Leupold GX-1 Review
Today we review the Leupold GX-1 rangefinder. This golf laser rangefinder has a range of 750 yards and comes with many added extras to ensure ease of use and functionality. This unit is legal for use in tournament play and conforms to stringent USGA rules.
Some special features of the Leupold GX-1 include Pin-Hunter and Prism lock functions which enable you to accurately (within +/- 1 yard) determine and lock in the distances to the pin or other hazards.
Another great feature of the GX-1 is the Scan mode that is built into this unit. This feature allows you to get multiple readings of different objects with just one scan of the playing field. This laser rangefinder also comes with a Fog mode that allows you to get accurate readings even in foggy and cloudy weather.
The Leupold GX-1 also offers 7 selectable aiming reticles to choose from so that you the user can choose the best suited aiming reticle for your comfort. With high quality optics and 6x magnification this rangefinder is easy on the eye and comfortable to use.
Product Features of the Leupold GX-1
- Accurate line-of-sight measurements up to -/+ 1 yard accuracy
- Legal for tournament play
- Measures in yards or meters
- Pin-Hunter and Prism Lock functions help determine distance of flag and hazards
- One-touch Scan mode that estimates multiple distances in one action
- Fog mode for bad weather
- High-quality optics with precision glass and cutting-edge coating technology
- 7 selectable aiming reticles to choose from
- LCD display
- Long life battery (up to 10,000 actuations)
- 1 year warranty
- Light weight and easy to handle
- Solid construction made from ruggedized plastic and also has a rubber armor grip
Product Specifications of the Leupold GX-1
- Magnification: 6x
- Range: 750 yards
- Dimensions: 4 x 2.75 x 1.5 inches
- Battery type: CR-2 lithium
- Weight: 6.8 ounces
Range and Accuracy
- Reflective/Prism: 750 yards
- Tree: 600 yards
- Flag: 350 yards
- Accuracy: +/- 1 yard
Leupold GX-1 in Action!
Pros and Cons of the Leupold GX-1
- Pin-hunter mode that locks in the distance to the flag and other hazards
- Scan mode that calculates several distances in one scan
- Fog mode for bad weather conditions
- Long life battery that lasts a lot longer than other rangefinders
- Very accurate and reliable readings within +/- 1 yard
- Light weight and easy to use (even if you have a shaky hand)
- Conforms to all USGA rules (legal for tournament play)
- 1 year warranty
- Only measures distances up to 750 yards ( a lot less then some other rangefinders on the market)
- Some people have found that the yardage numbers in the eye-piece are a bit thin to read (still legible but would be nicer in bolder text)
Customer Reviews of the Leupold GX-1
R. Broadbent @ Amazon.com
“This is my first rangefinder. I have been using an app on my smart phone which was great and free. But now I am a convert to the rangefinder. No need to download anything or wonder if it has been mapped. No need to remember to have the device charged so it will last the whole round. It’s just ready to go. I also relate better to the process of looking at the thing I am measuring versus a map.
As for Leupold, again this is my first rangefinder, I am very satisfied with it. It is a great size in the hand and if needed I can put it into my pants pocket while I hit the shot. With reflectors on the flag stick, the reading is almost instantaneous. Even without reflectors the measurement is very quick and seems to be accurate when I compare it to my friend’s Callaway unit. I can easily measure to bunkers, trees, or mounds in the fairway. The magnification is fine and I have not had any trouble being steady enough to get a measurement. I have not had the occasion to use the fog mode yet but I’m sure that will come soon.”
G.I.C @ Amazon.com
“This is my first rangefinder and I have only used it 2x. Once at a course that had pin reflectors and once at a course that did not.
Personal disclosure: I’m an engineer, and fairly particular about technical products. Golf handicap hovers around 12. rarely shoot in the 70s and rarely shoot above 90.
I chose a rangefinder because of concerns over weather affecting signal, subscriptions, and battery life associated with GPS. I was also quite interested in being able to get accurate distances to targets at a driving range. GPS just can’t do this.
Picked Leupold primarily based on reviews at Amazon.com
So far I have found it to work amazingly well. range to target seems to be dead on. I was paired with a guy that had the Bushnell and we were never more than 1 yard apart. the Leupold acquired the reflective pins quickly while in scan mode. Also had no problem ranging to hazards. I find ranging to hazards,doglegs, etc to be as important as ranging to pin. At the course with no reflectors on the pins I was able to acquire the flag in scan mode with little trouble. you have to shoot the entire area and watch the display as it doesn’t “lock” as when reflectors are in place.
Battery is still showing full so if a battery lasts 10 rounds I would be thrilled. they can be purchased for $5 each or less on Amazon so <50 cents per round will be fine by me.
only downside I can see vs GPS is when you can’t see target because of doglegs, obstacles, etc. But in my personal experience if I can’t see the green I’m generally aiming at the middle of green and sprinkler head or other markers are sufficient.
Overall the Leupold has met all my expectations and I’m very happy with the purchase.”