Our Picks for Best Golf Rangefinder

As of - Below are our picks for 'Best Golf Rangefinder' by category. Our picks are based on performance, price and customer reviews.

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Best Golf Laser Rangefinder with Slope
Bushnell Pro X2 - Read Full Review

In our opinion, there is no better laser golf rangefinder than the Bushnell Pro X2. It's compact and feels well built. It has 6x magnification and a Slope mode that can be turned off to make it legal for competition. The improvement (allowed by the 2016 rules modification) puts a simple switch on the side of the rangefinder that toggles Slope mode on or off. The Bushnell Pro X2 allows you to switch from the standard black display to the red VDT display depending on conditions with the simple press of a button. It is fully waterproof, has Jolt technology that vibrates when it locks the pin, and ranges to within a half yard.

Rating: 4.77 (112 ratings)  Magnification: 6x  Slope: both
Weight: 8 oz.   Legal: Yes* When Slope Switch is turned off.
Bushnell Tour V4 Shift - Read Full Review

The Bushnell Tour V4 Shift is Bushnell's response to the 2016 USGA and R&A local rule change that allows rangefinders with Slope to be used as long as Slope mode is disabled. We think this will likely become the best-selling slope ranegfinder on the market. Like it's highly successful predecessors, it has Pinseeker for easily acquiring the flag over other objects; Jolt technology, so it vibrates when you have locked the target; and 5x magnification. Bushnell's long history of producing the highest-rated laser golf rangefinders should also give you confidence in making this choice.

Rating: 4.48 (90 ratings)  Magnification: 5x  Slope: both
Weight: 5.6 oz.   Legal: Yes, if Slope Switch is Down (Off).
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Precision Pro NX7 Pro - Read Full Review

Our initial hands-on experience with the Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro has been excellent. It locks onto the flag very quickly and the unit vibrates immediately when it locks. It offers two modes, one with Slope and one without Slope. When in non-Slope mode, the unit is legal in events where rangefinders are permitted. It's simple to switch between the two modes, but not so simple that you're likely to do so accidentally. The price on this is much less than the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift, but the features and performance are very similar. The only thing missing on the NX7 Pro is the ability to check which mode you are in by looking at the side of the rangefinder. The NX7 Pro may also be slightly more difficult to use on hitting targets on the ground for layups, but the difference in price may make this easy to overlook.

Rating: 4.79 (91 ratings)  Magnification: 6x  Slope: both
Weight: 5.45 oz.   Legal: Yes, with Slope Mode turned OFF.
Leupold GX-2i2 - Read Full Review

We love the price of the GX-2i2 and we love that you can make it tournament 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.

Rating: 4.12 (40 ratings)  Magnification: 6x  Slope: Yes
Weight: 6.8 oz.   Legal: Yes, when the slope feature is turned off.
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Best Golf Laser Rangefinder without Slope
Bushnell Hybrid - Read Full Review

Thank you Bushnell for bringing back the GPS/Laser Hybrid Rangefinder. We LOVE the features you have added since your previous version! This laser rangefinder has Pinseeker with Jolt making it quick and easy to tell when you are locked onto the flag. Of course we love that the GPS has distances to hazards, but the thing we love most about the GPS... The distances to the front and back of the green show up in the the laser display! Now when you're looking at the exact distance to the pin, you can also see the distance to the front and back of the green at the same time. We also love there is one battery for the laser a separate rechargeable battery for the GPS. On top of all of this, there is an App for updating golf courses and seeing full screen graphics and flyovers of the holes. We think Bushnell has really outdone themselves on the 2018 Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder!

Rating: 99.00 (N/A ratings)  Magnification: 5x  Slope: No
Weight: 6.1 oz.   Legal: Yes
Bushnell Tour V4 Jolt - Read Full Review

The Bushnell Tour V4 standard edition has two changes from its predecessor, the highly rated Bushnell Tour V3. The V4 is slightly smaller and has an easy-to-use focus ring. In previous years, we would expect this to become Bushnell's top-seller, but this year we think the Slope version of this model will give it a run for its money. The reason is that the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift has Slope and a switch that turns off the Slope mode, making it legal for most competitions. Both models have scan mode, 5x magnification, and Jolt that makes it vibrate when it's locked onto the target. As always, Bushnell rangefinders rate very high in ease of use and accuracy.

