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#1 ozdevil

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 09:50 PM

I am interested in this becuase i can understand how it benifits outside of the home course..

 

my home course i dont use gps or a range finder  because i feel i know my distances etc and i can guess the distance  from ball to pin ok and i know the breaks on greens  and know the distances i drive off the tee..

 

but what benifits do you really get from ya home course by using these devices?

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted 14 January 2018 - 09:59 PM

I used to generalise my iron distance 150-7i 170-5i. I then purchased a rangefinder and was able to really dial in what iron to use. I play mostly at home course and found owning a rangefinder helped my game.
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Posted 15 January 2018 - 06:53 AM

I am interested in this becuase i can understand how it benifits outside of the home course..

 

my home course i dont use gps or a range finder  because i feel i know my distances etc and i can guess the distance  from ball to pin ok and i know the breaks on greens  and know the distances i drive off the tee..

 

but what benifits do you really get from ya home course by using these devices?

 

If you continually play only one course and there is a lot of water hazards or fwy bunkers then a GPS can give you the distance to those from the tees of the day, also if you are laying up these help.

Also helps if you carve over on opposite fwy and need a distance to green.

 

If your course has 150m and 100m markers in fwy or has the posts on side of fwy and these measure to middle of green, then using a gps will give you front middle and back of green.

 

If have the posts and no gps  just pace off and do calculation that way.

Also for a given hole are you going to hit a bounce on shot or one you fly all way back. because that will change every day.

 

 pro's in tournaments in Australia, still use the distance markers and not gps's or lasers.


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Posted 15 January 2018 - 07:00 AM

Its easier to just point and shoot to get the distance rather than having to work it out or pace it off.

Doesnt necessarily mean you're going to hit a good shot but if i see a number i like it gives me a fair bit of confidence.
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Posted 15 January 2018 - 08:43 AM

I used a gps and laser.
My laser has been broken for a few months.

Just using the gps, im shooting better scores
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Posted 15 January 2018 - 12:55 PM

I use both.  The GPS gives me a ball park figure and the laser provides an exact measurement.

If I miss the flag with the laser, I'll know from what the GPS said. And, if it's a long green, there can be a two club difference.

 

Knowing how far to go is definitely a help, even if I'm a little wide.


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Posted 15 January 2018 - 07:16 PM

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 08:00 PM

Uphill shots to the greens at Beacy I'll use a combination of both. Rangefinder for a pin location where you can't see the depth it's sitting at, (nor the front of green at times) 

 

GPS for the distance to front of green, to then work out how far on the pin is, in order to decide whether to try dropping it short and bounce on, or fly it onto the front of the green. 

 

With a couple of long greens, and lots of uphill approach shots, having both comes in handy on my home course.


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Posted 15 January 2018 - 09:37 PM

Being able to see where the flag is located on any green can be very beneficial, especially when the group in front is putting out. I'd suggest the average club golfer could do a heap better if they took the club for the yardage to the back of the green and not try to hit their best shot to a certain specific distance.

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 10:00 PM

I use both.  The GPS gives me a ball park figure and the laser provides an exact measurement.
If I miss the flag with the laser, I'll know from what the GPS said. And, if it's a long green, there can be a two club difference.
 
Knowing how far to go is definitely a help, even if I'm a little wide.



Hey OB don't be too hard on your girth. So what if you enjoy a beer or two after golf. Maybe look at walking nine then cart nine holes. Cut back on breads, and other carbs. This should slowly help your width issues. :)
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Posted 16 January 2018 - 01:33 PM

Uphill shots to the greens at Beacy I'll use a combination of both. Rangefinder for a pin location where you can't see the depth it's sitting at, (nor the front of green at times)

GPS for the distance to front of green, to then work out how far on the pin is, in order to decide whether to try dropping it short and bounce on, or fly it onto the front of the green.

With a couple of long greens, and lots of uphill approach shots, having both comes in handy on my home course.


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 01:42 PM

I use a rangefinder on a few holes if the pin is up the back and I am unsure of the distance and it can be a club or more difference from middle to back and the gps might be making me think twice about the distance. Mind you if I am shaking like a dog pooping razor blades using the rangefinder, the trees behind the green often get pinged and it’s obvious that the pin is not 210 metres away when the gps says it’s 130 to the back of the green.
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Posted 16 January 2018 - 02:59 PM

At my club when these things hit the market every man and his dog had one (except me)

Now you rarely see them. Wonder why that is.



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Posted 16 January 2018 - 03:01 PM

Every man and their dog still has them at my club. Barely see anyone without either a GPS or laser, or both, or they're asking you for a distance all day. 


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 05:36 PM

Hey OB don't be too hard on your girth. So what if you enjoy a beer or two after golf. Maybe look at walking nine then cart nine holes. Cut back on breads, and other carbs. This should slowly help your width issues. :)


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