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One of the great­est plea­sures in golf is a long walk with an ami­able and knowl­edge­able cad­die. Through the cen­turies, and to this day, tal­ented loop­ers have been a vi­tal part of the game at the sto­ried links of the Bri­tish Isles. Sadly, that grand tra­di­tion is now too rare in North Amer­ica. Some toney clubs still have a cad­die shack near the front gates, but usu­ally just for dec­o­ra­tion and his­tory's sake. Thet demise of the cad­die sys­tem was cer­tainly ac­cel­er­ated by the de­vel­op­ment and pop­u­lar­ity of golf carts, then on-cart GPS sys­tems, and fi­nally hand-held de­vices. Dur­ing a re­cent round on a cart-manda­tory lay­out, my on-cart so­phis­ti­cated sys­tem dis­played an aw­ful lot of in­for­ma­tion – be­tween com­mer­cials for the club's fa­mous cheese­burger avail­able at the turn. My play­ing part­ner ig­nored the screen and in­stead used his Bush­nell Prox2 rangefinder. It was no con­test. First of course, my pal mea­sured his dis­tances from right at his ball, some­thing a cart can't al­ways do. And, in the bright sun­shine, the cart screen wasn't al­ways easy to read. The Prox2 was. In fact it was ex­cep­tion­ally clear, and the read­ings could be dis­played in black or red, de­pend­ing on the light. The other fea­tures were as im­pres­sive. The Prox2 vi­brates with a small jolt when the laser locks in on the pin. That is a ter­rific bonus. The vi­su­als are clear and come into fo­cus very quickly. It's in­cred­i­bly ac­cu­rate – to within half a yard – and al­most al­ways gave a dif­fer­ent read­ing than the cart sys­tem. Most telling, though, is the Slope-switch Tech­nol­ogy that, with the flip of a switch, cal­cu­lates the dis­tance which also takes el­e­va­tion change into ac­count. It's like hav­ing a cad­die whis­per: “Lad, that's a bonny hill, bet­ter the six than the eight.” Thet Prox2 is the next best thing to hav­ing an ex­pert cad­die. The only thing you'll miss is the tall tales over a shot and pint at the 19th. Check it out at www.bush­nell­golf.com.

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