GolfBuddy LR5 / LR5S Golf Laser Rangefinder Review

By Jim D / March 14, 2017
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Amazon Price: $167.90 (as of September 5, 2017 11:51 pm – Details). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

The GolfBuddy LR5 and LR5S are lower priced alternatives to the laser rangefinder offerings from Bushnell and Leupold. If you are on a tight budget, this brand of rangefinder is more than qualified for all your range finding needs. I’ll explain more in this detailed review…

What are the specs?

Both LR5 models are small and light, coming in at just under 8 oz. Most golfers prefer smaller when it comes to rangefinders nowadays, so they can fit it in the pocket if they want. This one certainly qualifies.

The magnification on both models is 6x which is actually higher than many pricier range finders from more well known manufacturers.

Accuracy is to within one yard and it can display in yards or meters.

Operates on one CR2 battery and has a long battery life. I find that I usually get 20+ rounds out of a battery and always buy a two-pack. That way I have a backup in my bag, in case I run out of juice mid-round.

What’s the Difference Between the GolfBuddy LR5 vs LR5S?

The difference between the GOlfBuddy LR5 and the LR5S are that the LR5S model has the slope feature, which gives you exact yardages based on the incline or decline of your shot. For example, if your target is uphill, the slope feature calculates the exact rise in elevation then gives you a yardage taking that slope in account.

The slope edition costs more and you have to turn off the slope feature if you’re in a tournament anyway, so I prefer the non-slope edition of rangefinders.

How Do GolfBuddy LR5 Rangefinders Work?

GolfBuddy rangefinders are very simple to operate and for the most part they operate just like any other leading rangefinder on the market. But GolfBuddy added a really neat operating feature that makes it unique and a bit more user friendly than other rangefinders.

Both the GolfBuddy LR5 and LR5S have three modes of operation… standard, scan and pin. One click gets you your yardages, so it is as easy to operate as it is nimble. Here are the details on each mode…

Standard Mode gives you your distance to the target like any other rangefinder.

GolfBuddy LR5S with slope.

The LR5S model comes with slope.

Scan Mode continuously scans for 10 seconds to show distances to varying targets. Very cool.

Pin Mode continuously scans for 10 seconds to show distances to varying targets will lock in the distance to the closest target.

What I love most about the Golf Buddy rangefinders is the scan mode and pin modes.

Instead of having to continuously press the button to find my target like I do with my Bushnell V3, the GolfBuddy lets me press the button once and then scan the area for 10 seconds.

I get to see all my key yardages with one press of a button. And there’s no press and hold needed either. Just put it in scan mode, press the button once and see all your key yardages.

Bottom Line: Is it Worth Buying?

If you’re looking to save a little money then you may want to consider an alternative to the higher priced rangefinders from Bushnell and Leupold. The GolfBuddy LR5 and LR5S are a more affordable alternative and they perform wonderfully. The even come with options you don’t find on more expensive models. You also get a nice travel case with caribiner clip.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 4 x 6 inches ; 7.7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B00U8VI95Y
  • Item model number: GB10-LR5
  • Batteries: 1 CR2 batteries required. (included)
About the author

Jim D

I live and breathe golf. My dad had me on the course at age 5 and I've been playing almost 50 years now. With the help of new golf technology (launch monitors, simulators, swing analysis, range finder, etc.) I've lowered my handicap to a 7.8 index. I'll share all my favorite golf technology with you here, so you can keep improving too!

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