Top 10 Best Golf Rangefinder Reviews in 2017

Golf Rangefinders are used by golfers to measure the distance between two points within the course. If used correctly, a good quality rangefinder can accurately measure the distance between the golfer and his or her chosen object. Knowing the distance between two points inside the golf course can help golfers be more knowledgeable with the course that they are playing in as well as give them an idea of how hard they should hit the  golf ball with their chosen clubs. Because of this, both beginners and professional golfers alike could benefit from using a rangefinder if they desire. But finding a good quality rangefinder can be hard for some people who simply do not have enough time on their hands for research or those who do not know where to begin their search. Worry no more. Here is the list of the 10 best golf rangefinders that is available in the market today.

01. Leupold 119088 GX-4i2 Digital Golf Rangefinder
Leupold 119088 GX-4i2 Digital Golf Rangefinder 

Pros: Accurate readings, Easy to Use, Being Waterproof, Lightweight And Affordable

Cons: Too much information on display

Overall Rating: 9.5/10

If you are planning on joining a golf competition and is looking for a good rangefinder that can conform to the USGA Rule 14-3, this might be the one you are looking for. Although this particular rangefinder has a Club Selector that is exclusive to Leupold and gives you recommendations based on your entered normal striking distances as well as TGR (True Gold Range) which helps in giving accurate readings and club recommendations, this two features can be disabled by using the chrome faceplate which is included when you buy the product.

This particular model also has Digitally Enhanced Accuracy and is better than its other predecessors in the Leupold line. It also has Pin Hunter 2 and Prism Lock feature although some users have mixed experiences when trying to lock on a target. Aside from these features, the GX-4i2 also has a quick set menu which helps you access its different offered modes for a better and easier play.

02. Nikon 8397 ACULON Laser Rangefinder
Nikon 8397 ACULON Laser Rangefinder 

Pros: Affordable, Accurate, Portability, User Friendly

Cons: Lock On

Overall Rating: 9.4/10

This is labeled as the most compact laser rangefinder from Nikon. This means that if you are a golfer who prefers to take along his or her rangefinder most of the time, then 8397 Aculon might be the right one for you. Although it does not include software that lets it detect slopes, it is still able to spot and measure pins and flags distance accurately from 5 to 200 yards although its farthest range according to Nikon is 550 yards. It also provides a single button operation for simple and easy use. Its display and images is arguably the best feature of this rangefinder. It has made with multilayer coatings which gives it its clear, vibrant and vivid images. Its display is also arranged in an organized easy-to-read fashion. It is also not completely waterproof but it can survive being exposed to the rain for a reasonable amount of time.

03. TecTecTec VPRO500 Golf Rangefinder
TecTecTec VPRO500 Golf Rangefinder 

Pros: Efficient, Good lenses, Accurate, Multi-layered Lenses, Better Price, Easy Maintenance, Handy

Cons: Not 100% Water Resistant

Overall Rating: 9.4/10

This is one of the very few cheaper rangefinders you can find out there that can compete with major expensive models out there. It also is legal for golf tournaments.

This rangefinder offers two modes. The first one is the Pin Finding mode and the second is the continuous Scan mode. Pin Finding mode lets you lock on the pin to assure accurate reading. This mode is supported by the Pinsensor Technology that also provides fast measurements. The Scan mode is the same as the ones offered by other rangefinders with the same mode. It can measure distances up to 540 yards and the minimum of 5 yards. In terms of display, this device also has things to offer with clear and crisp images and multilayered optics. It also provides a battery meter.

This rangefinder is also good for those who tend to and prefer to bring their rangefinders along with them for a long amount of time and distance because of it being compact, durable and water resistant. It also has its own case and lanyard for easy and convenient carryings.

