Has the USGA brought on the end times by allowing laser range finders?
I’m absolutely certain that none of the guys that I play with on a regular basis would do any better with a laser range finder than they do with sprinkler heads. In fact, I’ve got an idea that they might actually do worse by ignoring how the day feels—how they’re swinging, what the air is like—in favor of a more technical approach: “The laser finder says its 152, so it must be a 7 iron.”
I can see a lot of underclubbing in my group with one of these things.
I truly believe that these laser finders will be useless for double digit handicappers on a well-marked course. And as for the single digit handicappers who claim that they can consistently hit their balls within a foot or two of any known distance … we’ll see.
I know several single digit guys, and they really don’t hit the ball that much better than I do (I play to about a 15 handicap right now). The difference is that they’re outdriving me by 30 yards on every hole, and that they’re far better with their wedges and with chipping and putting. And a laser finder isn’t going to help them on any of those things.