Budget-Friendly Laser Golf Rangefinders

Budget-Friendly Golf Laser Rangefinder piggy bankBelow we’ve listed our top picks for the best budget-friendly golf rangefinders. In this category, we’re looking for models under $250 that perform at a high level. Most of these models won’t have many bells & whistles, but we think they all do a very good job of getting the distance to the flag.

Best Budget-Friendly Laser Golf Rangefinder
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Bushnell Tour V4 ShiftRead Full Review

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

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


Precision Pro NX7 ProRead Full Review

We like the looks, features, and the price of this newcomer to the golf rangefinder market. This is a Slope rangefinder that meets the new USGA requirements with a switch to turn off the Slope mode, thus making it legal for competition. It looks to have all the same features as the much more expensive Bushnell Tour V4 Shift at a significantly lower price. Plus it offers free lifetime battery replacement. The NX7 Pro will also be in direct competition with the Leupold GX-2i2, which sells for a similar price. In our hands-on testing, we have been very pleased with the performance of the NX7 Pro.

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

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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 Laser Rangefinders.

Rating: 4.50 (848 ratings)  Magnification: 6x  Slope: No
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: 4.12 (40 ratings)  Magnification: 6x  Slope: Yes
Weight: 6.8 oz.   Legal: Yes, when the slope feature is turned off.


Precision Pro Golf NX7 Rangefinder Review

‘Precision Pro Golf NX7’

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This is our Precision Pro Golf NX7 Rangefinder Review. This model does not have Slope. If you are looking for the model with Slope, see our Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro Rangefinder Review.

Precision Pro Golf NX7 User Rating:
4.50 Stars 4.50 out of 5 (43 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

Some people just feel more confident buying a well-known brand when making a purchase. However, for those willing to take a chance, there are some worthwhile contenders in the laser golf rangefinder market and the NX7 is one of them.

We took the Precision Pro Golf NX7 Rangefinder out for a couple of rounds of golf and compared it head-to-head with the Bushnell Tour V4 Standard and the TecTecTec VPro500. What we found may surprise you, but let’s start by looking at the features of the NX7.

Precision Pro NX7 Features
  • TAG or Target Acquisition Technology – to ensure you get accurate distances to the target, not what’s behind the target.
  • Accuracy – The NX7 Rangefinder is accurate within 1 yard and measures distances to the 1/10th of a yard.
  • High Speed SD Laser – picks up distance readings in under 1 second.
  • Free Battery Replacements– Although you can easily find the CR2 3V battery in any store that sells batteries, Precision Pro Golf provides free battery replacement for the life of your product.
  • Multi Distance Mode – easily switch between yards and meters depending on your unit of measure.
  • Shock-proof Design – The rugged, shock proof design helps with drops, tosses, or any other impacts you encounter on the golf course.
  • 6x Magnification – Bring the target in close with 6x magnification.
  • Water Resistance – The NX7 Rangefinder is made to survive the elements.
  • Premium Case – The premium carrying case keeps the NX7 Rangefinder safe while the elastic strap and carabiner give you options for easy access on the course.
  • 2-Year Warranty – The NX7 Rangefinder features a 2-Year Warranty for operational defects ensuring you’ll be covered down the road.
  • Tournament Legal– The NX7 Rangefinder is legal for tournaments that allow distance measuring devices.
Our Precision Pro Golf NX7 Review Notes

Plus Comparisons with Bushnell Tour V4 and TecTecTec VPRO500

  • Precision Pro NX7 Laser RangefinderLet’s start with the most important factor… The NX7 is Very accurate. Distances were generally within a yard of the Bushnell Tour V4 that we used for comparison.
  • Very consistent. Once we locked on a target, we tried it several more times to see how much it varied. The NX7 was very consistent, varying less than a yard between ranges. The Bushnell was also consistent, but the TecTecTec VPro500 bounced around a little more, sometimes as much as four yards.
  • We found ranging the flag was very easy on the NX7. To get a distance, press the power button once to turn on. You will see the crosshairs and then press the button again to begin ranging. Keep the crosshairs on the target and in about 1 second, it will display the distance to the closest object that was inside the crosshair circle while it was ranging.
  • Ranging targets like bunkers and the ground with the NX7 was little more challenging than the flag, but it works fine if you can be steady for that 1 second that it takes to lock the target. The TecTecTec VPRO500 may have a slight edge on this point, but the NX7 performed as well if not better than the Bushnell Tour V4.
  • You must make sure to keep any intermediate objects (trees or bushes) outside the crosshair circle to avoid getting the wrong distance. The only reason we mention this is that the NX7 circle may be a little larger than the other units.
  • All three of the units performed well on long range targets.
  • The NX 7 displays distance to the 1/10 of a yard. This much detail is more often found on high-end rangefinders and the only one in the comparison group that has it. Honestly, we don’t know anyone who needs that much information, but it doesn’t hurt anything once you get used to seeing it.
  • The numbers on the NX7 are large and very readable. They are in the bottom right of the viewing area, which is fine, but we prefer the bottom center location on the Bushnell. TecTecTec VPRO500 displays the distance at the top.
  • Although not the smallest unit we’ve seen, the NX7 is compact and very lightweight, slightly smaller and lighter than the Bushnell and TecTecTec models we compared.
  • The design of the NX 7 is ergonomic with a narrowing on the bottom to accommodate the placement of the thumb. All three models are comfortable, but this is our favorite design of the three.
  • The texturized rubber/plastic honeycomb pattern on the NX7 makes for a really secure grip, slightly better than the other two models.
  • NX7 Rangefinder CaseThe carrying cases on all three models are nearly identical other than color. They offer excellent protection
  • Although the appearance of a rangefinder isn’t functionally important, we prefer models that have enough color on them to stand out if placed in the front of a golf cart. Both the NX7 and the Tour V4 meet that requirement. The VPRO500 is almost all black.
  • The adjustable eyepiece allows the user to set the focus for his or her eyes. It doesn’t move so easily that it will accidentally get changed. The Tour V4 gets the edge on this feature with its Fast Focus System, but we don’t put much weight on this factor as long as it’s clear.
  • The battery compartment is easy to access and appears secure on all three models.
  • The wrist strap that came with the NX7 was not attached and to be honest it was a little tedious getting it attached and fine-point tweezers were finally employed. We are not sure how many rangefinder users actually use the strap anyway, but for those who want it, this is a one-time inconvenience.

