How to use a golf rangefinder

Using a golf rangefinder might seem like a daunting task at first but it shouldn’t be. In this quick guide, I will give a few tips from my personal experience on how to use a golf rangefinder so you could at this tool to your golf toolbox and start to improve your golf game today.

First off, why should you even use a golf rangefinder?

Well, a human eye can only be so precise. That is the exact reason why we use other kinds of products to measure distance, weight and other kinds of measures in life. Such devices are a lot more precise than a human eye. Want it or not, it’s true.

Sure, there are some golfers who have a great eye and can tell distances very close to the ones shown by golf rangefinders.

But…

They are still off. Even if it’s by just a few inches, it can make or break a great shot for you. I think that is enough to prove to you that you should invest in this great device and ease your own eye and mind when making the calculations. Let the device work for you!

Another thing to keep in mind is that there are two kinds of golf rangefinders. Well… there are actually three but only two of them are being used, they are:

GPS Rangefinders

These devices use GPS coordinates between you and the target to calculate the distance.

Laser rangefinders

These, on the other hand, work straight on. You point them at the target and the device will show the distance between you and your desired target location.

They can be either with or without slope functionality which as the name suggests, either takes the slopes and uneven surfaces into an account or not when giving you the final distance.

My suggestion – try to get one with the slope function.

Holding a rangefinder the proper way

When holding a rangefinder you got to have steady hands. It’s a single-arm device so if your arms are not that steady and start to shake fast as they are raised in the air, try to hold your hand in place with the other hand. This kind of support is going to be enough to make your device readings correct.

To finish…

Yes, there are rangefinders which work for golf and hunting, but you shouldn’t buy them.

Why?

Because of specificity. If you want the best product for golf, you have to buy a product that is made just for that – for golf.

Tips for using golf equipment

Usually, the person in control of equipment is the one responsible for the end result.


Well, not in this case as sometimes the equipment can be the one to blame. It’s very difficult to play with broken or plain out bad equipment. It’s going to hold you back from having the best game possible.


You don’t want that, do you?

Now is the best time for you to consider investing in new equipment which would make your game better today!

Looking at used golf clubs have it’s good and bad sides. The good side, of course, is that you can save a lot of money by buying used equipment.

The bad aspect is that without a good inspection of the clubs, you could get yourself into trouble.

You should be looking at the heads of the clubs, the shafts, and the grips. They all have to be in good game condition for the purchase to be worth it.

Tiger Woods is the Second Most Disliked Athlete in America: Fan’s Take

In a survey conducted by E-Poll Market Research and Nielsen Company, golfer Tiger Woods is ranked as the second most disliked athlete in America. The poll is based upon fan’s who said they dislike, dislike a lot, or dislike somewhat professional athletes like Tiger Woods.
I’ve been a golfer and golf fan since the 1970s. I do root for Tiger Woods as a golfer, because I like to see great players perform, and Tiger Woods is a great golfer. Do I dislike Tiger Woods? No more or less than I like or dislike almost any other professional athlete.

I’ve never met Tiger Woods and have no real basis to make a judgment. Tiger is not particularly good with media, and with the marital troubles he’s had, and his lack of winning tournaments lately, it’s no surprise he’s high on this list.

Of the five athletes who have a dislike percentage of 50% or higher, I root for, or have rooted for, three of them, including Tiger Woods. In order to make this list, athletes have to have their names recognized by at least 10% of the people polled.

Most Disliked Athletes in America

  1. Michael Vick (Philadelphia Eagles) – 60% dislike, dislike a lot or dislike somewhat

Michael Vick is disliked on the basis of his dog fighting troubles. Vick is not disliked so much by NFL football fans, but by people polled who are not hardcore football fans.

  1. Tiger Woods – 60%

Though Tiger has the same 60% negative view by fans as Michael Vick does, Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research rank Tiger at #2 because he had fewer fans who said they disliked him a lot than Michael Vick did.

  1. Plaxico Burress (New York Jets) – 56%

Plaxico Burress is on the list as a result of his serving time in jail for carrying an unlicensed handgun in New York City. I’m a New York Giants football fan, and even though Plaxico signed and played with with the New York Jets in 2011, I don’t dislike him it all. He played great for the Giants from 2005 to 2008.

