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Best Golf Rangefinders: Our Top Golf Laser Distance Devices

Rangefinders have revolutionized many sports, including golf. The best golf rangefinders have cemented their place in the sport by removing the need for yardage markers and other landmarks, as well as the need for a yardage book-carrying caddie.

When out on the course, many people nowadays, whether professionally or recreationally, are unlikely to be without a golf rangefinder because they have become a vital component of this sport.

These are the very best rangefinders you can buy right now. This list features ones both with and without slope, to help you figure out which one is right for you.


The Best Golf Rangefinders With No Slope (Tournament Legal)

Editors Choice
Precision Pro NX9 Precision Pro NX9
$239.00
Pros:
  • Lifetime battery replacement service
  • Magnetic strip on the side
  • Pulse vibration activates on any target, not just flags
  • Water-resistant, and shockproof design to protect the rangefinder from splashes and impacts
Cons:
  • May be difficult for tournament managers to tell if you are using slope or non-slope more
  • Limited maximum range of 600yds
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08/14/2022 01:55 am GMT
Our Pick
TecTecTec VPRO500 Golf Rangefinder TecTecTec VPRO500 Golf Rangefinder
$135.15
Pros:
  • Reasonably affordable price tag
  • Just as accurate as higher end rangefinders (+/- 1 yard)
  • Excellent pin seeker and continuous scan modes
Cons:
  • No GPS functionality
  • The battery is not rechargeable
  • No slope or elevation compensation
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08/11/2022 07:34 pm GMT
Editors Choice
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08/13/2022 02:39 am GMT

Our Top Pick: Precision Pro NX9 – (No Slope Version)

Our Top Pick
Precision Pro NX9 Precision Pro NX9
$239.00

SLOPE GOLF RANGEFINDER: The Precision Pro Golf NX9 Slope Golf Rangefinder is the ultimate golf accessory to locate precise distances within one yard. It has been built with high definition options and brighter resolution.

BUILT-IN MAGNETIC CART MOUNT + SHOCK PROOF DESIGN : The built-in magnet keeps the rangefinder secured to the golf cart. Our NX9 Slope Golf Rangefinder is built with a shock-proof design for enhanced durability and strength.


Pros:
  • Lifetime battery replacement service
  • Magnetic strip on the side
  • Pulse vibration activates on any target, not just flags
  • Water-resistant, and shockproof design to protect the rangefinder from splashes and impacts
Cons:
  • May be difficult for tournament managers to tell if you are using slope or non-slope more
  • Limited maximum range of 600yds
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08/14/2022 01:55 am GMT

This is the top golf rangefinder on the market for a low cost, or at the very least the best no-slope rangefinder.

For just over $200, the variety of features is incredible. Precision’s “Shock-Proof Design” makes it a long-lasting and sturdy golf rangefinder.

The rangefinder is fairly precise, even though it is a no-slope model, with X6 magnification and readings within one yard. Depending on your taste, you can alter the measurement units to yards or meters.

As it locks onto the flag at 400 yards, this water-resistant rangefinder vibrates to let you know that it is pointed in the right direction.

If you don’t care if your rangefinder is tournament legal, this model also comes in a Slope version.

The Precision Pro Golf NX9 Laser Rangefinder: Slope is essentially identical to the Bushnell Pro XE Laser Rangefinder: Slope, however, the NX9 is around $200 less.

The magnetic cart mount is one of the pleasant tiny features on the NX9 that also applies to the Pro XE; it’s so simple!

All you have to do is add the rangefinder to your cart, just remember to take it home with you!

For the money, this is the greatest rangefinder you can get. The Pro XE does narrowly overtake the NX9 in tests, but it is hardly noticeable so you should be happy with this version. 


Editors Choice: TecTecTec VPRO500

Editors Choice
TecTecTec VPRO500 Golf Rangefinder TecTecTec VPRO500 Golf Rangefinder
$135.15

The VPRO500 delivers fast and extremely accurate measurements right down to the decimal. Target Lock Technology makes it easier to lock onto a target even if your hands are shaky. The VPRO500 is durable and built to last. Its very lightweight at just 6.52 oz and compact at 4.09 x 2.83 x 1.61 inches, ergonomic, and rain resistant. It comes fully equipped with a premium shock-resistant protective case. The case has both a zipper and quick release closures. A long-lasting CR-2 lithium battery is also included along with a wrist strap, microfiber cleaning cloth, and an easy to read manual. The VPRO500 is a reliable choice for any level of golfer.

