Leupold GX3i Rangefinder
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- Leupold 114899 GX-3i Golf Rangefindr
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Leupold GX-3i Rangefinder Leupold's GX Series of Digital Rangefinders are feature-rich and precision engineered to provide reliable distance readings on the course so you can take the guesswork out of your club selections and swing. The GX-3i offers all the fundamental Leupold rangefinding technology but with the added benefit of a bright red, easily viewable OLED display and added rangefinding distance. Pinhunter technology is Leupold's proprietary laser beam geometry that separates returned background readings from target readings to ensure you are getting the right reading to the right target. Scan mode allows you to hold down the power button to gather multiple readings in one quick sweep. As an added benefit on courses with prism technology, the GX-3i will beep and freeze the display the moment you scan a prism-topped flagstick, assuring you of an accurate pin reading. The optical system combines precision glass with a cutting-edge coating technology and rugged structural components. Looking through the viewfinder, you will see seven selectable aiming reticules and distance readings in either yards or meters. The GX-3i's maximum range is 800 yards, or 731 meters with an accurate pin range of 400 yards. The batter supports thousands of actuations and the built-in indicator will let you know when the battery life is low. The whole unit is only 6.8 ounces and is durable enough to hold up to just about any weather condition you'll run into on the course. The GX-3i makes for a great entry-level unit in Leupold's attractive digital rangefinder line. Additional features: Red OLED readout DNA Technology - fastest, most accurate reading in the industry Legal for tournament play One-touch scan mod Prism Lock technology and fog mode Accuracy within one-foot at 400 yards to the pin, 800 yards to a tree Weatherproof 9-ounces Click here to see the Leupold GX-3i Rangefinder Spec Sheet.
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This unit (GX-3i) is GREAT. Bright red "target" in the viewfinder. Quick to register the distance and most important -- A C C U R A T E --
I've used the scan mode for "several" readings for the same shot e.g. to the bunker, water, mound etc. And of course I've used the pin for the others. This unit finds the flag and gives a reading very quickly. I've found my shots are now much better because I know the EXACT distance to the flag. Having used a GPS in the past, which gives front, middle, and back readings, I can strongly recommend the purchase of this particular rangefinder.
To date, I haven't used the prism seeker mode since my local course doesn't use that type flag-stick. I will be testing that function fairly soon as I will visit a course that has the prisms on their flags.
When determining my new rangefinder I could not decide between the Leupold GX-3i and the Leupold GX-4i. I finally settled on the 3i because I do play in USGA tournaments and wanted one rangefinder for everything. Although the 4i allows the users to change the faceplate the USGA has deemed it illegal for tournament play. I do not agree with this because the slope faceplate it bright yellow, but oh well I guess they were busy with anchored putters. I do not have firsthand experience with the 4i but I have heard on a few forums that the slope feature with the 4i gives you a club selection as opposed to an actual yardage.
I had extremely high expectations for this rangefinder and somehow Leupold managed to exceed every one of them.
Compared to the Leupold GX-3i the Bushnell rangefinder I had was much slower at giving me readings. The GX-3i is literally instant and works great even when my hand shake sometimes. When the rangefinder locks in on the pin you will see a box around the flag. Sometimes the rangefinder does not do display the box but I could care less since it still gives you the exact, correct yardage instantly. So far I have used this rangefinder at least 30 times and have yet to change batteries. The Bushnell I used ate batteries and I would have to change them multiple times per month. I hated that because sometimes I would forget to carry extra ones and it would die in mid round. The batteries these rangefinders use are also pretty expensive. I bought the Leupold because I did not want the batteries to die in the middle of my qualifying round for my state amateur. I am extremely glad I made the purchase because the Leupold beats out the competition in every category.
If you’re like me and use Leupold scopes for hunting you will receive the same exact top notch glass and detailed craftsmanship in there rangefinder that has made their scopes legendary. A lot of golfers go for the Bushnells because they say 90% of the tour uses them but tour players are paid to play them. I have to pay to play them so I wanted the best just not the most advertised.
The GX-3i has multiple reticles you can choose from that are very clear. I have used this rangefinder early morning and late evening during low light conditions and midday when it was super bright. The reticle is much clearer than other brands I have used in the past in all lighting conditions. The rangefinder also has a fog mode which works great. I just make sure I have it turned off when there is no fog for quicker yardages.
This Leupold is small and fits perfectly in my hands; for some reason I hold it much steadier then my old Bushnell. You can tell it is sturdy just by holding it. Last Saturday I played in a tournament and it poured down the rain for 12 holes. It was the worst rain I have played in for years and my Leupold held up great the entire day. I left it in the bag, used it 2 days after that tournament, and it worked great. No effects from the rain which was a huge relief.
I would also like to say the seller was amazing. I emailed him about expediting the shipping because I had an upcoming tournament. The seller shipped it out ASAP and I received it 3 days before the estimated delivery date just in time for my tournament. When I received the rangefinder I noticed the reticle was slightly, and I do mean slightly, canted. (This is in no way a reflection of the seller because the Leupold rep said it was just a bad batch.) I called Leupold and the customer service representative told me to use it for my upcoming tournaments and then send it to them. I sent it out to them and received a brand new one within 1 week. Most companies would have said it wasn’t canted that bad, would not affect my play, and told me to continue to use it. Leupold didn't even ask any questions they just replaced it with a brand new one. That is why Leupold has a reputation of the best customer service out there and it is true, although you will probably never find out because Leupold makes absolutely great products. You get what you pay for so just pay once for the Leupold and save money on batteries throughout your season and a replacement later.
I typically am a 1 or 5 star reviewer. There is the in between but no point letting others know how "content" you are with something. Anyways,
Trusted brand - military and law enforcement trust Leupold
FAST - really fast
CR2 Lithium battery - plan stocking a backup before needing one.
Keeping it short. It does exactly what is says it does. It's really fast, once to power on and another to clock a distance. scan mode works well and it beeps to confirm lock-in...optional beep btw.
average sized hands and it fits perfectly and the top (range-finding) button is located conveniently on top. No complaints other than the funky battery format, but there is a BatteriesPlus down the street and they are $5-7 on amazon. No biggie.
There is a quirk to this, not because of the product but because we are humans. Most people hold rangefinders with their right hand to the right eye. You should hold the rangefinder further away from your face (middle finger to operation top button) and rest your right hand on your nose and use your left eye (or vice versa). It is much more stable.
Although relatively expensive, if you are serious about golf, just buy it, it will stay in your bag longer than your equipment (if you are anything like me) and I can't imagine rangefinders being much faster than this. It is almost instantaneous. The bells and whistles will have better features over time (GX-4i and so on) but they are illegal for play...Trust me, they are illegal for tournament and handicap posting.
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The Leupold GX 3i only beeps when you hit the crystal on top of the flag. Sometimes it doesn't beep when you point it at a flag. It could be the crystals on the flags that are not clear enough, I'm not sure about that yet. I would rather it do this than what the Bushnell V3 does.
The Bushnell will vibrate on mounds behind the green or a tree, etc.., in addition to the flag. If your not careful, you can think you have the flag when you don't. For this reason, I like the Leupold much better.
In addition, the OLED read out is easier to read and it is super fast at giving you a yardage.