In this article, we share our testing of the Blue Tees Max 3 rangefinder to see if it lives up to the accuracy, speed and overall build quality that it claims. We share our experience on the golf course and our accuracy testing vs some of the top rangefinders on the market.
The Blue Tees Series Max 3 is a very well-built rangefinder.
It has great branding and is easy to use, but in our testing, there were 1-3 yards of error and some instances on the golf course where it picked up the background rather than the flag.
If you’ve never had a rangefinder you will likely love this product. If you are replacing a Bushnell or another top-of-the-range laser you might notice the odd extra time where you catch the background rather than your target.
If you are happy with the accuracy levels above, the rest of its performance is great, but we’d suggest you can get better value for your money elsewhere.
The Blue Tees Golf Series 3 Max Rangefinder has all the basic features you would expect from laser rangefinders. These include:
- 7x magnification
- Adaptive slope switch
- Tournament legal
- Auto ambient display
- Flag Lock technology
- Built-in magnet
- Waterproof leather carrying case
- Microfiber cloth and 3 extra batteries included
- 2-year manufacturer warranty
In terms of branding and looks the Blue Tees rangefinders stand out as some of the best on the market. When you unbox your new rangefinder the fun continues, everything is very well presented, color coordinated and the additional 3 batteries are a nice extra touch.
We test all rangefinders across a range of pre-measured targets from 50 to 200 yards, we also test them against a premium rangefinder. The Blue Tees Max 3 had a total accuracy measure of 99.4%.
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This sounds very impressive, but as you can see above this translates into a 1-2 yard error average from 100 to 200 yards. Not bad but the Blue Tees rangefinders claim to be accurate within 1 yard.
We also tested the accuracy of the slope function on the golf course. We didn’t have a way to measure against the actual elevation, but the Blue Tees rangefinder was sometimes 1 to 2 yards different to the Bushnell V6 and Cobalt Q6 slope measurements, this difference might come as a result of the 1-2 yards difference in distance measurement.
These findings shouldn’t stop you from buying the Blue Tees Max 3, but just be aware that in reality, the rangefinder will be 0 to 2 yards of error with your yardages.
The Blue Tees Series 3 Max has good speed; you will have your yardage in under a second and changing between modes is simple and quick.
The Blue Tees Max 3 also has Flag Lock technology, which is also pretty swift at picking up the flag.
The modes here are pretty standard. You have your slope or tournament mode, and the adaptive slope switch makes it easy to toggle back and forth between the two. Slope mode on this model is standard; don’t expect any data about elevation, humidity, etc.
Visuals and Optics
Blue Tees uses the auto ambient display to help make the visuals a little better regardless of the time of the day or the sunlight angle. The display will change the text to black or red automatically, depending on the conditions.
This works well on the course (and in the very changeable English weather), we wouldn’t say this is a game-changing feature and premium rangefinders still feel a little clearer compared to the Blue Tees Max 3, but we’d still score this highly.
The usability for the Blue Tees Series 3 Max is generally very good. The initial setup couldn’t be simpler and the buttons to switch between modes are easy to use. The magnetic latch that closes the case is also a very cool feature.
We only have two small negatives we can share. Firstly, the elastic in the case doesn’t quite open wide enough to grab the rangefinder with ease if you have medium to large hands.
Another thing to note is that the Flag Lock technology is good, but it does pick the background up a little more often than the best rangefinders we’ve tested. This is one of the key trends we see which medium and lower-priced rangefinders.
One of the more impressive features of the Blue Tees Series 3 Max is the build quality. We were very impressed with the feel and finish of the rangefinder and the outer casing.
The finish on the rangefinder and case gives it a premium feel and offers great grip in all weather conditions. In fact, for this being more of a value-type golf rangefinder selection, the build quality is more like a $400-$500 rangefinder.
The magnet is strong as well so you won’t be worried about it flying off the cart during a round of play.
The Blue Tees 3 Max retails at $269. However, it is almost always on sale in the $199 range. For $199, the Blue Tees Series 3 Max offers really good value.
It gives golfers a different option between the $300-$500 for premium rangefinders and the budget rangefinders under $150.
Golf Insider Verdict 88/100
The Blue Tees Series 3 Max Rangefinder has the feel and branding of a premium rangefinder, but its accuracy doesn’t quite match its looks.
It is accurate to within 2 yards which will be accurate enough for most golfers and if this sounds like you, you’ll love using the Blue Tees. If you do demand more accuracy, you may want to spend a little more and grab a Bushnell V6 or the Cobalt Q6.
We like this as a product and the branding is superb, with improved accuracy it would be competing to be one of the best on the market.
Blue Tees Max 3 Rangefinder Review – Frequently Asked Questions
Why is my Blue Tees rangefinder not picking up the flag?
The Blue Tees rangefinder can have trouble picking up the flag if trees or other objects are directly behind the pin. Try changing your angle slightly by taking a step to the right or left and reshooting to see if it picks up the pin. In addition, make sure that it’s not foggy or rainy conditions that are keeping your Blue Tees rangefinder from reading the yardage.
How do I calibrate my Blue Tees rangefinder?
The Blue Tees laser rangefinder should not need to be calibrated. Instead, when you set up to get yardage, simply turn the eyepiece so that it is easier to see the target and nail the proper yardage. The eyepiece adjustment will make it easier to see exactly what you are looking at, and it ultimately makes it easier for you to lock on the pin.
Does the Blue Tees 3 Max have slope?
The Blue Tees 3 Max has slope technology, and it can be turned on and off to make the rangefinder tournament legal. Slope technology is incredibly helpful when preparing for a tournament or trying to understand the importance of carry distance, total distance, and the way that elevation changes play into that.
Are Blue Tees Rangefinders as good as Bushnell?
The Blue Tees rangefinders are not quite as good as Bushnell when it comes to accuracy and Flag Lock or Pinseeker technology. However, the build quality, overall design, and look and value are quite good from Blue Tees. Check out the full comparison we did on the Blue Tees rangefinders vs. Bushnell.
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