First Look – Precision Pro NX9 HD Rangefinder
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First Look – Precision Pro NX9 HD Rangefinder

First Look – Precision Pro NX9 HD Rangefinder

Clay Hood and Jonah Mytro started Precision Pro in 2013 to fill what they believed was a void in the rangefinder market. At that time, there wasn’t an affordable rangefinder with bona fide optical quality and functionality. Consumers either got what they paid for with inexpensive units (low quality, poor durability) or paid a premium for top-end technology from one of the market leaders.

Consumers were drawn to Precision Pro’s customer-first mentality, and in 2017, it’s Nexus rangefinder ($149) garnered “Editor’s Choice” status in MyGolfSpy’s Most Wanted rangefinder testing. A year later, the NX7 model ($200) was declared a “Best Value.” It was this architecture (lower prices and sufficient quality) where Precision Pro forged a presence in the rangefinder market, and it was due at least in part to market leaders which, unchallenged, had raised prices and stopped providing the level of customer service commensurate with the $400-$500 price tags. Consumers, who ultimately vote with dollars, found Precision Pro’s stance compelling and in turn helped fuel its recent triple-digit growth (150% last year and on pace for 100% this year).

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That said, and Precision Pro admits as much – it’s rangefinders were good, but not great. At $200-$250, the NX7 and NX7 Pro offered a lot of value, but the optical quality wasn’t where it needed to be to compete against benchmark products like the Bushnell Tour V4. A common refrain from would-be Precision Pro customers was “I love your product and love your company, but I want something better.”

So, while the new NX9 HD isn’t expected to contribute more to than 15% of Precision Pro’s total sales, it’s an essential product because Precision Pro believes it offers more than enough optical horsepower to win over a significant contingent of golfers who support the brand’s mission, but weren’t willing to compromise, even marginally, on performance.

WHAT’S NEW

To that end, here’s what the Precision Pro NX9 HD brings to the table. With 7X24 (magnification X object diameter) optical capabilities, it compares favorably to competing products. For example, the current Bushnell Tour V4 Shift ($449 retail) is 5X20. At 7X24, the NX9 HD lets in 20% more light than the NX7 Pro and coupled with more magnification, it provides golfers a clearer, larger field of vision.

The NX9 HD offers both Target Acquisition Technology (helps lock on to the target) and Pulse Vibration Technology (short burst to confirm the displayed distance is the flag), but processes and displays information nearly twice as fast as the NX7 Pro.

Speed is relative in that once we reach the point where delineations are measured in tenths of seconds, it’s unlikely golfers will notice a discernable difference. As always, our Most Wanted rangefinder testing will have the final word, but I fully expect the NX9 HD to noticeably faster than the NX7 Pro.

Also new for this year is an embedded magnet affixed inside the rangefinder. Other brands, including Bushnell, include a similar feature in their 2018 feature set. For cart-riding golfers, the magnet far more convenient and effective than Velcro straps.

Another slight tweak is that Precision Pro minimally increased both the size and weight of the NX9 HD. It’s not exclusively true that lighter is always better and when consumers often connote weight with durability and quality, a little more heft can be helpful. The same is true for size. Too small and it can feel like a gorilla trying to hold a baby bird. As such, the majority of golfers should find NX9 HD’s bigger footprint feels more comfortable in hand.

Right now, the NX9 HD is slated for a late-May release with a retail price of $329. We will update with more specific information as it becomes available.

Precision Pro won’t abandon the $200-$250 price point as maintaining basic units, one with and one without slope reading capabilities, are foundational to Precision Pro’s existence. However, with the NX9 HD, its encouraging golfers to consider the real possibility high-end optics can be had for around $300.

If so, would it be on your radar?

 

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      Chris G

      5 years ago

      Love the idea of the magnet. I understand the clip for bag carry, but my Nexus would be much easier to grab of it contained a magnet for cart carry(have yet to see a cart I can use the caribeaner hook).

      Reply

      B.Boston

      5 years ago

      Any word if this will have the lit display? I’m interested in the company’s offerings, but much prefer the Red lit display on my Leupold vs the standard black unlit display of the NX7 that my friend uses.

      Reply

      Mike

      5 years ago

      I am definitely in the market and want a rangefinder that will last. My last one dies after 3 years which I don’t think is good enough. Also looking for the bells and whistles. Hopefully this one packs the features as I’d like to try it out. Sample product is welcome…

      Reply

      Carson

      5 years ago

      Any idea when this drops? I’d buy it today if I could.

      Reply

      jonah mytro

      5 years ago

      The nx9 hd will be available late may on our website and amazon. It will hit retailers starting June 5-10.

      Jonah Mytro
      Precision Pro Golf

      Ted Diamond

      5 years ago

      I love my NX7 Pro. My only quibble is that while it’s great for reading flags, it’s not so great for reading other distances. I’m hoping the new one addresses that issue.

      Reply

      fpc

      5 years ago

      Totally agree — the NX7 is just as good as higher priced range finders when it comes to shooting flags. However, if you try to shoot a hill or bunker you run into problems. For $199 though, I’m not complaining.

      Reply

      Trent

      5 years ago

      I have been in the market for a new rangefinder. I have tried the NXL 7 Pro and liked that it had the slope function. I play alot of courses in the mountains and need the slope function. My drawback with the 7 Pro is that the color on the reticle is hard to see at times. I do like the new Nikon and red display making it easier to see.
      Any idea what the color the display is ? I like the price point.

      Reply

      John E.

      5 years ago

      I currently use the NX7 Pro and purchased it based on its price point. It performs as well as my old Bushnell which died after 2 seasons. While spending $329 is not the end of the world, there are many others at or under $250 with great reviews which would make me consider another product.

      Reply

      Berniez40

      5 years ago

      It might very well be on my Radar had I not just bought an NX7 on the My Golf Spy/Precision Pro Special Offer Deal. Love my NX7 but it is noticeably slower than the equally bargain Based 300 Callaway Model that my brother was carrying.

      Reply

      Bobtrumpet

      5 years ago

      FYI the Callaway 300 is $200 at Amazon at 04/24/19 10:40 AM CDT.

      Reply

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