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Some may consider golf rangefinders old school, but that isn't really the case. While under pressure from phone apps and watch-based technology, they are still a great option for golfers wanting accurate distances while playing. A number of tournaments have also allowed the use of rangefinders for the first time. You may not have used one, or are considering buying one, so here are some of our positives and considerations of handheld rangefinders:

POSITIVES
Accuracy: Rangefinders are known for their precise distance measurements. This will help not only with making your decision but will also give you confidence in your club selection.

No signal, no problem: You don't need phone signal or internet connection. They work anywhere, on any course.

No ongoing or initial subscriptions: There are no further costs to worry about once you've purchased the device.

CONSIDERATIONS
Cost: They can be more expensive upfront compared to some phone apps or GPS devices, but in looking around there are some great options that are fairly reasonable – shop around.

More in the bag: It will be an extra device to carry, and you may find them a bit bulky.

Getting the hang of it: There can be a learning curve to use them effectively – but once you have the hang of it you’ve got accurate distances forever.

Snapshot of the rangefinder vs phone apps vs golf GPS devices:

The choice between these options still depends on your preferences, budget and how much you value accuracy and convenience on the golf course. Going “old school” has great advantages and in our opinion is definitely relevant and a great consideration for all golfers.

konus mini 600 rangefinder

PRICE: R3 500.00 (currently on sale)

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bushnell tour v5 shift rangefinder

PRICE: R8 499.00

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bushnell nitro 1800 rangefinder

PRICE: R8 999.00

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mileseey pf210 rangefinder

PRICE: R3 499.00

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shot scope pro l2 rangefinder

PRICE: R3 999.00

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pro range quad rangefinder

PRICE: R3 499.00

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BRNR MINI DRIVER

Split weights allow golfers to switch between the standard setting for balanced performance, and the low spin setting for a piercing trajectory and increased roll out.

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Brett Blyth is an amateur golfer who plays out of Royal Cape. He has a handicap index of 6.4 and is a self-confessed golf fanatic. 

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