Best Legal Golf Rangefinders

Rules! Best Legal Golf RangefinderBelow are our picks for the Best Legal Laser Rangefinders available in 2016. 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 LASER Golf Rangefinder (USGA Legal)
Bushnell Tour X
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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’re not interested in ever having Slope, check out the Bushnell Tour V3. It’s one of the highest rated rangefinders ever and the price is unbelievable. 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 reviews)
USGA Compliant: Yes, when the black faceplate is attached.   Weight: 8 oz.   Magnification: 6x

Bushnell Tour V3 Standard
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We’ve simply never seen a golf rangefinder at this price point that gets this kind of rave reviews from this many users. The Bushnell V3 doesn’t have any bells and whistles, but it does a superb job of picking up the distance to your target and letting you know with the vibrating burst known as Jolt technology. It’s small and lightweight and the price is amazing!

Rating: 4.72 (895 reviews)
USGA Compliant: Yes   Weight: 6.6 oz.   Magnification: 5x

Bushnell Pro X7 Jolt
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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 reviews)
USGA Compliant: Yes   Weight: 12 oz.   Magnification: 7x

Nikon Coolshot 20
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Nikon produces amazing optics for its solid line of rangefinders. Unless you need the red numbers, there really isn’t a better value in a laser rangefinder. It’s lightweight and small and of course, it’s extremely accurate!

Rating: 4.42 (219 reviews)
USGA Compliant: Yes   Weight: 4.4 oz.   Magnification: 6x

Callaway Hybrid Laser
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We’ve always loved the idea of a laser and GPS unit in a single device. Finally the Callaway Hybrid offers another option to the much older Bushnell Hybrid. Our favorite feature on this model is that it has one battery for laser and one for GPS. That means that if one is not working, the other can still be used. The laser battery should last for months, but even if it does die, you can keep a spare in the bag.

Rating: 4.50 (8 reviews)
USGA Compliant: Yes   Weight: 7.6 oz.   Magnification: 6x

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Best Laser Rangefinder Under $200

Prices on golf rangefinders are always jumping around, but we will do our best to keep this page updated.

Best Laser Rangefinder Under $200
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We’ve simply never seen a golf rangefinder at this price point that gets this kind of rave reviews from this many users. The Bushnell V3 doesn’t have any bells and whistles, but it does a superb job of picking up the distance to your target and letting you know with the vibrating burst known as Jolt technology. It’s small and lightweight and the price is amazing!

Rating: 4.72 (895 reviews)
USGA Compliant: Yes   Weight: 6.6 oz.   Magnification: 5x

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This is Bushnell’s most basic golf rangefinder, but we have seen it outperform rangefinders with more features and bigger price tags. For some players, the horizontal two-handed model makes holding the rangefinder steady, much easier. Because of the price and the ease of holding it steady, this is the #1 favorite rangefinder of one of our editors!

Rating: 4.52 (399 reviews)
USGA Compliant: Yes   Weight: 9 oz.   Magnification: 4x

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TecTecTec VPRO500Learn More

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.

Rating: 4.50 (848 reviews)
USGA Compliant: Yes   Weight: 6.6 oz.   Magnification: 6x

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Nikon Coolshot 20Learn More

Nikon produces amazing optics for its solid line of rangefinders. Unless you need the red numbers, there really isn’t a better value in a laser rangefinder. It’s lightweight and small and of course, it’s extremely accurate!

Rating: 4.42 (219 reviews)
USGA Compliant: Yes   Weight: 4.4 oz.   Magnification: 6x

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Bushnell Golf GPS Watches

Bushnell Golf GPS Watches have a history of being very solid performers. The ratings are generally very high and the prices are among the most competitive.

Below we’ve summarized the features of each currently available Bushnell golf watch.

Here’s a summery of each of currently available Bushnell Golf GPS Watches! The newest is listed first.

Garmin Golf GPS Watches
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. Best of all, the battery life will easily go three full rounds!

Review Score: 4.47

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: 4.31

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Garmin Approach X40 Golf/Fitness Band Review

‘Garmin Approach X40’

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Our Garmin Approach X40 Golf/Fitness Band Review will be coming soon, but here are our initial thoughts.

We love Garmin golf watches and we love Garmin fitness bands, so we find the Garmin X40 band very exciting.

Garmin Approach X40 User Rating:
4.17 Stars 4.17 out of 5 (86 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

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. Combining these features with Garmin Connect make post-game analysis really interesting.

Activity tracking shows steps, distance, calories burned, heart rate and activity intensity. If that’s not enough, you can get notifications from your smartphone.

Garmin Approach X40 Features:
  • Distances to the front, middle, and back of the green
  • Green shape from your point of view
  • Manual pin positioning
  • Distances to hazards
  • AutoShot round analyzer measures and auto-records shot distances
  • Pairs with Garmin Connect for interesting post-game analysis
  • Pairs with Garmin TruSwing™ sensor for metrics to improve your swing consistency
  • High-resolution display easily readable in bright sunlight
  • Activity tracking – steps, heartrate, and sleep
  • Receive smart notifications for incoming calls, texts and other alerts
  • Garmin Approach X40 Golf Watch Specifications
    Model Garmin Approach X40
    Type GPS
    Course Download Fees No
    Pre-loaded with Courses 40,000+
    Available Courses 40,000+
    Battery Life 10hrs GPS / 5 days
    Battery rechargeable Li-ion
    Height N/A in.
    Width .83 in.
    Depth N/A in.
    Measure Shot Distance Yes
    Screen Size 1 x .42
    Resolution 160×68 px
    Display Type hi-res touchscreen
    Weight 1.1 oz.
    Rainproof Yes (50 meters)
    Touch Screen Yes
    Touch Targeting N/A
    Manual Pin Positioning Yes
    Stat Tracker Yes
    Digital Scorecard Yes
    Computer Analysis Tools Yes
    Ground Verified N/A
    Alternate Targets Yes
    Aerial Hole View N/A
    Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
    Add Courses Manually N/A
    Compatibility PC/Mac
    USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
    Notes ElevateTM wrist heart rate technology and activity tracking
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Garmin Approach S20 Review

‘Garmin Approach S20’

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If you’re just looking for a golf GPS watch that gives distances to a variety of targets and nothing more, this probably isn’t the watch for you. However, if you’re a little bit of a geek, then this watch may be the one you’re looking for!

