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#61 Bowlorgolf

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Posted 18 August 2018 - 06:24 PM

Most courses have reflectors on the top of flag sticks some have both in on top and below the flag.


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Posted 18 August 2018 - 06:33 PM

I used to have a rangefinder. Sold it because I believed that I did not improve or did not gain anything out of it.

Recently I got a Sky Trak and I dialed in my wedges when practicing. A few games ago I borrowed my friend's range finder. I have never hit my wedge distances this close to the hole because now that I have a feel of how my shot for certain distances are plus the exact read on, compared to my GPS.

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Posted 19 August 2018 - 09:54 AM

Definitely speeds up play for me and is an essential tool. No looking for markers. I have both a GPS watch (Garmin vivoactive 3) and laser. The GPS is the go to tool and the laser maybe gets used a few times per round.

Edited by BlackDiamondPar5, 19 August 2018 - 09:54 AM.


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Posted 19 August 2018 - 12:15 PM

View PostLondoner, on 18 August 2018 - 04:30 PM, said:

Laser over gps all day long. From 150 yards in, if you know your wedge distances, how can you not benefit by knowing the exact distance?
Because the majority of golfers have a hard time even hitting the green, let alone the exact distance.

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Posted 19 August 2018 - 02:00 PM

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View PostLondoner, on 18 August 2018 - 04:30 PM, said:

Laser over gps all day long. From 150 yards in, if you know your wedge distances, how can you not benefit by knowing the exact distance?
Because the majority of golfers have a hard time even hitting the green, let alone the exact distance.

You're right in that respect. If your not hitting greens from 150 theres no yardage tech thats going to help.

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Posted 19 August 2018 - 02:04 PM

View PostBlackDiamondPar5, on 19 August 2018 - 09:54 AM, said:

Definitely speeds up play for me and is an essential tool. No looking for markers. I have both a GPS watch (Garmin vivoactive 3) and laser. The GPS is the go to tool and the laser maybe gets used a few times per round.

I used to use both but now, unless I'm playing a strange course, I carry laser only.
Interesting you only use it a few times. I zapp almost everything under 150. My yardages are pretty constant for clubs at or under that.
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Posted 19 August 2018 - 02:09 PM

View PostLondoner, on 19 August 2018 - 02:00 PM, said:

View PostMikey5e, on 19 August 2018 - 12:15 PM, said:

View PostLondoner, on 18 August 2018 - 04:30 PM, said:

Laser over gps all day long. From 150 yards in, if you know your wedge distances, how can you not benefit by knowing the exact distance?
Because the majority of golfers have a hard time even hitting the green, let alone the exact distance.

You're right in that respect. If your not hitting greens from 150 theres no yardage tech thats going to help.
I'm a believer that a rangefinder is a fantastic needed tool for low handicap golfers, but for higher handicap golfers, like you say, no technology is really going to help over the other. A GPS watch is probably plenty of technology for higher handicap golfers, and it's a simple tool to use that doesn't take a lot of time. For guys that can pretty much go right after the pin and are able to put a little action on the ball, I'm sure a rangefinder is quite an advantage.

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Posted 26 August 2018 - 11:05 AM

for game management, a RF is a handy tool.

if player will take the time to think through the shot and knows their capabilities, they can benefit from these devices.
see if you can clear a hazard, get to a safe rescue area, reach green.

the basics ones are reasonably priced and pretty accurate.
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Posted 30 January 2019 - 06:21 PM

I find many opinions in this thread interesting. By saying that I do not mean wrong by any stretch. I was gonna start my own thread but alot was already covered here.  I was curious if people used both.

For several years now I have been using a gps watch. And while they work great for front, middle and back, the problem I have been having is a majority of places I play here in southwest Michigan have elevated greens.  While knowing 200 to the middle may be nice, once I am in scoring club range, I just can't see if the flag is front middle or back a majority of the time. So after 4 years of just aiming at the middle number I just received a range finder purchased off of amazon. It showed up yesterday and I was playing around in the house with it.  Seems to work so far.  I bought an inexpensive one ($79) that had good reviews so I am excited to see if it works this spring. I went with a golf applicable model but without slope. My goal is to actually dial in some yardages with my clubs.  I started last spring at the range with my sc200 monitor, while it don't get much love on here, I did find it to be sufficiently accurate with a well struck shot to what I see on the course.  But work got in the way and my project came to a halt with not much time to practice.  But now that my daughter is getting into golf I can find more excuses to go to the range. I will probly go broke cuz she always wants to go get frozen yogurt afterwards because her favorite place is only a block away. Sometimes for a 8 year old she is too aware of her surroundings.

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 08:21 PM

View Postkcd38, on 09 August 2018 - 02:25 PM, said:

Want to get some feedback on the topic of rangefinders. I have used GPS apps before and they have been somewhat beneficial but sometimes when I play I do not have service. Have you guys found that rangefinder improve your club selection? Are they worth the price?
Rangefinder is the way to go!


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Posted 01 February 2019 - 11:57 PM

Both. No reason not to use both.

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 12:02 PM

I just upgraded to a Golf Buddy 2 and replaced my range finder. There is no comparing a golf buddy to a cell phone, the golf buddy is so easy to use, and If I have doubts, the range finder comes out, and usually verifies the gps. I used the golf buddy in a watch strap, but will just attach it to the pants with a key fob. The best thing about gps is the middle, front, and back yardages, if it is uphill I use the back yardage, and if downhill the front yardage, for slope effect. This makes the game so easy.
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Posted 03 February 2019 - 01:42 PM

After using a GPS for years, yes I like the simplicity but far too often for my liking I cannot tell where the flag is on the green. So for those holes I will use the rangefinder.

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 03:36 PM

I started using a GPS app on the phone, seems to be good enough. Front, middle, back, just knowing front half and back half is what really helps me.
I do have a rangefinder and it does come in handy.  Not so much for the pins on the greens but how far the trouble is when I'm wandering around the course. I'd say 70/30%, gps / Range finder.


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Posted 03 February 2019 - 09:12 PM

View PostDuke of Hazards, on 01 February 2019 - 11:57 PM, said:

Both. No reason not to use both.

I don't think you need both if the course uses colored flags for front, middle and back.  On most of the courses I play around here, we use red for front, white for middle and blue for back.  I use my rangefinder to get the exact yardage and the color of the flag to determine where the flag is in relation to the green.


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Posted 04 February 2019 - 01:52 PM

If I had to pick one, I'd say GPS.  

I use both.   Rangefinder good for use on the range to work on distance control to targets, also for measuring flag on approaches and for exact distances to targets on tee (end of dogleg, etc).
GPS for overview of hole on the tee, mostly to avoid the hidden water hazards not visible from tee or bunkers not visible on approach, etc.

Obviously, rangefinder is a 'luxury' item, as GPS is mostly free (everyone has a smart phone and there are a dozen free GPS apps out there), but it's nice to have both at your disposal should you need them.

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