Now that it's legal, Going to use a rangefinder?

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  • mljones99mljones99 Members Posts: 1,844 ✭✭
    Yes. I plan on placing a PUD order for a Pinseeker 1500 next week. Our local rep says Bushnell is 2-4 weeks behind on production due to the demand since they are legal.
  • progolferchprogolferch Members Posts: 498 ✭✭
    I for the most part will not use one. The only time that the possibility might be is during practice rounds for a tourney. Some of the caddies of tour pros do that so I guess that it will be alright to some extent for me.
  • RiuzziRiuzzi Kwok'd! Marshals Posts: 2,766
    I wanna get a Nikon 500g. I don't know how much I'll use it on my home course, but like others have said, it's a definite advantage when playing on new and unfamiliar courses.
  • nikkthestikknikkthestikk Members Posts: 57
    I have used both the Bushnel YTP and the Skycaddie, and the Skycaddie is much more convenient. Skycaddie also plays to the "I go by sight" crowd, as you can reference it at a glance, and then concentrate your efforts on evaluating what you see.



    I had many more instances with the Rangefinder where I set it down and started to doubt what I had measured.



    The idea should be to give more accurate yardage to the player without taking more time. I am starting a collection of water balls in my bag to throw at people who cant put down their rangefinders long enough to play golf.



    I will not play a new course without one or the other... If the rules permit...
  • sync71sync71 Jr. Boomers Posts: 1,534
    I don't plan on buying a rangefinger at this point in time I might in time though. I would probably forget to use it most of the time.
  • lidomkjlidomkj Members Posts: 457
    always used one even though they were not legal. I only use it for new courses or the first couple of times. On my regular course, I already know the yardage and where I typically hit from and do not need it.



    Most of the time it is in the bag, but pulled out when play is slow (can check out some of the hot cart girls from a distance!)
  • ultra45ultra45 Members Posts: 568 ✭✭
    I actually emailed the rcga last night about the ruling on range finders and have not had an answer yet. It says the range finder can be used for distance only. The pinseeker 1500 with slope takes the elevation change into account to give you a more accurate distance. In the rule, gradient may have to do with the slope of the ground you are hitting from, which will also affect club selection.
  • LegacyUserLegacyUser Guests Posts: 0
    The Bushnell Pinseeker is great. Many happy customers. The 1500 w/slope is illegal for play, but I use it for practice.



    We have 4 in stock right now at Bushnell Pinseeker 1500 w/Slope . Use coupon code golfwrx07 for an additional 7% off. Shipping included.



    They will not be available again until March as the demand is so high. Thanks.
  • bantam  bantam Members Posts: 242
    I am confused. The Bushnell website seems to indicate even the one with slope is legal. Does anyone know for sure? I also read the golf magazine that says they are illegal. One of my friends says it is not so.
  • tylerbrowder8-4tylerbrowder8-4 Members Posts: 1,186 ✭✭
    i think they are making golf too easy



    this is spost to be the the hardest sport in the world
  • YooperYooper Members Posts: 91
    Making golf to easy....lmao. If you don't put in your time practicing a rangefinder isn't going to do you any good!!!! I have played with a bushnell yardage pro for almost 3 years now. The benefits of having a rangefinder are many. The biggest benefit to me is having one for practice sessions. My rangefinder has really helped me dial in my distances in my short game(100yds and in). Another great benefit is if you hit your drive a mile right or left. I know I'm not suppose to be over there but hey.. bad swings happen. With in seconds I will know the distance to the flag and all the guess work will be gone. Saves a bunch of time too....no need to sit there and walk everything out. Pro golfers have had this advantage on us for years. Almost all pro caddies use rangefinders in practice rounds to get the distances right so I don't see why you wouldn't want to have one to do the same. I believe having a rangefinder has helped my game more then any new driver or iron that I have ever bought....period!!!
  • pitbull808pitbull808 Putter Hoarder Marshals Posts: 9,367 mod
    Yooper wrote on Feb 12 2006, 08:27 PM:


    Making golf to easy....lmao. If you don't put in your time practicing a rangefinder isn't going to do you any good!!!! I have played with a bushnell yardage pro for almost 3 years now. The benefits of having a rangefinder are many. The biggest benefit to me is having one for practice sessions. My rangefinder has really helped me dial in my distances in my short game(100yds and in). Another great benefit is if you hit your drive a mile right or left. I know I'm not suppose to be over there but hey.. bad swings happen. With in seconds I will know the distance to the flag and all the guess work will be gone. Saves a bunch of time too....no need to sit there and walk everything out. Pro golfers have had this advantage on us for years. Almost all pro caddies use rangefinders in practice rounds to get the distances right so I don't see why you wouldn't want to have one to do the same. I believe having a rangefinder has helped my game more then any new driver or iron that I have ever bought....period!!!






    I totally agree. What's the difference if you look at a yardage marker and see it's 150 yards to the green and if you use a rangefinder and it says 153 yards. You still have to hit the shot. The rangefinder just allows you to speed up your play and has nothing to do with the shot making.
  • tarragattarragat Members Posts: 8
    I'd probably use one. It will help me decide on whether to hit a thin 8-iron over the green or a fat 7-iron short of it!!



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  • noodle3872noodle3872 Chilliwack B.C. CanadaMembers Posts: 2,652 ✭✭
    now that it's legal, if you have a rangefinder, you'd be crazy not to use it!!! my bushnell pinseeker 1500 slope is worth every penny. but remember, you still gotta hit the shot!!!!!!!!!!
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  • LegacyUserLegacyUser Guests Posts: 0
    what is the best range finder in everyone's opinion? i am looking for one to use whne i go paly courses i havent played before



    thanks
  • dtgolderdtgolder Members Posts: 196
    Been using one for 2 years now, and I wouldn't play without one.



