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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
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    Canton, Ohio
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    GPS/Range Finders

    My wife let it slip that she is going to get me a Garmin Approach G5 for Christmas (kudos to her for thinking of it 100% on her own!). From what I have read, it features a touch screen, it is waterproof, it has updated course maps that include distances to bunkers, trees, water hazards, etc... It sounds like, with this thing, I am going to one less excuse for poor play on the course...lol

    I have used the free apps on my phone which have left a great deal to be desired. I have also used the LaserLink Red Hot handheld...which also left a lot to be desired (too easy to lock onto a tree behind a green or get blocked by a hill). I haven't found one that I am 100% confident with...

    Has anyone used the Garmin G5 on the course? Pros, Cons...what do you like about it...what are it's shortcomings? How is the battery life?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
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    Rangefinder's more accurate. GPS is better if you're hungover, shaky hands.
    Bachelors III . . . In the Inn. . . Lanas Garage 4/18/75 . . . lpswitch with Snake, Hards and Mendy . . .B.D.W.B. . . Ambition: I want Dooleys Job . . . Saturday Night Live . . . Bathroom Brawls . . . Living at Snakes . . . WHERE IS MUSKY. - John Tortorella

  3. #3
    Join Date
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    Rangefinder is great and more accurate if they have the reflectors on the top of the sticks if not you can miss quite a bit.

    I think GPS is better for players 15 and above handicap wise. For instance i'm a 17 and yea use a range finder when I play with a few buddies (they own them) but i'm better with GPS knowing not exact yardage to pin but how much room around the pin I have. If you are 125 and more out and you are a mid to higher handicap you shouldn't be focusing on the pin but focus on hitting the green.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
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    Canton, Ohio
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    I finished my traveling Sunday league with an 8 handicap...but I hate the rangefinders that I have used, and not too many of the courses I play in NE Ohio have the reflectors at the top of the flag.

    I enjoy playing new courses quite a bit, last year we played probably 6-8 new courses in the area...that is more what I am looking for is having an advantage on those types of courses. I have the courses that I play frequently pretty well figured out, it is the new ones or the ones that I only play once or twice a year that I am looking to have better info on.

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