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Old 08-27-2012, 07:16 PM
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Originally Posted by iacas View Post
Well rangefinders have trouble going through trees, too. You'll get some odd yardages if you rely on a laser sometimes. Did you hit the tree 10 feet short, the basket, or the other tree 10 feet long of the basket?
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Originally Posted by Steve West View Post
A lot of flag sticks in golf have little three-cornered reflectors built in to help the range finders. If wonder if the basket manufacturers will do the same.
Having used a quality range finder for several years now to measure just about every course I play (and update DGCR distances of course), I can say it's amazingly easy to zap the distance to a basket without any additional reflective surfaces.

Trees in front or behind the basket are also rarely an issue if the range finder has a scan or continuous range feature. You just sweep across the field and watch the distances change from target to target.

The speed and accuracy of commercially affordable GPS devices will probably limit their utility to most players, but lasers have the potential to even the "home course advantage". Playing on your home course you probably know what disc you'd throw from just about anywhere on the course. But that out-of-town player who shows up at your tournament might not be able to tell if they're 275' or 325' from the basket and using a laser might quickly tell them if they're throwing a mid or driver for the shot.
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