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The direct to consumer Blue Tees Series 2 Pro Slope Rangefinder is billed as a premium quality rangefinder at an affordable price. Although the Series 2 Pro may come in premium packaging, the performance was anything but.
If you have ever shopped for a golf rangefinder, you realized that the top-of-the-line models can be very expensive. Do you have to pay premium prices to get premium quality? The guys at Blue Tees Golf will tell you, “No.” They are making golf rangefinders and selling them directly to you, cutting out the middleman and saving you hundreds of dollars.
An affordable rangefinder that preforms as well as the Bushnells and Leupolds at half the price just sounds too good to be true. I was able to try the Series 2 Pro Slope model and see if I could get “premium quality, without a premium price.”
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Set Up & Ease of Use
The packaging of Blue Tees rangefinder is first class. Each rangefinder comes with lens cleaning cloth, carry case, attachable strap, instructions, a D-ring clip, and two batteries. A wrapped battery is waiting in the battery compartment and is very easy to access.
The Series 2 Pro is very simple to use. There are two buttons on the unit, a Power/Acquire button and a Mode button. Press the Power button once to acquire a target, and you’re ready to go. The unit will automatically turn off after 10 seconds of non-use. There is an eyepiece to dial in the focus on the display.
There are three modes in the Series 2 Pro. Mode 1 is Continuous Scan Mode. In this mode you hold down the Acquire button and distances appear as you scan across your target line. Mode 2 is the Golf Mode. Press once and hold to activate scan and lock onto target. When the target is acquired, the unit will vibrate. Yardage is displayed at top of view field. Slope yardage is displayed at the bottom of the view field. Mode 3 is Speed Mode. There is no description of what this mode does or how to use it. I reached out to customer support and was told, “Mode 3 is speed mode which is mostly used for hunting but you can also track the speed of your ball.” I’m still unclear what this does or how to use it.
Of the three Modes, I feel that Mode 2 is the most beneficial. Having slope and a vibration, when a target is acquired is all that I need during a round. Of course, using slope is not permitted in tournament play, but for the weekend warrior, Mode 2 is all you need.
Accuracy & Performance
The Blue Tees Series 2 Pro acquired the target quickly, although not as quickly as a Bushnell Tour V4. Search for the pin, and the unit vibrates when it locks on to the target. Yardage is displayed plainly and is easy to read.
I have never had my own rangefinder before and was very excited to get the chance to demo the Blue Tees Series 2 Pro. My first time out was very frustrating. Although it is very easy to use, I found it very difficult to get consistent yardages. I was beginning to think that maybe it was operator error. Thankfully, all the guys in my foursome had rangefinders. All three were different brands and models: Bushnell Tour V4, TecTecTec VPRO500, and Golf Buddy Laser 1. I passed the rangefinder to my buddies and the inconsistent numbers remained.
Compared to the other rangefinders, the Blue Tees yardage was off anywhere from 1 to 5 yards almost every time. I also compared the yardage to the cart GPS and the GPS app on my phone. I took the unit home and used a commercial measuring wheel. I was still getting inconsistent numbers, but the variance was less and in acceptable ranges.
Nothing can be more frustrating than trying to get a yardage and your number is different each time you acquire the target. Which yardage is correct? A yardage difference of +1 to -1 is totally acceptable in any rangefinder. In my opinion, a 3 to 5 yard difference is not acceptable. That may not make a huge difference in your round or club selection, but you are paying for a quality product and you expect quality performance.
To give Blue Tees credit, their customer service was excellent. We notified Blue Tees that the first rangefinder might need to be recalibrated. They quickly sent out a replacement as soon they received the return notice of the first unit. Unfortunately the second rangefinder had the same accuracy issues.
A laser rangefinder has one job, to measure distances accurately. If you have a rangefinder that you cannot trust, it doesn’t matter if it is $99 or $499 (the S2 retails for $199), it isn’t worth much. The performance of the Blue Tees Series 2 Pro was so inconsistent for me that I would have a hard time considering it a value at any price.
I was very excited to get the opportunity to test out the Blue Tees Series 2 Pro. I could not wait to use it. Unfortunately, the results were underwhelming. Blue Tees presents a product in a great package, but the overall performance of the rangefinder did not meet my expectations. My search for an affordable and accurate rangefinder will continue.