Best Golf Rangefinder – Reviews and Buying Guide 2019

Looking for the Best Golf Rangefinder for your game? You’ve come to the right place!

In this comprehensive guide, we rank and provide detailed overviews on a wide selection of golf rangefinders on sale at the moment.

The guide separates rangefinders by price and features to help you find the right golf rangefinder for your game.

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Top Golf Rangefinders

1. TecTecTec VPRO500 Rangefinder

TecTecTec have done one thing absolutely right – they’ve made rangefinders more accessible in terms of price, and the VPRO500 lays down the marker in this respect.

At $150, it undercuts almost all of the big players. Importantly though, it’s actually a really solid, reliable distance measuring device too. Yardages are returned instantly (thanks to the Pinsensor Technology), and accuracy was within 1 to 2 yards in our book.

We had a couple of problems locking in flags, and ended up getting multiple readings occasionally. But nothing too major.

It’s very light and trim, although we do have some concerns over durability. That said, it comes in a case that is both robust, and also pretty cool (has a belt loop). The display is also crystal clear, which underpins how easy it is to use.

It didn’t quite fit in my hand as comfortably as I’d have liked, but such things come down to personal preference. All in all, it’s a good rangefinder, at a more-than-decent price.

Pros

  • This is incredibly competitively priced. Game on!
  • Instant yardages, and, for the most part, accurate to within a yard
  • Very good range and zoom, and readings and images are always clear and sharp
  • Nice and light (185g) – a pocket-sized rangefinder if ever there was one

Cons

  • Some issues locking in targets and flagsticks. Does sow a seed of doubt about accuracy
  • Shifted in my hands a bit. Worth testing to see how comfortable it is for you

2. Bushnell Tour V4 Shift (Slope) Golf Laser Rangefinder

Bushnell are undoubtedly the market-leaders in rangefinders. Out of the seven assessors at Golf Assessor, five are Bushnell users.

With the Tour V4 Slope Rangefinder, Bushnell have produced an incredibly versatile and effective rangefinder. They describe the V4 as “the perfect combination of size, speed, accuracy, slope and jolt.”

We couldn’t agree more.

The V4 feels great in the hand. It’s lightweight, but still feels solid. Unlike it’s big daddy, the Pro X7, the V4 can be held and stabilised in one hand, and with it’s ergonomic design it is truly pocket-size.

In terms of performance we were super impressed with the speed and accuracy of the V4. The target focus is incredibly quick and the jolt when you lock the target gives one that additional confidence before taking one’s shot.

But our favorite feature on the V4 is the slope functionality. Seriously folks, the slope feature is a game-changer and what really separates the V4 from the competition.

If you are looking for a rangefinder that will last you years of great golfing, then we highly recommend the V4.

For our full review of the Bushnell Tour V4 Slope Rangefinder click here.

Pros

  • A true pocket-size rangefinder. It’s compact size, minimal weight and ergonomic design are at the heart of its genius
  • The slope technology is a massive drawcard
  • You’ll be staggered at how quickly it focuses
  • The price offers good value for money

Cons

  • We’d say 5X magnification is certainly acceptable. But it isn’t the best
  • It’s water resistant, but not waterproof

3. Precision Pro NX7 Rangefinder

This is a newcomer to the market, and although it isn’t a brand we’d associate with the top dogs, we were pleasantly surprised. For starters, it’s really nifty, slim and petite – but still big enough that it is easy to use.

What really impressed us was the accuracy of the Precision Pro rangefinder: it says it is to within a yard when you buy it, and our various on-course tests backed this up. The range is said to be 400 yards, although the Target Acquisition Technology is a bit ‘fumbly’ once you go past 200 yards.

That’s okay though, because it works a treat with lesser yardages. And there’s another figure of ‘200’ that you’ll find interesting – the price. That doesn’t necessarily make it the cheapest in the business. But it’s certainly at the right end of things! And for a rangefinder that does what it says on the tin, that’s about all you can ask for.

Pros

  • Ultra-light ArmourFusion® frames are built from a combination of titanium & Grilamid for superior strength & flexibility
  • ArmourSight® lens technology delivers up to 20% more undistorted peripheral vision & are up to 10X stronger than ordinary polycarbonate lenses
  • Multiflection™ lens coating guards against scratches & smudges
  • UA AUTOGRIP Temples create a comfortable, flexible & secure fit without any squeeze

Cons

  • As nice as they are, slightly overpriced in my opinion

4. Nikon Coolshot 20 Rangefinder

“How on earth did they fit everything in there?” Those were our first utterances when we saw the Nikon Coolshot 20, and we daresay yours will be fairly similar.

It’s breathtakingly, fantastically… tiny! And so light too. After finally collecting ourselves, and moving on from putting as big a tick in the size and weight box, we found this to be a very impressive rangefinder all round.

It doesn’t have any jaw-dropping features such as slope measurements about it, but it does what it says on the tin – it locks in accurate distances swiftly and easily; has a more-than-sufficient range, and all for a very good price. Some may argue that it’s so lightweight to the point of instability, and that’s down to personal preference.

We think that there’s plenty of grip to be had though, and that this rangefinder will appeal to players of all shapes, sizes and abilities.

For our full review of the Nikon Coolshot 20 Rangefinder click here.

Pros

  • She’s so petite! We’d give it 11/10 for weight if we could
  • It’s trimness is superb too. This rangefinder will slide into your trouser or jacket pocket with ease and grace
  • At less than $200, it’s very competitively priced
  • It’s a very user-friendly device, and you’ll have no problems working it

Cons

  • Because it is SO light, you need a pretty steady hand to use it. Could potentially be annoying in the wind
  • Seemed to take a while to pick up objects beyond 180(ish) yards

5. Callaway 200 Laser Rangefinder

They’ve been one of the pioneers in driver technology, so who would have thought Callaway would dare traverse into becoming a thought leader in the field of laser rangefinders?

