Bushnell Excel Golf Watch Review


‘Bushnell Excel Golf Watch’


Bushnell Excel Golf Watch
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We’re excited about Bushnell’s latest entry into the golf watch market because this is their first effort at adding a wider variety of features. However, we don’t think they will be retiring the highly-rated Bushnell Neo Ion anytime soon, because of it’s appeal to golfers who just want an easy-to-use watch which provides distances to their targets and not much more.

Although it’s clear Bushnell is still trying to ensure the new watch is simple to use, the Excel adds features that will appeal to golfers who want more.

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Let’s start with the Bushnell Excel key features:
  • Weather Information
  • Bluetooth integration with iPhone or Android smartphone for course updates without needing to sync with a computer
  • E-mail, text, and other notifications from your iPhone or Android smartphone.
  • The Swing Pro feature allows the user to monitor swing speed and swing tempo.This will be interesting for those who spend time on the driving range.
  • Book tee times (also works through the App)
  • Easy-to-Read Front/Center/Back Distances
  • Up to 4 Hazard Distances Per Hole
  • Pre-loaded with 35,000+ courses from 30 countries
  • Shot distance calculator
  • Auto Course Recognition
  • Auto Hole Advance
  • Pedometer and Fitness Trackers
  • Full front optical mounted color display with auto brightness adjustment
  • Stopwatch/Alarm/Timer
  • Waterproof
  • No membership or download fees
Included Bushnell App features:
  • App included with purchase of Excel Watch
  • Full color aerial views of hole layouts with distances
  • 3D flyovers with distances
  • Scorekeeping
  • Book tee times (also can be done on the watch)
  • Swing analysis stats
  • Pedometer and Fitness Trackers

The main features that Bushnell left off of the watch and put solely onto the app are the scorecard, stat-tracking, and full hole views with touch targeting. The Swing Pro features and weather information can found on the watch, but Swing Pro data can be analyzed more fully within the app. The idea of having to use the app during your round would seem to make the notifications component unnecessary, however we can see some users only using the app for it’s Swing Pro metrics on the driving range and still wanting notifications during the round. It remains to be seen if users will like Bushnell’s implementation of these advanced features, but we’re optimistic.

Bushnell Excel Golf Watch Specifications

Model Bushnell Excel Golf Watch
Type GPS
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Available Courses 35,000+
Battery Life 14 hrs
Battery Rechargeable
Height 2.12 in.
Width 1.77 in.
Depth .54 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size .98 x .98
Resolution N/A
Display Type color
Weight 1.6 oz.
Rainproof Yes
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning No
Stat Tracker No*
Digital Scorecard No*
Computer Analysis Tools Y*
Ground Verified N/A
Alternate Targets Yes
Aerial Hole View No*
Green Rotates to your shot angle N/A
Add Courses Manually N/A
Compatibility Windows/Mac
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes Weather info. Bluetooth connectivity to iPhone or Android phone for notifications, course updates, and game analysis. Bushnell App is free to Excel owners and includes full hole views and distances as well as scorecard, stat-tracking & swing metric
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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: 5.00 (6 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 8 oz.   Legal: Yes* When Slope Switch is turned off.


Bushnell Tour XRead Full Review

Let’s face it, having Slope on your golf rangefinder is extremely helpful. The downside has always been that it wasn’t legal in competition. The Bushnell Tour X gives you the best of both! Ratings and reviewers indicate it may be the easiest to use golf rangefinder on the market. If you want a rangefinder with Slope, you won’t find one with higher ratings than the Tour X. However, there are two models that make it easier to turn off the Slope feature and still comply with the USGA local rule. The Tour X requires changing the faceplate, while the newer Bushnell Tour V4 and the Leupold GX-2i2 both utilize an easy On/Off switch.

Rating: 4.86 (179 ratings)  Magnification: 6x
Weight: 8 oz.   Legal: Yes, when the black faceplate is attached.


Bushnell Pro X7 Jolt (Slope)Read Full Review

This is Bushnell’s top of the line golf rangefinder. It’s the only current model with 7x magnification. The size and design make it easy for two-handed operation which can make holding it steady much easier. It is super fast in acquiring the target and has easy to read red numbers in the display. Once the target is acquired, holding the button for two additional seconds will give you the degree of elevation and estimated “plays like” distance.

