Did you know that rangefinders found their use in golf rather late compared to their use in other fields? Their initial purpose had nothing to do with sports, but they were developed for the purposes of military and aviation and, as almost anything that has been called modern technology today, has its origin somewhere between the first and the second world war. As their design was perfected, they found their role in weapon manufacturing, engineering, photography, hunting and finally sports and golf.
Today, the market abounds in a multitude of distance finders, from the basic ones to the most advanced models. The number of companies that manufacture them is also very big, and you can find offers from some very popular brand names to those companies that have just been set up. This market versatility and extreme competition often make golfers utterly confused about which is truly a reliable brand, and which model deserves to be part of golfers’ bags.
Of course, one of the main factors when choosing a product is the price point and sometimes no matter how hard we desire to buy a certain name-brand product, it can be simply impossible to make the purchase because of its high price. It has probably happened to anyone and we know how it feels.
Luckily, nowadays, there are many products, including rangefinders, that can be purchased for a fraction of the price that name-brands offer without sacrificing the playability and the effectiveness of the product itself. Among the wide range of inexpensive distance finders, WOSPORTS has been qualified as the most reliable, accurate, and functional. It is a rangefinder that offers incredibly versatile use and offers functions for other sports such as hunting or racing. There are many reasons why we are reviewing this model today, so read below to get an informed decision when buying a good quality, inexpensive distance finder.
Pin seeking function that vibrates when it locks onto a flag
Targeting or continuous measurements in the scan mode
Slope function that delivers slope-adjusted measurements
It determines the speed of a moving object to up to 500 mph
It measures distances from 5 to 650 yards and up to 180 yards to the flag lock
Superior optics including multicoated lens and LCD display
Sleek and compact design with a rubberized surface and ergonomic grip
Waterproof and fog proof
Quality control seems to be on the con side
However, besides its basic use in golf, it can be used for other sports or professional needs. Imagine you wanted to go hunting or measure the speed of a fast-moving animal. This unit will provide you with a piece of quick information about the speed of a moving object such as the golf ball, or you can point to any single object and measure not only the distance to that object but the angles of the constructions too. And, in addition to the single measurement mode, it also provides golfers with continuous measurement mode. It is an impressive unit and even more fascinating is the incredibly low price that it has for such functions.
So, when you select Mode 1 (M1) you will be able to use the so-called Scan mode which allows you to target or continuously measure the surrounding area. This is one of the most important modes when you approach the green and when there are plenty of trees, hazards, sand traps, and mounds that can stand on the way to the flagstick.
The second mode, or M2 mode is what the competition calls Pin Acquisition mode and this feature comes as a standard of any good rangefinder. It is actually the pin seeker and once the rangefinder has locked onto a flag it vibrates as a confirmation that it is the flag and not any other background object. When you activate this mode, a flag will appear in the viewfinder and you can scan the area left or right. Once it locks onto the pin, it will vibrate and show you the distance.
The third mode, or M3, includes the slope function, i.e., it calculates the distances with slope-adjusted measurements. It operates in the same manner as the Mode 2, just with the slope function on, which is a very convenient way to make the rangefinder USGA legal since the slope function is forbidden from tournament play. So, when you’d like to use it for a tournament you can simply select the second mode and the slope function will be turned off.
The fourth mode, or M4, is not a golf-related mode since it is used to determine the speed od an object across the screen. It is a convenient function for hunting or racing, or, as some golfers have suggested, measuring the speed of the golf ball, but there are other ways to do that as well.
Optics and Display
The company claims that this model is waterproof and fog proof, which means it provides complete protection from water and delivers precise measurements when the weather is foggy. Being waterproof is a guarantee that you’ll be able to use it during heavy rain, and even if it drops into a water pond, or gets submerged into water, it will remain completely functional. There’s no negative review regarding this part, so we assume that the rangefinder works as described.
Firstly, it is a laser rangefinder which has multiple functions that extend its use not only in golf but in other sports as well. It delivers distance range from 5 to up to 650 yards and it locks the flag to up to 180 yards with the accuracy of 1 yard. It also delivers slope distance measurements with slope corrections including the angle and the degree of the incline and the decline. All these functions are integrated into modes of functioning and operated with the mode button. Plus, it has speed functions that measure the speed of a moving object, such as the golf ball. Secondly, the multicoated lens and the overall optics are very well-made and together with the LCD screen, golfers get very bright and crisp images. Finally, the compact and ergonomic design and the waterproof and fog proof features make it one of the best budget rangefinders currently on the market for a price point that is hard to resist.
- One of the most versatile budget rangefinders on the market
- It works in four different modes
- Pin seeking function that vibrates when it locks onto a flag
- Targeting or continuous measurements in the scan mode
- Slope function that delivers slope-corrected measurements
- It determines the speed of a moving object to up to 500 mph
- It measures distances from 5 to 650 yards and up to 180 yards to the flag lock
- Superior optics including multicoated lens and LCD display
- Sleek and compact design with a rubberized surface and ergonomic grip
- Waterproof and fog proof
- Comes as a complete package that includes a carrying case, CR2 battery, cleaning cloth, strap and a manual
- 30-days money-back guarantee and one-year warranty
The purpose of this review is to point to all golfers with tight budgets that inexpensive rangefinders do exist and they can deliver almost anything that the best ones do for a fifth of the price. WOSPORTS is such an example, where a low-cost rangefinder performs in the same manner as the most expensive ones.