Professional tips for making the most out of your golf rangefinder
About two decades ago, only a professional golfer could afford using a golf rangefinder, not because they were too difficult to operate, but because the cost rose to whopping amounts and unless you won some money at tournaments, there was no way to justify something that expensive. Now, things have changed and rangefinders aren’t the exclusive luxury items they used to be. Granted, some high-end models can cost more, but the average device is affordable enough for an amateur. And indeed amateurs buy them; sometimes, because they make them feel like successful golfers, other times, because they come in handy. These devices are an amazing time saver on the course and give you more control over your performance, because they tell you how far you hit. However, owning a rangefinder is not the same as knowing as to use it. Many times, those who buy such a gadget don’t know how to use it or don’t know how to use it well enough to make the most out of its features. Read below some simple tips and tricks that will help you understand and use it better and click here to access in-depth reviews of Bushnell’s most popular golf rangefinders.
Beginner golf players are often confused by the fact that a rangefinder might not show distances in the same way or that it might be inconsistent. Contrary to common belief, this is not because there’s something wrong with your product and that you should return it. In fact, even on the same course, the same gadget can provide different readings, depending on the conditions. GPS devices don’t have this problem, but laser ones do, because they don’t have built-in maps. On a clear day, it will tell you exactly the distance to your target, but if the sky is cloudy or too bright, it will not work to its maximum capacity. For best results, use your rangefinder around sunset; that’s when you a device can give even better results than it was programmed to. However, lighting is not the only factor that you should consider. The angle at which you use it and the shape of the objects matter a lot too.
If the user manual that comes with the product is not clear enough, then count on the help of the golfing community, especially the ones on YouTube. There are plenty of golf channel where users review products and explain how they work and watching them is a good idea if you want to slip reading the manual. Last, but not least, each model comes with its own technology (PinSeeker, PinHunter and so on), and this is the one that will help you the most. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, always give the rangefinder a try in your own yard rather than taking it straight on the course. It will help you familiarize yourself with it, test all its features and see under which conditions it works at its finest.