Originally Posted by saevel25
Originally Posted by Golfingdad
Yeah ... 'cept that isn't exclusive to short knockers. ;) I like having a laser, but I see the virtues of both. When I play with my brother (who has a skycaddie) or on courses with GPS in the cart, I am consulting them often - for exactly the reason you describe.
Neither is better or worse, they are both very useful in slightly different ways.
You can easily shoot the ground in front of the bunker. If there is a tree near the front side, just shoo that. You don't want to come with in 5 yards of a bunker, so be conservative as well. If you know the bunker is like 15 yards long, then just shoot the backside and then subtract 20 yards.
Yeah - I've done that and found out too late that the laser picked up the far lip, or caught a small mound 20 yards short of it. When you're dealing with a water hazard from the tee 200+ yards away, I want to be more certain than that. When shooting a piece of flat ground from any significant distance, it's a crap shoot.
And before you say anything, I had a laser before I ever bought a GPS. I carried a Bushnell Tour V2 along with my GPS for a couple of years, and found that the full featured GPS gave me everything that the laser did, and was actually a more useful tool than the laser. Also easier, faster and I'm more certain that I'm get the distance to the object I want.
The only time a laser was a better choice for me was the one time I played a course that wasn't in the GPS database. That was several years ago and a few thousand courses have been added since, so it's unlikely to be an issue now. If by chance it does come up, then I go old school, the same way I did it for my first 30 years playing.
My GPS is a handy tool which helps me manage my play and saves me strokes, but it's not a necessity.
Screenshot of a typical hole on a Garmin Approach G5. You can touch the screen to zoom in and place a target anywhere you want. I've found that the trees are placed quite accurately for use in planning a shot.