Pros:
  • Reasonably affordable price tag
  • Just as accurate as higher end rangefinders (+/- 1 yard)
  • Excellent pin seeker and continuous scan modes
Cons:
  • No GPS functionality
  • The battery is not rechargeable
  • No slope or elevation compensation
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08/11/2022 07:34 pm GMT

Although the VPRO500 is not a new rangefinder, it has more than earned the title of best-selling golf rangefinder!

Despite the fact that it lacks the slope measuring feature (which the next model up VPRO500S has), this model excels in all other areas. 

Consider its multi-lens diopter adjustment, which minimizes the blur and fuzz that comes with long-distance measurements.

It improves the clarity and brightness of your vision, whether you’re nearsighted or farsighted.

Whether you’re pointing at trees, the hole, or hazards on the course, the clever Pinsensor can measure out over 500 yards and lock onto targets to within +/- 1 yard, giving you very strong confidence in its accuracy.

Though buying this rangefinder is somewhat of a small investment, as with almost all TecTecTec models it outperforms its price range.

The new TecTecTec VPRODLX, on the other hand, could pique your interest if you’re looking for a waterproof unit with an extra 60 yards of measurement range.

The small and compact VPRO500, despite its cutting-edge technology, has a traditional feel to it.

It’s also tournament legal, has a one-year warranty, and a few more features that make it extremely portable and simple to use.According to great golfers, the Tec Tec Tec is just what you need for today’s extremely competitive sport.

This is the most popular golf rangefinder used in golf, and when you get it for yourself you will easily be able to see why. 


Best Value: GolfBuddy Aim L10

Best Value
GolfBuddy L10 AIM GolfBuddy L10 AIM
$199.99

The aim L10 is a compact and sporty laser rangefinder with slope compensation technology that you can manually turn on or o at any time. The aim L10 features three different targeting modes: Standard, Scan and Pin along with a slight vibration that assures you when you have locked on to your intended target. The slope-adjusted distances help you incorporate the elevation of the hole, providing a better perspective of your shot and making club selection even more accurate.

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08/13/2022 02:39 am GMT

It’s new, it’s fresh, and it’s jam-packed with features. Standard, Scan, Pin, and Pin Finder are the four targeting modes available on the GolfBuddy Aim L10.

Because of all this, you will never be lacking an accurate distance even on competition day.

You will be able to play round after round without feeling rushed or worried about the course, thanks to the many actions available at your fingertips. Your back, as well as your front and center, are covered by the L10.

This rangefinder is compact, lightweight, and portable. It allows you to adjust the diopter, switch between yards and meters, and is water-resistant in the event of spillage or sudden heavy rain.

It also with many add-ons to improve your game even more. If you don’t want to shell out for these though then this rangefinder is still a wonderful piece of equipment to have by itself. 


Runner Up: Nikon COOLSHOT 20

Runner Up
Nikon Coolshot 20 Nikon Coolshot 20
$129.95

The COOLSHOT 20 delivers world-class performance in a compact and lightweight body. With the speed, precision, and optical quality of the COOLSHOT 20, this rangefinder can help you develop club distance proficiency on the driving range and game management skills on the golf course.

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08/14/2022 02:24 am GMT

Are you on the lookout for a miniature Nikon? Then this might be the rangefinder for you. The COOLSHOT 20 is the smallest and lightest golf rangefinder in the company’s lineup.

It is unobtrusive, uncomplicated, and simple to use.

The 20 is popular among golfers because of its low-maintenance interface. Simply point and aim. There is no need to worry about whether you are in the right mode, whether it will pulse, or if you are off by a tenth of a yard.

This rangefinder is able to make all of the corrections automatically. With this rangefinder, you can simply focus on the game, and not have to worry about how well the rangefinder is working.

The COOLSHOT 20 is a laser rangefinder that measures in 1-yard increments and has a range of up to 500 yards and 250 yards to the flag.

This low-cost gadget won’t break the bank, but it might be able to help you break 80. As seen by the hundreds of users on the green, it has a proven track record. You will be able to keep your glasses on when using this as well, thanks to the extended eye relief.

