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post #199 of 210
I have a Bushnell gps watch and a Bushnell laser. I tend to use the laser more. I can measure anything where the gps only shows (at most) two items per hole.
post #200 of 210
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Originally Posted by cristphoto View Post

I have a Bushnell gps watch and a Bushnell laser. I tend to use the laser more. I can measure anything where the gps only shows (at most) two items per hole.

 

You just stated why I would have no use for the watch.  It's simply too one dimensional.  It gives green distances and pretty much nothing else.  My Garmin Approach G5 gives me everything I need to play the entire hole.  I can get distance to front and back of all bunkers and hazards and trees, and then when I get within reach of the green, I can put the flag wherever the daily pin sheet or flag color says it is, and my distance will be within a yard or 2 of a laser.  

 

I have owned 2 lasers in the past, the last one being a Bushnell Tour V2, and they were okay, but a full featured GPS is just as accurate for the typical golfer's purposes, and actually gives information that a laser can't touch.   Try shooting the near side of a water hazard or the near side of a bunker with one.  Or shooting over a hill.  I'll take my GPS any day.  No fees or subscriptions either.  Free course database updates quarterly.  If they don't have a course you want, just ask.  Find an error?  Just post on their website for a fix. 

post #201 of 210
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Originally Posted by Fourputt View Post

You just stated why I would have no use for the watch.  It's simply too one dimensional.  It gives green distances and pretty much nothing else.  My Garmin Approach G5 gives me everything I need to play the entire hole.  I can get distance to front and back of all bunkers and hazards and trees, and then when I get within reach of the green, I can put the flag wherever the daily pin sheet or flag color says it is, and my distance will be within a yard or 2 of a laser.  

I have owned 2 lasers in the past, the last one being a Bushnell Tour V2, and they were okay, but a full featured GPS is just as accurate for the typical golfer's purposes, and actually gives information that a laser can't touch.   Try shooting the near side of a water hazard or the near side of a bunker with one.  Or shooting over a hill.  I'll take my GPS any day.  No fees or subscriptions either.  Free course database updates quarterly.  If they don't have a course you want, just ask.  Find an error?  Just post on their website for a fix. 
That's awesome! I own a rangefinder and one of the reasons was that, at the time, GPS units didn't give you much information, unless you bought a premium one that requires a subscription. It's good to know that there's something out there that gives you additional features without fees.

I'll have to look into the G5 more.
post #202 of 210
Re: GPS or RANGE FINDER

My son and I want to buy one or the other.

Any suggestions?
post #203 of 210
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Re: GPS or RANGE FINDER

My son and I want to buy one or the other.

Any suggestions?

I prefer GPS, but there are times I wish I had a laser. GPS is good when you don't have line of sight, and you can, depending on model, like the touchscreen I have, do things like figure out doglegs and layup. It also tends to be much cheaper. The Garmin G3 is what I have, and it can be had for about $100-150. Rechargeable batteries like eneloops are recommended.

post #204 of 210
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Re: GPS or RANGE FINDER

My son and I want to buy one or the other.

Any suggestions?


Rangefinder, but that's from someone who dead reckons everything.

post #205 of 210

You can get free GPS apps for golf on your phone.  No need to buy one.

 

But I prefer a range finder.  I have one and it's a lot better than GPS to pick out distances to a particular target. 

post #206 of 210
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Originally Posted by dkolo View Post
 

I prefer GPS, but there are times I wish I had a laser. GPS is good when you don't have line of sight, and you can, depending on model, like the touchscreen I have, do things like figure out doglegs and layup. It also tends to be much cheaper. The Garmin G3 is what I have, and it can be had for about $100-150. Rechargeable batteries like eneloops are recommended

LOL, and I'm the exact opposite.  I prefer a laser (have a Leupold Gxi-1 and love it) but there are times when I wish I had a GPS.

 

Honestly, you can't go wrong with either.  They're both very helpful.

post #207 of 210
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Originally Posted by Golfingdad View Post
 

LOL, and I'm the exact opposite.  I prefer a laser (have a Leupold Gxi-1 and love it) but there are times when I wish I had a GPS.

 

Honestly, you can't go wrong with either.  They're both very helpful.

 

Same Here, 

 

The only time I have trouble with the laser is when a tee shot goes way off course on a course that is very hilly. Then you have to do some hiking, shoot a point and pace off. Still, I prefer a laser just because I can get distances to anything on the course. I've had GPS before and half the bunkers on a course wouldn't even be marked. 

 

I would say 95% of the time Laser is the way to go. 

post #208 of 210

I have said this before but i think for higher HC's gps is the way to go.  If you chunk a shot that goes 30 yards are you really going to reshoot your target?  Will you be comfortable lasering from 240 out knowing you will be lucky to get within 40 yards of the green?  You can look at gps discreetly.

 

 Its all personal preference but i like gps but 5 yards doesn't matter to me.  As others have said you can try gps with your phone for free and see how it works for you.  To each their own but thats my 2 cents.

post #209 of 210
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Originally Posted by Golfingdad View Post

LOL, and I'm the exact opposite.  I prefer a laser (have a Leupold Gxi-1 and love it) but there are times when I wish I had a GPS.

Honestly, you can't go wrong with either.  They're both very helpful.

He should get a laser / GPS combo then haha

I like about the GPS that I keep it in my push cart and just glance at it for the yardage. If the pin is out on an approach while the group ahead putts, you're guesstimating while you're waiting instead of knowing, so that's one advantage I think. Having a laser that did slope would be huge though. My courses are very hilly and clubbing is an issue
post #210 of 210
thank you for the enormous amount of information from a previous thread.

LASER it is.
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