Last Updated on February 16, 2021
Golf is a game where accuracy is paramount. If you don’t know how far the hole is, it’s difficult to know how hard you need to drive the ball. Top players use rangefinders to help them achieve peak accuracy by measuring their distance from any given target.
Of course, this can only help improve your accuracy if your rangefinder provides accurate readings.
While there are many models on the market, they’re not all created equally. We wanted to find out which of these rangefinders we could trust when the game is close and we’re trying to force a win, so we set out to test as many as possible.
The following 10 reviews will share our findings to save you the trouble of testing so many units yourself.
|Best Overall||TecTecTec VPRO500 Golf Rangefinder||
|Best Value||WOSPORTS Golf Rangefinder||
|Premium Choice||Bushnell Tour V4 JOLT Golf Laser Rangefinder||
|Callaway 300 Pro Golf Laser Rangefinder||
|Gogogo Sport Vpro Laser Golf/Hunting Rangefinder||
With a moderate price and a great list of features, the TecTecTec VPRO500 Golf Rangefinder is our favorite overall. It’s got a top-notch accuracy that’s within one yard, ensuring that you always get a proper measurement to allow for the perfect shot.
Using this device, you can range distances up to 540 yards. Since it’s built ruggedly with a rainproof body, you never have to worry about your equipment when you’re playing in less than perfect weather. And if something should happen to your rangefinder, the two-year guarantee and lifetime customer support will be there for you.
We like the small size and low weight of this device, coming in just over six ounces. But we did have some difficulty during use. This rangefinder has difficulty catching the pin if there’s anything behind it, making it a poor choice for use on courses with many trees.
If you’re looking for the best golf rangefinder for the money, we think you’ll find it in the WOSPORTS golf rangefinder. This product is priced very affordably compared to the competition but still offers excellent performance. Granted, a few holes every game are going to give you a reading that’s way off. For the most part, this is a great rangefinder at a great price.
Like more expensive rangefinders for golf, this one offers continuous scanning for quick ranging of several different items. You also get vibration confirmation, speed measurements, and more. It’s an entirely tournament legal device and you even get lifetime customer support in case you have any problems. With a 600-yard range, it can compete with far pricier models, though the 200-yard max range for flag locking isn’t the best.
Compared to most of the other rangefinders on this list, the Bushnell Tour V4 JOLT golf laser rangefinder is pretty darn expensive. But once you understand the level of performance it offers, you might not feel that it’s an outrageous price. For instance, it’s got double the flag lock range of many golf rangefinders at 400+ yards. With a total ranging distance of up to 1000 yards, this is one powerful rangefinder.
Like many top models, this rangefinder has a one-yard accuracy range. The fast focus system helps you to quickly acquire your target, and JOLT technology vibrates whenever the laser has locked onto the flag. If you use the included smartphone app with your purchase, you can also see hole layouts with 3D flyovers and distances for over 36,000 golf courses.
When you hold this rangefinder, you can feel the quality in its heft. It’s definitely heavier than other models, and a bit larger too. This could be considered a good thing or a bad thing though, depending on your viewpoint.
The Callaway 300 Pro golf laser rangefinder is a great device that’s a bit costlier than many of the other options on this list. However, it’s still a far cry from the high price of the Bushnell Tour in the next position up. Still, you’ll find some pretty great features built-into this rangefinder.
Let’s start with the max ranging distance of 1000 yards, which makes it one of the farthest ranging devices on this list. It’s got a slope-adjustment feature that can account for hills, but it can also be turned off for tournament use. At just seven ounces in weight, it’s light and portable. Plus, you can choose to measure in yards or meters, depending on your preferences.
Most of the rangefinders we tested used vibration to alert you that the pin or flag had been locked. This rangefinder uses a chirp instead, which can be annoying to some. It also tends to have a harder time finding the pin than some of the models we tested that cost less.
If you’re looking for a rangefinder that you’ll only use in recreational play, then the Gogogogo Sport Vpro laser rangefinder might be an acceptable option. After all, it is priced quite affordably. But it’s not tournament legal, which negates its usefulness for many golfers. Even still, it’s got some great features for a recreational-only player.
