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Are Rangefinders contributing to slow play?

Do you think range finders are responsible for slow down play?  

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  1. 1. Do you think range finders are responsible for slow play?

    • Yes, big factor
    • Yes, small factor
    • No, but could be if used wrong
    • Don’t know
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13 hours ago, iacas said:

All that Matt said, yeah.

My Leupold will beep when it gets a really strong signal, but that is almost always when it finds the prism on a flagstick.

Yup. I turned the beep off on my Leupold, as the visual indication in the viewfinder is enough: a square surrounds the flag (or is it the number? I can't remember which and I've used just today..). I was just pointing out that various models have features built-in to signal a lock on a reflector, whether they call it Pinseeker (Bushnell) or not...

13 hours ago, saevel25 said:

Vibration will just drain the battery. I turn it off. The vibration doesn't necessarily confirm flag readings. It could register that you got a yardage. At least that is what mine did with my Bushnell Volt.

Well, that's just a bad implementation. I don't need to know I just got a yardage: i can read the damn number in the viewfinder, can't I? LOL.  If you are gonna buzz, buzz for something useful: you've got a yardage off of a reflector. There, much better.

13 hours ago, saevel25 said:

I do recommend getting a golf rangefinder and not a hunting rangefinder. I believe most golf rangefinders are designed to pick up a flag easier than with other rangefinders.

Absolutely. Golf rangefinders give preference to the foreground object (the flagstick) whereas hunting rangefinders give preference to the background (the deer hiding in the trees).

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I played a late round two days ago and had to think of this thread.
For the last four or five holes there was some fog forming and I couldn't use my rangefinder.

I noticed two things:
1) I was surprised how off I was on guessing distances (relatively), even though this is my home course and I play it every week

2) if I was not in the middle of the fairway, it took me some time to find a marker or sprinkler head and pace off the distance.

So I voted no, they do need slow down play. 

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