Golf News for Tuesday, February 9, 2010 | Products

Leupold reports introducing new GX-3 and GX-4 golf rangefinders

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Continuing on its game-changing course of customizing golf rangefinders to individual needs, Leupold® has added two models to the 2010 GX® series.

The new tournament-legal GX-3 is the most compact model in the series, weighing just 7.8 ounces and measuring only 3.7 inches long, 2.8 inches high and 1.3 inches wide. GX-4 offers enhanced versatility with a removable Smart Key™ that adds the benefits of Leupold's True Golf Range (TGR®) and Club Selector™ features.

"Our new GX-3 and GX-4 golf rangefinders build on the success of our GX-1 and GX-2 models," said Andy York, Leupold's vice president of sales and marketing. "The GX-3 is extremely compact yet actually has a longer maximum ranging distance to the pin than GX-1 and GX-2. Unmatched versatility is the name of the game with GX-4. It can serve as a tournament-legal rangefinder or, with the Smart Key, be employed with the TGR and Club Selector features in casual or practice rounds to help any golfer play the right shots and improve their scores."

Designed to deliver the most precise distance measurement on golf courses, both the GX-3 and GX-4 utilize advanced microprocessing circuitry and an infrared laser to accurately and consistently hunt down the pin in virtually any weather conditions. Maximum ranging distance to the pin is 450 yards.

Each of the new GX models features PinHunter™ Laser Technology, which effectively filters out large background objects and zeroes in on the flag or pin for extremely precise and fast target acquisition. Golfers can select from three aiming reticles, choosing the one that works best for the intended target and usage. Distance can be displayed in yards or meters.

Other key features include Prism Lock Technology™ and fog mode. When GX is in scan mode, Prism Lock Technology makes an audible beep upon identifying a high-intensity return from flagsticks equipped with specialized prisms. More than 2,200 golf courses around the country now offer these prisms. With Prism Lock Technology, holding the rangefinder steady becomes less of a concern, and exact distance measurement is assured.

Fog mode enables GX to cut through mist and provide fast, accurate distance measurements.

When Smart Key activates the TGR and Club Selector features, GX-4 can provide accurate ranging information matched to the slope of the shot, atmospheric conditions and a golfer's specific striking distance.

TGR allows golfers to compensate for uphill shots that play long and downhill shots that play short. Calculated from the laser-measured line-of-sight distance, incline or decline, trajectory of the ball, current temperature and specific altitude, TGR displays the adjusted "plays like" range. For example, a golfer has a lie of 150 yards from the pin but the green sits six degrees above the ball. Using advanced TGR algorithms to automatically account for each factor, the GX-4 indicates the shot should be played as if it were 164 yards.

When activated, Club Selector factors in the golfer's specific striking distance and TGR to the target, automatically recommending the proper club for each shot. The user simply inputs his or her personal striking distance for three specific clubs and the GX-4 does the rest, even indicating when the distance falls between clubs.

Nearly as compact as the GX-3 model, GX-4 weighs 8.5 ounces and measures 4.1 inches long, 2.8 inches high and 1.3 inches wide.

Both GX-3 and GX-4 have 6x magnification and offer a one-touch scan mode that allows users to sweep the landscape while continuously measuring distance. Additional features include fully multi-coated lenses for a crystal-clear image, an easy-to-read display and fold-down rubber eyecups. Each GX is weatherproof and comes with a Cordura holster, battery, lanyard and complete instructions.

Leupold GX series rangefinders are the official rangefinder of the Professional Tour Caddies of America and the top laser rangefinder choice of PGA TOUR caddies. For more information, go to www.leupold.com/golf or call 1-800-LEUPOLD.

Leupold & Stevens, Inc., the most prominent American-owned and -operated optics company, employs more than 600 people in its state-of-the-art facility near Beaverton, Ore. Leupold is a fifth-generation, family-owned company whose products are sold worldwide to golfers, hunters, wildlife observers, competitive shooters, law enforcement officers and special operations military personnel.

Contact: Jeff Patterson, 402-437-6410, jeffp@swansonrussell.com