Our Picks for Best Golf Rangefinder

As of Dec 04, 2016Below 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*)
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’re not interested in ever having Slope, check out the Bushnell Tour V3. It’s one of the highest rated rangefinders ever and the price is unbelievable. 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.

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: 4.00 (36 ratings)  Magnification: 5x
Weight: 5.6 oz.   Legal: Yes, with Slope mode 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’re not interested in ever having Slope, check out the Bushnell Tour V3. It’s one of the highest rated rangefinders ever and the price is unbelievable. 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 (36 ratings)  Magnification: 5x
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 (36 ratings)  Magnification: 5x
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 (36 ratings)  Magnification: 5x
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: 4.00 (36 ratings)  Magnification: 5x
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 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.

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 G7
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Garmin added a few features to it’s very successful G6 and the G7 was born. If you like the idea of having a “Plays Like” distance that adjusts for elevation and club recommendations based on your hitting distances and/or if you like getting text messages, emails and notifications from your iPhone, then you’ll find this a worthwhile investment. If not, the G6 or the G8 may be more to your liking.

Rating: grsScore
Weight: 3.37 oz.   Legal: Yes, when Plays Like distance and Club Advice are turned off.

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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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Top 10 Highest Rated Laser Golf Rangefinders

Top 10 Laser Golf Rangefinders trophyWe have compiled user ratings from a variety of sources and put our summaries of the top 10 highest rated laser golf rangefinders in the table below.

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Highest Rated Laser Golf Rangefinders
Bushnell Tour X
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Let’s face it, having Slope on your golf rangefinder is extremely helpful. The downside has always been that it wasn’t legal in competition. The Bushnell Tour X gives you the best of both! Ratings and reviewers indicate it may be the easiest to use golf rangefinder on the market. If you aren’t interested in having Slope, the Bushnell Tour V3 is an excellent choice at an amazing price. If you DO want a rangefinder with Slope, you won’t find one with higher ratings than the Tour X. However, there are two models that make it easier to turn off the Slope feature and still comply with the USGA local rule. The Tour X requires changing the faceplate, while the newer Bushnell Tour V4 and the Leupold GX-2i2 both utilize an easy On/Off switch.

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

Bushnell Tour V3 Standard
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The Bushnell Tour V3 with Jolt is one of the highest rated laser golf rangefinder that we’ve ever seen. It’s not the top of the line when it comes to features, but when it comes to performance, it’s hard to beat. It’s compact and lightweight and accurate to within a yard. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced rangefinder to do one job well, this may be the one you’re looking for!

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

Bushnell Pro X7 Jolt (Slope)
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This is Bushnell’s top of the line golf rangefinder. It’s the only current model with 7x magnification. The size and design make it easy for two-handed operation which can make holding it steady much easier. It is super fast in acquiring the target and has easy to read red numbers in the display. Once the target is acquired, holding the button for two additional seconds will give you the degree of elevation and estimated “plays like” distance.

Rating: 4.70 (70 ratings) (4.70 / 70 ratings)  Weight: 12 oz.
Magnification: 7x  Legal: No

Bushnell Pro X7 Jolt
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The Bushnell Pro X7 has 7x magnification, Pinseeker with Jolt (vibrating bursts), and its wide body makes for easy two-handed operation. Some users find it’s much easier to hold steady with this type of grip. Bushnell also uses VDT, which makes it easier to read the numbers on the display. For anyone who is concerned that using a laser rangefinder may be too difficult to hold steady or to see the numbers, this model could be the easiest to use ever.

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

Bushnell Tour Z6 Jolt
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The Bushnell Tour Z6 with Jolt technology is the mid-range offering from Bushnell. We love that it has 6x magnification and easy to ready red numbers on the display and it locks onto the target very quickly. Of the the jolt causes the unit to vibrate in your and when it’s locked on the target, giving you the extra confidence that you’ve got the right number.

Rating: 4.69 (188 ratings) (4.69 / 188 ratings)  Weight: 8 oz.
Magnification: 6x  Legal: Yes

Leupold GX-3i2
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Leupold continues to develop solid performing golf laser rangefinders. The GX-3i2 has 6x magnifcation, PinHunter technology that quickly locks onto the pin and it plays a sound to confirm. The big, easy to read red numbers are definitely a bonus worth paying a little extra for. Feature for feature, it matches up very similarly to the Bushnell Tour Z6 Jolt.

Rating: 4.59 (57 ratings) (4.59 / 57 ratings)  Weight: 7.8 oz.
Magnification: 6x  Legal: Yes

GolfBuddy LR5S
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The early reviews on the GolfBuddy LR5 are really solid for a golf rangefinder with Slope in this price range. If you don’t need your rangefinder to be USGA local rule compliant, we highly recommend you consider. You would have to pay significantly more at this point to get a Slope rangefinder that has the required On/Off switch. We’re really excited to see GolfBuddy making inroads into the laser rangefinder market with some inexpensive, quality products. The GolfBuddy LR5 is the non-Slope version of this model. Note: This model is not legal under the USGA local rule. If you are looking to have both Slope and USGA compliance on a reasonable budget, check out the Leupold GX-2i2.

Rating: 4.55 (11 ratings) (4.55 / 11 ratings)  Weight: 7.69 oz.
Magnification: 6x  Legal: No

Bushnell Medalist
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The Bushnell Medalist is the only budget-friendly golf rangefinder that sits horizontally, making it ideal for two-handed use. Many players find that it’s easier to hold a rangefinder steady when two hands easily fit on the unit. We have love the Bushnell Medalist and have seen it outperform units with higher magnification and bigger price tags.

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

Callaway Hybrid Laser
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We think a hybrid golf rangefinder is the best of both worlds. Laser is always dead-on accurate, but GPS can give you distance to the front, middle, and back of the green and even hazards that you can’t see. The early ratings on this are good and the price is quite reasonable, so if you’re interested in “having it all”, you will definitely want to check out the Callaway Hybrid.

Rating: 4.50 (8 ratings) (4.50 / 8 ratings)  Weight: 7.6 oz.
Magnification: 6x  Legal: Yes

TecTecTec VPRO500
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The TecTecTec VPRO500 may not be the best known brand in the golf rangefinder market, but I don’t know of any of the lesser known brands that have golf rangefinder with ratings this high. This unit has 6x magnification, Pinseeker Mode and a second mode that scans and finds the furthest object in the field. That’s not a common feature and could have uses both on and off of the golf course. If you want to save some money and still get a highly-rated laser rangefinder, take a look at the price on this one.

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

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