Originally Posted by MS256
Originally Posted by Lihu
It does make sense to use GPS to see how much farther you need to go. As for accuracy, sometimes the rangefinder measures the wrong thing. GPS could also have up to 15 yards error.
I'm not endorsing Google map labs, but it's pretty accurate.
In any case, I use it to map out the courses and the distances before a round if I've never been there before. I wish it could show 3D more accurately.
People say that a lot (and I'm not saying they are wrong) but I've been using GPS for a long time and have never seen a single time where there was any evidence it was wrong, give or take pin placements.
More times than not my playing partner has a range finder and it's just a habit for me to look down at my GPS after he shoots his yardage and I do the math for the pin placement (which I know because I set them). It always matches the range finder except for the times he is way off and is picking up something besides the pin. Then I tell him he might ought to try that again.
Agree. I've used a couple of different lasers, and a couple of different GPS receivers, and all were equally accurate when used correctly. I've seen my buddy's SkyCaddie start to give weird numbers when the battery starts to get low, but otherwise it seems to agree with my Garmin. And both are usually within a yard or 2 of a laser from the same spot.
Originally Posted by Maddog10
It really is amazing what some people claim without ever measuring their drive distance. It's not that hard to get an idea, and you don't even need a rangefinder/any type of technology. Just use the scorecard and subtract your approximate distance to the green. That should get you pretty close and takes like 2 seconds.
This is a poor way to try to measure a drive. Even when measured correctly, a hole is only measured down the center of the fairway. If it has a dogleg, it is measured to a point on the center of the dogleg, then from that point to the green or to the next bend in the fairway. That distance can vary widely from the straight line angles on which the hole is played. And then too, it varies depending on where the tees are located on the tee box. Some courses seem to be measured fairly haphazardly, with no discernable logic.
Originally Posted by Meltdwhiskey
I'm not sure I follow - but of course most people bring a range finder to measure from the ball to the pin. I used the tee box / ballwasher example since this thread is about accurate drive distances. But the same holds true for shooting the pin - in fact it is even less frequent that you can confuse the pin distance from a background object. Since the pin is on the green, there is very rarely anything shootable near the pin. So if you know you are in the ballpark of a 150 yard approach and you get a reading over 200, it is wrong. And once again just shoot the pin 2-3 times in succession and you'll be fine.
In both cases, I'm just trying to address your statement, "As for accuracy, sometimes the rangefinder measures the wrong thing." And I know people have trouble the first time they pick up a range finder. Since I have one and people want to tinker with it - I see them struggle with it all the time. But if you actually own one and have used it for a couple of rounds - you are not going to have the accuracy problem that you stated in post 10. Getting a good measurement isn't usually a problem.
Yes, it can take some practice to shoot what you are aiming at with a laser. It is also less accurate when shooting a "soft" target, like a mound or hill or bunker lip. I had a friend trying to measure his drive by shooting the tee marker form about 250 yards away. I used my GPS to show him that he wasn't even in the ball park, simply because a 3" round ball resting on the ground, shot from 250 yards, is too small a target for the laser to pick out. Using the ball washer is fine if it happens to be within the range of that day's teeing ground. Otherwise that's pretty useless too.