In the glorious sport of golf, determining how distant a hole is represents quite an important part of managing to actually put the well-known and beloved dimpled ball into it. Indeed, with the right idea of where your goal is, your chances of scoring are significantly higher than if you just starting swinging your golf club willy-nilly.
In this article, we’ll talk about golf rangefinders, a special breed of devices that can determine the distance between your-respectable-self and the designated spot you wish to pitch your ball towards.
Without further ado, here’s the deal.
The Difference between GPS and Laser Rangefinders
There are two types of golf course rangefinders currently available on the market at the moment- GPS rangefinders and laser rangefinders. While both types are perfectly capable of ‘telling’ the distance you wish to measure, there are still some noteworthy differences between the two.
As their name itself suggests, GPS rangefinders are contraptions that work based on the Global Positioning System, better known as simply- GPS. Since the golf course you find yourself at has already been mapped, the measurement you require will be performed instantly and you won’t really have to do any touchy work like positioning the device accordingly or making sure it doesn’t move about.
This rather attractive ability, however, does come at a price, as many GPS-based rangefinders work with a subscription-based software. Typically, there’s a monthly fee involved and you have to pay it in order to use the device when you want.
On the other hand, using laser rangefinders requires more of a ‘hands on’ approach. First off, you need to make sure that the end point you want to measure the distance from is in view of your device. When the point of reference is clearly visible and in range of the rangefinder, the laser will do its magic and determine the distance between yourself and your point of interest.
The potentially tricky thing about laser rangefinders, however, is that they demand a great deal of ‘handling finesse’ on your part. If you don’t hold the apparatus still while it’s measuring the distance, the end result might come in wrong or otherwise significantly inaccurate. (On the plus side, there’s no subscription fees involved with a laser rangefinder, so there’s that.)