Our Picks for Best Golf Rangefinder

As of Sep 30, 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
Bushnell Tour X
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Wow! We’ve never seen a laser golf rangefinder with higher ratings. 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. For players who compete in events where they must abide by USGA rules, we absolutely think this is worth the money. You can use the red faceplate with Slope when allowed and put on the black faceplate to make it completely legal for competition.

Review Score: 4.86        Slope: Yes*

Bushnell Tour V3 Standard
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The Bushnell Tour V3 with Jolt is simply the highest rated laser golf rangefinder that we’ve ever seen. It’s not the top of the line, but for features and performance, you can’t beat the price. It’s compact and lightweight and accurate to within a yard. If you’re just looking for a rangefinder to do one job well, this is the one you’re looking for!

Review Score: 4.73        Slope: No

Bushnell Tour V4
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Review Score: 4.8        Slope: No

TecTecTec VPRO500
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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… Especially with a price point this low! This unit may not be quite as easy to get locked onto the target as top Bushnell models, but if your hands are steady and you’re looking for a solid rangefinder at a fantastic price, check out the TecTecTec VPRO500.

Review Score: 4.5        Slope: No

Best LASER Rangefinder (with Slope)
Bushnell Tour X
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Wow! We’ve never seen a laser golf rangefinder with higher ratings. 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. For players who compete in events where they must abide by USGA rules, we absolutely think this is worth the money. You can use the red faceplate with Slope when allowed and put on the black faceplate to make it completely legal for competition.

Review Score: 4.86        Slope: Yes*

Bushnell Tour V3 with Slope
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The ratings on the Tour V3 are the best we’ve seen in any rangefinder. The Leupold rangefinders with slope offer some fun features if you’re a golf geek :), but for many golfers who aren’t worried about using a rangefinder tournaments, the easy Bushnell Tour V3 with Slope will make a great choice. It’s smaller and lighter than the Pro 7X, which can be seen as a pro or a con depending upon your preferences.

Review Score: 4.62        Slope: Yes

Leupold GX-4i2
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We believe this is the best model laser rangefinder for golfers who compete in tournaments allowing distance measuring devices. Why? Because you can have it both ways… with or without the Slope and it does comply with the USGA local rule when the Slope is off. The GX-4i has PinHunter technology, 6x zoom, easy to read red numbers, plus it can also factor in temperature and altitude when Slope is active.

Review Score: 4.46        Slope: both

Callaway Hybrid Laser
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Review Score: 4.5        Slope: N/A

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.

Review Score: 4.42        Slope: No

Garmin S4 Golf Watch
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In our opinion, this is the best golf watch for the money that has a scorecard and can track your stats. 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. It can measure your shots and even show your iPhone notifications with very little interruption.

Review Score: 4.15        Slope: N/A

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!

Review Score: 4.26        Slope: N/A

Garmin Approach S6
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The most feature-rich golf GPS watch on the market. It’s the fairway views that make 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.

Review Score: 3.74        Slope: No

Garmin Approach S3
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We love the touchscreen, distances to layups, shot measuring and scorecard. When we saw the price dip below $200, we couldn’t believe it! You’re definitely getting some bang for your buck here. If simplicity is more your style, the Garmin S1 or the Bushnell NEO-X might be a better fit.

Review Score: 4.19        Slope: No

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. The VS4 is the latest model and adds water resistance as the only upgrade we can see from the GolfBuddy Voice+. In an easy to use package, you get front, middle and back distances, dynamic green view and shot measuring. The watchband is not included with this model, but it is available as an accessory. As you wold expect, the early reviews are excellent.

Review Score: 4.41        Slope: No


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 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. As far as we’re concerned, Garmin is the leader in golf GPS handhelds.

Review Score: 4.2        Slope: No

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. You’ll want to stay away from this model if you play competitively because it doesn’t meet the USGA’s local rule criteria. 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.

Review Score: 4.18        Slope: Yes*

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.

Review Score: 4.17        Slope: Yes


Best Golf GPS Rangefinder:
(Basic: Yardages/No full hole views)
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. The VS4 is the latest model and adds water resistance as the only upgrade we can see from the GolfBuddy Voice+. In an easy to use package, you get front, middle and back distances, dynamic green view and shot measuring. The watchband is not included with this model, but it is available as an accessory. As you wold expect, the early reviews are excellent.

Review Score: 4.41        Slope: No

Izzo Swami 4000
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This is a nice size handheld golf GPS that has big, easy to read numbers. It only has distances to the front, middle and back of the green, but it’s preloaded with courses, has a scorecard and shot measuring feature and of course never has any fees.

Review Score: 4.12        Slope: No

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!

