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    Golf- Rangefinder and GPS, thoughts?

    I'd like to get a rangefinder (Bushnell) but its a little out of my price range right now. Has anyone ever used an SG2 Skycaddie (or something similar)? I've heard that the signal doesn't always pick up on the course and the battery life is a problem.

    Trying to keep it under $100 so I guess I get what I pay for.



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    Re: Golf- Rangefinder and GPS, thoughts?

    I take it this didn't answer your question?

    http://www.cyclonefanatic.com/forum/...nder-golf.html



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    Re: Golf- Rangefinder and GPS, thoughts?

    I just golf at places that have GPS in the cart. I like it a lot, but I think it has more to do with confidence than anything else. It's not like I can swing the yardage I was to at will.



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    Re: Golf- Rangefinder and GPS, thoughts?

    Nice memory. I guess I was more interested in the SG2 specifically since they don't sell it anymore and you can get them cheap.



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    Re: Golf- Rangefinder and GPS, thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cydole View Post
    I'd like to get a rangefinder (Bushnell) but its a little out of my price range right now. Has anyone ever used an SG2 Skycaddie (or something similar)? I've heard that the signal doesn't always pick up on the course and the battery life is a problem.

    Trying to keep it under $100 so I guess I get what I pay for.
    I guess the signal and battery life questions aren't answered in that thread. I have a SG3 so I just carry spare batteries. That's why I didn't get the one with a rechargeable battery. Picking up a signal usually isn't a problem unless you have weak batteries.



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    Re: Golf- Rangefinder and GPS, thoughts?

    I say play golf the way it was intended, by feel. Plus it is illegal in competition, unless I missed a rule change.



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    Re: Golf- Rangefinder and GPS, thoughts?

    Don't be a weenie. Just get out there and start hacking....



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    Re: Golf- Rangefinder and GPS, thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wallacelantz View Post
    I say play golf the way it was intended, by feel. Plus it is illegal in competition, unless I missed a rule change.
    you missed it...

    http://www.usga.org/news/2005/september/2005_68.html

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    Re: Golf- Rangefinder and GPS, thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cydole View Post
    I'd like to get a rangefinder (Bushnell) but its a little out of my price range right now. Has anyone ever used an SG2 Skycaddie (or something similar)? I've heard that the signal doesn't always pick up on the course and the battery life is a problem.

    Trying to keep it under $100 so I guess I get what I pay for.

    There is a place on Fleur in Des Moines, just south of Dahls and wakonda golf course. They will rent out GPS's for you to try and then you get that discounted if you decide to purchase it. Me personally I like to get play golf the old fashioned way. hit and look for the ball



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    Re: Golf- Rangefinder and GPS, thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wallacelantz View Post
    I say play golf the way it was intended, by feel. Plus it is illegal in competition, unless I missed a rule change.
    Nope, they are mostly legal. The ones with a "slope" function are currently illegal for tournament play.

    If golf was intended to play by feel, caddies wouldn't be walking around with yardage books for the PGA guys. There's a big difference between hitting a shot with feel, and knowing how far you need to hit a shot with feel. The pros know exact yardages, I don't see how it's unfair that amateurs shouldn't take advantage of technology that allows them to know exact yardages as well. The golf cart, yardage markers and rangefinder are roughly the same thing, IMO. The average guy's replacement for a caddy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave19642006 View Post
    There is a place on Fleur in Des Moines, just south of Dahls and wakonda golf course. They will rent out GPS's for you to try and then you get that discounted if you decide to purchase it. Me personally I like to get play golf the old fashioned way. hit and look for the ball
    Kinley's golf. It's a great place to do business.

    It's actually just south of McKinley but north of the airport entrance. It's the single story grey building that looks like a dive bar from the outside. It's nothing to look at outside, but they've got a great selection of golf gear and very helpful staff. In fact, I'd wager they have more actual useful stuff than places like Golf Galaxy.

    As far as GPS vs. rangefinder goes, they are both nice. I have a pinseeker as well as Intelligolf, and I usually use both on the course - the Intelligolf for keeping score and the pinseeker for getting yardages - mostly on Par 3s, and sometimes on approach shots. Used properly, they can speed up a round. On days where it's cart path only, you still end up WAGging it a bit unless you want to haul it along with you to where your ball actually is, especially if you're not sure of the yardage and what club you need to hit.

    I like the pinseeker better on the range as well, as you can get exact yardages to the range targets which are NEVER what they are labelled as.

    It's sort of a personal preference thing, IMO. If I had to just get one or the other, I think it'd be the pinseeker though.

    Also, nothing makes you look like more of an idiot than pulling out a rangefinder, shooting the pin, and then shaking one off into the woods. Ask me how I know.



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    Re: Golf- Rangefinder and GPS, thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by jumbopackage View Post
    Also, nothing makes you look like more of an idiot than pulling out a rangefinder, shooting the pin, and then shaking one off into the woods. Ask me how I know.
    that's another reason i like gps. more discreet.



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    Re: Golf- Rangefinder and GPS, thoughts?

    I've got more important things to focus on before I can handle this stuff. My 9 iron can go from 50 yards into the woods to 110 on the green. This stuff would be absolutely useless to me. Plus isn't that what the blue, white, and red stakes are for?


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    Re: Golf- Rangefinder and GPS, thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wallacelantz View Post
    I say play golf the way it was intended, by feel. Plus it is illegal in competition, unless I missed a rule change.
    If everyone had one pace of play would really improve. Especially if they put bumper guards along the fairways.


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    Re: Golf- Rangefinder and GPS, thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    I guess the signal and battery life questions aren't answered in that thread. I have a SG3 so I just carry spare batteries. That's why I didn't get the one with a rechargeable battery. Picking up a signal usually isn't a problem unless you have weak batteries.
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    Re: Golf- Rangefinder and GPS, thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonez7 View Post
    I've got more important things to focus on before I can handle this stuff. My 9 iron can go from 50 yards into the woods to 110 on the green. This stuff would be absolutely useless to me. Plus isn't that what the blue, white, and red stakes are for?
    It's been invaluable for dialing in distances for me, especially on the range. If your only frame of reference as to how far you hit a club is the markers in the fairway, you're only going to know within, say, 10 yards of what you hit your clubs. That's a full club for me between most of my irons, I don't know about you. You might be hitting your 9 Iron 120 and didn't know it.

    Those markers aren't horribly accurate to begin with, and they always measure to the center of the green. They also follow the shape of the hole, so if you're cutting a corner on a dogleg, say, you don't know how far you actually need to carry the ball in order to clear the hazard. That's one thing the GPS is VERY useful for, the rangefinder not so much.

    I'd say it's a useful tool for the guy who is making consistent contact, but probably less useful for someone that isn't. In that case, spend the money on lessons instead.



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