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    Anyone have any experience with range finders? I'd like to buy one for measuring drives in a field and distance to target measurement. There seem to be a lot of choices out there with a huge price range. I don't want to spend more than $250. Anyone have recommendations on brands, features, min/max distance, etc?
    Current World Rank: 2857th
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    Worst Tournament Finish: 2nd From DFL MA2 GNO 2008
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    Best Fall: Hole 11 Trojan Park, before cement teepads
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  • #2
    I think for $250 you can get a pretty decent one. I'd be worried that a wire disc golf basket might not reflect very well though.
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    • #3
      They use them in ball golf, I would think if it can read off of a narrow pin in ball golf that it would work on somewhere on a basket.
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      • #4
        Yes, I suppose that's true (unless they use the flag). I just remember hearing that if you really wanted to measure course distances with a range finder, your best bet was to have a friend with a white t-shirt stand next to the thing you want to measure (basket, dogleg, etc.).
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Adam Schneider View Post
          Yes, I suppose that's true (unless they use the flag). I just remember hearing that if you really wanted to measure course distances with a range finder, your best bet was to have a friend with a white t-shirt stand next to the thing you want to measure (basket, dogleg, etc.).
          I could live with that if I couldn't get a read off the basket or pole. My primary concern is to aid in field work.
          Current World Rank: 2857th
          Lowest Rated Round: 777
          Worst Tournament Finish: 2nd From DFL MA2 GNO 2008
          Worst Drive: 10 Feet behind teepad
          Shortest Putt Missed During a Tournament: < 1 foot (Not Kidding)
          Best Fall: Hole 11 Trojan Park, before cement teepads
          Dirtiest Ace: Hole 12 Horning's Canyon Course through the "V" tree.
          Pairs of Shoes Ruined: 6

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          • #6
            Originally posted by keys View Post
            I could live with that if I couldn't get a read off the basket or pole. My primary concern is to aid in field work.
            Of course, field work is easiest with a friend anyway; they can shag your discs for you!
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Adam Schneider View Post
              Of course, field work is easiest with a friend anyway; they can shag your discs for you!
              Very true.

              I need to go down to Woodburn for work today. I might just stop by Fry's and do a little sniffin around.
              Current World Rank: 2857th
              Lowest Rated Round: 777
              Worst Tournament Finish: 2nd From DFL MA2 GNO 2008
              Worst Drive: 10 Feet behind teepad
              Shortest Putt Missed During a Tournament: < 1 foot (Not Kidding)
              Best Fall: Hole 11 Trojan Park, before cement teepads
              Dirtiest Ace: Hole 12 Horning's Canyon Course through the "V" tree.
              Pairs of Shoes Ruined: 6

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              • #8
                What about the rolling survey foot markers?
                Read this ^

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DMajor View Post
                  What about the rolling survey foot markers?
                  I feel they are inaccurate over non smooth terrain. I also don't want to make the walk for each measurement.
                  Current World Rank: 2857th
                  Lowest Rated Round: 777
                  Worst Tournament Finish: 2nd From DFL MA2 GNO 2008
                  Worst Drive: 10 Feet behind teepad
                  Shortest Putt Missed During a Tournament: < 1 foot (Not Kidding)
                  Best Fall: Hole 11 Trojan Park, before cement teepads
                  Dirtiest Ace: Hole 12 Horning's Canyon Course through the "V" tree.
                  Pairs of Shoes Ruined: 6

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                  • #10
                    Dave Heider jsut got one

                    My buddy Shauns uncle just bought one and had it out on the course Sunday. pretty easy to get it to bounce off the center pole of the basket, my only compliant would be that everything is in yards, you might want to check into availablity of units in feet. I am very good at math, but it is still a pain in the arse to multiply everything by 3. Im just saying.
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                    • #11
                      Get a metric one. It's much easier to multiply by 3.28084.
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                      • #12
                        Bushnell Yardage Pro 450 or 500 models are under $175. You'll find those used by many course designers and also for Distance competitions in Overall events. Acuurate to +/- 1 yard out to 450 yards and it also can be set to read meters.

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                        • #13
                          450 YARDS?! Holy cow!

                          But what am I going to do with the other half of the distance covered by my throw?
                          Sometimes my mind boggles. It's so deep my mind actually boggles.

                          ~ Cyndi Lauper ~

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Chuck Kennedy View Post
                            Bushnell Yardage Pro 450 or 500 models are under $175. You'll find those used by many course designers and also for Distance competitions in Overall events. Acuurate to +/- 1 yard out to 450 yards and it also can be set to read meters.

                            Thanks Chuck, I'll take a look.


                            Fry's doesn't seem to carry range finders. I thought I had seem them there a few years ago.
                            Current World Rank: 2857th
                            Lowest Rated Round: 777
                            Worst Tournament Finish: 2nd From DFL MA2 GNO 2008
                            Worst Drive: 10 Feet behind teepad
                            Shortest Putt Missed During a Tournament: < 1 foot (Not Kidding)
                            Best Fall: Hole 11 Trojan Park, before cement teepads
                            Dirtiest Ace: Hole 12 Horning's Canyon Course through the "V" tree.
                            Pairs of Shoes Ruined: 6

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by keys View Post
                              Fry's doesn't seem to carry range finders. I thought I had seem them there a few years ago.
                              You might check a place that has hunting and/or golf stuff. I know Wholesale Sports (formerly Sportsman's Warehouse) has them, or used to.
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