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Golf rangefinders are some of the most valuable items that a golfer can buy to use on the golf course. These items show golfers information on nearly every hole they are on, including yardage to the hole as well as information regarding hazards.

So it likely isn't too farfetched of a guess that you yourself may be looking to buy one of these rangefinders. If this is the case, then you may want to buy a Bushnell brand rangefinder.

The Bushnell brand makes some of the best rangefinders that money can buy, so today we will be taking a look at what the brand has to offer, helping you to make a decision on your next purchase.

Our Best Bushnell Golf Rangefinder: Bushnell Pro X7

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The Bushnell Pro X7 gives one of the greatest distance in golf rangefinders - up to 1 mile, with 550+ yards to flag and an accuracy of 1/2 yard. It also has Extreme Speed Precision and HD Optics to provide ultra-accurate, fast and clear yardages. Like most Bushnell products, it also comes with PinSeeker with JOLT technology to zero in on the flag. The integrated Slope technology compensates distances for elevation changes. Truly full of features.

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Best Bushnell Golf Rangefinders Reviews

Bushnell Tour V4

There are several products that we will be checking out today that fall under the Bushnell umbrella. So, to kick off this large list, we present one of the best products that Bushnell has put out to date with the Tour V4.

This rangefinder can help you find and tag hazards on the course from anywhere from five to 1000 feet. This will help you to always know exactly how far you are from a hazard at any given time, helping you to avoid potential perils.

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The Tour V4 also can help you track the pin from over 400 yards out, helping you to make the right club choice to make the green. To help guarantee accuracy, the V4 will emit a vibration that lets the golfer know that they are targeting the pin, letting you know exactly how far from the hole you are.

If you are a golfer that is looking to take the competition to the big leagues, then you will be ready with the Tour V4, which is 100% tournament legal. When playing these professional games, you will be guaranteed to be able to see far out across the fairways, thanks to the fast focusing 5x Magnification.​

On the downside for the Tour V4 is the accuracy of the unit if you are not of steady hands. If your hands are steady, then you should be able to get accurate readings every time. However, should you be a little shaky, the V4 has trouble getting certain readings, which makes it hard to use.​

Overall, the Bushnell Tour V4 is a great product that most golfers can get the most out of... but is also just scratching the surface of Bushnell brand rangefinders.

Things We Liked

  • Pinseeker with JOLT technology
  • Effective range of 400 yards
  • Tournament legal, pro certified

Things We Didn't Like

  • Not accurate in shaky hands

Bushnell Tour V3

The Bushnell Tour V3 is the previous model of the tour series, coming prior to the previous V4. As you might expect in this case, the product shares V3 shares a lot of similarities to its younger brother.

For example, you get roughly the same effective range as the V4, with a range of 10-1000 yards. You also get the same vibrating pin-seeker technology, which will vibrate the unit when you find the pin. While this feature is similar, the overall range of the pin-seeker is less, with an effective range up to only 300 yards.

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What the V3 does have that the V4 does not, however, is an automatically updating “SCAN” mode. This mode will update your distance from the pin or hazards automatically, which eliminates the need for additional scans of the course.

As is the case for many of Bushnell's “Tour” products, you will be ready to hit the course during a tournament with this rangefinder in hand, with the V3 being legal for tournament use. Any rangefinder could be the difference between victory or defeat during a tournament, so this will be sure to give you a leg up.

While maybe not as powerful as the V4 in some aspects, the Bushnell Tour V3 certainly has a lot to offer, and is just as good of a rangefinder as the newer V4 model.

Things We Liked

  • Pinseeker with JOLT technology
  • SCAN mode
  • Tournament legal

Things We Didn't Like

  • Features may be overwhelming for new players

Bushnell Tour X Jolt GPS/Rangefinder

The Bushnell Tour X, the next rangefinder on our list today, is unique in the world of rangefinders, even within its own brand.

The Tour X comes equipped with “Dual Display Technology”. This technology makes it possible to switch between a bright red display or a black display, which can help a golfer to see the course in various lighting conditions. This, in turn, assures that the golfer can always clearly read the course.

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Another unique aspect that the Tour X brings to the table is the ability to read slopes on a course. With use of the Tour X's “Exchange Technology”, golfers can switch out their lens to be able to read hills and slopes on the fairway, which will allow the golfer to better adjust their shots to accommodate the terrain.

With the Tour X golfers can see further than with most other rangefinders, with an effective range of up to 1300 yards. This readout is almost always guaranteed accurate as well thanks to the Tour X's “E.S.P” (Extreme Speed Precision), which provides fast and accurate yardage.

The only real issues with the Tour X are with the red display, as it can sometimes come out darker than intended, which can lead to small accuracy issues. This is due to the fact that the red display can become hard to read due to its darkness, making it hard to see the numbers on the display.

There also isn't a mount for a tripod on the Tour X, which can be a nuisance to some. While not a big problem by any means, it can make the Tour X hard to use for those without a steady hand.

These are minor gripes however, as the Tour X far outweighs the negatives with positives. With benefits in multiple lighting situations, as well as providing long distance viewing, this is one tool a golfer cannot do without.

Things We Liked

  • Dual display technology
  • Pinseeker with JOLT technology
  • Slope exchange
  • Extreme Speed Precision

Things We Didn't Like

  • Red display can be hard to read

Bushnell Pro X7 Jolt Slope Rangefinders

Are you a golfer that wants to become professional, but your game is lacking a little extra “something”? If so, the Pro X7 just may be able to help you.

If you want range, you got it with the X7, which can give you a clear view for up to a mile out. Seeing as this is a much greater distance than you would need on a given hole (unless you are golfing on Mars), there should be no obstacle that you can't spot in front of you.

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This is further exemplified by the 7x magnification, which is where the X7 gets its name, and HD optics. These two features combine with 2nd generation E.S.P. Technology, which quickly scans and focuses the course, to give golfers the absolute clearest image possible through their viewfinder.

To help a golfer compensate for any incline or decline that the hole in question might be on, the X7 uses slope technology to give golfers accurate distance readings. And, much like others on this list, you will find that the X7 contains pin-seeker and jolt technology, which vibrates your rangefinder when you locate the pin, letting you know just how close you are to the hole.

Unfortunately, all of these great features come at quite a cost, with a brand new X7 costing around the $450-$500 mark. In the tough economic times that we are in today, making a purchase that great may be tough for some people.

Also, unlike many other rangefinders available by Bushnell, the Pro X7 is not legal for tournament use. This makes the X7 great to practice your golf game as a whole, but not a great choice if you are looking for something to use during a local tournament.

With the kind of benefit that Pro X7 can give golfers, this shouldn't be an issue, as with the X7 in hand you will be sure to be playing as good as a professional in no time.

Things We Liked

  • Slope integration
  • Extreme Speed Precision
  • Pinseeker with JOLT technology

Things We Didn't Like

  • Relatively expensive
  • Not tournament legal

Bushnell Tour Z6

As much as the Pro X7 rangefinder is a good product, many golfers may be looking for something that they can use in a tournament setting, but that still provides many of the same benefits. Enter the Bushnell Tour Z6.

