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GolfBuddy Laser Lite 2 Rangefinder Review

The orignal GolfBuddy Laser Lite was one of our all time favorite models. With the release of the GolfBuddy Laser Lite 2 Rangefinder, we were keen to get our hands on one to try it. Here we test how accurate it is and review how it performs on the golf course.

We put the Laser Lite 2 Rangefinder into play for about a month, and it’s not hard to admit this still remains one of the best affordable golf rangefinders in the world of golf.

Quick Summary

The GolfBuddy Laser Lite 2 follows on from the orginal Laser Lite rangefinder that topped our best budget rangefinder list for two straight years.

We’re pleased to report the GolfBuddy Laser Lite 2 offers more of the same. Great accurary and one of the best in its price range for picking up the target.

The newer version is smaller, lighter with some good additional grippy pads.

However, the new carry case isn’t as easy to use as the orignal.

Like any budget rangefinders, this will pick up the background a few more times that a top of the range Bushnell rangefinder, but this is still one of the best performing units for the price.

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GolfBuddy Laser Lite 2
  • ZST Technology for faster measurement speed
  • Compact design is easy to grip and handle
  • Slope feature with a toggle switch for legal tournament play
  • Capable of capturing distances from 2 to 800 yards
  • Vibration alert with pin lock
  • Bright LCD and 6X Magnification
  • Water resistant IPX4 rated (light rain)
  • Carry case easily attaches to the golf bag

Accuracy, value, and features compete with the premium rangefinders for $100-$200 less than what you’ll pay for premium.

Let’s dive into the full review.

Accuracy

No different than the GolfBuddy Laser Lite Rangefinder, the second edition is one of the most accurate budget rangefinders out there. We tested yardages from 50, 100, 150, and 200 yards from the pin.

All yardages were within 1 yard of accuracy. Which is better than almost any rangefinder in this price range.

Accuracy testing – Golf Buddy Laser Lite 2

Target distance

50 yards

100 yards

151 yards

200 yards

Avg error (yds)

0.67

0.33

0.00

0.33

Percentage error (%)

1.33

0.33

0.00

0.17

ACCURACY = 99.5%

One really important feature, the Pin Finder mode, works well, and you will have no trouble grabbing the pin. On the golf course you will pick up the background, rather than the flag, now and again but the GolfBuddy Laser Lite 2 is again one of the best out there for giving you the target instead of the background.

Features

The GolfBuddy Laser Lite 2 Rangefinder has all the features you’d expect from a premium rangefinder. Including slope mode, measureing capabilities from 2 to 800 yards, pin seeker with a vibration alert and a really good display through its lens.

GolfBuddy Laser Lite 2 rangefinder

It does’t feel as premium as a to of the line rangefinder, but we can’t fault it for the price.

Speed

We rated the GolfBuddy laser Lite 2 90/100 when it coems to speed. It is pretty quick, but can take a few split seconds longer to lock onto the flag at times. This is still very impressive and far better than speedier rangefinder that end up locking onto the wrong target (this was an issue with the GolfBuddy Quantum that we tested previously).

Visuals and Optics

The visuals and optics are perfect for a budget rangefinder. Even with the slope mode on, the graphics are clean. It’s easy to get your slope adjusted distances and to trust them at the same time.

Usability

The GolfBuddy Laser Lite 2 is really simple to pick up and start using and can be switched from slope to non-slope mode with the press of one button.

It is small, light and is really helped by the grippy pads located on the top and bottom of the laser rangefinder.

The only slight downside is the case. The orginal GolfBuddy Laser Lite had a nice zip hardcase, with an elastic toggle for quick access. The newer version has a velcrove pouch that isn’t entirely waterproof. This makes the Laser Lite 2 slightly more fiddly to grab from your golf bag.

Build Quality

The lowest of all our ratings on the GB Laser Lite 2 is the build quality. We rated it 88/100 for build quality.

The Golf Buddy doesn’t feel cheap, it is light and compact and the grippy pads really help. It is not necessarily a “cool” looking model like Blue Tees, but we’d much prefer it works well (which it does).

Our main criticism is actually with the carry pouch, we’d love to see a carry case that matches the great design of the laser rangefinder.

GolfBuddy Laser Lite 2 carry case

Nevertheless, this still performs really well for the price.

Value

The GB Laser Lite 2 is an upgrade from the GB 1, even though we were pretty satisfied with the accurate distance and precise measurement of the 1. For $199, you get an excellent value here, and we like the expansion into the short game.

Even if you don’t use this on the course when it comes to the shorter shots, having the ability to practice and nail down 20 and 30-foot putts as well as 30 and 40-yard chips is incredibly valuable.

Golf Insider Verdict

If you are looking for a rangefinder under $200, this is likely the top pick. What do you really get when spending hundreds more on a Bushnell or Cobalt? You’ll likely get a little more accuracy (not much) and you’ll probably never have to shoot the target more than once. You may also end up with a magnetic exterior and a better overall case.

If those features are not as important to you as saving a couple of hundred dollars/pounds, the GB Laser Lite 2 is a choice we feel comfortable strongly recommending.

Alternatives

GolfBuddy Laser Lite

golfbuddy laser lite

If you are looking for extra savings, there is still no harm in checking out the orginal Laser Lite while stocks last. The build quality isn’t quite as high and we’d say the newer version pin finder mode works a little better, but both are great picks.

The case is a little easier to use and will be a good choice if you are worried about playing in heavy rain.

Frequently asked questions

How do you turn slope mode on/off?

To activate or deactivate slope mode press and hold the Mode button for 5 seconds, you will enter slope mode and all measurements will be show in raw distance and slope-adjusted distance.

How do you activate pin finder mode on the GolfBuddy Laser Lite 2 Rangefinder?

To activate pin finder mode press the Mode button. This will toggle you between ‘Scan’ mode with no pin finder function and Pin Finder mode.

What’s the difference between GolfBuddy Laser Lite and GolfBuddy Laser Lite 2 rangefinder?

The GolfBuddy Laser Lite 2 is smaller, lighter and has some new grip elements. The accuracy is still just as good as the orignal mode, and it is tricky to be sure but we’d say there is a small improvement in the pin finder mode.

Happy golfing.

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Will is a PGA golf professional, with a PhD in Biomedical Science and MSc in Sports Biomechanics & Psychology. He spent 10 years lecturing part-time at Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds in Biomechanics and Motor Control before becoming the Head of Golf for the University of Exeter. He currently runs Golf Insider UK, Sport Science Insider around wider consulting and academic roles in sport performance and motor control.

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