Our Picks for Best Golf Rangefinder

As of Aug 22, 2017Below are our picks for ‘Best Golf Rangefinder’ by category. Our picks are based on performance, price and customer reviews.

Choose Your Desired Category
  Laser     Laser w/ Slope     Full-featured GPS     Basic GPS     GPS Watches

Move your mouse pointer over the image of any rangefinder or GPS below and you will see the current price on Amazon.

Best LASER Golf Rangefinder (USGA Legal)
GolfRangefinderShop.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. If you buy anything after clicking through, we get a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you!
Bushnell Pro X2Read Full Review

The new Bushnell Pro X2 looks like it will become Bushnell’s flagship laser rangefinder for golf. It replaces the highly rated Tour X with some very nice improvements. Like the Tour X, the Pro X2 has a Slope mode that can be turned 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 the Slope mode on or off. The Tour X required a less convenient faceplate change.

The Bushnell Pro X2 also moves the display toggle switch to the side of the unit for easier access. This allows you to switch from the standard black display to the red VDT display depending on conditions. It has 6x magnification, is fully waterproof, has Jolt technology that vibrates when it locks the pin, and ranges to within a half yard.

Rating: 4.77 (39 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 8 oz.   Legal: Yes* When Slope Switch is turned off.


Bushnell Tour V4 SlopeRead Full Review

The Bushnell Tour V4 Slope model probably won’t be available for much longer, so you may want to get it while you can. Its replacement is a nearly identical model, the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift. The difference between the two is the control on the side of the unit that switches it in and out of Slope mode. If you are looking for a model with Slope that can also be made legal for tournament play with the slide of a switch or a button press, these two models should be on your short list. Our first choice would be the more expensive Bushnell Pro X2. However, if that’s not in your budget, we like the Bushnell V4 Slope and Shift models very much and would choose whichever is the least expensive. If your budget is even tighter, check out the Leupold GX-2i.

Rating: 4.37 (93 ratings)  Magnification: 5x
Weight: 5.6 oz.   Legal: Yes, with Slope mode turned off


Precision Pro NX7 ProRead Full Review

Our initial hands-on experience with the Precision Pro Golf NX7 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
Weight: 5.45 oz.   Legal: Yes, with Adaptive Slope Mode turned OFF.


TecTecTec VPRO500Read 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 Golf Rangefinders Under $200.

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


Leupold GX-2i2 Read Full Review

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 rangefinders on the market that has an easy On/Off switch to make it tournament legal are the Bushnell Tour V4 Slope and the new Bushnell Tour V4 Shift.

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


Best LASER Rangefinder (with Slope)
GolfRangefinderShop.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. If you buy anything after clicking through, we get a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you!
Bushnell Pro X2Read Full Review

We’re very excited about the new Bushnell Pro X2! Bushnell was quick to adapt to the 2016 rule modification that made rangefinders with Slope legal as long as the slope mode could be turned off for competitive rounds. The sophisticated faceplate hardware change is not longer required, so Bushnell put a simple toggle switch on the side of the unit. The Pro X2 utilizes Dual Display technology that allows the user to choose standard black or red VDT for displaying distance information. Just press the logo on the side of the rangefinder while ranging to switch modes. This unit also features 6x magnification, is fully waterproof, has Jolt technology that vibrates when it locks the pin, and it ranges accurately to within a half yard.

Rating: 4.77 (39 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 8 oz.   Legal: Yes* When Slope Switch is turned off.


Bushnell Tour V4 SlopeRead Full Review

There has been a great deal of shake-up in the golf laser rangefinder with Slope category in recent months. The Bushnell Tour V4 Slope was one of the first units out to comply with the updated USGA rule allowing rangefinders in competition. Oddly, shortly after releasing this model, Bushnell made a slight modification to it and released a nearly identical model, the Tour V4 Shift and stopped manufacturing the V4 Slope. For that reason, you won’t see this model around for much longer, but as of this writing, it’s significantly less expensive than it’s replacement. Although our top pick in this category is the brand new Bushnell Pro X2, the price of the Bushnell Tour V4 Slope, makes it a very compelling choice. The ratings are excellent and there may be a very short window for buying the Tour V4 Slope at this price.

Rating: 4.37 (93 ratings)  Magnification: 5x
Weight: 5.6 oz.   Legal: Yes, with Slope mode turned off


Precision Pro NX7 ProRead Full Review

We like the looks, features, and the price of this newcomer to the golf rangefinder market. This is a Slope rangefinder that meets the new USGA requirements with a switch to turn off the Slope mode, thus making it legal for competition. It looks to have all the same features as the much more expensive Bushnell Tour V4 Shift at a significantly lower price. Plus it offers free lifetime battery replacement. The NX7 Pro will also be in direct competition with the Leupold GX-2i2, which sells for a similar price. We will be doing a hands-on test very soon and hope that it will meet our expectations.

Rating: 4.79 (91 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 5.45 oz.   Legal: Yes, with Adaptive Slope Mode turned OFF.


