I’ve spent years playing golf using sprinkler heads, and more recently, iPhone gps apps to get my distances. Having yardage to the front, center, and back was always “good enough” for me. I had failed to realize how great a nice rangefinder can be and now that I’ve gotten accustomed to the PinCaddie 2 Golf Rangefinder from Leupold Golf, there will be no going back for me.
The PinCaddie 2 rangefinder comes with a smart leather case and is small enough to fit in any pocket in your bag (or be clipped to an outside ring) but is large enough to fit nicely in your hand. The predominately red color is a nice look that adds a sporty touch without being too ostentatious.
As for what’s important – ease of use and speed – the rangefinder scores great in both categories. I now know that I would make a horrible sniper and I’ve got a shaky hand. There is a “point and shoot” mode as well as a scan mode and I find the scan mode to be much more convenient as you can hover over the flag until you get a proper reading. It helps to have a general idea of what the yardage should be so that you can know right away if the laser is picking up a background object or not. By keeping it in scan mode (simply by holding down the “trigger”) you can double check the accuracy of the rangefinder. Results are displayed on the screen almost instantaneously so there is no need to wait for a reading.
The rangefinder is a great tool to get exact yardage to the flag because sometimes it’s tough to tell if a flag is positioned in the front or the back of the green, especially for courses that don’t use different colored flags for different sections of the green. It’s also great for picking out distance to basically any spot or object on a course. For instance, if you are worried about driving the ball through a dogleg, you can easily get the distance to an object on the far side of the fairway in order to see how much room you have if you take a certain line.
Even though it may take a few seconds to get the rangefinder out of your bag, get the yardage, and then put it away, it takes far less time than walking around aimlessly in search of a sprinkler head. Just be sure to play ready golf and get your distances while others in your group are hitting their shots.
For those that have not used a rangefinder, you need to get your hands on one in order to see firsthand what you’ve been missing. For those that are already accustomed to using one, you’ll find the Leupold PinCaddie 2 Golf Rangefinder to be a great upgrade due to it’s speed, accuracy, and style.
Editor’s note: our review was given a Leupold PinCaddie 2 Golf Rangefinder to review and keep. That said, LongIslandGolfNews.com nor the reviewer gave an assurances as to the content of the review.