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While rangefinders may not necessarily have the flashiness of a GPS unit or swing launch monitor, they offer the technology and best accuracy necessary to elevate your golf game.
One of the best rangefinder brands on the market is Leupold. Priding itself on being spot-on accurate, Leupold has worked to perfect the golf optical rangefinder. Recently, it released its 3x-i2 and 4x-i2 models, improving upon its predecessors and making them legal for tournament play.
Both feature six-times magnification and resolution to within 1/10th of a yard against all backgrounds, colors and textures. They are created with Leupold’s optimal system. The company’s engineers use precision glass, top-notch coating technology and strong components to create durable and effective products.
While the 4x-i2 costs $100 more than the 3x-i2, it has many different features that will enhance your experience and serve as a great asset while training. So, which one is right for you? Let’s compare the two models to give you a better comparison.
Want on-the-money measurements displayed on a crisp LCD screen? Well you’ve come to the right place with the GX-3i2. It is USGA 14-3 compliant, as if offers line-of-sight distance measurement only, making it legal for tournament play. When you gear up with the GX-3i2, here are the top features you’ll have at your fingertips.
Have shaky or unsteady hands? Does that ever stop you from lining up your shot as well as you would like? Well, worry no more. The PinHunter2 technology steadily zeros in on your target quickly, and then the rangefinder stays locked on the flag. The device filters out background images and offers you three reticle options.
Leupold GX Prism Lock Technology
How do you know that you’re locked in to your target? You’ll hear it! When you’re lined up to the pin, your Leupold will let off an audible tone. Then, it will automatically display your distance.
Hold down the power button on your device, and the display will scroll through and update you with precise line-of-site measurements, giving you multiple readings.
In addition, when you’re on the course, the 3X-i2 utilizes prism technology, so that when you scan past the flag stick, the device will beep and the display will freeze to ensure you of your accuracy.
Digitally Enhanced Accuracy
Get the most accurate read around. The rangefinder’s resolution goes up to 1/10th of a yard against all backgrounds and colors.
Many rangefinders are known for being less reliable or accurate in not-sunny weather conditions. However, Leupold knows that golfers hit the links in all kinds of weather and under all different types of skies. That’s what the company’s rangefinders have a Fog Mode, which helps you cut through the weather while providing fast and accurate measurements. Time to get to the green!
Like the 3i2, the Leupold GX-4i2 offers all of the features listed above, plus even more! When its yellow Smart Key faceplate is attached, the GX-4i2 has premium features activated, giving you even more information while on the course. If you want to use the device in a tournament, simply switch the yellow face plate with the chrome one, making it legal for play.
The GX-4i2 helps you determine which club to use based on your individual strengths! Once you enter your personal distance for your 8, 6 and 4 irons, you’ll receive recommendations for the optimal club to use. If you’re in a tournament, you can disable this feature using the chrome Smart Key faceplate to conform to USGA rules.
True Golf Range (TGR)
Sure, any rangefinder can give you the distance to your pin. Yes, the Leupolds are some of the most accurate on the market. But the GX-4i2 goes one step further, adjusting the distance based on the elevation of the course. So, if your target is uphill, the distance must be longer, and vice versa. Again, if you’re playing in a tournament, the chrome Smart Key faceplate can be used to disable this feature.
If you’re really looking to train and improve, we strongly suggest the GX-4i2. You can take the guessing out of your golf game, getting accurate readings and data that will take your game to the next level. This rangefinder is more than a device; it’s like a personal caddie!
However, if you never use the rangefinder for a casual day in the course, the GX-3i2 may be a better option for you, in addition to being a little cheaper.
Check them out for yourself!