See a side-by-side comparison chart of these three models.

Bushnell Pro X2 Jolt Features and Specifications
Precision Pro Golf NX7
Slope No
Vibration n
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 3 in. x 1.5 in. x 4 in.
Weight 5.45 oz.
Battery CR2 3V lithium
Battery Life approx. 12 mos.
Display N/A
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 6x
Maximum Range 400
Minimum Range 3.3
Notes For the slope model, see the NX7 Pro.
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
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Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro Review

‘Precision Pro NX7 Pro’

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Although there is only a $50 difference in price over it’s counterpart the NX7, the Pro version adds significant advantages.

Precision Pro NX7 Pro User Rating:
4.79 Stars 4.79 out of 5 (91 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

In our hands-on testing of the NX7 Pro, we were impressed by how quickly and easily it locked onto the flag and gave confirmation vibration. If you haven’t used a laser rangefinder with pulse vibration or Jolt technology, you might be surprised at how helpful it is. The accuracy of the NX7 Pro was good when compared with other rangefinders and consistent within a yard when rechecking the same target multiple times.

We love that it has the Slope feature that can be turned off making it legal in tournaments that allow distance measuring devices. It’s a simple button press to switch modes. The actual distance appears below the crosshairs and the adjusted distance appears above the crosshairs. Although Slope can’t be used in tournaments, we think it’s a very helpful feature in practice rounds on new courses and also for helping you train your brain to make better estimates.

Our Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro review wouldn’t be complete without discussing how it compares to similar rangefinders from Bushnell. Our comparison is to the Bushnell Tour V4 Slope and the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift, which only differ from each other in the way you turn the Slope feature on and off.

  • The NX7 Pro has 6x magnification and both Bushnells only have 5x.
  • All three models vibrate when they lock onto the target. We love this feature on all of them.
  • Distance readings on all three models are very similar.
  • On the NX7 Pro, switching to Slope mode requires a simple button press to a button on the top center of the rangefinder. The only other action this button is used for is switching from Yards to Meters, which requires a press and hold. Since you probably won’t be switching units of measure, it’s highly unlikely that you would accidentally turn Slope on during a tournament. The advantage that the Tour V4 Shift has is you must slide a switch on the side of the unit to turn Slope on or off. You can actually look at the switch to confirm that you are not in Slope mode. The Tour V4 Slope model has actually been retired by Bushnell presumably because the Slope Mode had to be turned on or off using the same button that you use for ranging the target, thus increasing your chances of making a mistake and turning it on during a competition.
  • The difference in acquisition speed of the target was not noticeable.
  • The ease of locking onto the target is good on all three units.
  • The NX7 Pro provides measurements to the 1/10 of a yard. Although it sounds good in theory, since most golfers don’t need that much information, it isn’t really useful. In fact, when in slope mode, both the actual and adjusted number have decimal points, which makes it more difficult to make the mental calculation of how many yards uphill or downhill the shot is playing. Although it’s not a huge problem, we really wish the NX7 Pro would just round both numbers to the nearest whole number. Both Bushnell V4s display only whole numbers.
  • The NX7 Pro only displays the adjusted distance to the target, while the Bushnell Tour V4s alternate between the adjusted distance and the degree of the elevation angle. Which you prefer is a personal preference, but having both might cause a slight delay if you have to wait for the display to alternate to your preference.
  • The numbers on the NX7 Pro seem a little larger than those on the Bushnell models.
  • In Slope mode, the NX7 Pro displays the adjusted distance above the crosshairs and the Bushnell models display it below the actual yardage and a little bit smaller. It’s a minor thing, but it takes a longer to make the eye adjustment to take in both numbers on the NX7 Pro.
  • The size of all three models is nearly identical.
  • All three units do a great job of targeting on the flag and on trees. However, the Bushnell V4s may do a slightly better job of hitting ground targets.
  • All three of these models use the same 3-Volt lithium battery and will last for about a very long time. Precision Pro Golf offers free battery replacement for the life of the unit.
  • All three models have a 2-year warranty.
  • The price of the Precision Pro NX7 Pro is significantly less than either Bushnell model.

