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golfingfun
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Eyeing a Rangefinder at the moment...(because I can think of many ways to use it, not only limited to golf courses) Any recommendation(Bushnell/Nikon/etc..)? With/without slope assistant? Where to buy with good discount?

p/s.
1. how much does the slope assist help?
2. don't intent to use during tournament, but better if tournament legal.
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xircom
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gordon042 wrote:
Wow! 3 days is quick! Will definitely look into that. How much did you get it for?


I got it from Amazon US and shipped here, prices are always changing but it's around USD200. Some international sellers do, just check it out. Add some USD50 for shipping and you are still cheaper than Malaysia shops. Of course take the risk of post losing packet, tax or whatever else can happen on the way here.

The mapping of course is free but not guaranteed..
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xircom wrote:
gordon042 wrote:
Wow! 3 days is quick! Will definitely look into that. How much did you get it for?


I got it from Amazon US and shipped here, prices are always changing but it's around USD200. Some international sellers do, just check it out. Add some USD50 for shipping and you are still cheaper than Malaysia shops. Of course take the risk of post losing packet, tax or whatever else can happen on the way here.

The mapping of course is free but not guaranteed..


Thanks mate, appreciate the input. Time to surf around Razz

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xircom wrote:
gordon042 wrote:
Wow! 3 days is quick! Will definitely look into that. How much did you get it for?


I got it from Amazon US and shipped here, prices are always changing but it's around USD200. Some international sellers do, just check it out. Add some USD50 for shipping and you are still cheaper than Malaysia shops. Of course take the risk of post losing packet, tax or whatever else can happen on the way here.

The mapping of course is free but not guaranteed..


Received mine last week, Bushnell Neo XS. Haven't got the chance to test it yet. Is it a good buy Xircom?

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Yes the NEO XS is a good buy. Especially I like the design and battery life. Please help to expand the golf courses mapped on igolf here. What color you have ? I got the black version which is a bit tough to read in low light conditions but excellent for bright days.
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Mine is in charcoal yellow one. I notice they don't have map for unpopular courses locally, but as you said we have to make a request. Awesome.

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Bought the voice caddie T1 and am charging it now Laughing

Wanted to make sure my home course could be added to their database and I am glad to report that requesting for my home course to be added was hassle free. Emailed them and was told it would be updated within 2 - 3 weeks. Received another email to inform me that it was uploaded. Thumbs up for their customer service thus far.

Can't wait to take it to the course to test it.

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Good afternoon.
Anyone care to share his comments on the Golf Buddy GPS watch?

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used bushnell rangefinder long time ago..

upgrade to Nikon Laser 550A S.. distant w vector
and now using golfbuddy wt3 too

conclusion :
1. rangefinder

advantage : will give you in-situ measurement.. as-is at the course

disadvantage: bulkier to carry around, longer time to get distant measurement
and cannot measure to hazard u can't see etc etc....

2. gps watch

advantage : easy to carry, instantaneous distant measurement (no need to measure),
measurement to hazard etc displayed from database

disadvantage: as accurate as the uploaded database and availability of satelite.. not in-situ
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gordon042
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I have the Voice Caddie T1 hybrid GPS watch and recently bought the Bushnell Tour v3 Slope edition.

My humble 2 cents about the two (pros / cons)

Voice Caddie GPS watch

Pros:
1. Less bulky (wrist watch)
2. Distances to the front,centre and back of green simply at a glance.
3. Tempo training, mode to measures your drives / iron shots etc, calculates distances for cycling and walking too.
4. A few hundred RM cheaper then the bushnell range finder.
5. Good for golfers who only play on a few regular courses (I usually play on 3 courses in Kuching including my home course) But then again, they have a huge database now and most popular courses will be mapped.
6. Good for 'blind' spots. You will still get the distance to the green.

Cons:
1. Usage depends on availability of course on database (you can easily request for a course that isn't in the list and they do have a huge database)
2. Shorter battery life (about 1.5 rounds on average)
3. Can't tell layup distances or distances to hazards (the Bushnell XS watch has this function though)
4. Does not take into account the slope factor.
5. You can only download courses through the software on the computer (available only on the PC)
6. Not ideal for the golfer who plays frequently on new courses (you will need to check before hand if the course is in the database).
7. Ran into some usage issues but was resolved with customer service who were very helpful.

Bushnell rangefinder

Pros:
1. Usable anywhere. Aim and press for immediate distance to hazard, layup point, pin etc.
2. More accurate then the GPS watch (+/- 1 yard)
3. Much much longer battery life. (3v battery)
4. Great for the golfer who plays on new courses frequently.
5. Good to use at the range to nail down your distances.

Cons:
1. Bulkier then the watch (but I have to say it's smaller then I expected. Fits in your palm comfortably and small enough to put inside your front trouser pocket)
2. More expensive then the GPS watch
3. Can't be used in 'blind' spots where you can't see the target.

The Voice Caddie watch is waterproof up to 30m and the Bushnell range finder is made from water proof construction (I have not used it during the rain though)

I have blogged about the Voice Caddie watch in detail. URL in my signature Smile

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