The company was founded by German immigrant Markus Leupold and brother-in-law Adam Voelpel in 1907 and at the time they specialized in survey equipment repairs. Now their scopes in particular are used by the US Army, Secret Service and Navy Seals.
Their quality golf rangefinders are what we are narrowing in on though and what unique features they have on offer.
Leupold Brand Profile
- Founded: 1907
- Founders: Markus Friedrich Leupold & Adam Voelpel
- Headquarters: Beaverton, Oregon, USA
- Revenue: $160 million (2010)
- Employees: 650+ (Leupold Company, 2018)
- Major Professional Endorsements: Michael Breed (2012 PGA Teacher of the Year)
- Website: www.leupoldgolf.com
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Leupold - Brief History
Designed specifically for golf and offering a combination of innovative features that are completely unique, Leupold’s GX golf rangefinders were developed to provide the very best available on the market.
Whether a professional golfer or merely a weekend amateur, every function of the renowned GX series is designed to improve your game.
Leupold started in the golf niche with a couple of rangefinders and have since grown to having a total of nine different golf specific products. From the entry level Pincaddie 2 that is available at less than $260 to the top of the range GX-5i3 at a hefty $715, Leupold offer something for everyone.
The Pincaddie 2 has a range of 650 yards, is completely waterproof and compact making it suitable for the social golfer who gets it around a couple of times a month. The rest of the Leupold rangefinder stable is made up of ‘GX’ termed variations.
The GX range carries three particular principles.
The first of these is a digital signal processing which picks up less digital noise than competitors to provide more accurate readings.
The second is the DNA technology that delivers accuracy to within 1/10th of a yard.
Lastly Leupold GX rangefinders combine precision lens technology, crystal clear coatings, and steadfast structural components. This provides brighter, clearer optics with low glare and is also scratch resistant.
The GX-2i3 (successor to the GX-2i2) is the mid-range Leupold offering provides infrared laser technology which gives faster readings and increased accuracy.
It also provides a club selector that must be disabled for tournament play that is fairly handy for any golfer – it’s like having your own caddy giving you advice.
The GX-4i2 has been around for four years now, but for good reason. One feature stands out in particular and we’re still trying to get our heads around it! The True Golf Range feature has the ability to adjust distance according to both altitude and temperature.
Most good rangefinders have the slope feature that adjusts distance according to height in comparison to target, but for a rangefinder to adjust distance because of it being freezing cold for example is phenomenal.
Leupold state themselves their advantage over GPS rangefinders. GPS provides triangulated distances to the front, middle and back of green whereas the GX range measures to the pin exactly – wherever it may be located on the green.
Leupold offer a fantastic product that has some incredible technology that competitors don’t have. While they may not be as popular as Bushnell, they are a big player and one that ensures and guarantees quality.