Summary: The differences between the Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro, the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift and the Tour V4 Slope are fairly minor, which makes the NX7 Pro an amazing value. Although we recommend the NX7 Pro without reservation, we think it’s worth considering your personal preferences as well as your budget when making your decision. As golf laser rangefinders typically last for many years, you may find it worthwhile to spend the extra money if you think the Bushnell is more suited to your preferences or if you prefer their long-standing track record for making quality golf rangefinders.

Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro Specifications
Precision Pro NX7 Pro
Slope both
Vibration y
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 3 in. x 1.5 in. x 4 in.
Weight 5.45 oz.
Battery 3-Volt (free replacement)
Battery Life N/A
Display N/A
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 6x
Maximum Range 400
Minimum Range N/A
Notes -Adaptive Slope Mode can be turned off to make this model tournament legal. FREE BATTERY REPLACEMENT for the life of the rangefinder.
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes, with Slope Mode turned OFF.
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Bushnell Tour V4 Shift Review

‘Bushnell Tour V4 Shift’

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Our Bushnell Tour V4 Shift Review will be coming soon, but here are our initial thoughts…

Bushnell Tour V4 Shift User Rating:
4.48 Stars 4.48 out of 5 (90 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

Our first look at the specs had us wondering what the difference was between the Tour V4 Slope and the new Tour V4 Shift. Overall, these units are almost identical. The size, shape, and weight are the same. They both have Pinseeker, Jolt, 5x magnification, and the ability to easily switch out of Slope mode to become legal for tournament play.

The difference is simply a change to the Slope switch. It’s small, but quite significant. On the V4 Slope, you simply pushed the Bushnell logo on the side of the unit to switch Slope mode on or off. The new V4 Shift changes the switch to a slider that covers up the word “SLOPE” when Slope mode is disabled. That does two things:

  1. allows your fellow competitors, opponents, and rules officials to see that you’re using a legal rangefinder
  2. keeps you from any uncertainty once you’ve teed off in competition. You don’t want to have to look into the viewer and shoot a target only to find out you had left the Slope mode turned on.

For that reason, if you ever compete in events where rangefinders are allowed, we definitely would pick the V4 Shift over the V4 Slope.

Bushnell has a long tradition of producing the highest-rated golf rangefinders on the market. We expect the Tour V4 Shift will be no different. In fact, we expect this model to become the best-selling golf laser rangefinder with Slope within a few months.

Bushnell Tour V4 Shift Features
  • Slope Switch – Allows you to use the Slope feature when you’re playing for fun and legally turn it off when you’re in competition. With Slope turned on, you can see the degree of elevation and an estimate of how much shorter or longer a shot will play.
  • Pinseeker Jolt Technology – This gives a visual indication on the screen, plus a vibration when it is locked onto it’s target.
  • Magnification: 5x
  • Accuracy: measures to within 1 yard.
  • Fast Focus
  • Stable-Grip
Bushnell Tour V4 Shift Features and Specifications

Bushnell Tour V4 Shift
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 No
Magnification 5x
Maximum Range 1000
Minimum Range 5
Notes -Slope Switch for easily turning the Slope feature on or off.
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes, if Slope Switch is Down (Off).
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Bushnell Pro X2 Review

‘Bushnell Pro X2’

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Our Bushnell Pro X2 Review was updated in October 2017 and our impression got even better!

We think the Bushnell Pro X2 is likely the best laser golf rangefinder ever built.
You’ll pay more for this model than other Bushnell models, but far less than the Leupold GX-5i3 which has comparable features. In addition to testing this model on the golf course, we read dozens of user reviews across the web looking for positive and negative themes. Most of the comments turned out to be positive and the very few negative ones were never mentioned more than once. Many users said they felt the Bushnell Pro X2 was well worth the money.

Bushnell Pro X2 User Rating:
4.77 Stars 4.77 out of 5 (112 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

Here are the Bushnell Pro X2 Notable Features:
  • Slope-Switch Technology – easily turn slope on or off, making it legal for competitions allowing distance measuring devices.
  • Dual Display Technology – handy button on the side to toggle the red VDT with black depending on conditions. We observed that users really love this easy to use feature. Many also commented on the clarity of display.
  • Accurate to a 1/10th of a yard – we consider that too much information, but fortunately, you can turn off the decimal points if you prefer. Accuracy and ease of use were mentioned more frequently than anything else in all the reviews we read.
  • PinSeeker with JOLT Technology – vibrates when you lock onto the pin. This is a favorite feature for many users and our reviewers as well. It really does seem to impact the speed at which your brain understands that you’ve got the right number in your sights!
  • 2nd Generation E.S.P. – acquires the target quickly. This speed of target acquisition was mentioned frequently in user reviews.
  • Fully Waterproof (IPX7) – Most rangefinders are only water resistant, so we are happy to see this improvement.
  • Range: 5-1300 Yds; 450+ Yds to a Flag.
  • Magnification: 6x. Okay, we concede that 7x would be even better, but no one is making 7x models anymore.
  • Fast Focus System – a focus ring on the eyepiece makes it easy and fast to adjust the focus.
  • Stable-Grip Technology – the rubber grip over the metal housing gives you a solid grip.
  • Rubber Armored Metal Housing – very durable. The Pro X2 definitely feels sturdy and well built.

