With the speedy development of digital technology, gone are the days of relying on sprinkler heads to measure your yardages. The top contenders come down to the latest GPS watches and laser rangefinders, but with so many new gadgets available — even in a local golf store — it’s becoming more difficult to choose. If you’re an avid player who spends a lot of time on the green, you’ll want to make sure you’re choosing tools that improve your game. Knowing what each tool can offer, combined with your preferences, can help you decide which will win as your course management tool.
If you want the most information available about the course you’re playing, a GPS watch is a favorable choice. Unlike the typical laser rangefinders available at a golf store, a GPS watch can give you a visual of the course and is especially useful on unfamiliar courses, mapping out blind holes and other hazards. GPS watches are also multi-purpose and can be used outside of the course for other sports or activities.
For some golfers who dislike wearing a watch or simply are not used to wearing them, GPS watches can be a nuisance to wear on your wrist as you’re playing. Another possible issue that may be bothersome is the restriction of mapped courses available for download. Some watches may also need to be recharged, which can be frustrating if you’re in a hurry. Often, watches are configured to sync with your phone and will relay text messages and incoming calls even while you’re in the middle of a game.
If you value the simplicity of accuracy over an overload of information, a rangefinder is comparably more accurate than even the latest GPS watches available at golf stores. It will give you more precise distances to a flag — with the latest models capable of measuring down to the millimeter. If you happen to play while traveling, the rangefinder can be used for any course in the world.
A rangefinder’s accuracy comes with a heftier price tag than its watch counterpart, typically marked at $200 and above at a golf store. If the price is not an issue, there’s still the matter of pace. To measure yardage, you’ll have to take out your rangefinder and aim the laser at a visible flag. Here, there will be a slight delay between hitting the ball and getting the actual measurement. This can bother some golfers who like to keep a certain flow to their game.
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