Rating: 4.70 (70 ratings)  Magnification: 7x
Weight: 12 oz.   Legal: No


Leupold GX-2i2 (slope)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 V4 SlopeRead Full Review

We love the idea of this newest release from Bushnell that allows the Tour V4 to conform to the USGA updated local rule when Slope is turned off. Now you get the best of both worlds with and easy on/off switch, rather than a faceplate change. We are not sure this model is quite as easy to use as the Bushnell Tour X, but for the price, it’s definitely worth considering. The only other model with a similar on/off switch for Slope is the new Leupold GX-2i2.

Rating: 4.13 (60 ratings)  Magnification: 5x
Weight: 5.6 oz.   Legal: Yes, with Slope mode turned off


GolfBuddy LR5S (Slope)Read 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

Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro Review

‘Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro’

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Our Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro Review will be coming very soon. We are excited about the features and the price and will be doing a hands-on test very soon.

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This newcomer to the laser golf rangefinder market will be going head-to-head with the Bushnell Tour V4 Slope and the new Tour V4 Shift, as well as the Leupold GX-2i3.

All of these models have Slope but can easily be switched into a tournament legal mode by turning off the Slope feature. The reason you might consider the NX7 Pro over these better-known brands is that it will cost you significantly less.

The Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro will also be competing with the Leupold GX-2i2 for a little while. Although it is been discontinued, there are still a few available at a really great price.

Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro Features
  • Adaptive Slope Technology – Measures Slope (elevation) when this feature is turned ON. Can be turned OFF, making it legal for most competitive events.
  • Pulse Vibration Technology – Like all of the Bushnell models, the NX7 Pro will vibrate when it locks onto the target.
  • Target Acquisition Technology – Scans your field of view and locks in on the target to ensure you get the yardage to the target, not what’s behind the target.
  • Water Resistant Design – Ensures the NX7 Pro can be used in wet and rainy conditions without issue.
  • Shock Proof Design – Helps to survive the drops, tosses, any other impact on the golf course./li>
  • High Speed SD Laser – Picks up distance readings in under 1 second
  • Multi Distance Mode– Easily switch between yards and meters.
  • 2 Year Warranty– If anything happens to the NX7 Pro Rangefinder during the normal course of use we will quickly replace or repair the product for you.
  • Free Battery Replacements – Precision Pro Golf provides free battery replacement for the life of the NX7 Pro.
Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro Specifications

Model Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro
Type laser
Slope both
Vibration y
Height 3 in.
Width 2 in.
Depth 5 in.
Weight 7.5 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 Adaptive Slope Mode turned OFF.
GolfRangefinderShop.com Summary
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.
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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:
4.67 Stars 4.67 out of 5 (3 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

Model Bushnell Tour V4 Shift
Type laser
Slope both
Vibration y
Height 3.11 in.
Width 1.57 in.
Depth 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).
GolfRangefinderShop.com Summary
The Bushnell Tour V4 Shift is Bushnell’s response to the 2016 USGA and R&A local rule change that allows rangefinders with Slope to be used as long as Slope mode is disabled. We think this will likely become the best-selling slope ranegfinder on the market. Like it’s highly successful predecessors, it has Pinseeker for easily acquiring the flag over other objects; Jolt technology, so it vibrates when you have locked the target; and 5x magnification. Bushnell’s long history of producing the highest-rated laser golf rangefinders should also give you confidence in making this choice.
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Best Legal Golf Rangefinders

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

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

The new Bushnell Pro X2 looks like it will become Bushnell’s flagship laser rangefinder for golf. It replaces the highly rated Tour X with some very nice improvements. Like the Tour X, the Pro X2 has a Slope mode that can be turned to make it legal for competition. The improvement, allowed by the 2016 rules modification, puts a simple switch on the side of the rangefinder that toggles the Slope mode on or off. The Tour X required a less convenient faceplate change.

The Bushnell Pro X2 also moves the display toggle switch to the side of the unit for easier access. This allows you to switch from the standard black display to the red VDT display depending on conditions. It has 6x magnification, is fully waterproof, has Jolt technology that vibrates when it locks the pin, and ranges to within a half yard.