Don’t be afraid to go with this less expensive alternative; you might be pleasantly surprised to find that it meets all of your needs. 


Runner Up: Bushnell Tour V4

Runner Up
Bushnell Tour V4 Shift (Slope) Golf Laser Rangefinder Bushnell Tour V4 Shift (Slope) Golf Laser Rangefinder
$593.32

The perfect combination of size, speed, accuracy, JOLT and Slope. Slope-Switch Technology lets the golfer easily toggle in and out of Bushnell’s patented Slope function.

PinSeeker with JOLT Technology provides the golfer with short vibrating bursts to reinforce the laser has locked onto the flag.

The Tour V4 Shift is legal for tournament play when Slope Mode is disabled.

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08/14/2022 01:04 am GMT

Despite the release of Bushnell’s new Tour V5, the Tour V4 remains the industry’s best rangefinder. With a range of up to 1000 yards, the Tour V4 is one of the most powerful, tournament-ready lasers.

Do not be fooled by the claims that it won’t be accurate when pointing it far away. Thanks to PinSeeker Technology, you will be precise to within -/+ 1 yard!

Because it is equipped with Jolt Technology, which vibrates when it is locked onto its target, you won’t have to wonder if your golf scope is on target.

The device will lock in at 400 yards when ranging out to the hole. It has a 5X magnification and a fast focus lens, so you can see the green in greater detail and steadiness than ever before.

The unit has a multi-coated lens and an ergonomic design with Stabi-Grip Technology to ensure that any motions in your hands do not block or change your view.

The angle correcting mode on the best-selling Tour V4 Slope model helps you to get a distance even when your stroke is hampered by inclines or drops.

And, because it’s from Bushnell, you can be sure it will be affordable and work really well. 


Top Rangefinders With Slope

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Bushnell Pro XE Golf Laser Rangefinder Bushnell Pro XE Golf Laser Rangefinder
$464.64
Pros:
  • Crystal Clear Display
  • Rapid detection of the flag
  • More accurate distances regardless of slope, temperature, and altitude
Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Jolt feature does not activate as often
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08/14/2022 01:09 am GMT
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08/14/2022 12:36 am GMT

Our Top Pick: Leupold GX-5i3

Our Top Pick
Leupold 2017 GX-5i3 Digital Golf Rangefinder Leupold 2017 GX-5i3 Digital Golf Rangefinder

The GX-5i3 with high performance Digitally enhanced Accuracy engine and advanced infrared laser provides faster measurements and increased accuracy displayed to the nearest 1/10 of a yard. Featuring TGR and Club Selector, which can be disabled for tournament play per updated USGA rule 14-3, the GX-5i3provides ranging information and club recommendations based on personal hitting strength, slope, and current environmental conditions.

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With this gadget, Leupold has made a brand new golf rangefinder scope that looks like something out of a science fiction movie. The unit’s robust texture suggests that it will be easy to hold and operate, with little risk of slipping even when wearing gloves.

This rangefinder is quite stable, with accuracy down to the tenth of a yard. Because of the True Golf Range and Club Selector features, it is not permitted to be used in tournaments.

Despite these features, you should always read your club review to identify when to utilize a specific golf club, whether it’s your wood or irons, and use Club Selector as a backup golf club review.

However, unlike earlier models, which required you to leave the unit in the car when playing, this 2017 model allows you to disable these fantastic features while playing, making it a legal unit, and making it more versatile for a variety of situations.

Both the Leupold GX-1i3 and the Leupold GX-2i3 are entirely new and feature the most cutting-edge technologies available from Leupold.

The GX-1i3 is a simple gadget with Fog Mode, DNA, and PinHunter laser technology that is completely waterproof. This looks great in any season or month of the year.

The GX-5i3 is a bit more pricy than other models on this list, as well as the other models made by Leupold. But this is simply a reflection of the amazing technology that is packed inside this small rangefinder.

This is an investment that is definitely worth the money. 


Editors Choice: Bushnell PRO XE

Editors Choice
Bushnell Pro XE Golf Laser Rangefinder Bushnell Pro XE Golf Laser Rangefinder
$464.64

Bushnell Golf has revolutionized golf laser rangefinders with the feature packed Pro XE. Tour-trusted compensated distances have been taken to the next level with Slope with 'Elements.' Temperature and barometric pressure have been added to Bushnell’s patented Slope Technology to give golfers the most precise compensated distances ever.

