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I've been using a free app on the phone that basically gives yardage to the middle of the green. That would normally be sufficient for me, especially with some other landmarks around. However, I recently won a gift card to PGA Superstore, and considering I just refreshed all of my clubs, I couldn't think of anything to buy except for a rangefinder. I must say that I quite enjoy having it. I didn't realize how useful it would from the teebox. Knowing the distance to carry fairway bunkers, or the distance to a tree to try to cut the corner on a dogleg. Even used it on people a few times to see if it was safe to hit. On par 3s, the slope feature is particularly useful, especially since I play some courses that have dramatic elevation changes and your not sure if its a 6 iron or an 8 iron hole. And as mentioned, its great to have on the range. My home course has a nice driving range, but the yards are all measured from the sidewalk near the hitting area, and of course they move the hitting area up and down a good 50 yards or so to keep the grass fresh. So the flag marked at 150 could easily be 100. Knowing exactly what distances the flags are really lets me dial in my distances. Especially since I just got new clubs. I dont think its a must have, but it is a nice luxury item. 

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Range finders are fine on an open course, but if you have doglegs or are blocked by trees and the green is not available visually they don't work. The GPS units are not accurate to the yard on the green but I find them accurate enough for the average golfer. If it is a few yards off most golfers don't hit the exact yardage anyway. even when I was playing to a mid single digit handicap I could not hit the exact yardage I wanted most of the time. Even the pros when they have a yardage don't hit it stiff every time. That being said, if you want a RF or a GPS find out what all the pros and cons are before you buy either one. There are a lot of reviews out there about what the good and bad is about each type of equipment. I like the GPS because it gives me the general yardage I need immediately. 

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I like the rangefinder. It is very useful when laying up on par 5s and playing strategically to your numbers for approach shots. If you have your yardages dialed in, it is nice to know the exact numbers that you're playing to, especially when you get close to the green.

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12 minutes ago, Letthebigdogshunt said:

Range finders are fine on an open course, but if you have doglegs or are blocked by trees and the green is not available visually they don't work. The GPS units are not accurate to the yard on the green but I find them accurate enough for the average golfer. If it is a few yards off most golfers don't hit the exact yardage anyway. even when I was playing to a mid single digit handicap I could not hit the exact yardage I wanted most of the time. Even the pros when they have a yardage don't hit it stiff every time. That being said, if you want a RF or a GPS find out what all the pros and cons are before you buy either one. There are a lot of reviews out there about what the good and bad is about each type of equipment. I like the GPS because it gives me the general yardage I need immediately. 

This is also a good point. I think there are definitely advantages to both an kinda depends on the course you are playing. 

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I've used GPS for years, to me a rangefinder is a nice to have, but not necessary. Rangefinders don't work without line of sight, GPS always works. Rangefinders take longer to get a reading IMO with other players using them. Rangefinders may/not give you a distance for hazards or doglegs, a GPS always will. If money was no object I'd have both, but I prefer GPS.

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4 hours ago, Letthebigdogshunt said:

Range finders are fine on an open course, but if you have doglegs or are blocked by trees and the green is not available visually they don't work. The GPS units are not accurate to the yard on the green but I find them accurate enough for the average golfer. If it is a few yards off most golfers don't hit the exact yardage anyway. even when I was playing to a mid single digit handicap I could not hit the exact yardage I wanted most of the time. Even the pros when they have a yardage don't hit it stiff every time. That being said, if you want a RF or a GPS find out what all the pros and cons are before you buy either one. There are a lot of reviews out there about what the good and bad is about each type of equipment. I like the GPS because it gives me the general yardage I need immediately. 

I disagree. I like having the exact number to the pin even if i'm not going to hit to that exact number it gives me confidence to go after it vs having to guess. Also when you're playing on a course with large greens the difference between the middle and the back pin locations can be a full club length. For Dog legs I use the arccos app on my phone to calculate the distance and get a recommendation of what to hit.

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22 hours ago, PowerFadetoaslice said:

I disagree. I like having the exact number to the pin even if i'm not going to hit to that exact number it gives me confidence to go after it vs having to guess. Also when you're playing on a course with large greens the difference between the middle and the back pin locations can be a full club length. For Dog legs I use the arccos app on my phone to calculate the distance and get a recommendation of what to hit.

That is why everyone has an opinion they get to agree or disagree. If you need exact yardage then you have the  correct device. Have you ever thought about one of the hybrid range finders that have both GPS and RF? 

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23 hours ago, PowerFadetoaslice said:

I disagree. I like having the exact number to the pin even if i'm not going to hit to that exact number it gives me confidence to go after it vs having to guess. Also when you're playing on a course with large greens the difference between the middle and the back pin locations can be a full club length. For Dog legs I use the arccos app on my phone to calculate the distance and get a recommendation of what to hit.