Rating: 5.00 (6 reviews)
USGA Compliant: Yes* When Slope Switch is turned off.   Weight: 8 oz.   Magnification: 6x

TecTecTec VPRO500
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TecTecTec VPRO500Read Full Review

It’s the combination of price and performance that puts the TecTecTec VPRO500 at the top of our list. 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. There are other rangefinders that have features we like, including Bushnell’s Jolt feature and several high-end models with red display numbers. However, for the money, the VPRO500 is tops!

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

Bushnell Tour X
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Bushnell Tour XRead Full Review

Wow! We’ve never seen a golf rangefinder with higher ratings than the Bushnell Tour X… Especially a high-end rangefinder. Usually, the expectations for buyers of higher priced models are so high, that the ratings suffer. Not so with the Bushnell Tour X. This model offers Slope but can be made “legal” by attaching the black faceplate, which turns the Slope off. We love having that option! If you want Slope as an option, but don’t want to have to carry the extra faceplate, you may want to take a look at the Bushnell Tour V4 or the Leupold GX-2i2. Neither of them has ratings as high as the Tour X, but both are solid performers and have an easy On/Off switch for Slope that allows them to be used in competition.

Rating: 4.86 (179 reviews)
USGA Compliant: Yes, when the black faceplate is attached.   Weight: 8 oz.   Magnification: 6x

Bushnell Pro X7 Jolt
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Bushnell Pro X7 JoltRead Full Review

The Bushnell Pro X7 with Jolt brings has the highest magnification level that can be found in a golf rangefinder. The 7x magnification brings the target closer and when combined with the wide body that makes two-handed operation easy, could make this the easiest to use laser rangefinder in golf. It also has jolt technology and easy to read red numbers. It’s larger and heavier than most other rangefinders, but if you usually ride in a golf cart, this model is definitely worth some consideration.

Rating: 4.69 (66 reviews)
USGA Compliant: Yes   Weight: 12 oz.   Magnification: 7x

Bushnell Tour V4 Slope
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Bushnell Tour V4 SlopeRead Full Review

The Bushnell Tour V4 differs from the extremely successful Tour V3 by adding a fast focus system and Stabi-Grip technology for a better grip. However, what we love the most is that the V4 Slope model offers and easy on/off switch for Slope, which makes it legal in events where the USGA local rule is in effect. Other models required you to change the faceplate to make it legal, but the V4 and the new Leupold GX-2i2 are the only two models that make this really easy.

Rating: 4.13 (60 reviews)
USGA Compliant: Yes, with Slope mode turned off   Weight: 5.6 oz.   Magnification: 5x

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Garmin Approach X40 Golf/Fitness Band Review

‘Garmin Approach X40’

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

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

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

Score compiled from multiple sources.

Golf features include distance to the front, middle, and back of every green, plus hazard distances. You can see the shape of the green and manually adjust the pin position. AutoShot tracking measures and records your shot distances automatically. It has a scorecard and stat-tracking. Combining these features with Garmin Connect make post-game analysis really interesting.

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

Garmin Approach X40 Features:
  • Distances to the front, middle, and back of the green
  • Green shape from your point of view
  • Manual pin positioning
  • Distances to hazards
  • AutoShot round analyzer measures and auto-records shot distances
  • Pairs with Garmin Connect for interesting post-game analysis
  • Pairs with Garmin TruSwing™ sensor for metrics to improve your swing consistency
  • High-resolution display easily readable in bright sunlight
  • Activity tracking – steps, heartrate, and sleep
  • Receive smart notifications for incoming calls, texts and other alerts
  • Garmin Approach X40 Golf Watch Specifications

    Model Garmin Approach X40
    Type GPS
    Course Download Fees No
    Pre-loaded with Courses 40,000+
    Available Courses 40,000+
    Battery Life 10hrs GPS / 5 days
    Battery rechargeable Li-ion
    Height N/A in.
    Width .83 in.
    Depth N/A in.
    Measure Shot Distance Yes
    Screen Size 1 x .42
    Resolution 160×68 px
    Display Type hi-res touchscreen
    Weight 1.1 oz.
    Rainproof Yes (50 meters)
    Touch Screen Yes
    Touch Targeting N/A
    Manual Pin Positioning Yes
    Stat Tracker Yes
    Digital Scorecard Yes
    Computer Analysis Tools Yes
    Ground Verified N/A
    Alternate Targets Yes
    Aerial Hole View N/A
    Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
    Add Courses Manually N/A
    Compatibility PC/Mac
    USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
    Notes ElevateTM wrist heart rate technology and activity tracking
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Garmin Approach S20 Review

‘Garmin Approach S20’

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Our Garmin Approach S20 Review is based upon feedback from over 100 users. Overall the ratings are reasonably high for a golf watch with this many features, but there are a few things that were clearly outstanding on this watch. Although the number of positive comments far outweighed the negative, there are still a few issues on both sides that are worth discussing.

