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How to Choose a Golf Rangefinder

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Even though every golf rangefinder have one common task, which is to provide you with distance measurements to your required targets on the golf course, how precise they are at achieving these results and how easy they are to use can vary significantly from one rangefinder to another.
How to Choose a Golf Rangefinder - Key Things To Consider!
To help you work out how to choose a golf rangefinder, so you can find one that will go with your needs and produce results for you on the course, we have listed below, some of the major things that you might want to consider, before making your purchasing decision. Apart from price, one of the first things you should consider is what you are going to be using your rangefinder for.

If you want to use it in competitions or for tournament play, then you will need to confirm that you buy a Tournament Legal Golf Rangefinder. These are the only type of rangefinders that are deemed to be legal for tournament play (under local rule) as they provide line-of-sight distance measurements only.

The other types of golf rangefinders are called Slope Editions which are not allowed to be used in competitions or tournament play because they offer more advanced features like adjusted yardage measurements that take into account the angle of slope, weather conditions and altitude, some even make club selection easier by offering suggestions on which club to take for your next shot.

So just remember that should only buy a Slope Edition Rangefinder if you are only going to use it for training and practicing purposes or for playing casual golf with your friends. If you want to use it in competitions then as the golf rules stand at the moment you will have to buy a Tournament Edition.

One more important factor to consider when choosing a golf rangefinder is what is their maximum distance range? And how exact are they? Maximum distance ranges can be anything from 500 yards to well over 1,000 yards away, and are normally accurate to with +/- 1 yard, although some of the latest models can be accurate to within 6 inches.

What you need to keep in mind is that this accuracy and maximum distance ranges have been tested under optimal weather conditions and with large, smooth and reflective targets, so to be safe it is possibly best to halve that figure in you head, unless you are lucky enough to be playing in perfect weather conditions all of the time!

Other factors you should consider include, size and weight, magnification capability, how easy they are to use and whether you are more comfortable with a horizontal and vertically-orientated golf rangefinder.
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