Our Picks for Best Golf Rangefinder

As of Apr 24, 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.


TecTecTec VPRO500Read Full Review

It’s the combination of price and performance that puts the TecTecTec VPRO500 at the top of our list. 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. There are other rangefinders that have features we like, including Bushnell’s Jolt feature and several high-end models with red display numbers. However, for the money, the VPRO500 is tops!

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


Bushnell Tour XRead Full Review

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 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 Pro X7 JoltRead Full Review

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


Bushnell Tour XRead Full Review

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


Bushnell Pro X7 Jolt (Slope)Read Full Review

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 (13 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 12 oz.   Legal: No


Leupold GX-2i2 (slope)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 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

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