Best Legal Golf Rangefinders

Rules! Best Legal Golf RangefinderBelow are our picks for the Best Legal Laser Rangefinders available in 2017. When we say “legal”, we mean USGA compliant golf rangefinders. The rules changed in 2016 and some golf rangefinders with Slope (slope measures elevation) are now legal when the Slope feature is turned off.

Best Legal Golf Rangefinders
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Bushnell Pro X2Read Full Review

In our opinion, there is no better laser golf rangefinder than the Bushnell Pro X2. It’s compact and feels well built. It has 6x magnification and a Slope mode that can be turned off 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 Slope mode on or off.

The Bushnell Pro X2 allows you to switch from the standard black display to the red VDT display depending on conditions with the simple press of a button. It is fully waterproof, has Jolt technology that vibrates when it locks the pin, and ranges 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 is Bushnell’s response to the 2016 USGA and R&A local rule change that allows rangefinders with Slope to be used as long as Slope mode is disabled. We think this will likely become the best-selling slope ranegfinder on the market. Like it’s highly successful predecessors, it has Pinseeker for easily acquiring the flag over other objects; Jolt technology, so it vibrates when you have locked the target; and 5x magnification. Bushnell’s long history of producing the highest-rated laser golf rangefinders should also give you confidence in making this choice.

Rating: 4.48 (90 ratings)  Magnification: 5x  Slope: both
Weight: 5.6 oz.   Legal: Yes, if Slope Switch is Down (Off).


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


Precision Pro NX7 ProRead Full Review

Our initial hands-on experience with the Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro has been excellent. It locks onto the flag very quickly and the unit vibrates immediately when it locks. It offers two modes, one with Slope and one without Slope. When in non-Slope mode, the unit is legal in events where rangefinders are permitted. It’s simple to switch between the two modes, but not so simple that you’re likely to do so accidentally. The price on this is much less than the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift, but the features and performance are very similar. The only thing missing on the NX7 Pro is the ability to check which mode you are in by looking at the side of the rangefinder. The NX7 Pro may also be slightly more difficult to use on hitting targets on the ground for layups, but the difference in price may make this easy to overlook.

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

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