Rating: 4.64 (176 ratings)  Magnification: 5x  Slope: No
Weight: 6.6 oz.   Legal: Yes
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Nikon Coolshot 20 - Read Full Review

Nikon produces amazing optics for its solid line of rangefinders. There are no bells and whistles on this model, but it's lightweight and small and of course, it's extremely accurate!

Rating: 4.42 (219 ratings)  Magnification: 6x  Slope: No
Weight: 4.4 oz.   Legal: Yes
TecTecTec VPRO500 - Read Full Review

It's the combination of price and performance that puts the TecTecTec VPRO500 in our list of top rangefinders. 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. It was also easy to range other targets, including bunkers and the ground. The only performance issue we noticed is that it sometimes varies 3-4 yards when ranging the same target multiple times. For most golfers, that's not really a big issue, but other rangefinders in our top picks are typically more consistent. However, they are also more expensive. If that issue is a concern for you, check out our Best Laser Golf Rangefinders.

Rating: 4.50 (848 ratings)  Magnification: 6x  Slope: No
Weight: 6.6 oz.   Legal: Yes
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Best Golf Watch
Garmin Approach S10 - Read Full Review

The Garmin Approach S10 is the one we've been waiting for! It's small, lightweight, and simple to use. It doesn't try to be a multi-sport watch or a smartwatch. It puts the focus squarely on golf. On the main screen, you will see distances to the front, middle, and back of the green, plus the hole number and par. The shape of the green is also right there on the same screen. Many golfers will never even need to touch the watch after starting a round. If you need hazard information, it's one screen away. You can also keep score on this watch and upload your scores to Garmin Express so your playing history is always available. Although this golf watch has all the features most golfers want, for those looking for stats or hole views, Garmin has other golf watches you will want to check out.

Rating: 99.00  
Weight: 1.2 oz.   Legal: Yes
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Bushnell Ion 2 - Read Full Review

The Bushnell iON 2 replaces the Bushnell Neo iON. Although they have dropped the "Neo", they haven't changed the watch all that much. That said, the addition of Bluetooth and automatic updating of golf courses is a significant improvement of an already solid golf watch. The other change is that the watch band is reversible. With the Bushnell iON 2, you get distances to the front, middle, and back of every green plus up to four hazards and layups per hole. As with almost all golf GPS devices, you can measure shot distance with the iON 2. The battery can last up to 3 rounds or 12 hours. The Bushnell smartphone app also provides hole layouts with distance and flyovers. You cannot keep score or track your stats, but it does track your steps. We think it's main competition is the Garmin S10.

Rating: 99.00
Weight: 1.7 oz.   Legal: Yes
Garmin Approach S20 - Read Full Review

We've put the Garmin S20 at the top of our list because it's an outstanding golf watch at very low price point. Besides that, it's a worthy activity and sleep tracker and can aslo recieve notifications from your smartphone. As a 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. When you combine the watch stats 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: 4.31
Weight: 1.5 oz.   Legal: Yes
GolfBuddy Voice 2 - Read Full Review

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. The wristband can be ordered separately on Amazon.

Rating: 4.40
Weight: 1.02 oz.   Legal: Yes
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Best Basic Handheld Golf GPS
Garmin Approach G10 - Read Full Review

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: 4.42
Weight: 1 oz.   Legal: Yes
Bushnell Phantom - Read Full Review

Besides the ratings are outstanding, we love a few of the new features on the Bushnell Phantom. First off, it has Bluetooth connectivity to an app on your smartphone for wireless golf course updates. That's a big improvement over previous Bushnell GPS models. We also love that they've added a built-in magnet so you can stick it on your golf cart or any metal surface. If you would rather, they include a clip for your bag or your belt. They've also extended the battery life a couple of hours over the previous Ghost model. Beyond the new features, you still get distances to the front, middle, and back of every green and up to four hazards. It's rainproof, has over 36,000 courses preloaded and it's super simple to use and see! As always, there are no download fees.

Rating: 4.69
Weight: 1.83 oz.   Legal: Yes
GolfBuddy Voice 2 - Read Full Review

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. The wristband can be ordered separately on Amazon.

