Bushnell Tour V4 with Slope Review

‘Bushnell Tour V4 Slope’

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This is our Bushnell TourV4 with Slope Review. If you are looking for the Standard model, see our Bushnell Tour V4 Review.

Bushnell Tour V4 Slope User Rating:
4.37 Stars 4.37 out of 5 (93 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

The Bushnell Tour V4 with Slope ushered in a new era in laser golf rangefinders. This is wholly the result of the USGA changing the rule about devices that measure conditions that are not allowed under the rules.

Here is a little history… Formerly, any device that measured anything that wasn’t allowed (such as Slope), was considered a violation of the rules. In an effort to make things easier for golfers who wanted to use Slope sometimes but not all the time, Leupold and Bushnell managed to get USGA approval of devices that could turn on the Slope feature by attaching a brightly colored faceplate. That way, it was easy for a rules official or fellow competitor to see if Slope was being used. (See Bushnell Tour X and Leupold GX-4i2)

Now, the USGA has made a provision that does allow these devices to be used, as long as those features that are against the rules are not used. The new rule doesn’t even require a faceplate or anything to make it obvious. It’s back to the honor system.

The problem for older rangefinders with Slope is they do not have the ability to turn off the Slope feature. Thus a new era arrives and the Bushnell Tour V4 is one of the first to add the ability to simply change the mode and turn off the Slope. It’s much easier and quicker than attaching a faceplate and likely less expensive to manufacture.

So back to our Bushnell Tour V4 Slope Review…

Bushnell Tour V4 Slope Notable Features
  • Slope AND USGA Legal – The best of both worlds… Slope when you need it or turn it off when it’s not allowed.
  • PinSeeker with JOLT – provides short vibrating pulses to give a tactile confirmation that the laser has locked onto the flag.
  • 5x Magnification – brings the target in closer.
  • Fast focus system – allows you to change the focus easily with your index finger.
  • Ergonomic design with Stabi-Grip technology – more comfortable and secure grip.
  • Water resistant – no worries if you play in the rain.
  • 2 Year warranty
  • 3-Volt CR2 battery and premium carry case included

Although the ratings for the Bushnell Tour V4 with Slope are pretty good, Bushnell replaced this unit very quickly with a nearly identical model, the Tour V4 Shift. We believe the reason was because the menu for switching in and out of Slope mode was confusing to some users. To switch modes, you press and hold the Power/Fire button and it cycles through four options* and you release when it’s on the option you wish to use. If you understand how to use it, then no problem. So on the newer “Shift” model, there is simply a switch on the side of the unit that you slide up or down to change in and out of Slope mode. Just from looking at the switch, you can tell which mode you are using.

That said, we think the Bushnell Tour V4 with Slope is an excellent golf rangefinder. If the issue above doesn’t matter to you, you may want to compare the price of these two rangefinders!

We scoured dozens of user reviews and observed the most common likes and dislikes about the Bushnell Tour V4 Slope model and by far the positive comments outweighed the negative comments. One thing we noticed that many reviewers were using a rangefinder with Slope for the first time and they really enjoyed having the feature available. Here’s what else we found…

Bushnell Tour V4 Pros (positive comments in order of frequency mentioned)
  • Accuracy – Most users felt it was very accurate.
  • Ease of Use – This was a very common theme.
  • Slope – Many users discovered how helpful the Slope feature was.
  • Size / Weight – The lightweight compact size was mentioned frequently.
  • Improves Game – A common theme was about how it helped improve scoring.
  • Speed – Quite a few users commented on how quick the unit locked onto the target.
  • Clarity – Several users mentioned the clarity of what they were seeing.
  • Value – Several users mentioned that it was well worth the price.
Bushnell Tour V4 Cons (negative comments in order of frequency mentioned)
  • Accuracy / Pinseeker – A few users felt that they were unable to get accurate readings.
  • Slope Menu – One user disliked the Slope Menu that we mentioned earlier and felt that it made it too easy to accidentally switch into Slope mode in a competition.
Bushnell Tour V4 Slope Specifications

Bushnell Tour V4 Slope
Slope both
Vibration y
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 3.11 in. x 1.57 in. x 4 in.
Weight 5.6 oz.
Battery 3 Volt CR2 Lithium
Battery Life est. 1 Year
Display LCD
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 5x
Maximum Range 1000
Minimum Range 5
Notes *This unit can be easily switched out of Slope mode to comply with the USGA local rule that allows distance measuring devices.
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes, with Slope mode turned off
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User Manual for Bushnell Tour V4 Slope

Replacement battery for Bushnell Tour V4 Slope

*Four Options includes 1) Yards w/ Slope, 2) Yards, 3)Meters w/Slope and 4) Meters

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