Precision Pro R1 Rangefinder Review

Laser + MySlope Calculates Every Detail

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Ryan Heiman
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I used the Precision Pro R1 Rangefinder for 6 rounds of golf.  Precsion Pro entered the rangefinder market as a low price alternative to the big names, but has quickly added technologies that no one else is using.  MySlope combines the accuracy of a laser with GPS information from your smartphone.

This is the definitive Precision Pro R1 Rangefinder Review for 2022.

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The laser vs GPS for on-course distances continues to rage on year after year.  There are pro and cons of each one.  I have gravitated toward laser personally mainly because I often forget to charge a battery which is pretty much never a problem with my lasers.  Many laser rangefinders will last and entire season on 1 battery.  The Precision Pro R1 Rangefinder has an internal rechargeable battery which will last about 72 holes without recharging.  So not a full season, but a few rounds before you need to plug it in.  The main reason is because of the Bluetooth which connects to your smart phone to receive the GPS information from the Precision Pro app. 

The Precision Pro R1 Rangefinder can be used as a stand alone laser which which offers accurate distances as well as slope calculations if you turn them on.  It is quick, it is accurate, and I didn’t have many “misses”.  Most of the point and shoot distances came back with the correct yards to what I was trying to shoot.  The slope can be turned on and off so that it can be used in competition or for fun informative rounds.  The optics are clear and work like virtually any other laser with the press of a button.  The focus can be set by turning the eye piece.  The LCD screen inside only displays in black.  The number have kind of an old school calculator look, but they are easy to read in most light conditions.

The Precision Pro R1 Rangefinder has the ability to open up a whole new world of information by connecting to the Precsion Pro App on your smartphone.  You can turn on the MySlope features and then yardages are calculated with every possible piece of information you can imagine; elevation, temp, wind, etc.  Then when you rangefinder and app are connected via Bluetooth, you can press a secondary button and get all the GPS information on your screen instead. 

The Precision Pro R1 MySlope feature is a more personalized experience as there are some adjustments made based on your input for flight, distances and environment.  The more you put into the app, the more you get out of it in terms of information and assistance.  One of the really nice features of the app is the “Find My Precision Pro” which is basically a similar feature to Find My Phone which allows you to track your device down if you ever leave it behind.  No matter how much you try to take care of and pay attention to where you rangefinder is at all times; it is almost guaranteed that will leave it stock to the cart at least one time.  You will be able to track down where it is and if someone else decided to take your device home with them.

The Precision Pro R1 Rangefinder is a hybrid of laser and GPS.  The way that the two technologies combine allow for use of both features quickly or you can kind of stick to the one you prefer.  While laser tends to be my “go-to” I like being able to quickly get the GPS front/center/back yardages for better planning of approach shots.  This is especially helpful on new courses or on holes when you can’t tell where the flag is on the green.

I would say the only downside is the required use of two devices; the Precision Pro R1 and a smartphone.  It all honesty, I have both devices out anyways when I’m playing golf, but not everyone wants put so much effort into distances and shot tracking. 

The Precision Pro R1 Rangefinder uses the same “clam shell” zipper case with a snap hook for attaching it to your bag.  It also has a large magnet on the side of the unit for attaching it to the roof arm of a power cart.  This features is becoming standard for rangefinders.   I find it to be extremely useful here in AZ since most courses are riding; especially in the summer heat.

Summary

The Precision Pro R1 Rangefinder offers a combination of laser and GPS.  I like the ability to use it as stand alone “normal” laser rangefinder.  If you are interested in  in even more information; opening up the app and connecting all the bells and whistles will take it to a whole new level.  The more you put into the MySlope and use the app, the more you can learn about your game and get even more precise yardages based on your game and location.

For more information: Precision Pro

Precision Pro R1 Rangefinder – KEY POINTS
  • ℹ️  About: Precision Pro is upping their game with combining GPS and laser technologies. The R1 is a feature packed unit that offers simple opertaion along with a full feartured app.

  • ✅  Pros: GPS and Laser, Accurate, Easy to use, Clear optics, lightweight, Magnetic cart mount.

  • ⛔  Cons: Information overload, limited battery life.

  • ⛳  Verdict: Precision Pro impresses with the combination of laser and GPS. It does require some user input to get the most out of it, but can really unlock information useful for yoru game..

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Ryan Heiman – Founder and Head Author of Independent Golf Reviews
Ryan has over 10 years of experience testing and writing golf reviews of nearly every brand out there.
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