The Tour Z6 has an effective range of 5 to 1300 yards, with magnification capabilities of up to six times. This will give you a complete and long range readout from every fairway to every rough on the golf course.

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Should you be unfortunate enough to find yourself in a rainstorm while playing, then you will be in good hands the Z6. This is because the Tour Z6 is completely waterproof, meaning you never have to worry about water damage while playing.

As is the case with some other Bushnell rangefinders, the Z6 comes with the second generation Extreme Speed Precision (or E.S.P.) ability, which gives quick, clear, and accurate readouts on the rangefinder's display. When you are trying to find the pin, the Z6 will emit a “jolt”, which will let the golfer know that they have targeted the pin, with accuracy within a ½ yard margin.

Keeping the image you see on screen crystal clear is the Z6's use of “Vivid Display Technology”. This makes the image on screen vibrant and colorful, making it so what you are looking at through the viewfinder is as clear as it is in real life.

The only real drawback of the Tour Z6 is the lack of a reading for slopes, which can be forgiven, as this is actually one of the features that made the X7 illegal for tournament use. And with all the other features that the Tour Z6 has in tow, if you are looking for a rangefinder that you can use in competition, then look no further.​

Things We Liked

  • Fully waterproof
  • Tournament legal
  • Extreme Speed Precision
  • Pinseeker with JOLT

Things We Didn't Like

  • No slope features

Bushnell Tour V4 Slope

We close out the list today with another version of the Bushnell Tour V4. This time around, we will be taking a look at the Slope edition of this Rangefinder.

As the name suggest, the slope version of the Tour V4 allows the user to accommodate for uphill and downhill slopes on the golf course. This will allow the golfer to make more accurate shots, as it helps to accurately calculate distance to the pin.

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Another unique aspect that the V4 Slope has going for it is the overall size of the rangefinder. Easily held in the palm of your hand, this small rangefinder is easy to carry and transport around the course without becoming cumbersome in any way.

In other aspects, the V4 Slope is very much the same kind of great product that the original V4 model is. The Slope includes the same kind of pin-seeker technology, that sends vibrations to the user when locked onto the pin, as having the same kind of 5-1000-yard effective range, with the ability to read the pin from 400 yards out.

With not much negative to say about the V4 Slope, buying this rangefinder is a very safe gamble. If you are looking for a convenient and easy to use rangefinder, the V4 Slope is the way to go.

Things We Liked

  • Slope integration
  • Easy to hold
  • Pinseeker with JOLT

Things We Didn't Like

  • Nothing much

Buying Factors for Best Bushnell Golf Rangefinders

Tournament Play

One problem that plagues a lot of rangefinders, even those outside the Bushnell umbrella, is whether or not the rangefinder in question is tournament legal. This is because, due to the kind of information that a rangefinder can give a golfer concerning the course they are playing on, these items can sometimes be seen as an unfair advantage.

If you are looking to buy a rangefinder for competitive play, try keeping an eye out for those products that say that they are USGA approved. Doing this assures that the rangefinder you are getting a product that is legal to use in a tournament, and means you won't get reprimanded or disqualified for using it.

Also, kind of as a rule of thumb, a lot of the rangefinders that have slope detection features are NOT tournament legal. While this isn't the case for all products with this feature, such as the Tour X, it is better to try and stay away from this feature if you are looking to play competitively.

Distance

Not all rangefinders are created equally. While some rangefinders can clearly see obstacles from over 1000 yards out, others struggle to keep up when looking that far out.

This is why the effective range of a rangefinder is important. While some rangefinders can claim to have a range of up to 1500 yards or more, these rangefinders' displays sometimes becoming blurry when focusing from that distance.

For this reason, it is important to know that the display of your rangefinder can keep up with the distance that it can view. This way you know that everything you see on your display will remain crystal clear, giving you the best possible read of the course.

What Makes Bushnell Products Unique

Bushnell does a lot of things that many other brands do just as well, such as providing clear displays and accurate reads of the course. What makes the Bushnell product line unique, however, is the brand's use of its “Pin-Seeker” and “Jolt” technology.

These two features give golfers an accurate detection of where the pin is located on the course, and provides a vibration to the unit when they find the pin. This gives golfers the ability to get the best possible result when shooting for the green, and helps to shave strokes off of their game.


Quick Summary of The Best Bushnell Golf Rangefinders

Bushnell Tour V4 (w/ Slope)

2nd Best Overall

  • Pinseeker with JOLT technology
  • Pinseeker with JOLT technology
  • Tournament legal, pro certified
Bushnell Tour V3

Best affordable

  • Pinseeker with JOLT
  • SCAN mode
  • Tournament legal
Bushnell Tour X Jolt GPS/Rangefinder

Best for Tournament

  • Dual display technology
  • Pinseeker with JOLT
  • Slope exchange
  • Extreme Speed Precision
Bushnell Pro X7 Jolt Slope Rangefinders

Best Overall

  • Slope integration
  • Extreme Speed Precision
  • Pinseeker with JOLT
Bushnell Tour Z6

Best for rainy season

  • Fully waterproof
  • Tournament legal
  • Extreme Speed Precision
  • Pinseeker with JOLT

With the many products above, it's hard to say which one would be best. If you don't mind paying the extra cash and are not planning to use the rangefinder for tournament play, the X7 is probably the way to go, with the many different features it has.

However, for tournament players, there are many great options above, the standout among them being the Tour X. This is because it gives golfers everything that they may be looking for in a rangefinder, but also has the option of attachments that contain features that can be used outside tournament play.

That isn't to say that there isn't plenty of options to choose from when it comes to the Bushnell brand. One thing is for certain, however, which is that if the Bushnell name is affixed to the product, then it is a product worth buying.

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Some courses are just purposely designed to make winning difficult for golfers. Some are built on a hilly area, with artificial waterfalls, or with quite ragged topographical features. The problem doesn’t stop there because the weather conditions around the area may also affect your play. A windy afternoon can be very challenging to deal with since you have to adjust your angle and shot for example.

This is why taking a golf laser rangefinder with slope with you is highly recommended. It can measure distances (to an object) with elevations and weather conditions taken into consideration. However, be mindful of the fact that tournament plays do not allow the use of this device or any rangefinders that has the ability to measure the slope. A rangefinder with slope can be used for practice and casual plays, to be able to familiarize yourself with various golf courses.

Our Best Golf Laser Rangefinder with Slope Pick: Leupold GX-4i

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Leupold GX-4i came out at the top of the competition despite of its high-end price. It simply tells you that for really passionate golfers, price does not matter that much as long as they get high-quality experience from using it. Although the Bushnell Pro X7 really have a fight versus the Leupold GX-4i.

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To help you pick which best golf laser rangefinder with slope to buy, here’s a thorough review of the top three devices on the market this year.


Best Golf Laser Rangefinders with Slope

Leupold GX-4i

This Leupold GX-4i represents a thorough upgrade of the GX predecessors from Leupold.

It cancels out noise to make a more accurate and clear reading of the distance and its surroundings, which the other devices have lesser capability to do so.