GPS gives you front, middle and back yardages - so it's easy to judge what distance to play for unless you can't see the pin. I can't remember the last course I played where I could not see the pin on approach - tee yes, approach no. And many of the greens I play have a two or more club length distance front to back, one club length would be very unusual IME. I can't remember the last approach I hit around a dogleg...tough course you're playing.

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Been a user of rangefinder. it's pretty accurate unless of course you have aimed in the wrong spot.

If it does give readings which your hunch thinks it's weird and incorrect, re-set and re-focus. 

Out of focus or when cross hair hits other than your main target, will give you a questionable readings.

Haven't used GPS so I can not comment on this.

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The S62 got me to move away from Rangefinder and phone setup, I found everything was getting a little clunky with my routines

Check phone app for yardage off the tee, click track club, get to ball, choose what I hit, check yardage on phone to bunkers, front middle and back, pull out range finder, see yardage to the pin (Which then auto puts me in hit it at the pin mode) hit shot, chip and putt, put scores in on my phone, repeat. 

The watch has allowed me to trust the process and not go pinseeking, I am habitually looking at bunker yardages at a glance and front middle back easily. If its a big green I will move the pin. My distance control is good enough to need yardages, but I haven't felt myself missing a rangefinder. 

I then input club selection at the end of the round or at home. 

No phone, 30 second routine at most and the benefits of a smartwatch! 

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Initially this year I started with just using a range finder. Worked fine. I then started using google earth and the grint to look at GPS and course layout. I became enamored with using GPS. I plotted holes and had strategy going in to lost round. Sounds great, right?? It became a downfall of my game, it was frustrating knowing all the details of a course and not being able to take full advantage. Golf was becoming less enjoyable. Got rid of the GPS. Stuck to the trust range finder, playing courses and shots as I could view the directly. Scores were positively impacted as well. I know my story isn’t typical but I’m sure their are a few people in the same position I was

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Hello everyone! Does anyone have experience using Nikon Coolshot 40i? I am new to this and I had no idea that you can even use something like this. Anyway, I read that 40i is easy to use. Thanks for your help!

I had an older Coolshot that I really liked and bought another one for my traveling bag. However, when I bought it I wasn't paying a lot of attention to the model designation and ordered the one without pinseeker technology. Don't make that mistake, the pinseeker is critical especially if you have lots of trees around the green.

As to my preferred laser that I keep in my golf cart, it's the PrecisionPro NX9 Slope. It has not only the pin seeker but also a slope feature. Just saw an ad on line $220.


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I currently have the shot scope v3 and love it.  My wife bought me a ranger finder for my birthday, I used it one and returned it.  There are very few times when I want to know the distance to an o.b. area.  The shot scope will highlight water and bunkers, and I value convenience.  

I can appreciate the value of a range finder but think a GPS is more convenient for a ready golf play style.

 

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I like a rangefinder better. My GPS will sometimes have bad signal at some courses, and then measure inaccurately.

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I have a Bushnell V4 range finder without slope and love it.  Also use Arccos for statistics, club tracking.  The caddie feature on Arccos is a benefit when playing an unfamiliar course for the first time. Used to use Golflogix phone app for GPS and Shot tracking but it was cumbersome.  Have found inconsistencies with most GPS systems and course maps due to course renovations, etc.  Range finder is quicker and easier.  The benefit of GPS is when clubbing for a shot based on the middle or back yardage of a green since most amateurs’ misses are short. 

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On 5/17/2020 at 8:07 PM, chadwzimm said:

I've never used a range finder.  I use a GPS app on my phone, or even go old school and pace of the distance from the yardage marker.  Not sure whether I would like a range finder or not.

Update:  I bought a rangefinder and can't imagine playing without it anymore.  Use my phone GPS off the tee to pick a club/line, but then use my range finder for approach shots.

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GPS is okay, but I would never want to be without my laser. 147 or 152 is not going to change my swing, but 45,50, and 55 are all hugely different shots. I get up and down a lot from those kind of distances, and "about 50 yards" just doesn't cut it. 

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I have and use both.  I use the GPS to determine carry distances off the tee, layup yardages and to identify hazards that my not be visible while standing on the tee or fairway. I also play very quickly so I will usually use the GPS to get a general yardage to the pin, or a carry number if the pin is tucked somewhere that requires an understanding of yardage depth. The rangefinder is used for shots under 140. That's where I am expected to knock it close and want a more precise yardage.

For me, it makes no difference knowing if the shot is 185 or 190 so the general yardage from the GPS is just fine. 

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I use laser range finder almost exclusively.  I will resort to GPS (phone) when the flag is obscured.  I will also use GPS when I’m laying up.  

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I use a Garmin GPS watch and my wife uses a Bushnell range finder.  She gives me exact yardage on par 3's, but I still like to know yardage to cover the front of the green and what yardage is going off the back.

This week while playing, my wife's laser battery died on the first hole and she had given her backup battery to a friend a month ago and didn't replace it.  I always make sure my GPS battery is charged enough for a round; I can get 4-5 rounds on it before charging.

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