Golf is all about tradition.
The green jacket, the Claret Jug, the Old Course at St. Andrews—each of these things represent a piece of golf history that will bring a smile to any golfer's face. There are some traditions, though, that golfers can do without. One of these is the practice of physically measuring one's distance to the green by pacing distances. We all know how quickly a fun day on the links can devolve into a colored sprinkler head scavenger hunt.
Now that we're in the digital age, though, golfers no longer have to search for stakes and make rough estimates as to their distance to the green. For years, Tour players have had the luxury of exact distance measurements to any point on a hole thanks to the work of their caddies and detailed yardage books. Now you can now get exact yardage as if you had a personal caddy of your own. Distance measuring devices have flooded the market in the last few years, making it easier to get accurate yardage from anywhere on the golf course. If you are still getting your distances off sprinkler heads or from the colored stakes at your course, check out some of the latest distance measuring devices we have detailed on these pages. Estimating your yardage is one tradition you won't mind leaving behind.Sonocaddie V300
The V300 has incredible 3-D graphics, featuring a full color, richly textured and highly accurate bird’s eye view of the entire hole. With the
press of a button, it zooms in on the green, showing a close up of the
front, center and back of the green with the yardage distances shown.
The most unique feature of the V300 is the ‘walking golfer’ icon that
moves around the fairway indicating the user’s position in real time,
along with th yardages to bunkers, hazards, greens and other targets.
The Sonocaddie holds 20 courses in it’s memory and 15,000 courses are available for download on the company’s website with no annual fees. www.sonocaddie.com uPro GPS
The uPro GPS is so graphically and visually superior to any rangefinder on the market that it’s been touted as the “Apple iPhone” of GPS technology.
Its unique features include: captivating aerial photography displayed on a high resolution color screen, video flyovers, super-fast GPS locking, laserlike capabilities, a thin and sleek profile, no membership fees, and patentpending technology designed to improve your game. The user-friendly uPro requires no special software and offers thousands of courses nationwide on a click and buy basis. SmartView gives the golfer three views that allow the player to plan the perfect shot. uPro weighs only 3.1-ounces and makes the ultimate game improvement device that will change the way you play golf forever. $399.00www.uprogps.comGolf Logix
Golf Logix ($300) makes the task of getting proper yardage simple, just
turn it on and never touch it again. The unit claims rugged durability
and is the only 100% waterproof system on the market. Powered by
Garmin’s GPS technology you can store up to 20 courses on the unit.
The system displays the front, center and back of the greens as well as
lay-ups and hazards. It can also calculate the distance of your last shot.
For a $29 annual fee, golfers can download as many courses as the wish
and import up to 20 at a time on the device. www.golflogix.comSky Caddie SG5
The new SG5 is for golfers who want a SkyCaddie with advanced features, a large color display and a long- lasting rechargeable battery. SkyGolf’s advanced GPS technology is integrated with the very best Swiss engineering to provide unmatched reliability. The SG5 includes SkyGolf’s patented IntelliGreen® technology, enabling golfers to measure the full depth and shape of the green from any angle of approach and shows distances for all targets and hazards on any of
SkyGolf’s many thousands of professionally mapped courses.www.skygolfgps.comIGolf Neo
Equipped with the latest in GPS technology, the iGolf Neo helps eliminate the guesswork by quickly and precisely providing key distances from anywhere on the course. The unit holds 10 GPS course files with 4 custom points per hole, such as bunkers, hazards, etc.
The unit is Water resistant and uses an internal, rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that has 16 hours of battery life.www.igolf.comSonocaddie XV2
Sonocaddie XV2 a monochrome version of the V300. This is
the Golf GPS that led the way in no user fees for downloads,
and the precursor to the V300 with its unique hole overview
screen, showing the golfer the layout of the hazards in relation
to each other and the green. The VX2 also allows a close up
view of the green shot distance calculator and scorecard function.
Both the XV2 and V300 allow user editing of any and all
points, and allows a golfer to completely self map or customize
any course layout. www.sonocaddie.comLaser Link QuickShot
The Laser Link QuickShot is “target specific”, which means it will only measure distance to specially designed flagstick reflectors. Because of this special design geared specifically to golfers, there is only one
measurement you’ll ever get -- the distance to the flagstick. No more wondering, “Did I hit the flagstick? Or did I hit the trees behind the green?” It is a fast, simple, and precise rangefinder. $289www.laserlinkgolf.comOpti Logic
Manufactured in the USA, the PinPoint™ GL with external LCD
digital display and InSight™ GL with internal LED & external
LCD digital display utilize Opti-Logic’s proprietary and exclusive
PinPoint™ Technology. Both the PinPoint and InSight laser
rangefinders can range a flag over 250 yards with a astounding
1 yard accuracy. These amazing devices will work on ANY golf
course-with or without a reflector. Retail prices start at $299.95.www.opti-logic.comBushnell Tour V2 with Pinseeker Laser Range Finder
The most popular brand in laser rangefinders has a new model that is superb - the V2 with Pinseeker. Laser range finders are far superior than GPS hand held units for precise distances. The unit uses both yards and meters and can read distances up to 1,000 yards, as well as distances
to trees up to 600 yards and pin placements up to 300 yards. The inside lens graphics are excellent when locking on to the target. www.bushnellgolf.com