Our Picks for Best Golf Rangefinder

As of Feb 27, 2017Below are our picks for ‘Best Golf Rangefinder’ by category. Our picks are based on performance, price and customer reviews.

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Best LASER Golf Rangefinder (USGA Legal*)
TecTecTec VPRO500
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It’s the combination of price and performance that puts the TecTecTec VPRO500 at the top of our list. It used to be that it felt safer to go with a well-known brand when you bought a golf rangefinder. However when there are over 800 hundred reviews for a product and over 75% of them are 5 Stars, those concerns can be easily dismissed. Well, actually we had to see it to believe it. We purchased it from Amazon and put it to the test. We were not disappointed. It was super easy to lock on the flag, even from long distances. The unit was compact, but the numbers were large and easy to read. There are other rangefinders that have features we like, including Bushnell’s Jolt feature and several high-end models with red display numbers. However, for the money, the VPRO500 is tops!

Rating: 4.50 (848 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 6.6 oz.   Legal: Yes

Bushnell Tour X
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Wow! We’ve never seen a golf rangefinder with higher ratings than the Bushnell Tour X… Especially a high-end rangefinder. Usually, the expectations for buyers of higher priced models are so high, that the ratings suffer. Not so with the Bushnell Tour X. This model offers Slope but can be made “legal” by attaching the black faceplate, which turns the Slope off. We love having that option! If you want Slope as an option, but don’t want to have to carry the extra faceplate, you may want to take a look at the Bushnell Tour V4 or the Leupold GX-2i2. Neither of them has ratings as high as the Tour X, but both are solid performers and have an easy On/Off switch for Slope that allows them to be used in competition.

Rating: 4.86 (179 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 8 oz.   Legal: Yes, when the black faceplate is attached.

Bushnell Tour V3 Standard
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We’ve simply never seen a golf rangefinder at this price point that gets this kind of rave reviews from this many users. The Bushnell V3 doesn’t have any bells and whistles, but it does a superb job of picking up the distance to your target and letting you know with the vibrating burst known as Jolt technology. It’s small and lightweight and the price is amazing!

Rating: 4.72 (895 ratings)  Magnification: 5x
Weight: 6.6 oz.   Legal: Yes

Bushnell Pro X7 Jolt
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The Bushnell Pro X7 with Jolt brings has the highest magnification level that can be found in a golf rangefinder. The 7x magnification brings the target closer and when combined with the wide body that makes two-handed operation easy, could make this the easiest to use laser rangefinder in golf. It also has jolt technology and easy to read red numbers. It’s larger and heavier than most other rangefinders, but if you usually ride in a golf cart, this model is definitely worth some consideration.

Rating: 4.69 (66 ratings)  Magnification: 7x
Weight: 12 oz.   Legal: Yes

Leupold GX-2i2 (slope)
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We love the price of the GX-2i2 and we love that you can make it tourament legal without a hassle.There are also a few interesting features that you won’t find on any Bushnell rangefinder. You can input some of your club distances and weather information so the GX-2i2 can calculate the “Plays Like” distance and recommend a club. The only other rangefinder on the market that has an easy On/Off switch to make it tournament legal is the Bushnell Tour V4 Slope.

Rating: 4.22 (13 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 6.8 oz.   Legal: Yes, when the slope feature is turned off.

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Best LASER Rangefinder (with Slope)
Bushnell Tour X
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Wow! We’ve never seen a golf rangefinder with higher ratings than the Bushnell Tour X… Especially a high-end rangefinder. Usually, the expectations for buyers of higher priced models are so high, that the ratings suffer. Not so with the Bushnell Tour X. This model offers Slope but can be made “legal” by attaching the black faceplate, which turns the Slope off. We love having that option! If you want Slope as an option, but don’t want to have to carry the extra faceplate, you may want to take a look at the Bushnell Tour V4 or the Leupold GX-2i2. Neither of them has ratings as high as the Tour X, but both are solid performers and have an easy On/Off switch for Slope that allows them to be used in competition.

Rating: 4.86 (13 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 8 oz.   Legal: Yes, when the black faceplate is attached.

Bushnell Pro X7 Jolt (Slope)
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This is the top of the line in golf rangefinders. It is a little larger than some of our other top picks, but has 7x magnification, Pinseeker with Jolt (vibrating bursts) and red numbers that make it easier to see in all lighting conditions. It’s fast and accurate to within a half yard. The Slope and “plays like” distance is easily obtained by holding the main button for an extra 2 seconds.

