Shot Scope PRO L2 Review: Is this the best affordable laser rangefinder?

The Shot Scope PRO L2 is a feature-packed golf laser rangefinder available for under £150 (£127.99 with my promo code 'ANDYSGOLF'). In this equipment review, I share my open and honest opinions of the PRO L2 having used it for several months as I try to establish whether it's the best affordable laser rangefinder on the market.

About this Shot Scope PRO L2 review

The Shot Scope PRO L2 is Shot Scope’s third laser rangefinder release following on from the PRO L1 and PRO LX models, and offers a premium laser at an affordable price. In this review, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about the PRO L2’s key features, share my own personal thoughts and opinions based on how well it has performed for me out on the golf course, and discuss both it’s good and bad points.

In my opinion, a laser rangefinder is a must for golfers serious about shooting lower scores and a very worthwhile investment given that it can be used all year round. With some rangefinders retailing at upwards of £400, the Shot Scope PRO L2 presents an incredibly affordable option at under £150.

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1 - Shot SCOPE PRO L2 Key Features

The Shot Scope PRO L2 comes with most the main features you’d expect from a premium laser rangefinder and in all honesty, probably everything an amateur golfer requires, but at an affordable price. It has a 700 yard total range with X6 magnification, rapid-fire detection, target lock vibration and even a built in cart magnet.

Inside the box you’ll find the laser, a premium carry case, cleaning cloth and an extended warranty card. If you’d like take a closer look at the contents of the box and a visual comparison between the PRO L2 and its little brother, the PRO L1, I have a separate unboxing video which I will link to in the description below.

Now that we’ve covered the key features, let’s talk about the PRO L2’s looks and how it feels to hold and use.

2 - Design and FeEl

The PRO L2 is a sleek and stylish laser available in two different colours – blue/black like the version I own and grey/black. It’s made from a mixture of smooth plastic and soft rubber, with the rubber used to provide comfort and grip when holding and using the device. The slight arcing on the underside not only adds to the visual appeal of the laser but also provides comfort when its cradled in your hand.

I really like the fact that the PRO L2 is a small and very compact laser – making it perfect for those rounds where I have decided to carry my clubs instead of using my trolley. As the device is small and compact, so is the premium hard carry case – which is great because it doesn’t swing around or get in the way when carrying your clubs. 

Despite the device being really rather small, it’s actually quite heavy, weighing 215 grams. For me, this is a real positive point because that extra weight along with the comfortable design makes it much easier to hold steady when zapping those pins from slightly longer distances and in windier conditions. It’s not uncommon for some of the cheaper laser rangefinders on the market to be too light and difficult to hold steady – a problem I’ve certainly not experienced with the PRO L2.

Design and looks can only take a product so far, but what’s really important is how it performs out on the golf course.

3 - On-course performance

The Shot Scope PRO L2 comes with most the main features you’d expect from a premium laser rangefinder and in all honesty, probably everything an amateur golfer requires, but at an affordable price. It has a 700 yard total range with X6 magnification, rapid-fire detection, target lock vibration and even a built in cart magnet.

3.1 - Range

At 700y yards, the PRO L2’s total range is more than any golfer will ever require on the golf course. Aside from the odd occasion where I’ll perhaps use the laser to measure the distance to bunkers or the group ahead from the tee, the majority of my lasers use comes from 200 yards and in. However, for the purposes of testing,  I did manage to obtain a yardage to trees over 680 yards away, so its safe to assume range isn’t an issue for the PRO L2.

3.1 - Magnification

The X6 magnification is also really good on the laser and makes it easy to view those targets nice and clearly. The adjustable eyepiece used to focus the rangefinder is perfect in terms of sensitivity – it’s neither too stiff to adjust nor too slack to accidentally  cause it to lose focus by itself.

3.2 - Rapid fire/target lock detection

What I really like about the PRO L2 is just how quickly it obtains those yardages. The device is designed with a single button on top which performs multiple actions. A single press of the button whilst aiming at the target provides distance information very, very quickly, thanks to Shot Scope’s rather aptly named ‘Rapid-fire detection’….which really is rapid.

What I really like about the PRO L2 is just how quickly it obtains those yardages. The device is designed with a single button on top which performs multiple actions. A single press of the button whilst aiming at the target provides distance information very, very quickly, thanks to Shot Scope’s rather aptly named ‘Rapid-fire detection’….which really is rapid.