Bushnell Pro X2 Review Summary

Accuracy and ease of use were the most common themes mentioned by users and we fully agree. Many users felt the Bushnell X2 was superior to other laser rangefinders they had tried and we can’t remember one that we like as much. Jolt technology, slope switch, and the dual display technology were also mentioned frequently as favorite features. Users liked the size and the speed and many mentioned that it has helped improve their scores.

In conclusion, if the Bushnell Pro X2 fits in your budget, we highly recommend you order it today! With all of its features, we can’t imagine that you’ll ever want to replace it just for something newer and better. If it has the typical longevity of other Bushnell’s, you should get many years of use from it. If it’s not in your budget, don’t despair,
there are plenty of solid-performing laser rangefinders that shouldn’t break the bank!

Bushnell Pro X2 Jolt Features and Specifications

Bushnell Pro X2
Slope both
Vibration y
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 3 in. x 1.5 in. x 4 in.
Weight 8 oz.
Battery 3 Volt CR2 Lithium
Battery Life N/A
Display Multi-Coated Dual
Rainproof Yes IPX7
Magnification 6x
Maximum Range 1,300
Minimum Range 5
Notes
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes* When Slope Switch is turned off.
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Top 10 Highest Rated Laser Golf Rangefinders

Top 10 Laser Golf Rangefinders trophyWe have compiled user ratings from a variety of sources and put our summaries of the top 10 highest rated laser golf rangefinders in the table below.

To help you find the best rangefinder for your specific needs, we invite you to try our interactive Laser Rangefinder Buyer’s Guide.

Highest Rated Laser Golf Rangefinders
Precision Pro NX7 Pro
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Precision Pro NX7 ProRead Full Review

We like the looks, features, and the price of this newcomer to the golf rangefinder market. This is a Slope rangefinder that meets the new USGA requirements with a switch to turn off the Slope mode, thus making it legal for competition. It looks to have all the same features as the much more expensive Bushnell Tour V4 Shift at a significantly lower price. Plus it offers free lifetime battery replacement. The NX7 Pro will also be in direct competition with the Leupold GX-2i2, which sells for a similar price. In our hands-on testing, we have been very pleased with the performance of the NX7 Pro.

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

Bushnell Pro X2
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We’re very excited about the Bushnell Pro X2! Bushnell was quick to adapt to the 2016 rule modification that made rangefinders with Slope legal as long as the slope mode could be turned off for competitive rounds. The sophisticated faceplate hardware change is no longer required, so Bushnell put a simple toggle switch on the side of the unit. The Pro X2 utilizes Dual Display technology that allows the user to choose standard black or red VDT for displaying distance information. Just press the logo on the side of the rangefinder while ranging to switch modes. This unit also features 6x magnification, is fully waterproof, has Jolt technology that vibrates when it locks the pin, and it ranges accurately to within a half yard.

Rating: 4.77 (112 ratings) (4.77 / 112 ratings)  Weight: 8 oz.
Magnification: 6x  Legal: Yes* When Slope Switch is turned off.

Leupold GX-3i2
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Leupold GX-3i2Read Full Review

Leupold continues to develop solid performing golf laser rangefinders. The GX-3i2 has 6x magnifcation, PinHunter technology that quickly locks onto the pin, and prism-lock technology for courses that have prisms on the flag. The user adjustable red OLED is a feature we think is worth spending a little extra for and we think Fog Mode is a nice bonus feature. If you’re set on buying a laser golf rangefinder without Slope, the GX-3i2 is the best one you can buy right now.

Rating: 4.70 (111 ratings) (4.70 / 111 ratings)  Weight: 7.8 oz.
Magnification: 6x  Legal: Yes

Bushnell Tour V4 Jolt
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The Bushnell Tour V4 replaced the extremely popular Bushnell Tour V3. This model is a little bit smaller and had an easy to use focus ring. Although we think the Tour V4 is a terrific rangefinder with Jolt and Pinseeker, we think its popularity will be shared with the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift. The Shift version has Slope, but also allows you to turn it off to make it legal for most competitive events as of the 2016 rule change. If you have not interested in Slope, the Bushnell Tour V4 is an excellent choice.

Rating: 4.64 (176 ratings) (4.64 / 176 ratings)  Weight: 6.6 oz.
Magnification: 5x  Legal: Yes

TecTecTec VPRO500
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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 Laser Rangefinders.

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

Precision Pro Golf NX7
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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) (4.50 / 43 ratings)  Weight: 5.45 oz.
Magnification: 6x  Legal: Yes

Callaway Hybrid Laser
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We think a hybrid golf rangefinder is the best of both worlds. Laser is always dead-on accurate, but GPS can give you distance to the front, middle, and back of the green and even hazards that you can’t see. The early ratings on this are good and the price is quite reasonable, so if you’re interested in “having it all”, you will definitely want to check out the Callaway Hybrid.

