Best Golf Rangefinders with Slope

Below are our picks for the Best Laser Golf Rangefinders with Slope. Most, but not all of these models are now legal for tournament play when Slope mode is turned off. We have noted that information at the bottom of each summary box.

Best LASER Golf Rangefinder (USGA Legal)
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Bushnell Pro X2Read Full Review

We’re very excited about the new 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 not 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 (39 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 8 oz.   Legal: Yes* When Slope Switch is turned 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. We will be doing a hands-on test very soon and hope that it will meet our expectations.

Rating: 4.79 (91 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 5.45 oz.   Legal: Yes, with Adaptive Slope Mode turned OFF.


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: 4.22 (13 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 6.8 oz.   Legal: Yes, when the slope feature is turned off.


GolfBuddy LR5SRead Full Review

The early reviews on the GolfBuddy LR5 are really solid for a golf rangefinder with Slope in this price range. If you don’t need your rangefinder to be USGA local rule compliant, we highly recommend you consider. You would have to pay significantly more at this point to get a Slope rangefinder that has the required On/Off switch. We’re really excited to see GolfBuddy making inroads into the laser rangefinder market with some inexpensive, quality products. The GolfBuddy LR5 is the non-Slope version of this model. Note: This model is not legal under the USGA local rule. If you are looking to have both Slope and USGA compliance on a reasonable budget, check out the Leupold GX-2i2.

Rating: 4.55 (11 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 7.69 oz.   Legal: No


Leupold GX-4i2 (Slope)Read Full Review

This model used to be worth the extra money, but now it has some competition and the price is just too high to justify in most cases. We only recommend this model to those who want both the easy to read red numbers AND the ability to factor in temperature and altitude for “plays like” distance when Slope is active. Otherwise, the Bushnell Tour X will give you the red numbers OR the Leupold GX-2i2 will handle the “plays like” distance. Both of those models have Slope that can be turned off to conform with the USGA local rule.

Rating: 4.32 (53 ratings)  Magnification: 6X
Weight: 7.9 oz.   Legal: Yes, when the silver faceplate is attached.

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 LASER Golf Rangefinder (USGA Legal)
Bushnell Pro X2
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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: 4.77 (39 reviews)
USGA Compliant: Yes* When Slope Switch is turned off.   Weight: 8 oz.   Magnification: 6x

Precision Pro NX7 Pro
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Precision Pro NX7 ProRead Full Review

Our initial hands-on experience with the Precision Pro Golf NX7 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: 4.79 (91 reviews)
USGA Compliant: Yes, with Adaptive Slope Mode turned OFF.   Weight: 5.45 oz.   Magnification: 6x

TecTecTec VPRO500
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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 Golf Rangefinders Under $200.

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

Precision Pro Golf NX7
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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: 4.50 (43 reviews)
USGA Compliant: Yes   Weight: 5.45 oz.   Magnification: 6x

Bushnell Tour V4 Jolt
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Bushnell Tour V4 JoltRead Full Review

The Bushnell Tour V4 standard edition has two changes from it’s 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 with Slope has a switch that turns off the Slope mode, making it legal for most competitions as of 2016. If the price difference isn’t too much for your budget, we suggest taking a look at the Bushnell Tour V4 with Slope.

Rating: 4.64 (176 reviews)
USGA Compliant: Yes   Weight: 6.6 oz.   Magnification: 5x

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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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TecTecTec VPRO500Learn More

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 Golf Rangefinders Under $200.

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


Precision Pro Golf NX7Learn More

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: 4.50 (43 reviews)
USGA Compliant: Yes   Weight: 5.45 oz.   Magnification: 6x


GolfBuddy LR5Learn More

The GolfBuddy LR5 laser rangefinder has 6x magnification, scan mode, and pin mode which scans the landscape for the closest target, helping to isolate the pin from background objects. GolfBuddy is well established in the golf GPS world and will definitely make headway into the laser market with solid entries like the LR5 and the LR5S slope model. It’s the name brand and the low price point that make this model a real contender.

Rating: 4.30 (29 reviews)
USGA Compliant: Yes   Weight: 7.69 oz.   Magnification: N/A


TecTecTec VPRODLXLearn More

You may never have heard of TecTecTec, but they have quietly been gaining serious momentum in the golf laser rangefinder market. The reason… their rangefinders are getting rave reviews and their prices are significantly lower than the bigger brands. At first glance, the difference between the TecTecTec VPRODLX and the VPRO500 doesn’t seem significant. The VPRODLX is waterproof and has a slightly longer range, but what makes it worth the money is the Distant Target Priority Mode that makes it easier to grab the pin. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly laser rangefinder, put this one on your short list!

