Friday, October 19, 2012

Can Beginners Benefit from a Golf Rangefinder?

If you are a golf beginner, you may be thinking “no way do I need a golf rangefinder. All I’m trying to do is get it off the ground and then hope it stays on the golf course! Maybe next year I’ll be ready for one.”  In this article, Val Brennan discusses the use of golf rangefinders for the beginner as well as for players of all levels.

In my opinion, if you’ve ever hit a shot that felt good and made you smile (at least on the inside), then you’re ready for a golf GPS rangefinder.  A GPS device or golf app can help you improve more quickly by making your good shots count. It will help you become more decisive on the golf course and maybe even make you a faster player. It might even have the added benefit of keeping you motivated by helping you see gradual improvements.

Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be painful like changing your grip or trying to keep your left arm straight!

Your golf GPS device or app needs to have the capability to measure your shots and record the club you used to hit the shot.  You should also be able to look up your average distances for each club.  The Garmin Approach G6 does this very well, and if you’re looking for a low cost option and have an iPhone or Android phone, GolfShot will also serve you very well. 

By using shot measuring features, you’ll get a sense, fairly quickly, of how far you hit each club.  Be sure to only use the shot measuring feature on shots where there is not much elevation change and when there is not much wind. Those factors can really affect the distance of the shot. Most importantly, only use the feature on your good shots. Your goal is to discover how far you’re likely to hit the golf ball when you hit it well. Always input the club you used.


Golf_gps_rangefinderYou can start applying what you learn about how far you’re hitting it almost immediately, but after a half a dozen rounds or so, you should have a pretty good representation of how far you hit each club. You can now comfortably look at that distance to the center of the green on your golf GPS and choose a club accordingly. You’ll also start to understand how wind and elevation affect your distances.



Once a month or so, write down your distances for each club and reset the GPS so you can begin collecting new averages. As a beginner, you’re fairly likely to increase your distances the more you practice and play. By comparing your monthly averages, you might surprise yourself with your improvements. If you’re not getting any longer and think you should be, you may want to talk with your instructor or even find a new one.

Let’s face it, beginner golfers don’t hit a high percentage of solid shots which makes the good ones all the more critical. What could be worse than hitting your best golf shot of the day and having it fly right over the green and land in a deep bunker?

If you want to play better golf, it’s time to start treating yourself like the player you hope to be one day. You deserve to know how far you are from your target and you deserve to know how far you hit your clubs… even if only an occasional shot really measures up. When you do connect with your best shot of the day, you should be rewarded for it!  

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Val Brennan writes GPS and laser rangefinder reviews for GolfRangefinderShop.com. She is a former caddie, player and media coordinator on the Symetra (Futures) Tour and is passionate about the game of golf.


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17 comments:

Mike Cornelia said...
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Mike Cornelia said...

I used a golf ranger finder last week. A couple of buddies and I golf in Las Vegas annually and this year I thought I would bring a little help. It was the first time I had used it, but I can't tell you how much better my accuracy was. I was able to put the ball on the green 9 times out of 10. It was quite amazing.

Val Brennan said...

Mike, I think using a golf rangefinder is the easiest way for most people to shave shots off of their scores. Glad you had good success. Just curious, which rangefinder did you use?

Stacy Solomon said...

Although a golf gps rangefinder really helps my accuracy and club selection, I need to learn how to keep my focus on my game and not the app!

Val Brennan said...

Stacy, I definitely agree that you can get distracted by a golf GPS. I've done it myself while trying to learn different apps and devices. I wrote about mistakes to avoid with a new golf GPS. Learning when and how to use the tools is really important!

A. Blake said...

Absolutely.. Rangefinders is very helpful for both beginners or pro golfers. I've made the list of best rangefinders for golf. Let me know what do you say about it...

SkyCaddie Golf GPS said...

The GPS range finders are becoming increasingly common amongst golfers of all abilities, they use a global positioning system to track where the golfer is relative to the hole he or she is playing.

Joney Franklein said...

I have a GPS and dont want to shell out for a Skycaddie or =. Is there software for existing GPS of golf courses?

Joney Franklein said...

How accurate is it? Does it really come preloaded with all available courses in North America? How easy is it to use? Do you think it's better than the SkyCaddie GPS units?

Lanni Bray said...

I used a GPS rangefinder in the past and it really helped on many shots.

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Kate Dunkin said...

Great post! My dad recently downloaded the golf gps rangefinder onto his phone and he absolutely loves it. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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Randy Stevens said...

I plan on going to go to some of the many golf courses in Las Vegas this summer and I have been considering using a range finder. Though I'm not sure if there is a specific one I should be looking for in terms of which one works the best. I'll probably have to do some more research and see which ones customers are satisfied with.

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