Our Picks for Best Golf Rangefinder

As of October 28, 2021Below are our picks for ‘Best Golf Rangefinder’ by category. Our picks are based on performance, price and customer reviews.

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Best Golf Laser Rangefinder with Slope
Precision Pro NX7 Pro - Read Full Review

Our initial hands-on experience with the Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro has been excellent. It locks onto the flag very quickly and the unit vibrates immediately when it locks. It offers two modes, one with Slope and one without Slope. When in non-Slope mode, the unit is legal in events where rangefinders are permitted. It's simple to switch between the two modes, but not so simple that you're likely to do so accidentally. The price on this is much less than the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift, but the features and performance are very similar. The only thing missing on the NX7 Pro is the ability to check which mode you are in by looking at the side of the rangefinder. The NX7 Pro may also be slightly more difficult to use on hitting targets on the ground for layups, but the difference in price may make this easy to overlook.

Rating: 4.79 (91 ratings)  Magnification: 6x  Slope: both
Weight: 5.45 oz.   Legal: Yes, with Slope Mode turned OFF.
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Best Golf Laser Rangefinder without Slope
Bushnell Tour V5 - Read Full Review

Size, speed, and accuracy evolved with a new generation of tech — featuring PinSeeker with Visual JOLT, BITE Magnetic Mount, and next-level clarity and brightness.

Rating: 4.74 (510 ratings)  Magnification: 6x  Slope: No
Weight: 8 oz.   Legal: Yes
Bushnell Hybrid - Read Full Review

Thank you Bushnell for bringing back the GPS/Laser Hybrid Rangefinder. We LOVE the features you have added since your previous version! This laser rangefinder has Pinseeker with Jolt making it quick and easy to tell when you are locked onto the flag. Of course we love that the GPS has distances to hazards, but the thing we love most about the GPS... The distances to the front and back of the green show up in the the laser display! Now when you're looking at the exact distance to the pin, you can also see the distance to the front and back of the green at the same time. We also love there is one battery for the laser a separate rechargeable battery for the GPS. On top of all of this, there is an App for updating golf courses and seeing full screen graphics and flyovers of the holes. We think Bushnell has really outdone themselves on the 2018 Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder!

Rating: 4.51 (519 ratings)  Magnification: 5x  Slope: No
Weight: 6.1 oz.   Legal: Yes
TecTecTec VPRO500 - Read Full Review

It's the combination of price and performance that puts the TecTecTec VPRO500 in our list of top rangefinders. It used to be that it felt safer to go with a well-known brand when you bought a golf rangefinder. However, when there are over 800 hundred reviews for a product and over 75% of them are 5 Stars, those concerns can be easily dismissed. Well, actually we had to see it to believe it. We purchased it from Amazon and put it to the test. We were not disappointed. It was super easy to lock on the flag, even from long distances. The unit was compact, but the numbers were large and easy to read. It was also easy to range other targets, including bunkers and the ground. The only performance issue we noticed is that it sometimes varies 3-4 yards when ranging the same target multiple times. For most golfers, that's not really a big issue, but other rangefinders in our top picks are typically more consistent. However, they are also more expensive. If that issue is a concern for you, check out our Best Laser Golf Rangefinders.

Rating: 4.50 (848 ratings)  Magnification: 6x  Slope: No
Weight: 6.6 oz.   Legal: Yes
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Precision Pro Golf NX7 - Read Full Review

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

Rating: 4.50 (43 ratings)  Magnification: 6x  Slope: No
Weight: 5.45 oz.   Legal: Yes
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Best Golf Watch
Garmin Approach S10 - Read Full Review

The Garmin Approach S10 is the one we've been waiting for! It's small, lightweight, and simple to use. It doesn't try to be a multi-sport watch or a smartwatch. It puts the focus squarely on golf. On the main screen, you will see distances to the front, middle, and back of the green, plus the hole number and par. The shape of the green is also right there on the same screen. Many golfers will never even need to touch the watch after starting a round. If you need hazard information, it's one screen away. You can also keep score on this watch and upload your scores to Garmin Express so your playing history is always available. Although this golf watch has all the features most golfers want, for those looking for stats or hole views, Garmin has other golf watches you will want to check out.

Rating: 99.00
Weight: 1.2 oz.   Legal: Yes
Bushnell Ion 2 - Read Full Review

The Bushnell iON 2 replaces the Bushnell Neo iON. Although they have dropped the "Neo", they haven't changed the watch all that much. That said, the addition of Bluetooth and automatic updating of golf courses is a significant improvement of an already solid golf watch. The other change is that the watch band is reversible. With the Bushnell iON 2, you get distances to the front, middle, and back of every green plus up to four hazards and layups per hole. As with almost all golf GPS devices, you can measure shot distance with the iON 2. The battery can last up to 3 rounds or 12 hours. The Bushnell smartphone app also provides hole layouts with distance and flyovers. You cannot keep score or track your stats, but it does track your steps. We think it's main competition is the Garmin S10.