JOLT has been advanced with the all new 'Visual JOLT.' A red ring now flashes as JOLT vibrates to give the golfer even greater feedback and confidence to know you have locked onto the flag.

Pros:
  • Crystal Clear Display
  • Rapid detection of the flag
  • More accurate distances regardless of slope, temperature, and altitude
Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Jolt feature does not activate as often
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08/14/2022 01:09 am GMT

If you are looking for the top of tournament-legal slope rangefinders, Bushnell has you covered.

The Bushnell Pro XE laser rangefinder contains all of the features you would expect from a premium laser rangefinder designed for tournament use.

The PRO XE is a follow-up to Bushnell’s Pro X2, and while the Pro X2 is somewhat lighter, the PRO XE is much better in almost evey other way.

The XE’s external shell is entirely comprised of metal, making it slightly heavier, but on the flip side, this rangefinder is entirely waterproof, making it practically indestructible.

Without a doubt, the PRO XE is the fastest and most reliable rangefinder on the market.

Golfers can acquire correct compensated distances by taking into consideration the temperature and barometric pressure with Bushnell’s “Elements” built-in. 

A built-in “Slope-Switch” allows you to toggle on and off the slope function on the PRO XE. It is the perfect rangefinder for tournaments as well as regular use.

Aside from the X7 magnification, the JOLT on the XE has been enhanced to “Visual JOLT,” which means a red circle will flash and the JOLT will vibrate when the rangefinder has the flag in its sight.

The innovative BITE magnetic function on the Bushnell PRO XE is its hidden gem, allowing you to stick it to just about anything!

This is one of the best legal rangefinders you can get, so if you want to be at the top of your game then this is the one for you. 


Best Value: Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro

Best Value
Precision Pro NX7 Golf Rangefinder with Slope Precision Pro NX7 Golf Rangefinder with Slope
$199.00

NEW UPDATED DESIGN: The Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro Slope Golf Range Finder has been re-designed and engineered to provide accurate distances on sloped or flat surfaces. With a faster laser speed, and new ergonomic design, our Pro Slope technology makes it user friendly and helps you select the correct golf club.

ADAPTIVE SLOPE TECHNOLOGY: Our NX7 Pro Slope golf laser rangefinder is infused with Pro Slope technology that provides a “play as” distance to make club selection simple. The slope function can be easily turned off for legal tournament play.

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08/14/2022 12:36 am GMT

Do you have a limited budget but still want the best rangefinder possible?

Stop looking for subpar rangefinders and instead check out what Precision Golf has to offer. The NX7 Pro is a one-of-a-kind device that blends value and performance.

This rangefinder will help you with your slope measurements whenever you need it.

To comply with USGA guidelines, you can turn off-slope mode. You may return to distance-only mode with a flip of a switch, and go out to do your best in tournaments.

The NX7 vibrates, locks on, and measures with breakneck speed. And it does all this despite its relatively low price.

The NX7 is in the low-cost category and offers a lot of bang for your buck in terms of technology.

With TAG, pulse vibration, and slope mode, you can get any distance you will ever need on the green out to 400 yards.

With so much to offer this rangefinder outperforms many others that cost more but do less.


Runner Up: Bushnell PRO X2

Runner Up
Bushnell Pro X2 Golf Laser Rangefinder Bushnell Pro X2 Golf Laser Rangefinder
$349.99

All of Bushnell Golf’s industry-leading laser rangefinder innovations are packed into the Pro X2.

Tour-trusted Slope-Switch Technology engages Bushnell Golf’s patented Slope Technology to give the golfer compensated distance based the hole’s incline/decline - and turns off for a USGA-conforming device when needed.

There’s PinSeeker with JOLT Technology to eliminate any doubt that you have locked onto the flag. All of it is wrapped in fully-waterproof metal housing to give the golfer the ultimate golf laser rangefinder.

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08/14/2022 01:49 am GMT

For tournament use, the Pro X2 combines all of the capabilities you would want in a basic and premium laser rangefinder.

To begin, it includes Bushnell’s Tour X upgrade, which lets you play with two alternative faceplates.

The red faceplate has Slope Compensation when you’re hitting practice rounds. This feature is not allowed to be used in tournaments though.

But what about the slope feature? Well, with a button on the side of the PRO X2, you can now turn the slope feature on and off with ease.