04. Breaking 80 Golf Rangefinder
Breaking 80 Golf Rangefinder 

Pros: Accurate Readings, Good LCD Monitor, Good Optics, Continuous Measurement

Cons: Limited Features, Slope Measurement, Long Distance Measurement

Overall Rating: 9.3/10

If you are looking for a rangefinder that is easier on your wallet but still can compete with other major brands, try out this one. It offers fast and fairly accurate readings although its range is not as far reaching as its major brands and other expensive competitors. This device has a Pinsensor3 software that prioritizes your first target and Intelliscan which lets you see the range of multiple targets in the screen for up to 8 continuous seconds of scanning. Although some users, especially beginners, can have issues on trying to locking on the flag, this can be easily remedied. If you happen to first get the distance of a tree in the background instead of the flag, you have to hold on to the button and redirect the crosshair to the flag. This will give you a new reading and it will retain it because it is the nearest target.Although it does not have the JOLT technology that other expensive rangefinder has, Breaking 80 is still a good rangefinder that has a good performance and a cheaper price. Not to mention it comes in different colors too!

05. Bushnell Pro X7 Jolt Slope Rangefinder
Bushnell Pro X7 Jolt Slope 

Pros: Pinseeker with JOLT Technology, Slope Compensation, Vivid Display Technology, E.S.P. 2 or Extreme Speed Precision

Cons: Quite expensive and the size of this model is bigger than most rangefinders

Overall Rating: 9.3/10

Bushnell is known for having high quality products and this specific rangefinder definetly lives up to it. It has 7x magnification and gives clear images with good contrast which is very useful if you are playing  in the morning or late afternoons. It gives fast readings and it has the Pin Seeker and JOLT technology that lets you know that you have locked in on the pin or flag through  vibrations. It also does not disappoint with its range that reaches up to a mile. Another useful feature that this rangefinder has it its Slope techology. What it basically does is it also enables the Pro X7 to identify elevation while calculating range and alsoinclude the  slope’s steepness as a factor in calculating distance. You will still be able to see the original measurement of distance but the Slope technology provides another reading which you can identify with the “play as” indicated before it. The device is also easy to grip and is fully waterproof. Although a bit pricey,if you are really interested in owning a high quality rangefinder, consider this one as an investement. It also comes with a carry or storage case that can take up space but is sturdy.

06. Nikon COOLSHOT Laser Rangefinder
Nikon COOLSHOT Laser Rangefinder 

Pros: Allows A Golfer To Use The item With Just One Hand, Lightweight, Cost, Waterproof, Automatic Power Shut Off,Fast and Precise Readings, Ease of Use

Cons: Minimum Detection, Limited Warranty

Overall Rating: 9.2/10

COOLSHOT is a Laser rangefinder produced by Nikon. It easily fits into pockets and hands of most golfers and is waterproof. Its display is in 5 yard increments and a 600 yard ranging capability. It is also simple to use due to its single button operation. It has Pin Scanning Technology and First Target Priority Mode which gives the Cool shot its ability to pick out the flag from other background objects and lock on it. Since Nikon is also a brand known for their cameras, this rangefinder also does not disappoint with its images with its large ocular lens which is 6x monocular with multi-layer coatings that gives it its vivid and clear images.

07. Callaway 300 Laser Rangefinder
Callaway 300 Laser Rangefinder 

Pros: Small In Size, Lightweight, Easy to Use, Follows USGA Rules, Casing is Waterproof and Slip-Resistant, Accuracy

Cons: Only Good for Close and Mid Range

Overall Rating: 9/10

This rangefinder from Callaway may not be as fancy as the ones mentioned in this list earlier but it still has the qualities of a good laser rangefinder. Not to mention that it is also cheaper which makes it great for those who are looking for good quality rangefinders but has a limited budget. Most golfers who have used irate satisfied with its performance. If you do not care about having a rangefinder from a fancy brand, Callaway 300 might be the right choice for you.

It has It has a compact design and is lightweight which makes it easy to hold and does not take up much space on your pocket or bag. It is water and fog proof, which means you don’t have to worry if it rains during your game or practice. It also has adjustable focus to help you if you have vision problems and is also legal for tournament use. In terms of performance, its range is from 5 to 1000 yards with 6x magnification and with more or less 1 yard accuracy. It also has PAT (Pin Acquisition Technology) which picks out the pin from other objects in the frame and locks on the flag from up to 300 yards. It is easy to use and can be used by beginners and professional golfers.