First, it corrects for slope angle. You can’t turn this feature off though, which is why it’s not legal for tournament use. It is accurate within one yard, similar to many more expensive models. But we found that it had a hard time picking up the flag. And if it was foggy, this, rangefinder hardly worked at all, with readings jumping all around.
Compared to other affordable models, this one offers pretty respectable ranges. It has flag lock up to 300 yards, pin seek up to 150 yards, and a max rangefinding distance of 650 yards. If it were tournament legal, it would probably rank higher on our list.
Though the AOFAR GX-25 golf rangefinder is priced reasonably, it’s more accurate than many other models that cost twice as much, with an accuracy of +/- 0.5 yards. It’s got a pretty decent overall range of 600 yards, though the flag locking range is more limited at 285 yards. Worse, it takes an excessively long time to lock the flag. And non-reflective items have a reduced range of just 400 yards.
On a more positive note, this rangefinder does offer slope adjustments, but the feature can be switched off, which makes this device legal for tournament use. It’s also safe when playing during inclement weather since it’s both waterproof and dust-resistant.
The body is durable, even though it’s very light at just over six ounces in weight. And if anything should happen to it, you have two years of VIP warranty coverage, plus, lifetime customer support.
In some regards, the Bozily golf rangefinder outperforms many other models; even ones that are far pricier. But you’ll be disappointed by this device in other aspects. For instance, while it’s got an impressive max ranging distance of 1200 yards, the 250-yard max flag lock distance is lackluster. The one-year warranty is similarly uninspiring, especially since this device is quite a bit costlier than several other models we tested.
This laser rangefinder does offer a slope adjust feature that can account for the slope between you and the point you’re ranging too. Luckily, this feature can be shut off, which makes this device legal for tournament use. The whole unit is water-resistant but not waterproof. It’s got an accuracy of +/- one yard, which is on-par with other models.
Truthfully, we found equal and superior performance in many devices that were less expensive, which is why this rangefinder is ranked so low on our list.
The NX9 golf laser rangefinder from Precision Pro is one of the more expensive models we tested for this list. It’s got some nifty features but falls short in many respects. Hence, the low ranking. Still, there are definitely some things to like about this device.
If you drop this rangefinder, it’s probably going to be alright, thanks to its durable shock-proof design. It’s also water-resistant, which means you can use it in light rain without worry. We would prefer if it were truly waterproof though. There’s a magnetic cart mount built-in, though it’s not secure enough to keep the rangefinder in place when you hit a bump.
Our favorite feature of this rangefinder is the free lifetime battery replacement. Of course, this is offset by the dismal battery life you get. Batteries were dying within a month of replacement repeatedly. We also weren’t impressed with the maximum ranging distance of just 400 yards. But the worst thing was how inaccurate the measurements were. In our minds, this is an underperforming and overpriced device that is outperformed by much cheaper models we’ve tested.
Nikon is one of the biggest names on this list, so it’s somewhat surprising that their rangefinder is ranked so low. We were expecting great things from this device, but it failed to perform as we hoped. Stabilization technology is integrated into this rangefinder’s design, but it didn’t seem to improve on the device in any way.
Straight out of the box, our first one was dead. We had it replaced, and the second one turned on as it should. We hoped the stabilization technology would make it easier to get steady and accurate readings, but instead, we saw very inconsistent readings. Worse, they were inaccurate compared to other rangefinders we had with us.
We like the waterproof and fog proof design that lets you play in any weather. Even better, it’s backed by a five-year warranty, which is one of the best we’ve seen. Slope mode accounts for hills during rec play, but you can turn it off for legal tournament play. There’s even an external LED to signify that slope mode is off. Though we liked these features, they can’t make up for how inaccurate and inconsistent this rangefinder is, especially at the exorbitant price it sells for.
One problem with many golf rangefinders that offer slope modes is that they can’t be shut off, meaning they’re illegal for tournament play. Luckily, the PEAKPULSE golf laser rangefinder is available in both slope and non-slope versions. Even the slope version can deactivate the mode for legal tournament play. Still, it’s not going to make up for this device’s other shortcomings.
