If you are like me, “occasionally” you hit an errant tee shot. Ok let’s be honest the safest place to stand when I am teeing off is the middle of the fairway. With that being said I don’t know about you but I am always in awkward locations trying to determine just how many yards I have left to the pin. I can just barely make out the white 150 yard marker but I am 30 yards left in the other fairway. Do I have 150 yards left? 180? Who knows…. Well fear not, the guess work has been eliminated, enter the Blue Tees Series 2 rangefinder.
Why do I need a Rangefinder
If you often find yourself pacing off yardages, doing some calculus on your fingers and still coming up 10 yards short of the green, you need one of these.
Rangefinders have become standard equipment in most golfers’ bags. Dare I say they are the 15th club? Not only will you have confidence in exactly how far away you are from the pin or other obstacles, you will play so much faster and this is the perfect rangefinder for the scratch to high handicapper alike.
Options / Options / Options
I would consider the Series 2 to have the most standard options you will see on a rangefinder in the market today. Here are the 2 I think are worth discussing.
This feature allows you to hold down the power button and “scan” the course with yardages being displayed dynamically on the screen. I find myself using this feature a lot off the tee and on par 5s. It helps to make decisions about what obstacles come into play and whether you should put that three wood back in the bag and play it safe on your second shot.
The scan mode is quite responsive and very accurate. In some devices that I have tried, scan mode is absolutely worthless due to the delay in readings. This was definitely not the case as distances appeared in real time and I’ve found myself using it quite frequently on tee shots to make a plan. (Executing that plan is a different story!!)
This feature is found in most rangefinders but the accuracy is something to watch for. Pin lock is meant to show you when the rangefinder has caught the pin and is providing you an accurate distance. Sometimes this is shown through the eyepiece or with a vibration of the unit.
I personally like when a unit vibrates to confirm the lock. The pin lock on the series 2 shows both in the display and alerts you with a tiny vibration. I love having both to clue me in.
The pin lock was fast and I only had trouble catching a pin once during an entire round. I think this was due to a hill blocking most of the green.
The unit comes in nice packaging, has a hardened carry case and 2 batteries provided. I cannot overemphasize having extra batteries in the bag at all times! The unit is nice and compact, similar in size and weight to many rangefinders on the market today.
I like the subtle color scheme as I am not a super flashy golfer, but I do think it has a nice overall clean look.
Putting it to the test
Setup of the unit was intuitive. Open the battery compartment, insert battery, start playing golf.
I did look at the instruction manual to understand the three modes. To summarize there is SCAN, PIN LOCK, and SPEED. Not sure that you need speed out on the course but definitely the other two.
I adjusted the eye piece and started scoping every object I could. I was really pleased with how quick the yardages appeared and the subtle vibration for pin lock. Scanning the same place multiple times always gave me a result of + / – 1 yard. I would call that fairly accurate. (If you need more precise than that you probably should ask your tour caddy to walk it off for you)
A feature that you hear a lot about today that is not offered on the Series 2 is slope. This helps calculate the distance taking into account elevation changes of your shot. There are a couple reasons why this is ok not to have:
1. This may be your first rangefinder and you are just looking to get a better sense of distance more so than walking awkwardly between sprinkler heads.
2. You play in a lot of sanctioned tournaments where slope is not an allowed feature on a rangefinder.
3. You can save some money by purchasing a rangefinder without this.
4. You know that even if the yardage changed just a couple yards based on the height of the green you are still probably going to hit the same club and probably find the bunker anyway. (Just Kidding!!).
If you think slope is a must-have for you to play your best, see my review for the Series 3 Max for this feature.
Pair it with a magnet
If you are a cart rider like me for most of your rounds the perfect compliment to this rangefinder is the Blue Tees Magnetic Strap.
Check out my review here. It’s a perfect stocking stuffer and an item which once you try it you will not believe how you ever lived without it.
Why I like Blue Tees
The rangefinders I have tested from Blue Tees feel like solid built-to-last units.
I have burned through a lot of cheap plastic rangefinders during my time on the course. I don’t feel that will be an issue with this product. They also have responsive customer service and I don’t feel like I get a runaround when I have a question.
I also like supporting smaller golf companies that are putting out great products to compete in a giant company dominated industry.
The Blue Tees Series 2 is currently on sale for Christmas and for the current price point this is a great unit for a first time rangefinder user or someone looking to upgrade.
I think for the quality build and accuracy you are not going to find a comparable product at a better price.
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