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post #73 of 197
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Re: GPS vs Laser Range finder

Originally Posted by michman View Post
Any new information on this front?

I just started looking and am looking for advice. I think the GPS units sound really cool, and SkyCaddie seams to be the crowd favorite. I know they have come out with a new version, the SG5. Is there anything about this new version worth talking about?

I also like the idea of a range finder to find the all important distance to the bunker or creek. I have used one before and it seemed difficult to figure out exactly what the range finder was keying in on. I'm sure the new models are better though.

What about products that do both? Is there any such thing?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
I honestly never use my gps anymore, after a year I feel I know the courses quite well, but I'll give my .02 again.

GPS Pros:
  1. Software+dongle for windows mobile phone with blue tooth: Allows you to cheaply add software+$60 gps dongle and have full GPS on your phone.
  2. Layup planning on some software
  3. Additional features, scorecard, stats, bets

Cons:
  1. Looses signal
  2. Cost of maps can be $$$ depending on software
  3. Not quite as accurate
  4. Dedicated units feature locked.

As far as range finder, I have now played a few rounds with people in the group who have one so I have a little more experience.

RF Pros:
  1. Accuracy inside 180 yards
  2. Ease of use
  3. Nice to scope hot chicks.

Cons
  1. Line of site needed
  2. Distance limited
  3. cost

In the final picture I find I don't want to carry either. Inside of 150 yards with direct line of site the range finder is quite nice. Out of the fairway on a blind par 5, trying to figure out what will give you 150 in to the pin safely the gps is better. Guessing works pretty good too.
post #74 of 197

Re: GPS vs Laser Range finder

I actually found this blog (for better or worse) trying to make the same decision. I went with the Bushnell Pinseeker 1500.

Freaking love the thing. Distance to pin, bunkers in the fairway, front of green.

I don't know what people are saying about accuracy. The stated degree of error on the Bushnell is -/+ 1yd up to 1500yds. I have found the accuracy to be great.

No complaints, wouldn't change a thing.
post #75 of 197

Re: GPS vs Laser Range finder

My friend just gave me his Skycaddie because he never used it. Problem is he forgot his password to log on and download my home course. He has called Skycaddie a few times to try and get it corrected so he can sell it and keeps getting put on hold. We have been going back and forth now for a week or two. I demod the Pinseeker 1500 one day with my buddy, who oned the Skycaddie. HE LOVED it and bought it that day. He could care less about the Skycaddie. ANd I have a unit here I can do nothing with. It has been a pain to try to get this thing ready to sell because I want the Pinseeker 1500 ALSO...

Laser Finder ALL THE WAY, Skycaddie has been a pain for me.
post #76 of 197

Re: GPS vs Laser Range finder

Originally Posted by buggyman View Post
My friend just gave me his Skycaddie because he never used it. Problem is he forgot his password to log on and download my home course...
My iGolf has never lost the uplink connection, the rechargable batteries last a long time, the course files are stored on my PC if I ever need to reload them.

My laser range finder is very accurate to distances beyond the range of any club I have.

The two together are a valuable asset to my game.

SubPar
post #77 of 197

Re: GPS vs Laser Range finder

Hi SubPar!

How is the SkyCaddie with an overcast sky? Living in L.A., you may not know, with all of your sun.

I read some Amazon.com reviews on the Skycaddie II, and some reviewers siad that their units' distances floated as much as 10 yards or so if they stood near their ball for a couple of minutes. Do you get this problem from time to time?

One last question for GPS owners. Is it possible to get yardage to the center of the green from anywhere, especially a little from greenside? And is it possible to walk to the flag, mark the position on the unit, and then walk to your ball to get a distance?

Thanks in advance for your responses,

Mark :)
post #78 of 197

Rangefinder reccomendation

For those interested in rangefinders, I find the Bushnells too big (I prefer to walk when I play) So I got a Nikon. It's small enough to wear on my belt, or attach to my bag, and works very well. Sometimes I do need to use two hands to keep it steady for long distances 200+ yards.

The Callaway rangefinders are made by Nikon too, but the seem a lot more expensive.

I have not tried any of the callaway rangefinders.

Hope this helps,

-catfell
post #79 of 197

Re: GPS vs Laser Range finder

Originally Posted by eatmybologna View Post
Hi SubPar!

How is the SkyCaddie with an overcast sky? Living in L.A., you may not know, with all of your sun.

I read some Amazon.com reviews on the Skycaddie II, and some reviewers siad that their units' distances floated as much as 10 yards or so if they stood near their ball for a couple of minutes. Do you get this problem from time to time?

One last question for GPS owners. Is it possible to get yardage to the center of the green from anywhere, especially a little from greenside? And is it possible to walk to the flag, mark the position on the unit, and then walk to your ball to get a distance?