Rating: 4.41 (61 reviews)
USGA Compliant: Yes   Weight: N/A oz.   Magnification: 6x


Callaway 300 RangefinderLearn More

The Callaway 300 is a solid entry into the laser rangefinder market and we like the idea of a soft casing for a rangefinder. Although the performance is good on this model, the ratings are a little bit lower than other basic models and its price is often a little bit higher. At this price point, you may want to check out our picks for best laser rangefinders under $200.

Rating: 4.20 (54 reviews)
USGA Compliant: Yes   Weight: 7.58 oz.   Magnification: 6x


Laser Golf Rangefinder Buyer’s Guide


Select the laser rangefinder features below that are most important to you so we can show you the best rangefinders for your needs.

Budget Friendly
Lightweight
Compact Size
Legal Under USGA Local Rule
Slope  (Some are legal)
Bright Numbers for Easier Reading
Hybrid (Laser plus GPS)
Higher Magnification/Zoom


Best Laser Rangefinder

Character with golf rangefinderBelow are our picks for the Best Laser Rangefinders available in 2017.

USGA compliant golf rangefinders are in the top table and the bottom table has rangefinders with Slope. Note: Some models are both compliant and have Slope and may be found in both tables.

To help you find the best rangefinder for your specific needs, we recommend you take a look at our interactive Laser Rangefinder Buyer’s Guide.

Best LASER Golf Rangefinder (USGA Legal)
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Bushnell Pro X2Read Full Review

We’re very excited about the new 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 not 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 (39 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 8 oz.   Legal: Yes* When Slope Switch is turned 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. We will be doing a hands-on test very soon and hope that it will meet our expectations.

Rating: 4.79 (91 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 5.45 oz.   Legal: Yes, with Adaptive Slope Mode turned OFF.


TecTecTec VPRO500Read Full Review

We put the TecTecTec VPRO500 in our top picks because performance this good at a price point this low is unmatched in our opinion. We saw the incredible ratings but had to test it ourselves and it surpassed our expectations! TecTecTec may not be the best-known brand in the golf rangefinder market, but I don’t know of any of the lesser known brands that have ratings this high. This unit has 6x magnification, Pinseeker Mode, and a Scan mode. In our hands-on testing, the only issue we noticed is that it may display up to 4 yards difference when ranging the same target repeatedly. Other models in our lineup tend to be within a yard or two. If that is a concern for you, check out our Best Golf Rangefinders Under $200.

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


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: 4.22 (13 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 6.8 oz.   Legal: Yes, when the slope feature is turned off.


Precision Pro Golf NX7Read Full Review

The NX7 rangefinder from Precision Pro Golf is small, lightweight, extremely accurate, and perfectly priced. We found it easy to lock onto the flag and quite capable of ranging other targets including bunkers and the ground. It’s a nice looking rangefinder and has a very comfortable and secure grip. The price point is in between the TecTecTec VPRO500 and the Bushnell Tour V4. Both models have similar features to the NX7. The VPRO500 and the NX7 have 6x magnification, where the Bushnell has 5x. The Bushnell, however, has Jolt technology that makes it vibrate in your hand when it locks the target. Although we love the VPRO500 for its amazing price and solid performance, it’s not as consistent with readings as the other two models. Sometimes distances to the same target might vary as much as 4 yards on the VPRO500.

If price were not a factor, we would choose the Tour V4, but if it is, then we think the NX7 hits the sweet spot with price and performance.

Rating: 4.50 (43 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 5.45 oz.   Legal: Yes


Best LASER Rangefinder (with Slope)
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Bushnell Pro X2Read Full Review

We’re very excited about the new 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 not 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 (39 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 8 oz.   Legal: Yes* When Slope Switch is turned 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. We will be doing a hands-on test very soon and hope that it will meet our expectations.

Rating: 4.79 (91 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 5.45 oz.   Legal: Yes, with Adaptive Slope Mode turned OFF.


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: 4.22 (13 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 6.8 oz.   Legal: Yes, when the slope feature is turned off.


GolfBuddy LR5SRead Full Review

The early reviews on the GolfBuddy LR5 are really solid for a golf rangefinder with Slope in this price range. If you don’t need your rangefinder to be USGA local rule compliant, we highly recommend you consider. You would have to pay significantly more at this point to get a Slope rangefinder that has the required On/Off switch. We’re really excited to see GolfBuddy making inroads into the laser rangefinder market with some inexpensive, quality products. The GolfBuddy LR5 is the non-Slope version of this model. Note: This model is not legal under the USGA local rule. If you are looking to have both Slope and USGA compliance on a reasonable budget, check out the Leupold GX-2i2.

