Golf courses tips: How to use a rangefinder

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Golf courses tips: How to use a rangefinder

A rangefinder is a tool that will let you know the distance between you and the target. If you are unfamiliar with the rangefinder, you need to know how to use one to get the best experience on the golf course.

You only need to find your target, aim the rangefinder at your target, activate the rangefinder, and get your yardage.

But for the rangefinder to help you, it is important to know:

  • how to aim the rangefinder
  • how your specific type of rangefinder work


Before you even begin, its important to know how to hold a rangefinder properly.

Hold the rangefinder in one hand and rest your elbow on your chest. This will help to stabilize your arm.

There are different types of rangefinders, so it’s important to have a read of the manual to get the best experience with it.

Some devices can be hard to use, and so golfers need to know their rangefinder and the best ways to use their device.

However, most really are quite simple, they just require you to point and press the button.

Once you have made the necessary adjustments, and you can see clearly through the rangefinder, you simply lift the sight to your eyes, view your target, and press the button.

A laser rangefinder emits laser beams when it is working, so its accuracy depends on the amount of beam reflected on the target flagstick.

In other words, you can improve its accuracy by aiming at a more reflective surface.

Many golf courses are attaching small reflective pieces at the top of every flagstick on the course, making it much easier to find out the exact distance from where you are to the hole.

How to use GPS rangefinders

GPS rangefinders are easy to use, and take almost all of the work out of the process for you.

Most rangefinders are more technologically advanced.

Users must follow a few steps to best use the GPS golf rangefinder.

First load the map of the golf course to the rangefinder.

To make this easy, most golf courses have their maps on the internet and many manufacturers make it easy to find them.

This helps you to get the best read on the flags, the slopes, and the flagsticks.

Next, turn on the GPS rangefinder once you reach the course. Allow the rangefinder to connect to the satellite feed to determine your location.

The GPS will then improve the data that the rangefinder provides to the user.

Then select the target hole to get the reading on the distance and slope of the target.

This should provide you with an accurate distance of the pin.

At this point, you can determine your coordinates according to the GPS mapping distance.

The accuracy depends on the GPS signal and the number of satellites it can connect to at that time, so it may be more or less accurate on different parts of the course.

Also, be sure to update the rangefinder, and check for updated maps regularly to get the best reads on target distance and slopes.

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