Are you looking for a distance-measuring device? Well, your GPS tracker and smart phone apps might do the trick but they fall short on locking the target and analyzing slope. Fortunately, a golf range finder determines the distances or the range of your targets on the golf course more precisely, especially those with a built in slope technology. However, note that you can’t use slope function in a tournament play, so you must turn it off.
Most golf range finders are also compact and light in weight so you can toss them in your golf bag after practice. But are they really necessary? Absolutely, yes! Once you are attached to one, you’ll never play golf without it. So which type should you choose?
The Categories of golf range finders
They are available in 3 main categories:
- Laser Rangefinder
- GPS Rangefinder
- Optical Rangefinder
Interestingly, they all accomplish similar functions however different they are. We will discuss each category in detail below. But first, below are a few tips and tricks to get the best results when using a golf range finder:
- Always ensure you check the magnification, range and increment before you buy a rangefinder. Most importantly, choose one that has a variety of magnification levels. You need this specification in case you would like to have a view of the whole golf course or focus on a certain target.
- You tend to achieve a more unobstructed visibility of the target when you use a rangefinder while standing off the tee.
- Golfing and tidiness always go together. Clean the eyehole and the lens before returning the rangefinder back to its case. This is standard procedure for professionals as well as learners.
- It is important to carry an extra battery in case you are using a laser rangefinder. This guarantees you of uninterrupted golf sessions.
- Purchase a rangefinder with the maximum level passing the longest hole. Ensure it is adjustable to the very end.
- Always focus on a particular target on the golf course before you swing. Your eyes need to be comfortable in the process.
- Ensure the eyehole is adjustable on the hole that comes first on the gadget. This will create your comfort during the entire round.
In case of unobstructed view
- Grasp the scope steady to the eye and place yourself in the fairway besides the ball holding a clear view of the hole.
- Put the flagstick’s bottom in line the view finder’s green.
- Read carefully the figures in line with the top of the flagstick to obtain your yardage. Afterwards, choose the next golf club and pan it off.
For obstructed view
- Ensure golf scope’s bottom line and the flagstick’s low stripe are in line.
- Line up the number with flagstick’s top.
- Obtain the distance by multiplying the number of the stripe flagstick’s top number then divide the number by eight.
The Laser Rangefinder and how it works
This device employs a laser beam technology (red lights) that is advanced. It is mostly for the purpose of determining distance. It works by projection of the laser beam in the direction of the target at the beginning. Automatically, you get a reflection from the target to the device’s laser beam. Calculation of distance is achieved by determining the time the beam takes to return to the rangefinder.
In as much as the technology has become popular among golfers, it has its share of downsides. For example, it is not easy to determine a slope using this rangefinder. Luckily,