  1. Ndamukong Suh (Detroit Lions) – 51%

Stomp on a down player in an NFL game and fans are not going to like you much.

  1. Kris Humphries – 50%

Marrying reality TV star Kim Kardashian and then having her file for divorce 72 days later made NBA player Kris Humphries both famous and disliked in America. I’m a New Jersey Nets fan and enjoyed seeing Kim Kardashian at Nets games in 2011. It would nice if Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian had stayed married and she was still going to Nets games to watch him play, but do I dislike Kris Humphries because of it, no.

As far as Tiger Woods making this list, I think it shows just how big a celebrity he is in America. Almost everyone knows who Tiger Woods is, I’d say he is easily the most well known of all the athletes on the list of most disliked athletes.

I also think the fact that Tiger Woods ranked so high on this list shows just how much professional golf needs Tiger Woods. He is the only golfer on the list. People tend to have strong feelings about Tiger Woods and that’s what gets people to tune in and watch the golf tournaments he plays in.

Do you want to become better at Golf?

I know if you are a golfer, whether casual or very serious, you want to get better at golf. It is why we play, am I right? Sure its fun to be out on the course with some friends, having a beer, and hitting some balls. How much more fun is it if you are having a great round? Maybe the best round of your life? I can tell you (as if you needed to be told) that it is MUCH more fun if you are playing well. So how do you get better at golf? Aside from spending thousands on private lessons, and years of experience, there is one thing you can do to get better at golf right now. Get better at putting. There is more room for improvement in the putting game than any other part of golf simply because you putt more than any other type of shot. Putting, on average, accounts for 45-55% of your total score.
When it comes to improving your putting, and trying to get better at golf in general, it is very important to have a strong mental approach. This simply means approaching each putt with a calm confidence. If you are not confident in your stroke, you will not be successful. It really is that simple. Developing a strong mental game will help you get better at golf in all aspects, but as I said before, putting is where you can really knock some strokes off your game.

If you are wondering how to develop your state of mind, I’ll give you some things that can get you started. First, you want to develop a pre-putt routine. This might include practice strokes, reading the green, and specific breathing. It is important to find a routine that works for you, and repeat it before each putt. This will help you find the same confidence before each putt.

Something else that is very important in your mental game, and to get better at golf, is the art of picturing the putt. As part of your pre-putt routine, the final thing you should do before you putt, is picture the putt. In as much detail as you can, you want to visualize the perfect putt coming off the putter, and rolling neatly into the hole. This is very important, and this alone can save a lot of strokes. This is a very good technique to employ before every stroke, and is not specific to putting.

So if you want to get better at golf give these techniques a try. Don’t forget that putting can be key to achieving the lower score you have been striving for.

Why psychology in golf is one of the keys to success

With the big superstar names and great skills showcased in the PGA, it is easy to forget that golf psychology is as valuable a skill as long drives and reading the greens. Every once in awhile, a player will come from seemingly nowhere and remind us of this. A good example is Zach Johnson, the 2007 Masters Champion.
There will always be players that just dominate based on pure skill, but more than most sports, the mental golf game can play a make or break role. Johnson steadily progressed his game one step at a time from college wins, the Prairie Golf Tour, and Nationwide, where he eventually earned a promotion with his record earnings in 2003 to play on the PGA Tour.

“I just keep getting better every year,” Johnson said after his Masters’ victory.

Such steady improvement and success come not only from an hour after hour of physical practice but from solid mental golf psychology. The most skilled players in the world suffer bad shots. Proper golf psychology enables a player to bounce back from these mishaps in a quick and healthy manner. Golf psychology tips help train a player to stop trying to make up for their past mistakes and get back to playing their best when their risk/reward evaluation is thrown off through personal disappointment in a particular turn of events.

Yes, at its heart golf psychology is that simple. however, something so simple in concept is often difficult to attain. This is especially true in the mental golf game where a player is battling to play at peak performance, where every shot will directly affect their final score, and where the difference between winning and completely off the leader board in a three-day tournament can come down to one bad hole.

Johnson turned professional in 1998, starting off in the small developmental tours. In less than a decade, he progressed to become a Masters Champion. His career reflects healthy golf psychology tips put to good use — putting one good decision after another and minimizing the mental effect of bad breaks.