Re: GPS or Laser Range finder?
Originally Posted by CoolBreeze20
If you do a search on this topic, you'll come up a ton of threads, especially on the different models of GPS units. And, if you ask this question to 100 people (on which one you'll get) it would run 50-50.
I can only offer you my opinions. I've played with both. Both have advantages, both have disadvantages...it all boils down to personal preference.
Myself, I went the GPS route (SkyCaddie). As a 12 handicap, 1-2 yards difference (if it happens to be inaccurate) isn't going to make a bit of difference to me. The SkyCaddie does require a yearly subscription, and they have (going from memory) three different options: home region, nationwide and world wide. I opted for the nationwide because with vacations, golf trips, etc I play a lot of different places. I'd have to dig out the paperwork but I believe my National plan was $49.95 or there abouts; basically the cost of a box of premium balls.
I've played with a lot of guys who have range finders, including one just last week on vacation. I can't tell you how many times he said "I can't get a reading on it" or it would lock onto the wrong thing and read 437 yards when he was about 135 out. It was picking up a tree or something. Or, if it was a blind shot, he couldn't get a reading of the flag. With my SkyCaddie, I walk up to my ball, glance down and immediately know front/middle/back yardage and go from there (after looking to see where the pin is).
I've only come across one course that wasn't professionally mapped, but even it had been submitted to SkyCaddie. Yardage was accurate on the "one star" reading (all SkyCaddie courses are listed by a ranking system, with 4 stars being professionally mapped). Yardage was right on that course but it didn't list bunkers/etc. Didn't bother me a bit.
Like I said, it's going to come down to personal preference. If you decide range finder, doubt you'll get much argument in going with Bushnell. If you choose the GPS route, you'll get a lot of difference in opinions on SkyCaddie, GolfLogix, uPro, etc. Search the forums for many threads on that.