The GolfBuddy Laser 1 rangefinder was launched in 2019 as one of three new distance measuring devices.
The Laser 1 was joined by the Laser 1S and the GolfBuddy Aim L10V when GolfBuddy unveiled their new and upgraded rangefinders, and there is a lot to like about all three options.
The Laser 1 is the most basic of the trio but still sits in the middle market area when it comes to cost, as does the Laser 1S.
GolfBuddy are pitching the rangefinder with the slogan “accurate, innovative and measurable”.
GolfBuddy Laser 1 Design
The GolfBuddy Laser 1 is instantly recognisable with a traditional rangefinder look to it, with a very attractive and sporty look to it.
The Laser 1 comes in a white, black and red colour scheme, and wouldn’t look out of place in the bag of any golfer – whether casual or a regular player.
The improved LCD screen, from previous versions, makes it easier than ever before to see the measurements provided.
The six-times magnification also allows golfers to gain more accurate distances than ever before with Standard, Scan and Pin Finder target options available.
GolfBuddy have incorporated a vibration feature to confirm when the target has been read.
The Laser 1 rangefinder weighs just over 7 ounces and is small enough to fit in a trouser pocket or the side pocket of golf bags.
GolfBuddy Laser 1S Design
The Laser 1S comes with all the same features as the Laser 1, but the significance of this version comes in the S in the name.
The Laser 1S has a slope function built in, and is where the name comes from.
The impressive feature calculates adjustment to the yardages by accounting for the slope of the course, undulations on the hole being played and the likely added or reduced distance that the terrain adds to a shot.
There is also a speak option for the Laser 1S and this, along with the Laser 1, has a 10-second shut off to save battery life.
Laser 1 and Laser 1S Rangefinder Verdict
GolfBuddy have done a great job with the next generation of rangefinders and the Laser 1 are Laser 1S a both very impressive products.
Don’t be put off by the fact the Laser 1 is the cheapest of the trio of new devices, because there is serious technology at hand.
You get more accurate measurements than ever before and the three options to seek distances is an excellent feature, along with the vibration to confirm target.
If you want to take advantage of the slope feature, then the Laser 1S will be a welcome addition to your gear. It should be noted, however, that the slope feature must be deactivated during competition play.