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Golf Rangefinders and GPS

Golf GPS units and Laser Rangefinders are both designed to help you choose the correct club for any particular shot on the course. They may yied the same result, but rangefinders and gps units work in very different ways. GPS devices communicate with satellites in space and measure distances from previously recorded locations on the golf course. Rangefinders shoot a laser beam at chosen targets, such as the flag stick, to measure the distance. At GolfDiscount.com we carry a huge selection of both GPS units and Rangefinders, so you're sure to find the device that best suits your needs.

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Rangefinders vs GPS: Which Is Best For My Game?

Having the right information is critical for a golfer to hit the perfect shot. Rangefinders and GPS units help to eliminate doubt and arm us with important course information to improve our game. Which device is right for me? Find out the pros and cons of each and which device will work best for your golf game.

Laser Rangefinders

Laser rangefinders operate by bouncing a beam of light off an object to calculate the exact distance. They are a simple point and shoot device that is easy to operate. However rangefinders with slope functionality are not allowed during competition. Keep in mind a rangefinder won't help you measure distance around a dogleg hole or if you need to hit thru a patch of trees. Bright sun, rain, and heavy fog can affect a rangefinders performance.

GPS Units

GPS units use satellites to find your location and determine your relative distance to certain course features such as bunkers, hazards, greens, etc. Unlike the rangefinder, a gps doesn't need a direct line to calculate your distance, which comes in handy more than you'd think. Today's GPS devices allow for golfers to store and track their stats during a round. An added benefit that can help highlight areas of your game (GIR, Fairways Hit, Putts) that need improvement. Most gps units are much smaller than your average rangefinder. They can be clipped on to a bag, piece of clothing, or worn on your wrist for added convenience. Manufacturers provide thousands of mapped golf courses that can be downloaded to your device, however if your course hasn't been mapped you're out of luck.

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