GolfBuddy LR7 Laser Rangefinder Review
So today I was thinking. If you’re looking to buy a cheap golf rangefinder, that’s great value and affordable. Would the Golfbuddy LR7 Rangefinder be a sensible choice?
The Golfbuddy LR7 is lightweight, accurate and durable. With a long battery life, stylish looks and packed with premium features. I think it is one of the best affordable golf laser rangefinders on the market. Let’s take a closer look at why I think the Golfbuddy LR7 is a fantastic golf rangefinder.
Hi, my name is Ian Allen. And as part of my quest, to find the best value golf laser rangefinder. I am reviewing the smart looking Golfbuddy LR7. So let’s Tee off.
Why buy a Golf Laser Rangefinder?
That’s a great question.
If, like me, you’re an average golfer. Then besides the Driver, 3 Wood and say a hybrid, you will have in your bag a 5 iron down to a Pitching Wedge. Plus a variety of wedges such as the Titleist Vokey SM6s, or the Callaway MD3’s.
And for any given swing there will be a gap of as much as 20 yards or more between each of these clubs. Even if we can’t play that consistently, as amateur golfers, we delude ourselves that we can. And so to ensure we pull out the right club. It’s important to get accurate distances to any point on the golf course.
Now, whilst Golf GPS devices such as the Garmin Approach X10, the Approach X40 or the beautiful Garmin Approach S60 GPS watch. All which are great and detailed within the ‘Best Golf GPS Devices’. Using them you can be difficult when picking out that one hazard you have to clear. Or you don’t want the smartwatch vibrating right in the middle of your putting stroke, to win the monthly medal.
So for simplicity you need something which is not constrained to a map. You need something flexible. Welcome to the world of the Golf Laser Rangefinder.
Who are Golf Buddy?
Golfbuddy Global have been around since 2003. Based in Santa Fe Springs, California. The GolfBuddy Plus, was their first product released in the USA. Now, some 15 years later, the company has 19 devices made up of various handheld, wearable and voice units.
With many of their devices pre-loaded with more than 38,000 courses. Plus free lifetime course updates. Golf Buddy Global are direct competitors to Garmin Golf and Bushnell.
Yet unless you perform some research. You can be forgiven for thinking they’re just another company churning out cheap golf GPS watches and Rangefinders. But this is not the case.
Golfbuddy Global are a serious company that produces quality products. And with the tagline, “Accuracy Matters”. You’re guaranteed product satisfaction.
My Review of the Golfbuddy LR7 Laser Rangefinder
The Golfbuddy LR7 is the midrange model from GolfBuddy Global. Sitting between the Golfbuddy LR5 and LR7-S, the LR7 represents great value for money.
With a compact and ergonomic design, the LR7 comfortably sits in your hands. The modern sleek looks are complimented by grippy panels to its top and underside. Ensuring that even in wet weather, you can maintain a steady grip to scan your target.
Weighing in at 218g the LR7 range finder is similar in weight and size to its competitors. And with features such as distance scan and Pin Finder mode, the LR7 offers similar functionality too.
Golfbuddy LR7 Features
Golfbuddy make products for golfers. And say the LR7 provides innovation and practicality for players of all abilities.
With a 6x magnification diopter viewfinder, giving crystal clear images of your target. The LR7 rangefinder easily compares with the Nikon Coolshot and Precision Pro NX7. Not to mention the more expensive Bushnell Tour V4 and even the new Garmin Approach Z80.
An impressive feat for a small company. And the surprises don’t stop there either.
The Golfbuddy LR7 has a range of 5 – 880 yards. And is accurate to +/- 1 yard. And with a single CR2 battery, can achieve between 3000 and 5000 scans without the need for a replacement battery. That’s enough for approximately 400 rounds of golf!
Once you get to measure your target. You will discover the LR7 can be set to either yards or meters and comes with four measuring modes.
Standard mode provides a quick distance to any selected target. Scan mode continuously scans for 10 seconds, showing distances to varying targets as you move the device around.
Pin mode scans for 10 seconds before displaying the distance to the closest target. And Pin finder mode repeats the function of pin mode. Yet adds in a vibration function for confirmation of an acquired target. This is a lot like the Pin Seeker function on the Bushnell Tour V4.
The LR7 comes with a standard Black/Grey case for safe keeping. The case itself is like the more expensive Bushnell rangefinders. Not only could I use the lanyard to attach the case to my bag or trolley. But I could also drop the LR7 into the case and secure it using an elasticated fastener.
No need to constantly fight zips or overly tight cases such as with the Precision Pro NX7.
Once back in its case, the LR7 will shut off after 10 seconds preserving its battery.
The Golfbuddy LR7 Key Features
- Measures from 5 – 880 yards
- Accurate to +/- 1 yard
- High-quality 6 X magnification monocular
- Diopter Adjustment function
- Single continuous measurement for upto 10 seconds
- Water Resistant
- Scan Mode – continuously scans for 10 seconds showing distances to varying targets
- Pin Finder Mode – scans for 10 seconds to show distances to varying targets. Distances displayed are to the closest target and confirmed with a vibration.
- Auto Shut Off after 10 seconds
- Distance – meters or yards
- Stylish Ergonomic Design
- Battery Life – 3000-5000 actuations
- Legal for Tournament Play
- Default to ‘Last used’ Settings
What did I think of the Golfbuddy LR7 on the Course?
The LR7 is very similar in weight and size to its competitors. And with the stylish carrying case, I found it as easy to access and use as the Bushnell Tour V4. Which is arguably the most popular golf rangefinder on the market.
The viewfinder was easily adjusted and gave me clear images of what I was looking at.
The Golfbuddy has a great design. So it fitted securely into my hand allowing me to point at my target, and take whatever measurements I wanted.
Whilst the LR7 doesn’t have a slope system I would happily recommend it as a great rangefinder for under $200. It proves that you don’t have to pay over the odds for a great technology.