Well, that’s exactly what they’ve attempted to do with the Callaway 200, and we think they’ve done a pretty impressive job.

In collaboration with their partner IZZO, they’ve put together something here which ticks plenty of boxes for not a lot of money.

Pros

  • Classy design and ever-so light. A perfect fit for your bag
  • It’s down to $200 on Amazon, which for a quality laser is cheap as chips
  • It’s Pin Acquisition Technology is accurate – to within 1 yard in fact
  • It’s waterproof. And fogproof!

Cons

  • Arguably a fraction of a second slower at locking targets than some others out there
  • If you need to have a dig, I’d say the casing could be sturdier. Knit-picking a bit though, isn’t it?

6. Bushnell Tour V4 JOLT Golf Laser Rangefinder

One of the keys to developing a good product line – whether that’s rangefinders or bread – is to steer clear of reinventing the wheel, and that’s where the Bushnell V4 Jolt excels.

The V4 Jolt ticks a lot of boxes, not least in terms of magnification and eye-of-the-needle precision. The Jolt function is by far the best out of all the rangefinders we tested.

Pros

  • Classy design and ever-so light. A perfect fit for your bag
  • It’s down to $200 on Amazon, which for a quality laser is cheap as chips
  • It’s Pin Acquisition Technology is accurate – to within 1 yard in fact
  • It’s waterproof. And fogproof!

Cons

  • Arguably a fraction of a second slower at locking targets than some others out there
  • If you need to have a dig, I’d say the casing could be sturdier. Knit-picking a bit though, isn’t it?

Golf Rangefinder Buying Guide

Remember the days of looking at the 150-yard marker, and then the 100-yard marker, and then making an educated estimate as to how far you had to the pin?

Or having to rifle through the fine-print of the scorecard to establish whether measurements were to the front or the centre of the green?

Me neither.

Times have moved on swiftly since those mathematically-trying days, and rangefinders – particularly the laser variety – are fast shedding their skin as a luxury of the elite in favour of becoming an essential for those looking to shed shots from their score.

Things like slope-adjusting measurements, LCD Displays, accuracy to within a yard and contrasts to adapt to ambient light have gone from being mind boggling to perfectly standard in a short space of time, and what’s striking is that as the quality and list of features increase, the size (and sometimes the price tag too) of these devices continues to contract.

Here are the key considerations we considered in our best golf rangefinder guide.

1. Build Quality and Features

There is a certain minimum you expect with rangefinders these days in terms of build quality. Never mind the best of the best golf rangefinders. You can often tell from the look and, perhaps more so, the feel of a device as to its long-term durability. It’s also important that it can deal with wet weather effectively.

But what other features? A range of less than 500 yards is fast becoming unacceptable, but the big challenge over the years has been to make it easy to lock in the flag – and not just from close range either.

After all, it’s not always just about this shot; leaving yourself in the optimum position for your approach is vital. So being able to lock this in quickly, and from 250+ yards away is essential. The question is, what additional features will win us over?

That’s what we explore below.

2. Size and Weight

If you’ve got a rangefinder which is less than 5 inches long, 3 inches tall and weighs half a pound or less, you really are winning and likely have one of the best golf rangefinders available. The big challenge for designers and manufacturers alike is marrying durability with compactness. Some get it right; some don’t. For those who drive around in a cart, size and weight may not be the most vital criterion of all, but we live in a world where more for less is the ambition of any consumer.

So a sleek, trim and light device that fits nicely into the palm of your hand will always put it on the front foot in the eyes of any potential buyer, and it’s a box that shouldn’t be left unticked.

3. Ease of Use

It’s one thing to throw a bucket load of features at us. It’s quite another to make them easy to navigate, and to ensure that those less tech-savvy folks aren’t intimidated when they switch the rangefinder on.

Every rangefinder needs to do its fundamental job, which is to pick up distances quickly and accurately, make them easy to decipher, and to use it without having to think about anything more complex than your next shot.

4. Value for Money

We bang the drum on this one a lot, I know. But do not equate “cheap” with “value for money” under any circumstances! That’s not to preach the contrary either.
But value for money is about assessing what you need, what you want, and a what is a nice-to-have, and then weighing it all up against the price tag.

Obviously keeping it under $300 should be the initial aim.

Yet, particularly if you are a pro or talented amateur, your appetite for greater precision, range and other features is likely to be more. This could mean you need to dig a little deeper into your pockets than you might have initially planned.

But for the perfect rangefinder, it may well be worth it, and with such a vast variance in pricing in this sector, stymying yourself with an inflexible budget limit can sometimes work against you.

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Our Rangefinder Article

The rangefinders featured in this guide have been selected and assessed based on our personal experience and assessments, expert feedback, consumer reviews and feedback from the wider Golf Assessor community. We update this page regularly to ensure we keep up with new developments and releases in the golf rangefinder industry.

We put this article together to help players, like yourself, find a golf rangefinder that suits their specific game, level and budget. By keeping this guide updated and via feedback from the GA community, we hope this article becomes a great resource for anyone looking to get a new rangefinder.

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Mike fell in love with the game from a very early age – a passion that hasn’t diminished ever since. He earned provincial colors throughout his junior years, but by the time he reached Varsity, the realization set in (thanks largely to some cold ales) that it was time to favor the pen rather than his clubs. He now writes for GA along with a few other sources.

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