Rating: grsScore  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 7.69 oz.   Legal: No

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GolfBuddy LR5S
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Golf GPS vs Rangefinder

Image of Golf GPS ans Laser RangefinderOccasionally, I get a question from someone wondering which is better, a golf GPS or laser rangefinder. If the question had to do only with accuracy, then the clear answer would always be the laser rangefinder. Lasers are always accurate to within a couple of yards of whatever target you hit. Although golf GPS devices are generally fairly accurate, they’re going to let you down once in awhile. Besides that, they can’t give you distance to a flag, only to set points that do not move.

Does that make a laser rangefinder “better” than a golf GPS? Not entirely. Laser cannot measure a target that can’t be seen. If you have an elevated green and can’t see the flag, you’re out of luck. GPS on the other hand, will be able to give you distance to the front, middle and back of the green and maybe additional hazards and layups as well.

Besides that, there is less opportunity for human error with GPS. Some people really struggle to hold a laser rangefinder steady enough to acquire an accurate distance. If you hit the wrong target, you’ll get the wrong distance. Today’s rangefinders do a good job of locking onto the flag, but I know plenty of people who haven’t had much success with using a laser.

So in the battle of Golf GPS vs Rangefinder, well it depends on your needs and ability. If you have fairly steady hands, I would recommend laser over GPS. Even better though – the best of both worlds can be found in the Bushnell Hybrid. It’s a laser and GPS all built into a single unit and it’s still tournament legal when distance measuring devices are allowed.

If your not confident in your ability to hit the right target with a laser and the Bushnell Hybrid isn’t in your budget, then let us help you choose the best GPS for your style of play.

GPS or Laser, either way is definitely better than no distance measuring device at all.

Can You Use a Hunting Rangefinder for Golf?

One question we hear occasionally is “Can you use a hunting rangefinder for golf?”.

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Yes No Maybe you can use a hunting rangefinder for golf!The quick answer is yes, but it’s not always as easy as using a rangefinder designed specifically for golf. Almost all name brand golf rangefinders are designed to pick out the pin from background objects by locking onto the object that is the closest to you. Bushnell calls it Pinseeker, Leupold calls it PinHunter and Callaway/Nikon refers to it as First Target Priority Mode. These technologies definitely make it easier and faster to get a reading about which you’ll feel confident.

Many hunting rangefinders are designed to do the opposite. They easily pick up the more distant objects, rather than closer objects. That eliminates the problem of leaves and brush in the foreground for hunters.

Recently though GolfBuddy has been touting the GolfBuddy LR5 is good for hunting because it has three different modes. The Standard Mode which is a single button press that returns a single distance. It also has Pin Mode that scans for 10 seconds and settles on the closest target which is what you get with most laser rangefinders designed for golf. Scan Mode on the GolfBuddy, scans for 10 seconds, displaying the distance to any target that it hits. It doesn’t stop on the closest target, which should work best for hunters.

There’s no question that plenty of people use hunting rangefinders for golf and golf rangefinders for hunting. The results are often mixed, probably depending on the distance to the target and steadiness of the person using it.

Have you ever tried a laser rangefinder for golf and hunting? We would love to hear what worked or didn’t work for you. Leave us a comment below!

Best Golf Rangefinder 2012

At the end of the year, here were our top picks for “Best Golf Rangefinder 2012”. These are tried and true laser and GPS golf rangefinders, but be sure to also check out our current Best Golf Rangefinder picks.

Below is a list of our favorites in each category based on performance, price and customer reviews. If you know your category, start here or check out Laser and GPS Selection Tools. If you’re not sure of your category, take a look at our Laser Golf Rangefinder vs GPS article or our quick and easy Buyer’s Guide.

Category:   Laser       Laser w/ Slope       Full-featured GPS       Basic GPS (including watches)       New

Best Overall

  1. Bushnell Hybrid – Read Full Review
    If you want the best of both worlds (GPS & Laser), here it is. If you can remember to charge it every few rounds, this is the ticket!

Best LASER Golf Rangefinder

  1. Callaway Diablo Octane – Read Full Review
    The price has dropped on Callaway’s newest laser rangefinder and the early ratings are terrific.
  2. Leupold GX-1 – Read Full Review
    Great price on a highly rated laser rangefinder.
  3. Bushnell Tour Z6 – Read Full Review
    New in 2012, Bushnell’s new Z6 is fast and easy to read.