Review Score: 4.57        Slope: N/A

Izzo Swami Voice
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The Izzo Swami Voice is terrific basic golf GPS that has a digital display as well as voice. It’s one of the simplest to use golf GPS devices on the market. It’s waterproof which gives it the edge on it’s closest competitor, the GolfBuddy Voice. The battery life and sound quality aren’t quite as good though and it doesn’t have a shot measuring feature. It does come with great color options for the optional watch band.

Review Score: 4.19        Slope: N/A

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There is no screen on this little unit, so you’ll need to be able to hear it speak. We look forward to seeing how users feel about this simple device.

Review Score: 4.5        Slope: No

Bushnell Tour X Review

‘Bushnell Tour X’

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Our Bushnell Tour X Review is based on pros and cons reported by over 100 users. We look look for recurring positive and negative themes within the reviews and summarize the results.

Bushnell Tour X User Rating:
4.86 Stars 4.86 out of 5 (179 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources including Amazon, GolfSmith and TGW.

First of all, this is the highest rated laser rangefinder that we’ve ever reviewed. What makes it stand out even more is that its price point is on the high side and usually that creates higher expectations which are seldom met. In the case of the Bushnell Tour X, it seems that not only are expectations met but often exceeded! Phrases like “best rangefinder I’ve ever owned” and “worth the money” were more the rule than the exception in the user feedback that we reviewed.

Bushnell Tour X Features
  • Exchange Technology – Allows you to use the Slope feature when you’re playing for fun and legally turn it off when you’re in competition. With Slope turned on, you can see the degree of elevation and an estimate of how much shorter or longer a shot will play.
  • Dual Display Technology – this is a fairly unique feature that gives the option to view red display numbers or black display numbers depending on the lighting conditions.
  • Pinseeker Jolt Technology – This gives a visual indication on the screen, plus a vibration when the target to the flag is locked on.
  • Magnification: 6x
  • Accuracy: measures to within 1/2 yard.

Below are the pros and cons mentioned by users. When reading these, keep in mind that nearly 90% of the comments we saw were positive.

Bushnell Tour X – PROS
  • Accuracy – Accuracy was mentioned nearly twice as many times as anything else, however accuracy is always the top mention in laser rangefinder reviews. Unless you have a defective unit, laser distances will be accurate to within a yard or two. This model even gives distances to within 1/2 yard.
  • Ease of Use – This was the second most common theme and although many reviews didn’t specifically mention it, the overwhelming enthusiasm found in many other reviews makes us believe that it must be among the easiest of laser rangefinders to get locked onto the target.
  • Better than the competition – There were many comments from users who were switching from other rangefinders and all but a couple were thrilled with the performance.
  • Price for Features – It surprised us to see how many people felt this was well worth the money. As always when a rangefinder is “high-end”, there were a few who make comments about it, but overall our impression is that this one truly is worth the extra money.
  • Dual Display Technology – Users really loved being able to easily switch the display color back and forth between black and red.
  • Game Improvement – Many users gave credit to the Bushnell Tour X for lowering their scores!
  • Size/Weight – Although this isn’t the smallest of rangefinders, overall the feedback was excellent.
  • Faceplate Exchange – Many users commented on how nice it was to be able to use the same device for competition as for practice and fun rounds. Simply change the faceplate to red to make it legal for competition.
  • Pinseeker Jolt – Many users seemed surprised at how much the Jolt reassured them that they had locked onto the target.
  • Speed – The speed at which the target was acquired was mentioned fairly often.
Bushnell Tour X Review – CONS
  • Price – Not surprisingly, the price was the biggest complaint… HOWEVER, we were shocked to see how many people felt it was well worth the money.
  • Pinseeker Jolt – There were a few complaints that the Jolt didn’t always work.
  • Display – A few users mentioned that the display was difficult to see in certain low light conditions. It wasn’t clear whether or not they adjusted the dual display or not.
  • Compared to Other Rangefinders – A few users felt that they had been happier with other Bushnell rangefinders.
  • Defective – There were a couple of users who felt they had defective models. One returned for a working model and the other did not say whether it was returned.

Honestly, this model isn’t for everyone. However, if you play in competitive events where slope rangefinders are not allowed, the Bushnell Tour X with Jolt should be at the top of your wishlist!

Bushnell Tour X Jolt Features and Specifications
Model Bushnell Tour X
Type laser
Slope Yes*
Vibration y
Height 3 in.
Width 1.5 in.
Depth 4 in.
Weight 8 oz.
Battery 3 Volt CR2 Lithium
Battery Life N/A
Display multi-coated dual
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 6x
Maximum Range 1,300
Minimum Range 5
Notes *USGA legal when the black faceplate is attached. When the red faceplate is attached, the unit displays Slope information.
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes*
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