    Be considerate to your fellow players and get one. It speeds up everyone's play, and it makes the game more enjoyable IMHO.
  • Ben DavisBen Davis Members Posts: 25
    Just bought a sky caddie can't white till it come in image/wink.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />
  • phil75070phil75070 Members Posts: 1,888 ✭✭
    SkyGolf's SkyCaddie for me.
  • ixcafeixcafe Members Posts: 23
    edited Mar 7, 2006 #50
    I carry a simple optical rangefinder, and use it from time to time.



    Knowing actual distance-to-pin boosts my confidence level, especially in rough,

    I simply have one less thing to worry about.



    Knowing actual distance-to-pin also gradually trains my sense of distance. So next time

    I need lay it up, I can forget about rangefinder or landmarks, and solely rely on my instinct.
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  • cogi59cogi59 #makemorebirdies Members Posts: 571 ✭✭
    I'll defnitely be using the rangefinder from now on...they're allowing in NCAA play and it's much easier and faster
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  • Ken_In_CAKen_In_CA Members Posts: 617
    I'll be using one, actually I am using one. I don't get to be on the course very often, but go to the range atleast once a week. I usually measure off each target from where I'm hitting from... Don't trust their markers. Plus I get to get accurate distance to bunkers, bumps/hills and brown spots etc.



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  • LegacyUserLegacyUser Guests Posts: 0
    Just picked up a Bushnell Pinseeker 1500 w\slope - do not play competitive or tournament golf.



    Have used the range finder a few times and found it to be very helpful - especially on par 3s with large elevation changes. So far very impressed and anyone who I have shown\tried the range finder has been impressed as well.



    Do not have a membership at a club so I play different courses all the time. For me the range finder will be the most helpful when deciding whether to hit over a hazard or not. More so on courses I do not know or cannot remember how I played the hole in the past.
  • easyyyeasyyy Founder & Still a Ho DetroitRules Official, Administrator Posts: 12,285 admin
    Looks like bushnell is caught up to this issue. I am interested now. I was playing last week and a guy had one. It was fun. The yardage I had come up with didnt match the Bushnell. I was off a few times +/- 5 yards. I was fun anyway. I am liking the pinseeker 1500 tournament edition. No slope with this model.





    Here are the available Bushnell Models:





    1500 Tournament Edition



    * Magnification: 7 power

    * Range: 5-1500 yards/meters

    * 350 + yards to a flag

    * Pinseeker mode zeros in on flag

    * Scan feature displays multiple ranges while panning

    * Completely waterproof

    * Size: 1.7 x 5.1 x 3.7

    * Powered by a 9-volt battery (not included)



    1500 Slope Edition



    * Provides golfer with a compensated distance based upon the degree of incline or decline

    * Magnification: 7 power

    * Range: 5-1500 yards/meters

    * 350 + yards to a flag

    * Pinseeker mode zeros in on flag

    * Scan feature displays multiple ranges while panning

    * Completely waterproof

    * Size: 1.7 x 5.1 x 3.7

    * Powered by a 9-volt battery (not included)
  • i_luv_golf_i_luv_golf_ Jr. Boomers Posts: 428
    yes but since i dont know where / who to ask so in my practice rounds ill just make a note of what ardage i had from where yesterday
  • nikemikenikemike Members Posts: 987
    Just ordered a Bushnell Pinseeker 1500. I've played in several tournaments where this would have come in handy. Now I can't wait for the next tourney (June 3).
  • DuckyDucky Members Posts: 927
    lidomkj wrote on Jan 26 2006, 08:04 AM:


    Most of the time it is in the bag, but pulled out when play is slow (can check out some of the hot cart girls from a distance!)


    Good thinking!



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  • greyman09greyman09 Members Posts: 622 ✭✭
    Never leave home without mine
  • dcmidnightdcmidnight Marshals, BST Volunteer Mods Posts: 11,682 mod
    I love the SkyCaddie for courses that are mapped and have a Yardage Pro Tour for those that arent.



    To me its simply about saving time and has nothing to do with whether I am 150 or 152. I figured it easily saves me a minute per hole at least, especially on long Par 5s where it might be on two shots.



    SkyCaddie has the added benefit of helping on doglegs or times you are out of the fairway and not near a marker. Instant idea of what the yardage is when no markers are in sight.



    While I love pacing off yardages too, I like playing faster even more. I love the SC and being able to stop right at the ball, get out and know the front middle back yardages without doing anything. Think about if each member of the foursome could save 15 minutes per round.
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  • golfdownundergolfdownunder Members Posts: 52
    I use them more to work out how far i'm flying the ball that the biggest help for me.
  • Xt1ncTXt1ncT Englishman in NZ :) Members Posts: 334
    I just bought an iGolf GPS Caddie and used it for the first time on Saturday.



    What an excellent device, gives you yardage to the front, centre and back of the green. You can also click the button from where you hit your shot, walk to your ball and press the button again and it tells you how far you hit it - great for the practise range at our course, I'll be able to work out how far I hit all my clubs, and also calibrate my "Pelz" wedge system.



    Another great feature is that you can add up to 8 custom points per hole. So you can measure to front middle and back pin positions and add them, and also add bunkers/hazards etc and add them. I downloaded 4 courses that I play regularly and you can get a lot more from the site - there is a subscription of $20 a year, but that's not much to get upto 50 courses a year.
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