Best LASER with Slope

  1. Bushnell Pro 1600 with Slope – Read Full Review
    With the recent price drop, we give the edge to the tried and true Bushnell 1600.
  2. Leupold GX-2 – Read Full Review
    For price and features, we think this is an excellent value. Since you’re breaking the rules anyway, you might as well get the extra bells and whistles offered only by Leupold.

Best GPS Golf Rangefinder:
(Full-featured: Yardages + Hole View Graphics)

  1. Garmin Approach G6 – Read Full Review
    Pre-loaded with 25,000 golf courses. No annual fees and excellent user reviews.
  2. Garmin Approach G5 – Read Full Review
    If you are looking for something more budget-friendly, the G5 is a good choice. Not as many courses at the G6 and quite a bit larger. Our top pick for a full-featured golf GPS.

Best GPS Golf Rangefinder:
(Basic: Yardages/Numbers Only)

  1. Golf Buddy Voice – Read Full Review
    Small and simple, but the ratings are outstanding!
  2. Garmin S1 GPS Golf Watch – Read Full Review
    The ultimate in convenience – GPS on a wrist watch!
  3. Bushnell neo+ – Read Full Review
    May be all you need in a GPS. No fancy graphics, but plenty of information.

New in 2012

2012 LASER Rangefinders

  1. Callaway RAZR Laser – Read Preview
    Picks up yardages even faster and more accurately than previous Callaway rangefinders and has adjustable backlight settings.
  2. Laser Link Switch – Read Preview
    Laser Link’s newest laser rangefinder may finally be the answer for players who want to use laser, but have trouble holding it steady.
  3. Leupold GX-4i – Read Preview
    Laser rangefinder with slope. Picks up yardages even faster and more accurately than its predecessor.
  4. Leupold GX-3i – Read Preview
    Picks up yardages even faster and more accurately than its predecessor
  5. Bushnell Tour Z6 – Read Preview
    Faster, easier to read Vivid Display Indicators, 6x magnifcation and improved battery life.
  6. Bushnell Pro 1M – Read Preview
    7x magnifcation, easy to read Vivid Display indicators and improved battery life.

2012 Golf GPS Rangefinders

  1. Golf Buddy Platinum – Read Preview
    Golf Buddy tries to make some minor improvements to previous models.
  2. SkyCaddie BREEZE – Read Preview
    Big, bright display, but still some typical and new SkyCaddie drawbacks.
  3. Izzo Swami Watch – Read Preview
    The lowest price we’ve seen in a golf GPS watch.
  4. Izzo Swami 4000 – Read Preview
    Big, bright display with front, middle and back yardages at a very low price point!
  5. Callaway uPro MX+ – Read Preview
    Like previous models, the new Callaway golf GPS just doesn seem to measure up.
  6. Garmin Approach S3 Golf Watch – Read Preview
    Garmin has an answer to its new competitors. This year’s golf watch offers several more features than its predecessor. It’s definitely more expensive, but Garmin’s reputation and experience have to be worth something.
  7. Garmin Approach G6 – Read Preview
    Pre-loaded with more courses, smaller and lighter with longer battery life than its predecessor.
  8. Expresso WR62 Golf Watch – Read Preview
    If this lives up to its promise, it will replace the Garmin S1 golf watch as the leader in Basic GPS models.
  9. Expresso AG50 Navigation and Golf Watch Combo – Read Preview
    A reasonably priced multi-function device that will help you navigate your way to the golf course and then give you distances to front-middle-back and hazards. It can also be used as a media player.
  10. Golf Buddy Voice – Read Preview
    Golf Buddy puts its huge database of golf courses into the smallest golf GPS we’ve seen. This basic unit provides voice and on-screen distances to the front, middle and back of every green. The reviews are excellent!
  11. MOTOACTV Golf Watch – Read Preview
    If you’re a multi-sport athlete, this may be the golf watch for you. It boasts plenty of features for golf, as well as other sports.
  12. Bushnell neo+ Golf Watch – Read Preview
    Similar to the Garmin S1, but with longer battery life.

Best GPS for Golf

What is the best GPS for golf? (drum roll please)….. well, that all depends on the type of golfer who will be using it. We’ll break it down for you here or just head on over to our Personalized Golf GPS Quiz. Golf watches are not included in our recommendations below.