Rating: 4.70 (13 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 12 oz.   Legal: No

Leupold GX-2i2 (slope)
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We love the price of the GX-2i2 and we love that you can make it tourament legal without a hassle.There are also a few interesting features that you won’t find on any Bushnell rangefinder. You can input some of your club distances and weather information so the GX-2i2 can calculate the “Plays Like” distance and recommend a club. The only other rangefinder on the market that has an easy On/Off switch to make it tournament legal is the Bushnell Tour V4 Slope.

Rating: 4.22 (13 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 6.8 oz.   Legal: Yes, when the slope feature is turned off.

Bushnell Tour V4 Slope
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The Bushnell Tour V4 differs from the extremely successful Tour V3 by adding a fast focus system and Stabi-Grip technology for a better grip. However, what we love the most is that the V4 Slope model offers and easy on/off switch for Slope, which makes it legal in events where the USGA local rule is in effect. Other models required you to change the faceplate to make it legal, but the V4 and the new Leupold GX-2i2 are the only two models that make this really easy.

Rating: 4.13 (13 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 5.6 oz.   Legal: Yes, with Slope mode turned off

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Best Golf GPS Watches
(Full-featured: Yardages + Hole View Graphics)
Bushnell Neo Ion Golf Watch
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Although Bushnell is known for their laser rangefinders, they really seemed to have nailed it in the golf watch category as well. They have figured out that what a majority of golfers want is not bells and whistles, but simply a comfortable golf watch that is easy to use and provides distances to greens and hazards. The Neo Ion brings the same winning formula to a smaller, lighter, and better looking golf GPS watch. Best of all, the battery life will easily go three full rounds!

Rating: grsScore
Weight: 1.8 oz.   Legal: Yes

Garmin Approach S20
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The Garmin S20 isn’t for everyone, but for some of us, it’s worthy of becoming a full-time smartwatch with an activity tracker, sleep tracker, and smartphone notifications, plus a really cool golf watch! It provides distance to the front, middle, and back of the green on the main screen, as well as the green shape. You can manually adjust the pin placement and you can also view distances to the front and back of hazards as well as doglegs. There’s a feature called AutoShot that automatically records the distance of your shots. It takes a little time to set up before you first use it, but after that, it takes care of itself. When you combine it with Garmin Connect, your post-game analysis gets really interesting. It can also pair up with Garmin TruSwing™ if you want swing metrics. We love that it automatically updates courses you play regularly, looks and feels better than most golf watches, and it has 15 hours of battery life in GPS mode or 8 weeks in activity mode!

Rating: grsScore
Weight: 1.5 oz.   Legal: Yes

Bushnell neo-XS Golf Watch
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Bushnell already had the smallest and lightest golf watch on the market with the highly rated neo-x, but they are going even smaller and lighter with the neo xs. They’ve also added more targets per hole, but kept the same simple user interface. Another golf GPS watch from Bushnell that will be hard to beat!

Rating: grsScore
Weight: 1.8 oz.   Legal: Yes

Garmin Approach S2
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The Garmin S2 offers doglegs, layup yardages and a digital scorecard. It gets excellent ratings, but if the scorecard isn’t important to you, also check the Bushnell Neo Ion watch which is newer and also provides distances to hazards.

Rating: grsScore
Weight: 1.8 oz.   Legal: Yes

Garmin S4 Golf Watch
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Athough the ratings aren’t as high as other golf watches, this one is one of our favorites. The S4 is feature-rich and yet so easy to use. It has a dedicated green view button and a wonderful touchscreen that allows for easy manual pin positioning. The scorecard and stats are easy to input and it can measure your shots. If you have an iphone, you even get notifications on your watch with very little interruption to your game.

Rating: grsScore
Weight: 2.06 oz.   Legal: Yes

Garmin Approach X40
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We love Garmin golf watches and we love Garmin fitness bands, so we find the Garmin X40 band very exciting. Golf features include distance to the front, middle, and back of every green, plus hazard distances. You can see the shape of the green and manually adjust the pin position. AutoShot tracking measures and records your shot distances automatically. It has a scorecard and stat-tracking. Activity tracking shows steps, distance, calories burned, heart rate and activity intensity. If that’s not enough, you can get notifications from your smartphone.

Rating: grsScore
Weight: 1.1 oz.   Legal: Yes

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Best Golf GPS Rangefinder:
(Full-featured: Yardages + Hole View Graphics)
Garmin Approach G30
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We are excited about the Garmin Approach G30, Garmin’s newest handheld golf GPS! This full-featured unit provides full hole views, touch targeting to any point on a hole (including the pin position), a scorecard for up to four people, and stat tracking. You can also set it up to get notifications from your smartphone during your round. Using the Garmin Connect app, you can have detailed game analysis on your phone or your computer. This model is a little smaller than previous Garmin handhelds, making easy to carry in your pocket or clip to your belt or golf back. It also has a ‘Big Numbers’ mode for distances to the front, middle, and back of the green.