Garmin Approach S20 User Rating:
4.25 Stars 4.25 out of 5 (158 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

The S20 combines smartwatch features of phone notifications, activity tracking, and sleep tracking with a golf watch loaded with features. The display is really clean and the main golf screen displays the distance to the front, middle, and back of the green plus the green shape. You can manually change the pin position for more precise distance. Distances to doglegs and the front and back of hazards is a button press away.

Not only is there a scorecard, but the S20 can automatically track all of your full shots. On Garmin Connect, you can see your full hole graphic locations of your shots, distances, and clubs used (not including putts). This watch also automatically gets any updates for courses you play regularly and it has excellent battery life. You may just want to make the Garmin S20 your full-time watch!

Garmin Approach S20 Features:
  • Distances to the front, middle, and back of the green
  • Green shape from your point of view
  • Manual pin positioning
  • Distances to doglegs, plus front and back of hazards
  • AutoShot round analyzer measures and auto-records shot distances
  • Pairs with Garmin Connect for interesting post-game analysis
  • Pairs with Garmin TruSwing™ sensor for metrics to improve your swing consistency
  • CourseView feature automatically updates frequently played courses for free
  • High-resolution display easily readable in bright sunlight
  • Activity tracking – steps and sleep
  • Receive smart notifications for incoming calls, texts and other alerts²
  • Attractive watchband design
  • Garmin Approach S20 Golf Watch Specifications
    Model Garmin Approach S20
    Type GPS
    Course Download Fees No
    Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
    Available Courses 40,000+
    Battery Life 15 hrs GPS / 8 wks
    Battery rechargeable Li-ion
    Height 1.9 in.
    Width 1.5 in.
    Depth .4 in.
    Measure Shot Distance Yes
    Screen Size .9 square
    Resolution 128×128
    Display Type hi-res monochrome
    Weight 1.5 oz.
    Rainproof Yes (50 meters)
    Touch Screen No
    Touch Targeting No
    Manual Pin Positioning Yes
    Stat Tracker Yes
    Digital Scorecard Yes
    Computer Analysis Tools Yes
    Ground Verified N/A
    Alternate Targets Yes
    Aerial Hole View N/A
    Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
    Add Courses Manually N/A
    Compatibility PC / Mac
    USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
    Notes In addition to all the golf features, it has an activity tracker, a sleep tracker, and move notification after periods of inactivity.
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GolfBuddy Voice 2 Review

‘GolfBuddy Voice 2’

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We are currently working on our GolfBuddy Voice 2 Review but it’s not too early to say that GolfBuddy has another winner on its hands. Even if you don’t want to use the voice feature, these intuitive little devices are well worth considering.

GolfBuddy Voice 2 User Rating:
4.40 Stars 4.40 out of 5 (118 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

GolfBuddy has golf distance measuring devices in just about every category, but the one where they seem to dominate is the small voice models. This is their fourth entry into this category and with each new model, comes subtle but significant improvements. The GolfBuddy Voice 2 seems to be continuing that trend.

The predecessor to the Voice 2 was the GolfBuddy VS4 and although the Voice 2 has a nicer appearance, the size, shape, and weight are identical. In fact, there are only three differences that we noticed. The most important improvement is that the Voice 2 gets 14 hours of battery life versus only 10 hours on the VS4. That’s a really nice improvement!

We also like that the clip on the Voice 2 is built into the unit itself, where the previous model came with a clip that had to be attached. You can still get a watchband or belt clip that flips up if you prefer. The other new feature won’t make much functional difference to most users. The Voice 2 can have either a female or male voice and if you want to change it, you’ll need to make the update on your computer and then sync.

The original GolfBuddy Voice is still available, as is the VS4. Both models cost a little less than the newest model, but we think it’s well worth it to buy the GolfBuddy Voice 2 for the extra battery life.

GolfBuddy Voice 2 Notable Features
  • Audio and visual distances to front/center/back of the green
  • Automatic course and hole recognition
  • Shot measurement feature
  • Flip screen feature allows it to be viewed “right side up” when worn on your belt.
  • Rechargeable battery provides up to 14-hour battery life
  • Male/Female voice options through FREE GolfBuddy Manager Program
  • Legal for tournament play
  • Water resistant
  • Multilingual (up to 11 languages, 8 preloaded)
  • Dynamic Green View technology with distance readings from the golfer’s perspective

We don’t think you can go wrong with the GolfBuddy Voice 2, but if the voice feature isn’t important to you, you may also want to consider the Garmin Approach G10 which includes scorecard and stat-tracking.

GolfBuddy Voice 2 Specifications
Model GolfBuddy Voice 2
Type GPS
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses 38,000+
Available Courses 38,000
Battery Life 14 hrs
Battery Lithium Polymer Rechargeable
Height 1.76 in.
Width 1.78 in.
Depth .49 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size 1″
Resolution N/A
Display Type monochrome LCD
Weight 1.02 oz.
Rainproof Yes
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning No
Stat Tracker No
Digital Scorecard No
Computer Analysis Tools No
Ground Verified N/A
Alternate Targets No
Aerial Hole View No
Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
Add Courses Manually N/A
Compatibility N/A
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
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