There are a lot of misconceptions about the equipment used in golf. For example, the type of golf clubs beginner and intermediate golfers use is inconsequential. Their focus should be consistency and improving ball contact. There is one tool in golf that is a must though. That tool is a golf rangefinder.
The most basic function of a golf rangefinder is to let the golfer know how far away the hole is. Beyond this, it can be used to measure many distances, such as the front or back of the green, hazards, layup spots, and more. Knowing these distances can be crucial when it comes to being confident and playing your best.
This is where golf range finders come in. This excellent tool can give you very precises measurements, allowing you to know within a half of a yard distances of 250 yards or more. This helps you confidently decide on which club to use, as well as how much power to put into your swing.
No More Dependency on Yardage Markers
While it’s true many golf courses provide yardage markers on the course, sometimes through wooden stakes that represent 100, 150, or 200 yards from the front or center of the green. Other times distances will be placed on sprinkler heads or other markers throughout the course. But there are a number of problems that can arise, not the least of which is sometimes there just aren’t any markers at all!
Let’s say you find a sprinkler head with a marking of 176 yards. This is a good find, and it certainly gives you some valuable information. But is it saying the distance is 176 yards to the front of the green? To the center of the green? The back? If the green is large, say, 20 yards, that distance could be off by a fair amount. Then when you take into account the numerous variations of pin placements, you still have to do a good amount of guesswork.
A rangefinder for golf takes all of this guesswork out. They can tell you the distance to the front of the green, the center of the green, the back of the green, as well as the pin itself, all simultaneously and within a couple of seconds. You are no longer at the mercy of being able to find markers throughout the course and hoping the markers are accurate when you do find them.
Know Exactly Which Golf Club to Use on Every Shot
Something that is sometimes overlooked with rangefinders is that they aren’t just for measuring the distance to your target. You can also use these invaluable golf aids after your shot to determine exactly how far you just hit the ball. This information is extremely valuable to help accurately narrow in on the ranges of each club in your bag. You can also get instant feedback as you experiment with different power levels on the same golf club.
When you have a good understanding of how far you can hit each club comfortably, all you need to know is the distance and choosing the club just becomes second nature. Not only will this speed up your game (for this reason alone we think EVERYONE should use one!), it will also boost your confidence because you now have and are using empirical data to back up your club choice.
Uphill or Downhill Golf Shots are No Longer a Problem
Many golfers tend to under hit uphill shots and over hit downhill shots. This is because uphill shots actually play longer because the ball flight on the golf ball is cut short. Conversely, on downhill shots the ball flight is extended, which naturally provides more distance and therefore causing the hole to play shorter.
Even when you remember to take into account the uphill or downhill aspect of a shot, left to our own devices we can do little better than guess wildly how much affect the uphill or downhill will have on the distance we should shoot for. Again, a rangefinder for golf can eliminate this issue. Many golf yardage finders have a slope feature, which takes into account the uphill or downhill angle and includes this information in the measurement it gives you for your target. Some of the upper end models will even account for wind and barometric pressure!
Get Yourself a Golf Rangefinder
In conclusion, a rangefinder is a very useful tool for every golfer out there. We would argue it is an essential golfing tool. Being able to accurately measure the distance to any object or area on the golf course, along with knowing the exact yardages you can comfortably hit each golf club in your bag is the only way to go into every shot you take with confidence. They are small, lightweight, fast, and should be considered an essential item for every golf bag.