A premium looking and performing laser rangefinder without the punchy price. The user experience was near faultless with the display showing accurate distances quickly with the minimum of fuss. A new brand that is a serious contender in the category.
Exceptional clarity and speed
Excellent value for money
Magnetic strap on case often comes loose
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Blue Tees Series 3 Max Laser Rangefinder Review
Blue Tees Golf is a relatively new name in the industry and it has a simple strategy: to create premium performance products at an affordable price. The S3 Max laser rangefinder is its top-end model and it is made in-house and sold direct to the consumer, which is good news for golfers in search of a laser rangefinder that’s not going to break the bank.
The Blue Tees story only began in 2019 and it sounds too good to be true - four friends with a passion for golf, creating a new laser after identifying a gap in the market for a premium laser at a lower price than its competitors. But this is how the company began and the S3 Max is its headline product.
One of its best features is the crystal clear display – it’s beautifully clear. What’s more, with auto ambient display, there never comes a time when it’s difficult to get a reading. So, whether you’re out in twilight conditions, or playing on an overcast morning, the display is always easy to read. This is helped by the 88 percent light transmission, which is almost unheard of in the golf rangefinder space. Meanwhile, the lock and vibration features assures the user that they have the correct target, which means less guesswork and time spent on reshooting for distances.
All the best golf rangefinders have slope switch now – functionality that provides a pinpoint yardage that accounts for changes in elevation – and this is something you’re able to switch on and off easily with the S3 Max using the button on the side. It might not be something you necessarily rely on at your home club, but it’s a feature you’re sure to use a lot if you frequently play new courses. Another feature that really stood out to us in testing was the speed at which the distance was displayed - there really is no delay in getting the number you need.
A special mention must be made for the built-in magnetic strip, which holds the laser to anything metal and creates the point of difference versus Blue Tees' other rangefinder models. If you use a buggy a lot, this is particularly useful and will help to keep it safe and secure, removing that constant worry that it could drop out. One thing that could be improved is the magnetic clasp that keeps the laser in place when the zip is open for faster access. It often came undone, which meant it nearly fell out while carrying our bag.
But all in all, this is an eye-catching device, especially given it is available in three colours: navy, black and pink. We can see it being a very popular laser worldwide, especially given the noise it’s creating on social media. All of Blue Tees' products come with a 60-day money back satisfaction guarantee and a 2-year manufacturer warranty too, so your investment comes with some significant peace of mind.
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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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Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x
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