Bushnell Pinseeker 1500 Tournament Edition

Bushnell Pinseeker 1500 Tournament Edition

Here’s what I really want for Father’s Day: The Bushnell Pinseeker 1500 Tournament Edition.

Bushnell offers both Tournament and Slope editions of their Pinseeker 1500. Both offer 7x magnification, can zero in on a flag from 350 yards, and—Bushnell says—are accurate to within one yard.

What distinguishes the “Tournament” model from the “Slope” is that the Tournament Edition doesn’t compensate for the degree of incline or decline.

As most of you already know, the USGA has decided to permit the use of range finders on handicap rounds, and in tournaments. But it still outlaws range finders that help with slope. It’s still up to you to figure out how many extra clubs you’ll need to get to that elevated green. Having the Slope edition—even if you don’t use the slope function—can get you disqualified.

I don’t so much want this thing to help me in serious rounds as I do for practice. I’d like to use it to figure out just how far I hit individual clubs under a variety of conditions. It’d also be useful when I play on an unfamiliar course—something I intend to do a lot of this summer as I start my quest to try every course in the area.

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3 thoughts on “Bushnell Pinseeker 1500 Tournament Edition”

  1. The USGA allows its use, but the PGA is a separate organization, and to my knowledge does not. I also don’t think that the USGA allows the use of laserfinders in tournaments.

    As for knowing the exact yardage, I’ve got to believe that its incredibly useful to guys who can drop a ball within a yard of their target. I am sure that before a round, all of the caddies are out using pin seekers fom every conceivable angle for notation in their yardage books.

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  2. The PGA does not let the players use this duing play but I do know that many Pro golfers use this on the practice range.  The Pro golfers on the PGA tour have in there little books they carry around every bit of information you need to know about the course.  It tells the golfer how many yards from bunkers, trees and many other things.  They dont need one of these on the course.

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  3. Yeah, there is no reason for a professional golfer to use a laser rangefinder. They have their caddies who use a laser rangefinder to get the yardages for them. For the average golfer, a laser rangefinder is great. Many courses have yardage markers that are off by many yards and these markers are to the center when the flag is rarely in the center. Also, rangefinders are great for when you are at the driving range for when you want to practice your short game since most driving ranges don’t have yardage markers inside 50 yards.

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