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.


Bushnell Tour V4 SlopeRead Full Review

There has been a great deal of shake-up in the golf laser rangefinder with Slope category in recent months. The Bushnell Tour V4 Slope was one of the first units out to comply with the updated USGA rule allowing rangefinders in competition. Oddly, shortly after releasing this model, Bushnell made a slight modification to it and released a nearly identical model, the Tour V4 Shift and stopped manufacturing the V4 Slope. For that reason, you won’t see this model around for much longer, but as of this writing, it’s significantly less expensive than it’s replacement. Although our top pick in this category is the brand new Bushnell Pro X2, the price of the Bushnell Tour V4 Slope, makes it a very compelling choice. The ratings are excellent and there may be a very short window for buying the Tour V4 Slope at this price.

Rating: 4.37 (93 ratings)  Magnification: 5x
Weight: 5.6 oz.   Legal: Yes, with Slope mode 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.


Bushnell Tour XRead Full Review

The Bushnell Tour X topped the ratings in its short run. Although Bushnell has discontinued this model in favor of newer models that don’t require a faceplate change to switch off Slope mode, however, there are still some of these units available and if you like the idea of making it completely transparent to your fellow competitors when Slope is turned off, this is your best bet because they can see the color of the faceplate from a distance. However, if you want Slope as an option, but don’t want to have to carry the extra faceplate, you may want to take a look at the brand new top of the line Bushnell Pro X2, the Bushnell Tour V4 Slope, and the Leupold GX-2i2.

Rating: 4.66 (222 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 8 oz.   Legal: Yes, when the black faceplate is attached.


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

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:
4.38 Stars 4.38 out of 5 (25 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 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

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:
4.22 Stars 4.22 out of 5 (13 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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Leupold GX-4i2 Review

‘Leupold GX-4i2 (Slope)’

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The Leupold GX-4i2 brings something completely new to the table in the world of laser golf rangefinders. It’s the first one to have Slope that can be legally (in the USGA sense) “turned off” with the included chrome Smartkey faceplate.

Leupold GX-4i2 (Slope) User Rating:
4.32 Stars 4.32 out of 5 (53 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

The truth is that most golfers who are likely to use a laser rangefinder, are also likely to play in events that would deem a rangefinder with Slope illegal for competition. That keeps many of us from buying a rangefinder with Slope and causes some of us to have one of each. The Leupold GX-4i2 solves the problem and throws in some extra bells and whistle that will thrill the truest of golf geeks among us.

Leupold GX-4i2Notable 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.
  • Weatherproof – Not only is it durable and waterproof, it has Fog Mode that will improve accuracy when you play in foggy conditions.
  • PinHunter 2™ – filters out background images and makes zeroing-in on the target faster and easier.
  • 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.
  • Scan Mode – provides multiple readings in one quick sweep, just hold down the Power button and the display will continuously update with accurate line-of-site measurments.
  • Chrome faceplate – disables True Golf Range and Club Selector features making the GX-4i² “legal” under the rules of golf (per USGA Rule 14-3/0.5).

There are not a huge number of reviews yet, but most users love this rangefinder. The few who did not seemed to struggle with locking onto the correct target. That is the age-old problem with laser rangefinders, while they work well for most golfers, a few will have a hard time holding it steady enough to do a good job.

Leupold GX-4i2 Specifications
Leupold GX-4i2 (Slope)
Slope both
Vibration y
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 3 in. x 1.4 in. x 4.2 in.
Weight 7.9 oz.
Battery CR2 Lithium
Battery Life 6000+ actuations
Display red OLED
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 6X
Maximum Range 800
Minimum Range N/A
Notes * as long as the yellow faceplate is not in use, this rangefinder is legal.
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes, when the silver faceplate is attached.
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Bushnell Pro X7 Jolt Review

‘Bushnell Pro X7 Jolt’

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If you’re looking for the ultimate laser golf rangefinder, take a look at our Bushnell Pro X7 Jolt Review.

Bushnell Pro X7 Jolt User Rating:
4.69 Stars 4.69 out of 5 (66 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

For many, the price will be an instant deterrent for buying the Bushnell X7. However you should keep in mind that golf rangefinders can last for many, many years. The price per year will likely amount to less than a round or two of golf, no matter which model you choose. I personally own a Bushnell that has survived 17 years of heavy and not so gentle use. Although the technology has improved since then, the laser is still accurate.

