The Laserlink is a handheld device that you aim at a flagstick to get an accurate reading of the distance to the hole. No more searching for sprinkler heads. I had a posting on it earlier.
According to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, its going to be approved for use in tournaments later this month. It’s already ok for use in handicap rounds.
(Still, I can’t see Tiger using it).
The idea is that it’s going to speed up rounds because players will spend less time wandering about for sprinkler heads.
I never understood the fascination of amateur golfers with distance, though. I can always tell which club I need to use just by eyeballing it. I’m rarely off by too much. But even if I knew that it was 151 to the pin, instead of 145, that really wouldn’t make much difference to me. I can’t hit it exactly 151, and anything in that range is a 7 iron. Some will be a little short of the hole, some a little long, some left, and some right.
Another thing that I think courses could do is to put up a stake on alternating sides of the fairway every 25 yards out to 200 yards. They stakes could be tagged with the yardage, instead of a color.