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What does the slope feature do? Comparing the latest golf rangefinders from Bushnell and Leupold

If you’ve been in the market for a rangefinder – one of the most innovative tools on the golf market today – you’ve likely come across a variety of different models.

The Bushnell Tour v4, Tour X, and the GX-3 and GX-4 models from Leupold are some of the top rangefinders available to help improve your game by calculating the distance to the hole.

But look a little closer, and you may have seen two different versions of rangefinders, one advertised as a standard edition and the other as a slope edition.

So what’s the difference?

In short, standard edition rangefinders measure distance, while slope editions measure both distance and elevation.

Let’s say you’re tackling a particularly hilly course and want to get a reading on the pin. Using a standard rangefinder might calculate the hole at 175 yards out, giving the golfer a reasonable idea of the appropriate club to choose. Slope rangefinders, however, can tell the golfer the hole is 175 yards out but situated on a slight incline, meaning the shot will need to travel a bit further to compensate for the hill. Who needs caddies, right?

Before we go any further, it’s important to note that slope rangefinders are not legal for tournament play (or technically any round that counts toward a USGA handicap). Currently the USGA requires that a laser rangefinder only measure distance. Bummer.

Still, whether using the slope edition or not, rangefinders are an extremely important tool on the course and have been increasing in popularity as the avenues of golf and technology mesh. No longer will you have to ask your golfing buddies “how far away do you think we are from the hole?” or “can I get away with a seven-iron here?” With a rangefinder at your fingertips, you’ll know exactly how far you are from the hole.

For those wondering how slope editions are able to calculate the distance along with elevation, slope rangefinders contain what’s called an inclinometer, which takes into account at what angle the device is being used. Standard rangefinders, meanwhile, simply measure the distance the laser travels from the device to the pin.

Now that you know the difference between standard and slope rangefinders, let’s take a look at some of the best options out there. Fortunately for shoppers, most companies producing rangefinders offer both standard and slope models, so you won’t be locked into a specific brand. Leupold offers its GX-3 and GX-4 models, with the GX-3 acting as a standard rangefinder while the GX-4 features a removable slope attachment, along with a club selector option and inputs for both temperature and altitude.

If Bushnell is your cup of choice, the Tour v4 comes in both standard and slope editions. The Tour v4 slope edition differs slightly from others on the market, as this model features an on/off option for the slope, rather than an actual removable attachment. Similar to the Leupold GX-4, Bushnell’s Tour X model allows the golfer to select between two interchangeable faceplates, one equipped with slope technology and one for standard use, allowing the device to be used in tournaments.

 

 

 

Game Golf vs. Arccos: Golf Stats for Everyone

GAME GOLF and Arccos are two of the top tracking systems available in the golf industry. While similar in style, comparatively, the two systems have many differences. Both have lightweight sensors that attach on the end of golfers’ clubs and offer accurate feedback after a round. But beyond that, which gadget is best for you?

We break it down into various categories:

Compatibility

Arccos – If you have an Android device, you’re out of luck (for now). Currently Arccos only works with iPhones. The sensors pair with a free app.

GAME GOLF – GAME GOLF is compatible with both iOS and Android devices. Like Arccos, GAME GOLF pairs the sensors with a free app, which is available on both the App Store and Google Play.

Pairing

Game Golf Arccos

Arccos – The gadget uses Bluetooth technology to link its sensors to your iPhone. Once you’re synced up, you’re automatically ready to go. The sensors weigh less than 12 grams each, so you won’t even notice them on the end of your club.

GAME GOLF – GAME GOLF has the most lightweight sensors, which attach to the end of a club, on the market. They weigh in at just 1.5 grams each – You’ll honestly never feel them! However, GAME GOLF requires you to tap a sensor to a wearable device that easily clips on your belt. Tap up, then go! That’s it.

See Data and Analysis

Arccos – The feature that’s the biggest difference-maker is that Arccos is also a fully functional GPS that operates through your phone. As soon as you swing, you’ll get comprehensive feedback on each shot right away that you can view on your iPhone.

Each shot you take is tracked on the app, so you’ll know important stats, such as average and longest drives, club use, greens hit and putts per hole right away.

Arccos’ app features all U.S. course maps, and for courses outside the U.S., Arccos will still provide you with data analysis on any course.

On its beautiful mobile app, you can view in-depth stats either during a round or after you’re finished. See your distance with each club, GiR percentage and more right on your iOS device.

Arccos Game Golf

Beyond just showing your stats, Arccos offers analysis of the numbers. Using its Tour Analytics Platform, you’ll receive analysis that shows you how every single shot you’ve taken has affected your game.

GAME GOLF – GAME GOLF also offers comprehensive data, but it only does so after the round. Once you’re finished golfing, you’ll see everything you did on the course on the app. See your fairway accuracy, putts per hole, GIR and more! The detailed statistics and trends can be viewed online on a map interface, so that you know how to improve your game.

You can also view scorecards, stat graphs and charts, which are automatically generated as you play or upload games.

Improve

Arccos – The detailed analysis and stats will completely transform your game. All of the numbers go right to your phone and are available on the beautifully designed mobile app.