Recommendations by Golfer Description:

  • The Course and Game Manager: Knows enough about golf to engage in some course management. Appreciates detailed information as long as it’s easy to come by.
  • The Typical Golfer: Interested in distances to the green and to hazards.
  • “Speedy”:: Plays fast, likes things quick and convenient, doesn’t obsess over details.
  • Big Numbers, Please!: Has difficulty seeing the scorecard or a normal GPS screen.
  • The Hybrid: Desires accuracy, but not satisfied with yardages to only visible targets, which is all that you can get from a traditional laser rangefinder.
The Course and Game Manager: Knows enough about golf to engage in some course management. Appreciates detailed information as long as it’s easy to come by.
Garmin Approach G8
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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: 4.18 (113 ratings) (4.18 / 113 ratings)

Garmin Approach G30
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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: 99.00 (N/A ratings) (99.00 / N/A ratings)

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The Typical Golfer: Interested in distances to the green and to hazards.
Garmin Approach G10
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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: 4.42 (97 ratings) (4.42 / 97 ratings)

Izzo Swami 5000
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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. You can keep score for one player on it as well. This unit is brightly colored and truly fits in the palm of your hand. The Izzo Swami 5000 is really in a category of its 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 size, but they are usually more expensive and have full hole views. For players who ride in carts, we think the Swami 5000 is an excellent choice.

Rating: 4.10 (N12 ratings) (4.10 / N12 ratings)

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‘Speedy’:: Plays fast, likes things quick and convenient, doesn’t obsess over details.
GolfBuddy Voice 2
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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. If you want the watch band, order the bundle.

Rating: 4.40 (118 ratings) (4.40 / 118 ratings)

Golf Buddy Voice
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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: 4.57 (291 ratings) (4.57 / 291 ratings)

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Big Numbers, Please!: Has difficulty seeing the scorecard or a normal GPS screen.
Garmin Approach G8
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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: 4.18 (113 ratings) (4.18 / 113 ratings)

Garmin Approach G30
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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: 99.00 (N/A ratings) (99.00 / N/A ratings)

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The Hybrid: Desires accuracy, but not satisfied with yardages to only visible targets, which is all that you can get from a traditional laser rangefinder.
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 ratings) (4.50 / 8 ratings)

Bushnell Hybrid
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The Bushnell Hybrid has been around for a long time. Until recently, there wasn’t any competition in golf rangefinders that combine laser and GPS. We still like this model, but the Callaway Hybrid has a few upgrades and one feature that really stands out over the Bushnell. The Bushnell only has one battery for GPS and laser, which means you have to remember to charge it after every 2-3 rounds. The Callaway Hybrid has two separate batteries which means you should never be caught without a working rangefinder. If that’s not an issue for you, price should be your guide, but otherwise check out the Callaway Hybrid.

Rating: 4.50 (93 ratings) (4.50 / 93 ratings)

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Best Golf Rangefinder for the Money

What’s the best golf rangefinder for the money? Even though prices in this market bounce up and down, we can narrow it down for you very quickly. The top table below has the

Best Laser Rangefinder Under $200
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Precision Pro NX7 ProLearn More

Our initial hands-on experience with the Precision Pro Golf NX7 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: 4.79 (91 reviews)
USGA Compliant: Yes, with Adaptive Slope Mode turned OFF.   Weight: 5.45 oz.   Magnification: 6x

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If you’re looking for a budget-friendly rangefinder with Slope, the GolfBuddy LR5 should be near or at the top of your list. The reviews are looking good and the price is amazing. It has 6x magnification, an adjustable diopter, and three modes of operation. Standard mode, Scan mode which continuously scans for 10 seconds to shows distances to varying targets, and Pin mode which continuously scans for 10 seconds to show distances to varying targets displaying the closest target. Note: This model is not legal under the USGA local rule. If you are looking to have both Slope and USGA compliance on a reasonable budget, check out the Leupold GX-2i2.

Rating: 4.55 (11 reviews)
USGA Compliant: No   Weight: 7.69 oz.   Magnification: 6x

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TecTecTec VPRO500Learn More

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 Golf Rangefinders Under $200.

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

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Precision Pro Golf NX7Learn More

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: 4.50 (43 reviews)
USGA Compliant: Yes   Weight: 5.45 oz.   Magnification: 6x

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The Bushnell Hybrid has been around for a long time. Until recently, there wasn’t any competition in golf rangefinders that combine laser and GPS. We still like this model, but the Callaway Hybrid has a few upgrades and one feature that really stands out over the Bushnell. The Bushnell only has one battery for GPS and laser, which means you have to remember to charge it after every 2-3 rounds. The Callaway Hybrid has two separate batteries which means you should never be caught without a working rangefinder. If that’s not an issue for you, price should be your guide, but otherwise check out the Callaway Hybrid.

