Every golf player, either amateur or pro, knows that the road to a better game starts with better distance control. And the distance control starts with knowing how far each club will take your shots consistently. The easiest way to measure the distance your shots are covering is to use a laser rangefinder. All you need is to point it and it will read the distance.
Also, on the course, a rangefinder can be very helpful when measuring how far your shot needs to go, and thus make the decision which club to use much easier. So here are some things to have in mind when choosing the best rangefinder for yourself.
There are many rangefinders that boast with ability to measure distances of a mile or two. Many of them actually fail to deliver on that promise, but that is a different problem. The real question is do you actually need a rangefinder that can measure accurately beyond 600-800 yards? For golf courses, you don’t. Measuring precision is more important than such crazy maximum distances.
When it comes to the range, on a golf course it is more important the minimum distance.
Being able to accurately measure a distance to the object you are aiming at is useless if you can’t see what you are targeting. A rangefinder with 5 times magnification is minimum, anything under is just barely usable or absolutely useless.
Incline and decline measuring
One very useful option for a rangefinder to have is the ability to detect the inclination of slopes and display compensation for them. Though they are absolutely illegal to be used competitively, they are extremely useful for practice.
One of the features that are often neglected by people is the way their equipment is stored, especially when it comes to various gadgets and electronics. Rangefinders have very sensitive parts inside of them, whose precision and proper functioning depend on proper alignment. Dropping them even on the soft grass, or shaking them too much can have a huge negative effect on their precision.
You absolutely want it to come with a sturdy carrying case that will protect it from mechanical shocks when not in use.
Many rangefinders have numerous additional features like GPS coordinates display, 2D course mapping, crosshairs with static distance markings, windage, weather conditions display, and so on. In some cases, these can be helpful, but most of the time they just create a visual noise that makes them hard and cumbersome to use. You should avoid rangefinders that have options you don’t need.
When playing golf consistency and distance control are things that will take your game to a higher level. Hopefully, you now have a clear understanding of what kind of rangefinder will help you get your scores lower.