Rating: 99.00
Weight: 1.7 oz.   Legal: Yes
GolfBuddy Voice 2 - Read Full Review

GolfBuddy just keeps building on a winning theme. The GolfBuddy Voice 2 claims 14 hours of battery life. That's four hours more than the GolfBuddy VS4! It's water resistant, has the choice of male or female voice, and of course provides distances to the front, middle, and back of the green. It's available in three different colors as well. The wristband can be ordered separately on Amazon.

Rating: 4.40
Weight: 1.02 oz.   Legal: Yes
Garmin Approach X40 - Read Full Review

We love Garmin golf watches and we love Garmin fitness bands, so we find the Garmin X40 band very exciting. 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. Activity tracking shows steps, distance, calories burned, heart rate and activity intensity. If that's not enough, you can get notifications from your smartphone.

Rating: 4.22
Weight: 1.1 oz.   Legal: Yes
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Best Basic Handheld Golf GPS
GolfBuddy Voice 2 SE - Read Full Review

GolfBuddy has a winning formula with its GB Voice line. It's small, easy to use, lightweight, with an LCD screen, as well as voice distances. Plus, it's budget-friendly. The GolfBuddy GB Voice 2 SE increases the battery life over previous models to up to 20 hours. That's the most important feature of this solid performing compact golf GPS. We love it! We also love that you can see distances to the front, middle, and back of each green and also switch over to see the shape of the green when you want. It comes preloaded with 40,000 golf courses and can be updated using GolfBuddy GB Manager.

Rating: 4.41
Weight: 1.1 oz.   Legal: Yes
Garmin Approach G10 - Read Full Review

It looks like Garmin is going to give GolfBuddy some real competition in the small clip-on category of golf GPS devices. The Garmin Approach G10 doesn't provide audible distances, but it does offer green views and manual pin placement in addition to distances to the front, middle, and back of every green. It also has a scorecard feature with stats. We particularly like that you can use it with Garmin Connect for online game analysis and record keeping. The price is competitive and the reviews are very good.

Rating: 4.42
Weight: 1 oz.   Legal: Yes
GolfBuddy Voice 2 - Read Full Review

GolfBuddy just keeps building on a winning theme. The GolfBuddy Voice 2 claims 14 hours of battery life. That's four hours more than the GolfBuddy VS4! It's water resistant, has the choice of male or female voice, and of course provides distances to the front, middle, and back of the green. It's available in three different colors as well. The wristband can be ordered separately on Amazon.

Rating: 4.40
Weight: 1.02 oz.   Legal: Yes
GolfBuddy Voice X - Read Full Review

The GolfBuddy Voice line has been a huge success from the beginning. The VoiceX is the latest in this line and has a few nice upgrades from its predecessor the GolfBuddy Voice 2. The most notable improvement is that it adds Bluetooth connectivity to your smartphone for automatic updates to the golf course you're playing when you enter golf mode. The screen is a little larger and it has a Big Numbers mode and manual pin placement capability. It also adds a fairly detailed GPS activity tracker for runners and walkers. It may sacrifice some battery life for the extra features, but should still easily get 2 full rounds. A watchband is available separately.

Rating: 99.00
Weight: N/A oz.   Legal: Yes
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Best Full Hole View Golf GPS
Garmin Approach S60 - Read Full Review

Garmin's newest golf watch looks to be a sophisticated golf watch, fitness watch, and smartwatch. It will be released in the summer of 2017 and we look forward to exploring all the features here very soon!

Rating: 3.86
Weight: 1.8* oz.   Legal: Yes
Garmin Approach G30 - Read Full Review

We are excited about the Garmin Approach G30, Garmin's newest handheld golf GPS! This full-featured unit provides full hole views, touch targeting to any point on a hole (including the pin position), a scorecard for up to four people, and stat tracking. You can also set it up to get notifications from your smartphone during your round. Using the Garmin Connect app, you can have detailed game analysis on your phone or your computer. This model is a little smaller than previous Garmin handhelds, making easy to carry in your pocket or clip to your belt or golf bag. It also has a 'Big Numbers' mode for distances to the front, middle, and back of the green.

Rating: 3.73
Weight: 2.5 oz.   Legal: Yes
SkyCaddie TOUCH - Read Full Review

The SkyCaddie TOUCH has a very similar feature set to the Garmin Approach G6. The biggest advantage is that the Bluetooth connectivity should make it easier for updating courses and uploading rounds. The biggest disadvantage is that with SkyCaddie, you'll have to pay a fee every year to be able to use the unit at all. The Garmin G8 has similar functionality via WIFI, but unlike the TOUCH and the G6, the G8 is not legal for tournament play.

Rating: 3.80
Weight: 3.8 oz.   Legal: Yes
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