Reasons the Bushnell Pro X7 Jolt might be worth the price:
  • It’s currently the only rangefinder being built with 7x magnification. Other rangefinders have anywhere from 0 – 6x and that extra zoom probably makes it easier to lock onto your target, as well as getting a more close up view of the terrain around your target.
  • It’s a little bigger than most rangefinders and can be held easily with two hands. This is probably the easiest model to hold steady, which is a big issue for some users.
  • It’s easier to read than many other rangefinders, because of Bushnell’s VDT technology. The readings show up in very clear red numbers that can be seen easily in any lighting conditions.
  • It has Bushnell’s newly developed E.S.P. 2 technology, which means it’s faster and more accurate than just about anything else on the market. E.S.P. stands for Extreme Speed Precision and this model can accurately give distance to 1/10 of a yard when it’s inside 200 yards.
  • Don’t forget about the Jolt! Once you’ve locked the target, the Bushnell Pro X7 gives off two short vibrating bursts, so you’ll know instantly that the Pinseeker has determined your distance.
Bushnell Pro X7 Jolt Specifications

Bushnell Pro X7 Jolt
Slope No
Vibration y
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 1.7 in. x 5.1 in. x 3.7 in.
Weight 12 oz.
Battery 3-Volt 123
Battery Life N/A
Display VDT
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 7x
Maximum Range 550+
Minimum Range 5yd
Notes Available with or without Slope. Jolt technology vibrates in your hand when you’ve locked onto the target! E.S.P. 2 is so accurate that from 5-200 yards, the distance is displayed to 1/10th of a yard. VDT makes seeing the display easy in all lighting cond
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
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Bushnell V2 Patriot Pack

‘Bushnell Tour V2’

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The Bushnell V2 Patriot Pack is often around the same price as the Bushnell Tour V2 by itself, so a terrific value that also benefits the Folds of Honor Foundation. It comes with a case, a skin and an extra battery. The description on the Bushnell website indicates it also includes a Patriot Pack golf towel. The photo on the website shows a mount and some tees as well, but we’re not completely sure.

All we know is that if the price is pretty close to the Bushnell V2 by itself, this is a good deal that does a good thing. Folds of Honor gives back to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service to the United States through scholarships and other assistance.

The Bushnell V2 Patriot Pack is available with and without slope. For more information, check out our Bushnell Tour V2 Review.

Leupold GX-2i Review

‘Leupold GX-2i’

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The Leupold GX-2i has been retired. Check out our current recommendations for the best golf rangefinder.

The biggest difference between the Leupold GX-2i and its predecessor, the GX-2 is the DNA engine inside that makes it faster and more precise.

Leupold GX-2i User Rating:
4.14 Stars 4.14 out of 5 (7 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

Leupold rangefinders are always strong performers, but the what we love about their slope models are the extra features. We figure if you’re going to break the rules by having slope, you might as well enjoy it! Leupold’s TGR (True Golf Range) uses distance, slope, altitude and temperature to calculate how far a shot will really play. Although we think this is pretty slick technology, it’s not for everyone, as it requires manual input of temperature and altitude.

Leupold GX-2i Features and Specifications
Leupold GX-2i
Slope Yes
Vibration N
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 2.75 in. x 1.5 in. x 4 in.
Weight 6.2 oz.
Battery CR-2 Lithium
Battery Life 6,000 Actuations
Display monochrome LCD
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 6x
Maximum Range 800
Minimum Range N/A
Notes Slope plus club selection, and distance calculations based on temperature and slope.
USGA Compliant (local rule) No
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Bushnell Tour V3 Review

‘Bushnell Tour V3 Standard’

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Our Bushnell Tour V3 Review will give you an in-depth look at all the pros and cons that were consistently mentioned by owners. The results were the best we’ve ever seen in a laser rangefinder, so if you consider yourself a typical user, you would probably do well to end your research right here.

Bushnell Tour V3 Standard User Rating:
4.72 Stars 4.72 out of 5 (895 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

The price is right and the performance is outstanding. The only rangefinders we rank higher are quite a bit more expensive and have features that appeal to golfers who compete in tournaments and golfers who may need a little additional assistance in using or reading the display on a rangefinder.

Although other similarly priced rangefinders have slightly higher magnification, we didn’t come across any users who complained about having trouble picking up the target. In fact the two top mentions in the feedback we reviewed were the accuracy and the ease of acquiring distances. Take a look at our full list below.

