The GPS for Golf Courses Controversy…

You standing on the fairway, you’ve got a gps for golf course and the reading says you’re 150 yard from the pin… so now what?

My friend John, he’d hit a 9 iron because in practice that’s what his range finder tells him he hits with it.

And that’s the beauty of using Range Finders or GPS for Golf Courses.

Instead of standing, waiting and wondering — knowing the exact distance to the back of front, middle and back of the green — a GPS takes that doubt of choosing between clubs away from you, letting you hit with confidence.

This is particularly useful if you’re on holiday or playing a course you’re not familiar with. That’s where a GPS for golf courses can make a real difference IMHO.

The naysayers might argue about wind, humidity and the slope on the course but you take everything into consideration.

You’ll always need to use your eyes and get a ‘feel’ for what’s right (that’s the beauty of golf) but with an accurate knowledge of how far the pin is (and even the hazards) you stack the odds highly in your favor.

The biggest problems come when your GPS or Range Finder is fresh out the box. It has that ‘new feel’ and the novelty factor really kicks in. Instead of trusting years of judgement and using the GPS as a simple tool to achieve your goal… it becomes a distraction.

You have to use your common sense and remember it’s there to help and provide extra information in picking the right club and playing the best shot.

A little like a map of the course shows you the layout and where the hazards are, it won’t tell you the slope and topography of the hole. It’s a clue that helps you solve the puzzle…

Here are 4 Super Simple Tips to Making the Most of Range Finders and GPS for Golf Courses:

  1. Accept that your GPS may never lower your handicap, only by improving your golf will you achieve this! Once you know the yardage, you still have to hit the shot!
  2. Use your GPS system to pick the correct club with confidence. This helps you AVOID obstacle illusions on the course.
  3. When you find your ball, check the lie, take a visual look at the distance to the green and consider other factors (eg. the wind, slope and hazards).
  4. Finally, I prefer a GPS watch like my Garmin S1 because (unlike a laser range finder) you don’t need line of sight to get distance.

Technology is always a hot and controversial topic in the sport. Are golfers becoming lazy or simply making the most of (legal) technology and being anal in their preparation?

There’s a reason professional golfers and their caddies — who unquestionably have all the skills — walk a course the day before, use a laser range finder and do their homework.

Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below…

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