GolfBuddy LR5 laser rangefinder review

It looks fantastic but does the performance match up?

GolfBuddy LR5 laser rangefinder
GolfBuddy LR5 laser rangefinder
Golf Monthly Verdict

A worthy contender to Bushnell’s dominance in the laser rangefinder category, the LR5 caters for every golfer’s needs out on the course. The subtle design changes make a big difference to the ease of use and the stylish, premium protective carry case is also a welcome addition to the overall package.

Reasons to buy
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    Three very useful modes that cover all on-course scenarios. Excellent value for money

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Reasons to avoid
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    The eyepiece is a little too stiff to adjust with just your finger and thumb

Golf Monthly's GolfBuddy LR5 laser rangefinder review, a device that has three modes to cater for different on-course situations

Key technology

It displays distances in both yards and metres, has a range of up to 880 yards and has three operational modes: Standard, Pin and Scan for different situations on the course.

The GolfBuddy LR5 is equipped with three operational modes. ‘Scan’ provides a continuous 10-second display of all objects located; ‘Pin’ homes in on the flag and factors out background noise from trees etc, to give precise readings; and ‘Standard’ provides a single distance to any chosen target from flag to dogleg point or hazard edge.

GolfBuddy LR5 laser rangefinder side view

GM Review

Not that many golfers will pay too much attention to the aesthetics of this laser rangefinder, but they are much improved. The metallic trim combined with the grey/blue colour scheme gives it a premium look and feel.

It’s extremely lightweight and fits perfectly in your hand. The almost sticky feel to the plastic on the top and bottom, as well as the grip pad on the side, ensures you’re able to maintain a steady hold of the device when firing the laser.

I think the movement of the Mode button from underneath the eyepiece to on top next to the laser button is a sensible decision, it makes it easier to switch modes more quickly.

While the standard laser mode will suffice for most situations, the Scan mode is especially useful off the tee when flicking between hazards and the fairway beyond so you can see the distance you need to avoid the danger.

The graphics on the display are basic but all you need and they include a battery meter so you know when your device is due to run out of juice.

Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.


One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.8.


Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-7 iron, TaylorMade P7MC 8-PW 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and a Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge 

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x