I attempted to time how quickly a yardage could be obtained from around 130 yards and the device was so fast that I couldn’t even start and stop my stopwatch in time. Even when shooting distances of around 200 yards, it still takes less than 1 second. This single press method is actually really useful if you’re looking to horizon scan and quickly get yardages to different objects on the golf course, although, I would prefer it if you could scan whilst holding the button rather than having to keep pressing it. In my experience of trying to hold the button whilst scanning, the device can occasionally onto targets, preventing me from scanning in this way.

When looking to obtain a distance specifically to the pin, which is the most common use for a rangefinder, the Power button can be held whilst aiming to initiate the ‘target lock’. The distance will be shown on LCD display and the device will vibrate to confirm the lock. In my experience, from around 150 yards or more, and if the backdrop behind the pin is quite busy with bushes or trees, the PRO L2 can struggle to lock onto the target from time to time. However, whilst it does sometimes struggle to lock onto the target, it does still always display the distance, so it’s not really that big an issue in all honesty because a yardage is still obtained, you just don’t get that vibration confirmation

3.3 - Adaptive Slope Technology

One feature that does work and is a must have when it comes to a laser rangefinder is slope mode and the PRO L2’s doesn’t disappoint.. The device’s Adaptive Slope Technology takes into account elevation changes and presents an adjusted distance on screen in addition to the standard yardage. Although difficult to assess just how accurate this actually is, I honestly can’t think of a single instance during my testing where the readings have given me any cause for concern – the numbers generally seem to be correct.

As slope mode cannot be active during a competitive round, the sliding switch on the side of the device can be used to disable it. It’s easy enough to toggle on or off and in my experience has never accidentally moved by itself.

3.4 - Accuracy

In terms of overall accuracy, I can’t say that I have any concerns about the distances that the PRO L2 provides. Shot Scope suggest that the device is accurate to 1 yard and in all honesty, I have no reason not to believe them based on my experience using the device. Anytime I have decided to compare the distances returned by the laser with on-course markers or my GPS golf watch, they’ve generally stacked up.

3.5 - Built-in Magnet

Finally, the PRO L2 has a very, very strong built-it magnet on its side which can be used to stick the device to a golf cart. Whilst I personally don’t use a buggy so have been unable to test how well it sticks to one, I have tested against a metal object and the laser stuck like glue – it really wasn’t going anywhere. So, if you’re a regular golf cart user and looking for a rangefinder you can stick to your cart between shots, this will easily do the job.

Now that we’ve discussed how the PRO L2 preforms out on the golf course, let’s run through its main pros and cons.

4 - Pros and cons

Let’s begin with the PRO L2’s good points.

4.1 - PROS

  • The PRO L2 is very, very well priced at under £130 with my special discount code.
  • It is very fast firing and accurate.
  • It looks great, is nice and compact, and is comfortable to use.
  • It’s heavy which helps to keep it stable, especially in windier conditions.
  • It has adaptive slope mode which is essential for any rangefinder.
  • You can switch between yards and metres.
  • The cart magnet is discrete but very, very strong.
  • The device comes with a 2-year warranty and a 30-day money-back guarantee.

4.2 - Cons

  • It only offers X6 magnification, which is slightly below that of most other rangefinders on the market.
  • The PRO L2 doesn’t have red and black dual optics like the Shot Scope PRO LX does, which does make reading the display slightly easier in varying lighting conditions.
  • The target lock vibration doesn’t always seem to kick even though the distance is displayed on the screen.

3 - Final Summary

All things considered, I really don’t think you can go wrong with the Shot Scope PRO L2, especially if you’re looking to buy a budget laser rangefinder. In my opinion, it has all of the main features amateur golfers need from a rangefinder and it’s considerably cheaper than most other lasers on the market. Yes, there are a few nice-to-haves missing but these aren’t game-changers.

The PRO L2 is compact, comfortable, nice looking, well made, accurate, and for under £130, it’s very affordable – what’s not to like? 

15% off the Shot Scope PRO L2

Visit the Shot Scope website using the link below and enter my exclusive discount code, ‘ANDYSGOLF‘, to save an extra 15% on your order.

With this affiliate link, I may earn a small commission on qualifying purchases but at no extra cost to you. This code can be used on a range or products, and worldwide.

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