Before we go any further, you should know that this watch isn’t for everyone. If you just want basic distances to the front/middle/back of the greens and to hazards, you might want to take a look at our picks for the top budget-friendly golf watches.

HOWEVER, if you’re a little bit of a golf geek or a fitness enthusiast, then this watch may be the one you’re looking for! The S20 combines smartwatch features of phone notifications, activity tracking, and sleep tracking with a golf watch loaded with features.

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

Score compiled from multiple sources.

Let’s start with the Garmin Approach S20 noteworthy features:
  • Distances to the front, middle, and back of the green.
  • Green shape from your point of view.
  • Manual pin positioning.
  • Distances to the front and back of hazards and doglegs.
  • AutoShot round analyzer measures and auto-records shot distances.
  • Pairs with Garmin Connect for interesting post-game analysis.
  • Pairs with Garmin TruSwing™ sensor for metrics to improve your swing consistency.
  • CourseView feature automatically updates frequently played courses for free.
  • High-resolution display easily readable in bright sunlight.
  • Activity tracking – steps and sleep.
  • Receive smart notifications for incoming calls, texts and other alerts².
  • Attractive watchband design.

Now let’s take a look at the pros and cons mentioned the most in the user feedback that we reviewed.

Garmin Approach S20 Review – Most Mentioned Pros
  • Accuracy – Overwhelminly, the most frequent positive comment was about the accuracy of the S20. We didn’t find any complaints on this point.
  • Ease of Use – Many users commmented on the ease of use, however a few users had difficulty learning how to use the features.
  • Battery Life – There were plenty of rave reviews about the battery life of the Garmin S20. The only complaint we saw was from a user who was using it as an everyday watch.
  • Screen Readability – The comments about the clarity and readability of the screen were more enthusiastic than we generally see and there were zero complaints.
  • Responsiveness – Compliments about the responsiveness of any golf GPS is fairly unusual, but it must be good on the S20, because it was mentioned frequently.
  • Hazards – Many users commented on the accuracy of the hazard information.
  • Features – Quite a few users commented on the extensive features available on the watch.
  • Value – There were a number of comments about the Garmin Approach S20 being a good value.
  • Attractiveness – Several users mentioned the attractiveness of the watch.
  • Size and Weight – The size and weight was mentioned as a positive in quite a few comments.
Garmin Approach S20 Review – Most Mentioned Cons
  • Software Problems – A number of users experienced problems with the watch working correctly. In most cases, a software update corrected the problem, but some users had to return the watch. Garmin had a glitch with an update last year that has since been corrected.
  • User Manual – There were complaints about the lack of clarity in the user manual. That no doubt led to some other complaints.
  • Ease of Use – Some users had trouble learning how to navigate the S20. As mentioned on the previous point, a better user manual might have helped with this.
  • Autoshot – Although there were a few users that loved this feature, there were several complaints that it didn’t track a fair number of shots and there was no way to manually input a shot when the watch didn’t pick it up.
  • Garmin Connect – Several users felt that the inability to make corrections within Garmin Connect made the scoring and stats worthless. Others felt it provided interesting and helpful information.
  • Difficult to fasten – Only a couple of users complained that it was difficult to put the Garmin S20 on their wrist.

As we said earlier, the Garmnin Approach S20 isn’t for everyone. However, we think this is a great choice for golf geeks who have a little patience with technology. We like the fitness and sleep tracking capability and if that interests you, this watch is a good choice.

That said, even if you’re not a geek and not patient, if you have the budget for this watch, you may appreciate it for its responsiveness, screen readability, and detailed information about hazards. You wouldn’t need even need to learn the other features if you didn’t want to.

We give this watch a reserved thumbs up and hope that Garmin will continue to improve the autoshot feature and add editing capibilities to Garmin Connect so that we can give it our whole-hearted enthusiastic endorsement.