Another feature that puts this laser at the top of the game is the Dual Display Technology, which allows you to choose between an LCD and an LED display depending on the lighting conditions and your preferences.

This Bushnell’s best has the latest E.S.P. 2 (Extreme, Speed, Precision), half-yard accuracy, HD optics, and PinSeeker Technology with Jolt.

It’s also resistant to water so you will not have to worry about it if there is a sudden downpour on the course. This is another rangefinder that any pro golfer or beginner will love. 


Runner Up: Nikon COOLSHOT Pro Stabilized

Runner Up
Nikon Coolshot Pro Stabilized Golf Rangefinder Nikon Coolshot Pro Stabilized Golf Rangefinder
$348.95

NIKON’S EXCLUSIVE STABILIZATION TECHNOLOGY stabilizes not only the viewfinder, but also the outbound laser for unequaled accuracy and control. Technology proven through decades of refinement and use in Nikon camera lenses.

SLOPE ON / SLOPE OFF – HOW DO YOU PROVE IT? Never be disqualified or even leave your status in doubt. Nikon’s exclusive external LED provides a Visual Confirmation that the COOLSHOT PRO is in a USGA conforming mode - legal for Tournament play.


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08/14/2022 12:29 am GMT

The Coolshot Pro Stabilized will change the way you think about golf forever.

This rangefinder includes the standard features found on many of these devices such as slope measurements, stabilized photographs, and instant distances.

So is it worth the hefty price tag? We think so. This is undoubtedly the best laser rangefinder that Nikon has ever made. 


Runner Up: Inesis 900, Golf Laser Rangefinder

At a bargain price of less than $200, this gadget has an intuitive Slope Compensation toggle that enables you to choose between slope-adjusted lengths for practice and competition play.

When compared to other, more expensive models, this rangefinder can keep them in almost all aspects, but especially in its ease of use and accuracy. These are the most essential components of a rangefinder.

The Inesis 900 features a First target priority function, that pinpoints the flag while the device measures the distance.

Once locked on the rangefinder will vibrate to let you know that the measurements are ready. The Inesis 900 is accurate to the yard and can measure the distance in meters if you prefer.

Several other notable features include a 6x magnification for crystal-clear vision via the viewfinder, as well as a very well-made body that fits comfortably in the hand and has the right weight.

Additionally, you receive a very sturdy and well-made case, as well as some instructions, a cloth for cleaning the rangefinder’s lens, a CR2 battery, and a clip for attaching the laser to your bag.


Runner Up: Zoom Focus X Laser Rangefinder

Zoom, a new rangefinder brand, announced the debut of the Focus X, the company’s first product.

It is equipped with a host of premium features, including high-quality optics and six times magnification, as well as slope-adjusted distance technology that compensates for target elevation.

Additionally, it functions as a yard-to-meter converter.When a flag is picked from the background, the gadget vibrates and shows the yardage to the nearest 0.1 of a yard, providing an additional level of precision not seen in many lasers.

While the LCD is not as bright or as clear as on other versions, the focus toggle amplifies everything seen in the viewfinder well.


Runner Up: Volvik V1 Laser Rangefinder

The Volvik V1 rangefinder is packed with a multitude of techniques that ensure accurate yardage is always had. T

o begin, it features a Pin Finder tool that is capable of properly calculating distances ranging from five to one thousand and two hundred yards.

This function performs very well, as it enables you to lock onto the flag and receive an accurate yardage every time.

Additionally, it includes a ‘Slope Compensation’ feature that accounts for elevation differences to ensure you always obtain the right yardage.

Volvik has also developed a tool called ‘Priority First Goal,’ which enables users to compare their measurements to predefined objects such as flags and bunkers.

Finally, the three color selections are a noise touch. Usually, with rangefinders, they come in one standard color, very often black or gray.

While color is hardly the most important feature to think about when buying a rangefinder, it is nice to have the option of different colors to suit your style.


Runner Up: GolfBuddy Laser Lite

Runner Up
Golf Buddy Laser Lite Rangefinder With Slope Golf Buddy Laser Lite Rangefinder With Slope
$141.99

The GOLF BUDDY LASER LITE - This compact and sporty golf laser rangefinder has slope compensation with on/off functionality and clear measurement with bright 6X magnification viewfinder.

