Golf is one of those games where the knowledge of your environment determines whether you’ll win the game. This knowledge is what determines the clubs you’ll use, when you’ll use them, and where you’ll use them. Rangefinders are devices that were invented for this specific purpose. They enable the user to determine the distance between them and their targets as accurately as possible. Furthermore, they also give the user a good idea of the nature of their terrain. This enables them to make informed decisions about their next action. Golf rangefinders are invaluable to golfers from this point of view. Here are a few steps to help you invest in the best golf rangefinder for your specific golf needs.
One of the first things you’ll want to consider when buying a golf rangefinder is the technology being used. Today, the two most common technologies are laser and GPS.
The value of laser rangefinders is that they are excellent in real-time. As in, they tell you the distance between you and your target as you use them and they are quite accurate. The main drawback though is that you have to keep pointing the device at your target for it to tell you the distance.
GPS, on the other hand, has the advantage of preloading the golf course you’ll be playing on, in advance. For instance, if you know you’ll be playing at the Fictional Golfer’s Golf Club, on your way to the venue, you can tell it to load the necessary information and data for that golf course. It will do that immediately and once you get to your destination, you’ll go right to playing your sweet game and only consulting the device when you need info about your next target or terrain. The main drawback of GPS rangefinders is that they may not always have accurate information about your surroundings. Don’t be surprised if you find a hole in an area that the GPS indicates there should be a forest.
I won’t say that you should pick laser over GPS or vice versa. Honestly, from my experience, it depends on you. There are those who prefer GPS and there are those who find the laser to be more convenient. The only way to determine the best is for you to try both of them and depending on your needs and preferences, determine the one you’d like to use. You can do more research to acquire more information or hang out with friends using golf rangefinders of the different technologies to gather information about which one you’d like to invest in.
I could go on forever about features because rangefinders have been around for over a century (since the 1880s). The rangefinder technology has been advancing for that long and it keeps doing so. That means there are so many features that have been developed for these devices for over a century. You can look at a golf rangefinder review for all the possible features available in these devices. Nevertheless, some features have a higher priority than others do. You’ll find cool features like temperature, wind speed, air pressure, among others. In my experience, the features that are the most important during practice are:
- Slope Calculation
- Club Selection
- Accurate distance calculation
- The Ability To Distinguish Between Your Target And Foreign Objects
- Water Resistance
Note that I’ve written, “important during practice” because, in an official tournament, you may not be allowed to use some features. So let them help you develop your skills when they can. There are many other features you’ll come across but the above six are the most important ones. Secondary to those are the others I mentioned earlier.
Golf rangefinders are great. In fact, they are so great that it is common for people to love them so much that they have difficulty playing without them. The problem with this is that there are features in rangefinders that are not allowed in an official golf tournament by the USGA. It will be a shame and very disappointing, thinking that you are going to win that tournament because you have your awesome rangefinder, only for it to be confiscated as soon as you enter the golf course. To prevent this unfortunate scenario from taking place, ensure that the golf rangefinder you invest your money, time, and love, has the approval of the USGA.
The above three are the key things you should consider when buying a golf rangefinder. Other things will depend on individual preferences. Heed the above guidelines and you are sure to invest in a golf rangefinder that will serve you well.