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Rangefinder for Older Players?

 Bluefan75 ·  
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One of the regular playing partners is 70 years old, but still hits a pretty good ball. I have noted to him that a rangefinder, and thus knowing the exact distance will be worth a few shots to him. His problem is that, he has never really been able to close one eye while looking out the other. He tried to use my Bushnell 1500, but just could not get a view.

While the first thought would be a GPS, he knows the course so well it really doesn't give much information.

Is anyone aware of an option where one could get rangefinder precision without needing to put it right to your eye like usual?

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  • cristphotocristphoto Members  4062WRX Points: 415Handicap: 7Posts: 4,062 Titanium Tees
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    Simply put your hand over your outside eye - not difficult.

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  • puresurfrpuresurfr Members  2363WRX Points: 242Posts: 2,363 Platinum Tees
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    there are range finder binoculars but they are pricey

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  • Bluefan75Bluefan75 Members  4149WRX Points: 387Posts: 4,149 Titanium Tees
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    cristphoto, it actually is difficult for him. Saw him trying it. Hs 70. Stuff gets tough sometimes at that age.
    puresurfr, thanks for the info. Apparently binoculars have always been difficult for him, so not sure those are an option.

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  • swgolferswgolfer GoLow2 Members  377WRX Points: 101Handicap: 3Posts: 377 Greens
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    That is exactly what will change the market if someone can get laser accuracy without having to hold and Aim a device.....!

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    On -, @swgolfer said:

    That is exactly what will change the market if someone can get laser accuracy without having to hold and Aim a device.....!

    You have to wonder if you can't do something similar to a digital camera with a picture of what you are looking at and then just locking on that way.

    I'll take a 2% royalty for the idea :)

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    I'm sure the concept is in trail somewhere but probably many challenges grabbing a little flag without everything else and the technology would be cost prohibitive.....Laser prices continue to drop as quality Laser technology is available to everyone now and I doubt that many people would pay $700 for new technology when Lasers work great at $200 and less and headed lower.

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  • PepperturboPepperturbo Midwest and SouthwestMembers  16996WRX Points: 1,082Handicap: 4-5Posts: 16,996 Titanium Tees
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    On -, @Bluefan75 said:

    One of the regular playing partners is 70 years old, but still hits a pretty good ball. I have noted to him that a rangefinder, and thus knowing the exact distance will be worth a few shots to him. His problem is that, he has never really been able to close one eye while looking out the other. He tried to use my Bushnell 1500, but just could not get a view.

    While the first thought would be a GPS, he knows the course so well it really doesn't give much information.

    Is anyone aware of an option where one could get rangefinder precision without needing to put it right to your eye like usual?

    I find that interesting. Being a shooter much of my younger years and hunter, we keep both eyes open when looking through the scope, and do that with my rangefinder and binoculars. My Bushnell Pro 1600 tournament and some other rangefinders have extendable and adjustable oculars'. It may have more to do with the dominant eye. That shouldn't be a limitation.

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    On -, @Bluefan75 said:

    cristphoto, it actually is difficult for him. Saw him trying it. Hs 70. Stuff gets tough sometimes at that age.
    puresurfr, thanks for the info. Apparently binoculars have always been difficult for him, so not sure those are an option.

    Then he should probably use a GPS.

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  • swgolferswgolfer GoLow2 Members  377WRX Points: 101Handicap: 3Posts: 377 Greens
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    Multiple GPS options at low cost, Golf Buddy Voice 2 is the easiest to use just turn on and go.....no scrolling and the Phantom works well too just have to toggle it to the course or hole.

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    On -, @Pepperturbo said:

    On -, @Bluefan75 said:

    One of the regular playing partners is 70 years old, but still hits a pretty good ball. I have noted to him that a rangefinder, and thus knowing the exact distance will be worth a few shots to him. His problem is that, he has never really been able to close one eye while looking out the other. He tried to use my Bushnell 1500, but just could not get a view.

    While the first thought would be a GPS, he knows the course so well it really doesn't give much information.

    Is anyone aware of an option where one could get rangefinder precision without needing to put it right to your eye like usual?

    I find that interesting. Being a shooter much of my younger years and hunter, we keep both eyes open when looking through the scope, and do that with my rangefinder and binoculars. My Bushnell Pro 1600 tournament and some other rangefinders have extendable and adjustable oculars'. It may have more to do with the dominant eye. That shouldn't be a limitation.

    Another shooter here. I was taught both eyes open and I do it with my range finder as well.

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  • YoungJediYoungJedi Ottertail, MnMembers  1561WRX Points: 328Posts: 1,561 Platinum Tees
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    Not to be snide, but can’t someone else shoot the yardage for him?

    I’ve played with plenty of people who don’t own a range finder. I’ve got no problem shooting it for them and telling them.

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    Easy fix, just make a small blinder for one side of the rangefinder. He can hold the range finder and blinder in the same hand or put some velcro on both the range finder and the blinder. Then he can look through with both eyes open regardless of which is the dominant eye.

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    A buddy got one that worked at arm's length. Had a LCD display. Seemed to work fine.

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  • LAslicerLAslicer Members  75WRX Points: 65Posts: 75 Fairways
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    While the first thought would be a GPS, he knows the course so well it really doesn't give much information.

    I use GPS and play the same course every week. The one I use allows you move the pin cursor anywhere on the green (or anywhere on the course really) to get a distance. My course also uses pin zones so it presets the pin to the middle of whichever zone I choose. Plenty of info you can use with a GPS even on a course you know.

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    On -, @LAslicer said:

    While the first thought would be a GPS, he knows the course so well it really doesn't give much information.

    I use GPS and play the same course every week. The one I use allows you move the pin cursor anywhere on the green (or anywhere on the course really) to get a distance. My course also uses pin zones so it presets the pin to the middle of whichever zone I choose. Plenty of info you can use with a GPS even on a course you know.

    Which GPS do you use?

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    On -, @KenRobie said:

    Easy fix, just make a small blinder for one side of the rangefinder. He can hold the range finder and blinder in the same hand or put some velcro on both the range finder and the blinder. Then he can look through with both eyes open regardless of which is the dominant eye.

    Couldn't the golfer simply close one eye? It's hard to understand how this is such a problem. Maybe I'm missing something.

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  • LAslicerLAslicer Members  75WRX Points: 65Posts: 75 Fairways
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    On -, @Bluefan75 said:

    On -, @LAslicer said:

    While the first thought would be a GPS, he knows the course so well it really doesn't give much information.

    I use GPS and play the same course every week. The one I use allows you move the pin cursor anywhere on the green (or anywhere on the course really) to get a distance. My course also uses pin zones so it presets the pin to the middle of whichever zone I choose. Plenty of info you can use with a GPS even on a course you know.

    Which GPS do you use?

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