One of the greatest pleasures in golf is a long walk with an amiable and knowledgeable caddie. Through the centuries, and to this day, talented loopers have been a vital part of the game at the storied links of the British Isles. Sadly, that grand tradition is now too rare in North America. Some toney clubs still have a caddie shack near the front gates, but usually just for decoration and history’s sake.
The demise of the caddie system was certainly accelerated by the development and popularity of golf carts, then on-cart GPS systems, and finally hand-held devices.
During a recent round on a cart-mandatory layout, my on-cart sophisticated system displayed an awful lot of information – between commercials for the club’s famous cheeseburger available at the turn. My playing partner ignored the screen and instead used his Bushnell ProX2 rangefinder. It was no contest.
First, of course, my pal measured his distances from right at his ball, something a cart can’t always do. And, in the bright sunshine, the cart screen wasn’t always easy to read. The ProX2 was. In fact, it was exceptionally clear, and the readings could be displayed in black or red, depending on the light. The other features were as impressive.
The ProX2 vibrates with a small jolt when the laser locks in on the pin. That is a terrific bonus. The visuals are clear and come into focus very quickly. It’s incredibly accurate – to within half a yard – and almost always gave a different reading than the cart system.
Most telling, though, is the Slope-Switch Technology that, with the flip of a switch, calculates the distance which also takes elevation change into account. It’s like having a caddie whisper: “Lad, that’s a bonny hill, better the six than the eight.”
The ProX2 is the next best thing to having an expert caddie. The only thing you’ll miss is the tall tales over a shot and pint at the 19th. Check it out at www.bushnellgolf.com.