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#1 BeerPerHole

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 05:52 PM

...and have one of those annoying "which one should I get" question. I don't need slope/elevation reading or any of that stuff. But want a rangefinder that's built with some quality. My boy and I are using a bottom-of-the-barrel model and we need to keep the battery cover on with a bunch of rubber bands. What is a good-quality, basic rangefinder? Also...I had a thought about whether or not there's a product out there like the following: Is there an accurate, GPS, based product that clips on the golf bag? Last time I checked, however, it seemed that GPS lacked accuracy. Your thoughts appreciated...

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 06:10 PM

Well GPS isn't going to get more accurate.  It is what it is until they upgrade the sats or you happen to play someplace where differential GPS is available.  Laser rangefinders will always give you 0.5 to 1 meter repeatability.  Accuracy should be that good as well, but not all companies calibrate them that well. Accuracy should still be good to a few meters regardless.
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Posted 04 February 2019 - 09:50 PM

I just bought a BOBLOV rangefinder off of amazon for 70 some bucks. My first dive into this pool. They make one with slope but I got the one without. I bought it because its inexpensive, had good reviews( some dude on YouTube did an on course review also and it passed) and it has a built in rechargeable battery.  So you wouldnt have to worry about rubber bands at least.

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 02:50 PM

Honestly, the old Bushnell Pinseeker 1500 and Pro 1600s are a bargain on the used market if you don't mind a slightly larger size device.  Great field of view and higher magnification than most (i think 7x?), and can easily be had on ebay for $50-$100.
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Posted 06 February 2019 - 02:53 PM

View PostGautama, on 06 February 2019 - 02:50 PM, said:

Honestly, the old Bushnell Pinseeker 1500 and Pro 1600s are a bargain on the used market if you don't mind a slightly larger size device.  Great field of view and higher magnification than most (i think 7x?), and can easily be had on ebay for $50-$100.
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Posted 06 February 2019 - 03:07 PM

Leupold, great products.  I've got GX-3i, the bright red display of numbers is the best.  You can also hold the unit into a "scan mode" and you can pan back and forth to get several yardages.

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 03:08 PM

GPS is king and much faster to use.
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Posted 06 February 2019 - 05:55 PM

I got my rangefinder at a pawn shop for about $50 a few years ago and have never had a problem with it. I'd highly recommend checking pawn shops and haggling the price. Golf stuff tends to move slowly in the pawn shops near me, so I can almost always get a decent price.

Ask the shop if you can test it outside. If you can scope a telephone wire and a tree out to about 300 yds, then that's basically all you'll need.

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 06:39 PM

Precision Pro would seem a good choice to start.  $219 for the non slope NX7 model, gets good commentary here, has tested well on certain other golf related websites that I shan't name.  

GPS, I would avoid.  Faster than a laser, certainly, but accuracy is inherently ±3 yds, if not even ±5 yds, and you're at the mercy of the person who mapped the course.  Having had several instances of GPS giving grossly inaccurate distance, when it came time to purchase for myself, I went laser.

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 06:55 PM

View Postcwglum, on 06 February 2019 - 03:07 PM, said:

Leupold, great products.  I've got GX-3i, the bright red display of numbers is the best.  You can also hold the unit into a "scan mode" and you can pan back and forth to get several yardages.

I got one too and I have for over 5 years now. still good and very accurate with/without elevation reads.  i just replaced the battery late last year.


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Posted 07 February 2019 - 10:17 AM

View PostNRJyzr, on 06 February 2019 - 06:39 PM, said:

Precision Pro would seem a good choice to start.  $219 for the non slope NX7 model, gets good commentary here, has tested well on certain other golf related websites that I shan't name.  

GPS, I would avoid.  Faster than a laser, certainly, but accuracy is inherently ±3 yds, if not even ±5 yds, and you're at the mercy of the person who mapped the course.  Having had several instances of GPS giving grossly inaccurate distance, when it came time to purchase for myself, I went laser.

Thinking of replacing my old Nikon unit this year, looking closely at the above mentioned Precision Pro NX7.

Saw our named mentioned here and thought we would share our 2cents.

We absolutely agree that the NX7 is a great place to start and a lot. It has the quality and accuracy to compete with any rangefinder on the market. It also has other features like our Pulse Vibration Technology, our Precision Care Package which includes free batteries for life and our customer service. GOLFWRX users can also take $20 off with code GOLFWRX.

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 03:17 PM

Precision Pro is excellent as referenced and the Golf Buddy LR7 at $199 is hard to beat as well. As has been discussed many times the technology has caught up and no need to pay $349 from Bushnell when $200 range gets you the same speed, accuracy and reliability. I would even argue if the 3 Lasers were in front of you with no brand name you would say the GB and PP were superior.Good Luck!

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 09:26 PM

Thanks guys. Helpful info here...
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Posted 07 February 2019 - 10:06 PM

I like GPS for the ease of use, but nothing beats laser for accuracy.
My home course has a par 3 with a pond in front. Bushnell made an error in mapping and it GPS's out to 10-12 yards shorter than it actually is.
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Posted 12 February 2019 - 12:41 PM

I'm switching from a laser to a gps watch.  The watch shows the entire hole and you can point to various spots for carry or layup distances.  The laser is the most accurate for hitting a flag, but quite often it's hard to shoot other points on the course (bunkers, doglegs).  Also, I find the front/middle/back information more useful overall than the exact distance to the pin.  I find sometimes when I'm not focusing, I'll get the pin # from the laser and let that automatically dictate my club choice without gathering the other info.

I'm hoping the watch will be faster and more useful.  Time will tell.  As far as +/- 1 yd for a laser vs +/- 3 yds for gps to the pin (or whatever the actual #s may be), I find this quite inconsequential for my 10 HC abilities.

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 03:20 PM

The Garmin Approach Z80 is $799.  That is ridiculous

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 04:45 PM

View PostJMH1220, on 12 February 2019 - 03:20 PM, said:

The Garmin Approach Z80 is $799.  That is ridiculous

Got one for "just" $550 yesterday while down in Florida. Not sure where you see them for $799 as $699 is MSRP. Also picking up a Precision Pro NX7 in the next week or two. Those boys are down the road from me, in Cincy, so why not support the "locals."

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 05:26 PM

Precision Pro is worth taking a look at.  If you have a "Golf Show" coming to town you can always find great deals on a variety of laser RF's.  I use both GPS and the laser RF and the GPS is always +/- 3 yards.  And you know since this is WRX I require the utmost precision :golfer: so the GPS is merely a guide.
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