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Leupold Golf Rangefinder Reviews and Comparison

Long known for their top quality hunting optics, Leupold is now also one of the major manufactures of golf range finders. Leupold's golf rangefinder lineup for 2015 consists of four unique models: GX-4i2, GX-3i2, GX1i2, and Pincaddie 2 . These models are offered at a variety of pricing points ranging from $199 for the new Pincaddie 2 to $499 for the premium GX4i2 models.
 

Leupold GX Range Finder Comparison Chart

Model Leupold
GX-4i2
Leupold
GX-3i2
Leupold
GX-1i2
Leupold
PinCaddie 2
Est. Price $499 $399 $299 $199
Power 6x 6x 6x 6x
Display Red (OLED) Red (OLED) Black (LCD) Black (LCD)
Weight 7.9 oz 7.8 oz 6.2 oz 6.8oz
LxWxH 4.2 x 1.4 x 3 3.8 x 1.4 x 3 4.2 x 1.6 x 3 3.6 x 1.4 x 2.9
Max Distance 800 yards 800 yards 800 yards 600 yards
Flag Distance 450 yards 450 yards 400 yards 300 yards
True Golf Range Y* N N N
Model # 119088 119087 120172 120446

 


Leupold GX-4i2

Leupold GX-4i2 Golf Rangefinder- Now Legal for Tournament Play

 

- Yellow Faceplate unlocks non tournament features

 

- True Golf Range - (Slope)

 

- Club Selector

 

- Online Average $499

 

The big news for the most recent version of Leupold's highest end golf rangefinder is that it now conforms to USGA Rule 14-3, which in general means that it can be used in tournament play where rangefinders are allowed. The really unique feature of this rangefinder is its changeable faceplates. When the yellow faceplate is attached the unit can access non tournament legal features like Club Selector or True Golf Range (Leupold's version of slope or angle compensated readings. However, by simply attaching the chrome faceplate these non tournament features are disabled and the unit can be used for tournament play. Note their have been several versions of the GX4 and to my knowledge the latest is the only one approved for tournament play so be sure to look for the latest configuration the Leupold GX4i2 model #119088.


Leupold GX-3i2

Leupold GX-3i2 Golf Rangefinder- Tournament version of GX-4i2

 

- Sells at $100 discount to the GX-4i2

 

- Aluminum Housing

 

- High end red OLED display

 

-Online Average $399

 

The GX-3i2 is a close relative of the GX-4i2 golf rangefinder and is essentially a GX-4i2 without the Club Selector and True Gold Range features; it is a little more compact than its bigger brother because it doesn't have the interchangeable faceplates. Other than that the GX-3i2 is pretty much the same as the GX4i2 in that it has an aluminum housing, and utilizes Leupold's higher end OLED display. Basically if you want a higher end rangefinder and will not be utilizing non tournament features the Leupold GX-3i2 allows you to save about $100 over the GX-4i2.

 


Leupold GX-1i2

Leupold GX-1i2 Golf Rangefinder- 7 reticle options

 

- Pinhunter 2

 

- Prism Lock

 

- Full featured

 

- Online Average $299

 

The Gx-1i2 is basically Leupold's mid level tournament legal golf rangefinder. While it still shares the higher end features of the GX-3i2 such as Pinhunter 2, Prism Lock, and selectable reticles, it gives the user and option to save money on over the more expensive models buy using a polymer housing instead of aluminum and featuring a standard black LCD display instead of the higher end red OLED display found on higher end models.


Leupold PinCaddie 2

Leupold Pincaddie 2 Golf Rangefinder- Budget/Entry Model

 

- Standard Pinhunter

 

- Scan Mode

 

- Unique Red Styling

 

- Online Average $199

 

The Pincaddie 2 Leupold's budget rangefinder for those that want a golf rangefinder but prefer saving money over extra features. However, this model still includeds the most important features of a golf rangefinder in that it features Pinhunter (a first target priority) and a scan mode which is helpful when trying to hit the flagstick from a great distance. The Pincaddie is made from a polymer housing and uses a black LCD display like the GX-1i2 but does not feature the selectable reticles, Prism Lock feature, or the new Pinhunter 2 technology; while these features can be nice to have they aren't essential. Bottom line saving money is more important to you than extra features you can save about $100 by going with the Leupold PinCaddie 2 instead of the GX-1i.


 

Rangefinder Features Explained
PinHunter 2: The GX model rangefinders feature Leupold’s newest version of first target priority called the Pinhunter 2. If the unit reads the pin and an object like a tree in the background it will report the closer of the two, which should be the pin unless you’re having a real bad day on the course. 
 
Prism Lock: Is a technology that when being used in scan mode will automatically beep and display the yardage to the pin when it locks on a flag with a prism reflector. Also many course now equip certain hazards with these prism reflectors for easier targeting with a rangefinder.
 
Customizable Reticles: Leupold GX golf range finders let you choose which reticle you want to use for aiming the device. The GX 1i2 has seven options, while the GX 3i2 and GX 4i2 have three reticle choices.
 
TGR (True Golf Range): Leupold’s system of accounting for the angle of the shot; TGR is an advanced angle compensation feature, as it will not only accounts for the shot angle, but also factors in temperature and altitude as well. This is currently available only on the GX-4i2 when the yellow faceplace is installed.
 
Club Selector: Within the TGR mode, there is also a feature that allows the unit to recommend which club to use. These recommendations can be based on factory settings or customized to your hitting distances by inputting how far you hit certain clubs. Again this feature is available only on GX-4i2 when the yellow faceplate is installed..
 
Other Common Features: All 2015 Leupold golf rangefinders use a CR-2 lithium battery, have a 6x magnification, are of a vertical design, range in yards or meters, and are tournament legal when allowed under USGA Rule 14-3.

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