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15 Bushnell Launch Pro Problems

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One of the most common issues with the Bushnell Launch Pro is inaccurate readings. Factors such as improper calibration, incorrect settings, or wind interference can contribute to this problem. To resolve it, ensure that the device is properly calibrated and that you use the correct settings for your club and ball type. Additionally, avoid using the device in windy conditions or when there are many obstacles in the background.

Although the Bushnell Launch Pro is a popular launch monitor, it does have its fair share of problems. As a golfer with over 5 years of experience, I have used a variety of launch monitors, and the Bushnell Launch Pro is one of the most sought-after models on the market. However, I have also encountered some of the issues that other golfers have reported.

One of the most significant problems I have experienced with the Bushnell Launch Pro is its accuracy. I have discovered that the device can be inaccurate, particularly in windy conditions or when there are numerous obstacles in the background. Additionally, I have found that the device can be challenging to use, and the controls can be confusing. Finally, the device lacks durability and can easily sustain damage if dropped or mishandled.

Despite these problems, the Bushnell Launch Pro remains a valuable tool for golfers. If you are aware of the potential issues and take steps to mitigate them, the device can provide you with valuable information about your swing and your game. In the remainder of this article, I will address 15 Bushnell Launch Pro problems and provide solutions to fix them.

1. The device is not calibrated properly

Calibration is the process of adjusting a device to ensure that it is measuring or recording accurately. For launch monitors, calibration is essential for getting accurate readings on your swing speed, ball speed, launch angle, and spin rate. 

Improper calibration of your Bushnell Launch Pro will prevent you from obtaining accurate swing readings. This can lead to frustration and confusion, as you will not be able to see how your swing is improving.

The Solution

If this launch monitor isn’t calibrated properly, all you need to do to resolve that is to calibrate it. 

To calibrate your Bushnell Launch Pro, you will need to follow these steps:

Step 1: Place the launch monitor on a level surface. Check the levelness of the surface by using a level or by placing the launch monitor on a flat surface and ensuring it is not tilted in any direction.

Step 2: Make sure that the launch monitor is pointing directly at the target. You can use the alignment stick that came with the launch monitor to do this. Simply place the alignment stick in the hitting zone and align it to your target. Then, adjust the launch monitor so that it is pointing directly at the alignment stick.

Step 3: Hit a few balls with your driver. You should hit at least 10 balls, but more is better.

Step 4: Check the readings on the launch monitor to make sure that they are consistent. You are looking for the readings to be within a few yards of each other for the same swing.

Step 5: If the readings are not consistent, repeat steps 3 and 4. You may need to hit more balls or adjust the launch monitor slightly.

2. The device is not level

I have personally experienced problems with my Bushnell Launch Pro not being level. I noticed that my readings were inconsistent, and I was also having trouble tracking my progress over time.

The Solution

I tried levelling the Launch Pro using the built-in level indicator, but I was not able to get the readings to become consistent. I eventually had to use a level to level the Launch Pro.

Once the Launch Pro was level, my readings were much more consistent, and I was able to start tracking my progress over time.

3. The device’s microSD card is not formatted properly

If your device is displaying an error message that says “Device’s microSD card is not formatted properly,” it means that the file system on the card is corrupted or missing. This can happen for a number of reasons, such as improper removal of the card, power surges, or virus infection.

One can fix a microSD card that is not formatted properly in a few different ways. The simplest way is to format the card using your device. However, this will erase all of the data on the card. If you have important data on the card, you can try to recover it using a data recovery program.

If you are unable to format the card using your device or recover the data, you can try formatting the card using a computer.

The Solution

To format a microSD card, you can use your computer or your device.

To format a microSD card on your computer:

Step 1: Connect the microSD card to your computer using a microSD card reader.

Step 2: Open File Explorer.

Step 3: Right-click on the microSD card and select Format.

Step 4: Select the file system that you want to use to format the microSD card.

Step 5: Click Start.

To format a microSD card on your device:

Step 1: Open the Settings app.

Step 2: Tap on Storage.

Step 3: Tap on the microSD card.

Step 4: Tap on Format.

Step 5: Tap on Format SD card.

4. The device’s internal temperature sensor is not working properly

The device’s internal temperature sensor is an important component that helps to regulate the temperature of the device and prevent it from overheating. If the internal temperature sensor is not working properly, the device may overheat and become damaged.

There are a few things that you can do to try to fix a device’s internal temperature sensor:

The Solution

  1. Restart the device

Restarting the device can sometimes fix minor software glitches that may be causing the temperature sensor to malfunction.

  1. Update the device’s software

If the device’s software is out of date, it may contain bugs that are causing the temperature sensor to malfunction. Updating the device’s software to the latest version can often fix these bugs.

