Originally Posted by abovepar03
"However, I will say that the picture above is a decent example where it's not quite as easy to use a laser. There really isn't any "verticality," and without that, it's kind of hard to get good readings.
Bushnell V2 here...
I'm not believing this whole 'vertical' argument at all unless we have people with shakier hands than mine (with the inability to use a tree, or the golf cart, or something to steady their hands)
I have no issue lasering any surface, even stuff relatively flat. I can laser back of green, near edge of green, etc etc. Trees, the group in front of me (are they out of range), that big flat spot in the middle of the fairway. Seriously, if you are laying up to a flat area, do you need accuracy to the nearest foot? If so, steady the darn thing against the cart. Par 3, the flag is out, I'll laser people putting so I can be ready to hit and not wait for the flag to be put back. That first picture - there isn't a single feature there that I would have a problem lasering and getting a good enough reading for that shot - including assessing distances to the hazards.
False readings.....Lasering a tree behind the flag is not an issue, it's a real dufus that can't recognize when he's getting a very false reading - seriously. Scan again, or sweep the flag and take the closest reading default. It's not rocket science. If the number 'feels' wrong, then it probably is. Take another 2.7 seconds and push the button again.
Not so much belittling those arguments, but clearly those are simple issues of operator error that is simple to learn to use it smarter, not equipment downside. It's so easy.
the only downside I think I've read that I find to be 'real' is the non-functionality in fog - never thought of that and absolutely they would not work in fog or heavy mist....
I'll give a very "partial" nod to the blind shot argument, but it's pretty weak, If I'm blind due to a hill, I go to the top of the hill, laser the ball, laser the flag, and add the two. (If I'm trying to be super accurate to a blind shot, I would NEVER just swing away without going and looking at the area around my target anyway, so take the darn thing with you - how would one assess the risk/reward if you don't look).
If I'm blind to a dogleg, well, I still laser both, but then I have to "Feel" the trigonometry if my shot selection is 'risk' and I want to hit over the bend.
my only gripe about my rangefinder - the batteries run out. Now I keep a spare in the bag
Single top piece of equipment in my entire bag - hands down