Garmin Approach S20 Golf Watch Specifications

Model Garmin Approach S20
Type GPS
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Available Courses 40,000+
Battery Life 15 hrs GPS / 8 wks
Battery rechargeable Li-ion
Height 1.9 in.
Width 1.5 in.
Depth .4 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size .9 square
Resolution 128×128
Display Type hi-res monochrome
Weight 1.5 oz.
Rainproof Yes (50 meters)
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning Yes
Stat Tracker Yes
Digital Scorecard Yes
Computer Analysis Tools Yes
Ground Verified N/A
Alternate Targets Yes
Aerial Hole View N/A
Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
Add Courses Manually N/A
Compatibility PC / Mac
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes In addition to all the golf features, it has an activity tracker, a sleep tracker, and move notification after periods of inactivity.
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GolfBuddy Voice 2 Review

‘GolfBuddy Voice 2’

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

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

Score compiled from multiple sources.

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

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

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

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

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

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

GolfBuddy Voice 2 Specifications

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

Model Callaway Hybrid Laser
Type Hybrid
Slope No
Vibration n
Height 3 in.
Width 1.5 in.
Depth 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
GolfRangefinderShop.com Summary
We’ve always loved the idea of a laser and GPS unit in a single device. Finally the Callaway Hybrid offers another option to the much older Bushnell Hybrid. Our favorite feature on this model is that it has one battery for laser and one for GPS. That means that if one is not working, the other can still be used. The laser battery should last for months, but even if it does die, you can keep a spare in the bag.
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Garmin Approach G10 Review

‘Garmin Approach G10’

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Our Garmin Approach G10 Review is based upon observing common threads of criticism and praise for specific aspects of its performance.

Garmin Approach G10 User Rating:
4.42 Stars 4.42 out of 5 (97 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

After considering feedback from dozens of users, we found about 87% of the comments we considered to be relevant were positive. That number would be much higher if we were counting general praise rather than specifically mentioned features.

First, we will list the features and below that you can see a summary of the pros and cons of the Garmin G10.

Garmin Approach G10 Notable Features
  • Displays distances to the front, back and middle of the green, plus the green shape, all on the main screen.
  • Includes distances to hazards and layups.
  • Green View display shows the shape of the green and allows manual pin placements.
  • Digital scorecard lets you easily keep track of your score and stats.
  • Garmin Connect™ allows you to analyze your scores and stats online.
  • Compact, lightweight clip-on device fits anywhere.
  • Crisp, bright 1.3-inch square display.
  • Screen orientation can be adjusted depending on how you will use it.
  • Lithium-ion battery with up to 15 hours in full GPS mode.
  • Odometer to track your steps.
  • Rainproof with IPX7 water rating.
  • Preloaded with more than 40,000 golf courses around the world.
  • Free lifetime course updates.
Garmin Approach G10 Pros and Cons (Most mentioned are listed first.)
  • Accuracy – The accuracy of this unit was by far the most frequently mentioned positive comment. There was one neutral comment, but with GPS, we consider this an outstanding indicator of what you can expect from the most important job of any golf GPS.
  • Size – Most users loved the size of this very small device. There were a few people who thought it would be easier to handle if it were a little bit larger and one user who was concerned that it might be very easy to lose. If you have large hands or if you are prone to losing things, those issues are both reasonable concerns. On the other hand, if you want to clip it on your belt or keep it in your pocket, the size is great. If you are thinking of clipping it to your visor, then we suggest getting a small unit that also has voice, so that you don’t have to take it on and off all the time.
  • Value – A large number of users commented on what a good value the Garmin 10 was. A couple of users mentioned that the price would drop given the competition in this type of unit. We compared the prices to similar models and felt it was right in line.
  • Ease of Use – Many users said the G10 was very easy to use. There were a few that suggested that there was a bit of a learning curve for using some of the advanced features. None of them seemed to think it was a deal-breaker.
  • Auto Course Recognition – Most of the users who mentioned this featured thought it was quick to find golf courses. However, there were also several comments about it being a little slow. We know Garmin has a high-sensitivity receiver, but as with any GPS, the conditions can be a factor. Because of that and the fact that eventually the courses were found, we don’t suggest giving too much weight to that type of complaint.
  • Battery Life – Across the board, users had nothing but wonderful things to say about the battery life.
  • Hazard and Layup Information – Many users loved having distances to the front and back of hazards. Others said they did not use that feature, but what we thought was important was that there were no complaints about missing hazards.
  • Display – Amazingly for a unit this small, there were no complaints about the screen readability or the number size. In fact, several users went out of their way to say that it was very easy to read with “the large numbers”.
  • Shot Measuring – Quite a few users mentioned that they enjoyed this feature and used it frequently. We saw no complaints and make the assumption that this feature must be fairly easy to use based on the comments.
  • Screen Orientation – Several users who wear the G10 on their belts loved that they could change the screen orientation so that it was easy to read without touching.
  • Customer Service – A couple of users had received defective units, but in both cases, Garmin Customer Service took care of the problem quickly.

