An impressive laser rangefinder with a high level of convenient, easy-to-use features at a price point that provides excellent value for money.
Easy to use
Has a useful array of features
Rechargeable battery adds convenience
No battery meter in the display
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Zoom Focus X Laser Rangefinder Review
A laser rangefinder packed full of features at an affordable price, the Zoom Focus X impressed us from the off. The off-white colour means it doesn’t quite have that premium appeal but it’s generous size, especially the width, made it easier to create a firm hold and keep it steady in windy conditions.
It has all the features you’d ever need during a round, including Slope mode and the ability to switch from yards to metres. The unit will vibrate when the flag has been picked out from the background and it will display the yardage to the nearest 0.1 of a yard for an extra level of accuracy not many lasers offer.
The display wasn’t as bright or clear as other models but the focus toggle does a good job of making everything visible through the view finder. In practice, this is one of the best golf rangefinders in terms of ease of use. We like having the ability to scan across the horizon while holding down the button to see the distances to different targets, which is especially useful off the tee when seeing the distance to different trees and the lips of bunkers. The distances stacked up with every other laser rangefinders with slope we tested, including more premium models from more well-known brands, so it appears you can have peace of mind that the yardages are correct.
One unique feature of this device versus the competition is the micro USB charging feature instead of the usual CR2 battery. This means you don’t have to worry about keeping a spare battery on hand in case it runs out and for most golfers, we think it will be more convenient. That said, there isn’t a battery meter in the display so you won’t know when it needs topping up. As you would expect, it comes with a carry case that includes a clip and elasticated strap that means you don’t have to keep using the zip during a round.
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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 86 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 3.2.
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Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x
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