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Leupold GX-2i2

Leupold has finally rounded out its lineup of the GX-Xi2 family of golf laser rangefinders, providing the entry-level Leupold laser rangefinder that offers slope-compensated distance readings. This Leupold, like the Leupold GX-1i2, comes in a plastic shell that is slightly longer, though weighs less, than the Leupold GX-3i2 and Leupold GX-4i2.

What took Leupold so long to roll out the last piece of the puzzle? Either Leupold was rolling out their premium devices first, or they were waiting for the day when, unlike the GX-4i2 where the player needed to snap on and off a faceplace to toggle between having the device provide slope-compensated distance readings versus line-of-sight only, they can provide the GX-2i2 has no faceplate. Instead, players turn off the slope functionality through the on-screen menu, which as of 2015 makes the device permitted under Rule 14-3.

“Further to our Notice to Manufacturers dated May 12, 2015, the USGA and The R&A have revised Appendix IV, Section 5 to provide that, when a Local Rule permitting the use of DMDs (Distance Measure Devices) is in effect, there is a breach of Rule 14-3 only if a player uses the device to access information that is prohibited by that Rule. Therefore, effective from January 1, 2016, functions which were previously prohibited from residing on a DMD, may now reside there, provided that such functions are not accessed by the player during the stipulated round. Such prohibited functions include, but are not limited to: the gauging or measuring of slope…” (See Guidance Information on the Functionality of Distance-Measuring Devices for 2016 from the USGA.

Now how about that. Just remember to keep that slope turned off during tourneys! Remember, “the true test of a man is what he does when no one is looking.”

Retail: $429.99 (but more commonly found under $340)
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