GPS Range Finders


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.

Garmin GPS Range FinderI 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.

Bushnell GPS Range FinderThe 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.

8 thoughts on “GPS Range Finders

  • November 9, 2016 at 9:40 pm
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    Nice, I could so with one of these rangefinders the next time I play golf with my friend, he usually whoops me because hes really good, nearly went pro. But I’m thinking I could narrow the gap with a top quality rangefinder now lol.

    Which rangefinder do you think has the best range and durability?

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    • November 15, 2016 at 5:52 pm
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      Hi Marley,
      Maybe one of these range finders would help you to make it a closer game with your friend. I use a GARMIN watch range finder, but a number of my golfing buddies use a Bushnell range finder. There are a number of different varieties of those to choose from.
      Good luck against your friend and thanks for your comments.
      Regards,
      Shawn

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  • November 13, 2016 at 7:04 pm
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    Shawn,
    Wow, I would have never known this device even existed. It constantly amazes me about Man’s Technology.and how there is constant advancement to what we can simplify. Since I am not a Golfer, I would assume you covered this item well, and listed some good GPS Range Finders.
    Speaking of Golf, keep your ears open to what is coming the week of Thanksgiving. I heard that Golf will be involved with this sooner or later. If you are interested you can PM me at WayneStewart.
    I can understand why they would ban the use of these devices for professionals. But, would not be surprised if down the road they might reconsider.
    Thanks for covering this well for those who might find this useful for their game.

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    • November 15, 2016 at 6:00 pm
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      Hi Wayne,
      It’s amazing what they can do with technology these days. Everything has changed, even the golf ball has changed over the years. All these changes to help the average golfer hit the ball longer. I think the pros are only allowed to rely on the advice of their caddies in terms of yardages. They know exactly how far they can hit each club, so a range finder would definitely give them an advantage, but if their caddies are good at what they do, the pro wouldn’t need a range finder.
      Thanks for your comments.
      Regards,
      Shawn

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  • December 22, 2016 at 7:20 pm
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    Hi there,
    I believe that you have discovered a diamond here. This is no doubt a great accessory for any golfer either starting-out, or who have been in the game for longer. It is a great invention no doubt and will sell well for you I hope.
    Price-wise, they are not out of reach of the ordinary golfer and will be of great assistance also. The technology is getting better every day…so we have no excuse now.
    Lots of succes to you,
    Cheers….Phil

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    • December 22, 2016 at 10:54 pm
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      Hi Phil,
      Thanks very much for your comments, I appreciate it. The GPS Range Finder does seem to be getting more popular. More and more of the golfers I play with have one in one form or another now. I personally have a Garmin watch version which I quite enjoy. I do know that some of the hand held ones that some of my friends have are more accurate because they measure to the pin and not to a certain location on the green. Both kinds at least give the golfer an idea of the yardage for their next shot to the green and if they know their distances with each club, then having one is a definite advantage to helping reduce their scores.
      Thanks again!

      Regards,
      Shawn

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  • December 26, 2016 at 4:45 pm
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    I do not play golf but I tell you this is pretty amazing, I have never heard of this technology until today, so to me this is new and my only responds is what will they think of next. It is great how technology is changing the way we do things, it is making life in a lot of ways more easy and find I my add. I know that golfers are glad with this device, it surely makes life more easy for them.

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    • December 26, 2016 at 4:50 pm
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      Hello Norman,
      Thank you for your comments. Technology is amazing today isn’t it. It has changed our lives in so many ways, including golf now. So many golfers that I know have some form of GPS Range Finder now. It just takes that guess work out of which club to use on the next shot, providing you have an idea of how far you can hit each club. You still have to make the shot, but at least it’s a little easier for you. I know that my friends and I love our GPS Range Finders!
      Regards,
      Shawn

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