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Gear & Equipment

Adjustability comes to range finders

By Ryan Herrington

To gather data regarding pace of play, the USGA added a local rule at its Women's State Team Championship in September allowing the use of range finders, a first for a USGA competition. Should the governing body's slow-play efforts cause it to relax restrictions on such devices in future events, Leupold Golf is ready with its latest offerings, the GX-3i2 ($500) and GX-4i2 ($625).

Both models uses laser technology to quickly compute distances. (Leupold officials boast that the speed and accuracy of measurements with its devices has made them popular for various military applications.)

LEU_GX4i2_vert_angle[1].jpgThe GX-4i2 also accounts for elevation change and suggests which club to hit with its True Golf Range and Club Selector features. These enhancements, though, can be disabled by replacing the yellow faceplate with an accompanying chrome version. This lets the G-4i2 conform to Rule 14-3 (which allows for only line-of-sight distance measuring). Leupold is promoting this adjustability by touting the device as the first slope-enhanced range finder that can be configured for use when permitted by local rules.