As golfers, we put a lot of weight in new stuff. The newest putter, wedge, driver. But unfortunately, none of these pieces of equipment will be able to lower your score in quite the way that you want or expect them to.
Do you know what can, though? The rangefinder! While this piece of equipment won’t change the way you swing it will change the way you play. The best golf rangefinder helps you to get around the course smarter which will empower you to a lot more strategic in how you play.
I have taken the liberty of assimilating a list of ten of my favorite rangefinders on the market. So, with that in mind, read on for some handy rangefinder reviews!
Table of Contents
- Best Golf Rangefinder Reviews – (Updated List)
- 1. Bushnell Tour V4 JOLT Golf Laser Rangefinder
- 2. Precision Pro Golf, NX7 Pro Slope Golf Rangefinder
- 3. TecTecTec VPRO500 Golf Rangefinder
- 4. Callaway 300 Pro Golf Laser Rangefinder with Slope
- 5. Nikon Coolshot Pro Stabilized Golf Rangefinder
- 6. Leupold 119087 GX-3i2 Digital Golf Rangefinder
- 7. TecTecTec ULT-X Golf Rangefinder
- 8. Bushnell Pro X2 Golf Laser Rangefinder
- 9. Laser Range Finder – Tournament Legal – Scan Mode – Flag Lock
- 10. Bushnell Bundle | 2018 Hybrid Golf Laser Rangefinder GPS
- Buyer’s Guide
Best Golf Rangefinder Reviews – (Updated List)
1. Bushnell Tour V4 JOLT Golf Laser Rangefinder
I was particularly partial to the optics that this rangefinder provides. The image quality is extremely vivid, making it an outstanding way to get a close look at the pine.
Not So Good
The price tag is fairly overwhelming. That’s more or less what you get with Bushnell products.
Our top choice is both durable and extremely precise. The rangefinder has a maximum range of up to one thousand yards. Not only that, but it is accurate in its measurements up to three feet.
Indeed, this is what you might call the Cadillac of rangefinders. I also just like the way this product feels in your hand. The exterior consists of a durable rubber coating that will be able to withstand regular use and even a small drop should such a thing occur.
Unfortunately, though, this is one of the more expensive products that are featured on our list. Such is the case with Bushnell products. They cost an arm and a leg, but the quality is pretty much unbeatable.
2. Precision Pro Golf, NX7 Pro Slope Golf Rangefinder
I really loved the fact that you get all of the high-end features typically associated with rangefinders, all for a price that doesn’t completely overwhelm.
Not So Good
This is a great option for players that want the best features they can get your hands on without paying hundreds and hundreds of dollars to get it.
Granted, it is still fairly pricey, but it beats out the Bushnell and still provides you all of the quality you could possibly want. This unit features a pulse vibration component that activates anytime the flag comes within your sites.
It also features slope reading technology that will tell you how up or downhill your shot is. This element gives you a more accurate perception of how much distance you have to the hole. For example, you maybe 130 yards out, but if the hole is downhill, it could play more like 100 yards.
Last but not least, the company even provides a lifetime battery replacement offer that will keep the equipment running indefinitely.
I was a little surprised to see how limited the viewing range is. Most higher-end units can go up to one thousand yards without issue. Four hundred should be sufficient, but it doesn’t compare as well to products like the Bushnell.
3. TecTecTec VPRO500 Golf Rangefinder
This is one of the best deals on our list. The affordable project still manages to pack great features at an affordable price.
Not So Good
TecTecTec is one of my favorite companies out there when it comes to the world fo rangefinder equipment. They produce really excellent stuff at an affordable price.
It’s a smaller company and there are certain things they just don’t do great as a result. For one thing, the exterior of the tool is not exceptionally durable. If it takes a big drop, you’ll probably need to replace it.
The optics also are not amazing. You’ll be able to find the pin but it isn’t going to be as vivid as that of some of the other units on our list.
However, what it lacks in image quality it more than makes up for in special features and value. For a price that can’t be beaten, you get the benefit of the invaluable pin seeking technology.