Leupold GX-2i2 Read Full Review

For the price, the Leupold GX-2i2 offers a lot of bang for your buck. It has Slope, an easy on/off switch to make it legal, and also can recommend a club based on your hitting strength, slope, and environmental factors. It takes a little work to set it up, but if you are a bit of a golf geek, you’ll love it. Even if you only use the Slope, the price of this model makes it a contender in our book!

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


Best Golf GPS Watches
(Full-featured: Yardages + Hole View Graphics)
GolfRangefinderShop.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. If you buy anything after clicking through, we get a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you!
Bushnell Neo Ion Golf WatchRead Full Review

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 S20Read Full Review

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


Garmin S4 Golf WatchRead Full Review

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 X40Read Full Review

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


Garmin vivoactiveRead Full Review

The Garmin vivoactive looks like it will make a solid golf watch with distances to the front, middle and back of every green, plus layup yardages and doglegs. This watch is best for golfers who are interested in more than just a golf watch. It will serve runners, cyclist, swimmers, walkers and anyone wanting to track steps and activity. It’s a powerful smartwatch with Garmin’s proven experience.

Rating: grsScore
Weight: 1.34 oz.   Legal: No


GolfBuddy Voice 2Read 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. If you want the watch band, order the bundle.

Rating: grsScore
Weight: 1.02 oz.   Legal: Yes



Best Golf GPS Rangefinder:
(Full-featured: Yardages + Hole View Graphics)
GolfRangefinderShop.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. If you buy anything after clicking through, we get a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you!
Garmin Approach G8Read Full Review

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 G30Read 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 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 G6Read Full Review

Pre-loaded, no fees and excellent user reviews. 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. This model has been around for awhile, but it’s still worth comparing to the newer Garmin Approach G30.

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


GolfBuddy LD2 Ladies Golf Watch

‘GolfBuddy Ladies LD2’

Order from Amazon

In our GolfBuddy LD2 Ladies Golf Watch Review, we explore the comments of dozens of users and look for common complaints as well as common points of praise.

GolfBuddy Ladies LD2 User Rating:
3.44 Stars 3.44 out of 5 (77 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

Although many ladies wear golf watches, the GolfBuddy LD2 is the only one that is specifically designed for those looking for a more elegant style. If you are in that group, this may be the watch for you, but keep reading to find out why you may or may not want to choose the GolfBuddy LD2.

First, let’s take a look at the features of the GolfBuddy LD2 Ladies Golf Watch:
  • Distances to front/center/back of the green.
  • Distances to hazards
  • Dual shot distance measurement
  • Automatic course/hold recognition
  • GPS Odometer
  • USGA/R&A compliant – legal for handicap and tournament play
  • GolfBuddy LD2 Ladies Golf Watch Review imageSmall, lightweight, stylish, & comfortable with Swarovski® crystals in light sapphire.
  • Genuine leather strap with alligator grain
  • Premium mineral crystal lens
  • Stainless steel crown button and bezel
  • Water Resistant Watch mode (time)
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides 6 hours in GPS modes or 9-weeks in standard watch mode
  • No membership or download fees

What we discovered from analyzing the feedback of dozens of users, is that most users were in one of two categories…

  • They loved the watch and its performance.
  • They experienced problems with the functioning of the watch and frequently were also unhappy with GolfBuddy customer support.

Normally, we would not even consider recommending a watch with ratings as low as those on the GolfBuddy LD2. However, since this is the only true ladies golf watch and the reviews indicate that it’s possible that you will receive a watch that works well, we have to consider that this may well be the right golf watch for some people. That said, we would only recommend this GolfBuddy ladies golf watch for the individual who doesn’t want a watch that looks like a sports watch and who also is prepared to take a chance on getting a watch that needs to be serviced or replaced.

If you still need help deciding if the GolfBuddy LD2 Ladies Golf Watch is for you, take a look at the common themes we noted in user feedback.

Most Mentioned Pros (in order of of mentions high to low):
  • Attractive
  • Accuracy
  • Easy to Read
  • Easy to Use
  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Size
  • Responsive
Most Mentioned Cons (in order of of mentions high to low):
  • Poor Customer Service
  • User manual not helpful or missing
  • Defective or stopped working
  • Download problems
  • Poor battery life
Bushnell Excel Golf Watch Specifications

GolfBuddy Ladies LD2
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Full Hole Views Yes
Slope / Elevation No
Battery Life 6 hrs
Battery Lithium-ion recharge
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 2.29 in. x 1.18 in. x .49 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size 1.18″
Resolution 52×32 px
Display Type LCD
Weight 1 oz.
Rainproof Yes
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning No
Stat Tracker No
Digital Scorecard No
Computer Analysis Tools No
Ground Verified Yes
Alternate Targets Yes
Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes Dual shot distance measurement instead of just measuring shot distance for one shot.
Order Golf Rangefinders from Amazon
GolfRangefinderShop.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. If you buy anything after clicking through, we get a small commission at no extra cost to you. It helps us keep the site up and running, so thank you! We work very hard to obtain the correct information about product features, but cannot make any guarantees about the accuracy. Please double check with the merchant or manufacturer before making a purchase.

User Manual for GolfBuddy Ladies LD2