Review: Leupold GX-1i



The Review

The GX-1i is compact Rangefinder with some very nice features like a 6x23mm setup, and bunch of different modes that can be very useful under various conditions. For some reason, the green color made me think of hunting rather than golf when I first took it out of the box, but after that it was all about golf. One of the modes that really caught my eye was the Fog/Rain mode. Though I did not test this rangefinder in this mode, I can see how this mode could very useful, especially since I see a fair amount of fog and misty rain in my area. My current rangefinder just doesn’t cut it in these conditions, so this would be a really welcomed feature. Another mode that I felt was a nice touch was the Selectable Reticles, with 7 options to choose from. I found that a certain reticle really helped me lock into my target after testing all of these options. The GX-1i2 was very easy to use, though I did have some issues locking on to a 296-yard flag with a strong backdrop. I kept locking onto the backdrop 75% of the time. Being such a compact unit, I found myself not as steady in locking down readings as I am with slightly larger units.

Who’s it for?

With its lightweight and compact size, this is an excellent unit for walkers, especially those that carry, though players who ride will find this great as well. A great choice for those that do not play in perfect weather all the time.

Final Take

Even though the Green made me think hunting, I found this to be an excellent unit with plenty of nice features. It’s an excellent step down from the other high end units that Leupold has to offer.

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Bob Gomavitz

Bob Gomavitz Age: 59 Handicap: 4.6 Introduced to Golf: Age 10 Years Playing: 47 Hole In Ones: 2 Double Eagles: 1 Years in the Golf Industry: 14 Rounds Per Year: Over 100 Favorite PGA Tour Course Played: TPC Sawgrass Favorite Local Course Played: Royal Colwood Victoria, B.C. Most Famous Golfer that I played with: Fred Couples Most Famous Person that I played with: Kenny G (High School Teammate)Current WITB Driver: Taylormade 2016 M2 9.5 45" D-3 Graphite Design Tour Ad 60 Stiff 3 Wood: Taylormade RBZ 13 Degree TS Oban Revenge 7 Stiff 43.25” D-3 Hybrid: Taylormade R1118 Degree Matrix Altus Stiff Hybrid: Taylormade R11 Rescue 21 Degree Matrix Altus Stiff Irons: Taylormade Burner 2.0 4-PW KBS Tour Stiff Std Lie, Lofts and Lengths Wedges: Taylormade Rac Black 54 Degree TT DG Wedge Flex Wedges: Callaway X Tour 58 Degree MD TT DG Wedge Flex Putter: Odyssey Versa 90 degree #7 Super Stroke 3.0 34” Ball: Titleist Pro V1x, Srixon Z Star XV YellowTrackman Driver Swing Info Club Head Speed: 98-101 Ball Speed: 148-151 Angle of Attack: +1.7 to +2.6 Launch Angle: 12.7 to 14.1 Spin: 2400-2750 Angle of Descent: 39.8 to 37.3 Carry: 234-242 yards Distance: 258-272 yards Path: 0.7 to 2.4

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