For example, the said device can pick up multiple readings consecutively and the detection is so fast that it almost does not load to update.

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Leupold GX-4i offers 6x magnification matched with its red OLED display so you can see the readings clearly even against under the broad daylight. It is also armored with quality aluminum material to give your hand a solid feel to it. The nice color scheme of black and yellow is a great bonus!

As with any other recent GX series, this device has pin-targeting technology and prism lock feature to make scanning across different targets relatively easier and faster. Leupold engineers have also made sure that there is significant improvement to the speed and accuracy of the unit’s laser beam.

However, experts believe that retaining the blinking effects on the GX-4i is unnecessary. Sometimes the OLED display blinks fast as it gets an update which makes it rather off-putting. The price is also considered as the highest in the top-range slope category at under $500.

Things We Liked

  • Red OLED Display
  • Club recommendation feature
  • Accuracy (within 6 inches)
  • Noise cancellation

Things We Didn't Like

  • The blinking effects

Bushnell Tour V3 Slope Edition

Sporting a gray and black smooth finish, the slope edition of Bushnell Tour V3 is easy to use, compact, and rainproof. Its small size makes it easy to hold and steady your hand as you measure distances.

For its users this device has been a lot of help to learning the exact distance to an object relative to their position. It is a good companion to average and semi-pro golfers.

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In some cases, you might just not know how to hit your shot on the golf course because you can’t find your range. What the Bushnell Tour V3 with slope does is to display the yardages available within your range such as to the flagsticks accurately. Consequently, this allows you to hit different shots using different clubs.

With this slope edition, everything in the surrounding is measured including the terrain. The first to pop out on the monitor display is the actual yardage and the second one is the yardage with the slope taken into account and it does its work consistently. This should then help you adjust your shot.

However, with its slope feature you can’t use it for tournament plays. The price is also a huge factor, under $400, as to why you might say “no” to this product, and you’d rather have its non-slope version. Nevertheless, if you want to become a better player the Tour V3 is the golf rangefinder with slope you must have.

Things We Liked

  • 5 – 1,000 yards range and 300 yards to a flagstick
  • 5x magnification
  • PinSeeker and Jolt technologies
  • 1-yard accuracy

Things We Didn't Like

  • Nothing much

Bushnell Pro X7

Out of the box, the Bushnell Pro X7 is enveloped in a sturdy carrying case. It has a heavy duty zipper so it can fully protect the device from shock and water while kept inside it.

However, at first impression, you will say that the device is pretty hefty for its huge size but when used on the ground, you’ll understand why. With hefty size, it is packed with power and features to give you an incomparable experience.

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The Bushnell Pro X7 is made with waterproof material as well as some rubber on it for easy grip. It also does not require any complex operation from the user as it is good to go out-of-the-box. The overall design looks similar to a pair of binoculars and it seems to function like that because you have to position the device at eye level in order to view the target clearly.

With the Bushnell Pro X7’s 550 yards flag reach, it makes the calculation of distances much faster than the other devices. It can even detect sleek objects located as far as 1,760 yards. Needless to say, this device can produce very accurate readings in the fastest way possible.

As for its slope feature, some golf rangefinder reviews reveal that the device has a built-in accelerometer to give you an insight about the height of elevation an area has as well as the distance from your position to the pin. Having an idea about the place’s elevation can help you play on top of the situation regardless of whether the hole is located sharply downhill or not.

Of course, to be able to have this kind of high-quality game, you must be willing to pay an extra cost for the slope feature. Its market retail price places it at the top of its category for having an under $500 price tag. And you must endure holding this hefty hand-held device throughout the game.

This is one the drawbacks of the Bushnell Pro X7, a reason why some golfers would go for the small and lighter laser rangefinders with slope. However, if price and size is not an issue for you, there is no reason why this device should not be recommended to both beginners and pros.

Things We Liked

  • Vivid Display Technology
  • Pinseeker with Jolt function
  • Minimum of 550 yards to a flagstick
  • 7x magnification and 5 yards -1 mile range

Things We Didn't Like

  • Relatively expensive

Quick Summary of The Best Golf Rangefinders with Slope

Leupold GX-4i

Best Overall

  • Red OLED Display
  • Club suggestion feature
  • Accuracy (within 6 inches)
  • Noise cancellation

Bushnell Tour V3 Slope Edition

Best Value

  • 5 – 1,000 yards range and 300 yards to a flagstick
  • 5x magnification
  • PinSeeker and Jolt technologies
  • 1-yard accuracy

Bushnell Pro X7

2nd Best Overall

  • Vivid Display Technology
  • Pinseeker with Jolt function
  • Minimum of 550 yards to a flagstick
  • 7x magnification and 5 yards -1 mile range

In this best golf laser rangefinders with slope review, Leupold GX-4i came out at the top of the competition despite of its high-end price. It simply tells you that for really passionate golfers, price does not matter that much as long as they get high-quality experience from using it. Although the Bushnell Pro X7 really have a fight versus the Leupold GX-4i.

The Bushnell flagships, Tour V3 and Pro X7 with slope feature, are a great way to start advancing your golfing skills and knowledge from beginner or semi-pro to professional level. These devices can provide you all basic and advanced information about the golf course you’re playing in. What made all of these three different from each other lies in the manufacturer’s engineering (technology), price, and the range it can cover or perform.

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Best Leupold Rangefinders for Golf 2018 http://hittingthegolfball.com/best-leupold-rangefinders/ http://hittingthegolfball.com/best-leupold-rangefinders/#respond Wed, 21 Dec 2016 08:37:57 +0000 http://hittingthegolfball.com/?p=2636 As we have stated in one of our previous articles, golf rangefinders are one of the best tools available to use for the game of golf. These tools make it possible to accurately measure the distance to the pin from wherever you may be on the fairway, through the use of magnification and lasers, among other features. Of all the available names there are available for these rangefinders, one brand name reigns above the rest. This brand name is Leupold, makers of some of the best golf rangefinders available.

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As we have stated in one of our previous articles, golf rangefinders are one of the best tools available to use for the game of golf. These tools make it possible to accurately measure the distance to the pin from wherever you may be on the fairway, through the use of magnification and lasers, among other features.

Of all the available names there are available for these rangefinders, one brand name reigns above the rest. This brand name is Leupold, makers of some of the best golf rangefinders available.

Being one of the leaders in golf rangefinders, over the years Leupold has put out a variety of products, each with their own unique additions and features. Today, we will be looking at some of the best that this brand has to offer with five of the greatest rangefinders that Leupold has ever produced.

Our Best Leupold Rangefinder Pick: Leupold GX-4Ia2 

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The Leupold GX-4Ia2 Rangefinder snags out top spot with its multitude of features. Together with the DNA (Digital Enhanced Accuracy) and Prism Lock technology - which are identified with the GX series - for accurate and faster measurements, the GX-4Ia2 also comes with PinHunter 2 technology, which allows it to automatically find and track the pin, letting you know exactly how far you are away from the green. The most outstanding features of this model are the True-Golf Range and Club Selector features, which help you to plan out your attack in the way that is best suited to your play style and current position on the course, allowing for the most accurate game possible.