Overall we think the Garmin Approach G10 is an excellent choice if you are looking for a compact golf GPS. You can clip it on your belt, put it in your pocket, or some users even used velcro to attach it to the outside of their golf bags. Other users even clipped it to their glove! The competition in this size device is fierce, but this one is at the top of our list! However, if you are planning to clip it on your visor or hat, we still recommend using a device with Voice so you don’t have to keep pulling it off of your hat to see it.

Garmin Approach G10 Specifications

Model Garmin Approach G10
Type GPS
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Available Courses 40,000+
Battery Life up to 15 hrs.
Battery rechargeable Li-ion
Height 2 in.
Width 1.5 in.
Depth .7 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size .9 inches
Resolution high-res
Display Type monochrome
Weight 1 oz.
Rainproof Yes IPX7
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning Yes
Stat Tracker Yes
Digital Scorecard Yes
Computer Analysis Tools Yes
Ground Verified N/A
Alternate Targets Yes
Aerial Hole View N/A
Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
Add Courses Manually N/A
Compatibility Windows/Mac
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
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Izzo Swami 4000+ Review

‘Izzo Swami 4000+’

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Our Izzo Swami 4000+ Review is based upon observing common threads of appreciation and criticism for specific aspects of performance. After combing through over 100 reviews, we are truly impressed with the Izzo Swami 4000+.

Izzo Swami 4000+ User Rating:
4.42 Stars 4.42 out of 5 (235 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

A unit priced this low usually doesn’t get quite so many rave reviews. If the size and features match your needs, we wholeheartedly recommend this unit. There are a couple of valid complaints that you should consider, but keep in mind that almost 90% of all comments we considered relevant, were POSITIVE.

First, we will list the features and below that will be our summary of the pros and cons.

Izzo Swami 4000+ Notable Features
  • Distances to the front, middle, and back of the green is displayed on the main screen
  • Distances to hazards and doglegs
  • Pre-loaded with 30,000+ worldwide courses
  • No computer downloads or annual subscription required
  • Large, vibrant, easy to read 1.8” color display
  • Course map editing feature
  • Auto-hole advance
  • Shot distance measurement
  • Supports 4 different languages
  • Displays distances in yards or meters
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery – lasts up to two rounds
  • Durable and waterproof
  • 1 year limited warranty
Izzo Swami 4000+ Pros and Cons (Most mentioned are listed first.)
  • Accuracy – There were a huge number of users who felt the Swami 4000+ was extremely accurate and not one who complained about the accuracy. That is almost unheard of in golf GPS.
  • Value – Again, many of the reviewers felt this was an amazing value and none complained.
  • Ease of Use – Lots of praise and no complaints.
  • Battery Life – Quite a few users mention that the battery life was good and we saw no complaints.
  • Hazards and Doglegs – This was a popular feature, however, there were a few complaints that there were not enough hazards listed.
  • Auto Hole Advance – This is the top complaint for the Swami 4000+, but no one considers it a deal-breaker. The auto hole advance on the Swami 4000+ only works if you take the unit onto the green with you. The upside to this flaw is that it a simple button press to manually move to the next hole.
  • Screen Readability – Of the users that mentioned the display and readability, most loved it. However, there were a couple that thought it wasn’t great in bright sunlight.
  • # of Courses – Most users that mentioned this were happy with the number of courses. There were, however, several mentions of a course not being in the database. Most users who had reached out to Izzo to have a course added were successful, but there was a delay of several weeks.
  • Compared to Competion – Both in accuracy and value, quite a few users were happy with comparisions to other golf GPS models.
  • Auto Course Recognition – Most people were satisfied in the the amount of time it took to find a course, but there were a couple of comments on it take a little longer than the user thought it should.
  • Charges Fast – Quite a few users mentioned that this device charges quickly and we saw no complaints.
  • Size – Although one user wished it was even larger, the rest of the comments about the size of the unit were very positive.
  • Customer Service – A few users were pleased with the responsiveness of customer service and a couple were unhappy. Editor’s Note: We noticed that for many of the complaints we saw, Izzo had reached out encouraging the user to call for help. Here’s the number in case you ever need it! (800) 777-7899.
  • Problems with the Clip – There were a few users who had trouble with the screw on the belt clip coming out and either being lost or stripped. We did see Izzo offer to replace those parts for free.

