Earlier this year, Leupold launched their latest and greatest laser rangefinder – the GX-4i2. Even better, the R&A joined the United States Golf Association (USGA) in ruling that the new GX-4i2 rangefinder can be used when fitted with the chrome faceplate as long as a Local Rule permitting the use of distance-measuring devices is in effect.
There are many mixed feelings about the use of rangefinders and do they really have a place in golf. In actuality, rangefinders and GPS devices have been found to increase the pace of play and at the same time. More importantly – especially for the person using the device – they have been found to improve scores.
The new Leupold GX-4i2 takes the latter to an entirely new level; it is really two tools in one. With the chrome faceplate attached, it can be set up solely as a rangefinder measuring only line-of-sight distance for use in tournaments play. For the not so serious player, attach the yellow faceplate (Smart Key) and this unit becomes a valuable resource for a few other things too: measuring “playing as” distance on uphill or downhill holes and as a club selector.
The Leupold GX-4i2 is one of only a few rangefinders that figures in atmospheric conditions in its distance calculations. Simply input the temperature and altitude before play and you’re good to go. And, if you tell the unit how far you typically hit three specific clubs while setting it up, it will guide you in selecting the correct club for each shot. It will even indicate when the distance falls between clubs.
Two other features that set the new Leupold GX-4i2 apart from other range finders are the Scan Mode and Fog Mode. Most laser rangefinders don’t perform very well in the fog. Those that do tend to give feedback on the first target they pick up. The GX-4i2 will cut through the fog and provide fast, accurate measurements to get you on the green.
Scan Mode allows you to obtain multiple readings in just one quick sweep. By simply pressing and holding the Power button, the display will continuously update and provide accurate line-of-site measurements. For courses that offer prism technology, the GX-4i2 provides an audible tone, and freezes the display, giving you of a precise reading to within a tenth of a yard regardless of background colors.
The Leupold GX-4i2 utilizes Leupold’s patented high-performance Digitally Enhanced Accuracy (DNA®) engine technology and an advanced infrared laser which provides faster feedback on measurements. You can actually get the distances of trees up to 700 yards away. Leupold’s PinHunter® 2 Laser Technology has also been upgraded, making it easier for golfers to locate and stay on the pin, especially when playing courses that utilize prisms on the flags.
Also of note is that these units are well constructed too. The body is milled from aerospace-grade aluminum allowing it to withstand any amount of dropping, tossing, and smashing. The optics are perfectly clear and the red display is easy to see in any light condition. Results are delivered within fractions of a second. Hunters, golfers, shooters, law enforcement and military professionals all rely on Leupold optics to provide information that in some instances can be lifesaving. The GX-4i2 is weatherproof and comes with a two-year warranty.
This is definitely the Cadillac of rangefinders and the price reflects it. Although their website lists and MSRP of $625, many online golf retailers offer the unit for $380. With the features that the Leupold GX-4i2 offers, I feel it is money well spent. For more information on this or any other Leupold product, visit their website at www.Leupold.com.