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.