Golf Distance Finder Instructions

By Jackson Lewis
Distance finders take the guesswork out of club selection.
Distance finders take the guesswork out of club selection.

Golf distance finders let you measure the distance from your golf ball to the pin or other target area on the golf course. By having accurate distance information on the course, you can choose the appropriate golf club to use for your next golf shot. Most golf range finders measure distances from 300 yards and closer on the course. The three types of range finders used by golfers are laser, reflection and GPS.

GPS Range Finder

Start the GPS rangefinder by selecting the power button on the unit.

Select the golf course that you are playing from the GPS rangefinder menu. Most GPS rangefinders will automatically load the last golf course that you played.

Select the hole you are playing from the subsequent menu.

Choose the distance option on the next menu screen. Available options will include providing the distance to the hole or to an alternative location that you can choose.

View the subsequently displayed distance result on the GPS range finder screen.

Reflection Rangefinder

Start the rangefinder by depressing the power button on the unit.

Point the range finder at the target or hole. Many golf courses will have laser range finder reflectors on the golf hole flag to better reflect the laser signal back to the unit.

Depress the “Target” or “ Measure” device button to initiate a reading to the hole.

View the distance result on the rear of the range finder which is normally displayed in yards.

Repeat the distance measurement if the distance displayed is undefined. This is an indication of the unit not receiving enough of the transmitted signal back to make a definitive measurement to the hole.

Optical Rangefinder

Remove the optical rangefinder from the carrying case.

Raise the range finder eyepiece and view the target in the upper and lower mirrors of the device.Turn the device until the targeted image is overlaid into one image.

Turn the device until the targeted image is overlaid into one image.

View the distance to the target on the side of the device. Optical rangefinders are accurate to within 5 yards when you are less than 100 yards from the target, and within 10 yards at ranges up to 500 yards.

Place the optical viewfinder back in the carrying case until you need to find another range measurement to avoid damaging the device.

About the Author

Based in Memphis, Jackson Lewis has been writing on technology-related material for 10 years with a recent emphasis on golf and other sports. He has been freelance writing for Demand Media since 2008. Lewis holds a Master of Science in computer science from the United States Naval Postgraduate School.

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