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The GPS devices are great for helping you to see the layout of courses you haven't played before, but all they tell you is a distance, just like a yardage book. YOU still have to hit the shot.
Nah, a lot of it still comes down to feel. You've got your yardage, but then there might be wind, you might be going down hill or uphill, you may want to play to the back of the green and avoid a bunker, come in high with no roll or come in low with lots of release, etc.etc. etc.
But remeber the days when you'd read a sprinkler head yardage and you knew it wasn't even close? It's nice not having that problem anymore. Or the courses that had no yardages marked at all and you couldn't tell if you were 160 out or 185 (maybe that's just me). That was less of a challenge and more of a frustration for me.
I like that a skycaddie or a range finder can put me in the ball park with a yardage and then I can go with my gut on where and how to hopefully get it there.
I think it make us play different from the past in that we now have more accurate yardage. It definitely helps me to know the carry distance and lay up yardage for hazards. Combine that with knowledge of the front, centre, and back and I feel more confident in my club choices. I think it helps improve your scoring to be honest.
The other key thing is that it allows you to play faster, you instantly have the yardages you need and it makes for quicker club selection and in turn quicker play.
Don't use them. We have GPS on the carts and it has never convinced me to change clubs.
I just look at the 100,150,200,250 yard markers and guess which club.
But it would come in handy on an unfamiliar course, standing there at the 150 and looking like it is 110 is a hard feeling to get over.
I've had my Sky Caddie for 2 years now. Love it. It is huge at helping to identify distances to/over hazards and helping with the depth of greens. There is no guesswork particularly on unfamiliar courses. I also like being able to gauge distances to landing areas for layup shots.
Lasers are useless on blind shots.
I play with the sky caddy SG5. I do not play enough for my depth perception to be that good.
The device is to speed up play. My group is less than professional and nothing is worse than being behind a group
or with a group that is constantly looking for yardage markers or plumb bobbing on the green when none of us can break a egg
much less make a living at the game.
I agree with the post above that it allows you to play faster. Other than that there is more that goes into a golf shot besides distance.
I work for an engineering company using GPS equipment for mapping. When using GPS without a base station your accuracy could be off as much as 10 meters. Most of the time, in ideal conditions (sky full of satellites, no obstructions like trees interfering with your signal), your accuracy can be 0.5 meter. Most of the time, 3 meters is about normal. A device used for hiking, like a Garmen, will get you good elevations, but your position is going to be off by 10 meters. Nerd stuff, but that’s why I like using a laser range finder. I can shoot the flag, guys on the greens, lip of a bunker, and I know that I’ll usually be 3 yards more precise than a guy in my group with a sky caddie. But then when I have to hit the shot, all of that precision goes out the window anyway and I'm still left with a 30 yard up and down.