Rating: 4.50 (8 ratings) (4.50 / 8 ratings)  Weight: 7.6 oz.
Magnification: 6x  Legal: Yes

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

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

Nikon Coolshot 20
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What’s not to love about this highly rated golf rangefinder from Nikon. This is Nikon’s smallest laser rangefinder for golf and it gets outstanding reviews. For performance and price, this unit is hard to beat!

Rating: 4.42 (219 ratings) (4.42 / 219 ratings)  Weight: 4.4 oz.
Magnification: 6x  Legal: Yes

TecTecTec VPRODLX
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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 ratings) (4.41 / 61 ratings)  Weight: N/A oz.
Magnification: 6x  Legal: Yes

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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 Laser Golf Rangefinders.

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


Precision Pro Golf NX7Read Full Review

We love this offering from Precision Pro Golf. The NX7 doesn’t offer any bells & whistles, but it is a solid performing laser rangefinder with 6x magnification and the price is right. It’s small and lightweight, ergonomic with a secure slip-proof grip, and has just enough bright green so you won’t accidentally leave it in the golf cart. It’s extremely accurate and measures to 1/10 of a yard, a feature usually found on more expensive models. The only thing on our wishlist for this unit is the Vibration or Jolt technology that can be found on the comparable Bushnell Tour V4. However, the V4 only has 5x magnification and it costs a lot more. For that reason, we give the edge to the Precision Pro Golf NX7.

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

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Nikon Coolshot 20Read Full Review

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 ratings)  Magnification: 6x  Slope: No
Weight: 4.4 oz.   Legal: Yes


TecTecTec VPRODLXRead Full Review

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 ratings)  Magnification: 6x  Slope: No
Weight: N/A oz.   Legal: Yes


Callaway Hybrid Rangefinder Review

‘Callaway Hybrid Laser’

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We are still waiting for more feedback before doing our full Callaway Hybrid Rangefinder Review. However, we are really excited to finally see another hybrid rangefinder on the market.

Callaway Hybrid Laser User Rating:
4.50 Stars 4.50 out of 5 (8 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

We love the idea of having the accuracy of laser combined with GPS information that a laser alone cannot provide.

Formerly, Bushnell was the only manufacturer to combine laser and GPS in a single unit. However the Bushnell Hybrid has one flaw that we feel is a deal-breaker for many ‘would be’ buyers. The battery for the GPS and the laser are one in the same and therefore the unit has to be charged after 14 hours of use for either the laser or GPS to work. Callaway has solved that problem by using separate batteries for the GPS and the laser. That means that even if you forget to charge the GPS battery, your laser will still work.

Note: Laser batteries usually last many months and can usually be replaced on the course if you keep a spare in the bag.

Besides the battery issue, the Callaway Hybrid has 6x magnification versus Bushnell’s 5x. It’s also a little smaller and lighter weight.

For us, even if we have to pay a little more, the dual batteries make the Callaway Hybrid much more desirable than the Bushnell, but we would love to hear how important that is to you. Leave us a comment below if you have any thoughts about hybrid laser rangefinders.

Callaway Hybrid Rangefinder Features
  • Laser accuracy to +/- 1 yard
  • 6x magnification; range: 5-1,000 yards
  • Scan mode to acquire multiple targets
  • GPS preloaded with 30,000+ global courses
  • No download or subscription fees
  • GPS distances to front, center, and back of green
  • GPS has layup and carry distances to hazards and doglegs

We give a big thumbs-up to Callaway for their first entry into the hybrid rangefinder market. The early feedback is favorable and the price is quite reasonable, so we expect to see this model gaining some traction soon.

Callaway Hybrid Rangefinder Specifications
Callaway Hybrid Laser
Slope No
Vibration n
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 3 in. x 1.5 in. x 4.5 in.
Weight 7.6 oz.
Battery recharge and CR-2 Lithium 3V
Battery Life GPS 2 rnds – N/A
Display LCD
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 6x
Maximum Range 1,000
Minimum Range 5
Notes
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
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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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*Four Options includes 1) Yards w/ Slope, 2) Yards, 3)Meters w/Slope and 4) Meters

Bushnell Tour V4 Review

‘Bushnell Tour V4 Jolt’

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This is our Bushnell Tour V4 Review for the standard version without Slope. If you are looking for the Slope model, see our Bushnell Tour V4 Shift Review.

Bushnell Tour V4 Jolt User Rating:
4.64 Stars 4.64 out of 5 (176 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

The Bushnell Tour V4 is the successor to the wildly successful Bushnell Tour V3. It’s a little bit smaller and has a cool new easy-to-use focus ring. This will likely be Bushnell’s top-selling laser rangefinder without Slope.

However, since the USGA has now allowed rangefinders where Slope can be turned off for competition, we expect Slope models with that capability to gain a piece of this market. The Bushnell Pro X2, the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift, and the Leupold GX-2i2 are three models you might want to consider if you desire a laser golf rangefinder that can be legal when it needs to be, but still has the Slope feature when you don’t!

