The Leupold GX 5I3 is a mid-range golf rangefinder that’s available at a reasonable price and comes equipped with some great features the avid golfer will love. It offers accurate, faster readings compared to other models in this price range, and its simple operation makes it a great choice for beginners.
Overview and Features
Leupold is an Oregon-based company that’s quickly making a name for themselves by producing budget-friendly rangefinders that come with some great features that you won’t find anywhere else.
This model is said to be an all in one solution for the golfer with a goal of shooting a lower score or the one who just wants to get around the course much faster.
Taking the word compact to a whole new level, this model comes in at just three inches tall, four inches long, and one and a half inches wide. Its compact size makes it easy to carry from hole to hole. It’s even smaller than the popular Leupold Gx4i series golf rangefinder, but most golfers prefer this style of compact rangefinder over bigger models that aren’t exactly pocket-friendly.
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This model offers 6x magnification which is great for a rangefinder in this price range.
The rangefinder’s digitally enhanced accuracy engine combined with the infrared laser provides increased accuracy and faster measurements. This model also uses advanced digital signal processing in order to deliver accurate, precise range to the target by eliminating any digital noise. Pretty impressive, right?
This newest model from Leupold offers an innovative feature: Club Selection. Club Selection is based on the user’s hitting strength, current course conditions, and slope. Most golfers can agree that it’s very accurate. However, if you choose not to use the Club Selection feature, it can easily be switched off. Doing so will also make the rangefinder tournament legal.
True Golf Range
This model is also equipped with the manufacturer’s True Golf Range, which is a feature that takes into consideration things such as temperature, altitude, declines, and inclines, and other types of conditions in order to provide the user with a truer distance to the flag.
This rangefinder uses Pinhunter technology for faster, more accurate ranging, so users can quickly lock onto any desired target. This feature works by filtering out background images, increasing the rangefinder’s pulse rate which blocks the user’s movement in order to accurately identify the pin, so shaky hands will not affect the accuracy of the reading. This model also uses prism technology on flagsticks, which can be a pro or con depending on whether or not the course you play on uses reflective flagsticks. The prism lock feature will quickly locate the prism, lock onto it and use an audible tone to alert the golfer that the target has been successfully identified. Just this feature alone can really speed up game time.
The rangefinder’s one touch scan mode allows the golfer to get multiple readings just by pressing and holding down the power button. Switch on fog mode and the rangefinder will slice through the fog effortlessly in order to pick out a flag.
Construction and Durability
This small, compact rangefinder is incredibly durable. The housing is made out of a lightweight material that’s coated in a thick layer of rubber. With this type of protection, you won’t have to worry about breaking or cracking the rangefinder in the event of a fall.
Ease of Use
Setting up the GX is simple. To do, just install three lithium batteries and switch on the device. Once it’s powered up, hit the menu button located on the side of the unit and use the power button to scroll through the user menu to make your selections. The entire setup process takes less than five minutes. User navigation is quick and easy, making this a great choice for beginners or golfers who aren’t very tech savvy.
For beginners, the game of golf can be complicated. If you’re playing a casual game of golf at a local public course, then you really don’t have to worry about sticking to the rules. But if you’re playing at a private club, you’ll have to make sure you know how many golf clubs in a golf bag, how to take a bunker shot without getting penalized, and you can’t use a golf rangefinder with certain features. Fortunately, the GX is competition legal, with just the flip of a switch. It’s also one of the only leading models on the market that goes that extra mile to make the golfer a better player by recommending the proper club to use based on the user’s swing and important environmental conditions.
We love how versatile and user-friendly this rangefinder really is. Beginners and seasoned golfers alike will have a good time just playing around with the features, but they’ll also be impressed by how durable, accurate, and fast the GX really is.
Not only does it come loaded with innovative features that you can’t find on any other model in this price range, but the rangefinder’s overall accuracy can blow even higher priced rangefinders out of the water.
- Extra features can be turned off to make the rangefinder tournament legal
- Club selection
- Highly accurate
- Pinseeker feature
- 6x magnification
- Compact design
- Rubber armor coating for improved durability
- Easy to use
- Long lasting battery life
- Some golfers will not like the ultra-compact design