This feature notifies you when you have zeroed in on the flagstick. It’s also lightweight and compact enough that it can be comfortably stowed away in your pocket.
In short, this tool accomplishes many of the same things that the higher end units do, but at roughly half the price. You do make a few small concessions, but most people will be more than willing to make the tradeoff.
Read the full review: Tectectec Vpro500 – Range Finder Review
4. Callaway 300 Pro Golf Laser Rangefinder with Slope
I love the overall efficiency of this product. The slope measurement and pin seeking tech make it as easy to use as you could ever want.
Not So Good
Callaway has been making amazing golf equipment for decades. However, in recent years, they have also been branching out into the supplementary gear niche. This rangefinder is a proud testimony to their success in that department.
It features slope measurements, a durable housing, a moderate price tag, and the pin seeking sensors that we’ve so appreciated in other units on this list.
The only real shortcoming that we’ve noticed pertains to the actual quality of the viewing lens. The image quality is not exceptionally precise which means when you are peeping the green from a couple of hundred yards out, the view might be a little bit fuzzy.
It’s not a dealbreaker by any stretch but it is something to keep in mind. The price does compensate for this shortcoming somewhat aswell. Though not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, it is more affordable than many of the other products on this list that provide a similar level of quality.
5. Nikon Coolshot Pro Stabilized Golf Rangefinder
All of the features are truly maxed out here. It is as accurate, clear and effective as a rangefinder can be.
Not So Good
Obviously, Nikon knows how to make a good lens. If you’re looking for the best piece of optical equipment that you can get your hands on this is a product that would be truly hard to beat.
The image quality is out of this world, and it features slope measurements and pins seeking technology. The unit is even able to self stabilize so that shaky hands won’t get in the way of getting the most accurate reading possible.
It’s durable, waterproof, and also resistant to dirt fog, and grime. In short, it’s about as good as a rangefinder can possibly get.
However, buyers on a tighter budget should try to refrain from getting overly excited. This is far and away from the most expensive unit on our list. For the money that you spend here, you could possibly pick up a used set of irons, or an extremely high-end driver.
6. Leupold 119087 GX-3i2 Digital Golf Rangefinder
I’m partial to the design concept here. It’s a stylish looking design that comes with a durable comfortable exterior.
Not So Good
I quite like the look of the Leupold. It’s a stylishly designed unit that features a rubberized durable build. The exterior of the unit is made to be resistant to drops as well as moisture and dirt.
In addition to being durable, the build is also ergonomic. This means it will feel comfortable in your hand even after prolonged periods of use.
Last but not least, great optics tie the offering altogether. However, despite the good look and the most satisfying performance, there is a bit of a value concern to bear in mind. It’s one of the more expensive options on our list today.
For your money, you could get something with even better features. If you’re in love with the look, this is still an awesome pick to consider though.
7. TecTecTec ULT-X Golf Rangefinder
It’s a great way to get extremely high-end features at a fairly moderate price.
Not So Good
This rangefinder is going to be a great way for budget buyers to get the latest and greatest in rangefinder technology. It includes a slop reader, a flag seeking mode, a massive one thousand yard range, and a fairly moderate price tag.
Essentially, this is just an upgraded version of the last TecTecTec that we looked at. It’s more expensive than the other option that we looked at, but it is still going to be a little pricy for buyers that are on a truly restrictive budget.
Unfortunately, none of the upgrades seem to have gone towards the quality of the lens itself. The optics are not an enormous problem—you will still be able to view the green with clarity but some of the finer details might be a little bit lacking.
My personal opinion is that this isn’t an enormous deal. The user experience is still really solid, and the TecTecTec gives you tons of value for your money.
8. Bushnell Pro X2 Golf Laser Rangefinder
There is no question that this is an expert level piece of equipment. There is truly nothing that this product doesn’t do when it comes to rangefinding.
Not So Good
As we begin closing out our list, we come to another Bushnell product. The features are about as nice as you can get on a rangefinder. It is fully waterproof and hyper-durable so that it can withstand any sort of drop.
