The Laser Link golf system may look like a strange binocular device, but the Laser Link System and Quick Shot instruments have officially been approved for use amongst all golf courses. Debates reached their conclusion at the beginning of 2006, where the boards and rule makers for national golf standards approved the use of the Quick Shot device during any game. Golfers now have the liberty of measuring the distances on their favorite golf course, helping them to make careful and time-efficient decisions. Both the USGA and R&A have approved the use of rangefinders, and the Laser Link Quickshot device is quickly making its way across the nation’s top golf courses.
The use of GPS systems or other measurement devices has traditionally not been considered or allowed on the golf course, until the Laser Link was approved on January 1, 2006. Golfers simply had to rely on their best judgment, skills of the game, and experience. However, the need to measure distance has always been apparent; players can improve their shots, judgment skills, and establish new parameters while focusing on their golf game. Arnold Palmer has fully endorsed the Laser Link, and the PGA encourages the use of rangefinders and measurement devices. Systems that include other factors such as speed, wind force, or weather-related activity are still ruled out.
The Laser Link is a complete system designed only for golf. The Quick Shot is a handheld laser gun that uses a rangefinder and a target-finding system. The targets on the golf course are programmed to be picked up by the laser, providing the golfer with complete and accurate information at the touch of a button. The Laser Link indicates the distance involved, and lets the player coordinate their next play accordingly. It essentially speeds up the game, changing the focus considerably.
Golf courses simply install the ‘SmartStick’ technology onto the course flagsticks. The Quick Shot device is then rented or sold to golfers who wish to play on the course. Players no longer need to search for markers, as the GPS tracking system enables access to complete information of location and distance of each marker. According to the Laser Link website, information is retrieved within seconds; players usually spend between 45-60 seconds getting or finding this information on their own.
Many golf courses and clubs are joining the trend for Laser Link golf, and promoting the Laser Link Distance System as a part of their games and tournaments. Encouraging players to purchase the Quick Shot at the golf clubhouse is a great incentive for a new retail item; the Quick Shot device currently runs between $275-$295 at full price.
The PGA tour does endorse the Laser Link, and all PGA golf courses have approved its use. The Local Rule book has been amended to reflect the change, and almost all players are embracing the idea with open arms. Laser Link Golf is just one example of the future of golf and GPS technology; according to PGATour.com, it can cost up to $225,000 to install a satellite-based tracking system of golf carts, versus the $1,000 setup charge of a Laser Link installation. Amateur golfers, veterans, and professionals can all make use of the Laser Link device to improve their golf game and experience.