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#1 BlackMamba

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 01:25 AM

I've used this Simmons range finder on my hunting trips, and it's quite good at it; helped me catch some big ones :) I was now wondering if it would be suitable to be used in golf as well.


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 07:51 PM

maybe...why don't you take it to the course and try it out?

golf rangefinders usually have a mode like "pinseeker" which helps to confirm to you that you have ranged the flag, rather than a nearby/background object.

If you've already got one in your shed, you'd be crazy not to try it out and test it.



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Posted 04 March 2014 - 10:01 PM

Yep try it
I use a Leupold. They are also famous for making hunting and army rangefinders
I think the golf ones are smaller and lighter and as Nwanp said they have pin seeker functions which make them easier.
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Posted 05 March 2014 - 04:56 PM

I have a cheapie from eBay which works just fine.
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Posted 12 March 2014 - 10:08 AM

I use the Bushnell V2. Does the job perfectly and for $200, a steal! That golfbox sale on them a while back was a life saver!



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Posted 12 March 2014 - 02:54 PM

I got the Leupold on sale from a US site for under $300 AUS also. So worth waiting for special offers


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Posted 12 March 2014 - 04:51 PM

I use the Bushnell V2. Does the job perfectly and for $200, a steal! That golfbox sale on them a while back was a life saver!


With the V2, if you locked onto the pin 20 times from the same spot, will you get the same distance reading every time? Give or take 1-2 metres or so of course.

I tried a cheaper eBay option and I would get different distances every time, with maybe 40 of the readings being the same.

That's what made me decide to stick to my gps but maybe that was just an issue with the El Cheapo option.

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 09:13 AM

With the V2, if you locked onto the pin 20 times from the same spot, will you get the same distance reading every time? Give or take 1-2 metres or so of course.

I tried a cheaper eBay option and I would get different distances every time, with maybe 40 of the readings being the same.

That's what made me decide to stick to my gps but maybe that was just an issue with the El Cheapo option.

 I havent tried doing the same measurement 20 times to be honest! But done  3 or 4 times sometimes out of interest and sometime to double check if I've got time. Normally get the same number every time.



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Posted 13 March 2014 - 10:45 AM

I havent tried doing the same measurement 20 times to be honest! But done 3 or 4 times sometimes out of interest and sometime to double check if I've got time. Normally get the same number every time.


Thanks, you know what I mean, I just don't want to get different readings every time like I did with that other one.

I can't afford to spend $400 on another device so hoping to find a credible one that gives consistent results without the price tag

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  • Single figures by 2077 (current 10.1) damn chopper

 

  • Single figures (official GA) finally!! 9.4

 

What’s in the Bag?:

  • Nike Covert 2 - with stock stiff
  • Taylormade UDI ... 3 iron back in the bag 
  • Cobra Fly Z 3/4
  • Mizuno JPX 825 pro 4-pw with KBS Tour Shafts
  • Cleveland RTX 588 tour wedge - 58 wedge bent to 60 degree
  • Mizuno MP T4 - 50 degree and 56 degree wedges
  • Taylormade spider putter
  • Clickgear buggy
  • Ball :
  • Vision 808 Pro Soft
  • Titleist NXT Tour 

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- GA in single figures finally!

 

 


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Posted 13 March 2014 - 12:17 PM

I cant reccomend the Bushnell highly enough. After going from using free GPS app on my phone, wasn't convinced with the accuracy but hey, its free. After playing with some buddies that had the v2 and trying them out, figured If I was going to invest any hard earned may as well get the one that works and keep it for a long time! No regrets so far

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 04:45 PM

My cheapie gives the same reading each time, not that I've tried 20 from the same place.

But in 3 seconds, I can forget what I just read and need to do it again, then I remember what the previous reading was.

 

I had a reading today where the gps said I was 122m but the laser read 111m.  I was only a few metres longer than the 100m marker.

 

Mine is something like this, but plain black:http://www.ebay.com....=item43a388bdf9


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Posted 14 March 2014 - 04:05 AM

I highly recommend the Nikon Laser 800s - $299

(a $100 cheaper than the model with the coloured outer casing but has the same internals)

Occasionally Nikon run specials maybe you can call and ask if they have any going.

Got my 800s for $270 (I think it was?) shipped to my door direct from Nikon Australia. 

 

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 07:50 AM

I would recommend getting one with an OLED display rather than LCD. Makes it heaps easier to read.

 

The two I was tossing up between were the Bushnell Z6 and the Leupold GX-3i. I ended up going with the Leupold and have no regrets.



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Posted 14 March 2014 - 08:19 AM

Garmin Approach S1 GPS watch - cheap and gives distances front, back and middle of green and nothing else.  Good if you dont need to know distances to hazards etc - helps you choose the right club on "approach" to the green


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Posted 14 March 2014 - 11:06 AM

I rarely use the 'distance to hazards' feature of my gps.  But, when playing an unfamiliar course, it's very handy to know whether a hazard is within my range or whether I have a fighting chance of clearing it.

The laser is best for closer-to-the-pin circumstances.

 

If I was replacing mine, I'd probably opt for a combined laser/gps device.


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