  1. Clean the device
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Dust and dirt can build up on the device’s temperature sensor and interfere with its ability to accurately measure the temperature. Cleaning the device with a soft cloth can help to remove dust and dirt from the temperature sensor.

  1. Check the device’s ventilation

The device’s ventilation system helps to keep the device cool. Blocking the device’s ventilation can cause it to overheat. Make sure that the device’s ventilation system is clear and unobstructed.

  1. Replace the device’s battery

If the device’s battery is old or damaged, it may not be able to provide the device with enough power to operate properly. Replacing the device’s battery with a new one can sometimes fix a device’s internal temperature sensor.

5. The device is not zoomed in enough to lock onto the ball

I’m a member of a community with other golfers, and someone mentioned that he had this particular problem with his golf rangefinder

One of the pros in the group said that the reason for getting the error message “Device is not zoomed in enough to lock onto the ball”, is that the device cannot see the ball well enough to focus on it.

So, he tried a few of the fixes recommended, and funny enough, he only needed to clean the camera lens.

The Solution

Here are some things that you can do to fix this problem:

  1. Move closer to the ball

This is the simplest solution, and it is often the most effective. Simply move your device closer to the ball until it is able to lock onto it.

  1. Use a zoom lens

If you are using a device with a zoom lens, you can try zooming in on the ball. This will make the ball appear larger on the screen, making it easier for the device to track.

  1. Calibrate your device

If you are still having problems tracking the ball, you may need to calibrate your device. This will help the device to learn the distance between itself and the ball, making it easier to track.

  1. Update your device’s software

Bushnell regularly releases software updates for the Bushnell Launch Pro. These updates often include bug fixes and performance improvements. Check for and install any available software updates to see if this fixes the problem.

  1. Clean the device’s camera lens

A dirty camera lens can interfere with the device’s ability to track the ball. Cleaning the lens with a soft cloth can often fix this problem.

6. Device is experiencing software glitches

Some golfers have reported that their Bushnell Launch Pro is experiencing software glitches. This can cause the rangefinder to malfunction, making it difficult or impossible to use. If you’re experiencing a software glitch, the device would freeze randomly, and sometimes it would crash altogether.

The Solution

If you’re experiencing software glitches, the first thing you should try is to update the firmware. Bushnell regularly releases firmware updates for the Bushnell Launch Pro. These updates often include bug fixes and performance improvements. To update the firmware, you can connect the device to your computer and download the latest firmware update from the Bushnell website.

When you update the firmware and you’re still experiencing glitches, then you need to reset the device. When resetting the Bushnell Launch Pro, press and hold the power button for 10 seconds. After the device resets, it should be able to power on and off normally.

If you have tried all of the above solutions and your Bushnell Launch Pro is still experiencing software glitches, you can try reinstalling the software. To do this, you will need to download the installation file from the Bushnell website. Once you have downloaded the installation file, you can connect the device to your computer and install the software.

7. Device is not tracking the ball correctly

Several golfers have reported that their Bushnell Launch Pro is not tracking the ball correctly. This can be a frustrating problem, as it can make it difficult to get accurate readings.

My golf buddy, John, recently had this problem with his Bushnell Launch Pro. He said that the rangefinder would often track the ball for a few seconds and then suddenly lose track of it. This made it difficult for him to get accurate readings, and he eventually had to stop using the rangefinder altogether. 

When he shared his problem with us during a game, some fix suggestions were made. Now, his Bushnell Launch Pro is fully functional.

The Solution

  1. Ensure the Bushnell Launch Pro is properly aligned

Ensure correct alignment of the rangefinder by utilizing the built-in alignment system of the Bushnell Launch Pro. To align the rangefinder, follow these steps:

  1. Place the Bushnell Launch Pro on a level surface.
  2. Press and hold the “Power” button for 5 seconds to enter alignment mode.
  3. Aim the Bushnell Launch Pro at a distant object and press the “Fire” button.
  4. The Bushnell Launch Pro will display a grid on the screen. Align the center of the grid with the distant object by using the arrow keys to move the grid.
  5. Confirm the alignment by pressing the “Fire” button again once the grid is aligned.
  1. Clean the lens

A dirty lens can interfere with the Bushnell Launch Pro’s ability to track the ball. Clean the lens with a soft cloth to remove any dirt or smudges.

  1. Use the zoom feature

The Bushnell Launch Pro has a zoom feature that can help you to track the ball more easily. To use the Zoom feature, press and hold the “Zoom” button.

  1. Update the software

Bushnell regularly releases software updates for the Bushnell Launch Pro. These updates often include bug fixes and performance improvements. Check for and install any available software updates to see if this fixes the problem.

