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First Look: GPO Flagmaster 1800 Golf Laser Rangefinder

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, March 3rd, 2019
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In for review from GPO (German Precision Optics) is their Flagmaster 1800 Golf Laser Rangefinder. This unit is possibly the smallest laser I’ve ever seen. It’s barely bigger than the palm of my hand.  Love the size. It also boasts class 1 laser technology with a range of 1800 yards. With drivers getting longer and longer every product cycle, golfers need 1800 yards from their lasers!

We are currently in a permanent frost delay here in northern Utah. The courses are under a solid 6-8 inches of snow, With more falling now. When the frost delay is over And the snow melts, I’ll be putting this laser to the test. Stay tuned in late spring/summer. If the German engineering of this laser is as good as my car I expect great things.

In the box

Speaking of German engineering, how about this packaging?


First Look: TecTecTec ULT-X Golf Laser Rangefinder

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, January 15th, 2019
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In for review here at Hooked on Golf Blog is the latest and greatest golf laser rangefinder, the TecTecTec ULT-X. I’m excited to throw this unit in the bag and start testing.

The ULT-X boasts a 1000 yard range, with accuracy at that distance +/- one yard. Let’s face it, when I play 1000 yard holes I need an exact distance to the pin from the tee. With driver technology delivering more and more distance every year, I’m now hitting it 1000 yards. Seriously though, the unit is even more accurate in the 300 yard range, at +/- .3 yards.

In the box

Along with the long range and high accuracy, the ULT-X features flag-seeking, vibration (when the unit locks onto the pin), slope (not legal!), small size, and a crisp internal display.

The slope feature is enabled simply by pulling and sliding the face plate out about a third of an inch. A yellow stripe shows that the unit is in slope mode. In non-slope mode there is no yellow, just black.

Stay tuned for the HOG review of this $249 retail golf laser rangefinder.

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TecTecTec VPRO500S Golf Laser Rangefinder Review


2017 Golf Accessory Product of the Year – Bushnell Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, December 26th, 2017
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It’s the end of the year and time to look back at some awesome golf products and golf courses I’ve covered, and award the cream of the crop with the Hooked on Golf Blog Product of the Year.  To qualify for this award the product has to have been reviewed here at Hooked on Golf Blog during the calendar 2017.

For the first Hooked on Golf Blog Product of the Year award of 2017 I’m starting with the golf accessory category. This award goes to the golf accessory I found to be the best, most important, and most go-to new accessory to my golf gamer bag of 2017.  The envelope please…

Bushnell Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder

Hands down the most crucial and by far the most used accessory in my bag is my laser rangefinder. Boy is my gamer a good one, the Bushnell Golf Pro X2. The Bushnell Pro X2 uses “pinseeker” technology to nail the pin very quickly and give me solid yardages instantly.

Bushnell Golf Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder

Bushnell Golf Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder

This unit is fast, small, easy to use, accurate, well built, and dependable.

Features include rock solid yardages in yards or meters, vibration when locked onto the pin, bright red LED readout or standard black, slope (enable or disable easily for legal play), and a great carrying case.

Check out my Bushnell Pro X2 review for more details.

Congratulations

I get a LOT of golf accessories submitted here for review from golf GPS’s to lasers to training devices, apps, and countless other gadgets.  The X2 stood out above the rest and deserves the great honor of winning a HOG Accessory Product of the Year.

 


High Quality Golf Laser on the Cheap – TecTecTec VPRO500S

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, August 6th, 2017
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I may be fooling myself, but I like to think I hit certain clubs fairly accurate and consistent yardages. When I have an exact yardage to my target it helps me confidently pick the right club and put a solid swing on it.  That’s one reason I typically prefer laser rangefinders over GPS devices on the golf course.  I can shoot anything and get a number.  Top lip of the bunker guarding the front of the green is 127 and the pin is 135.  Perfect.  I know just what to hit.

Laser rangefinders are not typically inexpensive.  The Bushnell Pro X2 laser I recently reviewed is $500! That’s a lot of dough for golfers on a budget or who only play a few times a month or even a few times a year.  Luckily the more affordable laser rangefinder space has an excellent player in it, TecTecTec.  TecTecTec makes several “affordable” lasers which start in price from $149 and max out at $249.00.  Many of the features found in the more expensive laser units come standard in TecTecTec lasers.  Today’s review is the VRPRO500S.

VRPRO500S Overview

The VRPRO500S is not the least expensive offering from TecTecTec.  It’s the next level up, and can be found on Amazon for only $179.99. This model comes in a very small and convenient size. See the photo below.

VRPRO500S Features

  • “Flagseeker Advanced Pinsensor Technology” – (LOL, not pinseeker) technology locks onto the pin (see critiques)
  • Slope – not legal for tournament play but can be turned off
  • Yards or Meters
  • Measures up to 540 yards (good for you long hitters)
  • Very nice zippered case with elastic quick release
  • Compact size
  • Rainproof
  • 6X monocular magnification
  • 2 year warranty

The Package

On The Course

The VRPRO500S performed fairly well on the course for me.  Keep in mind I’m used to gaming lasers that are 2-3X the cost.  I found that in most situations I was able to get an accurate yardage quickly.  The numbers on the display are clear and easy to read.  The visual through the 6x monocular multi-layer coated lens is clear and bright.

I don’t typically use slope when getting yardages with lasers because my rounds are almost always legit handicap or tournament rounds.  But for fun I used the slope a few times to get the hang of it.  The slop can be turned on or off via the “mode” button on the top.  The slope is quite cool.  The actual yardage is shown as normal, but under it is shown the yardage compensated for change in elevation.  For instance on one par-3 at my home course the yardage was 145 downhill.  With the slope turned on the unit told me the yardage would play like a shot of 137 yards.  The top of the display also shows the number of degrees in the slope, which is interesting.

There are also other modes and settings one can use the mode button for.  One is a kind of “scan” mode where you can hold the button down and the numbers will automatically update as you move it around.

Naturally the main mode I used is “Flagseeker” mode. LOL, doesn’t sound anything like Pinseeker.

Critiques

One weakness this laser has over the expensive higher end brands is a situation I’ve ran into a few times.  The Flagseeker mode has a hard time locking in on the pin when there are trees close behind the pin.  More often than not the unit gives me the yardage to the trees, not the pin.  Bigger target.  In events like that all is not lost though.  I’ll just shoot the ground at the bottom of the pin, or shoot the false front, or better yet shoot players if they’re still putting.

Conclusion

At $179 the VRPRO500S is a great value in golf laser rangefinders.  It’s difficult to find many with slope in that price range, if there are any others at all.


First Look: TecTecTec VPRO500S Laser Rangefinder

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, May 22nd, 2017
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Yesterday in the rain I started testing the TecTecTec VPRO500S golf laser rangefinder.  The VPRO500S has features found in units costing $500, but can be found on Amazon for $179.

Some of those features include:

  • Pinsensor (LOL, not pinseeker) technology locks onto the pin
  • Slope
  • Yards or Meters
  • Measures up to 540 yards (good for you long hitters)
  • Very nice zippered case with elastic quick release
  • Compact size

I’m simultaneously testing two lasers right now.  It’s quite geeky on the course but all in a day’s work of golf blogging!

This could be a nice Fathers Day golf gift for golfers or even hunters.

Stay tuned for my full review soon.


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