This compact rangefinder prioritises accuracy and versatility but not at the expense of a seamless user experience. The premium look and feel enhances the appeal, along with the magnetic carry case and LED Slope indicator.
Fast to locate the flag and display distance
Red/green indicator light system for Slope
Premium look and feel
Included Mini carabiner is flimsy
No built-in magnet for use on a cart
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CaddyTalk Minimi Rangefinder Review
The CaddyTalk Minimi golf rangefinder is evidence that good things do come in small packages. With a footprint comparable to a credit card and weighing just 132 grams, it has a minimalistic approach that enhances its versatility while possessing the features that will help you shoot the flag quickly and accurately.
The first thing that struck me when testing the Minimi on the course is the premium look and feel. Sure, it doesn’t feel substantial, but it’s clearly well made and the tacky textured sections on both sides mean you can keep a comfortable, solid hold of it when in use. For golfers with really big hands it might feel strange at first, but much like the GolfBuddy Laser Atom, you soon get used to the smaller size.
The big tech story with the Minimi is the Slope functionality, which has two unique strands to it. The first is called Magic Slope, which applies the concept of ballistics to improve accuracy over conventional slope golf rangefinders. I get this to a degree - a typical ball flight isn’t symmetrical in shape if you were looking at it from the side, the apex tends to be closer to the target - especially on an iron shot - which means that shots uphill actually play longer than if you were just taking into account the change in gradient. The impact this would have on the actual yardages is fairly minimal, but it’s a thoughtful approach to a golfer’s needs.
The second strand is e-Slope, which goes a step further to take into account environmental factors - temperature, altitude and humidity, something other models like the Bushnell Pro X3 do. My course is relatively flat and close to sea level, so I didn’t see the huge benefits of this feature but CaddyTalk suggests a course at 3608 feet above sea level means a 138 yard shot actually plays 132 yards, so if your home course it at high altitude or gets hot and humid, this feature will be really useful to you.
These features are easily accessed and altered using the Mode button. What’s cool is that the Minimi has an LED bar indicator on the side of the unit to let your playing partners know its state. If it flashes red when in use, this means all Slope functionality has been disabled. Vice versa, it will flash green when a Slope feature is on and the device is not legal for tournament play. I’d have thought the color code should be the other way round and the lighted strip is so small it’s difficult to see from a distance.
The Minimi is certainly among the best golf rangefinders for ease of use. It picks out the flag easily and the display is crystal clear. Hold down the measurement button and the Pin Finder feature will display the shortest distance, which is great when the background behind the pin is busy. You also get a nice vibration in your hand when the flag has been found for reassurance.
The charging experience is seamless, using a USB cable (included in the box) to top up the power and there’s a meter in the display that keeps you updated on the battery level. From a full charge, you'll get plenty of rounds, exactly how many, I've not discovered yet.
Elaborating on that aforementioned versatility - its small size means you could store it in your pocket, although you’re more likely to clip it to your golf bag using the included carry case with mini carabiner. It has to be said, the carabiner is pretty flimsy - ours got out of shape during the first outing - but the case itself is really smart, robust and has a magnetic folding strap that works well and allows for easy access, keeping the Minimi secure without having to use the zip every time. The case also has a belt loop for those that want to keep it on their person for easy access but find a bulky pocket too intrusive or distracting.
The price tag of $279.99/£265 seems to stack up with the features and accuracy on offer and how enjoyable the user experience is. Aside from the flimsy carabiner, it was hard to fault - the only thing it’s missing is a built-in magnet for use on a cart. It comes in white or black and with a 1,200 meter range, you’ll never be caught short.
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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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