The brand is Celestron coursepro elite. It makes selecting a club very easy.
Poll on Range Finders - Page 3
Poll Results: Do you own Range Finder?
69% (58)Have a range finder in the bag
16% (14)Want one,but don't want to spend money on one
14% (12)Do not need or want one
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I use my Upro and prefer it to my laser. It's much faster, shows traps around green and green contours. As long as you aren't using the Pro Mode it's super fast and gets yardage in less than a second with a push of a button(no aiming required). Since I'm also a hunter I have a Leica range finder and I keep it in my bag in the event the battery dies on the Upro or it just decides to go nuts on occassion. I much prefer the GPS for speed of play.
I use a Bushnell Yardage Pro Sport 450 Laser Rangefinder when I caddie. I get to the ball before the golfer and shoot the distance to the pin. I can also shoot distances to bunkers, water hazards, and other areas a golfer might like to know. The Bushnell is consistently accurate and speeds up play considerably.
Personally, I'm pretty much old school and do not use a rangefinder when I play golf. I grew up golfing in the 60's and 70's when all you had were the 150 yard markers, and that is all I really need.
I tried using a rangefinder when I first bought a Bushnell and I found that I would have used the same club 99% of the time. So, but by the time I took the rangefinder out of the bag, shot the distance, and put it back in the bag, I could have hit the shot and been on my way to find the ball.
I have a Bushnell Tour v2 and love it. Also have Golfshot GPS on my iPhone, but very seldom break it out - my phone is usually muted and stuffed in my golf bag. When using the Tour v2, I always make a quick visual estimate of the yardage, then confirm it with the scope - helps develop my estimation skills. I don't use it on every shot, but I don't find that using it slows down my play at all. We're required to use power carts on my home course, so I take it out of the case as I'm driving to the ball and visually estimating the distance, then shoot the distance as soon as I come to a stop. Takes all of a second or two. I'm hyper-conscious about pace of play, so I don't screw around when it's my turn to hit. Shooting a quick reading with the laser is eons faster than traipsing around looking for a sprinkler head distance.
I am a very poor judge of distance. I am the guy you see searching for his ball 20 yards away from where it actually is. I just have crappy depth perception.
The more consistent I get with my distances, the more I am using the range finder. Probably the greatest golf invention since metal drivers.
Hmm, I don't notice a difference in speed between basic mode and pro mode. The only difference is if you want to see the pro mode view it's just one extra button push.
i notice little things like...on an earlier hole, I might of shot the flag at 133yds...so I pull a club for that yardage and make a swing. Come up on a later hole with that same yardage(roughly), I can judge the kind of swing I need and so forth. Makes the confidence go sky high. I also can get a gauge on my distances that particular day by shooting a number, then using my "usual" club and seeing how it fares...(given good contact, of course)
I love my Bushnell. Used SkyCaddy for 3+ years and changed to the laser rangefinder. Much more precise and no subscription fees. Only problem is shooting through trees or getting a pin to stand out amongst trees - Also sometimes layup distance can be a challenge if you don't have an object to shoot at.....
I'd cry if I ever lost/forgot the rangefinder after my round and would replace it ASAP if I had to.
Edited by Rick Martin - 4/8/13 at 7:47pm