Our Picks for Best Golf Rangefinder

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

Laser GPS


Best Golf Laser Rangefinder with Slope
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Bushnell Pro X2Read Full Review

We’re very excited about the 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 no 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 (112 ratings)  Magnification: 6x  Slope: both
Weight: 8 oz.   Legal: Yes* When Slope Switch is turned off.


Bushnell Tour V4 ShiftRead Full Review

The Bushnell Tour V4 Shift replaces the Tour V4 Slope model. Both are legal in USGA competitions that allow rangefinder as long as the Slope feature is disabled. The difference is that the V4 Shift has a slider switch on the side that is simple to use and displays on the outside of the unit when it is in Slope mode. We like this improvement from the Bushnell V4 Slope that gave no indication of the mode until you looked into it. This model will likely become the best-selling laser golf rangefinder with Slope on the market. It has Pinseeker, Jolt, and 5x magnification.

Rating: 4.48 (90 ratings)  Magnification: 5x  Slope: both
Weight: 5.6 oz.   Legal: Yes, if Slope Switch is Down (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. In our hands-on testing, we have been very pleased with the performance of the NX7 Pro.

Rating: grsScore  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 5.45 oz.   Legal: Yes, with Slope Mode turned OFF.

$249.00
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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: 4.12 (40 ratings)  Magnification: 6x  Slope: Yes
Weight: 6.8 oz.   Legal: Yes, when the slope feature is turned off.



Best Golf Laser Rangefinder without Slope
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Leupold GX-3i2Read Full Review

The Leupold GX-3i2 is currently the only rangefinder without Slope that has easy to read red OLED numbers on the display. It also has 6x magnification, PinHunter 2 for a fast lock on the target. It has Fog Mode and Prism Lock for easy ranging on courses with prisms on the flag. The GX-3i2 is extremely capable and highly rated. It’s a little pricey, but right now, it’s really the only high-end laser golf rangefinder without Slope. Although not as well-known in the golf rangefinder market as Bushnell, Leupold & Stevens based in Beaverton, Oregon has been producing quality sighting devices for over 100 years.

Rating: 4.70 (111 ratings)  Magnification: 6x  Slope: No
Weight: 7.8 oz.   Legal: Yes


Bushnell Tour V4 JoltRead Full Review

The Bushnell Tour V4 standard edition has two changes from its predecessor, the highly rated Bushnell Tour V3. The V4 is slightly smaller and has an easy-to-use focus ring. In previous years, we would expect this to become Bushnell’s top-seller, but this year we think the Slope version of this model will give it a run for its money. The reason is that the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift has Slope and a switch that turns off the Slope mode, making it legal for most competitions. Both models have scan mode, 5x magnification, and Jolt that makes it vibrate when it’s locked onto the target. As always, Bushnell rangefinders rate very high in ease of use and accuracy.

Rating: 4.64 (176 ratings)  Magnification: 5x  Slope: No
Weight: 6.6 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 Laser Golf Rangefinders.

Rating: 4.50 (848 ratings)  Magnification: 6x  Slope: No
Weight: 6.6 oz.   Legal: Yes


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: grsScore  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 5.45 oz.   Legal: Yes

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Best Golf Watch
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Garmin Approach S20Read Full Review

We’ve put the Garmin S20 at the top of our list because it’s an outstanding golf watch at very low price point. Besides that, it’s a worthy activity and sleep tracker and can aslo recieve notifications from your smartphone.

As a 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. When you combine the watch stats 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 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 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


GolfBuddy VoiceXRead Full Review

The GolfBuddy Voice line has been a huge success from the beginning. The VoiceX is the latest in this line and has a few nice upgrades from its predecessor the GolfBuddy Voice 2. The most notable improvement is that it adds Bluetooth connectivity to your smartphone for automatic updates to the golf course you’re playing when you enter golf mode. The screen is a little larger and it has a Big Numbers mode and manual pin placement capability. It also adds a fairly detailed GPS activity tracker for runners and walkers. It may sacrifice some battery life for the extra features, but should still easily get 2 full rounds. A watchband is available separately.

Rating: grsScore
Weight: N/A oz.   Legal: Yes



Best Clip-on Golf GPS
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Garmin Approach G10Read Full Review

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


GolfBuddy VoiceXRead Full Review

The GolfBuddy Voice line has been a huge success from the beginning. The VoiceX is the latest in this line and has a few nice upgrades from its predecessor the GolfBuddy Voice 2. The most notable improvement is that it adds Bluetooth connectivity to your smartphone for automatic updates to the golf course you’re playing when you enter golf mode. The screen is a little larger and it has a Big Numbers mode and manual pin placement capability. It also adds a fairly detailed GPS activity tracker for runners and walkers. It may sacrifice some battery life for the extra features, but should still easily get 2 full rounds. A watchband is available separately.

Rating: grsScore
Weight: N/A oz.   Legal: Yes


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. The wristband can be ordered separately on Amazon.

Rating: grsScore
Weight: 1.02 oz.   Legal: Yes


GolfBuddy VoiceRead Full Review

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

$87.98
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Best Basic Handheld Golf GPS
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Bushnell Neo Ghost Golf GPSRead Full Review

We had high expectations for the Bushnell Neo Ghost and about 80% of users love it. Unfortunately, about 20% of users were unhappy. It seems there are more defective units than is typical from Bushnell. This is an excellent value, but if you happen to be the unlucky one who gets the lemon, you’ll have to go through the hassle of returning it. If you’re not up for the risk, check out our picks for Best Golf GPS!

Rating: grsScore
Weight: N/A oz.   Legal: Yes


Izzo Swami 5000Read Full Review

The Izzo Swami 5000 is a value priced golf GPS with large easy to read numbers. It provides distances to the front, middle, and back of the green, plus to distances to hazards on every hole. It also allows you to keep score and saves scorecards for one player. This unit is brightly colored and truly fits in the palm of your hand. The Izzo Swami handheld models are really in a category of their own. On one hand, there are GPS models with similar features, but they tend to be very small. On the other hand, there are models that are similarly sized, but they are usually more expensive and have full hole views. If you need big numbers or if you ride in a cart, we think this is an excellent choice!

Rating: grsScore
Weight: 2.7 oz.   Legal: Yes


Izzo Swami 4000+Read Full Review

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

$101.07
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Best Full Hole View Golf GPS
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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 S60Read Full Review

Garmin’s newest golf watch looks to be a sophisticated golf watch, fitness watch, and smartwatch. It will be released in the summer of 2017 and we look forward to exploring all the features here very soon!

Rating: grsScore
Weight: 1.8* oz.   Legal: Yes


Garmin Approach S6Read Full Review

The Garmin Approach S6 is the only golf watch on the market with fairway views and manual targeting. That’s what makes 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.

Rating: grsScore
Weight: 1.6 oz.   Legal: Yes, providing Pin Pointer, Tempo Training, and Swing Strength are not used


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