Most Mentioned Pros

% indicates frequency mentioned

  • Accuracy (19.72%)
  • Easy to acquire distance (17.61%)
  • Jolt/vibration (9.86%)
  • Ability to range any visible target (6.34%)
  • Improves game (5.63%)
  • Acquires distance quickly (4.93%)
  • Nice Case(4.93%)
  • Small size (4.23%)
  • Lightweight (4.23%)
  • Builds confidence (3.52%)
  • Simple (2.11%)
  • Quality (2.11%)
  • Available with or without slope (1.41%)
  • Price (1.41%)
  • Easy to read (1.41%)
  • Speeds up play (1.41%)
  • 2 year warranty (0.70%)
Most Mentioned Cons

% indicates frequency mentioned

  • Repair service (1.41%)
  • Battery door problem (1.41%)
  • Quality unit broke (1.41%)
  • Price (0.70%)
  • Battery life (0.70%)
Bushnell Tour V3 Features and Specifications
Bushnell Tour V3 Standard
Slope No
Vibration y
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 2.8 in. x 1.6 in. x 4.3 in.
Weight 6.6 oz.
Battery 3-Volt
Battery Life 12 months
Display N/A
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 5x
Maximum Range 1000
Minimum Range 5
Notes Also available with Slope
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
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Leupold GX-4 Review

DISCONTINUED: This is our Leupold GX-4 Review.Please note, this model has been discontinued and replaced by the Leupold GX-4i, which has all the same great features, but gets a lock on the target even faster.


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Leupold GX-4 (slope) User Rating:
4.48 Stars 4.48 out of 5 (23 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

Leupold put some useful bells and whistles on the GX-4, but if you’re looking for a rangefinder to use in competition, this one is not legal for tournament play. Leupold tried to give golfers the best of both worlds with this rangefinder, by adding a Smart Key Faceplate that could be removed to disengage features that make the GX-4 legal. The USGA did not approve Leupold’s efforts, but hopefully your golf buddies will let you get by with it.

The Leupold GX-4 measures slope (elevation), as well as the temperature, and estimates how far a shot should actually play. It can even suggest a club based on information you have provided about the distance you hit your clubs. When you’re not competing, these extra features can really assist in helping you learn about your game.

If having the removable Smart Key Faceplate is not important, the Leupold GX-2 has very similar features and is quite a bit less expensive. However, the construction the GX-4 is rugged aluminum and it has a red OLED, which is very easy to read.

Although there are not a huge number of user reviews, here are the pros and cons we noticed showing up in the reviews.

Most Mentioned Pros (in order of mentions high to low):
  • Quality
  • Easy to read – red OLED
  • Club Selector
  • Aluminum construction
  • Slope
  • Protective case
  • Easy to Use
  • Rubberized grip
  • Compact
  • Easy setup
  • Smart Key Faceplate
  • TGR – True Golf Range uses altitude and temperature to estimate the distance that a shot will actually play
  • Solid battery compartment
  • Accuracy
Most Mentioned Cons (in order of mentions high to low):
  • Confusion at first glance – it takes a minute to figure out actual distance versus TGR. After you figure it out, it is no problem.
Leupold GX-4 Features and Specifications
Leupold GX-4 (slope)
Slope Yes
Vibration N
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 2.9 in. x 1.3 in. x 4.1 in.
Weight 7.9 oz.
Battery CR2 Lithium
Battery Life 10,000 Actuations
Display red OLED
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 6x
Maximum Range 450+
Minimum Range N/A
Notes
USGA Compliant (local rule) No
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Leupold Golf Rangefinders with Slope

‘Leupold GX-4i2 (Slope)’

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There are two current models of Leupold golf rangefinders with slope. The Leupold GX-2i and the Leupold GX-4i2.

All Leupold laser rangefinders are solid performers, but what makes the Slope models stand out are the extra bells and whistles… A feature called TGR (True Golf Range) uses sophisticated algorithmic software that uses temperature, altitude and yardage to calculate the distance a shot will play. The Club Selector feature uses information about your hitting distances to help you with club selection. Since you’re breaking the rules anyway, why not get the extra features Leupold provides.

Each of these devices provide the slope and as well as accurate yardage to any target you can see. The GX- 4i2 is heavier and a litter more compact than the GX-2i. It also has a red OLED that is a little easier to read than the LED on the other models. The GX-4i2 and the GX-2i have a faster engine and will lock on to the target more quickly and accurately.

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In our opinion, if you’re getting a rangefinder with slope, Leupold is the way to go. You can learn more about your game and the factors that affect your shots with the extra features.

Leupold GX-2 Review

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Our Leupold GX-2 Review looks at the pros and cons mentioned most often by users. The most frequent comment by far was that the GX-2 was easy to use. However, it’s the thing that was mentioned second most often that really gives it an edge…

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The Leupold GX-2 not only measures the slope of a hill, but also takes into account the temperature and calculates how far a shot will really play. It also recommends a club based on information you input during setup.

Leupold GX-2 (slope) User Rating:
4.30 Stars 4.30 out of 5 (27 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

Most Mentioned Pros (in order from high to low):

Users really seemed to enjoy those features that make the Leupold GX-2 and the GX-4 stand out from other rangefinders. There were not a lot of negative comments, but like all laser rangefinders, there were a handful of users who had trouble getting the distances. Read our full list of pros and cons below.

