If you’re new to golf, here’s a quick guide you can follow to make you more familiar with one of the most common devices used right now in the game – the golf rangefinder.
In this article, we’ll show you how to use a GPS or a laser rangefinder and we’ll likewise give you some tips on how you can prolong their longevity, more specifically with the lens.
If these all sound good to you, read on.
How to Use a Laser Rangefinder
1) Make sure that the object, whose distance needs to be obtained, is in view. Through the view port, aim the rangefinder at the target.
2) Pull the trigger of the rangefinder once you have the object properly sighted.
3) View the results on the display. Note: Instead of a distance read-out, an error display will be shown if the rangefinder fails to lock on to a valid target.
How to Use a GPS Rangefinder
1) Load the golf course map you’re going to play. You can conveniently do it at home so you’re already set once you set foot on the game site. Note: Most GPS units in the market today would require paying a monthly subscription fee.
2) Turn on the GPS rangefinder on the golf course and give it some time to acquire a satellite feed.
3) Determine the target or the hole you are going to play.
4) Choose the next target or hole to measure distance from. Note: Most of the time, GPS rangefinders shift automatically to the next hole on the golf course. You may also manually choose the next target if you’re not playing the course holes in order.
1) Make sure you have a proper storage for your rangefinder to keep it clean in between uses on the golf course. Just make sure to wipe off the eyehole and the lens with your golf towel before putting it back in the carrying case.
2) Bring with you an extra battery just in case you would need to replace an old one in the middle of a game.
How to Effectively Maintain the Lens of a Golf Rangefinder
The lens is the one of the most important components of the golf rangefinder. If the lens is not in tip-top condition, the device won’t be that useful as it won’t be able to help you aim properly at your targets.
It’s therefore necessary to take extra care of your lens.
Here are some tips you can follow:
1) Handle your golf rangefinder with care
The device itself is quite delicate, much more with the lens. Accidentally dropping it or hitting it with a hard object may damage sensitive parts of the unit like the lens.
2) Keep the lens away from direct UV light
When not in use, make sure to keep it in a safe place. Do not expose it directly to UV light as it may in the long run damage the lens and the rangefinder itself.
Most rangefinders have covers for the screen and lens. It’s therefore helpful if you cover them when not in use to avoid sands or other elements from getting into the lens or display.
3) Keep your lens clean
Possibly the best trick and most sensible thing to do is to keep your lens clean at all time. Regularly clean your lens using a clean velvet cloth. You may use pure alcohol to aid the cleaning process.
Velvet cloth and pure alcohol are good at getting rid of stubborn stains. Just make sure to rub the towel gently on the stain.
Moreover, a soft brush may also help easy-to-remove dirt on the lens.
Additional note: Make sure to clean carefully and use only the appropriate tools suggested by your device manufacturer to avoid scratching the lens.
If you think your rangefinder requires a repair, don’t be a hero. Have it checked right away by a professional. You may save in the long run, rather than purchasing a new one if you messed up with it.