GPS vs Rangefinder

Essentially there are two different types of distance measuring devices on the market.  The GPS, or Global Positioning System, which allows the users position, and that of the target to be located. The alternative device, the Rangefinder works by emitting laser beams at the push of a button, the beams bounce off the users target and the rangefinder’s high speed clock measures the total time it took from when the beams left the unit until they returned.

The GPS is a small device that you can easily clip onto your bag, trundler, or golf cart or GPS technology built in to a watch.  Wherever you are on the course, you’ll know the distance to the front, centre and back of the green. The distances can vary a little depending on the satellites and the mapping technique, but are generally vey accurate.  Most GPS units now have bluetooth connectivity which means that you can connect them to an app on your smart phone and update your device periodically.  The GPS watch has come a long way since it’s inception in design so most wouldn’t realise that your casual looking watch can give you distances on the golf course too.

The Rangefinder is more exact, often to within a metre of two.  You will need a direct line of sight to the flag however.  The rangefinder was traditionally preferred by the better player but over the years we’ve found more players now tending to choose a Rangefinder.  The Rangefinder usually comes in a carry case which you can attach to your bag.  If you have a steady hand then a Rangefinder is easy to use and isn’t limited to aiming at a flag stick, they can be used to accertain the distance to a tree on the corner of a dogleg or to a bunker.  Ideal for practice too, if you hit 10 shots with your 7 iron you can walk to the middle of your grouping and laser back to your starting point to get your average distance for that club.

A couple of companies have bought out units that do both, a GPS and Rangefinder in one!  The Garmin Z80 and the Bushnell Hybrid. These units are great, as they provide the best of both world’s.  Also, if you aren’t sure as to whether to go for a GPS or Rangefinder then you can have both!

Ultimately it is personal preference as to whether you go for a GPS or Rangefinder.  Either way, you aren’t going to be scrambling around looking for a distance marker or sprinkler head, especially on a course you are unfamiliar with.  Both units have their pros and cons, but there is one thing for sure, if you haven’t been using anything to date then you’ll become much more aware of how far you actually hit the ball, essentially educating yourself over time the right club for the distance you have.

Check out our great range of GPS Units and Rangefinders.

Happy golfing

Scott Pickett – Golf 360

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