Leupold GX-4i and
In On Accuracy
BY JOHN STEINBREDER
The latest range finders from Leupold are
described by company officials as “
evolutionary,” and what technicians say they have done
with the new Leupold GX-3i and GX-4i models is make them faster and more accurate
than previous offerings. They’ve done that by
improving both products’ DNA (for Digitally
eNhanced Accuracy) engines and advanced
infrared lasers so that golfers can get their
distances within the nearest 1/10 of a yard, up
to 400 yards away. And more quickly.
In addition, the company’s exclusive Pin-Hunter laser technology, fog mode and selectable aiming reticles make it possible to nail
down hole locations in virtually any weather
conditions. A Prism Lock system also makes
holding a range finder steady much less of an
issue when it comes to getting correct readings.
The GX-3i offers line-of-sight measurement
only, meaning it is tournament legal under the
Rules of Golf. It comes in a compact casing that
is designed to be sturdy and completely weath-
erproof. As for the GX-4i, which also boasts line-
of-sight measuring capabilities, it can accept a
removable Smart Key that reads slope, altitude
and temperature for even more precise informa-
tion, thanks to the use of sophisticated, algorith-
mic software called True Golf Range (TGR).
That Smart Key makes the GX-4i illegal
for USGA and R&A sanctioned competitions,
as does a feature called Club Selector, which
combines a player’s specific hitting strength
and TGR to the target to automatically recom-
mend the appropriate club for each shot (after
a golfer has inputted data on his or her usual
distances). But the device can be used in prac-
tice rounds and for recreational play.
Based in Beaverton, Ore., Leupold has long
manufactured rifle scopes, binoculars, range
finders and other sophisticated optical devices
primarily for the military and big-game hunters.
A few years ago, it took that very advanced tech-
nology into golf, and the result is a line of devices
that is used extensively by PGA Tour caddies
to map out courses on which tournaments are
played – and by plenty of weekend players, too. l
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