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
- 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.
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 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
- 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.
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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
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.
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.
For a few months I’ve had the Bushnell 201540 Bushnell Tour X Jolt Golf Laser GPS/Rangefinder in play. I’ve been very happy with the performance and accuracy of this rangefinder. If only I could be as accurate at hitting my yardages as this unit is at supplying them to me.
Bushnell TourX Golf Laser Rangefinder
Bushnell TourX Golf Laser Rangefinder Features
- Front plate is interchangeable. One plate (red as pictured above) turns slope on (not legal for tournament or stipulated play). The other plate (black) turns slope off making it legal for tournaments and stipulated play.
- Two display modes for varying conditions. One mode produces bright red numbers (my favorite) and the other black.
- PinSeeker with JOLT Technology locks onto pin super fast and the unit vibrates to indicate pin-lock.
- 2nd generation E.S.P for fast and accurate yardages
- 6x magnification and accurate +/- 0.5 yards
On The Course
As the flagship laser from Bushnell I would expect nothing less than a fast, dependable, and accurate reading. That’s exactly what the unit produces. The reading is probably the fastest of any laser I’ve reviewed to date. The yardage is spot-on the first time, unlike some less expensive Bushnell units which can sometimes produce a different yardage every time the same yardage is shot.
Accessing the unit is easy in the very nice zippered case which can hang on the golf bag. An elastic loop
I tried the slope feature for a few holes but ended up switching to the non-slope mode. I record all of my rounds for my handicap and don’t want any illegally used clubs or accessories affecting my handicap.
Once again, the red plate is the not-for-tournament-play version. To be legal the black plate must be installed.
Pros and Cons
The pros to this unit are super-accurate yardages with lightning (maybe I should say “laser”) speed.
The cons are the size of the unit and the cost. This laser is larger in size than many on the market. The retail price is an astounding $680 but most street prices are at or below $499.
The Bushnell TourX is a case of “you get what you pay for.” This is the fastest and most accurate laser rangefinder I’ve tested to date.
I’ve started testing the new Golf Buddy LR5 laser rangefinder. My first round with the unit was a couple of days ago. Here’s a photo of the unit below.
Golf Buddy LR5 Laser Rangefinder
One round is not enough for me to write a review, but first impressions are that it is accurate and I love the small size. It fits in the palm of my hand.
Stay tuned for my full Golf Buddy LR5 Laser Rangefinder review soon.