Rating: 4.50 (93 reviews)
USGA Compliant: Yes   Weight: 8 oz.   Magnification: 5x

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Best Rangefinder with Slope

It used to be that when you bought a golf laser rangefinder, you were buying a device that you wouldn’t be allowed to use in any competition. Although the USGA had made a provision for a local rule to allow distance measuring devices, they would not allow one that measured slope. For golfers who wanted to use the slope features for practice or when they weren’t competing, that meant having to own two different rangefinders.

The next evolution of the rule allowed rangefinders where the slope could be turned on with a brightly colored faceplate. That way, it would be easy for anyone to see if you were using slope when you shouldn’t be. The Bushnell Tour X and the Leupold GX-4i2 were the two models that with slope that were legal during that period.

The lastest adjustment to the rangefinder rule is that you can use any rangefinder with slope as long as you don’t use the slope feature. I guess it’s the USGA’s way of saying that they trust us to be honest. Going forward, I doubt we will see any slope rangefinders that don’t have an easy on/off switch for slope. In fact, it’s possible, we eventually won’t see any rangefinders that don’t have a slope option. Make sure you check the USGA compliance status in our Best Rangefinder with Slope summaries below.

Best Rangefinder with Slope
Bushnell Pro X2
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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.

Review Score: 4.77         Slope: both
USGA Compliant (local rule): Yes* When Slope Switch is turned off.

Precision Pro NX7 Pro
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Our initial hands-on experience with the Precision Pro Golf NX7 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.

Review Score: 4.79         Slope: both
USGA Compliant (local rule): Yes, with Adaptive Slope Mode turned OFF.

Leupold GX-2i2
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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.

Review Score: 4.22         Slope: Yes
USGA Compliant (local rule): Yes, when the slope feature is turned off.

GolfBuddy LR5S
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If you’re looking for a budget-friendly rangefinder with Slope, the GolfBuddy LR5 should be near or at the top of your list. The reviews are looking good and the price is amazing. It has 6x magnification, an adjustable diopter, and three modes of operation. Standard mode, Scan mode which continuously scans for 10 seconds to shows distances to varying targets, and Pin mode which continuously scans for 10 seconds to show distances to varying targets displaying the closest target. Note: This model is not legal under the USGA local rule. If you are looking to have both Slope and USGA compliance on a reasonable budget, check out the Leupold GX-2i2.

Review Score: 4.55         Slope: Yes
USGA Compliant (local rule): No

Leupold GX-4i2 (Slope)
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This model used to be worth the extra money, but now it has some competition and the price is just too high to justify in most cases. We only recommend this model to those who want both the easy to read red numbers AND the ability to factor in temperature and altitude for “plays like” distance when Slope is active. Otherwise, the Bushnell Tour X will give you the red numbers OR the Leupold GX-2i2 will handle the “plays like” distance. Both of those models have Slope that can be turned off to conform with the USGA local rule.

Review Score: 4.32         Slope: both
USGA Compliant (local rule): Yes, when the silver faceplate is attached.

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Laser Golf Rangefinder vs GPS

The laser golf rangefinder vs GPS question can only be resolved by looking at the needs and abilities of the person who will be using it. There are advantages to each and we’ll try to break those down for you here. If you want the best of both worlds, the Bushnell Hybrid is still the only device that combines laser and hybrid.

Advantages of Laser:
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  • Accuracy – A laser rangefinder will give you near exact yardage to any target you can see (within several hundred yards). It’s going to be more consistent and more accurate than GPS. It also will give the yardage to the actual flag, wherever it is on the green.
  • Learning Curve – There isn’t much to learn about a laser golf rangefinder. The directions won’t take long to read and a few minutes of playing with it and you should have it down.
  • Battery Life – The battery on a laser rangefinder will last many, many rounds. For most users, a year or more.
  • # of Courses – laser rangefinders will work on every golf course and never need to be updated.
  • Magnification – We find it surprising that laser rangefinders are allowed to have magnification. Sometimes just having binoculars on the golf course can be handy for seeing what lies ahead and with a laser, it’s built right into the device. When making a purchase, pay attention to the level of magnification. Not only do you get a better view with a higher level, it’s also easier to hit your target.

Disadvantages of Laser:

  • Hills and trees – If you can’t see a target, your laser binoculars won’t help a bit. Experience tells us that this is an infrequent problem, but when it is a problem, it’s a big one. (That’s when a hybrid rangefinder would come in really handy.)
  • Hitting the wrong target – Today’s laser rangefinders are very good about picking up the flagstick instead of targets behind the green, but it’s still a possibility that you could accidentally get the yardage to the wrong target. The closer you get to your target, the less likely this will happen. Most users will be able to manage this without much difficulty after a little experience.
  • Steadiness issues – Using a laser golf rangefinder does require moderate steadiness when shooting the target. For most people this isn’t an issue, but for some users, it’s a deal breaker. See our 7 Tips for Using a Laser Rangefinder.
  • No front, middle and back of green distance – Although you’re getting exact distance to the pin, unless you can see it, you have no way of knowing where on the green the pin is located. Again, a hybrid would come in handy for this, but most golf courses provide some indication of where on the green the pins are located.