Also, as you play, Arccos calculates your bag and gives you suggestions to immediately help you improve.

GAME GOLF – With its comprehensive analysis, you can compare your current game and statistics to old ones. The platform showcases trends and helps educate you on how to improve you game. If it’s an overall adjustment or just a precise tweak, you’ll be educated on how to become a better golfer.

Price

Arccos – $299.99

GAME GOLF – $199.99

Still not sure which is the best for you? Check out videos, pictures and more of each: Arccos and GAME GOLF

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Setting up is easy. All you have to do is attach the top of the band to your club and then place the bottom band underneath your foot. From there, all you have to do is swing. The resistance bands will create tension in your arms and abs as you raise your club, making your backswing more difficult and requiring you to really engage in your biceps and stomach muscles. After practicing with the PowerSwing Plus, you will start seeing real results in your core and your game.

Fine-tune your putting with the innovative Happy Putter

Are you fully happy with your short game? Er, you don’t have to answer that. Well, with the new  Happy Putter, you can constantly work on tweaking your game and approach to have the best possible day on the course.

Have you been pulling putts? Are you trying out a new stance? Playing an especially quick green? While you’re tweaking your short game, the adjustable Happy Putter will be there every step of the way.

Named to the 2015 Golf Digest Hot List, the innovative putter from Brainstorm Golf adjusts to fit both left- and right-handed playing positions! But it doesn’t stop there.

The Happy Putter – which is available in either a  mallet or blade version – includes three lofts, three lie positions, three offset positions and six weights!

The brains behind the Happy Putter are Dave Cooper and Vikash Sanyal, who combined their years of experience with brands including Odyssey Golf, Never Compromise, Titleist and Cobra. They have developed a strong team to bring cutting-edge technologies to golfers of all levels.

The founders’ years of experience are obvious from the second you test out a Happy Putter. Currently selling for $279.99, the putter is a great value because it is almost like having multiple putters at once.

Unlike the pros, you don’t have access to unlimited putter tweaks in a tour van. Now, the Happy Putter gives you the chance to create the perfect putter for you.

Here are all of the positions you can adjust:

  • Handedness: You can change the putter to work for lefties or righties.
  • Weight: Six weights are available, including Light (3g), Standard (6g) and Heavy (15g).
  • Lie Positions: Three lie positions are included, including Flat (68 degrees), Standard (71 degrees), and Up (74 degrees).
  • Lofts: The putter comes with three lofts – Low (1 degree), Standard (3.5 degrees), and High (6 degrees).
  • Offset Positions: There are three positions available – zero shaft, half shaft, and full shaft.

The putter is made of top-line aluminum. Its aluminum face is pressed against a polyurethane loft shim, which helps provide feedback to optimize distance control. The Happy Putter also comes with a wrench you’ll need to make the modifications to your club, a headcover and a pouch.

We hope you’ve convinced you of the club’s effectiveness. Now, check it out in action in the video below.

For more information or to purchase the putter, check out these links:  Happy Putter BladeHappy Putter Mallet 

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As if there aren’t enough reasons to want a Garmin golf GPS, here are another 50.

Starting today (April 24, 2015) through July 5, 2015, purchases of any Garmin Approach S2, S4, S5, or S6 GPS watch will be eligible for a $50 mail-in rebate.

To be eligible for the $50 rebate, customers must purchase their new device from an authorized Garmin retailer (like PlayBetter.com), and pay the full manufacturers suggested retail price. Purchases made using coupons or discount promo codes will not be eligible for the rebate.

As always, we’re making things easy for PlayBetter.com customers by including an official Garmin rebate form and Garmin approved proof of purchase (receipt) with each order. You can also see complete details and get a jump start on your rebate check by downloading the Official Rebate Form Here.

New Arccos App for Apple Watch

There are many reasons why we want an Apple Watch, from messages on our wrist, the Camera Remote, the Activity and Workout built-in apps and so much more. Another reason we need it? The new Arccos app.

The Arccos Golf GPS + Stat Tracker is one of our absolute favorite products we offer. Its beautiful iOS app serves as a fully functional, crisp GPS unit right on an iPhone. Simply put the lightweight sensors on the end of each of your club, and then go!

Beyond the GPS, it also is an accurate and comprehensive stat tracker. Every shot you take is automatically tracked on the app, and you get immediate feedback after every swing. Thanks to its GPS technology, you’ll see important stats right away, including average and longest drives distance, club use, greens hit in regulation and putts per hole.

With immediate feedback, you’ll know how to tweak your game directly on the course, versus having to wait until after the round.

Now imagine all of this on your wrist! Arccos Golf announced this week that its Apple Watch app is coming soon.

You’ll soon be able to see the distance to the front, back and center of the green right on your wrist. Simply look down and you’ll also be able to see what hole you’re on, your distance and so much more. While Arccos has already made it easy to view comprehensive analysis of your game, it is taking it even further by allowing you to put your phone away and just see everything you need right on your wrist!

Check out the Arccos unit now, and you’ll see why it’s one of our favorites.

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Compare Garmin S2 vs. S4 vs. S6 at PlayBetter

One of the keys to golf improvement is learning to manage your game and course knowledge is where that begins.