8. The device is not displaying data accurately

I saw a comment on a forum where a user noticed that the distances that the rangefinder was giving her were not accurate. She used an instance where she would hit a shot that was obviously 150 yards, but the rangefinder would say that it was only 120 yards. I can tell it was a pretty annoying experience as it made it difficult for her to golf.

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The Solution

If your Bushnell Launch Pro is not displaying data accurately, the first thing you should do is clean the lens. Use a soft cloth and a lens cleaner to clean the lens, being careful not to scratch it.

If cleaning the lens does not fix the problem, you can try aligning the device. You can use the built-in alignment system of the Bushnell Launch Pro to ensure correct alignment of the device. To align the device, follow the instructions that came with the device.

If aligning the device does not fix the problem, you can try updating the software. Bushnell regularly releases software updates for the Bushnell Launch Pro. These updates often include bug fixes and performance improvements. To update the software, you can connect the device to your computer and download the latest software update from the Bushnell website.

If updating the software does not fix the problem, you can try resetting the device. To reset the device, press and hold the power button for 10 seconds.

9. The device is not responding to button presses

There are a few possible reasons why your Bushnell Launch Pro may not be responding to button presses. One possibility is that the battery is low. Another possibility is that the buttons are dirty or stuck. Finally, it is also possible that there is a problem with the device’s software.

The Solution

If your Bushnell Launch Pro is not responding to button presses, check the battery first. Make sure it is fully charged; if not, charge it before using the device.

Clean the buttons if the fully charged battery does not resolve the unresponsiveness of the device. Use a soft cloth to clean them and make sure they are not dirty or stuck.

If cleaning the buttons does not fix the problem, reset the device. Press and hold the power button for 10 seconds to do this. Once the device resets, it should be able to respond to button presses again.

Once the device resets, try using the buttons again. If they are still not working, update the software. Bushnell regularly releases software updates that include bug fixes and performance improvements. To update the software, connect your device to a computer and download the latest update from the Bushnell website.

10. The device is not powering on or off properly

Bushnell Launch Pro not powering on or off properly is a common problem. You could be playing a round of golf with friends, and suddenly notice that the rangefinder would not turn on. I tried pressing the power button multiple times, but the rangefinder would not respond.

There are a few possible reasons why your Bushnell Launch Pro may not be powering on or off properly. One possibility is that the battery is low. The power button may be stuck or broken. Finally, it is also possible that there is a problem with the device’s firmware.

The Solution

If your Bushnell Launch Pro is not powering on or off properly, the first thing you should do is check the battery to make sure that it is fully charged. If the battery is low, charge the device using the included charging cable.

Next, try cleaning the power button with a soft cloth. This may help to remove any dirt or debris that is preventing the button from working properly.

If the power button is still not working, try resetting the device. To do this, press and hold the power button for 10 seconds. After the device resets, it should be able to power on and off normally.

If the device is still not working properly, try updating the firmware. Bushnell regularly releases firmware updates for the Bushnell Launch Pro that include bug fixes and performance improvements. To update the firmware, connect the device to your computer and download the latest firmware update from the Bushnell website.

11. The device is not charging properly

I’ve seen people complain on forums that they plugged the rangefinder into the charger, but the charging indicator light did not come on. Even after trying to use different charging cables and different power outlets, the rangefinder still would not charge.

The possible reasons why your Bushnell Launch Pro may not be charging properly are that the charging port is dirty or damaged, the charging cable is faulty, or there is a problem with the battery.

The Solution

The first thing to do when your device isn’t charging properly is to clean the charging port. You can use a soft cloth or a cotton swab to clean the charging port on your Bushnell Launch Pro. This will remove any dirt or debris that may be preventing the charging cable from making a good connection.

If this doesn’t resolve the issue, then you need to try a different charging cable because it is possible that the charging cable that you are using is faulty.

Once you have tried using a different charging cable and your Bushnell Launch Pro is still not charging, try plugging the charger into a different power outlet. It is possible that the power outlet that you are using is not working properly.

After trying out the other steps and your device still isn’t charging, then it is possible that the battery is dead. Here’s how you can replace the battery:

  1. Turn off the Bushnell Launch Pro and disconnect it from any power source.
  2. Locate the battery compartment on the back of the device.
  3. Use the screwdriver or spudger to pry open the battery compartment door.
  4. Remove the old battery and insert the new battery.
  5. Ensure that the new battery is securely placed in the battery compartment.
  6. Close the battery compartment door and secure it with the screwdriver or spudger.
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12. Device is overheating

I remember that a golf buddy of mine, Steve, had a problem with his Bushnell Launch Pro overheating on a hot day. We were playing a round of golf in the middle of the summer, and the temperature was over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. After about an hour of playing, his rangefinder started to overheat. The screen started to flicker, and the rangefinder eventually shut down.

The Solution

Step 1: Check the temperature. 