Best Leupold Rangefinders 2018

Leupold Pincaddie 2 Rangefinder

We start our list with one of Leupold's most affordable rangefinder models with the Pincaddie 2. While a great choice for those on a budget, the Leupold is more than just a cheap rangefinder.

While most rangefinders can get quite pricey, the Pincaddie 2 comes with an affordable price point of just under $200. This makes the Pincaddie a choice that is not only cheaper than other Leupold models, but cheaper than the majority of rangefinders available.

Leupold Pincaddie 2 Rangefinder

For the price you pay, you get a bevy of great features as well. This includes 6x magnification, high-contrast LCD display, and a tough, waterproof exterior.

Of course, while this is certainly a lot of bang for your buck, the Pincaddie 2 is still limited in features when compared to some other Leupold models. While this helps to keep the cost low for the tool, it makes it inferior to some of the products that use more advanced technology.

Even so, you get a lot of value for your dollar with the Leupold Pincaddie 2 Rangefinder. If what you are looking for is a well-designed, accurate rangefinder that won't break the bank, the Pincaddie 2 is exactly what you are looking for.

Things We Liked

  • Economically priced and incredible easy to use
  • Rugged, compact and completely waterproof

Things We Didn't Like

  • Reduced features make it basic

Leupold RX-650 Micro Laser Rangefinder

While the Pincaddie 2 is certainly a great, and affordable rangefinder, it isn't the only affordable option that Leupold provides. Enter the Micro Laser Rangefinder.

Boasting a lot of the features that make the previous model one of the best, such as the strong, waterproof design, the Micro Laser Rangefinder is also around the same price point as the Pincaddie, actually coming up cheaper. As far as affordable rangefinders are concerned, both products will give you more than your money's worth.

There is a small catch however: technically speaking, the Micro Laser Rangefinder is actually a product that is intended for use in hunting. That doesn't mean that it isn't just as well suited for golf, however, as the readout of the Micro will provide you with information that is just as accurate to determine your distance to the pin as it is to judge distance to a wild deer.

Unfortunately, for both hunting and golf, the distance you can accurately measure with the Micro Laser Rangefinder is a bit underwhelming. While very accurate within 300 yards of a target, anything more than that and the rangefinder has trouble detecting correct distance.

While there are certainly rangefinders better suited to your golfing needs out there, the Micro Laser Rangefinder is still extremely accurate within the correct range, and provides many benefits to both golfers and outdoorsmen alike.

Things We Liked

  • Economically priced
  • Durable and waterproof

Things We Didn't Like

  • Max range of 300 yards

Leupold GX-1i2 Rangefinder

So far, we have looked at some great affordable options for rangefinders, but ones that are fairly bare bones in terms of features available to use. That all changes with the Leupold GX-1i2 rangefinder.

Using Leupold's patented "DNA" engine technology, as well as use of infrared lasers, the GX-1i2 provides super-fast readouts of almost any fairway. Not only are readouts provided to the golfer fast, but accurately as well, using "Prism Lock" technology that gives the user the greatest accuracy possible.

Leupold GX-1i2 Rangefinder

This means that you will always be able to know exactly how far you are in relation to any hazard or the green, allowing you to best plan your shots. Not only that, but should you wish to use this rangefinder in tournament play, you'll be happy to know that the GX-1i2 is completely legal for use.

The only drawback to the GX-1i2 is that the can sometimes be less than user friendly. It takes a bit of tweaking to get settings on this rangefinder just right for your golf game, and you will always need use of a steady hand to get the most accurate reading.

Much like the previous two, however, the price of this rangefinder is also relatively affordable, only being about $20-30 more than the Pincaddie or Micro Laser. With this, as well as the speed and accuracy that this rangefinder provides, the GX-1i2 may well be the best balance between affordability and usability so far.

Things We Liked

  • Prism Lock technology affords unmatched accuracy
  • DNA technology gives super-fast readouts

Things We Didn't Like

  • Needs some tweaking of settings before using

Leupold GX-3Ia2 Rangefinder

The second product in the GX line to make our list is the Leupold GX-3Ia2. While this model of GX does share a few features with the previous 1i2, it also improves on said features while adding even more.

For example, the 3Ia2 uses the same kind of DNA engine and Prism Lock technology that made the 1i2 provide fast and accurate readings of the golf course. Adding to this already great technology, however, is the 3Ia2's "PinHunter Laser Technology", which allows it to automatically find and track the pin, letting you know exactly how far you are away from the green.

Leupold GX-3Ia2

The GX-3Ia2 is also invaluable in foggy weather conditions, as the rangefinder's "Fog Mode" allows you to track targets through even the densest of fog, so you will always be able to know where to aim your shots. Much like the previous GX model, you can use this rangefinder for tournament play, meaning you can use the 3Ia2 to help you tackle the competition.

If there is anything that can be considered a slight negative on this product, it's that the OLED display of the tool can be a bit darker than advertised when viewed through the eyepiece. While in no means a deal breaker, this harder to see display may be an annoyance to some.

This can be easily overlooked thanks to everything the Leupold GX-3Ia2 can do, providing quick and unparalleled accuracy in even the roughest conditions. If you have the GX-3Ia2 on hand, you know you will be ready for anything.

Things We Liked

  • Prism lock and DNA technology for fast and accurate readouts
  • PinHunter Laser automatically finds and tracks target
  • Fog Mode allows tracking in foggy conditions

Things We Didn't Like

  • OLED display is slightly darker than advertised

Leupold GX-4Ia2 Rangefinder

The GX-4Ia2, yet another in the same Leupold product family as the previous two entries, is the latest in the GX line. As such, many of the features in the 4Ia2 make use of latest and greatest in rangefinder technology.

The 4Ia2 provides one of the greatest distance range of any rangefinder available, not just in the Leupold line. With a clear, viewable distance of up to 800 yards, and able to track the pin from up to 450 yards, there is literally no obstacle you shouldn't be able to spot with the 4Ia2.

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The 4Ia2 also comes with various features that you can't get in any other Leupold model available. These features are the True-Golf Range and Club Selector features, which help you to plan out your attack in the way that is best suited to your play style and current position on the course, allowing for the most accurate game possible.

Of course, all of these great features come at a price, and a hefty one at that. At nearly $500, the price of the Leupold GX-4Ia2 may not be for everyone, especially with some great, and cheaper models available.

But those models simply cannot compare to the range of features that the Leupold GX-4Ia2 gives golfers. There is little that you cannot accomplish with this rangefinder, and the benefits it provides are sure to show in your golf game.

Things We Liked

  • Greatest distance range available
  • PinHunter, Prism lock and DNA technology for fast and accurate readouts
  • Features to help plan out your next move

Things We Didn't Like

  • Higher priced than others

Buying Factors for Best Leupold Rangefinders

IMPORTANT FEATURES

While every product above does come from the same brand name, not every one of them is created equal in terms of features.

