Now here’s something we didn’t expect…a laser rangefinger from GolfBuddy. Known best for their GPS handhelds (and now watches), GolfBuddy expands their lineup with the LR5 laser rangefinder. The GolfBuddy LR5 has 6x magnification and accuracy to 1 yard (ranges form 5 to 880 yards), both of which we consider the minimums for laser rangefinders. There is an LCD display and diopter eyepiece adjustment.
There are three different modes in the GolfBuddy LR5: standard, scanning and pin. Standard mode provides the distances to a selected target, scanning mode continuously scans for 10 seconds and allows the player to obtain distances to multiple targets, and pin mode scans for 10 seconds while showing the distance to the closest target. There is an indicator on the display to show scanning and pin mode.
The GolfBuddy LR5 is water resistant, and has claimed battery life to 5K actuations. The device will power off after 10 seconds to conserve battery life. Battery life is shown at the bottom of the display in all modes. The device weighs 7.7 ounces, and is 4” x 1.63” x 2.85” in size.
With one of the least expensive golf laser rangefinders in our tests, tf the GolfBuddy LR5 performs as well as the company’s handheld GPS devices, we expect GolfBuddy to continue to build their offerings in this category.
Retail price: $249.99
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