How Does Your Golf Game Measure Up? Laser vs GPS
Every golfer needs to know accurate yardages in order to stick that next iron shot close to the pin. When it comes to distance measurement on the golf course, you have a few options to help dial in your yardage. Let us take a closer look at the features of two of the most popular choices available.
Laser rangefinders are great for giving exact “to the pin” yardages and also other potential hazards or markers such as trees, water, and bunkers. Lasers will work anywhere and anytime as long as you have battery power and a clear line of sight to the target. Be aware, laser rangefinders specifically made for golf have different characteristics allowing them to identify a pin flag or target that non-golf lasers might not be able to do. Lasers can have any number of features integrated which not only includes distance measurement, but also windage and slope. If you are playing competitively, it is a good idea to have a device that only measures distance.
If you’re in the GPS camp, the obvious benefits are a handy display of yardages to the front, middle, and back of greens and also hazards. Most GPS devices typically provide a general distance to specific areas instead of an exact yardage to pin and do not require line of sight. For many of us, it is easy to get caught up in how far is needed to carry a pin, instead of focusing how far is needed to simply reach a green. GPS stands for Global Positioning System and is dependant on satellite signals to locate where you are at any given time. GPS golf devices rely on golf course “mapping” to function properly. So it is best to check online and use a reputable brand that has your local courses available in its database.
Whether you are a fan of lasers or GPS, a distance measuring device is a must have for any golfer wanting to improve their game. Shop wisely, plan a budget, and do plenty of research before making a decision. It is important to note that for most amateur competitive tournaments, distance measuring devices are allowed but should only measure distance. It is always a good idea to check the Rules of Golf and the tournament you will be playing for specific details.