Overall, we think this a terrific golf GPS and love the size of it for people who have trouble seeing the smaller displays. We’re thrilled that Izzo added hazards to this model. We wish the Auto Hole Advance worked without carrying it to the green, but consider that a minor inconvenience.

Izzo Swami 4000+ Specifications
Model Izzo Swami 4000+
Type GPS
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Available Courses 30,000+
Battery Life 2 rounds
Battery rechargeable Li-ion
Height 3.8 in.
Width 2 in.
Depth .8 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size 1.8
Resolution N/A
Display Type color
Weight 3.2 oz.
Rainproof Yes
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning No
Stat Tracker No
Digital Scorecard No
Computer Analysis Tools No
Ground Verified N/A
Alternate Targets Yes
Aerial Hole View No
Green Rotates to your shot angle N/A
Add Courses Manually N/A
Compatibility Windows/Mac
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes *If you find hazards missing, let Izzo know and they will remap the course.
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Bushnell Tour V4 with Slope Review

‘Bushnell Tour V4 Slope’

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This is our Bushnell Tour V4 with Slope Review. If you are looking for the Standard model, see our Bushnell Tour V4 Review.

Bushnell Tour V4 Slope User Rating:
4.13 Stars 4.13 out of 5 (60 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

The Bushnell Tour V4 with Slope ushers 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…
Although there isn’t really enough user feedback for us to do a full review, we LOVE the concept of a rangefinder with Slope that can be easily made legal. There are only two models that offer this option and it would be a toss-up between the two if not for the price difference. The Leupold GX-2i2 also has the simple method for turning the slope on or off and tends to be much less expensive. Both units have similar ratings, so at this point in time, we have to go with the lower priced model.

HOWEVER, if budget is not a big issue for you and you don’t mind changing a faceplate to get legal, we really recommend the Bushnell Tour X. It has some of the best reviews we’ve ever seen in a golf rangefinder which we believe is the result of the optional red numbers in the display and the ease of acquiring the target.

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
Bushnell Tour V4 Slope Specifications

Model Bushnell Tour V4 Slope
Type laser
Slope both
Vibration y
Height 3.11 in.
Width 1.57 in.
Depth 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
GolfRangefinderShop.com Summary
The Bushnell Tour V4 differs from the extremely successful Tour V3 by adding a fast focus system and Stabi-Grip technology for a better grip. However, what we love the most is that the V4 Slope model offers and easy on/off switch for Slope, which makes it legal in events where the USGA local rule is in effect. Other models required you to change the faceplate to make it legal, but the V4 and the new Leupold GX-2i2 are the only two models that make this really easy.
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Bushnell Tour V4 Review

‘Bushnell Tour V4’

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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 Slope Review.

Bushnell Tour V4 User Rating:
4.44 Stars 4.44 out of 5 (98 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 Tour V4 with Slope, the Bushnell Tour X, 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
Bushnell Tour V4 Standard Specifications

Model Bushnell Tour V4
Type Laser
Slope No
Vibration n
Height N/A in.
Width N/A in.
Depth N/A in.
Weight N/A oz.
Battery 3 Volt CR2 Lithium
Battery Life est. 1 Year
Display N/A
Rainproof N/A
Magnification 5x
Maximum Range 1000
Minimum Range 5
Notes *There is a slope model available here.
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
GolfRangefinderShop.com Summary
The Bushnell Tour V4 standard edition has two changes from it’s predecessor, the highly rated Bushnell Tour V3. The V4 is slightly smaller and has an easy-to-use focus ring. In previous years, we would expect this to become Bushnell’s top-seller, but this year we think the Slope version of this model will give it a run for its money. The reason is that the Bushnell Tour V4 with Slope has a switch that turns off the Slope mode, making it legal for most competitions as of 2016. If the price difference isn’t too much for your budget, we suggest taking a look at the Bushnell Tour V4 with Slope.
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Leupold GX-2i2 Review

‘Leupold GX-2i2 (slope)’

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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 (slope) 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.