With the first two on our list, the Pincaddie and the Micro, we have two products that, while great for price, are light on features. While you may be required to climb the price ladder a bit, the extra features that the GX series of Leupold Rangefinder's provide may be just what you need for your game.

In the end, you'll want to find the rangefinder that will give you the most of what you need out of your game, while trying to eliminate those that either have too much or are a bit more confusing. This way, you will get the most out of your purchase without the added hassle.

PRICE

As mentioned above, the Leupold products all come with a range of prices and features. So which of these provide the best balance between the two?

Smart money would be on the GX-1i2, which comes in the middle of the price ladder at just around $200, and provides a decent amount of accuracy features that golfers love.

That said, they certainly don't have the most to offer, with other GX models providing added weather and accuracy features, in addition to other things. And even the cheaper Micro and Pincaddie models provide their own adequate features, and at a cheaper price.

It comes down to what you are willing to pay. While paying more will get you more, you will want to get a rangefinder that best fits your budget and playstyle.

DISPLAY

When you use a rangefinder, you will want something that will be clear and easy to read. If the display is dark and cloudy, you won't be able to accurately see obstacles in your way, or even tag the pin.

While all the models above certainly have adequate displays, the GX-4Ia2 provides possibly the clearest OLED display available, with all objects in view being crystal clear. The 3Ia2 model is also a great choice in this regard, as you are able to cut through even the foggiest of conditions to find your target.

Like I said before, however, that isn't to say that you won't get a good display with any model you may buy, and for that reason you can be certain that you will get a good view no matter which Leupold you buy.


Quick Summary of The Best Leupold Rangefinders

Leupold Pincaddie 2 Rangefinder

Best Affordable

  • Economically priced and incredible easy to use
  • Rugged, compact and completely waterproof
Leupold RX-650 Micro Laser Rangefinder

Cheapest

  • Economically priced
  • Durable and waterproof
Leupold GX-1i2 Rangefinder

Best for Value

  • Prism Lock technology affords unmatched accuracy
  • DNA technology gives super-fast readouts
Leupold GX-3Ia2 Rangefinder

2nd Best Overall

  • Prism lock and DNA technology for fast and accurate readouts
  • PinHunter Laser automatically finds and tracks target
  • Fog Mode allows tracking in foggy conditions
Leupold GX-4Ia2 Rangefinder

Best Overall

  • Greatest distance range available
  • PinHunter, Prism lock and DNA technology for fast and accurate readouts
  • Features to help plan out your next move

Is Leupold the Best?

While it is arguable to say that one of the best names in rangefinders IS Leupold, they are also not the only game in town when it comes to great rangefinders. There are also golf GPS for your consideration.

With any of the above products, you are certain to get a great rangefinder, but that doesn't mean Leupold is the only reliable brand name. Just doing some simple research, you will find a large selection of rangefinders, so even if Leupold isn't the brand for you, there are still other brands like Bushnell and Breaking 80.

If you have been struggling in your search to find a rangefinder, any of the above products are good choices. If you see Leupold in the product name, you can be certain that you will be buying a rangefinder that you will be using for years to come.

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Looking for the best golf rangefinders? Out on the golf course, guessing distances between yourself and the green can be a bit of a difficulty. And landing in a hazard that could have otherwise been avoided just because you chose the wrong club is also a pain.

If only there is a magical tool that can help with this; an item that can help figure out just how far away you are from these things. Well, there is a tool to help with this job and is known as "Golf Rangefinders", and our golf rangefinder reviews will definitely help you select the best.

Our Best Golf Rangefinder Pick: Bushnell Tour V3 Rangefinder

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Used by over 97% of PGA tour professionals, Bushnell is the brand synonymous with golf rangefinders. The Bushnell Tour v3 JOLT is a solid golf rangefinder with the ability to provide quick and accurate readings (10-1000 yards), acceptable magnification (5x), and ability to be accurate to within 1-yard. The most outstanding feature is its JOLT vibration which lets the user know when a target is locked upon. All in all, this stylish and feature-packed golf rangefinder is perfect for both newer and experienced golfers.

Best Golf Rangefinders

These tools are an interesting addition to your golf game that works kind of like binoculars. Unlike binoculars, however, rangefinders can help determine yardage between yourself and the hole, or certain hazards, and all with the touch of a button. They do this by using a variety of different mechanisms, such as scanners and lasers, to accurately map out the course for you.

If these tools seem like something that interest you, and you want to find out what rangefinders are all about, then you come to the right place.

In this article, we will give you a list of some of the best golf rangefinders available on the market. With different prices and features, this list will contain a rangefinder for any golfer that needs one.



Advantages and Disadvantages of Golf Rangefinders

Much like anything else in life, there are several advantages and disadvantages to buying and using a rangefinder.

  • Advantages
  • Disadvantages
  • The money that you save on subscription fees will have to be used for batteries, which is one drawback of rangefinders. Almost all rangefinders use some form of disposable batteries, so there is a need to frequently change and buy batteries. This is a process that a lot of golfers may rather avoid, as it may get pricey in the long run.
  • You may find that using one of these rangefinders, especially if you are just getting used to them, may slow down the pace of the game while you use and adjust the tool. This is likely fine when using the rangefinder during a practice round, but when playing with friends or on a course with many other golfers, using the item may irritate some people who are in a hurry. Using the tool during practice rounds until you learn to use it quickly is certainly recommended.
  • This kind of tool is also not one that a casual golfer would get much use out of. If you only play golf a few times a year, you may not want to waste the money on a rangefinder, especially because some of them can get kind of expensive. Spending a couple hundred dollars on an item you may only use a few times at most is likely something you may not want to do.
  • Going along with the last paragraph, a rangefinder really is a tool for a more advanced golfer. If you do not play golf too often or are generally just getting good at the game, then the advantages that the rangefinders will provide really won't do too much for you. As such, you may want to pass on a purchase until you are more comfortable with other aspects of your golf game.

Buying Factors for Best Golf Rangefinders

Despite the fact that these rangefinder tools seem relatively simple, they are anything but. As such, there are many things to take into account before making a purchase. These things include buying factors, things to be careful of, as well as the positive and negatives of using these rangefinders.

Before reading our golf rangefinder reviews, you will want to know what features you will want in your rangefinder. Some rangefinders are really basic, while others have several, more technological features that are not for those who are new to them. As such, you will want to know exactly what to look for.

Maximum Distance

Of the features that these rangefinders can have, one of the most important is the maximum distance that the rangefinder can see and calculate. Having a rangefinder with great distance can help a golfer to find and tag objects on the course no matter how far you are from them. Doing this allows you to properly prepare for what's ahead, and therefore, distance is an essential feature to look out for.

Battery Life

Another thing to take into consideration when buying a rangefinder is the battery life of the tool. The batteries of your rangefinder should be able to hold up to hours of play, as you will likely be out on the course for a while and you would not want your rangefinder to die mid game. You will want to buy a rangefinder with long battery life, as a result, to prevent this kind of inconvenience.