Bushnell Tour V4 (Standard) Notable Features
  • 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

For our Bushnell Tour V4 Review, we tested it ourselves and read over 100 user reviews looking for common threads of praises or complaints. Here’s what we found:

  • Accuracy – Like most laser rangefinders, it’s accurate to within a yard or two. Users appreciated the accuracy over more often than any other attribute.
  • Ease of Use – The Bushnell V4 is easy to use if you have relatively steady hands. Most users agreed as this was the second most frequently mentioned positive factor. We did notice a couple of users struggled with holding it steady enough. If you are worried about it, consider the Bushnell Pro X2 or a golf GPS.
  • Compared to other models – This is our top pick for a rangefinder without Slope. Most users also found it better than the competition or models they had previously had.
  • Improves Game – Many users give credit to their laser rangefinders when they first start using one. The Bushnell Tour V4 is no exception!
  • Size / Weight – It’s compact and comfortable in the hand. Many users commented on these attributes.
  • Price – The price point is reasonable. There are less expensive rangefinders, from lesser-known manufacturers, but we give the performance edge to the Bushnell V4.
  • Features – There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles on the Tour V4, but it does it’s job well and Jolt technology is always a favorite feature on Bushnell rangefinders.
  • Speed – We agree with user positive comments regarding the speed of acquiring the target.
  • Clarity – The numbers aren’t that large on the display, but they are well placed and clear.
  • Case – It comes with a zipper case that can clip on your golf bag. This generally gets good reviews.

Bushnell Tour V4 Review (Standard Version) Summary

The reviews for the Tour V4 are very good and we give the edge to this model over comparable models from less expensive and less-known brands because it’s slightly easier to hit ground targets such as bunkers and layup points. It’s another solid performer from Bushnell at a reasonable price point and we don’t think you will be disappointed. The only regret we saw from some users was that they didn’t go ahead and get a model with a Slope feature that can be turned on and off. Specifically speaking, that would be the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift or the top of the line Bushnell Pro X2.

Bushnell Tour V4 Standard Specifications

Bushnell Tour V4 Jolt
Slope No
Vibration y
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 3.11 in. x 1.57 in. x 4 in.
Weight 6.6 oz.
Battery 3 Volt CR2 Lithium
Battery Life est. 1 Year
Display multi-coated LCD
Rainproof water resistant
Magnification 5x
Maximum Range 1000
Minimum Range 5
Notes *There is a slope model available here.
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
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Leupold GX-2i2 Review

‘Leupold GX-2i2 ‘

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There isn’t enough feedback yet for us to do our complete Leupold GX-2i2 Review. However we want to outline the features and give you our initial thoughts on Leupold’s newest rangefinder.

Leupold GX-2i2 User Rating:
4.12 Stars 4.12 out of 5 (40 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

The are two reasons we really like the Leupold GX-2i2. First, it’s one of two laser rangefinders on the market that have the ability to easily switch between having Slope turned on or being completely legal for any tournament using the USGA local rule. Second, of those two units, this one has the better price (compared with the Bushnell Tour V4 Slope)

Besides that, the Leupold GX-2i2 has some interesting bells and whistles with it’s TGR® and Club Selector™ features (see features below). If you’re a bit of a geek you will surely love these features and if you’re not, you can just ignore them.

Leupold GX-2i2 Notable Features
  • True Golf Range™ (TGR®) – Uses elevation, altitude, temperature, and other atmospheric conditions to estimate a “plays like” distance.
  • Club Selector™ – makes club recommendations based on the True Golf Range (TGR®) of your shot and the distances you have previously entered for your 8, 6 and 4 irons.
  • PinHunter 2™ – filters out background images and makes zeroing-in on the target faster and easier.
  • Weatherproof – Not only is it durable and waterproof, it has Fog Mode that will improve accuracy when you play in foggy conditions.
  • Prism Lock – combined with PinHunter 2 makes “locking on” faster than ever before. You get an audible tone when the rangefinder finds the prism, and the distance is immediately displayed.
  • One Touch Scan Mode – provides multiple readings in one quick sweep.
  • USGA Legal (local rule) – An easy On/OFF menu choice to quickly disable all non-compliant features.

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Leupold GX-2i22 Specifications

Leupold GX-2i2
Slope Yes
Vibration n
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 3.0 in. x 1.6 in. x 4.2 in.
Weight 6.8 oz.
Battery CR-2 Lithium
Battery Life >6,000 actuations
Display LCD black
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 6x
Maximum Range 800*
Minimum Range N/A
Notes * On/Off switch for Slope and extra features makes it USGA legal.
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes, when the slope feature is turned off.
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Bushnell Tour X Review

‘Bushnell Tour X’

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Our Bushnell Tour X Review is based on pros and cons reported by over 100 users. We look for recurring positive and negative themes within the reviews and summarize the results.

Bushnell Tour X User Rating:
4.66 Stars 4.66 out of 5 (222 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

First of all, this is the highest rated laser rangefinder that we’ve ever reviewed. What makes it stand out even more is that its price point is on the high side and usually that creates higher expectations which are seldom met.

In the case of the Bushnell Tour X, it seems that not only are expectations met but often exceeded!
Phrases like “best rangefinder I’ve ever owned” and “worth the money” were more the rule than the exception in the user feedback that we reviewed.

