Summary: I used this rangefinder for three years and it worked fantastic. I sold this rangefinder to get a bushnell with slope, HUGE mistake. I regret selling this rangefinder everytime i step up to hit my next shot. This rangefinder locks on to targets extremely fast and is very lightweight in your hand. It is nice having such a small unit that can do so much. The bushnell takes two hands to use and an entire pocket of the golf bag.
Summary: This is my first auto-type distance unit for golf. I was trying to decide between a rangefinder and gps. Finally, opted for the Nikon 500G unit. Excellent value and accurate. Good decision. On the course, we make distance comparisons with other golfers using GPS. The Nikon is right on. Yes, there are times when it may be a bit difficult to pin point the distance in the X-hairs, but it becomes obvious if you compare the proximity of the yardage markers, ie.
Summary: After a year, I'd rather give up my driver than my Nikon Caddy. Less damage to my game. I know exactly how far I hit wedges and short irons (when hit well). Thus knowing precise distances lets me hit away--no deceleration caused by indecision. As for the criticism of shakey hands, I've learned to "sweep" the flag (or other target) to get background readings and closer flag readings.
Seems like the best all around range finder on the market
bradspersonalmail, The Greenskeeper
5 March 2009
Conclusion: This laser range finder is by far the most accurate and easy to use of any of the range finders out there. The only reason I gave it a 4 out of 5 on accuracy is that it does not work well in heavy fog (and neither do any of the other models currently on the market, including the sky caddy). Otherwise, this is now the most important item in my bag (other than my clubs, balls, and glove). It is especially useful during practice to tune in your distances exactly.
Excellent Rangefinder, but price went up too much..
Sung Sik Hwang, Amazon
11 March 2008
Summary: I bought this rangefinder in Nov. 2007. I paid only $214 with free shipping. Now it is $320 plus shipping & handling. For me it was a best buy, but may not for new buyers. However I am very pleased with the quality of the product.
Summary: This rangefinder does all I ask of it. It is lightweight. It fits on my belt so it's with me all the time and doesn't interfere with my shots. It sometimes will not give a distance if there is no wind so you can't see the flag but that is quite rare. It is also very useful for getting distances to hazards e.g. focus on a nearby tree, get the distance and choose your club. Well worth the money!
Summary: This device replaced a Bushnell Yardage Pro. The Nikon seems to be slightly smaller, and is much easier to get a stable reading of the pin. I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to hold the Nikon steady enough (the problem I had with the Bushnell), but that has not been much of a problem.
Summary: I've been using the Nikon 500G for several months. As far as I can tell it is perfectly accurate. Several of my friends have Sky Caddies. The pluses and minuses were obvious from the beginning. The GPS device is more convenient since it hangs on the bag and always displays the distance number while the laser device must be aimed and triggered.
Summary: I found this range finder extremely difficult to hold steady and thus was unable to sight in on the target effectively. In addition, there are trees and bushes behind almost all of the greens on the courses that I play on, and as a result I rarely got an accurate distance.