Just Waiting For Golf Season

I realize it is a bit early to be looking forward to golf season, but I purchased my membership for next year and so I am ready to play. I the meantime, actually 126 days, I have to fill my time doing my traditional off-season stuff. It is all fun things….for the most part ūüėČ …….but it sometimes it does not reduce my excitement for April 15th to arrive.

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Using My Range Finder Club Selection

I never mentioned that I bought a range finder over the winter. I thought I wrote a review on it, but alas I had not. So, expect on to come in the near future. This is a bit of putting the cart ahead of the horse, but it is the topic I chose to write about today. I have found that my range finder has helped with club selection, especially with blue pin placements.

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How To Read a Golf GPS Distance Measuring Device

I use two different golf GPS measuring devices. In 2013, I first purchased a Garmin Approach 6 and that is the topic of my article today. It is a fantastic device and I found that it improved my course management skills and club selection. For the past 5 years, I have used the device to glean the front, pin and back yardage needed to determine shot selection. It is only recently after purchasing a laser finder, that I realized that I miss using my device and it was costing me strokes. Want to know how? Continue reading

Storing Your Clubs During the Off Season

Taking care of your golf clubs is very important. Most of us invest thousands of dollars in our equipment; without proper care, they could prematurely wear out or break. In the northern climes, we have an extended off-season that forces us to store our clubs until needed in the spring.

Each year, I have a routine to ensure my sticks are ready for next spring. The process is nothing special but, in addition to my equipment, it helps provide closure to the sadness of the end of golf season. Of course, this is a bit dramatic, however storing my clubs properly protects my equipment and allows me to take stock on anything needing replacement. Continue reading

Garmin Approach G6

Three weeks ago I went looking for a range finder.  Being in many groups where someone has this tool, I thought it would be something to investigate.  I looked at several types, but did not see their value.  I found them difficult to use.  So I went away still considering my next course of action.  Two weeks ago, I was playing with a friend who received a Garmin Approach G6 for his birthday.  It was his first time using this device, but we found it very valuable because it provided valuable yardages on a course we had not played in years (the Highview Golf Course).  Specifically, we found the distances to the hazards, middle of the fairway and the green extremely helpful.

Garmin Approach G6

Excited about this device, I went to the nearest Golf Town and bought one!  Since my impulsive purchase, I have improved my club selection and approach shots into the green.  Using it 4 times already, it is now an integral part of my game.  The following video gives a very good overview of the device.

The Garmin Approach G6 has 28,000+ preloaded courses, excellent back lighting for in the sun, measures distances, keeps score in four different modes and gives exact distances to from, middle and back of the green.  It fits in your pocket and has a battery that will last up to 15 hours.  Lastly, it has free lifetime uploads of new courses constantly being developed for display.  Overall, it is an excellent device and I am grateful to have purchased it!

Previously, I often wondered if using a GPS or range finder took away from the spirit of the game.  However, after using the device I can honestly say that it is improving my course management, pacing off of distances, and focusing on proper club selection.  So, I have stopped wondering and started using this rules sanction tool.  Do you use a device to help with yardage?  What do you think?