This unit reads for slope and produces a “jolt” (which essentially just a sharp vibration) the moment you lock into the pin.
The optics are also incredible. The viewing range here is up to one thousand yards, and you get a crystal clear image for absolutely all of it. Indeed, it is probably because of the excellent lenses that you pay so much for this product. It is one of the priciest units on our list which means only buyers that have a serious amount of money to throw down will be able to make it work.
One thing to keep in mind is that many of the features found here are also available in more affordable options like the TecTecTec. However, if you want everything done as well as possible, you’ll like the Bushnell.
9. Laser Range Finder – Tournament Legal – Scan Mode – Flag Lock
I’m most partial to the price tag of this unit. You get a pretty good price on a lot of high-end features usually found on only the very best pieces of equipment.
Not So Good
The optical quality and build of this tool are somewhat generic.
Second to last, we look now to the Laser Range Finder. This product features an extremely competitive price on a slew of excellent features. The lithium-ion batteries ensure a long life expectancy. They also guarantee that you won’t need to be excessively recharging the equipment on a constant basis.
I was most impressed by the fact that this rangefinder gives you access to slope reading and pin seeking technology. Ordinarily, these are features you need to pay a great deal of money to get, so it is nice to see them in this affordable package.
Unfortunately, the optics and build quality are somewhat lacking. The image clarity, as is the case with many of our more affordable picks, does leave something to be desired.
The build quality also leaves it vulnerable to drops and other physical wear and tear.
Naturally, you never want to see issues of this nature, but the priced tag does help to compensate somewhat.
10. Bushnell Bundle | 2018 Hybrid Golf Laser Rangefinder GPS
I’m super stoked about the hybrid GPS component. Granted, there are some redundancies when you combine a GPS and a rangefinder. However, it does help you to enjoy the very best and most accurate data possible.
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We close things out with a truly unique product. Unlike any of the other options on our list this unit actually combines the features of a GPS and a rangefinder into one convenient package.
This means that in addition to being able to look at the pin, you can also get data points on your distance to various hazards on the golf course. This is a great feature for anyone that wants to truly maximize their data.
The product also features an excellent battery life, easy to use controls, and of course, great optics just like all the other Bushnell products that we have seen.
It even comes with nice accessories like a ball marker and a carrying case. The price is very restrictive, but you do get a lot for your money.
Now that we’ve seen the ten best rangefinders on the market let’s take a look at some buying considerations that should hopefully help to make your buying decision much easier.
First, the Difference Between a Rangefinder and a Golf GPS
Unfortunately, there is much confusion pertaining to the difference between a rangefinder and a golf GPS. This confusion is exacerbated by the fact that even manufacturers often enough use the terms interchangeably.
While they do perform similar duties, they differ in key ways. Golf GPSs perform much the same way as the GPSs that you keep in your car.
They give you an overview of the entire hole and give you precise distances not just to the green but also to a variety of different hazards as well.
They feature screens and often are much like a tablet in their performance and capabilities.
True rangefinders, on the other hand, are much more like fancy binoculars than they are anything else. Basically, you get a really good piece of optical equipment that comes equipped with a laser. The laser zeroes in on specific targets (usually the flag) and then give you a hyper-precise reading on how far you have to the hole.
Rangefinders are nice because they are sleek, efficient, and most of the time entirely tournament legal. As an added bonus, they will also often enough be more affordable than the GPS as well.
Nearly all rangefinders have more than enough range. For example, some of the higher-end units can detect targets up to one thousand yards away, which is way more coverage than you will ever need.
However, when you start looking at the cheaper units, that range diminishes significantly. With more basic products you may be looking at a range loser to three hundred yards.
For a very small group of players, this range might be a little bit of a problem. For example, if you are the type of golfer that can actually drive a 300-yard par four, you might want to get a rangefinder that will be able to give you an exact distance to the hole.
Almost any other time, the range of a product won’t be an issue. However, if you really crush it off the tee this will be a consideration to bear in mind.