Size and Weight

It probably does not need to be said, but when buying a rangefinder, you will want to keep the size and weight of the rangefinder in mind. A rangefinder should be easy to use, and as such you will not want to have a rangefinder that will become a burden to use. Ideally you will want a rangefinder that is lightweight and fits into your hand easy, making operating the tool as well as transporting it much easier.

Ease of Use

If you are new to the world of rangefinders, you will also likely want to buy a rangefinder that is easy to use. Rangefinders can come equipped with many different and unique features, many of which can seem intimidating to those unfamiliar with the product. To combat this, you will want to keep your eye out for the more simple rangefinders, those that are able to be used with little more than a press of a button.

USGA Approval

For many of golfers out there that play regularly, you may be interested in breaking into the world of tournaments and tour play. For that reason, if you are buying a rangefinder you may want to make sure that it is USGA approved. Not all rangefinders are approved for use in competition, so you'll want to stay on the lookout for those rangefinders that are.

Price

If you are like me, and many other people in the world, you like to save money. As a result of this, if you are on a budget, then it goes without saying that you will want a rangefinder that stays within it. Some golf rangefinders can cost as much as a couple hundred dollars, so you will want to look for those that stay on the cheaper end of the spectrum without sacrificing quality.

Golf Rangefinder Reviews

Speaking of quality, nobody is likely to know the best golf rangefinders than your fellow golfer. That is why reading user reviews for various rangefinders is so important, because it gives you the perspective of what is good and bad about each product from those that use it most: the golfers themselves. Reading these golf rangefinder reviews will give you the pros and cons of each item, and can further help you in making the right decision.

At this point, we have now covered everything you may want and need to know about rangefinders, but we have yet to cover the products themselves. So, at the risk of sounding like I'm repeating myself, here is our list of the top five best golf rangefinders available on the market today.


Best Golf Rangefinders Reviews 2018

Breaking 80 Golf Rangefinder

Our list today starts with one of the cheapest rangefinders available today: the Breaking 80 Golf Rangefinder. Don't mistake a cheap price for cheap quality, though, as this is one of the finest rangefinders around.

To get the subject of the price out of the way, you will only be dropping down about $130 for the Breaking 80. This price range is insane, as most rangefinders come up to usually $160 and above, making this one of the most affordable rangefinders available. 

Breaking 80 Golf Rangefinder

So what do you get with the price you pay?

To start, you get a crystal clear, and easy to read, LCD display screen. No matter how small the object is that you are looking at, the Breaking 80 can show it to you in detail, allowing you to clearly see any obstacle in your way. This is also courtesy of the multi-layered optics, which helps to make the images clear and bright.

Accurately able to tag and see objects from up to 550 yards, the Breaking 80 uses advanced technology to sense the pin. This provides a priority to your main target, so that you always can see where the hole is no matter what position you are in relation to it.

Where the Breaking 80 does suffer is in the area of distance. 550 yards is by no means a small number, but there are several other rangefinders that provide even greater distance. This makes the Breaking 80 a hard choice for long, par 5 holes.

The Breaking 80 also lacks in some features that many more expensive rangefinders may have. Of these features, probably the most important one missing is slope adjustment. While very accurate on straight aways, the Breaking 80 does not adjust for slope, making the Breaking 80 less accurate when golfing on a hill.

All around, for the price, you really cannot go wrong with the Breaking 80 Golf Rangefinder. Crystal clear image quality and amazing price make this easily one of the best budget rangefinders.

Things We Liked

  • Amazing price
  • Crystal clear, easy to read LCD
  • 8 seconds of continuously updated scanning

Things We Didn't Like

  • Maximum distance of only 550 yards
  • No slope adjustment

Callaway 300 Laser Rangefinder

Going up in price from our last offering is the Callaway 300 Laser Rangefinder. While the price point may be higher, with Callaway being a major name in golf, you will be sure to get more than what you paid for.

To start is the incredible range, which can provide you with a view of up to 1000 yards. Being able to see everything even on the longest of holes, you will be able to see and prepare for absolutely anything that may be in your way. Rough, sand trap, or green, you will always be able to see what is coming.

Callaway 300 Laser Rangefinder

Speaking of the green, you will be able to see and tag the pin at up to 300 yards away. You will be able to pinpoint exactly where the green is, and quickly, and while maintaining an accuracy within a 1 yard margin of error. This kind of accuracy is extremely helpful when planning your approach.

If you want to keep multiple targets in sight, you will be able to with the Callaway. Able to see and tag multiple targets at once, you will be able to stay aware of any dangerous hazards. From sand trap to the rough, you will be able to stay away from any potential danger spots.

While all these features are great, the price is not quite as good. While there are more expensive rangefinders out there, this model is a bit steep when compared to others on this list that are good and have a lower price point.

The Callaway also seems to have the need for a steady hand. The tool is great for those that have it set on something like a tripod and can keep it steady. But if you happen to be older or have unsteady hands, the image can become unfocused and hard to read, which may not make this the best choice.

The Callaway may not be for everyone, but the range of distance that it provides is something that not many other rangefinders can provide. While the price point may be more than some others, you will get your money's worth and then some with the Callaway.

Things We Liked

  • Long range of up to 1000 yards
  • Very accurate of +/- 1 yard
  • Able to tag multiple targets at once

Things We Didn't Like

  • Relatively expensive

TecTecTec VPRODLX Golf Rangefinder

Coming in at number three today is the TecTecTec VPRODLX Rangefinder, a rangefinder that is just slightly cheaper than the Callaway at $180 dollars. But if you want a good rangefinder that can be used in all weather conditions, then this one may be for you.

This is due to the TecTecTec's waterproof design, which makes it easy to use in rain storms and thunderstorms (although I highly recommend NOT playing if you are caught in a thunderstorm!)

TecTecTec VPRODLX Golf Rangefinder

Sometimes the occasional rain storm while on the course cannot be avoided, and with the TecTecTec, you won't have to worry that your rangefinder will be damaged by the elements.

If you are bored with the look of traditional rangefinder, then you may be surprised with the TecTecTec. This rangefinder comes in a variety of colors, allowing the buyer to choose which color is their favorite. Add in a snazzy carrying case, and you have yourself one of the most stylish rangefinders around.​

In terms of functionality, the TecTecTec more than holds its own. An upgrade of the massively popular VPRO 500, the VPRODLX is capable of reaching distances of up to 600 yards and 6x zoom, as well as tagging objects that may be overlapping one another, which is something you will certainly want for courses where hazards are right near the hole.​

For those that want readouts in different units of measurement, the TecTecTec has a feature that makes it somewhat unique. That feature is the ability to switch between measurements in yards and in meters. The ability to switch between these two features make it even easier for a golfer to measure distance in a way that they are most accustomed to.​

Unfortunately, the TecTecTec does suffer setbacks in terms of accuracy. While the rangefinder is accurate most times there are certain times where accuracy can become compromised, such as having an unsteady hand or when going uphill. This kind of setback may turn some people off from this rangefinder.​

For those looking for comfort, there may be some issues with this rangefinder as well. While not bad by any means, the entirely plastic frame may be slippery in some hands, and some users may prefer that their rangefinders had rubber grips and the like in order to be handled better.​

If you happen to be worried about the effects of weather while playing, then I cannot recommend this product enough. The TecTecTec will be sure to keep you playing, even if the weather, and the course, gets a little rough.​

Things We Liked

  • Waterproof, all-weather playability
  • Stylish looking
  • Able to tag overlapping objects

Things We Didn't Like

  • Plastic frame can be slippery

Nikon 8397 ACULON Laser Rangefinder

Rolling back the price today is our next rangefinder, which comes up to around $150, making it one of the cheapest option of the day. The Nikon 8397 ACULON isn't just a great price, though, as it is also one of the simplest finders available.

