Tom's Top Tips: Knowing Your Distance


Knowing your course distance

Have you ever asked yourself on the golf course, “How far is it to that bunker?” or, “Is that pin in the middle or at the back of that green?"

In the past, golfers used sight and their best judgement to best answer these questions. This technique is great if you’re a good judge of distance but if not, it can cost an imaginable amount of shots and time. 

Fast forward to 2017 and there are endless amounts of technology available to us that informs us how far and where we need to hit our next shot. GPS, rangefinders, mobile apps and watches are all modified for use on a golf course and provide their users with reliable and accurate data.

Each distance device has its' advantages and disadvantages. GPS devices present endless data with front, middle and back of the green distance as well as full layouts of each hole which displays bunkers, hazards and doglegs. However, GPS data is accurate to 5 meters which for the average golfer is more than enough. 

A rangefinder, which is like a single monocular, are far more accurate, giving distances accurate to 1 meter and provide the opportunity to find a distance to any target including trees, bunkers and hazards. The downfall of a rangefinder is having to physically use it to find a distance, unlike a GPS which is automatic.

As a keen golfer, I use a Golf Buddy rangefinder and find this information priceless for each round of golf I play.  I use it on each hole for a variety of reasons including finding distances and pin placements.

The technology is improving all the time and considering how often you will use it, it is not to expensive either. If you want to drop shots from your handicap then you may want to think about purchasing either an GPS or a rangefinder.

If you would like more information about either device, pro shop staff at our RACV courses will be able to assist you.