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TGW Phoenix Slope Rangefinder
TGW Phoenix Slope Rangefinder
By Chris Wallace
TGW Staff Writer
When I was originally asked to test the TGW Phoenix Slope rangefinder, I can say in all sincerity that I had some doubts about just how effective it would be given that it comes in on the lower end of the market from a price standpoint.
After all, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for, an adage that often turns out to be true.
The doubts I had, however, were quickly erased the first time I took the Phoenix Slope rangefinder out on the golf course.
It was a dreary, windless, drizzly day where we were playing the first afternoon that I had the device on the course and on the fourth hole, a longish par-3 with numerous trees behind the green, none of my playing companions could get an accurate yardage to the pin with their respective rangefinders.
The compact size of the TGW Phoenix Slope Rangefinder makes it simple for players to use
The TGW Phoenix, however, picked up the 187-yard distance on the first try, and then for the rest of the day and in subsequent rounds it proved to be equally effective, as I had no problem retrieving yardages quickly and accurately, even in excess of 250 yards, which can sometimes be challenging with a rangefinder.
Overall, the TGW Phoenix rangefinder has a range of up to 400 yards and is accurate to within one yard. Its 6X magnification also offers outstanding visuals when trying to retrieve a yardage.
I also found the device, which is more compact and lighter than many rangefinders I’ve tried on the market today, easy to operate, and the display screen was clear and painless to read.
It was equally simple to adjust focus with the Phoenix Slope rangefinder, as well as change from yards to meters if necessary, and replacing the chip on the side of the device to allow for slope functionality was a simple process.
And it’s worth noting that the ability to replace the chip so easily is a tremendous feature for tournament players who need to be able to switch back and forth between having slope functionality or not, as is presently required by USGA rule for tournament competition.
Additionally, the fact that the two chips are different colors (red and blue) also ensures that there’s no confusion as to when you’re using the slope function and when you’re not, and nobody wants to be penalized during a tournament round for a mistake that could have been easily avoided.
Also noteworthy was that the slope functionality worked quite well, as the adjusted yardages I was getting for uphill and downhill shots routinely matched what I was retrieving with a more expensive device that I brought with me when testing.
Interchangeable chips make it easy to turn the TGW's rangefinder's slope function on or off
The TGW Phoenix Slope rangefinder also comes with a convenient carrying case that you can easily attach to your bag or place in one of the smaller pockets, and like most rangefinders requires a CR2 3V battery for operation. It also comes with a one-year warranty.
All in all, I came away quite impressed with the TGW Phoenix Slope rangefinder from a performance standpoint, and at its price point, it’s a fantastic value.
It truly gives players who might have chosen to focus resources on other golf products an excellent opportunity to get a quality rangefinder in their bag, which will help them play better golf without making as great a financial commitment as they might have expected.