Now that you know the best golf rangefinders on the market, it’s time to narrow down, making the most sense for your golf game. Here are a few questions that you should consider before purchasing a golf rangefinder.
Is Slope On A Rangefinder Worth It?
The slope on a golf rangefinder will give you an accurate representation of your yardage, regardless of the elevation. Therefore if you are hitting from a tee box that will send your shot directly downhill, your slope mode rangefinder will adjust the number for you. With a traditional golf rangefinder, you will simply get the non-adjusted distance. (You can see AEC Info’s review on Slope rangefinders here).
For those that are just learning the game or learning how to play a certain golf course, slope mode is a great feature. Slope mode is not legal in tournaments, and therefore it is essential that the slope can be turned off. Most players will find that slope can be helpful for certain very hilly courses. However, over time it is important to understand how elevation effects shots, even without the use of your rangefinder.
Is A Golf Rangefinder or a GPS Better?
If you talk to a golf purist, they will tell you that a rangefinder is the only way to go. Rangefinders are simple; they are to the point and give you the one number you need. With a Golf GPS, you won’t have to worry about a steady hand or finding your target, but you will only get front, center, and back yardages.
The golf GPS can also give pictures of a golf hole and that helps golfers get a visual idea of how to play the course. If you play a variety of golf courses, the GPS can be helpful. However, when you play the same course over and over, the rangefinder is the better tool. Getting that exact number to the pin can give a player so much more confidence in the shot they are about to make.
Is It Difficult To Narrow Down Your Target When Using A Golf Rangefinder?
You may hear horror stories from golfers that have struggled with rangefinders in the past. If you can’t get your hand steady or the rangefinder is not overly accurate, you may struggle to get the number you need.
This is why all of the rangefinders on our list have pin-seeking or vibration technology. These tools are in place to help a golfer understand when their rangefinder has locked in on a target. This technology is highly advanced, but it will be something that you will likely rely on quite heavily.
If you are concerned about getting incorrect or inaccurate yardage, choose a better model that has a program designed to provide some help to the golfer trying to find their yardage.
Hopefully, this information has helped you narrow down the choices that are out there. Without a doubt, the Bushnell and Nikon golf rangefinders steal the show. If you take care of your rangefinder properly, this is a tool that could outlast that new driver you just bought!