Below you can read our reviews of the best golf rangefinders. At the bottom of this article we also have a comparison chart so you can easily compare one golf rangefinder versus another.
Perhaps the most important aspect of golfing is knowing the distance to the target. This is where rangefinders come in handy since they measure that distance. There are two types of models – laser and GPS. Golf laser rangefinders determine distance by projecting a laser beam that travels from the unit to the target and back, then calculates how long it took. Golf GPS rangefinders calculate the distance to the target through GPS satellite signals just like your car uses. Laser models are more accurate, but also more expensive. GPS units also rely on pre-loaded course information, without that it would be useless.
Some features you should look for when buying a new golf rangefinder include accuracy and range, size, ease of use, warranty, and pin-seeker or prism technology which helps you target the flag. You should also be aware of slope versions which calculate distance by factoring in the slope angle, but these models are not legal for tournament play.
One great feature of the Pro XE is Slope with Elements which adjusts for distance, temperature, barometric pressure, and slope to give you a more true distance. Another outstanding feature is the pin-seeker with visual jolt which not only vibrates when you lock onto a flag, it also displays a pulsing red ring.
Some other features of the Pro XE include BITE magnetic cart mount, high quality optics with 7x magnification and a range of up to 1300 yards, and an IPX7 rating which means it is fully waterproof.
Overall the only real downside is the price, besides that we highly recommend the Bushnell Pro XE golf rangefinder.
The biggest difference is that it does not have slope, however if you want the slope feature then you can get the Bushnell Tour V5 Shift for about $100 more.
The Tour V5 has a magnetic cart mount and PinSeeker technology with visual jolt all in a small, lightweight body. It does not have any major weaknesses, although even at this price there are still cheaper options available.
The Callaway 300 has a slope measurement, but the measurements don’t always seem perfectly accurate. The optics are a bit fuzzy a long distances as well. It has pin acquisition technology that locks onto the pin and will audibly ‘chirp’ when the distance is confirmed. However, that ‘chirp’ can be a bit annoying.
Overall the Callaway 300 is a good rangefinder for the price, but there are a few minor complaints which knock it down a few points.
The TecTecTec VPRO500 is tournament legal, but there is a model with slope functionality – the VPRO500S which sells for about $180.
The main downside is that it is not quite up to par with Bushnell models in accuracy and capability, but it is significantly cheaper and thus makes a great choice for occasional golfers. TecTecTec also offers a 1 year warranty for those of you concerned with durability.
The external gps comes preloaded with 36,000 courses, up to 4 hazard distances per hole, and Bluetooth for auto course updates. It also has a display which shows current hole, par indicator, and yards to front, center, and back of green.
The laser portion is not as good as some other models, but performs decently. It has a 400 yard range with 5x magnification. It has pinseeker with Jolt, but not visual jolt. It also does not have slope compensation.
If a golf gps rangefinder is for you then the Bushnell Hybrid Golf Rangefinder should be your go to model.
The NX7 has target acquisition technology designed to lock onto the flag – it will vibrate when it does – however, it doesn’t always lock on right away especially at longer distances. It also tends to give yardage to the front of the green instead of the flag.
The NX7 does not have slope functionality, if you want slope you can get the NX7 Pro Slope Golf Rangefinder for about $50 more.
It has pin-seeking flagpole locking feature which vibrates when locked on and works to distances of up to 250 yards. Yardages are often not perfect, but generally accurate to within a couple yards. The display on the optics can be a bit hard to see at times too.
Overall for the price the Gogogo 650Y Laser Rangefinder is surprisingly decent and would recommend it if your budget is very tight and need the cheapest option available.
Best Golf Rangefinder Comparison Chart
|Golf Rangefinder||Rating||Best Price||Range
|Bushnell Pro XE||9.5||$446.96||5-1300 (500 to flag)||+/- 1 yard||7x||Yes||Only if Slope Mode is Disabled||Yes||11 oz||4.5 x 3.1 x 1.8||CR2|
|Bushnell Tour V5||9.4||$304.99||5-1300 (400 to flag)||+/- 1 yard||6x||No||Yes||Yes||8 oz||4.5 x 3 x 1.5||CR2|
|Bushnell Tour V5 Shift||9.4||$409.99||5-1300 (400 to flag)||+/- 1 yard||6x||Yes||Only if Slope Mode is Disabled||Yes||8 oz||4.5 x 3 x 1.5||CR2|
|Callaway 300||9.2||$199.99||5-1000 (300 to flag)||+/- 1 yard||6x||Yes||Only if Slope Mode is Disabled||Yes||7 oz||4.2 x 3 x 1.8||CR2|
|TecTecTec VPRO500||9.1||$149.99||540||+/- 1 yard||6x||No||Yes||Yes||6.5 oz||4.1 x 2.8 x 1.6||CR2|
|TecTecTec VPRO500S||9.1||$179.99||540||+/- 1 yard||6x||Yes||No||Yes||6.5 oz||4.1 x 2.8 x 1.6||CR2|
|Bushnell Hybrid||9||$290.99||400||+/- 1 yard||5x||No||Yes||Yes||6.1 oz||4.2 x 3 x 3||CR2 & Lithium|
|Precision Pro Golf NX7||8.6||$169.00||400||+/- 1 yard||6x||No||Yes||Yes||8.8 oz||4 x 3.5 x 1.75||CR2|
|Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro Slope||8.6||$219.00||400||+/- 1 yard||6x||Yes||No||Yes||8.8 oz||4 x 3.5 x 1.75||CR2|
|Gogogo 650Y||8.2||$90.00||5-650 (250 to flag)||+/- 1 yard||6x||No||Yes||Yes||6.49 oz||4.17 x 2.83 x 1.57||2 AAA|