If you’ve been in the market for a rangefinder recently, you’ve likely come across the terms “standard edition” and “slope edition.” If it was an article written by us at PlayBetter, you should’ve also seen a brief explanation between the two. But if you weren’t so lucky, here’s the difference in a nutshell: standard edition rangefinders provide readings based on distance only, while slope edition models also take into account elevation factors such as a pin located on an incline or decline.
For those who golf with any sort of regularity, investing a little more in your rangefinder to get slope reading capabilities is the way to go. After all, no matter which slope rangefinder you pick up, you’ll have the option to switch between slope and standard versions, so don’t worry about missing anything on a standard edition. So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the top slope edition rangefinders available today.
With the addition of a Smart Key faceplate, the GX-4i2 takes all of the features of the gx-3i2 and kicks it up a notch.
Of course, with the GX-4i2, you’ll get precise readings of up to 1/10th of a yard with Digitally eNhanced Accuracy and PinHunter2 with Prism Lock Technology helps cut out background distractions to give you clear, viewable readings on the pin.
Holding down the Power button activates Scan Mode, which tells the display to continuously update with multiple line-of-sight measurements, providing you with multiple readings to ensure confidence with every shot. And the latest in optical technology combines precision glass for a bright, vivid display in any weather.
But with the new Smart Key faceplate, the GX-4i2 allows you to activate True Golf Range. This measures line-of-sight distance as well as any elevation, a factor which makes a considerable difference when determining how far to hit the ball. And with Club Selector, you can set the GX-4i2 to your individual hitting strength. Simply input your distance for your 8, 6 and 4 irons, respectively, and the GX-4i2 will begin recommending the appropriate club based on your strength. Just remember, neither True Golf Range nor Club Selector are legal for tournament play, but with the swap of the faceplate, you’re tournament ready in a flash.
If you’re looking for the best rangefinder Leupold has to offer, the GX-5i3 is absolutely the top choice. This model does everything you’d expect from a rangefinder and then some.
It boasts 6x magnification, PinHunter 3 Laser Technology with Prism Lock as well as Fog Mode and one-touch Scan Mode. And just like the GX-4i2, it uses Digitally eNhanced Accuracy to give you precise readings, along with options for True Golf Range and Club Selector. But unlike any other model, the GX-5i3 allows you to turn off both TGR and Club Selector without the hassle of removing or switching any faceplates. You can toggle back and forth right on the device itself.
But maybe the best part about the GX-5i3? It just feels like a beautifully crafted rangefinder. Of course it’s durable and waterproof with a multi-coated lens system and fold down rubber eyecaps, but the GX-5i3 goes beyond that to let you know you’re holding the best rangefinder on the market. Leupold calls this model the “all-in-one” and it doesn’t take long to see how appropriate it is.
One of the most commonly asked questions regarding the Tour V4 Shift is “how is this different than the Tour V4?” The answer is quite simple: slope-switch technology.
While standard edition rangefinders calculate distance using strictly line of sight, slope edition adds any incline or decline factors into the equation, helping provide a more accurate and realistic distance reading. For example, a pin that’s roughly 200 yards away but sitting on a steep incline might require you to calibrate your next shot to travel slightly over that 200-yard distance to compensate for the incline.
And while there are rangefinders out there that feature slope edition capabilities, the Tour V4 Shift can switch between standard and slope edition at the simple toggle of a switch, rather than the annoying task of removing and replacing faceplates on the device. Why the need to switch? Slope edition is amazing and offers a better overall reading, but it’s not legal for tournament play per the USGA, so if you’re planning on competing in a tournament, you’ll need to be in standard mode.
Of course, in addition to slope-switch technology, the Tour V4 Shift comes with everything else you expect from a top-level laser rangefinder. It has 5x magnification with accuracy to within 1 yard, while PinSeeker with JOLT Technology emits a small vibration when the device has locked onto its target. Stable-grip technology takes away the human error of shaky hands and gives the device a comfortable and secure feel.
Those looking for the best of the best when it comes to Bushnell rangefinders, look no further than the Pro X2. In short, this baby is loaded with features.
Just like the Tour V4 Shift, it comes with switch right on the device to select between standard and slope edition, and uses PinSeeker with JOLT Technology to let you know exactly when the device has locked onto its target.
That, however, is where the similarities end.
The Pro X2 features 6x magnification and is accurate to within a ½ yard distance. It boasts and increased range of up to 450 yards to a flag or 1,300 yards to all other objects, all while using the fast focus system and stable-grip technology.
And with the Pro X2, you’ll be introduced to Dual Display Technology. With the press of the Mode button on the device, Dual Display Technology gives you the option to switch between a bright red display or a black display. It may not seem like much, but with Mother Nature’s unpredictability, you can toggle between those settings depending on weather conditions or your personal preference.
The device is also completely waterproof and has a rubber armored metal housing. In short, it looks great, feels great and is easily the best laser rangefinder Bushnell has to offer.
The previous models all run quite hefty price tags and while you certainly get what you pay for, there is a less expensive option on the market that provides that same base slope features; the Precision Pro NX7 Pro.
The NX7 features (TAG) Target Acquisition Technology to ensure you get accurate distances to the target, not what's behind the target. The compact design and ergonomic no-slip grip increases steadiness in your hand, reducing vibrations for a steady viewing experience.
It features Slope technology which can be toggled on/off at the flip of a switch, making it completely tournament legal.
The extended 2-Year Warranty means your product is covered and our free battery replacement service ensures you'll never run out of power.