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The Voice Caddie SL2 Hybrid Rangefinder adds a color touchscreen to an outstanding laser. Loads of information yet very easy to use. The most impressive product in this category, and a distinct advantage for strategy.
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A few months back, I reviewed the Voice Caddie SL1 [read more HERE] and found it to be the best rangefinder/GPS hybrid I’d ever used. With the new SL2, Voice Caddie raised the bar again. This amazing hybrid adds a touchscreen to the full-color GPS, giving golfers more information and a real strategic advantage on the course.
Set Up & Ease of Use
As with the SL1, Voice Caddie has taken a device that could be staggeringly complicated to use and made it simple. The laser rangefinder functions just as any other: push the power button to bring up the aiming reticle, push it again to get your yardage. There are four modes which you can rotate through with a press and hold of the “M” button. Normal Mode scans continuously, Pin Mode will lock on to a target and vibrate. Each of these modes has tournament-legal and slope-adjusted versions.
The GPS comes to life with a tap of the screen. From the main screen, you can start a round or go into the settings. As with most GPS units, the SL2 takes a minute to locate the course you’re at, then asks you to head to the tee box. You can toggle between a hole overview, Front/Middle/Back yardages, or an elevation map of the green with a swipe.
One final note: make sure to update your SL2 before you play your first round. Voice Caddie is continually updating course maps, and you’ll want to have the latest info on your device. You can perform the update through the VC Manager HERE.
Accuracy & Performance
I’ll start with the laser rangefinder side of the Voice Caddie SL2. As you would expect from a premium rangefinder, the SL2 is very quick and accurate. It also has the ability to provide slope-adjusted distances.
Where it starts to separate itself from other rangefinders is with its display. The SL2 has a red and green OLED display that’s intelligently laid out, very bright, and sharp. It’s easy to read no matter the light conditions.
Voice Caddie’s Pin Assist feature combines the GPS and rangefinder to do something that truly elevates the performance of the SL2. In this mode, the SL2 uses its knowledge of the green’s location to filter out background targets from the rangefinder. Imagine there are trees behind the green. You’re trying to target the pin, but your hands aren’t steady. The SL2, knowing that the pin is between, say, 200 and 220 yards away, won’t display distances that are outside that range. This is a brilliant feature that works exactly as promised and makes it faster and easier to get the right number.
Now let’s turn to the GPS. The display is roughly 1.5″ in diameter, bright, and easy to read. The touchscreen is responsive, and the screens are laid out to minimize misread touches or swipes. On each hole, you can switch between an overview of the hole, front/middle/back yardages, and a view of the green.
Voice Caddie has over 40,000 courses mapped worldwide, and many of those include elevation maps of the greens. These green maps are a huge advantage in terms of course management. Imagine knowing in advance that the green has a false front. That could save you a full stroke or more!
The addition of a touchscreen eliminates my only complaint about the SL1, and the addition of hole overviews further adds to the value. There is no other device I know of that can provide this kind of strategic advantage on the golf course.
The Voice Caddie SL2 is the state of the art at this time, so it does come with a heavier price tag of $600. Plugged In Golf readers can support the site and save $50 by buying it HERE.
While $550 is a substantial price tag for a rangefinder, you do get a lot for your money. This isn’t a phony upgrade that’s nothing more than a new name and fancier packaging. The SL2 has features that I haven’t seen anywhere else.
If you’re on a tighter budget and need a basic, dependable laser, check out the Voice Caddie L5 HERE.
With so much technology in golf it’s easy to get jaded, but the Voice Caddie SL2 is a genuine jaw-dropper. This hybrid rangefinder/GPS provides everything I could think to ask for, and several things I didn’t know I needed. If you want the state of the art in distance measuring, you need to put this in your bag.