Best Golf GPS and Rangefinder Reviews for 2014

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Best Golf GPS Models

2014
2014
  • Best Golf GPS Models for 2014

Best Golf Rangefinder Models

2014
2014
  • Best Golf Rangefinder Models

Golf GPS/Rangefinder Buying Guide

2014
2014
  • GPS/Rangefinder Buying Guide

Golf GPS/Rangefinder Reviews

2014
2014
  • Golf GPS/Rangefinder Reviews

Best Golf GPS Models

Model
Rating
Courses
Membership Fees
Screen
Price

GolfBuddy Voice GPS

4.4640,000No annual feesB&WCheck current price
Bushnell NEO-X

4.4230,000No annual feesWatch faceCheck current price
Garmin Approach S1

4.414,000No annual feesWatch faceCheck current price
Garmin Approach G5

4.2312,000 + free updatesNo annual feesColorCheck current price
Garmin Approach G3

4.2312,000+No annual feesColorCheck current price
Garmin Approach G6

4.1625,000+No annual feesColorCheck current price

Best Golf Rangefinder Models

Model
Rating
Range
Magnification
Battery
Price
Bushnell Tour V3

4.7710005x3 VoltCheck current price

Nikon COOLSHOT

4.756006xCR2 lithiumCheck current price
Leupold GX-1i

4.758006xCR2 lithiumCheck current price
Callaway Razr

4.356006xLithiumCheck current price
Bushnell Tour V2

4.31,0005x3 VoltCheck current price
Simmons LRF 600

4.36004x9 VoltCheck current price

Buying Guide for Golf/GPS Rangefinders

Golf GPS and Rangefinder Buying GuideGolf rangefinders or distance finders are fast becoming a golfer’s best friend. They help boost the confidence and improve a golfer’s skills and precision. There are countless golf rangefinders you can find on the market today. There is a multitude of golf rangefinders under different manufacturers, with different specifications, designs, features and prices to choose from. The important thing is to know and understand these various differences.

There are two types of golf range finders and both have advantages and disadvantages, these could help you identify the best golf rangefinder for you.

  • Golf GPS (Global Positioning System) Rangefinders

GPS devices have been acknowledged greatly and are widely used. A GPS is a mapping device that uses satellites to provide data positions. These devices communicate with aerial satellites, these satellites sends back signal accurately pointing your exact location and tracks the time between transmission and reception and uses the stored locations and gives the distance of any relevant position near you. The correct and precise positions of the satellites are saved in the GPS device by the manufacturer.

Golf GPS Rangefinders have been introduced and well received in the golf marketplace. They provide a fast and accurate way of determining the distance from the ball to the target you are aiming for. Golf GPS Rangefinders can give you color course maps that can that provides favorable concepts of hole layouts. It gives precise distance measurements and offers exact yardage from the position where your ball lies.

GPS Rangefinder devices resemble mobile phones with regards to the appearance; they have display screens and buttons. The unit’s antenna obtains signals from a system of satellites that are positioned in space. The unit’s software utilizes those signals to determine its location on the golf course.

This technology allows the user to gauge distance, depth and slope. It enables you to accurately choose what type of club to use on a shot, aiming position and how hard to swing. Golf GPS Rangefinders are technology’s greatest gift for golfers; they lend a precise and clear display of data about the hole. They help identify hazards. Golf GPS systems have developed immensely from when they were first introduced to the markets.

  • Golf Laser Rangefinder

A laser rangefinder is particularly different from a GPS rangefinder. Laser rangefinders do not need the course to be mapped. The golf laser rangefinder can be described between a pair of binoculars and a laser gun.  It uses an optical system similar to firearm’s scope, it lets you select and lock in contact with the object you want to measure the distance for then shoots laser at the target. It accurately calculates the distance of the target by measuring the time elapsed for the laser to bounce off and return from the target to the rangefinder.

Golf laser rangefinders provide the most precise method and have the capacity to obtain exact distance to the pin, false fronts and different tiers on the green. They can also give the distance reading to any point on the hole. In terms of accuracy, laser rangefinders offer an excellently accurate degree of accuracy.