08. Bushnell Tour V3 Jolt Laser Rangefinder
 Bushnell Tour V3 Jolt Laser Rangefinder 

Pros: Rainproof, Speed and Accuracy of Readings, Easy to Use, One Of The Least Expensive Rangefinders Nowadays

Cons: Lesser Magnification, PinSeeker Is Not Infallible

Overall Rating: 9/10

This one is also legal for tournament play and has a good reputation based on its users. If you are a golfer who is planning on joining a golfing competition for beginner or professionals, you should check this rangefinder out. It is easy to grip and includes a carrying case which makes it easier for golfers to carry around without worrying. In terms of use, it has a range of measuring distance of 10 to 1000 yards and half yard accuracy and also delivers fast readings. Although the fact that it’s minimum measuring range start in 10 yards, can be an issue to some. It has 5x magnification, also lower than some of the ones mentioned above although it cannot be considered a problem since it is considered as powerful enough than some other common rangefinders around, and is supported with PinSeeker and JOLT technology which help users be more confident that they have locked on the pin or flag instead of the trees or other objects in the background. It also gives fast readings which is always a good thing. Aside from this, Tour V3 also provides Scan mode which provides updated information displayed in the LCD as you scan the landscape. This also means that you can measure the distances of multiple objects when you scan.

09. Bushnell Tour Z6 Golf Laser Rangefinder with JOLT
Bushnell Tour Z6 Golf Laser Rangefinder with JOLT 

Pros: Accuracy, 6X Magnification, Waterproof, Small And Compact Size, Average Price

Cons: Firm Press on Power Button, No Automatic Scan, Line-of-Sight Obstructions

Overall Rating: 8.8/10

Another Rangefinder that is qualified to be used in competitions and you can be sure is high quality is the Tour Z6 made by Bushnell. Just like it’s cousin, the X7, it has a Pin Seeker and JOLT technology that Bushnell fans are fond of.  This device can measure from 5 to 1,300 yards and has a nice display that gives the golfer fast readings and clear images with the help of its 2nd generation ESP. (Extreme Speed Precision) and Vivid Display Technology. It is not only the images that are clear and vivid but also the reading display which is great for the users. Aside from this, it also has a 6x magnification and is also waterproof.

10. Bushnell Tour X Rangefinder
Bushnell Tour X Rangefinder 

Pros: 6X Magnification, Accuracy and Speed of Results, Easy to Use, Clarity, 2 Year Warranty

Cons: Cost is quite expensive, Slope Feature is not legal for tournaments

Overall Rating: 8.8/10

Another rangefinder by Bushnell that has a Slope technology which you can disable when participating in a tournament is the Tour X Rangefinder. It also has JOLT and PinSeeker Technology which is very useful in accurate target locking and reading. Aside from being accurate, users have also praised its fast reading, thanks to its 2ndgeneration ESP. In terms of display, it has a 6x magnification although very powerful magnifications usually cause more jitters which can cause disorientation for those who have motion sensitivity, this can be a problem that can be solved by not zooming in too close. It also has a measuring range of between 5 to 1300 yards. Users also appreciate its Dual Display Technology which enables you to toggle between the usual crisp black display and the bright red display based on your preference or light condition when playing. This can be very useful when playing in a place with extreme light conditions.

Conclusion

Quality rangefinders are hard to get by. Some of them can be pricey and some of them you can get for a reasonable price. But these two should not be the only factor for your decision on what rangefinder to pick. If you want to get your money’s worth, you should invest in the best golf rangefinder you can get that would suit your needs. Also remember that both beginners and professionals can benefit from using rangefinders when utilized to help develop their skills so don’t be afraid to buy rangefinders that are usually used by professionals if you are just a beginner. They basically just work the same. The difference is in the durability, quality performance and ease of use that they offer which helps in saving more time and energy. So start now and know more about the rangefinder that you are interested in to see if they have all the qualities you are looking for.