Send out a bunch of guys to play a round of golf without rangefinders one day and time their round.
Send them out the next day, this time with Bushnell Laser Rangefinders, and time their round again.
Then analyse the results.
Using the laser rangefinder saved the golfers almost 30 minutes.
Watch the three minute-plus video (click here), listen to the comments (golfers were divided up by handicap) and read the difference in the time of the rounds... 4 hours 45 minutes (approx.) vs. 4 hours 15 minutes for handicaps 6-13. It sounds convincing and perhaps it is. Perhaps this really is the future of golf... golfers unable to use their eye, their gut, their natural instinct. Perhaps it now has to be supplemented by looking at a watch, a phone, a rangefinder/GPS gizmo and being told 142 yards to the pin, rather than using the best rangefinder of all... your eyes.
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Oh sure, one day this blog will come back to bite me in the ass when I'm enthralled to the Rangefinder or whatever. It'll be difficult lasting another 30-35 years of golf (if I'm lucky) without succumbing to a future that is so technologically driven. But for now I like playing "naked", using what the course has laid out for me. I get a greater sense of satisfaction playing that way.
As for Bushnell's speed claims, I'll accept what they say... with a pinch of salt. I'll also point out that the guinea pigs were playing in buggies and they were American golfers who play at a different pace to Irish/UK golfers. Given that you don't get a real feel for a golf course by riding in a buggy, I can see the attraction of a Rangefinder/GPS device. When you're walking, you get to assess your shot before you reach the ball. You've looked at the distance markers and you're already formulating the shot in your head before you arrive (or at least you should be). In buggies that simply doesn't happen... so yes, I can easily see why the round was so much faster.
And lest we forget, at the end of the day, you're only ever going to go as fast as the group in front of you, so clubs and golfers need to learn how to speed up play themselves before relying on distance-measuring technology to do it for us.