You’ll by no means see a Tour caddie use a rangefinder at a match—that may break Rule 14-3, which prohibits such units. In fact, an excellent looper has already gunned each goal earlier than the primary shot is struck.
“In terms of charting distances, there’s no higher device than a rangefinder,” says Bushnell Golf’s Jason Seeman. “They’re a caddie’s greatest pal, and each Tour looper has one.”
They’re additionally very talked-about with weekend gamers, about 70 % of whom use some form of laser or GPS machine, in keeping with Bushnell. Nonetheless, not each gadget has the stroke-saving means to regulate yardage primarily based on elevation adjustments.
Figuring out the “true” yardage, or slope, is invaluable. A reasonable incline on a 150-yard method can add as much as 15 yards to the shot.
Now, a phrase in regards to the Guidelines: It’s authorized to make use of rangefinders to gauge distance solely, if a neighborhood rule permits it. Utilizing a tool that calculates elevation adjustments will not be authorized, however hey—in an off-the-cuff spherical, if nobody objects to some technological assist, we gained’t report you to Guidelines Man.
Golfers love choices, and two well-liked Bushnell laser rangefinders—the Tour X ($499) and Tour V4 ($399)—can change between slope-finding mode and (for Guidelines sticklers) a yardage-only setting. The reality is, slope adjustment removes the guesswork for the common Joe. And there’s an additional benefit. “With time, you be taught to drag the best membership, even with the slope perform off,” Seeman says.
Thought-free golf? These ‘finders are keepers.