Fast and Accurate - Fast measurement in 0.5 seconds with 1-click scan and accurate measurement with vibration alert. The jolt vibrates ensure you are picking up the flag rather than the landscape behind and the 0.5-second one-click measure makes it extremely fast at picking up your targets.


Pros:
  • IPX4 waterproof rated
  • Ergonomic and compact design
  • Three available modes to help improve your swing
Cons:
  • Pin detection can be somewhat inaccurate, requiring multiple scans
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08/14/2022 01:59 am GMT

This entry-level laser measures in less than 0.5 seconds, vibrates to indicate that the target has been secured, provides slope-adjusted distances, and features three modes (Normal, Scan, and Pin) for usage in a variety of situations.

Normal mode enables you to calculate the distance to anything you are aiming at and confirms it by vibration when you lock onto something.

For a total of 10 seconds, Scan mode enables you to travel between several targets while their distances are shown.

Pin mode supports you in recognizing the flag when it is obstructed by barriers by beginning with the flag and progressing to the pin, which vibrates when it latches on.

The best of these three features is the Normal mode, which functions brilliantly every time. Pin mode is also pretty good.

Scan mode, on the other hand, appears to be redundant in contrast to the other two modes in terms of quality and ease of use.

The GolfBuddy Lasor Lite weighs only 143 grams and is waterproof to IPX4, making it one of the best laser rangefinders available at this price point.


Runner Up: Garmin Approach Z82 Laser Golf Rangefinder

Runner Up
Garmin Approach Z82 Laser Golf Rangefinder Garmin Approach Z82 Laser Golf Rangefinder
$609.99

Get the most accurate reading within 10” of the flag with the Approach Z82, preloaded with 41,000 courses; featuring image stabilization, PlaysLike Distance, flag finder with vibration feedback, and now displays wind speed and direction!

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08/12/2022 12:50 am GMT

The Approach Z82 lens is equipped with two-dimensional overlays for full-color Course View and Green View detail.

When seen via the viewfinder, a full-color two-dimensional course view mapping is displayed on the left-hand side of the lens view, indicating the distances to risks and the green.

The flag detection function will automatically latch on to the flag and offer precise pin distances.

The Laser Range Arc will be drawn on the green at the flag’s range, helping the player to decide whether the pin is in the front, center, or back of the green.

Additionally, when ranging additional targets on the course, the arc may be used to assess what else is in play.

Additionally, there is a PlaysLike Distance tool that takes slope into account, as well as a PinPointer function that directs blind shots to the center of the green.

While it is a premium device, the user experience is unparalleled, and the incorporation of GPS technology and hole maps into a rangefinder is truly remarkable.

Best Golf Rangefinders Buying Guide

Slope VS No Slope Rangefinders – What’s The Difference

When choosing between a sloping or flat rangefinder, you must consider if you want a device that is legal for tournament play.Precision distance measurements are required for tournament play, and laser rangefinders are known for their precision.

This is why using one of these is considered “cheating” in tournaments, as they give you a huge advantage over other players who cannot use this tech to help them line up their shot. 

As such, if you want to use a rangefinder during tournament golf, you should get acquainted with the rules before setting foot on the course.

Possessing an “illegal” rangefinder may result in disqualification, even if you are not using any of the advanced features.There are a few differences between a slope and no slope rangefinder. Here are the common ones.

Slope

  • Not legal for use in tournaments
  • More expensive
  • Takes elevation into account
  • More features included
  • You are unable to submit a handicap score using slope
  • Perfect for courses that feature a lot of elevation and hills

No Slope

  • Legal for use in tournaments
  • Cheaper than sloped rangefinders
  • Does not take into account elevation
  • Usually less features than sloped versions
  • You are able to submit a handicap score if using this device
  • More suitable for flatter courses

What Is A Tournament Legal Rangefinder?

According to USGA Rule 14-3, measuring devices may be used during tournament play if approved by local rules first.

A legal rangefinder is equipped with the minimal essentials — it measures distance alone and does not account for slope.

However, the mere fact that a device is “legal” or performs a basic measuring purpose does not exclude it from being an incredibly useful device.

A tournament-legal rangefinder should have pin-seeking functions capable of not just identifying and zeroing in on the flag swiftly, if not immediately when pointed in that direction.