Make sure that you are not using the Bushnell Launch Pro in extreme temperatures. The Bushnell Launch Pro operates within a temperature range of 32 degrees Fahrenheit to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are using the rangefinder in extreme temperatures, it is more likely to overheat.

Step 2: Check the ventilation vents. 

Ensure that nothing is blocking the ventilation vents on the back of the Bushnell Launch Pro. Dust and dirt can build up on the rangefinder, which can block the ventilation vents and cause the rangefinder to overheat. Use a soft cloth to clean the ventilation vents regularly.

Step 3: Clean the rangefinder. 

Use a soft cloth to clean the entire Bushnell Launch Pro. This will help to remove any dust or dirt that may be blocking the ventilation vents or causing the rangefinder to overheat.

Step 4: Update the firmware. 

Bushnell regularly releases firmware updates for the Bushnell Launch Pro. These updates often include bug fixes and performance improvements. To update the firmware, you can connect the device to your computer and download the latest firmware update from the Bushnell website.

13. The device is not focused properly

One common problem with the Bushnell Launch Pro is that it does not focus properly. This can make it difficult to get accurate readings, as the rangefinder may not be able to lock onto the ball.

The Solution

The solution for your Bushnell Launch Pro not focusing properly is similar to what you’ll do if it’s not zooming enough to the ball.

If, after trying those fixes, it doesn’t resolve the issue, contact Bushnell customer support. They are usually very helpful and will be able to give you a quick diagnosis of the problem. From other golfers’ experience, what they do is send you a replacement unit for the rangefinder.

But before Beshell sends the replacement unit, they will determine whether you are eligible for a replacement unit. If you are eligible for a replacement unit, they will send you a new device. You will need to return your defective device to Bushnell. Bushnell will typically cover the shipping costs for both the new device and the return shipment.

14. The device’s gyroscope is not working properly

The possible causes of your Bushnell Launch Pro gyroscope not working properly is that the gyroscope is simply not calibrated correctly, a problem with the gyroscope itself, or a problem with the rangefinder’s internal components.

The Solution

Step 1: Calibrate the gyroscope. 

The Bushnell Launch Pro has a built-in gyroscope calibration function. To calibrate the gyroscope, follow the instructions in the Bushnell Launch Pro manual.

If calibrating the gyroscope does not fix the problem, try the next step.

Step 2: Check the gyroscope sensor. 

The gyroscope sensor is located on the underside of the rangefinder. To check the gyroscope sensor, carefully remove the rangefinder from its case and look for any damage to the sensor. If the gyroscope sensor is damaged, the rangefinder cannot accurately measure the distance to the ball. In this case, the only way to fix the problem is to replace the rangefinder.

Once you’ve gotten a replacement rangefinder, you can follow these steps to replace your old rangefinder:

  1. Remove the old rangefinder from its case.
  2. Carefully remove the gyroscope sensor from the old rangefinder.
  3. Insert the gyroscope sensor into the replacement rangefinder.
  4. Snap the replacement rangefinder back into its case.

Your replacement Bushnell Launch Pro rangefinder should now be ready to use.

15. Device not compatible with user’s smartphone or tablet

Users can pair the Bushnell Launch Pro, a popular golf rangefinder, with a smartphone or tablet to access additional features and functionality. However, some users have reported that their Bushnell Launch Pro is not compatible with their smartphone or tablet. This can be a frustrating problem, as it can prevent users from taking advantage of all that the Bushnell Launch Pro has to offer.

The Solution

Step 1: Make sure that the smartphone or tablet is running the required operating system version. The Bushnell Launch Pro requires a smartphone or tablet to be running iOS 11.0 or later or Android 6.0 or later.

Ensure that the smartphone or tablet has the required Bluetooth hardware. The Bushnell Launch Pro requires a smartphone or tablet with Bluetooth 4.0 or later.

Step 3: Try restarting the smartphone or tablet and the Bushnell Launch Pro. Sometimes a simple restart can fix compatibility problems.

Step 4: Update the firmware on the Bushnell Launch Pro. Bushnell regularly releases firmware updates for the Bushnell Launch Pro. These updates often include bug fixes and compatibility improvements. To update the firmware, you can connect the Bushnell Launch Pro to your computer and download the latest firmware update from the Bushnell website.

Conclusion

The Bushnell Launch Pro is a popular golf rangefinder with a variety of features and functionality. However, like any other electronic device, the Bushnell Launch Pro can sometimes have problems. 

In this article, I have discussed some of the most common problems that users have reported with the Bushnell Launch Pro. I have also provided solutions for fixing these problems. If you are experiencing problems with your Bushnell Launch Pro, try out the solutions that I have provided in this article. If you are still unable to fix the problem, please contact Bushnell customer support for assistance.

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