Advantages of GPS:
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  • Distance to the front, middle and back of every green – Every golf GPS provides this basic information and it can be extremely valuable. Most golfers however, will do just fine aiming for the middle of every green.
  • No steadiness required – A GPS device will give you yardages without you having to aim it or even touch it.
  • Distances to targets you cannot see – All GPS devices can give you yardage to targets that you cannot see. Most of them include hazards as well as green yardages, but pay attention because some basic models only include distances to the front, middle and back of the green.
  • Hole layouts – We refer to GPS devices that offer hole layout views as “full-featured”. If you’re on a course that is unfamiliar, it’s often nice to be able to take a look at the hole layout before you play it. It’s important to note however, that these types of units have more of a learning curve and can slow you down during your round. There are some “basic” models that don’t include the layouts and in truth, that’s not always a disadvantage. On the golf course, we think it’s important to get information quickly, rather than trying to figure out your device.
  • Bonus Features – Many golf GPS devices have shot-measuring features, scorecards, statistics and more. These features can be fun and useful, but it’s important to make sure they don’t consume too much of your time and attention.

Disadvantages of GPS:

  • Accuracy – Although all GPS devices do a pretty good job with accuracy, they’re not likely to ever be as good as laser. Clouds, trees and whatever else can happen to interfere with satellites will be a factor. It’s not always ‘right on’ vs laser which will be right every time.
  • Distance to the pin – Although some of the full-featured models allow you to tap or move the pin position, it’s still only your best guess unless you have a printed pin location sheet provided by the course or tournament committee.
  • Computers – Although most GPS devices now come “preloaded” with courses, many require hookup to a computer for updates and/or newly added golf courses. Some even require hookup and online registration before they will work. This is the area where we usually where we find the most complaints from users.
  • Learning Curve – the more features available, the more learning required.
  • Battery Life – With any golf GPS, you’ll need to make sure it’s charged up every few rounds.

Hybrid – the best of both worlds

Although the Bushnell Hybrid is the only hybrid on the market as of this writing, we love that it has both laser and GPS. Although some of the advantages of GPS would be nice to have, we consider most of them extraneous to the main purpose of a golf distance measuring device. Getting the accuracy of laser combined with GPS features that eliminate ALL of the disadvantages of laser alone is hard to beat.

Is Your Golf Rangefinder ‘Legal’?

Photo of Man using golf rangefinderOf course what I mean by asking “Is your golf rangefinder ‘legal’?”, is does it conform to the rules of golf? To get a full understanding, let’s explore the joint USGA / R&A rule and decision that allows or disallows GPS and laser rangefinders to be used.

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Rule 14/3b prohibits a player from using any artificial device or unusual equipment for the purpose of gauging or measuring distance or conditions that might affect his play. That alone would make all golf GPS and laser rangefinders against the rules and the penalty for the breach is disqualification. However…

In 2006, the USGA and R&A decided to allow tournament committees to have the option of adding a local rule that allows “distance-measuring devices”.

If this local rule is in effect, artificial devices that measure distance ONLY, are permitted. Prior to 2016, devices that measured slope or provided other prohibited information were not allowed even if the features were turned off. However in 2016, the USGA and the R&A revised the rule (see Appendix IV-5) to say that these devices were okay to use as long as those features were turned off.

The exceptions to the earlier rule were the highly rated Bushnell Tour X and the the Leupold GX-4i2. Both of these laser rangefinders had gotten special approval from the USGA by using a brightly colored faceplate to turn on the Slope feature, thus indicating to anyone paying attention that the device was not legal. When the bright faceplate was removed, the devices were (and still are) legal.

With the new rule, it’s more of an honor system. Faceplates will not be required, and already the Bushnell Tour V4 with Slope can be made legal without the appearance changing. The player will simply switch the device out of Slope mode to make it legal. We expect many other devices will follow suit.

As far as golf GPS devices go, most have been legal in competition since 2006. However, this new rule change did affect two of the Garmin GPS devices that were previously not allowed in competition. The Garmin Approach G7 and the Approach G8 both have a “Plays Like” feature and a “Club Advice” feature that are not allowed in competition, but those features can be turned off, which means that as of 2016, these devices can be used in competition.

