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Laser Link Switch Tour

The Laser Link Switch Tour replaces the aging Laser Link Swith, but…well, offers no noticeable changes. Laser Link continues to be the only company offering the “pistol” form factor, where the player holds the rangefinder away from their eye. And while Laser Link is best known for pairing the flagsticks that have reflective prisms, the Switch Tour allows the player to swap between modes of targeting any point (as with the Red Hot 2), and focusing on reflective prisms (as with the QuickShot). And yes, this is the only device that requires the user to actually take action when moving between targeting different objects. Oof.

How the Switch Tour survives in the marketplace, we simply aren’t sure. There must be a population that prefers holding a rangefinder away from their face. One of the few explanations is those incredibly concerned about sun damage (from Laser Link copy: “There is no need to remove sunglasses, and no need to adjust your hat to measure your yardage. Sun damage is the #1 health concern for golfers, and almost all players now wear sunglasses and/or hats to help protect themselves from harmful UV rays.”). So for them, this is the device. For everyone else, not so much.

The Switch Tour provides distances from 25-900 yards (less than most competitors) to +/- 1 yard, and offers audio, silent and vibration modes (almost a necessity for a device where you don’t look through a viewfinder). The device is 5.4 x 2 x 3.1″, and weighs 8 ounces with 9-volt battery. Oh, and a carrying case in included. Just like a real pistol.

The $299 price tag doesn’t offer a screaming deal compared to other rangefinders that additionally offer magnification and the ability to scan across all objects to receive distance readings, with no need to toggle switches.

The good news? At $299, the Laser Link Switch Tour is priced $100 less than the original Laser Link Switch.

Retail price: $299.00
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