Golf RangeFinder Advice

By Jackson Lewis

Before Jan. 1, 2006, distance measuring devices were not approved for local play. Range finders have since been approved for amateur play of all levels. Range finders help determine the distance to the hole or a target point on the golf course, allowing you to make a better club selection for your shot. Range finders also help during practice to determine how far you hit each club.

How Does a Range Finder Work?

The two common types of are laser and GPS-equipped. Each has advantages. A laser range finder will provide the exact distance to an aim point capable of reflecting the laser back. A GPS device provides an estimated distance based on your location and GPS mapping of the course. Its accuracy is based on the satellite fix and the mapping of the golf course.

How to Use a Range Finder to Lower Your Scores

Range finders help you lower your scores in three ways: 1. Course management; 2. Providing true distance to the hole; and 3. Establishing how far you hit each club during practice. Knowing the distance to an aim point or the hole can help you make a better club selection for the required shot. If you're trying t avoid a hazard, a range finder helps you better tailor your layup. When practicing, a range finder will help determine how far you it each club. Without one, it can be difficult to establish baseline distances for your irons and woods.

Picking a Golf Range Finder

You can find golf range finders at most local stores or through online retailers. When choosing a range finder, consider how much money you can spend. If you just want the distance to the hole, a laser device might prove to be more appropriate and less expensive. Many GPS devices require a monthly or annual fee for the mapping services.

About The Author

Based in Memphis, Jackson Lewis has been writing on technology-related material for 10 years with a recent emphasis on golf and other sports. He has been freelance writing for Demand Media since 2008. Lewis holds a Master of Science in computer science from the United States Naval Postgraduate School.


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