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Leupold Golf GX-1i2 Rangefinder (with DNA & Prism Lock)


Last Updated: Mar 16, 2019 @ 12:30 am

Yard Range: 6-800 reflective/6-400 to flag
Magnification: 6X23 mm objective diameter
Dimensions: 4.2 x 3.0 x 1.6 inches, 6.8 ounces
Display Type: LCD/Black
Tournament Legal: Yes
Measuring System: Yards/Meters
Measuring Distance: Distance only
Waterproof: Yes

Our Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Update - 2018.11.20The GX-1i2 has been retired from the game! While there are still a few units still available for now, this rangefinder has been updated to the GX-1i3 which includes Leupolds latest technology and a more ergonomic body. Check out the GX-1i3 here!


Leupold GX-1i2 Rangefinder Review

This Leupold GX-1i2 golf rangefinder has seven selectable aiming reticles at your disposal to really up your legal golf game. It also has PinHunter 2, Prism Lock, and Digitally Enhanced Accuracy (DNA) Golf technologies to really give you an advantage against your opponent. Being completely waterproof with Fog Mode will ensure that you last the entire 18 rounds no matter the type of weather.

Online this rangefinder has a good rating to date. Its popular predecessor, the GX-1i, had a solid approval rating among its reviewers, and you can only assume that the GX-1i2 is an improvement.

With so much to offer, it’s definitely a must-have. The slightly higher price is worth it for the name brand, the superior optics, and the additional features.


  • Price
  • DNA engine
  • Prism Lock Technology
  • Tournament Legal
  • Waterproof
  • Some reported inconsistent Readings


Leupold GX-1i2 Q&A:

Is there an option to change the reticles on the rangefinder?

The GX-1i2 digital rangefinder has seven different reticles that you can choose from to use. That’s pretty impressive since being able to toggle between reticles for preference sake is a rare feature.

But would you really expect anything less from Leupold?


Is a steady hand required to use the GX-1i2 rangefinder?

The rangefinder has 6X magnification which is widely becoming the norm for an entry level rangefinder.

The 6X can be an issue for some people that experience shakiness with this level of magnification, but this unit has Leupold’s new PinHunter 2 and Prism Lock technology that zeros in to the flag and locks onto it.

So even if it’s a little shaky, the pin seeking mode reduces the concern of shakiness interfering with accurate target acquisition.


What is PinHunter 2 and Prism Lock Technology?

The GX-1i2 rangefinder has Leupold’s newest pinseeker technology that helps to make sure that you can find the flag and stay on it for the most accurate results.

The PinHunter 2 ignores practically all background images and focuses on zeroing in on the nearest target when several other distances are available. The Prism Lock is another feature that specifically hones in on flagsticks that are mounted with reflective prisms.

Once the rangefinder detects the prisms, it will lock onto the target and will confirm target acquisition by a tonal beep as it displays the distance. The only downside is that not all courses use reflective material for ultimate rangefinder reception.

This would make Prism Lock an unusable feature on these courses.


Is the rangefinder weatherproof?

All of Leupold’s golf laser rangefinders, including the GX-1i2, are all fully waterproof to survive more than just sprinkling rain. This typically isn’t an entry-level feature that a basic rangefinder would have.

The fact that this unit is completely waterproof, only adds to Leupold’s commitment of making quality rangefinders. So the next time it showers while you’re on the green, get romantic by taking your rangefinder hand in hand and keep on playing.


What kind of battery does it take and how long does it last?

All of the rangefinders in the Leupold family come with a CR2 lithium ion battery. The GX-1i2 is expected to punch out approximately 6000 readings before you’ll need to replace the Leupold rangefinder battery.

That’s 2000 more readings than the other GX-i2 siblings can offer.


How compact is the rangefinder?

This particular unit is actually one of Leupold’s largest rangefinders measuring in at 4.2 x 3.0 x 1.6 inches. Even though that seems pretty big, it’s still quite lightweight at 6.8 ounces thanks to the advanced polymer plastic construction it has.


Noteworthy Features:

  • Revamped DNA technology for even more precise and faster readings
  • PinHunter 2 and Prism Lock Technology for zeroing in and locking onto the flag
  • Fog Mode to range through the toughest weather
  • Scan Mode available
  • 7 different reticles to choose from
  • Scratch-proof lens with low glare for clear and bright images


Our Verdict on the GX 1i2

To ping up the strokes, the Leupold GX-1i2 is an excellent starter model for the beginner who wants all the important aspects for playing on the green while keeping costs down. However, the newer 2017 Leupold GX-1i3 features a more ergonomic body that’s a delight to hold. It retains all of the excellent features of the GX-1i2, so you can still expect the best performance.

The Nikon COOLSHOT 40 keeps things in the same budget with the same awesome features as the Leupold. One neat upgrade is the LED red reticle that allows you to see readings in varying degrees of lighting.

For the price, the GX-1i2 has a plethora of reticles to choose from, scratch-proof lens, and is a beaut to ping with!

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