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Garmin Z80 GPS/Laser Ranger Finder Hybrid - The official thread


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#1 golfnhack

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 01:09 PM

I mentioned the Z80 in another thread, but I thought it deserved its own dedicated thread.

The Z80 is a new Hybrid GPS Rand Finder. It has a hefty price tag of $599 MSRP. Release has been delayed till Jun 2018. It looks like it is going to be very cool. Unlike Bushnell's new Hybrid, it has slope as well as a color 2D overlay of every hole that shows distances to features.

Here is Golf Box's YouTube review

https://www.youtube....h?v=3urSQuVUq-E

Here is Garmin's official page

https://buy.garmin.c...-US/US/p/572178

My Bushnell is 9 years old and I was looking for a replacement. Bad new is I have to wait 2 months. Good news is I have 2 months to sell stuff on eBay to pay for it.

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#2 Nic1972

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 02:08 PM

Very interesting! I need to replace my Bushnell and this could be the ideal device.

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 02:36 PM

That is pretty cool. I might want one.

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 02:43 PM

This would have been really handy this past weekend. Played a course for the first time in Houston called Eagle Pointe. Lots of dog legs and "where do I hit it" holes. A number of times I hit great drives only to find them through the fairway.
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Posted 02 May 2018 - 03:02 AM

I was looking at the Z80 and the new Bushnell Hybrid. I like the concept of the Z80; the hole overlay in the view finder of the Z80 was going to be a love/hate feature for me and since it's not available it was difficult to delay buying something since our season is nicely underway.  Went with the Hybrid since it is currently available. I regret to a small degree buying the Hybrid. I know it's going to be a good machine however part of me thinks I should have picked up a Garmin Approach G8 and called it a day.  Front, middle and back plus hazard yardages are enough for me.  I like seeing the hole layout too.  However for each argument I make for a GPS, I remind myself I seldom play a new course where seeing the hole layout is a benefit.  The GPS units pack a lot of tech and I'm not sure I would make use of all the features.  I've been using the Pinseeker 1500 since it was released and never felt I was missing out.  My gut is telling me I will end up with the Approach G8 too and make an informed decision after a series of rounds with both machines in use.  One will stay, the other will go and my pondering will cease.


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