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The CaddyTalk CUBE rangefinder has one of the most significant innovations in distance measurement in several years. Quick and accurate. Easy to use and very compact.
Laser rangefinders have been a staple of golf technology for the last twenty years or so. In that time, I’d argue there have been three major innovations: slope, red/black optics, and GPS integration. The new CaddyTalk CUBE is aiming to push that number to four with their clever “Caddy Mode.” In this review, I’ll explain what that is and whether or not it deserves to be considered a major step forward.
Set Up & Ease of Use
The CaddyTalk CUBE rangefinder comes with all the basics that you’d expect: laser, cleaning cloth, charging cable, case, and user manual. A printed user manual is actually a bit of a rarity these days, and I applaud CaddyTalk for including it.
To get started, give the CUBE a full charge with the USB cable. One full charge should last for 10,000 distances, which is over 130 rounds at four yardages per hole. There is a battery life indicator that will pop up when you drop below 20%, so you shouldn’t get stuck without a charge.
The basic function of the CUBE are just like any other rangefinder: push the power button on top to bring up the display, push it again to get your distance. Getting into the deeper functionalities requires the use of the Mode button on the bottom of the device. One tap activates Caddy Mode. A double tap changes the units from yards to meters. Hold the Mode button to switch between E Slope, M Slope, and Tournament mode or to adjust the brightness of the display. While I would prefer that some of that be handled with a dedicated switch or slider, this sequence is easy to navigate, and, realistically, you’re unlikely to change them after your first time out.
Accuracy & Performance
As always, we’ll start with the basics. The CaddyTalk CUBE is accurate and quick. It consistently produced the same yardage as several other trusted rangefinders. It isn’t the fastest rangefinder I’ve tested (that title still belong to the Voice Caddie TL1, review HERE), but the difference is practically insignificant.
Now let’s turn to Caddy Mode. The idea behind this feature is that you can get the distance from your ball to the pin (or any two points) without standing at your ball. To use it, push the Mode button to enter Caddy Mode, shoot the laser at your ball, then shoot the target. In under a second, the rangefinder will display the distance between those two points. I tested Caddy Mode extensively and found it to be very accurate.
The applications of Caddy Mode are numerous. The first and best use I can think of is for cart path only days. With Caddy Mode, you won’t need to walk to your ball with three clubs only to find that they’re all wrong. Additionally, Caddy Mode can speed up play. Finally, you can use it to find the distance between two hazards, or a hazard and the green, to choose a smart strategy.
Moving away from Caddy Mode, CaddyTalk has built two smart measurement modes into the CUBE. M Slope is a slope adjustment that takes into account ball flight. Practically speaking, this means that the farther away the target is, the more positive slope adds to the playing yardage because your ball flight will be lower. E Slope uses M Slope but also factors in temperature, altitude, and humidity. I was able to test this in several different temperatures against other lasers, and it does change the readings by a few yards. Finally, there is a tournament mode which turns off slope.
Another thing worth mentioning is the display. The CUBE has a red and green display inside the viewfinder that’s very clear and easy to read in all light conditions. Additionally, there is a display on the side of the device. This is great for those times you think, “What was that number I literally just looked at?” It saves you from having to shoot the flag again, because you can check the side display.
Finally, it’s worth noting that the CaddyTalk CUBE is very small. It weighs just five ounces and measures roughly 1″ X 2″ X 3.5″. It’s approximately the same size as the CaddyTalk Minimi, though it has a squared shape. If you want a rangefinder you can keep in your pocket, this is definitely one to consider.
The CaddyTalk CUBE rangefinder retails for $350. With many premium rangefinders at or above $400, I think the CUBE is a great value. While Caddy Mode is definitely the headliner, the rechargeable battery is another big value add.
CaddyTalk offers a more affordable option with their Minimi HERE
Huge kudos to CaddyTalk for coming up with one of the best innovations in rangefinders in years. Caddy Mode on the CaddyTalk CUBE is a feature that can speed up play, reduce frustration, and improve your scores. This is an early contender for the best rangefinder of 2023.