Bushnell Tour X Rangefinder Review

The Bushnell Tour X Rangefinder has upped the anti in the rangefinder market with its interchangeable Faceplate technology that provides a configuration option that makes it legal for USGA tournament use.

In essence, you can use the Tour X anytime anywhere and maximize your potential of recording your lowest score possible.

We reviewed the Bushnell Tour X Rangefinder as part of our Golf Rangefinders Review (see here).

If you already own it please feel free to leave your own review in the comments at the end of our Bushnell Tour X Rangefinder Review.

Bushnell Tour X Rangefinder

Our Assessment 

The Exchangeable Faceplate is a great feature - to have a rangefinder that can either conform for tournament play but then quickly be adjusted with slope function for practice or social rounds is brilliant.

The 6 X zoom is superb and the jolt effect felt when successfully locking your target is another great feature. Slightly towards the pricey side, but still good value for money.

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Pros

  • The 6 X Zoom is awesome and really accurate in distance to your target
  • The Exchangeable Faceplate can be adjusted in a matter of seconds and conforms to the rules of golf for tournaments and non-conforming for casual rounds if and when you need the slope function
  • It feels really sturdy and rigid, yet it is still versatile, feels good in hand and easy to store

Cons

  • Not exceptionally workable
  • The slightly hollow sound may take a bit of getting used to if having used forged irons before

Key Facts

Features

Details

Launch RRP

$499.00

Zoom level

6x

Distance Range

1300 yards (450+ yards to flag)

Size

1.5 x 4 x 3 inches

Weight

8 oz

USGA Approved

*Yes

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Bushnell Tour X Rangefinder Detailed Review

Build Quality & Features

Starting off, the Bushnell Tour X provides you with the best of both worlds. Turn slope technology on or off and be able to use the device in a tournament if necessary merely by changing the Faceplate.

Just in case you weren’t aware of what SLOPE means. Slope assists by adjusting your distance according to the elevation change. ie. playing a shot uphill the slope will add distance and vice versa for a downhill shot.

Dual Display Technology allows you to be able to use the Tour X effectively even if the light isn’t in your favor. The JOLT technology is brilliant. Once capturing your target, the Tour X briefly buzzes in your hand(s) confirming you have actually locked the correct distance. Not really necessary, but love it nonetheless!

It can measure anywhere from 5 – 1300 yards and to an actual flag it tops out at 450 yards. In case you think that isn’t enough – even Bubba or Dustin Johnson can’t hit it that far with a bit of help from a cart path so you ain’t got to worry! Accuracy to within 0.5 yards and also a waterproof guarantee of 2 years. Anything else you want me to mention!!?

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Size and Weight

Are you wanting a compact rangefinder that can fit in your pocket or don’t you mind if it is stored in or on your golf bag between shots? In my opinion I’m not fussed at all if it’s slightly too big to fit in my pocket – I’d actually rather have it on the bag whenever possible.

This being said I believe the Tour X is the perfect (although generous) size with it fitting comfortably in one hand. At 8 ounces it’s slightly heavy, but that just provides the feel of solidness and robust quality.

Far rather have a heavier rangefinder than a feather light one, psychologically you’ll just believe it’s more accurate!

Ease of Use

When thinking of rangefinders you think it just basically measures your distance to the flag or target and that is that. Correct? Nope.

It does it with precision and simplicity. The Tour X switches on easily and the brightness adjustability is plain and simple.

If you need to switch between meters or yards it’s one button and you’re done. To enable slope function merely requires you to change from the Black to Red Faceplate.

Capturing the target is easy due to the 6x magnification and what’s great is your distance is measured to within 0.5 yards in terms of accuracy.

Even if you’re Bernhard Langer, you’re not likely going to be complaining about that point I’m sure!

The cover is superb. It has both a zip and magnetic lock depending on whether you are wanting speed or safety.

What’s also a great feature is that you can leave the case ‘open’ throughout your round easily being able to slip out the rangefinder when needed, but it is sturdy enough to not have to worry about it falling out either.

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Value for Money

It is a fact. The highest percentage of your misses are always short of the flag on approach shots. Invest in a rangefinder, but more importantly the Bushnell Tour X, it WILL help your game tremendously.

But that end result won’t just be a knock on effect after purchasing! My advice to you is to head to your nearest driving range and capture 10 shots’ distance with every club and calculate average.

That will leave you with your perfect yardage for each club and I’m confident that yardage will be a little short of what you actually expected.

The Bushnell Tour X is packed full of features that are simply top drawer and capturing a yardage from now on will always be a breeze. Not to mention the funky jolt it provides when actually locking your target.

The Exchangeable Faceplate though is the biggest plus – the option of being able to use it in tournaments when conforming or to use it socially when non-conforming switching on the slope function is brilliant.

It is pricey I’m not going to lie. But it is an investment that is well worth the money and WILL help your game in the long run.

* = When Black Faceplate is installed it is USGA conforming. When Red Faceplate is installed it is NON-conforming with USGA

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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