Distances made easy

Submitted by Neil Green on Mon, 07/14/2008 – 09:38.


I have been a CPGA member since 1962, and have played the game of golf for over 58 years

About 2 months ago I purchased a SkyCaddie, and in all honestly I would not enjoy playing without it……..positively don’t wish to……and not sure I could if I had to.

The Sky Caddie is my preference over the Range Finder.  I find the Range Finder extremely difficult to hold steady enough to zero in on the target……..it’s like a tripod is required to make it happen.

With Sky Caddieyou simply register it on line, and then follow the easy prompts and download the course(s) you play (up to 10).  You can remove and replace anytime.  Trust me on how easy this is to accomplish……..as you can figure by my opening sentence, I am a senior…….OK an “old guy”…… and using and downloading is a piece of cake……not to mention how instant your yardages are there for your next shot.

With Sky Caddie rather than hunting for a sprinkler head and then pacing off the yardage to your ball on EVERY shot, by all players in every group……..WOW that is mind boggling!!!

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    • on July 7, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    I have been playing golf for approximately 15 years… I too just recent was introduced to this very novel tool… Sky Caddie . I absoloutely LOVE it! It definitely took me a few rounds to get into the rhythm of playing with the gadget but now I couldn’t imagine a game without it. Simply, it makes my game far more accurate and helps with the speed of play! Thumbs Up!

    • on August 18, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    I couldn’t agree more! I have just started using the SG 4 and it is fabulous! It is especially helpful for hitting shots from the rough where yard markers are hard to come by or for shots inside of 100 yards. It is easy to use and really helpful – defintiely worth the investment!

    • on September 27, 2008 at 8:39 am

    Most of the golfers in my community use Sky Caddies . However, recently I played in a group with a variety of range finders. It was a great learning experience. My partner had the Sky Caddie which provided immediate info to the flag and a few of the obstacles in between. The other two players had traditional range finders. One was a Bushnell and the other was a Nikon. I had more success using the Bushnell Laser Rangefinder .

    Even though the Sky Caddie gave the information without having to point and shoot. The range finders could find distances to objects and hazards not provided on the Sky Caddie and could also be used on courses not serviced by Sky Caddie .

    I would like to know if anyone else has had any experience with traditional range finders?

    • on October 6, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    I have not used a SC, but I once had the opportunity

    to try the Gamin GolfLogix GPS. I didn’t care for it. It didn’t display distances to the hazards, which would have been helpful in lining up the shot. Garmin is known for GPS, but this unit was often inaccurate, at one point telling us that the hole was over 600 yards from the tee box, on a relatively short hole.

    It’s small and compact, but the screen is also hard to read, especially in the sunlight. I’ve heard good things about the Sky Caddie , though, so I’m considering buying one and hoping that I’ll have better results.

    • on October 13, 2008 at 12:18 am

    I also have a SkyCaddie

    Love it! It’s been very accurate, unlike a lot of the other distance finders other golfers seem to be using. I’m not sure that I would have bought it at full price, but I got a great deal and the price I paid was well worth it! I really enjoy knowing the exact distances. And you’re right, the Sky Caddie   really does speed up the game!

    • on October 25, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Busnhnell Range Finders Award of Excellence


    The National Golf Buyers Association have awarded Bushnell Rangefinders  the Award of Excellence for being one of the top selling accessory items for this past year. The Bushnell Rangefinders  are dominating the PGA, LPGA and Champions tours as well as being the product of choice with the amateur golfers. The Bushnell Rangefinders  use a unique targeting system to gage the distance to any object on the course. They are said to be able to determine the distance within a + 1 yard to flag which allows for greater consistency in deciding which club is needed for the shot. 

    Pat Tate

    Publisher,Women’s Golf Center

    • on November 10, 2008 at 9:33 am

    I am a PGA Golf Professional and also own a Golf Shop, and there are only 2 range finders I stock, the UPRO and Skycaddie

    Skycaddie was the first big time player in the market, and is extremly simple to use.  When I am on the course playing, the most important information is what my yardage to the front of the green, and also to the pin.  Skycaddie makes this feature extremely easy. 

    However, UPro takes distance measuring to a new level, allowing the user to view overhead satalite images of the entire hole, measure distances to hazards, lay ups, etc. and then measure distances to the green.  I highly reccommend the UPro as the next evolution of distance measuring devices.

    Matthew Keller, PGA

    • Golf club guy on June 18, 2011 at 2:33 am

    I am planning on purchasing a range finder… but there are so many different brands and models on the market that make it difficult for me to choose from… Bushnell range finders sounds creditable.

    I was checking out the range finders and came across…iPad and iPhone apps support similar functions as a GOLF GPS…. as a person that love MAC…. this sounds like a great idea. But my question is… is this going to be as accurate as the Sky Caddie or the Bushnell range finders? What’s your thought?

    Bushnell offer a hybrid range finder… have any of you try it?? What do you think about it? Is it worth the money?

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