Both golf GPS systems and golf laser rangefinders can help you improve your game by more accurately measuring the distance between you and the pin.
But which product is better for you? That’s a question you can only answer after taking a long look at your own game and your own needs.
But here’s a short list of the pros and cons of both GPS systems and rangefinders to help you make a decision.
First, here are some pros regarding golf GPS systems:
- GPS systems are easy to use.
GPS systems do not require golfers to point and aim at a target to lock them in.
Because of their ease of use, GPS systems can be used by even the newest of golfers.
Next, here are some cons involved with using GPS systems:
- Golf GPS systems are notoriously inaccurate. They can be off by as much as 10 yards depending on how accurately the course itself has been mapped out.
GPS systems only allow golfers to determine yardage to the front, middle and back of greens. This can be a hindrance if you are playing on very large greens.
Golfers must first take the time to download the course and its layout before using a GPS. Sometimes, golfers will have to pay a fee to do this.
GPS systems do not work on every course that golfers play.
GPS systems do not work on any driving range.
Now, here are some of the advantages of using a golf laser rangefinder:
- Laser rangefinders are extremely accurate.
Golfers can use laser rangefinders to measure the distance to nearly any object on the course.
Golfers can use their rangefinders on both driving ranges and a course’s practice areas.
These instruments work on any course.
Golfers can use their rangefinders’ magnification features to study holes for any potential traps and trouble areas.
Finally, the cons of using a rangefinder are:
- Once you’re on the course, laser rangefinders do require a bit of work. Golfers have to aim it at their targets throughout the day. GPS systems allow golfers to glance at their devices to get their yardage figures simply.
Laser rangefinders also require a clear line of sight to work properly.
As you can see by the long list of pros associated with laser rangefinders, our testers prefer these devices to GPS systems. In our opinion, the best rangefinders currently on the market include the Bushnell PinSeeker 1500 Tournament Edition and the Bushnell Tour V2.
Bushnell Yardage Pro Golf PinSeeker 1500 Tournament Edition
The Bushnell Yardage Pro Golf PinSeeker 1500 is an sophisticated first-rate laser rangefinder powered by laser technology that provides readings up to 1500 yards. With dimensions of 1.7″ x 5.1″ x 3.7″, the 10oz Pinseeker 1500 provides excellent and precise range effectiveness to plus/minus one yard. The Pinseeker 1500 features Selective Targeting Modes such as PinSeeker and Scan modes, outstanding visual presentation, 100% waterproof body, and Bushnell’s RainGuard covering.
- Ranges up to 1,500 yards
- +/- one yard accuracy
- Rainguard waterproof body
- Weighs only 10 ounces
- Measures 1.7 by 5.1 by 3.7 inches
- Displays in meters and yards
- 7x magnification
Bushnell Tour V2
Compact and lightweight but with the power you’ve always desired. The Tour V2 laser rangefinder rests in your palm with an ergonomic design that creates assurance and satisfaction. Its spirit are all Bushnell laser rangefinder but the casing comes close to your beloved driver with a custom high-tack grip. The V2 sets a fresh standard in the total laser rangefinder – appearance, feel and effectiveness. A package that might see golfers beginning to waggle their V2 before the range with their targets.
- Accurate at plus/minus one yard
- Comes with neoprene carrying case and strap
- 5x magnification
- Ranges up to 1,000 yards
- Weighs only 9 ounces
- Compact with dimensions of only 1.6″ x 4.3″ x 2.8″
- Scan and PinSeeker mode
- 3-volt battery
- Built-in tripod mount