Our Picks for Best Golf Rangefinder

As of May 01, 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*)
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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: 5.00 (6 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 Golf NX7Read Full Review

We love this offering from Precision Pro Golf. The NX7 doesn’t offer any bells & whistles, but it is a solid performing laser rangefinder with 6x magnification and the price is right. It’s small and lightweight, ergonomic with a secure slip-proof grip, and has just enough bright green so you won’t accidentally leave it in the golf cart. It’s extremely accurate and measures to 1/10 of a yard, a feature usually found on more expensive models. The only thing on our wishlist for this unit is the Vibration or Jolt technology that can be found on the comparable Bushnell Tour V4. However, the V4 only has 5x magnification and it costs a lot more. For that reason, we give the edge to the Precision Pro Golf NX7.

Rating: 5.00 (11 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 5.45 oz.   Legal: Yes


Bushnell MedalistRead Full Review

This is Bushnell’s most basic golf rangefinder, but we have seen it outperform rangefinders with more features and bigger price tags. For some players, the horizontal two-handed model makes holding the rangefinder steady, much easier. Because of the price and the ease of holding it steady, this is the #1 favorite rangefinder of one of our editors!

Rating: 4.52 (399 ratings)  Magnification: 4x
Weight: 9 oz.   Legal: Yes


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

Best LASER Rangefinder (with Slope)
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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: 5.00 (848 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 (848 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 5.6 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 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 (848 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 6.8 oz.   Legal: Yes, when the slope feature is turned off.


Bushnell Pro X7 Jolt (Slope)Read Full Review

This is the top of the line in golf rangefinders. The main reason that it doesn’t top our ratings is because you cannot turn off the slope mode to make it legal for tournament play. The Pro X7 with Slope is one of the largest rangefinders available and it makes two-handed operation very easy. It 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. This is a great choice for those who want Slope and don’t use a rangefinder in competition!

Rating: 4.70 (848 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 12 oz.   Legal: No

Best Golf GPS Watches
(Full-featured: Yardages + Hole View Graphics)
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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 S2Read Full Review

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 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


Best Golf GPS Rangefinder:
(Full-featured: Yardages + Hole View Graphics)
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Garmin Approach G6Read Full Review

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.


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

Precision Pro Golf NX7 Rangefinder Review

‘Precision Pro Golf NX7’

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This is our Precision Pro Golf NX7 Rangefinder Review. This model does not have Slope. If you are looking for the model with Slope, see our Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro Rangefinder Review.

Precision Pro Golf NX7 User Rating:
5.00 Stars 5.00 out of 5 (11 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

Some people just feel more confident buying a well-known brand when making a purchase. However, for those willing to take a chance, there are some worthwhile contenders in the laser golf rangefinder market and the NX7 is one of them.

We took the Precision Pro Golf NX7 Rangefinder out for a couple of rounds of golf and compared it head-to-head with the Bushnell Tour V4 Standard and the TecTecTec VPro500. What we found may surprise you, but let’s start by looking at the features of the NX7.

Precision Pro NX7 Features
  • TAG or Target Acquisition Technology – to ensure you get accurate distances to the target, not what’s behind the target.
  • Accuracy – The NX7 Rangefinder is accurate within 1 yard and measures distances to the 1/10th of a yard.
  • High Speed SD Laser – picks up distance readings in under 1 second.
  • Free Battery Replacements– Although you can easily find the CR2 3V battery in any store that sells batteries, Precision Pro Golf provides free battery replacement for the life of your product.
  • Multi Distance Mode – easily switch between yards and meters depending on your unit of measure.
  • Shock-proof Design – The rugged, shock proof design helps with drops, tosses, or any other impacts you encounter on the golf course.
  • 6x Magnification – Bring the target in close with 6x magnification.
  • Water Resistance – The NX7 Rangefinder is made to survive the elements.
  • Premium Case – The premium carrying case keeps the NX7 Rangefinder safe while the elastic strap and carabiner give you options for easy access on the course.
  • 2-Year Warranty – The NX7 Rangefinder features a 2-Year Warranty for operational defects ensuring you’ll be covered down the road.
  • Tournament Legal– The NX7 Rangefinder is legal for tournaments that allow distance measuring devices.
Our Precision Pro Golf NX7 Review Notes