While handheld golf GPS devices have been around for quite some time, GPS watches are a relatively new concept (and one that is being embraced by golfers at a breathtaking pace).

Easy to use, lightweight, and stylish, this new category of golf technology allows you to carry in-depth knowledge of 30,000+ worldwide courses on your wrist along with a bevy of cool features that continue to evolve.

The best golf GPS watches offer ease of use, long battery life, sun friendly displays, and a comfortable fit that doesn’t interfere with the golf swing.

Garmin’s award winning line offers those benefits and much more. What’s the difference between the various Garmin Approach models? Should you allocate a large chunk of your golf gear budget on the feature packed Garmin Approach S6, or is the simpler and more affordable S2 watch a better
choice for you?

Below, we break down the specific features of each Garmin watch to help you make
the best decision for you or the golfer in your life.

As always, we
invite you to contact us for any additional information that could help your purchasing decision. Our experts are always happy to talk you through various features and brands in order to make sure you are 100% confident in your decision. We should also mention that any purchase made from PlayBetter.com is eligible for our 60-day Buy and Try return policy – so you will never get stuck with a product that’s not right for you.

Ok, let’s take a look at three game changing devices from Garmin.


 



Garmin Approach S2 – $199.99


Garmin Approach S2 Golf GPS Watch at PlayBetter

The most basic of the models, the S2 is also the most inexpensive option. For golfers just beginning or starting to use a GPS unit, we suggest this model.
It doesn’t have a touch screen, but it’s easy to use with four buttons on the side of the device controlling the unit.

The watch lasts eight hours in GPS mode and three weeks in watch mode before it needs to recharge. Like all Garmin models, it comes with 38,000+ preloaded
courses and has free lifetime course updates. The S2 offers all the crucial features of a GPS, with the user-friendly nature that comes with any Garmin.


Measures Shot Distance
: All of the Approach models calculate the exact yardage for your shot no matter where you are on the course.


Yardage to Front/Back/Center of Green
: See the distance to the front, back and center of the green, which will help you line up a more accurate shot, on
all models.


Digital Scorecard
: Keep track of your round while on the course and see your day immediately on your watch. You can also upload your scores to a computer
to track your progress, available on the S2, S4 and S6.

More Details:
Garmin S2


 

Garmin Approach S4 – $299.99

Garmin Approach S4 Golf GPS Watch at PlayBetter

Like
the S6, the S4 has many built-in features that will take your game to
the next level, and its price point is $100 less. It also has a
touchscreen, but
it is black-and-white. While it doesn’t have all the bells and
whistles of an S6, it still has a few features, which the S2 doesn’t
offer, that make it a
great option for both new and experienced golfers.

The S4 also has a strong battery life: 10 hours in GPS mode and six weeks in watch mode.


Manual Pin Positioning
: Both the S4 and S6 show you the shape and layout of the green and then allow you to drag the pin to the location of the day.


Smartphone Notifications
: This is a big one. When you’re on
the course, you don’t want to be fooling around in your bag, searching
for your iPhone when
you get a phone call or email. The S4 and S6 watches fully integrate
with your iOS device and have notifications pop up on your watch.

More details:
Garmin S4


 

Garmin Approach S6 – $399.99

Garmin Approach S6 Golf GPS Watch at PlayBetter

The
newest watch has one obvious feature that makes it stand out from its
predecessors: a color touchscreen. We tested the watch under harsh
light, and the
color still looks extremely vibrant and readable.

Course maps get a whole new dimension in color and show you a more in-depth look at the hole you’re playing.

In addition, the most frustrating thing about GPS watches of the
past has to be poor battery life. When you’re golfing, the last thing
you need is a GPS
that dies on you in the middle of your game. While all of Garmin’s
models have more than enough charge to last you a full day of golf, the
S6 goes one step
further.

Not only does the watch last 10 hours in GPS mode, the stylish watch
also transitions to everyday wear. The S6 can go 20 weeks in watch mode
before needing
a recharge!

If you or a golfer you know are serious about taking your game to
the next level, the S6 is the watch for you. The new features and the
slim body are a
game-changer on the course.


SwingTempo and TempoTraining
: Using audible tones, the S6 will show you and help you develop the perfect 3:1 backswing to downswing ratio. This feature is
only available on the S6, and it will help you work toward the ideal tempo every time you take a swing.

SwingStrength: Another feature only available on the
Garmin S6 is the SwingStrength feature, which measures the speed and
strength of your swing and then
gives you immediate feedback on your power percentage. The S6 will
help you develop a stronger swing, as it offers instant feedback.

PinPointer: The last major feature of the S6 will help
you manage your blind shots. Even if you can’t see the pin or direction
to the green, the PinPointer
will show you the way to the green even if there is a hill, trees or
another obstacle hindering your view.

Like former models, the S6 also offers a digital scorecard, smart
notifications to your iOS device, 38,000+ preloaded courses, manual pin
positioning and
more, which you can read more about below!

While the other two models by comparison are also slim and light,
the S6 is the lightest and thinnest of the bunch, sitting snugly against
your wrist and
not interfering with your game.

More details:
Garmin S6