Originally Posted by dsc123
Don't you think that your "feel" is based on the distance as perceived by your eyes? Why not get more accurate information? The GPS doesn't select your club for you; if the yardage says its an 8 and you think its a 7 you're allowed to hit a 7. That "feel" is based on your perception of elevation or wind or other factors that the GPS doesn't pick up. You obviously augment the GPS reading with those other factors.
Absolutely. That is why I finally got my own GPS, and now I don't have to rely on playing partners or carts, or sprinkler heads anymore.
Where the extra information "hurts" me is when I come up to a shot, usually something less than a full shot, and all I have is the red dome in the middle of the fairway to go off of. I look back and estimate I'm at about 80 yards, then see that the flag is in the front, so now we're talking 70-ish and now I know exactly what I want to do. Then my dad walks up with his GPS and says "it says you are 86 to the middle and 69 to the front." The extra info just muddles everything up because I already had decided exactly what I wanted to do, and now I am unsure and have to start the process all over.
So I guess it's not really the extra info that screws me up, so much as it is the timing of that info. If my dad had already hit and was walking with me as I got to my ball and gave me the exact numbers originally, then I would have been fine, and perhaps even better off.
[And on a completely random note, that would actually be a fun tournament to play in: One where you input your distances to the GPS or write them down, and you MUST play the club that matches the distance the GPS tells you.]