GARMIN have launched what they say is the most accurate GPS laser range finder on the market.
According to the global brand, the new range finder has been designed to help improve a golfer’s situational awareness with the Approach Z82 measuring “precise” shot distances to within 10 inches of the pin from up to 450 yards away.
The Approach Z82 comes with full-colour 2-D Course View mapping through the lens and Green View overlay on more than 41,000 courses worldwide
“Thanks to the enhanced performance, the device can hit the flag more consistently than previous models,” said Garmin vice-president of Global Consumer Sales, Dan Bartel.
“The Approach Z82 utilises some of the most prominent golf features available on the market and builds on the foundation of our first range finder to add even more depth and distance precision, and help sharpen a golfer’s game.”
The Approach Z82’s improved optics produce sharper images and a superior viewfinder offers better eye relief. In addition, vibrational feedback and the refined laser ranging performance make locking on to the flag more precise and intuitive.
“What sets the Approach Z82 apart from other range finders is the supplementary course details that are readily available in the player’s peripheral vision,” said Bartel. “By merging GPS technology and CourseView mapping, a 2-D image of the hole is overlaid on the viewfinder, along with distances to key hazards and layups.
“When the Approach Z82 locks on to the flag, the map automatically zooms in to the green, marking a laser ranged arc at that specific distance. Once this happens, players will be able to know the pin position relative to the front and back of the green.”
The Approach Z82 can also display wind direction and speed, to help take the guess work out of choosing the proper club. With the new Hazard View feature, golfers can also zoom in and scroll through each hazard on the map to see more details and know exactly where the distances to the front and back of each hazard are being measured to.
Golfers can keep score and track stats on the Approach Z82 by uploading their scorecards to the free Garmin Golf app – a useful application that keeps a history of course stats, leaderboards and scorecards.