Top positive review
Not going back to GPS
on July 25, 2011
Got V2 Slope version on Friday and played with it on 2 rounds at a course I never played before. I have been using Golf Buddy, which is a good device, but I think I won't be using it anymore. On the first day, 7 over par. On second round, 1 over par (my handicap index is 6.4). I will be lying if I say V2 was the only reason why I had played a lot better on second round with it, but it definitely helped. One thing with the GPS device is that it gives me distance to predetermined area within the green (not to where the actual flag is), in which you have to think and calculate the actual distance..and then the slope of the green and etc. The accuracy of the GPS reading is another issue. It can be off by 10 yards in certain cases. I can't tell you how many times I was doubting the reading on GPS and ended up making bad shots. With V2 Slope, I definitely felt more confident about the distance. The biggest advantage about V2 for me was approach shots from 120 yds and in, especially 40-80 yd. I don't have to second guess. After 2 rounds, I felt very confident about the reading V2 was giving me. Oh yeah, the pinseeking tech on this thing definitely helps me to know that distance is to the flag, not a tree behind it. Another nice thing is the 5x magnification. Anywhere within 130 yds, magnification actually helped me to get a good overview of the green slope, whether to approach right of the flag, short of the flag and etc. Of course it won't give you slope reading as if you are on the green. Not a big deal if you know the course, but it helped on a new course that I never played before. It was also nice to check the distance to clear the fairway sand, big tree on the middle of the fairway, and etc. It helped me to make a better choice on my shots, which I think was an important reason for playing well today.
I think once you trust the reading from V2, you will play better. Don't just use it for distance to the flag. Look for distance to clear the hazard, quick overview of the green (on approach shots within 120 yds), and etc. One thing that bothered me when I was playing with someone who had the rangefinder before was waiting for that person to finish the reading. It was just annoying to see the guy sit inside the cart and stare through that thing. With GPS, it was a quick glance. V2 is very quick, and when I see the yardage with the little pin icon circled, I know it is the correct reading. I also tested out with shooting it on a player on the green, since the flag was pulled. That works too. While waiting for the front group to putt out, I use the V2 to look at the hazard distance, slope of the green, and etc. Once the flag is placed back, do a quick reading on the pin, and you are good to go. Yes,it helps to have the steady hand, but you will get use to it. I had easier time using it while sitting inside cart than standing up.
Amazon had the best price, and I'm extremely happy with the device, it is quick and accurate. I bought the slope version because the price here is not too much more than what others are offering for the non-slope version ($299). Plus it's not like I'm trying out for a PGA or on amateur circuit. If I was playing in a tournament and they don't allow the slope version (as only non-slope version is allowed by USGA), I would use this on the practice round to do some mapping and make my own yardage book. No issues with battery drainage. No guarantee that Bushnell V2 Slope will always give me a fantastic round like today, but it will definitely improve my game. One thing, buy extra battery when you purchase this, since this is not run on rechargeable battery. Which actually can be a positive thing, as you don't have to worry about forgetting to recharging it or running out of juice during a round.