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

Rating: 4.54 (3043 ratings)  Magnification: 6x  Slope: both
Weight: 5.45 oz.   Legal: Yes, with Slope Mode turned OFF.
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Bushnell Pro 1M Review

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This is our Bushnell Pro 1M Review Summary.

Bushnell Pro 1M User Rating: 4.20 Stars 4.20 out of 5 (18 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

After checking out the features and product manual for the Bushnell’s new top of the line golf rangefinder, the Bushnell Pro 1M, we’re really looking forward to putting our hands on one of these powerful laser rangefinders. It’s  available in a Tournament Edition and a Slope Edition. Of course the Slope Edition will cost more and not be legal for tournament play, as it measures elevation.

Although the Bushnell Pro 1M not the first rangefinder to have 7x magnification, it is a rare find. The only other one of which we are aware is the Bushnell 1600.  There are a few features that we haven’t seen on previous Bushnell models that are worth mentioning.  

  • Vivid Display Indicators™ – This is probably going to be what sets the new Bushnell rangefinders apart. It promises to dramatically improved contrast, clarity and light transmission while increasing brightness of the digital readout, making distance readings legible in low light environments. This technology will also be included in the soon to be released Bushnell Tour Z6 models. 
  • Can measure up 1,000 on non-reflective objects and 1,760 yards on reflective.
  • Improved battery life indicator.
  • 35% improvement in battery life
Bushnell Pro 1M Specifications
Bushnell Pro 1M
Slope Opti
Vibration N
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 1.7 in. x 5.1 in. x 3.7 in.
Weight 12 oz.
Battery CR123 3V
Battery Life N/A
Display VDT
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 7x
Maximum Range 1,760
Minimum Range 5
Notes There are two editions of the Bushnell Pro 1M - Tournament and Slope
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
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Bushnell Tour V2 Review Summary

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Our Bushnell Tour V2 Review Summary takes into consideration commonly mentioned pros and cons from user reviews on a variety of websites.

The Bushnell Tour V2 with Pinseeker is available in two models – with Slope and without Slope for tournament play. Prices on these devices change quickly, but at the time of this writing, the price for the Bushnell V2 without slope looks to be a very good value.

Bushnell Tour V2 User Rating: 4.57 Stars 4.57 out of 5 (440 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.
Most Mentioned Pros:
  • Easy to use
  • Get instant measurements
  • Extremely accurate
  • Lightweight
  • Compact Size
  • Excellent Value with no monthly or yearly fees
Most Mentioned Cons:
  • Does not have a battery life indicator.
  • 3-Volt Lithium battery – a little more expensive than other batteries. A few users claimed that battery life was short
  • A few users had difficulty holding it steady enough, but this is not mentioned by most users
Bushnell Tour V2 Features and Specifications
Bushnell Tour V2
Slope No
Vibration N
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 2.8 in. x 1.6 in. x 4.3 in.
Weight 6.6 oz.
Battery 3 volt lithium
Battery Life approx. 12 mos.
Display LCD
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 5x
Maximum Range 1000
Minimum Range 5
Notes There are two editions of the Bushnell V2 - Tournament and Slope
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
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Bushnell 1600 Laser Rangefinder with Pinseeker

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The Bushnell 1600 Laser Rangefinder with Pinseeker has been an extremely solid performer for quite awhile now. The truth is that as technology goes, laser rangefinders are probably amongst the slowest evolving gadgets, which is why the 1600 has stood the test of time.

Bushnell 1600 User Rating: 4.56 Stars 4.56 out of 5 (222 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.
There are newer models that are a little bit faster and smaller and there are newer models that have easier to read displays. However most of them have lower zoom levels than the Bushnell 1600 which boasts 7x magnification. The only other choice with 7x zoom is the new Bushnell Pro 1M, which costs quite a bit more.

If you’re interested in exploring your options, you might try our Laser Selection Tool or look at our picks for Best Golf Rangefinders of the year. Just know that the Bushnell 1600 is still worthy of consideration.

Our review of the Bushnell 1600 takes into consideration the most commonly mentioned pros and cons found in hundreds of user reviews.

Most Mentioned Pros:
  • Accuracy
  • Compact
  • Fast
  • Long range
  • Feature Set
  • Scan Mode with Pinseeker – keeping the button depressed allows the pinseeker to tell the difference between foreground and background objects and circles the foreground object, which is usually the flag and locks in the yardage.
  • Comfortable eye piece (even with glasses)
  • Strong construction
  • 7x lens
  • Waterproof
  • Users who owned the Bushnell 1600 with Slope were happy with its performance. Recommended for hilly courses if you don’t plan to use it in competition.
  • Easy to use, but some noted that it took a little practice. Most felt that you didn’t have to be too steady, but a few had trouble initially.
  • Easy to read display
  • 9v battery
  • No annual fees
Most Mentioned Cons:
  • Price
  • Bulky Case
  • A few users noted that the battery door wasn’t very secure.
Bushnell Pro 1600 Specifications:
Bushnell 1600
Slope Opti
Vibration N
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 1.7 in. x 5.1 in. x 3.7 in.
Weight 12 oz.
Battery 9V Alkaline
Battery Life approx. 12 mos.
Display N/A
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 7x
Maximum Range 1,600
Minimum Range 5
Notes There are two editions of the Bushnell 1600 - Tournament and Slope.
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
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Bushnell Pinseeker 1500 Laser Rangefinder

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Our Review Summary of the Bushnell Pinseeker 1500 Laser Rangefinder is based on our research of user reviews across multiple websites. We look for commonly mentioned pros and cons so that we can provide an accurate representation of the device. We also calculate a GRS Score based based on user ratings to help when making comparisons between golf rangefinders.

Keep in mind that there are two versions of the Bushnell Pinseeker 1500: the Bushnell Pinseeker 1500 Tournament Edition and the Bushnell Pinseeker 1500 Slope. The only difference between the two is that the Tournament Edition does not include the slope measurement and is legal for use in competitions that have established a local rule allowing distance measuring devices. The slope model measures +/- one degree of angle, and compensated range, based upon ball trajectory and type of club used, but is not legal for use in competition.

Bushnell Pinseeker 1500 Laser Rangefinder GRS Score: 4.62 out of 5 (133 reviews)

Most Mentioned Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Displays yardages fast
  • No membership or subscription fees
  • No downloads needed, one button operation
  • Durable and comes with a carrying case
  • 7x Magnification (can also be used for hunting)
  • Accurate and can be used to measure any visible target
  • No searching for satellites, just point and click!
  • Adjustable eyepiece
  • Automatically seeks the pin for you despite all the landscapes in the background

Most Mentioned Cons:

  • Pricey, compared to GPS devices
  • Requires a steady hand. Some users have difficulty holding the device steady enough so that it can scan and calculate the yardages. However, most were able to get it down with some practice.
  • Bulky

Laser rangefinders are extremely accurate and Bushnell has been leading the way for years in creating the top golf rangefinders. Compared with GPS devices, the features my be limited, but if accuracy if your main concern, laser is the way to go.