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Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder Launched

Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder Launched image courtesy Bushnell
Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder Launched image courtesy Bushnell

Bushnell have come up with the perfect answer for golfers who like the benefits of using both a rangefinder and a GPS measuring device…by combining the two in the new Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder, the first-ever integrated Laser/GPS display.

Some golfers like to use a rangefinder to see exact distances to the flag or a target in vision. Others prefer the simplicity of a GPS and a quick glance at a watch or handheld device to get the yardages to the front, centre and rear of the putting green as well as some hazards.

Now, lovers of the game will be able to have the best of both worlds. Bushnell have come up with the Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder, an impressive product set to hit the market in April 2018. It uses the laser technology of the rangefinder and the GPS positioning of a measuring device to provide comprehensive data at the fingertips of any golfer.

More information than ever before

“The Hybrid provides golfers with more information than ever before,” said John DeCastro, Bushnell Golf Product Lane Director. “The two technologies ‘talk’ so that the golfer sees the front and back distances of the green in relation to the pin that is targeted with unmatched accuracy by the laser.

The introduction of the Hybrid demonstrates Bushnell Golf’s commitment to providing the best, most accurate information so those who golf with Bushnell can play their best.”

The reason why the Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder is so impressive is down to the fact the dual capability really does increase the data available. Blind shots to a green for golfers using a rangefinder no longer need to be played with guesswork—the GPS facility comes into play in such scenarios while out on the course.

At the same time, distances to the front of the green via the GPS along with the flag position from the laser ensure golfers have carry distances for approach shots at hand as well as an exact yardage to the pin.

A familiar design

The Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder looks very similar to most of the rangefinders currently available with the GPS display placed into the top of the device. It comes with Bushnell’s PinSeeker with Jolt Technology which works by giving users a short vibration when the laser has locked in on the flag up to 400 yards away.

This ensures you know at the exact point at which the device has settled on the distance, giving you confidence in the information provided. In fact, Bushnell promise that the Hybrid Rangefinder is accurate to a single yard.

It also comes with Bushnell’s Dual Power Technology, which features CR2 batteries for the rangefinder and a lithium ion battery which is rechargeable for the GPS feature. The dual power option allows for the rangefinder to be used if the GPS has run out of battery. Or if the GPS is charged and the rangefinder isn’t.

The combination of rangefinder and GPS is one that has been a long time coming—now that it’s here, it will prove extremely popular. While it doesn’t come cheap if your budget is tight, the Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder will be a major hit with golfers seeking the accuracy of a rangefinder with the simplicity of a GPS device.

See also: Bushnell Phantom GPS Launched