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The Leupold GX-2i2 laser rangefinder packs the performance and features of the top-tier rangefinders into a mid-price laser. Unparalleled precision and optics.
Previously, if you wanted a laser rangefinder that had slope measuring capability and was tournament legal, you had to spend $500 for something like the GX-4i2. Now Leupold is packing all that same functionality into the GX-2i2 rangefinder at a substantially lower price point. Is Leupold’s latest rangefinder the category’s ultimate value? We tested it to find out.
Setup & Ease of Use
Just like the GX-4i2, the Leupold GX-2i2 laser rangefinder can operate in a basic, tournament-legal mode or in True Golf Range (TGR) mode which accounts for slope, temperature, and altitude and makes a club recommendation.
In the tournament legal mode, the GX-2i2 is as simple as any other laser: push the power button to bring up the aiming reticle, put the target in the crosshairs, and push the button to get the yardage.
Setting up TGR takes a little more effort initially, but the simple two-button interface makes it easy. With the Mode and Power buttons, and the help of the Quick Reference Guide that slides into the carrying case, you input the distances for your 8, 6, and 4 irons, and the temperature and altitude where those normal distances occur. This takes less than two minutes. Before your round, if you want to take full advantage of TGR, you can input the altitude and temperature in under a minute. Once all that is put in, using the GX-2i2 in TGR is no different than using it in tournament mode.
Accuracy & Performance
In both tournament mode and TGR, the Leupold GX-2i2 laser rangefinder is extremely fast and accurate. Distances are displayed to the tenth of a yard, which may be overkill, but it’s also nice to know Leupold is giving you every possible advantage. Additionally, the optics are super clear and the Pinhunter 2 technology makes it easy to zero in on the flag.
As with the GX-4i2, the show stopper is the True Golf Range mode. With the push of a button, the GX-2i2 is going to not only give you the temperature, altitude, and slope-adjusted distance, it also tells you the right club to pull. It even goes so far as to tell you when you’re in between clubs, so you can decide to club up and choke down or club down and swing hard. With the exception of judging wind and carrying your bag, TGR mades caddies obsolete.
The Leupold GX-2i2 retails for $330. This is $170 less than the GX-4i2 which has the same functionality. There are some key differences between the two models – the display, the construction, range, and the means of turning on TGR – but they both have the ability to work in TGR mode and tournament mode. For the accuracy, speed, and combination of TGR plus tournament mode, I think the GX-2i2 is the best value in rangefinders.