What Is a Golf Rangefinder?

Golf Rangefinder

I’ve always wondered how, without the help of someone standing where the ball is supposed to go, how they determine how hard to hit the ball, what angle, what the winds are, etc. But apparently, there is this nifty device that golfers use, a Rangefinder, and while there are multiple types, they do the same thing, determine the distance from where you are to where you are going. You can find a ton of them, plus reviews at Top Golf Rangefinders.

Golf Rangefinder

Types of Rangefinders

There are three types of rangefinders out there currently. One is a laser rangefinder. What this does, is uses a laser to determine the distance between where you are and where you are going. The laser needs to be able to see what you are looking at in order to determine the distance. One thing to note, this is only going to work as well as the person using it. So if you have no idea what you are doing, a different one might be for you or it will take some practice.

Another type is the GPS rangefinder. This one works off GPS as it is rightly named.  Many courses are loaded onto the device already and you just have to figure out where you are and the whole you are going to. That will determine the distance. Before you purchase one of these you’ll want to check and see if your course is listed and mapped already, otherwise it might be pointless to get this kind.

The third is an optical rangefinder. It might be slightly less accurate than the other two (with GPS being the most accurate) but cost wise this one is the most economical. It uses predetermined scales that covert and object in the distance to determine how far away it is. Again, the accuracy of this depends highly on the user and their ability to configure the device, read it, and hold it steady.

Why use a Rangefinder

Using a rangefinder is important in determining how far away the hole is or the green you are trying to hit. Also it can be useful to determine how far not to hit the ball if you aren’t trying to get it into the traps or the water. It used to be that there were caddies that knew everything about the course, the distance between two points, or used maps to determine how far the distance was. But now, with technology always improving, you can easily figure out what you need to do, how hard to hit the ball, to get it as close to the hole, and maybe a hole-in-one, without much of an issue.

Taking the time to determine which one you’ll want is going to benefit you the most. If you think you are great with a laser or an optical, than I would suggest that, however if this is your first time, you know the course you are playing on does use GPS mapping, than this might be better for you. It’s all dependent on your abilities.