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Golf Rangefinders & GPS Devices

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If you’re ready to start playing at a higher level, it may be time to add a golf rangefinder or GPS device to your bag. You’ll find exactly what you need at Golf Galaxy. Choose from top brands like Garmin®, GolfBuddy®, SkyCaddie® and more.

Take the guesswork out of your game with a golf rangefinder. Point your new rangefinder at the pin and discover the distance to the green—no more relying on course markers, tree counting or gut feelings to choose the right club.

You’ll also find a great selection of GPS devices, including the latest GPS watches and handheld options. Today’s golf GPS systems come preloaded with thousands of course maps to give you instant access to yardage, helping you lower scores and create faster, more enjoyable rounds. And many golf GPS watches double as a sharp-looking wristwatch off the course, tracking essential health stats like steps walked and calories burned.

Purchasing a golf rangefinder, GPS or watch is a key step to improving your game, and you don’t have to stop there. Check out our selection of golf training aids, including swing analyzers, cameras, mats and more.

Buying Tips

First, you’ll need to decide if you’re best suited by a rangefinder, GPS device or GPS watch.

Rangefinders

Laser rangefinders offer precise distances to targets and are accurate within a few yards. When comparing rangefinders, determine the range, accuracy, slope-measuring abilities, magnification, water resistance and battery power you need for your game.

The advantage of rangefinders over GPS systems is their simplicity. With most models, you just point the rangefinder at your target, and it provides the distance. Some models can even detect changes in elevation and other environmental conditions.

Keep in mind, though, that you must have a clear view of the target to use your rangefinder. For instance, you won’t be able to find the distance to the green on a blind hole. And if you’re playing in bright sunlight, rain or fog, the rangefinder may not provide the most accurate reading.

However, if you’re looking for an easy-to-use, dependable device for measuring distance on the course, it’s tough to beat the convenience of a rangefinder.

Handheld GPS Systems

When choosing a handheld GPS system, consider the following features:

  • Course Availability: Check to see how many courses you will have access to.
  • Course Imagery: Some of today’s GPS devices are quite detailed, providing information like distance to course hazards. Make sure your device has the features you want.
  • Display Screen: Look for a high-resolution, color display for the best experience.
  • Durability: Make sure the GPS you choose is built tough. Look for an impact-resistant model to guard against drops and other mishaps. Go with a waterproof model to ensure you’re covered when the rain clouds roll in. Also, an anti-glare screen can be a lifesaver on bright, sunny days.
  • Battery Life: As always, make sure to check the device’s battery life and recharging process.

Golf GPS Watches

Golf watches are the latest innovation in course management. They provide the precise distance of the rangefinder and the details of a handheld GPS—and it all fits comfortably on your wrist. The GPS golf watch has all the features of a handheld device, and many track additional stats like steps, calories burned and more.

FAQs

What are the benefits of using a golf rangefinder?

Rangefinders help take the guesswork out of club selection by providing precise distance to your target. This is especially helpful when aiming for the pin on approach shots.

Knowing the yardage to your target will help you choose the right club for the shot and allow you to swing with more confidence.

Are golf rangefinders easy to use?

Most rangefinders sold at Golf Galaxy are relatively simple to operate. Basically, you turn the device on, point it at your target and “fire” the laser to get a yardage reading. While the rangefinder will likely have additional functions available, its main purpose is to provide distance, and that is not a complicated process. Golf rangefinders may vary in price and appearance, but they all share this basic functionality.

What types of objects can my golf rangefinder detect and how can I tell when it has locked on?

Essentially, you can target any object within the rangefinder’s field of view, including the flagstick, trees, bunkers, water hazards and most any object viewable through the ocular. Some golf rangefinders are also capable of scanning the landscape and providing distance to several targets at once.

Rangefinders typically display the yardage within the ocular screen once the device has locked in on a target. Some rangefinders will vibrate or produce a sound to let you know it has locked on. Unless you have set the rangefinder to compensate for slope, it will only display “line of sight” yardage to the target—you will need to accommodate for any elevation or environmental factors.

What is the max viewing distance for golf rangefinders?

Lower-end rangefinders can lock onto targets up to 400 yards away and are accurate to within plus or minus 1 yard. Higher-end devices can provide yardage for targets 5 to 1,300 yards away and are also accurate to within plus or minus 1 yard.

Can I use my rangefinder in poor weather conditions?

Depending on the model you choose, performance can be affected by poor visibility, particularly foggy conditions. Glare from the sun can also be a factor. If you do not have a clear view of your target, the rangefinder may be unable to provide an accurate yardage reading. Always consult the product description or user manual to learn more about the capabilities of each device.

What is slope technology and is it legal for tournament play?

All rangefinder devices use high-frequency lasers to provide line-of-sight yardage to the pin or target. However, only devices with slope technology will account for changes in elevation—for example, an uphill hole. This technology will add or subtract yardage from the projected distance based on the elevational changes, which can provide a huge advantage for club selection.

According to the Rules of Golf, the use of slope technology is illegal during tournament or competitive play. For handicapping purposes, golfers may use a device which measures distance only.