Inaccuracies can be caused by a variety of factors, including user error, environmental conditions, and the quality of the rangefinder. It's crucial to understand the factors that affect accuracy and take steps to ensure you're getting the best results with every shot.
1) CHOOSE A HIGH-QUALITY RANGEFINDER
This sounds simple, but knowing how to gauge a rangefinder’s quality can be tricky. High-end models typically offer better precision and consistency than cheaper alternatives. Therefore, it's worth investing in a reputable brand that offers advanced features such as slope compensation, adjustable magnification, and high-contrast displays.
The higher price points will also usually come with faster laser pulses, which makes ranging your target easier at farther distances or in adverse weather conditions. As an example, Leupold golf rangefinders use our DNA ranging engine, which was designed specifically for Leupold products. This ranging engine is digitally enhanced to cut through signal noise and deliver quick ranges. When testing different models, make sure you range different objects at different distances to compare the ranging speed.
2) USE THE RIGHT MODE
Most rangefinders offer different modes for measuring distances, such as "scan," "line of sight," or "slope." Ensure you are using the right mode for the specific situation to get the most accurate results.
You can also turn certain features on and off in different rangefinders, which can affect each reading. For example, most Leupold rangefinders have our True Golf Range (TGR) mode. This mode uses elevation, temperature, and the slope of the shot to deliver a true strike-to-pin distance. When using this mode, you’ll want to make sure you’re entering the right elevation and temperature for the conditions to get the most accurate reading.
There are also options like Flag Lock, Prism Lock, and Fog Mode that will help you lock onto your target in different scenarios. No matter which rangefinder you choose, make sure you understand what each mode and feature does so you can match it to your game.
3) KNOW YOUR RANGEFINDER'S LIMITATIONS
Every rangefinder has limitations, and it's important to understand them to get the best results. Some rangefinders struggle to provide accurate readings in low-light conditions or through fog and rain. Therefore, it's essential to know your device's capabilities and avoid using it in situations where it may not work correctly.
This is another example of where Leupold has taken the extra effort to manufacture rangefinders that offer extremely clear optics. Comparing a display’s light transmission under the fluorescent lights of a pro shop can be misleading. Make sure you take the units outside and test them in playing conditions. You may be surprised by the results.
4) PRACTICE USING YOUR RANGEFINDER
Like any other tool, it takes practice to use your rangefinder correctly. Take the time to familiarize yourself with your device and learn how to use it effectively. Experiment with different modes, practice scanning for targets, and try different scenarios to see how your rangefinder performs.
Many Leupold rangefinders offer Club Selector, which can be a valuable tool for golfers. But in order for it to be accurate, you need to make sure you are entering your information into the unit correctly. Practicing with this feature before you start your match will save you time and give you the best results on the course.
5) MAINTAIN YOUR DEVICE
Proper maintenance is crucial for the accuracy of your rangefinder. Keep it clean, dry, and avoid exposing it to extreme temperatures or humidity. Check the battery regularly and replace it when necessary to ensure optimal performance.
By choosing a high-quality rangefinder, using the right mode, understanding its limitations, practicing, and maintaining it properly, you can ensure you'll get accurate readings every time.