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Lasers, yeah! For alignment at the range - feasible?

post #1 of 7
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Those lasers you use for home improvement - to align moldings, cabinets, whatever. Can you repurpose them for golf?

Say at the range - are they powerful enough to point and see 200 yards? Even see the line? 

Wouldn't that be a surefire way to know you're aiming/aligning correctly?

post #2 of 7

Just go buy two wooden dowels from the hardware store, line them up about 8 inches apart, easy.

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Originally Posted by nevets88 View Post
 

Those lasers you use for home improvement - to align moldings, cabinets, whatever. Can you repurpose them for golf?

Say at the range - are they powerful enough to point and see 200 yards? Even see the line? 

Wouldn't that be a surefire way to know you're aiming/aligning correctly?

 

The Home Depot jobs probably aren't strong enough to see at 200 yards in daylight conditions but you can get professional grade surveyor and rigging laser that'll work provided you can point them at a relatively dark surface.

 

Look here:

 

http://www.plslaser.com or here: http://www.hilti.com/holcom/page/module/product/prca_catnavigation.jsf?nodeId=-9939

 

I'd recommend the PLS3.

 

By the way, the correct terminology is "fricken' Laser!"

post #4 of 7
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I currently use dowels but I think it would be cool to have a 200-300 yard line that you can easily manipulate. 

 

I was going for Breaking Bad's Jesse Pinkman: Yeah bitch, Lasers!

post #5 of 7

They won't show up very well if at all. High powered lasers are expensive.

post #6 of 7

If you want to get better reference. Lay down two aim sticks, or dowels, like i mentioned. Makes sure your target line is over a driving range marker or flat. Then you can tell if the ball starts right or left, and if your alignment is ok. If you want, lay down another dowel perpendicular for ball position.

 

What i will do sometimes is take the alignment stick and place it about 10 yards in front of me, on my target line, at an angle pointing down range. This way i can get feedback as well.

 

There are many different ways you can get information at the range, a lot of them are very cheap.

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They won't show up very well if at all. High powered lasers are expensive.

 

You definitely won't see the line of the beam (you would need a ridiculously powerful laser for that not to mention a high voltage and high amperage power supply) but with a decent grade laser, such as a PLS or similar, you will see the dot provided you can bounce it off a relatively dark surface. But I agree with saeval, just use sticks the laser will just be a pain in the ass, not worth it at all.

 

One thing you'll learn quickly with the laser though is how finicky alignment can be, just barely touch that laser and the line will move WAY off your intended line.

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