Golf Monthly's GolfBuddy LR5 laser rangefinder review, a device that has three modes to cater for different on-course situations

Product Overview

Overall rating:

GolfBuddy LR5 laser

Pros:

  • Three very useful modes that cover all on-course scenarios. Excellent value for money

Cons:

  • The eyepiece is a little too stiff to adjust with just your finger and thumb

Product:

GolfBuddy LR5 laser rangefinder review

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£219.95

Key technology

It displays distances in both yards and metres, has a range of up to 880 yards and has three operational modes: Standard, Pin and Scan for different situations on the course.

The GolfBuddy LR5 is equipped with three operational modes. ‘Scan’ provides a continuous 10-second display of all objects located; ‘Pin’ homes in on the flag and factors out background noise from trees etc, to give precise readings; and ‘Standard’ provides a single distance to any chosen target from flag to dogleg point or hazard edge.

GolfBuddy LR5 laser rangefinder side view

GM Review

Not that many golfers will pay too much attention to the aesthetics of this laser rangefinder, but they are much improved. The metallic trim combined with the grey/blue colour scheme gives it a premium look and feel.

It’s extremely lightweight and fits perfectly in your hand. The almost sticky feel to the plastic on the top and bottom, as well as the grip pad on the side, ensures you’re able to maintain a steady hold of the device when firing the laser.

I think the movement of the Mode button from underneath the eyepiece to on top next to the laser button is a sensible decision, it makes it easier to switch modes more quickly.

While the standard laser mode will suffice for most situations, the Scan mode is especially useful off the tee when flicking between hazards and the fairway beyond so you can see the distance you need to avoid the danger.

The graphics on the display are basic but all you need and they include a battery meter so you know when your device is due to run out of juice.

Verdict

A worthy contender to Bushnell’s dominance in the laser rangefinder category, the LR5 caters for every golfer’s needs out on the course. The subtle design changes make a big difference to the ease of use and the stylish, premium protective carry case is also a welcome addition to the overall package.