Best Legal Golf Rangefinders

Rules! Best Legal Golf RangefinderBelow are our picks for the Best Legal Laser Rangefinders available in . 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 Legal Golf Rangefinders
Bushnell Pro X2 - Read Full Review

In our opinion, there is no better laser golf rangefinder than the Bushnell Pro X2. It's compact and feels well built. It has 6x magnification and a Slope mode that can be turned off 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 Slope mode on or off. The Bushnell Pro X2 allows you to switch from the standard black display to the red VDT display depending on conditions with the simple press of a button. It is fully waterproof, has Jolt technology that vibrates when it locks the pin, and ranges to within a half yard.

Rating: 4.77 (112 ratings)  Magnification: 6x  Slope: both
Weight: 8 oz.   Legal: Yes* When Slope Switch is turned off.
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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: 99.00 (N/A ratings)  Magnification: 5x  Slope: No
Weight: 6.1 oz.   Legal: Yes
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Bushnell Tour V4 Shift - Read Full Review

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.

Rating: 4.48 (90 ratings)  Magnification: 5x  Slope: both
Weight: 5.6 oz.   Legal: Yes, if Slope Switch is Down (Off).
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Bushnell Tour V4 Jolt - Read Full Review

The Bushnell Tour V4 standard edition has two changes from its 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 Shift has Slope and a switch that turns off the Slope mode, making it legal for most competitions. Both models have scan mode, 5x magnification, and Jolt that makes it vibrate when it's locked onto the target. As always, Bushnell rangefinders rate very high in ease of use and accuracy.

Rating: 4.64 (176 ratings)  Magnification: 5x  Slope: No
Weight: 6.6 oz.   Legal: Yes
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Nikon Coolshot 20 - Read Full Review

Nikon produces amazing optics for its solid line of rangefinders. There are no bells and whistles on this model, but it's lightweight and small and of course, it's extremely accurate!

Rating: 4.42 (219 ratings)  Magnification: 6x  Slope: No
Weight: 4.4 oz.   Legal: Yes
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  1. Derrick Huber says:

    Is the deko laser rangefinder model 5-600p legal for tournament use in golf?

    • Golf Rangefinder Shop says:

      Hi Derrick. From the specs I see on it, it should be legal for use in any event that allows distance measuring devices.

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  2. Michael D says:

    Is the Precision Pro NX7 legal for tournament use? I was given on as a gift. It has 2 modes, one with slope enabled and another mode with slope function disabled?

    Thank you!! I sincerely appreciate your advice and help.


    • Golf Rangefinder Shop says:

      Hi MD. Thanks for contacting us! First, just to clarify, the “Precision Pro NX7” does not have Slope, but the “Precision Pro NX7 Pro” does. It is indeed legal as long as you make sure that Slope mode is turned OFF during the entire tournament round. The USGA/R&A 2016 rule change allowed rangefinders with Slope as long as Slope mode is turned off. If you want to learn more, see our post Is Your Golf Rangefinder Legal?,

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