The Golf Buddy rangefinder line ranks among the best and most reasonably affordable on the market. Each one gives you excellent accuracy, quick readings and is designed to help any golfer to shoot lower scores. They are relatively affordable and often times outperform costlier models from better known brands.
This Golf Buddy Rangefinder Review will show that these are very intuitive to use and require only one hand with an ambidextrous design. Two buttons on top, six times magnification and a very clear LCD viewing screen make it a breeze to use on the golf course. The viewing diopter adjusts to that you can finely tune the focus, and an easily accessible battery port makes it quick and simple to swap out the disposable CR2 battery.
Each Golf Buddy range finder is legal for tournament use, and several provide optional slope compensation technology that helps you to make better club and swing choices. You can turn it off when you want to use the Golf Buddy rangefinder with slope compensation in a sanctioned tournament.
The following is a closer look at some of the best models they have to offer in our Golf Buddy Rangefinder Review
Golf Buddy Laser 1 Review
The first stop on our Golf Buddy Rangefinder Review is the Laser 1 is a great package that gives you fast and accurate readings to within 1 yard or meter of your target. This mid level rangefinder works at varying distances from 5 yards to 880 yards and lets you choose whether you want readings in yards or meters. The rangefinder offers fast and accurate readings of the entire hole or hazards, rough, the tree line and the green.
The Laser 1 provides:
- Three target modes
- Vibration lock
- Wide LCD Screen
- 6X magnification
Three target modes provide exactly the data that you desire. The standard mode tells you the horizontal distance to the target. A scan mode quickly provides readings of the hole using it’s slope function and various distances to different obstacles. The pin-finder can lock in on the flag and tell you the exact distance to it. The rangefinder vibrates gently to tell you that it is locked onto the flag and giving you the accurate distance.
Because it does not offer a slope compensation function, the GolfBuddy Laser rangefinder is legal for use during tournament play. That ensures you can get an accurate reading on a tough hole and situation that might mean the difference between making the cut and
The Laser 1 measures about 3.9 inches long by 2.9 inches tall by 1.6 inches wide and weighs just over 7 ounces. It is one of the few laser rangefinders that uses conventional AAA batteries for power. That enables you to use long-lasting disposables or rechargeable batteries as you see fit. An automatic shutoff turns off the rangefinder whenever it sits idle for 10 seconds. that helps to preserve battery life and ensure you can use it through your full round of golf.
The compact design is imminently comfortable and enables quick and easy use with two buttons on top and an ergonomic design. The unit provides six-times magnification and has a water resistance rating of IPX4. A convenient hand-carrying case absorbs bumps and jolts and helps to protect against inclement weather.
Golf Buddy Laser 1S Review
Our second stop on this Golf Buddy Rangefinder Review, the Golf Buddy rangefinder with slope compensation is very similar to the Laser 1 model but with the ability to compensate for the elevation change to the pin. It has three viewing modes, pin lock and vibration to tell you when the rangefinder is locked onto the flag. It provides accuracy to within a yard or meter of the target at distances ranging from 5 to 880 yards or meters.
The Golf Buddy Laser 1S provides:
- Three targeting modes
- Slope features
- Pin-finder with vibration lock
- 6X magnification
- Large LCD display
Three target modes provide the data that you want for a particular shot. The standard mode tells you the horizontal distance to the target. A scan mode quickly provides readings of the hole and various distances to different obstacles. The pin-finder can lock in on the flag and tell you the exact distance to the cup. The rangefinder vibrates gently to tell you that it is locked onto the flag and giving you an exact reading.
Slope compensation will help you to shave some strokes off of your game and lower your handicap with better club and swing choices. When the ball is located higher than the green and pin, a straight distance reading could lead to flying the flag and possibly the entire green. The slope compensation will tell you the practical distance to the hole so that you can adjust your club and swing accordingly.
When the green and pin are located at a higher elevation, you need to adjust with a longer swing that will clear the terrain and make it to the pin. The slope compensation will tell you the exact distance for which you need to shoot in order to get the ball to your target instead of falling well short of it. You can turn off the slope compensation feature as you choose. That makes the rangefinder legal for golfing tournaments while still letting you use it during casual rounds and practice.
