hand (ha). It says accurate from 500Y +... I feel like outside of 250Y I have trouble picking up the flag but that may just be me. The case is durable but a zipper opening, wished it was a button for easier access. I would recommend it. Actually need to get a second one soon for my youngest. Hope this helps!

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 08:35 PM

View Postleezer99, on 15 March 2018 - 03:04 PM, said:

View PostGolfingdawg19, on 15 March 2018 - 02:31 PM, said:

With most of the rangefinders today, the only way you know if the slope is turned on or off is by shooting a yardage. You can't tell by looking on the outside of the rangefinder. I can't imagine someone questioning you to the point of looking on the inside of the rangefinder.

The Bushnell V4 has a slider switch thing on the outside.  Plus there's the whole 'integrity' part of the game.

View Postleezer99, on 15 March 2018 - 03:04 PM, said:

View PostGolfingdawg19, on 15 March 2018 - 02:31 PM, said:

With most of the rangefinders today, the only way you know if the slope is turned on or off is by shooting a yardage. You can't tell by looking on the outside of the rangefinder. I can't imagine someone questioning you to the point of looking on the inside of the rangefinder.

The Bushnell V4 has a slider switch thing on the outside.  Plus there's the whole 'integrity' part of the game.

Bingo

Bushnell v4 switch.  One can tell by looking at the outside of the rangefinder as to whether or not slope is on.

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 10:01 PM

"Is the Bushnell v4 with Slope USGA Legal?
In prior models of range finders with slope there was an issue with using them for tournament play. Since USGA does not allow slope technology for tournament play, players needed a rangefinder that not only delivered slope but also was legal. Thanks to some rule changes, you are now allowed to use the Bushnell v4 in a USGA tournament as long as you turn off the slope function. To turn off the slope function just hold down the power button, which will cycle through all of the modes. Once you see yards with no slope meters, release the power button and your device will be legal for tournament play."

Reading these instructions, it sounds to me like the USGA is a bunch of suckers.

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 04:33 AM

We have never used one with slope.  Does it measure the yardage with slope adjustment?  Or does it measure and give you a yardage with a -3 or +3 type of adjustment.  Useful for practice round and just write adjustments in yardage book?

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 06:49 AM

View Postheavy_hitter, on 16 March 2018 - 04:33 AM, said:

We have never used one with slope.  Does it measure the yardage with slope adjustment?  Or does it measure and give you a yardage with a -3 or +3 type of adjustment.  Useful for practice round and just write adjustments in yardage book?

My bushnell gives actual yardage, then underneath adjusted ,,
"134 yards"
"+4 yards"

Honestly Hardly ever pay attention to the slope on the rangefinder.  Living in Lowcounty SC, a 5' elevation change is considered a huge mountain.

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 08:42 AM

I have the V4 Bushnell without slope, but could probably use it here in the Midlands. I seem to misjudge a lot of elevated approach shots. It doesn't help that my home course has a range sloping away from you, but then has about 9 holes with severely elevated greens. Maybe I should borrow one one day and just walk the course with a notepad.
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Posted 16 March 2018 - 02:55 PM

View Postwildcatden, on 15 March 2018 - 10:01 PM, said:

"Is the Bushnell v4 with Slope USGA Legal?
In prior models of range finders with slope there was an issue with using them for tournament play. Since USGA does not allow slope technology for tournament play, players needed a rangefinder that not only delivered slope but also was legal. Thanks to some rule changes, you are now allowed to use the Bushnell v4 in a USGA tournament as long as you turn off the slope function. To turn off the slope function just hold down the power button, which will cycle through all of the modes. Once you see yards with no slope meters, release the power button and your device will be legal for tournament play."

Reading these instructions, it sounds to me like the USGA is a bunch of suckers.

Being an owner of a non-slope Nikon, I couldn't figure out the Bushnell Slope On/Off feature. Turns out there are two models that have slope. FYI....

Model 201661 – Tour V4 Slope
Press and hold the POWER/FIRE button. The display will begin to cycle through the options Yards w/ Slope, Yards, Meters w/Slope, Meters
When you see Yards, let go of the power/fire button.  

Model 201760 – Tour V4 Shift
There is a side toggle switch to turn slope on/off.

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Posted 25 March 2018 - 05:31 PM

Most juniors are using Bushnell. make sure if you get one that can change from slope to no slope that your child can make that change.

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 07:20 PM

I got a Bushnell Medalist for Christmas when I was 13. That was in 2006. It's still on my bag today.

If your kids respect their belongings, buy them something nice. They'll probably appreciate and use it for years to come. If you're not sure that your kid will take care of something like this (breakable and expensive), maybe come up with a way for them to work towards buying one for themselves. They'll be more likely to take care of something that they had to save up for.
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Posted 02 April 2018 - 07:22 PM

View Postheavy_hitter, on 15 March 2018 - 04:03 PM, said:

View PostSmarques33, on 15 March 2018 - 03:58 PM, said:

Tec tec tec vpro500 ... $150 pretty ease to use. Had an issue with case, they sent a new one out no problem.

Every thing that I read say these are really good.  Can you give more of a review?

My friend has one. He's been using it for a few months. Whenever we'd compare numbers, the tec was always within a yard of my old Bushnell. The only time I've seen the tec struggle was recently when it was hazy. My Bushnell doesn't work in fog, but as the fog started to clear, I was getting good numbers, while the tec still couldn't read. The tec struggled for a few more holes until the fog cleared more, but then it was back to business as usual.

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 10:00 PM

I went ahead and bought the tec. Have to say used in this weekend and was well please. Although I don't have a lot to compare to. Will update if I come across any issues are get to compare it to something else.

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 08:00 AM

Precision Pro's NX7 can be had for $150.  Another option.
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Posted 04 April 2018 - 09:07 AM

No one mentioned this but a good GPS watch is worth it too and there usually a little cheaper then rangefinders  Honestly though a good range finder and gps watch is important if your going to do a lot of tournaments.  You eventually will want both because they will help.

I also like the fact that GPS watches can help you in blind shots.

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Posted 07 May 2018 - 01:07 PM

View PostTannerbug33, on 02 April 2018 - 10:00 PM, said:

I went ahead and bought the tec. Have to say used in this weekend and was well please. Although I don't have a lot to compare to. Will update if I come across any issues are get to compare it to something else.

How are you liking this?  Did you get the one with the slope feature?

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Posted 07 May 2018 - 01:08 PM

View Posttiger1873, on 04 April 2018 - 09:07 AM, said:

No one mentioned this but a good GPS watch is worth it too and there usually a little cheaper then rangefinders  Honestly though a good range finder and gps watch is important if your going to do a lot of tournaments.  You eventually will want both because they will help.

I also like the fact that GPS watches can help you in blind shots.

I think every kid should play with both.  Gives you front, back, and center.  No question of what those are.


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