Additionally, its precision should be razor-sharp. You want to leave almost no room for error, otherwise you risk losing the par.

Finally, all of those critical components of a tournament legal rangefinder should be performing optimally to qualify you for the event.

What Features Can Disqualify You?

The following features of a non-tournament legal rangefinder are disqualifying: club selection, distance measurement between two points that includes slope or other conditions that can affect the short distance, slope compensation and any measurement feature that affects play, such as a barometer, temperature, or barometer.

If you are not going on tours, having a fully loaded rangefinder with all the latest features is not going to affect you.

However, if you’ve become accustomed to all of those features throughout practise rounds, they cannot be present during competition, which may throw you off your game. Make sure that when you enter a competition, you leave your feature-packed rangefinder in the car.

Can I Get A Rangefinder That Both Is And Is Not Tournament Legal?

If you are looking for the best of both worlds, some manufacturers have developed a way to appeal to both tournament-legal and non-tournament-playing groups without abandoning either.

For instance, depending on the faceplate used, Bushnell’s Pro XE and Leupold’s GX-5i3 may be labelled as tournament-legal or not. That is, they may be used on either a slanted or a level surface.

Additionally, a 2016 amendment to rule 14-3 states that you would be punished only if you utilize the information in violation of this regulation, not just because your device includes such functionality.If you want to advance from novice to professional, you should choose a rangefinder that is free of slope or other disqualifying characteristics.

If tournament competition is not a concern, then why not invest in the best golf rangefinder with slope to dramatically enhance your game?

This is why choosing what type of golf you wil be mainly playing (for fun or for competition) is a very important factor to consider when choosing a rangefinder.

Laser VS GPS Rangefinder – What’s The Difference?

Given that we are analysing all of your options here, one more piece of golf measuring equipment to consider is the Golf GPS.

The best golf distance finder, whether laser or GPS, is a hotly debated and contentious topic, and the competition between the two is rather tough.

While it appears that the deciding factor is merely personal preference, below is a summary of each type of distance finder to help you in making your selection.

Laser Rangefinders

Laser rangefinders are portable infrared-emitting devices that are generally referred to as the greatest golf rangefinders.

A built-in clock keeps track of how long the reflected light takes to return to the gadget. The result is converted to a distance measurement.

Golf laser distance scopes are typically hand-held vertically, although they can also be available in pistol-style designs. With the majority of conventional laser rangefinders, you can range to any target and acquire distances to within one yard, give or take.

They are really simple to use: simply line the flagstick with the viewfinder’s crosshairs and shoot.

Due to the fact that a laser’s battery life is far longer than that of a GPS, you can count on your laser lasting multiple rounds.

You will never be required to pay a membership fee or download maps or the like in order to use a laser rangefinder, which is a huge benefit that this gadget has over the GPS types.

GPS Devices

Rather than using lasers, GPS devices compute the course you are playing on using satellite signals. They are pre-loaded with information about thousands of golf courses located around the United States and even the world.

Unlike laser rangefinders, there may be an annual cost or membership fee associated with viewing, downloading, and updating these maps. GPS devices do have a few benefits over laser rangefinders though.

By delivering an updated distance to the hole from any location on the tee, GPS devices eliminate the necessity for aiming and measuring, which can take a bit of time. Additionally, GPS devices have a broader range of capabilities and features than laser systems.

They are frequently small, lightweight devices that you may carry in your pocket or clip to your belt.

If you are shopping for a golf GPS watch, such as the Garmin Approach S20, consider the wearability factor. Without a doubt, the most convenient alternative is the GPS watch.

GPS rangefinders equipped with touchscreens are gaining popularity. Although it needs more setup time and device “learning” to get started, it is relatively simple to use once accomplished.

Hybrid Models​

The Bushnell Hybrid

Best Hybrid
Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder

See distance like never before with the Bushnell Hybrid. Bushnell Golf has been one of the leading innovator in Golf Measuring Devices for over 20 years and is now bringing Laser and GPS technologies together like never before with the Hybrid.


Over 99% of PGA Tour players choose to use a Bushnell Laser Rangefinder due to their unrivaled precision. Bushnell has now combined this unrivaled laser precision with GPS-provided 'Front' and 'Back' distances in the LCD to further remove the guesswork from your game. You now have every number you need to approach all of your shots with the utmost confidence.