The Laser 1S measures about 4 inches long by 3 inches tall by 1.6 inches wide and weighs 7.7 ounces. A single disposable CR2 battery powers it while an auto shutoff turns it off whenever it sits idle for at least 10 seconds.
GolfBuddy AIM L10V Review
While it cannot carry a conversation, the Golf Buddy AIM-L10V Talking Rangefinder literally will tell you the distances to the targets that you choose. A digital voice tells you the distance to the target in your choice of yards or meters. You just press a button to get the voice-operated readings. It works as close as 5 yards from the hole and as far away as 880, which is plenty for virtually any golf course or driving range.
The AIM-L10V Talking Rangefinder gives you:
- Audible distance readings
- Slope feature
- Vibration lock
Three target modes provide exactly the data that you desire. The standard mode tells you the horizontal distance to the target. A scan mode quickly provides readings of the hole and various distances to different obstacles. The pin-finder can lock in on the flag and tell you the exact distance to it. The rangefinder vibrates gently to tell you that it is locked onto the flag and giving you and exact reading.
You can choose whether or not you want to use slope compensation so that the Golf Buddy rangefinder with slope adjustment still is legal for regulation tournament play. It will tell you the practical distance that you need to shoot for to place the ball reasonably close to your chosen target.
When aiming for a green or other target at a higher elevation, you need to attempt a longer and higher shot to clear the terrain. When the target is located at a lower elevation, you need to shorten the length so that the ball will no fly over your target. The slope compensation helps you to make quick and accurate adjustments for the best possible result.
The very ergo dynamically designed package is among the lightest and most compact on the market. It weighs just 5.5 ounces, which makes it incredibly light and easy to carry in a pants pocket or your golf bag. It measures a very svelte 3.7 inches long by 2.56 inches tall by 1.34 inches wide, which puts it in the running for the most compact golf rangefinder anywhere.
A CR2 battery powers the rangefinder and is good for about a dozen rounds on a newly installed disposable battery. An automatic shut off turns off the rangefinder to save battery power while you are on the golf course.
Golf Buddy Laser Lite Rangefinder Review
When you want ultra-fast and highly accurate range readings, the Golf Buddy Laser Lite rangefinder is an ideal choice. Just a single click scan will provide accurate range-finding distances to within a yard of your target in about a half a second. It is accurate to within a yard at distances ranging from 5 yards to 880 yards from your location.
You can choose one of three target modes that tell you the straight distance, give you a quick distance scan of the obstacles situated around the hole, and a flag lock with a vibration feature that locks onto the pin and gives the rangefinder a quick shake to tell you the distance is locked in.
The flag-lock feature enables the rangefinder to ignore objects that are closer or more distant and zero in on the pin as quickly as possible. That ensures you get the most accurate reading to the cup for your approach shots.
The Golf Buddy Laser Lite Rangefinder provides:
- Straight-line and slope-compensated distances
- Three targeting modes
- Vibration alert
- Legal for handicap and regulation tournament formats
- Bright and clear 6X viewfinder
The Golf Buddy rangefinder with slope compensation also will tell you the practical distance that you need to shoot for to send the ball where you want it to go. The slope compensation feature tells you the angle to the cup and the compensated distance so that your shot will not fly over the target or land well short of it. If you want to use the GolfBuddy Laser Lite rangefinder with slope compensation in a USGA or R&A tournament, you can turn it off so that you can use it without violating tournament rules.
The Golf Buddy Laser Lite is a very compact and light model that weighs just a hair over 5 ounces, so it is very comfortable to carry and use on the golf course or at the range. It measures 4 inches long by 2.9 inches tall by 1.5 inches wide, which enables it to fit perfectly in virtually any adult golfer’s hand. It has a water resistant body that helps to prevent fogging and damage to internal parts while playing in wet conditions.