Rating: 4.40
Weight: 1.02 oz.   Legal: Yes
Bushnell Neo Ghost - Read Full Review

We had high expectations for the Bushnell Neo Ghost and about 80% of users love it. Unfortunately, about 20% of users were unhappy. It seems there are more defective units than is typical from Bushnell. This is an excellent value, but if you happen to be the unlucky one who gets the lemon, you'll have to go through the hassle of returning it. If you're not up for the risk, check out our picks for Best Golf GPS!

Rating: 4.00  
Weight: N/A oz.   Legal: Yes
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Best Full Hole View Golf GPS
Garmin Approach G8 - Read Full Review

The Garmin Approach G8 has full hole graphics and touch targeting to any point on a hole. If you want the ultimate golf GPS, this one has it all. No need to connect to a computer for updates, the G8 can deliver them via Wifi. It's the first golf GPS with Slope. It displays a "Plays Like" distance that is calculated using changes in elevation and it will also recommend a club. You can turn these features off to make it legal for tournament play. If you have an iPhone and having messages and notifications on your golf GPS appeals to you, the G8 can receive notifications via Bluetooth.

Rating: 4.18
Weight: 3.97 oz.   Legal: Yes, when Plays Like distance and Club Advice are turned off.
Garmin Approach S60 - Read Full Review

Garmin's newest golf watch looks to be a sophisticated golf watch, fitness watch, and smartwatch. It will be released in the summer of 2017 and we look forward to exploring all the features here very soon!

Rating: 3.86
Weight: 1.8* oz.   Legal: Yes
Garmin Approach S6 - Read Full Review

The Garmin Approach S6 is the only golf watch on the market with fairway views and manual targeting. That's what makes this watch worth the extra money. If you're standing on the tee of a dogleg with bunkers near your landing zone, it's really nice to know how far the trouble is. It's not for everyone, but it's worth considering for those who play unfamiliar courses frequently.

Rating: 3.75
Weight: 1.6 oz.   Legal: Yes, providing Pin Pointer, Tempo Training, and Swing Strength are not used
Garmin Approach G30 - Read Full Review

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 bag. It also has a 'Big Numbers' mode for distances to the front, middle, and back of the green.

Rating: 3.73
Weight: 2.5 oz.   Legal: Yes
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Bushnell Phantom Review

'Bushnell Phantom'

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Our Bushnell Phantom Review will be available very soon, but so far we LOVE what we’ve seen!

Bushnell Phantom User Rating: 4.69 Stars 4.69 out of 5 (70 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

It looks very similar to the Bushnell NEO Ghost, but we think the Phantom will be much more popular. The price is fantastic and this compact handheld golf GPS gives you all the basics in an easy to use package. It also throws in some nice high-end features. For starters, it has wireless course updates via Bluetooth and a free app on your smartphone. For those who ride in golf carts, you’re also going to love the new magnet on the back that allows you to stick it on the cart so you can have “glance and go” distances to the front, middle, and back of the green.

If you’re gearing up for golf season and in the market for new golf GPS that is simple to use, you may not even want to wait for our full review.

Bushnell Phantom Notable Features
  • Preloaded with 36,000+ courses
  • Long battery life – up to 16 hours
  • Wireless Bluetooth course updates
  • Built-in Bit Magnetic Mount on the back mounts on any metal surface
  • Large font makes it easy to see
  • Hazard distances – Up to 4 per hole
  • Easy-to-use interface
  • Auto course recognition
  • Auto hole advance
  • Multi-function clip and USB charging cable included
  • Available in 4 Colors

If you’ve had experience with the Bushnell Phantom, tell us about it in the comments below!

Bushnell Phantom Specifications
Bushnell Phantom
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Full Hole Views Yes
Slope / Elevation No
Battery Life 16 hours
Battery Rechargeable
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 2.28 in. x 2.32 in. x .79 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size 1.4 x 1.4
Resolution N/A
Display Type N/A
Weight 1.83 oz.
Rainproof Yes IPX4
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning No
Stat Tracker No
Digital Scorecard No
Computer Analysis Tools No
Ground Verified N/A
Alternate Targets Yes
Green Rotates to your shot angle N/A
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes -
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