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Post by markday on Mon Apr 01, 2013 1:10 pm

I have a friend that uses the same [link=http://www.opticsplanet.com/rangefinders1.html]range finder[/link] when we go golfing or hunting and it works great, he just has to tweak the settings a little bit. He gave me this website to check out [link=http://www.opticsplanet.com/rangefinders1.html]range finders[/link] http://www.squidoo.com/best-golf-gps-range-finders and I'm leaning towards the [link=http://www.opticsplanet.com/bushnell.html]Bushnell[/link] Tour V3 model, he's got a [link=http://www.opticsplanet.com/bushnell.html]bushnell[/link] model but a few years older than the V3 that I want. Anyways I was just looking for a little feedback or suggestions before I make the purchase. Thanks.

Post by opticsplanet.com on Sat May 19, 2007 10:34 am

Hi

For a model that can be used for either golf or field work, look for a model that has a selectable target mode between standard target priority (for golf) and farthest target priority for field and hunting work.

These modes go by various names, depending on the manufacturer. Farthest target priority mode is typically called zip, brush or foliage mode. This mode basically ignores intervening brush or obstructions and the laser seeks objects on the horizon (not what you want for golf). A model that lists one of these as an option, though, will automatically have a built in nearest target priority mode and will therefore be a good choice for both golf and field work.

Most LRFs have trouble picking up a small target like the flag, so most users have to target a nearby larger object, such as a bunker, a cart and so on to get a reading. The better the model of LRF, though, the less likely you will need to do this.

Now, back to the Nikon 440. It has a built in brush mode, but it is not selectable, meaning you have no nearest target priority option. Not a good choice for golf, then. In a Nikon, you'll need to move up to the Nikon Monarch 800, Hi

For a model that can be used for either golf or field work, look for a model that has a selectable target mode between standard target priority (for golf) and farthest target priority for field and hunting work.

These modes go by various names, depending on the manufacturer. Farthest target priority mode is typically called zip, brush or foliage mode. This mode basically ignores intervening brush or obstructions and the laser seeks objects on the horizon (not what you want for golf). A model that lists one of these as an option, though, will automatically have a built in nearest target priority mode and will therefore be a good choice for both golf and field work.

Most LRFs have trouble picking up a small target like the flag, so most users have to target a nearby larger object, such as a bunker, a cart and so on to get a reading. The better the model of LRF, though, the less likely you will need to do this.

Now back to the Nikon440. This model has a built-in, automatic brush mode. This is bad news for golf, because you don't get the option to switch to nearest target mode and you will need that for golf. In a Nikon, to get selectable modes, you will need to move up to the Nikon Monarch 800, http://www.opticsplanet.com/nikon-buckmasters800.html
move up to the

Post by andrewm on Sat May 19, 2007 10:30 am

woops. i meant dave. i dont know where i got steve from. sorry!

NIKON prostaff 440

Post by andrewm on Sat May 19, 2007 10:29 am

Hey Steve,
Most any laser rangefinder will work for a variety of activities including both hunting and golf. In most aspects the hunting and golf rangefinders are identical in function and performance. Since the rangefinder works off of laser reflection you would simply have to aim it at either the flag of the pin or another solid object to register the distance. Hope this helps! :D

Will a hunting range finder work for golf?

Post by upstairsdave on Sat May 19, 2007 10:18 am

Hi,
I am considering buying a Nikon Pro Staff 440 for both hunting and golf. Will the 440 work for second shots from T to a approach shot to a landing infront of a lake or stream and then a third shot to a landing area infront of the green prior to the chip shot onto the green?
Thanks,
Dave 8)

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