  • GoMode this feature is preloaded on the device of some units. ProMode features images of the green and adjacent hazards. The images of the green and its neighboring area are shown displayed clearly and in detail with exact distances to the front, middle and back of the green together with the adjacent hazards.
  • ProMode this feature shows not only the images but the actual aerial pictures of the entire hole with exact yardage to hazards and key points chosen, giving you a reasonable view of each hole. You can zoom in and out to see more or less detail.
  • Aerial video flyover this feature gives you an aerial view of each hole allowing you to preview the layout of each hole and any hidden hazards.
  • AnyPoint Technology another unique feature that will enable you to accurately plan your next shot. It shows you the yardage to any selected target and the yardage left from your target.
  • Digital scorecard is a feature that allows you to keep track of your score.
  • High Definition Actual Aerial Imagery this feature is for specific brands and models; this technology uses high resolution imagery, giving you the actual view of the golf course. It also allows you to see the distances on the imagery.
  • Superior GPS locking this unique feature offered by some manufacturers have an Omni Directional Antenna to give excellent performance and GPS locking.
  • Battery Life some brands and models also provide a battery that when fully charged, can last for up to 5-7 hours.
  • Lightweight although Golf GPS Rangefinders resemble mobile phones, there are models that are sleek, slim and lightweight yet rugged design.
  • Waterproof Golf GPS rangefinders are usually waterproof up to 1m., depth varies, depending on the manufacturer and model.
  • Preloaded with courses some Golf GPS rangefinders are preloaded with courses and ready to use right out of the box. Number of courses would depend on the manufacturer/model specifications.
  • Extended battery it is an additional feature offered by some manufacturers for golfers who often forgets to recharge their devices. This extended battery lasts up to 11 hours with normal use. Extended batteries are sold separately.
  • No annual fees or subscriptions (unlimited ProMode course downloads)
  • Color touch screen with finger navigation for pinpoint accuracy and precise control
  • Active Brightness Control Viewfinder provides easy and clear viewing. LED lights indicate dark and bright conditions of the surroundings. For example, Orange LED is automatically turned on in darker surroundings. The brightness of the LED is adapted according to the surroundings.
  • PinSeeker Technology is a trademark. Golf laser rangefinders with this technology gives the user brief, vibrating bursts indicating that the laser has locked onto the flag.
  • Target Priority Switch System is a feature used for measuring super-imposed subjects.  This feature is useful in wooded areas.
  • SCAN mode is a feature that layouts multiple ranges while panning 500 meters range in .5 increment readings.
  • Quick Set Menu this feature allows you ease of access to all features and modes of your device
  • Club Selector this technology allows you to set your device to your hitting strength. This allows you to hit your intended target.
  • Pinhunter 2 this feature is a trademark of a manufacturer. This technology refines background images and makes marking on the target faster and easier.
  • Prism Lock another trademark of a manufacturer, this feature provides quick and accurate locking on to the flagstick. It plays an audible tone when the rangefinder locates the prism.
  • First Target Priority Mode this feature allows ranging the closest, smallest object like the pin
  • Reticle allows users to know when ranging is in process
  • Slim-stratic sleeve uses a standalone bag clip that stabilizes to eyelet of Rangefinder
  • Warranty manufacturers offer different types and duration of warranties.

Add on accessories : these are just some of the accessories that are sold separately, other manufacturers include these (free of charge) upon purchase of their top of the line devices.

  • Clip and Go Cart Mount
  • Batteries

Additional features offered by some manufacturers:

  • E.S.P. technology provides best possible accuracy
  • Rubber armored metal housing enhances durability
  • Adjustable Diopter setting
  • Cart mount adaptable
  • Waterproof & RainGuard HD lens coating
  • Bushnell Corporation, also known as Bushnell and Bushnell Outdoor Products, is an American company founded by David P Bushnell. The company specializes in optics and imaging. Its products include binoculars, spotting scopes, telescopes, night vision equipment, GPS devices, laser rangefinders, riflescopes, holographic weapon sights, game cameras and other high-end optical equipment. It has 2 headquarters, 9200 Cody Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66214-1734, United States and Simmons Outdoor Corporation-Thomasville, GA.
  • Callaway Golf Company is an American global company that designs, manufactures, markets and sells golf equipment, golf accessories and golf lifestyle-related products in more than 70 countries worldwide. This company, based in Carlsbad, California, is the world’s largest maker of golf clubs. Callaway Golf sells its products through golf retailers and sporting goods retailers, through mass merchants, directly online, and through its pre-owned and trade-in services. Callaway Golf licenses its name, trademarks and service marks for golf lifestyle products
  • Leupold & Stevens, Inc., is an American, family-owned, fifth-generation company that has been designing, machining, and assembling precision optical instruments and other products for 100 years. The company was founded in 1907, by a young German immigrant, Fred Leupold set up a one man shop at 5th and Oak Streets in Portland, Oregon, repairing optics for surveying equipment. It is headquartered in 14400 NW Greenbrier Parkway Beaverton, OR 97006-5790 USA.
  • Carl Zeiss is a German manufacturer of optical systems, industrial measurements and medical devices. It was founded on November 17, 1846, when Carl Zeiss, a mechanic, who was 30 years old, opened a workshop and a small store in Jena’s Neugasse No. 7. Together with Ernst Abbe who joined in 1866 and Otto Schott who joined in 1884, they built a base for modern optics and manufacturing. It is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany.

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