Not for nothing, but the optics of this piece of equipment are also important. After all, you want to know what you’re looking at, right? High-quality optical equipment can get pretty pricey. Indeed, image quality is going to be one of the factors that most contribute to the price tag of the unit that you select.
You don’t necessarily need HD imagery, but you should at least get something that will give you a clear view of the flag.
One of the problems with rangefinders is that it can be hard to know what your pinging with your laser. Are you getting the flagstick or a tree directly behind it? This small mistake can mean the difference between par and a double bogey.
To compensate for this confusing and frustrating issue, many manufacturers now make it so that their rangefinders will alert you when you’ve locked onto the pin. In doing this they guarantee that you never accidentally lock onto the wrong thing.
A slope reading feature is great if you can get it. This attribute essentially ensures that you will be able to tell exactly how uphill or downhill you are from the flag. It makes it much easier to select the right club for your shot.
Unfortunately, slope reader technology is not allowed in tournament play. However, most rangefinders that have this feature will include a tournament mode. This means that you can turn off the slope finding element so as to stay within the limits of the rules.
The tournament mode will also usually cause a light to flash persistently on the rangefinder so that your playing partners know you aren’t trying to cheat them.
There aren’t any overwhelmingly large rangefinders out there. However, some are bulky to the extent that they cannot be easily transported.
For ease of use purposes, you may find it worth your time to invest in something that can be easily placed in your pocket. Modest dimensions won’t make or break your user experience but they can serve to simplify your life somewhat.
Excessive moisture can ruin even the best of rangefinders. The good news is that there are many options on the market that feature a water-resistant exterior.
This element of the device ensures that if it starts to unexpectantly drizzle during your round, it won’t spell the doom of your device.
Though water resistance might translate to a slightly higher price tag, it is well worth your money to get.
We spoke earlier about the difference between the rangefinder and the GPS. But did you know that some options actually combine both products into one awesome package?
It’s true. GPS/rangefinder combos cost quite a bit of money but they certainly give you a well-rounded “caddy” experience that many players are looking for when they buy a rangefinder in the first place.
Granted, there are some redundancies when you combine these products. However, the comprehensive nature of the union does make it as easy as possible to properly think your way around the course.
Rangefinders run on a battery. The battery life on just about any unit you are likely to encounter will be enough to get you through a full round. After that, it will be in your best interest to recharge it.
However, one thing you do want to be aware of is how the unit you choose handle battery replacements. For example, a couple of the manufacturers on our list today offer free lifetime replacements.
This aspect of the product can wind up saving you lots of money down the line. Lithium-ion batteries (which are what rangefinders usually use) are expensive so if you can get them for free it’s definitely something to look into.
Rangefinders, like all things in golf, are thought to be quite expensive. However, you can get some budget-friendly options if you are willing to look. The TecTecTec is a great example of a rangefinder that packs tons of quality in an affordable package.
When you do get a product on the cheap, it usually comes at the cost of image quality. However, durability may also suffer somewhat. Bushnell, for example, tends to feel much sturdier in your hands than some of the off-brand products that we looked at.
Still, if you are a buyer on a budget, you may be willing to make a couple of compromises to take home a decent product at an unbeatable price.
Frequently Asked Question & Answered
Are rangefinders legal for tournament play?
Most rangefinders are legal for tournament play. However, units that feature slope reading technology may not be. In these situations, you will need to check with the manufacturer to know for sure.
Do the pros use rangefinders?
Yes! Rangefinders are actually very popular for pros during their practice rounds.
Can rangefinders be used for examining hazards?
Kind of. Though they can be used to take a peek and get a rough estimate of your distances, they will do better with greens.
All ten of the products featured on our list today are really great at what they do. But, you do not want to buy ten rangefinders. You want one great product that will help you play smarter, and make better decisions around the course.
When deciding on a rangefinder it’s important to factor in what kind of features are important to you. For example, slope reading and pin seeking elements can make a rangefinder significantly more effective at what it does. The more features you get, the better your ultimate user experience will be.
However, extra features will also increase the overall price. You’ll just need to decide for yourself what elements of the device are most important to you.