Bushnell Tour X Features
  • Exchange Technology – Allows you to use the Slope feature when you’re playing for fun and legally turn it off when you’re in competition. With Slope turned on, you can see the degree of elevation and an estimate of how much shorter or longer a shot will play.
  • Dual Display Technology – this is a fairly unique feature that gives the option to view red display numbers or black display numbers depending on the lighting conditions.
  • Pinseeker Jolt Technology – This gives a visual indication on the screen, plus a vibration when the target to the flag is locked on.
  • Magnification: 6x
  • Accuracy: measures to within 1/2 yard.

Below are the pros and cons mentioned by users. When reading these, keep in mind that nearly 90% of the comments we saw were positive.

Bushnell Tour X – PROS
  • Accuracy – Accuracy was mentioned nearly twice as many times as anything else, however accuracy is always the top mention in laser rangefinder reviews. Unless you have a defective unit, laser distances will be accurate to within a yard or two. This model even gives distances to within 1/2 yard.
  • Ease of Use – This was the second most common theme and although many reviews didn’t specifically mention it, the overwhelming enthusiasm found in many other reviews makes us believe that it must be among the easiest of laser rangefinders to get locked onto the target.
  • Better than the competition – There were many comments from users who were switching from other rangefinders and all but a couple were thrilled with the performance.
  • Price for Features – It surprised us to see how many people felt this was well worth the money. As always when a rangefinder is “high-end”, there were a few who make comments about it, but overall our impression is that this one truly is worth the extra money.
  • Dual Display Technology – Users really loved being able to easily switch the display color back and forth between black and red.
  • Game Improvement – Many users gave credit to the Bushnell Tour X for lowering their scores!
  • Size/Weight – Although this isn’t the smallest of rangefinders, overall the feedback was excellent.
  • Faceplate Exchange – Many users commented on how nice it was to be able to use the same device for competition as for practice and fun rounds. Simply change the faceplate to red to make it legal for competition.
  • Pinseeker Jolt – Many users seemed surprised at how much the Jolt reassured them that they had locked onto the target.
  • Speed – The speed at which the target was acquired was mentioned fairly often.
Bushnell Tour X Review – CONS
  • Price – Not surprisingly, the price was the biggest complaint… HOWEVER, we were shocked to see how many people felt it was well worth the money.
  • Pinseeker Jolt – There were a few complaints that the Jolt didn’t always work.
  • Display – A few users mentioned that the display was difficult to see in certain low light conditions. It wasn’t clear whether or not they adjusted the dual display or not.
  • Compared to Other Rangefinders – A few users felt that they had been happier with other Bushnell rangefinders.
  • Defective – There were a couple of users who felt they had defective models. One returned for a working model and the other did not say whether it was returned.


Honestly, this model isn’t for everyone. However, if you play in competitive events where slope rangefinders are not allowed, the Bushnell Tour X with Jolt should be at the top of your wishlist!

Bushnell Tour X Jolt Features and Specifications

Bushnell Tour X
Slope both
Vibration y
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 3 in. x 1.5 in. x 4 in.
Weight 8 oz.
Battery 3 Volt CR2 Lithium
Battery Life N/A
Display multi-coated dual
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 6x
Maximum Range 1,300
Minimum Range 5
Notes
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes, when the black faceplate is attached.
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TecTecTec VPRO500 Review

‘TecTecTec VPRO500’

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Our TecTecTec VPRO500 review is based on a hands-on test and the feedback of over 100 users. We track the pros and cons mentioned to see if there are common threads to help determine the strengths and weaknesses of every product we review.

TecTecTec VPRO500 User Rating:
4.50 Stars 4.50 out of 5 (848 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

After our hands-on testing of this unit, we can confirm that it’s our pick for the best value in a laser golf rangefinder. Oftentimes, we have found less expensive rangefinders don’t lock onto distant targets very easily, but that is not the case with the TecTecTec VPRO500.

We found it easy to use even at very long distances. Changing from Scan to Pinsensor mode was simple, as was changing from yards to meters. It feels well built and it has larger numbers than most rangefinders. We give this model a big thumbs up! With a price point this low and hundreds of five-star reviews, you would be crazy not to consider buying the TecTecTec VPRO500 laser rangefinder.

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Below is our summary of the common themes we learned when considering user feedback.