Thanks in advance for your responses,

Mark :)
I carry a range finder so if I am around 20-30 yards out I can get the right distance to the flag. I think marking and such with the GPS would be distracting for you as a player and would slow down play. These things are accurate enough from 50-300 yards out but I would not use them for greenside distances or even anything under 50 yards or so.

I notice I never get a zero reading when I get to the front or center of the green (checked it out of curiosity a few times). I think the closer you get to the target the more you fall into an area of diminishing accuracy.

As for floating, I think they all do a little once you stay in one place very long.

SubPar
post #80 of 197

Re: GPS vs Laser Range finder

I just bought a Nikon 500g for $200, and the thing is awesome! Its not as long as the more expensive ones, but from 220 yards in, it does a pretty good job. I would definitely recommend it for its size and price (if you can get it for around $200).
post #81 of 197

Re: GPS vs Laser Range finder

I'm just about to replace my 3 year old PDA with a smart phone that has built-in GPS. In the Spring I'm planning to get the iGolf software for it.

Let you know how that works out!
post #82 of 197

Re: GPS vs Laser Range finder

I just found this review from GolfTest USA.
post #83 of 197

GPS vs Rangefinder

Hey guys i got a question. I just got into golf and was thinking about getting a gps unit to help me judge distance, it would really help with club selection. The only problem is that i dont wanna spend 400 on something that i dont need. What are the pros and cons of of GPS and rangefinders. Should i just get a rangefinder
post #84 of 197

Re: GPS vs Rangefinder

I prefer GPS, but both work pretty well, just depends what you want.

GPS benefits...
-don't need line of sight
-no aiming
-don't have to have an object to aim at
-easier to get quick yardage

Rangefinder...
-yardage to almost infinite things
-no membership or subsciption or downloading
-better battery life (longer)

Also... no need to spend $300... get a CaddieII or Neo from iGolf
http://www.igolf.com/
post #85 of 197

Re: GPS vs Rangefinder

I would go with a GPS. Like Big stated, you don't have to aim and shoot. I played with two guys with Rangefinders and the round was at least 45 minutes, longer. Why? With the wind, they could not get an accurate reading.

It drove me, nuts.
post #86 of 197

Re: GPS vs Rangefinder

Originally Posted by txsouthpaw View Post
Hey guys i got a question. I just got into golf and was thinking about getting a gps unit to help me judge distance, it would really help with club selection. The only problem is that i dont wanna spend 400 on something that i dont need. What are the pros and cons of of GPS and rangefinders. Should i just get a rangefinder
Rangefinders are usually a bit more expensive.

I greatly prefer rangefinders over GPS.

I think a search of these forums would do you well - this topic's been discussed several times.

Originally Posted by golf_junkie27 View Post
I would go with a GPS. Like Big stated, you don't have to aim and shoot. I played with two guys with Rangefinders and the round was at least 45 minutes, longer. Why? With the wind, they could not get an accurate reading.
I have a REALLY hard time believing this. Did they all have Tourette Syndrome or something? I can get a yardage inside of five seconds, regardless of wind. Perhaps that's the "Pinseeker" technology, but I've never had a problem nor has anyone else I've loaned it to.

I play FASTER because I have a range finder.
post #87 of 197

Re: GPS vs Rangefinder

Originally Posted by iacas View Post
I have a REALLY hard time believing this. Did they all have Tourette Syndrome or something? I can get a yardage inside of five seconds, regardless of wind. Perhaps that's the "Pinseeker" technology, but I've never had a problem nor has anyone else I've loaned it to.

I play FASTER because I have a range finder.
I wished I was lying. However, it's true. At one point, I asked one of the guys if he was getting the pin reading or peeping through someone's window. My brother has the Sky Caddie and it was nothing like this.
post #88 of 197

Re: GPS vs Rangefinder

Originally Posted by golf_junkie27 View Post
I wished I was lying. However, it's true. At one point, I asked one of the guys if he was getting the pin reading or peeping through someone's window. My brother has the Sky Caddie and it was nothing like this.
Your experience has to be the worst example of "the exception, not the rule" I've ever heard. I can't imagine being that unsteady. In any weather.
post #89 of 197

Re: GPS vs Rangefinder

I would go with GPS. Ive never had a rangefinder, nor used one but I definitely know that I wouldnt want to point and stare through a scope to get yardage. Thats my preference.
post #90 of 197

Re: GPS vs Rangefinder

I use the iGolf GPS Caddie I.

It is very quick and easy to use and shows very accurate information on distance. You can also put in custom distances to certain hazards or landmarks.

There is also a function that will allow you to measure the distance of an individual shot or you can just subtract from the known distance and see how far you have left to the pin. You can see the distance to the front, center, back of the green in a matter of seconds.

The only downside is that it goes through batteries very quickly. I'm lucky to get a round out of a set of 2 AAs.

AL
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