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Hi all,

 

I'm interested to know what everyone's experience is with laser range finders, hand held GPS, or a GPS Watch.

 

I've dialed in the distances for my clubs at the range but sometimes misjudge the distance when i'm on the course. What are your positive and negative experiences with these?

 

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Nothing buy positive experiences for me.

I have a Bushnell Neo X watch that I use for front/middle/back yardages (I put it on my golf bag because I don't like wearing it on my wrist) and I have my bushnell Tour V3 so I can shoot the pin or other distances i need.  I also love the laser for being able to get yardages on driving ranges

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Laser range finder - great when you have line of sight. Good when you want to shoot distances to an object. For me they were generally too big to fit in my pocket especially when I wanted to get distances when I was inside 100 yards. If you walk this isn't really an issue.

 

Handheld is good for distances and a few provide distance to hazards. I like mine since it fits in my pocket. I have the bushnell neo ghost. Multiple types of handhelds some just show distances like the one I have while others show the holes layout. I guess you could include phone gps systems in this category. Generally it is about what you are willing to put in you pocket.

 

I don't like to wear a watch when I play so I don't have much experience with in course play but they work like a small handheld

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I use the Garmin S2 watch and enjoy just being able to walk to my ball and get the front, middle, and back yardage. I'm not completely dialed in to execute a 146yd shot vs a 144yd shot, so the general numbers help from the watch.

 

 

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Use a combination of LRF and GPS and have done so for years.

I find having my small GPS attached to the cart useful for knowing the approximate F,M,B of greens. I use my LRF for shooting a pin and then referencing the GPS to determine the approximate location of the pin. ie... is the pin closer to the front or back for example. How much green do I have to work with. Things like that.

My LRF is handy also for shooting fairway bunkers, hazards, trees, structures, etc.

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I wear a GPS watch - TomTom Golfer - that also gives you distances to the intermediate hazards on each hole. I've compared it to other players' laser #s and to markers on the course and found it to be very accurate. I like the no-fuss convenience of having the essential #s right there.

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Hi all,

 

I'm interested to know what everyone's experience is with laser range finders, hand held GPS, or a GPS Watch.

 

I've dialed in the distances for my clubs at the range but sometimes misjudge the distance when i'm on the course. What are your positive and negative experiences with these?

 

There's a great article right here on MGS for the #1 Rangefinders for 2018 if you need something to go by for rangefinders.

 

I myself have only used a GPS "Golf Buddy" Voice that I've kept in my pocket and shows me the front, center, and back of the green, you could also measure how far you hit a shot.  Downside battery only lasted about 2 rounds and needed charging again.  You can't replace the battery so after 2 seasons it starts to drains faster and does not last as long.  You can clip it on your hat or on your belt, purchase an accessory to wear it like a watch as well.

 

If you want accuracy go with the rangefinder, if you want general yardages handheld GPS like the above should do fine.  GPS watches I do not like because I don't like have anything on my wrist when I play.

 

Good luck to you, as I am in search of a good rangefinder as well.

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I prefer the laser rangefinder. Bought my first one this spring (Precision Pro NX7) and have loved it so far. I feel like I can swing my wedges so much more confidently knowing the exact distances. I have used the Bushnell Neo Ghost which if I remember right gives you front/mid/back distances and I also use The Grint and Golfshot GPS app.

 

If you have a blind shot I will use the phone GPS app, it also helps with carry distances to bunkers or water but everything else I prefer laser. I will use it to shoot trees or objects at the edge of fairway, I also use it a lot on the range.

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Most of the guys I play with wear a GPS watch and also carry a laser range finder, the combination works great.

 

My watch is a Garmin brand my laser is a Nikon Coolshot 20. :)

+1. Lasers are great for line of sight, GPS for everything else. I have a Bushnell 1500 the that has been commandeered by my wife. I currently use the Precision pro NX 7 Pro. Great unit with slope for a great price and a skycaddie sg5 or the Android version of golf logic. I have 2 years left on the skycaddie subscription at which point I'll use something free.

 

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I have both a rangefinder and a golf watch.  I use a Leupold hunting range finder.  I have used it since I started playing golf about 2 years ago.  My problem with the rangefinder is it is hard to shoot a flag at long distances. 

 

About 2 weeks ago I bought a Garmin Approach s20.  It is a basic gps watch, but I love it.  It tells me the range to front, middle, and back. That is more than enough information for me.  I can always get distances no matter how far away I am.  It only works on the course though.  You can't shoot distances when you are practicing.  The S20 costs about $130.  I found a 20% discount for Dick's and picked it up for $100.  Best thing I have bought in a while.

 

If I had to do it again, I would buy the watch first.  If you want exact distances to pins, choose a good rangefinder made for golf.  The ones that do slopes are awesome.

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I'm a GPS watch kind of guy. Besides my wife took my rangefinder [emoji39]

 

 

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LRF for me, except when my daughter takes it out of my bag and forgets to give it back. Then it's GPS on the phone (Arccos). I play a course that does not give you any indication of pin position, so it's nice to have the GPS to see whether it's front, middle or back.

 

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Laser for all shots to the green, handheld GPS for punchouts and layups to correct yardages.

 

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Honestly, they're all good, but if you want the most accurate you have to do a laser range finder. Relying on GPS is an easy way to be a club off all day and completely ruin a round. As easy as a gps is, it's not reliable

 

 

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I've got a Skycaddy watch and a range finder. When I'm smart enough to use both the info they provide makes a real difference. My course has a lot of front of green bunkering to carry so knowing the flag yardage is great but I need to know the yardage to cover in a lot of places as well.

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I've used all three at one time or another and all are helpful - I currently use the laser - most guys that I play with have a watch so I get the best of both worlds.

 

If I had to choose one it would be the watch - I was always forgetting my golf buddy and eventually left it somewhere and it was not turned in. (A posh private club in Tampa no less). As others have said the laser can get blocked and at times catching intermediate distances is problematic.

 

 

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+1. Lasers are great for line of sight, GPS for everything else. I have a Bushnell 1500 the that has been commandeered by my wife. I currently use the Precision pro NX 7 Pro. Great unit with slope for a great price and a skycaddie sg5 or the Android version of golf logic. I have 2 years left on the skycaddie subscription at which point I'll use something free.

 

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We'd agree with this. Both GPS units and laser rangefinders have their uses. If you were going to choose one, we'd probably pick a laser rangefinder... but we admit that we're a little biased.  ;)

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I've been using the Apple Watch 3 this season and I prefer that.  Like some previous posts, I'm not good enough yet to have my irons dialed in to +/- 5 yards so I just need general front/middle/back. I'm also not good enough to be in the fairway as much as I'd like, so laser rangefinders don't work when I can't see the green.

 

The apple watch 3 is great because it can connect to data and stand-alone from your phone so you don't need to keep your phone in your pocket. I also use The Grint app which gives me GPS distance and tracks my scores then uploads directly from the watch.  Been happy with it this year, not so much my game! I never wore a watch (golfing or otherwise) and now it feels natural and not obtrusive at all.

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