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Hi All,

 

I just purchased one of these 2 days ago, and played a round with it yesterday.  My home course has prisms at the top of each pin.  It seemed like it was pretty difficult to get it to get a positive lock on the pin (square and beep).  I sometimes got it, but I would say it was about 5% of the time.  Is there a trick to this, or did I just get a dud?  The Leupold folks said I could practice on a stop sign.  I got it to work maybe a little better than on the course by scanning side to side.  After maybe 3 seconds it would lock on about every 3rd time.

 

It just seems really difficult to get a positive lock.  Anyone else having the same issues??

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Hi All,

 

I just purchased one of these 2 days ago, and played a round with it yesterday.  My home course has prisms at the top of each pin.  It seemed like it was pretty difficult to get it to get a positive lock on the pin (square and beep).  I sometimes got it, but I would say it was about 5% of the time.  Is there a trick to this, or did I just get a dud?  The Leupold folks said I could practice on a stop sign.  I got it to work maybe a little better than on the course by scanning side to side.  After maybe 3 seconds it would lock on about every 3rd time.

 

It just seems really difficult to get a positive lock.  Anyone else having the same issues??

Yeah, locking onto a pin is very hit or miss for me too.  I have a GX-1i, and I wouldn't say it's 5%, but it's certainly less than 50%.  Perhaps, 1 in 3??

 

But I've found that it's totally unnecessary anyway, because I already have a general idea of what number to expect (within 10-15 yards at worst, usually even more precise than that) and it's almost always a much larger difference between where the flag is and whatever is behind it.  And if I ever am unsure, then I just aim a bit to the side so I KNOW I'm shooting to the hill behind the flag, and that way, as soon as I see a number that's different and smaller, I know that's my number.

 

Lastly, the beep is the one thing about the laser that bugs me anyway.  I like to play with a little bit of pace, and that means prepping some shots when its somebody else's turn.  But I really hate the idea of getting a nice loud beep right in the middle of my playing partners backswing.  I like that it doesn't lock. :)

post #3 of 8

The lock-on only occurs if the laser directs a good bit of light back to you. Sometimes they're angled in such a way that it doesn't work, or the wind is blowing them around, etc.

 

It definitely HELPS but it's not a 100% thing at all. I don't worry about it - I'm actually usually surprised when the laser locks on and I get the beep - because I've probably already gotten my number and then BEEP it locks on and… gives me the same number I already got. :D

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Originally Posted by Golfingdad View Post
 

Lastly, the beep is the one thing about the laser that bugs me anyway.  I like to play with a little bit of pace, and that means prepping some shots when its somebody else's turn.  But I really hate the idea of getting a nice loud beep right in the middle of my playing partners backswing.  I like that it doesn't lock. :)

I'm not sure if it's the same on the GX-1i (I suspect it is though), but I know that I can turn off the beep on my GX-3i²

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Yeah, locking onto a pin is very hit or miss for me too.  I have a GX-1i, and I wouldn't say it's 5%, but it's certainly less than 50%.  Perhaps, 1 in 3??

But I've found that it's totally unnecessary anyway, because I already have a general idea of what number to expect (within 10-15 yards at worst, usually even more precise than that) and it's almost always a much larger difference between where the flag is and whatever is behind it.  And if I ever am unsure, then I just aim a bit to the side so I KNOW I'm shooting to the hill behind the flag, and that way, as soon as I see a number that's different and smaller, I know that's my number.

Lastly, the beep is the one thing about the laser that bugs me anyway.  I like to play with a little bit of pace, and that means prepping some shots when its somebody else's turn.  But I really hate the idea of getting a nice loud beep right in the middle of my playing partners backswing.  I like that it doesn't lock. :)

Tristan's right, you can turn the "beep" off.

Your ears must be a lot better than mine though. I can't hear my buddy's from more than 10 feet away....
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I'm not sure if it's the same on the GX-1i (I suspect it is though), but I know that I can turn off the beep on my GX-3i²

Hmmm ... if this is true about mine, then ... :doh:

 

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Tristan's right, you can turn the "beep" off.

Your ears must be a lot better than mine though. I can't hear my buddy's from more than 10 feet away....

No, I don't necessarily have sensitive ears.  I've never heard anybody else's Leupold beep, but I am sensitive to the fact that mine is beeping during other peoples swing.  Nice to know, though, that maybe I'm not bothering others as much as I thought I might be. :beer:

 

I'll still check how to turn it off though.

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Hmmm ... if this is true about mine, then ... :doh:

 

No, I don't necessarily have sensitive ears.  I've never heard anybody else's Leupold beep, but I am sensitive to the fact that mine is beeping during other peoples swing.  Nice to know, though, that maybe I'm not bothering others as much as I thought I might be. :beer:

 

I'll still check how to turn it off though.

Hold the "Mode" button on the side for a couple of seconds and then let go... then keep pressing the mode button to cycle through the options and use the top button to select on or off.

post #8 of 8
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Hi All,

 

Thanks for the replies.  I spoke to Leupold the other day, and they said to try and test it on a stop sign.  I did, and it seemed to work most of the time.  I took it back on the course, and it was maybe a little better with both holding the button down (scan), and doing a "horizontal scan" as Leupold suggested.   I'm going to take the unit back and have it replaced though.  The OLED display is missing one of the segments in the first 5 as in 500 yards.  The missing segment seems intermittent though.  The interesting thing is what some of you have mentioned .... it will usually get the correct value without the confirmation.  

 

Golfingdad, 

As others have said you can definitely turn that off.

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