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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.


First Look: Bushnell Golf Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, May 13th, 2017
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The battery to my (now former) laser rangefinder died last week on the first fairway.  I was quite surprised how accurate I was during that round with guessing yardages.  Thankfully I don’t have to go to the store and find one of those weird CR2 batteries or whatever they are. I’ll be replacing that dead battery and laser with a whole new laser I’ll be testing, the Bushnell Golf Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder.

Bushnell Golf Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder

Bushnell Golf Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder

Bushnell Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder Features

  • Pinseeker technology. If you haven’t used a Pinseeker unit, they’re awesome.  The laser easily locks onto the flagstick, even with shaky hands
  • “Jolt” technology vibrates the unit when the the laser locks onto the pin to confirm the right yardage
  • Accurate to 1/2 yard (more accurate than a GPS)
  • Can give ranges to the flag up to 450 yards for you big hitters
  • Slope technology with a switch to turn it off and be USGA legal for tournaments
  • Dual display: bright red or black
  • Waterproof
  • 6x magnification
  • SMALL! Much smaller than older lasers!

Father’s Day Golf Gift Alert!

My review is pending my testing. I’m compelled to point out that Father’s Day is coming up and the arrival of the new Pro X2 is perfect timing.  Based on my previous reviews of Bushnell Golf’s products I’d be willing to place a bet that dad will think you’re the most awesome person ever if you pick him up a Pro X2.  I’m confident I’ll be backing up those statements in my full review around the 1st of June.

Stay tuned.

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Golf Buddy LR5 Laser Rangefinder Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
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Golf Buddy has been a world leader in GPS golf yardage devices for many years and now they’ve added laser rangefinders to their product lineup with the LR5 laser rangefinder.

Golf Buddy LR5 Laser Rangefinder

Golf Buddy LR5 Laser Rangefinder

The LR5 is a very small and handy laser which produces dependable yardages.  Let’s take a look at some of the features.

  • Compact design, easy to handle. Nearly half the size of some lasers on the market.
  • Three targeting modes: scan, standard, pin
  • 6x magnification in the viewfinder
  • Accurate to 1 yard
  • Water resistant.  Not waterproof though, so don’t throw it in the lake.
  • Reasonable price.  Though it retails for $299 I’ve found the Golf Buddy LR5 on Amazon for around $180.  Beats the hell out of $399 or $499.
  • Carrying case

On The Course

First I really dig the footprint of this laser.  Some lasers are ridiculously large.  This one fits nicely in my hand and stows away in the included carrying case, or inside a pocket in my golf bag.

The laser locks onto the target quite easily and delivers solid and consistent yardages.  Consistency is a big deal to me.  Other lasers will produce different yardages every time you shoot the same target.  That’s not a confidence builder!

The carrying case works just the same as most other brands’ cases, barring the little rubber strap which is supposed to aid in securing it.  The mesh grabber on that strap fell apart.  Not a crucial part though.

Conclusion

Finally companies are pricing golf lasers and golf GPS devices in a more reasonable range, not the crazy $500 price tag of years past.  That money needs to be saved for this week’s latest driver, guaranteed longer and straighter than ever!

The Golf Buddy LR5 is small, accurate, and dependable.  Solid.


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