Andy, Greater Seattle Area
I currently estimate yardages by using in course markers and pacing off. I think about distances as minimum carry, and backstop distance to gauge a distance window rather than focusing purely on distance to pin.
I tend to be somewhat skeptical about new golf technology. I think most new innovations tend to be overhyped to generate sales. Looking at stats I think a game changing technology tends to happen every 6-10 years. Year over year I don’t usually notice an equipment change. Big ones for example being hollow body irons, hollow body drivers, lightweight and stuff composite shafts, multi-piece balls. I will say loft jacking is a big concern of mine. I prefer more traditional lofts to control spin and trajectory. It doesn’t help me any if I hit a 6 iron 220 but so low it won’t hold a green. I focus more on improving my skill than looking for technology to improve my game. I have found launch monitors useful when practicing to look at spin rates and attack angles. Ultimately I think a good golfer needs to rely their skill and mental creativity. No technology is going to make a hacker and scratch player. This year I’m looking to drop from a mid single digit to a low/scratch player to play in the WA State mid-am. I would like the opportunity to test this GPS. I play a couple times a week even this time a year and will be playing in some offseason tournaments this winter and spring.