I've been on the hunt for a rangefinder as i will be caddying. I don't want one that shows slope as i may eventually want to use it for tournament play. Any feedback would be of much help.
In the market for a rangefinder any suggestions?
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Exactly this. Just keep in mind that if you are playing in tournaments, a couple of the EVEN NUMBERED Leupolds are actually non-conforming.
The GX2 GX4, I believe, because they have slope measuring capabilities.
But, like David and a few others, I have the GX1 (actually, I have a slightly newer version, the GXi-1) and love it. The only, teeny, tiny complaint I have is that when you are measuring to a flag that has a prism, if it locks it will beep. I like to play fast and do whatever I can to get ready to hit while somebody else is hitting. But I don't want to cause a beep to occur in the middle of their swing.
Anyways, if you're interested, here's a review I wrote up a few months back. Good luck.
If you might want a rangefinder with slope technology the new Leupold GX-4i2 has slope and has been deemed to be Rule 14.3 conforming by the USGA for tournament play and handicap score posting provided the chrome lens plate is attached.
Leupold submitted the GX-4i2 for testing and received approval from the USGA earlier this year.
I contacted the USGA directly to confirm.
The original GX-4i is still non conforming because both the software and hardware needed for slope calculations reside on the rangefinder and the chrome faceplate merely disabled it's slope technology which would still be illegal per Rule 14.3.
The new GX-4i2 has the slope calculating software actually built into a small chip in the "yellow" non-conforming faceplate and no longer in the rangefinder.
The USGA ruled this is similar to it's approving of a smartphone that can be used as a DMD (distance measuring device) only provided it has no installed software capable of calculating slope.