Rating: grsScore
Weight: 2.5 oz.   Legal: Yes

Garmin Approach G8
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If you have the budget for this one and no great love for your PC, the ability to update courses via Wifi will be a real bonus. The “Plays Like” distance that calculates using changes in elevation is something we think many golfers will enjoy along with the club recommendations. If you have an iPhone and having messages and notifications on your golf GPS, appeals to you, the G8 or the G7 will serve you well.

Rating: grsScore
Weight: 3.97 oz.   Legal: Yes, when Plays Like distance and Club Advice are turned off.

Garmin Approach G6
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Pre-loaded, no fees and excellent user reviews. Definitely our first choice in a full-featured golf GPS. The color screen is bright in any light conditions. The touchscreen allows you to get distance to any point on a hole. The battery life is excellent and the unit is compact and easy to use. The price is the reason we put it at the top of our list!

Rating: grsScore
Weight: 3.37 oz.   Legal: Yes, if Club Averages feature is not used.

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Best Golf GPS Rangefinder:
(Basic: Yardages/No full hole views)
Garmin Approach G10
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It looks like Garmin is going to give GolfBuddy some real competition in the small clip-on category of golf GPS devices. The Garmin Approach G10 doesn’t provide audible distances, but it does offer green views and manual pin placement in addition to distances to the front, middle, and back of every green. It also has a scorecard feature with stats. We particularly like that you can use it with Garmin Connect for online game analysis and record keeping. The price is competitive and the reviews are very good.

Rating: grsScore
Weight: 1 oz.   Legal: Yes

Izzo Swami 4000+
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Honestly, we love what the Izzo Swami 4000+ brings to the handheld golf GPS market. It’s really one of the only current models that is big enough to have large numbers. It’s got distance to the front, middle, and back on the main screen and hazards are only a button press away. The color screen makes it easy to tell the type of hazard. We love the price and the design of this model. We wish it would advance to the next hole without taking it onto the green or having to press the up key, but that’s minor considering the price!

Rating: grsScore
Weight: 3.2 oz.   Legal: Yes

GolfBuddy Voice 2
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GolfBuddy just keeps building on a winning theme. The GolfBuddy Voice 2 claims 14 hours of battery life. That’s four hours more than the GolfBuddy VS4! It’s water resistant, has the choice of male or female voice, and of course provides distances to the front, middle, and back of the green. It’s available in three different colors as well. If you want the watch band, order the bundle.

Rating: grsScore
Weight: 1.02 oz.   Legal: Yes

GolfBuddy VS4
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GolfBuddy has been leading the way in the basic and Voice categories of Golf GPS for several years now. With each new model, there are a few minor changes with big impact. When the VS4 came out, it added water resistance and improved battery life as the only upgrades we could see from the GolfBuddy Voice. The newest GolfBuddy model is the Voice 2 and it adds significant battery life over the VS4. If 10 hours of battery life is enough for you, then you can most likely save some money by going with the VS4.

Rating: grsScore
Weight: 1.02 oz.   Legal: Yes

Golf Buddy Voice
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The GolfBuddy Voice gives visual and auditory distances to the front, middle and back of every green. It’s simple, convenient and reasonably priced, and the ratings are fantastic! However, GolfBuddy has several newer models that are similarly priced, have high ratings, and better battery life! Check out the latest from GolfBuddy.

Rating: grsScore
Weight: 1 oz.   Legal: Yes

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Bushnell Tour V4 Replacement Battery

If you are looking for a Bushnell Tour V4 replacement battery, you will need a 3-volt lithium CR2. This applies to:

    • Tour V4 Standard
    • Tour V4 Slope
    • Tour V4 Shift

We suggest the 2-pack so that you can carry a spare in your bag! These Energizer batteries are very reasonably priced on Amazon.

Bushnell recommends replacing the battery at least every 12 months or as soon as you see the lo8 on the display. It’s code for Low Battery!
Bushnell Tour V4 Replacement Battery indicator

Here are the instructions for replacing the Bushnell Tour V4 battery:

      • Remove the battery cap by lifting the battery cap tab and then rotating counter clockwise
      • Insert a CR-2 3-volt lithium battery into the compartment negative end first
      • Replace the battery cap.

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