Pros:
  • Dual functionality of rangefinder and GPA
  • Dual battery source
  • Easy to use GPS readouts
Cons:
  • Quite large
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Are you unsure whether to get a rangefinder or a GPS unit? When faced with an option between the two, what do you do? Bushnell has the solution.

It has a rangefinder and a GPS in one, and yes, it is a hybrid. This is the world’s first combination laser rangefinder and GPS portable golf equipment.

It is, nevertheless, more approachable than its tongue-twisting title. Most people just call it the hybrid.

You have GPS for those blind spots or short distances needed to return to the game.

Not only does the laser rangefinder provide distances, but it also has PinSeeker technology and Jolt to keep you concentrated on the target and aware of the vibrations.

It is self-contained, guaranteeing that you do not disrupt the GPS’s power source.

Without Bluetooth connectivity, the Hybrid would not be a technological marvel, since it streamlines the process of acquiring course updates. Charge time for the GPS is less than three hours.

The gadget is very durable and has a coarse surface. It is shockproof, fast, and very accurate. 


Garmin Approach Z80

Garmin Approach Z80 Garmin Approach Z80
$599.99

Approach Z80 laser range finder with GPS is the most Accurate laser range finder available. It also gives you a new perspective on more than 41, 000 courses worldwide. You actually see a full-color course view and Green view overlay in 2-d for the hole you’re playing, showing distances to the front and back of the Green. Then when you activate the laser range finder, you get an amazingly Accurate distance to the pin -within 10”. Plus, you also see Accurate distances to hazards at the same time. This speeds up play, because there’s No need to range them separately. Approach Z80 automatically determines which hole you are currently playing to provide course layout and appearance information.

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While the Garmin Approach Z80 rangefinder is pretty pricy, it does have numerous unique features that justify the premium.

The viewfinder combines the functionality of a rangefinder with a GPS by displaying a two-dimensional, full-color course map with yardages to the front, center, and back of the green.

Additionally, it may suggest yardages for your tee shots, which is a helpful feature.

The Garmin Approach Z80 is a good alternative for anyone who is having difficulty deciding between a golf rangefinder and a GPS, as it combines the two.


What To Consider When Buying A Rangefinder

There are several factors that you need to consider when buying a rangefinder. These are a few of the most important ones.

Scope

Some models come with scope, some do not. Sometimes the scope can be turned off, while sometimes it cannot. It all depends on the rangefinder that you are buying.

While having scope included is very useful, when it comes to tournaments, this feature is not allowed to be used in play.

If you want to use scope when having a casual game, but also take part in a lot of competitions, then find a rangefinder that allows you to turn off this feature. Otherwise, you will have to leave it at home or in your car.

Accuracy

This is the most crucial factor to consider when buying a laser. If it is not accurate, it is worthless since it will provide inaccurate information. This can result in you playing the wrong club and making a couple of bad shots.

Accuracy is frequently what separates the good from the great when it comes to rangefinders, and unfortunately the cheaper the device the worse the accuracy tends to be.

That is not to essay that you have to shell out a small fortune on a rangefinder, it just means that you should test out a few of the cheaper ones before trying to use it in a game.

Budget

There is a pretty good rangefinder at almost every price point, so there should be something for everyone’s budget. Like we said above, the cheaper the product the worse it can be, and this is the same here.

Not only are cheaper rangefinders usually less accurate, they also come with far fewer features than the more expensive models. This is not a hard and fast rule though, and you can probably find a relatively cheap rangefinder that has everything you need to play a great game of golf.

Like with many other products, it may take some trial and error to find the right rangefinder for you, so try testing them out in a practice round before using them in a game.

Strength

A good laser must be able to survive a few drops, which we all experience on occasion.

Examine which models include impact resistance, and ensure that the laser comes with a case since many brands now offer durable cases that easily connect to your golf bag.

Waterproofing

A properly waterproofed laser will perform just as effectively in the rain as it will in the sun, emphasizing the importance of waterproofing.

We recommend doing some research to identify which models are entirely waterproof and which are only water-resistant, since this can make a major difference, particularly if you frequently play golf in the rain.

Convenience

Lasers must be quick and easy to use. You will want to remove it, measure the flag, and then return it to its container as quickly as possible to keep the game moving.

If a laser is extremely complex or takes a long time to display measurement, it adds time rather than saves it.

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