TecTecTec VPRO500 Review Summary – PROS
  • Accuracy – This is by far the most frequently mentioned comment by users. That is typical in laser rangefinders because unless you have a defective model, they are all accurate to within two yards.
  • Price – It’s not a surprise that users love the price. It’s by far the least expensive, highly rated laser rangefinder on the market.
  • TecTecTec VPRO500 Golf Laser RangefinderEase of Use – Although this is the third most mentioned comment on the PROS list, it’s also worth mentioning that it’s the top complaint as well. There are twice as many who say it’s easy to use as there are those on the other side, but this is typically where we see negative comments in all laser rangefinders. Generally what users are describing is that it is difficult to hit the correct target and feel confident in the distance. It is our belief that if you have a reasonably steady hand and a little patience, you can probably learn to use any laser rangefinder. If you don’t, you probably want to step up to one of the rangefinders that we have rated at over 4.6. Those are the ones that have proven themselves easiest to use.
  • Another common thread was that the TecTecTec V500Pro measured up to the name brands very well.
  • The size, weight, and grip were also mentioned as a positive over and over again.
  • Here are a few other positive comments that we saw mentioned fairly frequently: improves your game; good customer service; well-built; scan mode; and clarity.
TecTecTec VPRO500 Review Summary – CONS
  • Ease of Use – As mentioned above, this is the observation that sets a top laser rangefinder apart from one that is really good. Although the TecTecTec VPRO500 gets many compliments on being easy to use, it also gets some negative comments. (We still think that it measures up to other big name rangefinders with similar specifications.)
  • Other occasionally mentioned negative themes were: it didn’t measure up to the competition; quality; and customer service. One thing we noticed in reading reviews is that every negative review received a response from TecTecTec with an email address encouraging the user to reach out to the company. We don’t know what follow-up was like after that point, but it seems worth mentioning that their customer service department is at least being proactive.

To be honest, the reviews impressed us enough that we’ve decided it’s worthy of a hands-on review comparison with Bushnell and Callaway. We’ll let you know the results!

Note: This device is also available with Slope.

TecTecTec VPRO500 Features and Specifications
TecTecTec VPRO500
Slope No
Vibration n
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 2.8 in. x 1.6 in. x 4.1 in.
Weight 6.6 oz.
Battery CR-2 Lithium 3V
Battery Life N/A
Display N/A
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 6x
Maximum Range 540
Minimum Range N/A
Notes Besides Pinseeker Mode, which gives the available distance between you and the closest object, this model also has Scan & Distant Target Priority Mode which displays the furthest object in the field.
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
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Nikon COOLSHOT 20 Review

‘Nikon Coolshot 20’

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Updated Nikon Coolshot 20 Review… We were initially attracted to the price, the small size, and light weight of the Nikon Coolshot 20. User reviews are good, but we did notice that some people complained that acquiring distances to longer targets was difficult.

When we gave it a hands-on test, we found that at distances over 150 yards when there were trees or a hill behind the green, it was sometimes a little more difficult. The price point on the Coolshot 20 and the overall high ratings make it worthy of consideration for those with experience using a laser rangefinder. However, if you have the budget for something a little easier to use, we recommend taking a look at our current list of Best Laser Rangefinders.

Nikon Coolshot 20 User Rating:
4.42 Stars 4.42 out of 5 (219 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

The Nikon Coolshot 20 Review below is based on user feedback only.

The reviews on the Coolshot 20 are very good and the price is lower than the competition. Learning to use it should be quick, but for those of us used to holding down or pumping the button, it takes a mental adjustment to realize that you just push and release the button and let the rangefinder scan for the pin. There were mixed reviews on whether or not it was easy to acquire distances, however probably twice as many users felt it was easy, compared with those who did not. So if you are buying your first laser golf rangefinder, you may want to spend the extra and get something like the Bushnell Pro X7 that works best with two hands.

Most Mentioned Pros
% indicates frequency mentioned

  • Accuracy (26.7%)
  • Easy to acquire distance (18.3%)
  • Price/Features (15.4%)
  • Size/Weight (14.1%)
  • Better than competion (2.8%)

Most Mentioned Cons
% indicates frequency mentioned

  • Difficult to acquire distance (8.4%)
Nikon COOLSHOT Specifications
Nikon Coolshot 20
Slope No
Vibration n
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 2.9 in. x 1.5 in. x 3.6 in.
Weight 4.4 oz.
Battery CR2 Lithium
Battery Life N/A
Display N/A
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 6x
Maximum Range 550
Minimum Range 6
Notes
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
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Callaway 300 Laser Rangefinder Review

‘Callaway 300 Rangefinder’

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Callaway was missing from the laser and GPS golf rangefinder marketplace for awhile, but it’s nice to see them back with several new offerings.

First up, the Callaway 300 laser rangefinder. Our review will be available after we see some feedback from users, but we expect this one to be a contender in the mid-price golf rangefinder category.

Callaway 300 Rangefinder User Rating:
4.20 Stars 4.20 out of 5 (54 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

Features:

  • can pick up targets from 5-1000 yards
  • 6X magnification (+/- 1 yard accuracy)
  • Pin Acquisition Technology (P.A.T) locks onto flag quickly from up to 300 yards
  • Scan mode allows moving from target to target to acquire distances to multiple targets at once
  • Lightweight (7.5 oz.) and compact
  • Waterproof and Fog proof
  • Legal for tournament play
  • Measures in yards or meters
  • Sleek, ergonomic, soft casing design
  • Includes CR2 3V battery and carry case
Callaway 300 Specifications
Callaway 300 Rangefinder
Slope No
Vibration n
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 3 in. x 1.75 in. x 4.25 in.
Weight 7.58 oz.
Battery CR-2 3-Volt Lithium
Battery Life N/A
Display LCD
Rainproof Yes IPX4
Magnification 6x
Maximum Range 1000
Minimum Range 5
Notes
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
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