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.


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.


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.

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