This is a wonderful rangefinder. I highly recommend it.
I did a lot of internet searching for rangefinders and finally settled on the Scout 1000. I use it for golf. I’ve played two rounds with it and taken it to the driving range. I’ve ranged flags at 240 yards. Under 200 yards, I’ve had no trouble hitting the flags very quickly. I’ve ranged trees out to 550 yards. Distances are displayed in a matter of seconds. I can easily operate the rangefinder with one hand and hit the flags. It is small, fits in the palm of your hand, and lightweight. The only complaint I could have is that case feels cheap and has a plastic clip. When in the cart, I keep it in the case in a cup holder. When walking, I keep it in a pocket in my bag.
This rangefinder performs the same function as the Bushnell Tour V2 for $150 less. The differences are only cosmetic and a different brand logo on the side.
The Scout 1000 has three functions.
1) Normal Mode: You can range any object and it will change distances as you move it around.
2) Target Mode: This is the same as pinseeker mode on the Tour V2. It determines the closest object and displays that distance. That’s what you need to hit pins.
3) Brush Mode: This ignores closer objects and displays distance to the farthest object. This mode is not very useful for golf.
I love this rangefinder. On the first two rounds, I shot my best rounds of the year (2 strokes less on one, 39 for nine holes and a 76, 4-5 strokes less on the other). Before that, I hadn’t broke 40 on 9 holes this year or 80 for 18 holes. I can’t attribute it all to the rangefinder, but it does give you confidence in knowing exactly the distance to the pin and the distance to get over a bunker. It helps you know which club to hit and whether you should hit it easier or harder. It removes the uncertainty about the distance so you can worry about just hitting the shot.
I’ve never used any other rangefinders so I can’t compare it. Most reviews say the Bushnell 1500 is better (but it’s about $400). I have played with someone using a SkyCaddie. The SkyCaddie was very quick, but it only gives distances to the front, back, and middle of the green. You still have to figure out where the flag is on the green. SkyCaddie also gave distances to bunkers, etc. If you can see it, you can range it with the rangefinder. If you can’t see it, the SkyCaddie is better.
Walmart had the best price, and you can get a coupon from Bushnell for another $50 off up until 12/31/08. Just Google "Scout 1000 rebate".
If you buy it, you won’t be sorry.
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