Smartphone golf GPS apps also benefitted from the rule change. They may now be used in competition as long as no prohibited features are being used within the app OR on otherwise on the device.

Most organized golf tournaments utilize the local rule, but it’s always a good idea to read the rules sheet or check with the tournament organizer before using your golf rangefinder or GPS. Elite professional events and some high-level amateur events do not adopt the local rule. You won’t find these devices being used during a PGA or LPGA tournaments, but if you’re out there during the practice rounds, caddies and players will be using laser rangefinders and taking notes diligently.

So if you know that your golf tournament or golf group has adopted the local rule, then there is only one question remaining. Did you buy a GPS or laser that measures ONLY distance or has an on/off mode for prohibited features? If your laser binoculars measure “slope” or provide other prohibited information and those features cannot be turned off, your rangefinder won’t be allowed.

If you’re playing a friendly game, just make sure your group is in agreement about what rules are in effect. With regards to posting scores for your handicap, the local rule is in effect. You should post all scores when using your distance-only measuring device. See the USGA Rules FAQ.

Below are our top picks for legal golf rangefinders. If you have any questions, please leave us a message in the comments at the bottom of the page.

Best LUSGA Legal Laser Golf Rangefinders
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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: 4.77 (39 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 8 oz.   Legal: Yes* When Slope Switch is turned off.


Precision Pro NX7 ProRead Full Review

Our initial hands-on experience with the Precision Pro Golf NX7 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: 4.79 (91 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 5.45 oz.   Legal: Yes, with Adaptive Slope Mode turned OFF.


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 Golf Rangefinders Under $200.

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


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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.


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: 4.50 (43 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 5.45 oz.   Legal: Yes


Where are the Best Deals on Golf Rangefinders?

One of the questions we get asked the most is “Where are the best deals on golf rangefinders?”. That’s a hard one to answer since the prices are jumping around all the time. Here are a few places to check.

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Golf Rangefinder Buyer’s Guide

Golf Rangefinder Buyer's GuideOur Golf Rangefinder Buyer’s Guide tries to address the general factors you’ll want to consider when buying a laser rangefinder. For actual product recommendations, see our interactive Buyer’s Guide or see our Best Laser Rangefinder list. If you’re looking for GPS, take a look at our top golf GPS recommendations.

Accuracy
The first thing you need to know is that ALL laser golf rangefinders are accurate to within a couple of yards. If you get one that is not accurate, it’s defective and you should return it!

So what should you consider when buying a golf rangefinder?

Slope
The first thing to decide is whether or not you want a rangefinder with Slope. Slope measures change in elevation between you and your target and estimates the distance that a shot will play, as well as the actual distance to the target. It can be a really useful feature but is not allowed under the Rules of Golf. If you don’t ever plan to use it in competition, then it’s definitely worth considering.

Ease of Use
If you’re an experienced golf rangefinder user, then you will probably be able to use just about any of the current models. However, if you have any trouble hitting the right target with your laser or if you’ve never used one, the most important factor is ease of acquiring the distance to the right target. Your rangefinder won’t be any good to you if you can’t quickly get the right distance every time you use it. The factors below often affect ease of use.

PinSeeker, PinHunter, First Target Priority
Most models today come with the technology that allows the device to separate a foreground object from background objects. That means if you’re aiming at a flag with trees behind the green, your rangefinder will show you the closest object, which should be the flag. This feature is found on most current models. Bushnell calls it Pinseeker, Leupold calls it PinHunter and Callaway calls it First Target Priority Mode. Some models also give a sound, vibration or visual cue when the closest target is locked on the display.

Magnification
Laser rangefinders vary from no magnification to 7x magnification. We believe higher magnification can make it easier to hit the right target.

Size
A rangefinder that’s too small can be a problem for those who need to use two hands to keep it steady. Two hands definitely makes ranging easier. Several wider models fit two hands quite comfortably.

Scan Mode
Most models have a Scan mode. That means that either while you’re holding a button down or for a number of seconds after you press a button, the rangefinder will scan the targets you’re ranging, attempting to get the right one. In most cases, it’s easier to use a rangefinder with Scan mode turned on, so make sure you try it.

Readability
There is a difference in readability. We’ve found that units with Red numbers are much easier to see. Unfortunately, there is usually a price to be paid for that feature.

LESS IMPORTANT FACTORS
Additional Features

Some models have additional features, particularly slope models. These aren’t critical, but can be fun.

Maximum and Minimum range
For most users, this is not a factor. Most of these lasers can measure distances well beyond a point where we need information. If you’re within 15 yards of the flag, you can probably walk up and get your distance without the use of a rangefinder, so minimum distance is pretty irrelevant.

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