When talking about ease of use, the ACULON may be the simplest to use. Being able to quickly be used with just the simple touch of a button, the ACULON can quickly make yardage readouts in no time at all. 

Nikon 8397 ACULON Laser Rangefinder

This is a great feature for those who may not be the most tech savvy and are just looking for simple and easy to use rangefinder without extra bells and whistles.

To further add to the convenience that the ACULON provides is the fact that the ACULON is very small in size and weight. Being light and compact, users will have no issue holding the ACULON in their hand, and won't break their back trying to transport the tool. If your hands happen to be on the smaller side, this is probably the most comfortable choice in rangefinder that you can make.

The ACULON is also designed for clarity. Using a multi-layer coating, the course will become lit up like never before with more light across the spectrum. This, along with an easy to read and uncluttered display screen, make this a rangefinder with one of the sharpest images available.

To make sure your game is exactly where you want it, the ACULON is designed to show you the yards to the furthest target among a group of targets. This helps you to determine your distance to multiple targets in relation to objectives such as the green, and helps further to fine tune your game.

While not an issue that is exclusive to the ACULON, this rangefinder does have issue measuring distances in relation to slopes. Without any sort of slope detection, the ACULON struggles to give you an accurate readout of yards when going up and down hill. While this rangefinder is perfectly fine on a straight away, you may suffer on hills.

Another odd issue that the Nikon ACULON seems to have is issues reading the pin. While this issue does not come up all the time depending on the green, if there happens to be a hill or trees in the background of the pin, the ACULON may have trouble detecting it. This problem seems to remedy itself the closer you are to the green, but is still an issue nonetheless.

But those issues can be forgiven when you consider just how much convenience the Nikon ACULON has. With ease of use, ease of transportation, and ease on the wallet all on its side, the ACULON is a rangefinder that you will be sure to love.

Things We Liked

  • Simple to use; no bells & whistles
  • Light and compact
  • Affordable

Things We Didn't Like

  • No slope adjustment

Bushnell Tour V3 Rangefinder

Last, but certainly not least, is our final and possibly best rangefinder on our list today: the Bushnell Tour V3 Rangefinder.

With literally dozens of features and other things that golfer will love, the Bushnell Tour V3 isn't just one of the best on the list, but probably the best rangefinder available today.

But why exactly is that?

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To start is the ridiculous range of the Tour V3, which has a max distance of 1000 yards! Even on the longest of fairways, sprinklers, sand traps, and the green can be picked up effortlessly. This is a feature rivalled by only one other on the list, but at a price that is $20-$30 dollars cheaper!

The pin seeker technology, while not unique to the Bushnell, does have features that make it unique. When the pin is detected, "Jolt Vibration" is activated, rumbling the unit in your hand to let you know you have spotted your target. This, in combination with a constantly updating scan mode, you will always be sure to know exactly how far you are from the green and any obstacles.

Technology like this may be hard to always be consistent, but this is something that you don't have to worry about with the Bushnell. The Bushnell is extremely accurate, providing yardage that stays within a +/- 1 yard margin of error. It even maintains this accuracy on hills, using its slope detection, making this a highly accurate rangefinder.

If you have been playing golf for many years and are ready to take on some tours or tournaments, then you will be pleased with the Bushnell. Being USGA approved, you will be able to use the Bushnell during competition, being able to read your yardage while playing to help you obtain the win.

And finally, the Bushnell is very light and easy to grip. You will have no issues while reading the course, as the Bushnell is able to fit comfortably within your hand while in use. And when carrying around, the Bushnell is as light as a feather, making you able to carry it around without it becoming too cumbersome.

The setbacks to the Bushnell Tour V3 are really few and far between, with none to really speak of. Even in the most critical of reviews, the only real complaint is the price, which isn't really an issue considering everything that the Bushnell is capable of.

The Bushnell Tour V3 is a rangefinder that ticks off nearly everything that a golfer may want out of one of these products. Easy to use, light as a feather, and accurate, and all at a price that is incredible for everything it does, the Bushnell Tour V3 simply cannot be passed up.

Things We Liked

  • Jolt vibration when target is locked
  • Max distance of 1000 yards
  • Continuously updating scan mode
  • USGA approved

Things We Didn't Like

  • The many features can be a bit overwhelming for newer golfers

Things to Look Out For

Not only do you need to consider the above when buying a golf rangefinder, but there are also several things you will want to look out for when buying one.

For starters, as said above, you really need to pay attention to the golf rangefinder reviews written online for these products. While you will see a lot of reviews likely talking about how great a product is, you may also spot those that talk about issues such as defective products or bad resolution. Both types of reviews have to be taken into consideration, as you want to make sure there isn't a high chance you get a bad rangefinder.

Speaking of bad rangefinders, it is generally a good idea when buying one to stick with more well-known brand names. While some generic rangefinders may be okay, there are a lot more that are not. Many of these rangefinders can actually come across more like cheap knockoffs, so it's usually a much better idea to err on the side of caution and buy popular brand names.

Even in the best of name brand rangefinders, though, you may want to look out for those that have negative features. Bad battery life, defects, frailty of the product, and many other issues are things you will want to be cautious of, as even the most popular in rangefinder names can have these issues.

You will want to know what you need before buying as well. Every golfer is different, and so are golf rangefinders. It is very hard to find a rangefinder that hits every possible note a golfer would want, so it is important to see what products have the features you need most, and exclude those you may not be too concerned with.

Finally, and what all this basically boil down to, is do your research. Pay attention to all the details, features, pros and cons of every rangefinder you look at, and make sure you make the purchase that is right for you. Making an impulse buy without looking at all the details can lead to buying a less then amazing product that cost way too much, which is something you want to avoid.


Quick Summary of The Best Golf Rangefinders

Breaking 80 Golf Rangefinder

Best Affordable

  • Crystal clear, easy to read LCD
  • 8 seconds of continuously updated scanning
Callaway 300 Laser Rangefinder

2nd Best Overall

  • Long range of up to 1000 yards
  • Very accurate of +/- 1 yard
  • Able to tag multiple targets at once
TecTecTec VPRODLX Golf Rangefinder

Best All-Weather Choice

  • Waterproof, all-weather playability
  • ​Stylish looking
  • Able to tag overlapping objects
Nikon 8397 ACULON Laser Rangefinder

Best for Beginners

  • Simple to use; no bells & whistles
  • Light and compact
Bushnell Tour V3 Rangefinder

Best Overall

  • Jolt vibration when target is locked
  • Max distance of 1000 yards
  • Continuously updating scan mode
  • USGA approved

With these five golf rangefinder reviews and our helpful tips, you should know now what you need to look for when buying one of these products. We hope that our list was able to provide you with some good ideas, if not your next purchase. All that's left now is to buy your best golf rangefinder, and hit the links!