Plus Comparisons with Bushnell Tour V4 and TecTecTec VPRO500

  • Precision Pro NX7 Laser RangefinderLet’s start with the most important factor… The NX7 is Very accurate. Distances were generally within a yard of the Bushnell Tour V4 that we used for comparison.
  • Very consistent. Once we locked on a target, we tried it several more times to see how much it varied. The NX7 was very consistent, varying less than a yard between ranges. The Bushnell was also consistent, but the TecTecTec VPro500 bounced around a little more, sometimes as much as four yards.
  • We found ranging the flag was very easy on the NX7. To get a distance, press the power button once to turn on. You will see the crosshairs and then press the button again to begin ranging. Keep the crosshairs on the target and in about 1 second, it will display the distance to the closest object that was inside the crosshair circle while it was ranging.
  • Ranging targets like bunkers and the ground with the NX7 was little more challenging than the flag, but it works fine if you can be steady for that 1 second that it takes to lock the target. The TecTecTec VPRO500 may have a slight edge on this point, but the NX7 performed as well if not better than the Bushnell Tour V4.
  • You must make sure to keep any intermediate objects (trees or bushes) outside the crosshair circle to avoid getting the wrong distance. The only reason we mention this is that the NX7 circle may be a little larger than the other units.
  • All three of the units performed well on long range targets.
  • The NX 7 displays distance to the 1/10 of a yard. This much detail is more often found on high-end rangefinders and the only one in the comparison group that has it. Honestly, we don’t know anyone who needs that much information, but it doesn’t hurt anything once you get used to seeing it.
  • The numbers on the NX7 are large and very readable. They are in the bottom right of the viewing area, which is fine, but we prefer the bottom center location on the Bushnell. TecTecTec VPRO500 displays the distance at the top.
  • Although not the smallest unit we’ve seen, the NX7 is compact and very lightweight, slightly smaller and lighter than the Bushnell and TecTecTec models we compared.
  • The design of the NX 7 is ergonomic with a narrowing on the bottom to accommodate the placement of the thumb. All three models are comfortable, but this is our favorite design of the three.
  • The texturized rubber/plastic honeycomb pattern on the NX7 makes for a really secure grip, slightly better than the other two models.
  • NX7 Rangefinder CaseThe carrying cases on all three models are nearly identical other than color. They offer excellent protection
  • Although the appearance of a rangefinder isn’t functionally important, we prefer models that have enough color on them to stand out if placed in the front of a golf cart. Both the NX7 and the Tour V4 meet that requirement. The VPRO500 is almost all black.
  • The adjustable eyepiece allows the user to set the focus for his or her eyes. It doesn’t move so easily that it will accidentally get changed. The Tour V4 gets the edge on this feature with its Fast Focus System, but we don’t put much weight on this factor as long as it’s clear.
  • The battery compartment is easy to access and appears secure on all three models.
  • The wrist strap that came with the NX7 was not attached and to be honest it was a little tedious getting it attached and fine-point tweezers were finally employed. We are not sure how many rangefinder users actually use the strap anyway, but for those who want it, this is a one-time inconvenience.

See a side-by-side comparison chart of these three models.

Bushnell Pro X2 Jolt Features and Specifications
Model Precision Pro Golf NX7
Type laser
Slope No
Vibration n
Height 3 in.
Width 1.5 in.
Depth 4 in.
Weight 5.45 oz.
Battery CR2 3V lithium
Battery Life
Display N/A
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 6x
Maximum Range
Minimum Range 3.3
Notes For the slope model, see the NX7 Pro.
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
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