By now, you've either decided that handheld distance measuring devices are either a "must-have" or not for you.
Most tournament players fall into the former category, and breaking it down even further those players are either in the "laser" or "gps" camp. There are benefits of both, and some gadget hounds have gone as far as having one of each.
Bushnell provides a product that is a true best of both worlds scenario, a hybrid laser rangefinder with a nifty little gps screen on the side.
The product -- called the Bushnell Pinseeker Hybrid, originally carried a list price of $499, has been recently selling for $399 at Amazon.com and was shown with a $100 rebate in at least one online golf retailer's online store. (So, do your homework before purchasing.)
It looks almost exactly the same in size and form factor as previous Bushnell laser rangefinders, with a GPS function adding distances to the front, middle, and back of the green via satellite, plus four pre-chosen reference points on every hole for blind shots or when fog or trees make it tough to use the laser to lock on to a target.
Like the popular "Golf Buddy" and the small Izzo Swami, the Bushnell Pinseeker Hybrid is ready to go out of the box, pre-loaded with more than 16,000 North American golf courses.
There are no membership fees -- kinda nice. To find out more, visit Bushnell's website or click on the informative video in this page.