GPS range finders have become popular items in golfer’s bags over the past few years. Now that the price has come down, more and more golfers are purchasing them. The reason for the interest is that many golfers know how far they can hit each golf club, yardage wise, so the range finder helps determine how far their next shot will be, so it makes it easier for club selection. Professional golfers are not allowed to use them. Instead they have to rely on the yardage calculations that their caddies determine before each round of golf.
I know a number of my golfing buddies who have either hand held GPS range finders or you can buy GPS watches that have courses built into them. I personally have a GARMIN GPS Watch that has around 10,000 golf courses loaded into the watch. Every time you play a course, you load the course from a drop down list on your watch. It then tells you three yardage amounts, depending on where the flag is on the green. For example, if it’s a red flag then the watch would say one yardage amount, if it was a white flag then it would say another yardage and finally, if it was a blue flag on the green, there would be another yardage, so it’s not quite as accurate as the Bushnell hand held range finders, as an example.
The beauty of the hand held range finders is that the distances displayed on the screen are based on the distance from where you are standing, relative to the flag on the green, so it’s much more accurate than the watch GPS range finders, but they are also more expensive.
These make for an excellent gift for the serious golfer in your family. There is a wide variety of range finders on the market these days. Check out this link to see what I mean. I hope that you find one that fits your needs.