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Bushnell Tour V3 JOLT Laser Rangefinder Review http://hittingthegolfball.com/bushnell-tour-v3-jolt-rangefinder-review/ http://hittingthegolfball.com/bushnell-tour-v3-jolt-rangefinder-review/#respond Sat, 12 Mar 2016 04:25:01 +0000 http://hittingthegolfball.com/?p=715 The Bushnell Tour v3 JOLT is a solid golf rangefinder with the ability to provide quick and accurate readings (10-1000 yards), acceptable magnification (5x), and ability to be accurate to within 1-yard.

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A Quick Summary of the Bushnell Tour V3 JOLT Laser Rangefinder

The Bushnell Tour v3 JOLT is a solid golf rangefinder with the ability to provide quick and accurate readings (10-1000 yards), acceptable magnification (5x), and ability to be accurate to within 1-yard.

Bushnell’s latest generation of laser rangefinder introduces the JOLT technology, which is appreciated for its ability to provide a short burst of vibration to let the user know the PinSeeker technology has locked onto a specific object.

The JOLT technology can be switched off by those who prefer not to use it.

Once the laser is fired, the distance to course objects will intermittently update as the rangefinder is panned across the landscape.

In the process of finding the course objects the laser can fire every 3-5 seconds until a specific target is locked in.

Even though the Bushnell Tour v2 was an outstanding laser rangefinder, the latest Tour v3 JOLT includes new technology, while also improving on the look and feel of the unit.


Important Features of the Bushnell Tour v3 JOLT

There are several selling points that can attract you to the Bushnell Tour v3 with the JOLT technology great for those players that weren’t always 100% sure the laser had locked onto the flag or other target. Plus, the PinSeeker technology has seen a slight improvement in performance.

Let’s look at the major features of this rangefinder:

  • Range finding performance 10-1000-yards; up to 300-yards to flag (accuracy within 1-yard)
  • 5x Magnification
  • Single hand vertical operation; easy to grip
  • Compact ergonomically designed
  • Pin Seeker Technology
  • Continuously updated LCD display
  • Approved for tournament play
  • Water-repellent construction
  • Premium carry case and 3-v battery included
  • 2-year warranty

The Bushnell Tour v3 Rangefinder is a favorite with recreational to tournament golfers for its long list of exciting features that make it a pleasure to use.


Pros and Cons of the Bushnell Tour v3 JOLT Rangefinder

Things We Liked

  • Ease of use is a key requirement when using a rangefinder and the Bushnell Tour v3 is certainly able to meet this need. It is fast to operate: On and lasering targets in a matter of seconds.
  • It has the ability to pinpoint the distance to many different objects on the golfing landscape (water hazards, sand pits, trees, etc.), and not just the flags.
  • The overall range of the Bushnell Tour v3 is a reliable 10 to 1000-yards, which makes it possible to identify objects from distance. Plus, for ease of use the unit gives the option to read data in both meters and yards.
  • The PinSeeker Technology on the rangefinder is highly precise at picking out the flag without targeting other objects on the course. You can get an accurate detection of the flag from within a distance of 300-yards.
  • JOLT technology: the Tour v3 combines the PinSeeker Technology with the JOLT technology to simplify the function of the rangefinder. This cool extra feature emits a mild vibration when the unit locks onto a target and has the ability to enhance the performance of this unit for many golfers. But for those users that believe it could detract from the intended usage, it is possible to deactivate the buzz.
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  • The Bushnell Tour v3 is a speedy unit for locking onto multiple targets. So, accurate readings are only seconds away if you are looking to get the distance to a flag, bunker face, or other object on the course.
  • For better handling of this laser rangefinder (LFR) the case design has received an update to give a more precise fit when held in the hand during use. Plus the rubber armoring makes is easy to grip even when the hands are wet or slippery.
  • The Tour v3 is fully legal for players of tournament games and a reliable option to post scores for handicap purposes.
  • The Bushnell Tour v3 has experienced cosmetic improvements compared to the V2 unit. Its color scheme is more distinctive in white/black/red (similar to other Bushnell lasers like the Tour Z6 and Pro 1M) which is an instant update to the previous models black and gray look.
  • The premium carrying case for the Tour v3 has received an upgrade with a zipper and bungee closure installed in place of the previous magnetic closure. While this isn’t a major change, it is still appreciated and provides a more reliable solution to keep the case closed while on the golf course. Plus, magnets don’t always go well with electronics.

Things We Didn't Like

  • The Bushnell Tour v3 JOLT has slightly less magnification than some of the comparable competition at a similar price range.
  • The standard edition of the Tour v3 doesn’t come with the ability to read slope-adjusted distance data (it is possible to include this information on the Bushnell Tour v3 Slope unit).
  • This rangefinder isn’t designed with an OLED display, which makes reading the on screen data easier in low-light conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the battery rechargeable? How many rounds per charge?


Battey is not rechargable, and should last about 4-6 months with decent amount of use.​

Does it give measurement in metres?

Yes, you can change it between meters and yards.​

Can it be used on a driving range to determine exact length of each club distance?


It needs a target to bounce the signal off of, like the pin flag. So if your ball lands near a target you could get a reading. I'll measure my drive distance by shooting back at the tee markers from where my drive landed.​

​Will it tell me how far to a bunker?

​Yes. If you can see the front or back of the bunker, you can shoot it or any other object you can see.

Is it waterproof?


It's weather- resistant. Not necessarily waterproof. Users have reported using it in the rain several times with no issues. Battery compartment is sealed off well.​

Does this show the slope distance as well?

This is the standard no slope edition​. Check out Bushnell Tour v3 Slope.

Does this come with a case?


Yes, it does. It is equipped with a clip so you can hang it on your bag or tuck it inside the appropriate pocket.

I primarily walk when I play. Is is easy to attach to the bag and get in the way? I don't want it bouncing it off my legs.

Yes. The case has a clip that you can attach to the top hook on your bag and you never feel it's there. The device is also small enough so that you can carry it in your pocket.

Can it be used for hunting?


I don't see why not. As long as you can get a lock on it.


Final Verdict

If you’re searching for a high-quality LRF that you can trust, the Bushnell Tour v3 is certain to be a popular choice. It has great accuracy at + or – 1 yard, has a sporty look, and is easy to use when targeting the golf landscape.

People call my game aggressive. But it's just the confidence that comes from preparation. Bushnell is indispensable in that regard."

Rickie Fowler 2016 World #4

Also, the Tour v3 laser rangefinder has witnessed an upgrade on earlier editions with its excellent PinSeeker technology getting a much appreciated enhancement with the addition of the JOLT technology.

The price point for the Bushnell Tour v3 is excellent compared to other rangefinders with similar features. While the price isn’t inexpensive, it is certain to be seen as competitive.

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