Leupold isn’t quite as popular as Bushnell, but they do produce accurate, reliable, and fun to use golf rangefinders that are incredibly durable.
The Leupold GX 4i is pretty impressive, so much so, that many golfers had a hard time finding any negatives with this model. This is a digital laser rangefinder that is equipped with state of the art ballistic algorithms and advanced digital electronics. This model features additional signal processing capacity that generates an even better ranging distance for more accurate ranging.
While this model looks like your standard rangefinder, it’s really packing some impressive features.
Overview and Features
This model features 6x magnification an extra-bright OLED display, Pinhunter laser technology, and an inclinometer.
The magnification level is pretty common for rangefinders in this price range. If you’re looking for more powerful optics, click here to read our epic golf rangefinder buyer’s guide.
The TGR algorithm used is a combination of an advanced computerized ballistics program, an inclinometer, and laser ranging. And the result? Distance measurements that are less than a yard, regardless of the angle the laser is fired.
This model comes equipped with two buttons. One is located on the left side of the rangefinder and allows users to modify the settings in the user menu. The other button is located on top of the device and turns the rangefinder on and off and fires the laser.
In order to change the settings, you’ll need to hold down the modification button for two seconds, then press the button repeatedly in order to cycle through the different functions. The laser/power button can also be used to toggle the settings.
Additionally, this model features settings that allow you to turn on slope adjusted distances and the fog mode. You can also manually input the temperature and altitude to get slope adjusted calculations. When the slope adjusted feature is switched on, the club recommendations will appear after the laser is fired.
The rangefinder is one of Leupold’s most accurate models on the market. The model’s max effect range will depend on a number of factors including air quality, lighting conditions and the reflectivity of the target. Highly reflective targets such as prisms have a max distance range of eight hundred yards, while for most objects the max distance will be six hundred yards.
In general, rangefinders are some of the easiest devices to use. This model is no exception; however, it does stand out from the crowd. When you look inside the viewfinder, the display is in red, which is much easier on the eyes compared to other models, such as the TecTecTec VPRO500, which uses a monochrome display. By adding the red display and numbers, the eyes are able to focus faster.
Navigating through the user interface is very easy. Readings are as simple as pointing and firing. If you shoot a flag with prisms on it, you’ll hear a sharp beep as soon as the rangefinder locks onto it.
The build quality is where this model really shines. The rangefinder will feel very sturdy in your hand and is slightly heavier than other models in this price range. It comes equipped with a thick rubber armor coating which will protect it from falls.
This mode enables users to scan the course quickly in order to obtain the distance to different points. This model can update distance readings rapidly when you pan across a new target. This means you’ll get updated slope adjusted distances, the angle of the slope, and an updated line of sight distance.
The rangefinder’s smart key is a bright yellow key that attaches to the front of the rangefinder that provides more than just distance. This model is the only rangefinder on the market that can convert from a basic rangefinder to a golf coaching tool with the simple switch of the faceplate. When the chrome faceplate is attached, the rangefinder performs basic duties displaying range measurements to a flag or another object on the course. When you swap out the faceplates and attach the yellow one, advanced features are activated. These features include the club selector and the true golf range feature.
True Golf Range
The True Golf Range feature displays the adjusted distance, which is based on the slope between the target and the golfer. The TGR feature will adjust the distance based on altitude and temperature that you’ll input manually.
As we mentioned earlier, the device can also recommend clubs for each shot, once you input your average shot distance for the four-iron, six-iron, and eight-iron. You can also enter your average eight-iron distance and the device will automatically estimate your four-iron and six-iron distances. When you activate the Club Selector feature the rangefinder will display the adjusted distance when you press the fire button.
The rangefinder’s slope reading feature works much better than most golfers expected. The readings are incredibly accurate, which makes this model even more of an asset out on the course.
Like other newer golf rangefinders, this model uses a lithium battery that has an average lifespan of eight to twelve months. The built-in battery meter will alert you once the battery begins to run low.
- Red OLED display is easy to read
- Slope feature
- Easy to use
- Club Selector
- Highly accurate readings
- 6x magnification