PLAY­ING WITH … BUSH­NELL PRO X2 LASER RANGEFINDER

Cost: $629. Tested by: Jimmy Emanuel, Golf Aus­tralia Writer (GA Hand­i­cap 9.4)

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Bush­nell is syn­ony­mous with qual­ity rangefind­ers and the Pro X2 more than lives up to the com­pany’s name and rep­u­ta­tion, writes Jimmy Emanuel.

MODEL USED: Bush­nell Pro X2 FIRST IM­PRES­SIONS: The Pro X2 is small and com­pact, es­pe­cially when com­pared to my trusted and now seem­ingly an­cient Bush­nell Pro 1600 rangefinder. Eas­ily held in one hand, the Pro X2 feels solid due to the wa­ter­proof, metal hous­ing.

The hard case is pro­tec­tive and light­weight, with easy ac­cess pro­vided by the rope clos­ing sys­tem and added se­cu­rity from the zip­per.

I was re­ally im­pressed with the clear dis­play and speed at which the dis­tance was pro­vided. When hold­ing the but­ton and aim­ing at a tar­get, the dis­tance was on the screen be­fore I could count be­yond one. HOW IT PER­FORMED: Bush­nell is syn­ony­mous with qual­ity rangefind­ers and the Pro X2 more than lives up to the com­pany’s name and rep­u­ta­tion. De­spite its small size the unit con­tains ev­ery feature you could ever want in a rangefinder.

Ac­cu­rate to half a yard in­side 125 yards, I never once could lay the blame on the Pro X2 for miss­ing a shot short or long. The com­mon feel­ing that the mea­sured dis­tance is to the tree be­hind the green not the flag was not a con­cern, as the ‘Jolt’ vi­bra­tion con­firmed when I was locked onto the flag. Even when hold­ing the but­ton down and scan­ning across the green, the unit is good enough to find the flag and vi­brate in con­fir­ma­tion.

In ad­di­tion to its most ba­sic, yet im­por­tant feature of mea­sur­ing dis­tance, the unit pro­vides the user the abil­ity to change the dis­play quickly and eas­ily to adapt to dif­fer­ent vis­ual pref­er­ences and light con­di­tions. With the push of a but­ton the dis­play changes from black to a bright red, which is per­fect for early morn­ing and late evening. The same but­ton also al­lows changes in bright­ness – when us­ing the red dis­play – and unit of mea­sure­ment, with chop­ping and chang­ing be­tween them eas­ily done. The new ‘Slope Switch’ is per­haps the most in­trigu­ing im­prove­ment the com­pany has made in light of a re­cent change in the Rules of Golf re­lat­ing to mea­sur­ing de­vices. Tog­gling the switch on the side of the unit al­lows the fac­tor­ing in of slope into the to­tal yardage. Slope mea­sure­ments are not al­lowed dur­ing tour­na­ment play, so with the flick of the switch the unit is per­fectly com­pe­ti­tion le­gal, but with the slope func­tion armed you are able to gain an un­der­stand­ing of just how much the up­hill and down­hill holes, par­tic­u­larly when prac­tic­ing at your home course, af­fect dis­tance.

When us­ing the slope func­tion in test­ing, I re­alised the value of the slope mea­sure­ment and just how bad my own cal­i­bra­tions were at times. I was as much as five me­tres out in my es­ti­ma­tions of slope, more than enough to lead to com­pletely miss­ing a green, hit­ting the wrong level of a green and po­ten­tially the dif­fer­ence in clear­ing a haz­ard.

In ad­di­tion to the qual­ity of the dis­play of yardages, the eas­ily ad­justed fo­cus and bat­tery in­di­ca­tor on the screen are nice touches that im­prove the all-round qual­ity of the unit.

Hav­ing been a rangefinder devo­tee for as long as I can re­mem­ber, the Bush­nell Pro X2 is by far the most com­plete and im­pres­sive rangefinder I have used.

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