Leupold & Stevens is a fifth generation, family owned company based in Beaverton, Ohio.

Leupold GX-2i22 Specifications

Model Leupold GX-2i2 (slope)
Type Laser
Slope Yes
Vibration n
Height 3.0 in.
Width 1.6 in.
Depth 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.
GolfRangefinderShop.com Summary
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.
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Bushnell Neo Ion Review

‘Bushnell Neo Ion Golf Watch’

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Our Bushnell Neo Ion Review is based upon lots of user feedback. We look for common themes, whether they are praise or complaints and summarize our findings.

Bushnell Neo Ion Golf Watch User Rating:
4.47 Stars 4.47 out of 5 (137 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

Although there are golf watches that do much more than the Bushnell Neo Ion, this is the golf watch that we believe most golfers should buy! It is simple to use, provides distances to the front, middle, and back of the greens, as well as hazards. In our experience, that is the information that most golfers need and want on their golf watches.

Don’t get us wrong, we love the Garmin golf watches that have smartwatch features and fitness trackers built in, but for the basics, the Bushnell Neo Ion is our top pick!

Let’s start with the Neo Ion’s key features:
  • Pre-loaded with 35,000+ courses from 30 countries
  • Outstanding Battery Life will last three full rounds
  • Auto course recognition and auto hole advance
  • Up to 4 Hazard/Layup distances per hole
  • Shot distance calculator
  • Comfortable dual injected silicone sports band
  • Round odometer
  • No membership or download fees

Let’s just say the ratings on this golf watch are excellent – among the best we’ve seen for a golf watch. Bushnell doesn’t get fancy with a touchscreen or graphics, but they continue to make significant improvements with each new golf watch they release. Full battery indicator for Bushnell Neo Ion

The best part of the Bushnell Neo Ion is the battery life. This was the most talked about feature and users loved they could play three full rounds before charging it.

Accuracy in golf GPS devices is often misunderstood and very difficult to compare. The reason is that there are multiple factors that determine the accuracy of the distances, which means that each user’s experience in any given situation may be different. Therefore, most of the time we’ll find both positive and negative comments regarding accuracy. Amazingly, we haven’t heard anything negative about the accuracy of the Bushnell Neo Ion’s accuracy. We’re not saying it will always be perfect, just that there were lots of positive comments and zero negative comments in the feedback we reviewed.

Besides battery life, we think “ease of use” should be the biggest factor in choosing a golf GPS. There was no shortage of positive comments on the subject and again, not even one negative. With that said, there were several users who complained that there were only two hazards or layups listed per hole. Most likely the reason for the complaint is that these users didn’t know how to scroll down to the second page. (FYI: the button on the bottom right of the watch will do it!)

Users really like the look of the Bushnell Neo Ion and felt it improved their games. They overall felt great about the value and also the number of courses.

There weren’t all that many complaints about the Bushnell Neo Ion, but several people did mention that the Auto Course Recognition was slow. After it found the course, there no complaints about the responsiveness.

A few users had defective units and a couple of those users were unhappy with the customer service. There were also a few complaints about the durability of the watchband. Several users also struggled with getting the charging clip connected. I don’t believe any of them considered that a deal breaker, but rather were wishing it was a little easier.

Keep in mind that 80% of the user feedback was positive. We think this is an excellent choice and as of this writing, are putting it at the top of recommended golf watches list.

Bushnell Neo Ion Golf Watch Specifications

Model Bushnell Neo Ion Golf Watch
Type GPS
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses 33,000
Available Courses 35,000+
Battery Life 16 hours GPS
Battery rechargeable
Height .59 in.
Width 1.77 in.
Depth N/A in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size .91x.91
Resolution N/A
Display Type monochrome LCD
Weight 1.8 oz.
Rainproof Yes
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning No
Stat Tracker No
Digital Scorecard No
Computer Analysis Tools No
Ground Verified No
Alternate Targets Yes
Aerial Hole View No
Green Rotates to your shot angle N/A
Add Courses Manually N/A
Compatibility N/A
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
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User Manual for Bushnell Neo Ion Golf Watch