An included CR2 battery provides lots of juice to get in about a dozen rounds of golf before needing a replacement. A battery power indicator light tells you know how much juice it has, while replacements are plentiful and very affordable. An auto shutoff feature turns it off after sitting idle for a few seconds in order to preserve battery power.
Golf Buddy AIM L10 Review
When you want ultra-fast scans and very accurate readings, the Golf Buddy AIM L10 is a great option, our last product on this Golf Buddy Rangefinder Review. The light and ergonomic Golf Buddy rangefinder with slope adjustment is very affordable and outperforms many costlier models from popular competing brands. It delivers accurate readings from 5 to 880 yards with accuracy to within a yard of your target. You can switch to meters when you play courses outside of the United States.
The Golf Buddy AIM L10 gives you:
- One-click fast scanning
- Three target modes
- Slope compensation
- Vibration lock
Three separate target modes offer a quick scan of the hole, a simple straight-line distance to your target, and a pin-lock that tells you the exact distance to the flag. The pin-lock function gives you a quick vibration to tell you it is locked onto the target and giving you an accurate reading. The pin lock is important because it specifically ignores objects in the foreground or near the flag so that you can get a fast and accurate read of the actual distance to the cup.
The Golf Buddy rangefinder also provides a slope compensation feature that you cans switch off with an external switch located beneath the viewing diopter. The slope compensation tells you the actual distance to the flag, the angle up or down, and the compensated distance to reach the cup.
When the terrain rises and positions the green and cup above the ball’s lie, your swing needs to force the ball clear of the terrain so that it will not land short of the target. If the hole is situated beneath your position, the slope compensation reduces the distance so that the ball will not fly over the target and possibly miss the green.
The very svelte and ergonomic Golf Buddy rangefinder weighs just 5.5 ounces and measures only 3.7-inches long by 2.56 inches tall by 1.34 inches wide. It has a slight indent on the underside where your thumb rests while your fingers naturally rest over two control buttons on top.
A soft, rubberized and textured grip underneath and overlay on top help to secure your grip, while a waterproof design helps to keep moisture out and prevent fogging. A disposable CR2 battery delivers plenty of power, and a 15-second shut-off feature turns it off to save battery power.
General Accessories Included with Each Model
Each Golf Buddy rangefinder comes with a disposable CR2 battery, except the model that uses AAA batteries, which also are included. A durable external case protects it against weather and damage from bumps and drops, and a carabiner clip to affix it to your golf bag or belt. A lens cloth helps to keep the viewing area perfectly clear, even when the weather is less than pleasant.
The case is a durable polymer shell with rubberized overlays on top and bottom to help prevent slippage while improving comfort. Just two buttons require just two fingers to use with the naturally ambidextrous design enabling use with your right or left hand. The battery compartment on each model is located beneath the viewing diopter and has metal threads to help prevent stripping them.
Should I Buy One?
Whether you already own a golf rangefinder or are just considering buying one, any of the Golf Buddy rangefinder models listed above will prove to be highly competitive with almost any other on the market. The combination of accuracy, ease of use and generally affordable price points make each of the Golf Buddy rangefinder models ideal for casual golfers and professionals alike.
The materials used to build them ensure they will last for many years of use in just about all reasonable weather conditions. A wide LCD screen and bright viewing screen let you clearly see every detail and nuance of the hole before you choose your club and make your next swing.
The 880-yard range is suitable for any regulation golf course and will help you to get a general overlay of the entire course from higher ground. The scan function included with each will help you to get a very quick and accurate read of the various hazards that you want to avoid.
The slope compensation is an especially useful feature that can help you to lower your handicap and reduce the number of errant approach shots to the green. The ability to switch off the incredibly helpful slope compensation feature ensures you can use any of the models detailed above for tournament play.
With a relatively low price point, exceptional build quality, ergonomic design and very light weight, each Golf Buddy rangefinder is an outstanding tool for improving your golf game with highly fast and accurate range measurements. The imminently available CR2 and AAA batteries that power them always are available to ensure you have power for up to a dozen or more rounds of golf.