  • Easy to Use
  • TGR & Club Selector (estimates distance based on distance, temperature and slope AND recommends a club based on distance you have previously input).
  • Easy Set-up
  • Quality
  • Size
  • Features
  • Accuracy
  • Easy to use
  • Price
  • Helps improve scores
  • Speeds up play
  • Lightweight
Most Mentioned Cons (in order from high to low):
  • Difficult to get distance to longer targets
  • The instructions were difficult to see and not thorough.
Leupold GX-2 Specifications
Leupold GX-2 (slope)
Slope Yes
Vibration N
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 4 in. x 2.75 in. x 1.5 in.
Weight 6.8 oz.
Battery CR2 Lithium
Battery Life 10,000 Actuations
Display LCD
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 6x
Maximum Range 350+
Minimum Range N/A
Notes This model has Slope.
USGA Compliant (local rule) No
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Leupold GX-4i Reviews

This is our Leupold GX-4i Review, but we recommend you skip it and go straight to our Leupold GX-4i2 review. It costs less and does more!

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The Leupold GX-4i is more like a caddie than an accessory. It includes slope as well as club selection recommendations based on temperature, slope and your personal striking distances. These features disqualify the Leupold GX-4i from conforming to the USGA/R&A local rule, so it won’t be allowed in most competitions. Leupold was probably trying to get around this by adding the Smart Key faceplate, which turns off the illegal features, but that didn’t do it for the USGA. Maybe it will work with your golf buddies! Note: The USGA did give approval for the newer Leupold GX-4i2.

Leupold GX-4i User Rating:
4.20 Stars 4.20 out of 5 (5 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

The main improvement to the Leupold GX-4i vs the GX-4 is what Leupold refers to as their DNA engine. According to Leupold spokesperson, “It screens out noise better to provide faster, more accurate readings. You will really notice this when you take multiple readings in sequence—there is almost no recovery time. The older models were quick and accurate, but this is simply a new level of performance, and one that we probably couldn’t have gotten to if we hadn’t engineered it (the DNA engine) ourselves.” There is a lot to be said for speed and ease of use in a rangefinder!

Leupold golf rangefinders with Slope are the only laser rangefinders on the market that actually suggest a club for you based on information you enter about your hitting distances. Practicing on the golf course with these tools could really benefit the player who wants to fine tune his or her game. Understanding how uphill and downhill shots and temperature affect club selection could certainly save shots. If that’s the type of player you are, then definitely consider one of these models. The Leupold GX-2i may be the one for you if budget is a concern. It doesn’t include the Smart Key or the red numbers, but it’s got all the rest.

Leupold GX-4i Specifications:
Leupold GX-4i
Slope Yes
Vibration N
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 2.75 in. x 1.5 in. x 4 in.
Weight 7.9 oz.
Battery N/A
Battery Life N/A
Display red OLED
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 6X
Maximum Range 800
Minimum Range N/A
Notes TGR provides ranging information matched to your personal hitting strength, the slope of the shot, and current conditions to accurately compensate for uphill shots that play long and downhill shots that play short. The Club Selector™ feature combines your
USGA Compliant (local rule) No
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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.

Bushnell Tour V4 Slope
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The Bushnell Tour V4 Slope model probably won’t be available for much longer, so you may want to get it while you can. Its replacement is a nearly identical model, the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift. The difference between the two is the control on the side of the unit that switches it in and out of Slope mode. If you are looking for a model with Slope that can also be made legal for tournament play with the slide of a switch or a button press, these two models should be on your short list. Our first choice would be the more expensive Bushnell Pro X2. However, if that’s not in your budget, we like the Bushnell V4 Slope and Shift models very much and would choose whichever is the least expensive. If your budget is even tighter, check out the Leupold GX-2i.

Review Score: 4.37         Slope: both
USGA Compliant (local rule): Yes, with Slope mode 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.

Bushnell Tour X
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The Bushnell Tour X topped the ratings in its short run. Although Bushnell has discontinued this model in favor of newer models that don’t require a faceplate change to switch off Slope mode, however, there are still some of these units available and if you like the idea of making it completely transparent to your fellow competitors when Slope is turned off, this is your best bet because they can see the color of the faceplate from a distance. However, if you want Slope as an option, but don’t want to have to carry the extra faceplate, you may want to take a look at the brand new top of the line Bushnell Pro X2, the Bushnell Tour V4 Slope, and the Leupold GX-2i2.

Review Score: 4.66         Slope: both
USGA Compliant (local rule): Yes, when the black faceplate is attached.

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