With a max range of 400 yards, this rangefinder is pretty weak, even though it’s pricier than many models we tested with better performance. Even within that short range, this rangefinder gave us distances that were slightly off.
If you’re attempting to lock a flag or pin and it’s not against a clear background, you’re probably out of luck. We had a terrible time trying to get this rangefinder to lock onto either if there were trees or anything else in the background. We like the eight-second shutoff to conserve battery life, but with such poor performance, this isn’t the rangefinder we’d ever take with us on the range.
With some golf rangefinders costing six times the price of other models, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for your needs. These devices span a wide range of prices, though they all perform the same basic functions.
There are some differences in their features and performance that can help you decide on the right rangefinder, and we’re going to take a closer look at them in this buyer’s guide. Hopefully, by the end of it, you’ll be armed with all the knowledge you need to make an informed decision on a rangefinder that will improve your game and never let you down.
There are many features and functions to compare between golf rangefinders, but they won’t all have the same impact on overall performance. However, the following features and specifications will all have a significant impact on how your rangefinder performs when you’re counting on it to help you play your best game.
Ranging distance is the maximum distance that your rangefinder can measure. For some, this is a relatively short 400 yards. Other devices allow for a much greater ranging distance of 1,200 yards or more. We’ve found that most rangefinders offer a range of 500-600 yards on average though.
If you want to get a device with an impressive range of 1,000 yards or more, you should expect to shell out a bit more for that performance. You can get golf rangefinders with an average range of 500-600 yards for $100 or less. Realistically, a 600-yard range should do everything you need and more for golf.
Just because your device can range 1,000 yards doesn’t mean it can lock a flag or pin from that distance. Most of the time, these rangefinders have much shorter ranges for flag and pin lock. We’ve seen some products with impressive overall ranges have very mediocre flag lock ranges of less than 300 yards. While this is still perfectly usable, it’s a far cry from the 1,000 yards they might offer in total ranging distance.
When you take a measurement of the same point several times in a row, you expect to get the same reading each time. This would mean that your rangefinder is offering consistent readings that you can have confidence in. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case with every model we tested. Some rangefinders were inconsistent, giving us different readings each time we ranged a point. Even if they’re only off by a small amount, it can really affect your game and most of all, your confidence.
Right next to consistency in importance is accuracy. Even if your device offers consistent readings, if they’re wrong, they won’t do you much good. Most rangefinders offer accuracy readings of at least +/- one yard. Some models are even more accurate at +/- 0.5 yards, but half of a yard won’t make much of a difference in the scheme of things. Still, we want to be sure that our rangefinders offer accurate readings, or we might be setting up for our shots wrong.
Not everyone plays in tournaments. If you only play rec and you never plan to enter a tournament, then tournament legality may not be a major factor for you. But many golfers do like to compete, and a rangefinder that’s not legal for tournament play will get you disqualified.
Today, many rangefinders have built-in slope compensation to help you account for hills and slopes when measuring your shots. This isn’t allowed in tournament play, however. For tournaments, you must be able to turn slope mode off. If your rangefinder can deactivate slope mode, it will be legal for competition. Many models can’t though, which disqualifies them for tournament use.
Our goal was to write reviews comparing the best golf rangefinders so we could give you some clear recommendations that would save you time while helping you find the best tools for your needs. To that end, we’re going to summarize our top choices one more time, so they’re fresh in your mind.
The TecTecTec VPRO500 is our top golf rangefinder recommendation. It’s priced reasonably considering the great performance it offers with accuracy that’s within one yard, a rugged rainproof body for inclement weather, and an overall weight of just under seven ounces.
For the best value, we suggest the WOSPORTS golf rangefinder. It’s cheap, tournament legal, and measures up to 600 yards with great built-in features like continuous scan.
If you’re looking for a professional-grade choice at the higher end of the price spectrum, our top pick is the Bushnell Tour V4 JOLT golf laser rangefinder. This impressive device boasts some serious specs such as a max ranging distance of 1000 yards with accuracy within one yard, and a flag lock distance of 400 yards with a fast focus system for quicker acquisition of ranges.
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