Why Aren’t You Using a Golf Laser Rangefinder?

Teed up by: Tim Radigan

70% of players use a golf laser rangefinder on the golf course. So why are you still trying to “eyeball” that important approach shot? Should you really rely on “gut instinct” to determine the yardage to carry a water hazard? GolferScore is always seeking ways to make the game more enjoyable because there’s nothing worse than driving it straight down the fairway, only to come up short on your shot into the green due to your miscalculation.
If wearing a GPS golf watch or using a GPS app on your phone isn't your thing, a golf laser golf rangefinder may be the essential tool missing from your bag. It’s time to step up your game and lower your scores. A rangefinder may be the solution that takes you to the next level in your quest for the best on the course. GolferScore has taken a close look at some great options to fit any budget. Check out the options below and consider investing in your game.

Our Top Picks

Callaway 300 Rangefinder 

With a range of up to 1000 yards, the Callaway 300 Pro Laser Rangefinder is an impressive option under $200. The 300 Pro incorporates Pin acquisition technology (P.A.T.) and can lock on to a pin from 300 yards. Better yet, a golfer will hear an audible “chirp” that verifies distance acquisition when locking on to the flagstick. We like that Callaway offers 6X magnification that provides golfers accuracy within +/- 1 yard. The 300 Pro will also calculate the effect of an incline/decline slope and adjust yardage accordingly. Slope mode can be turned off when required for tournament play where it’s not legal.

Nikon Coolshot G20 GII Rangefinder 

Nikon has parlayed their trusted lens technology into the world of golf laser rangefinders. The Coolshot is another contender in the under $200 category. Although Nikon’s range falls short of the Callaway at 800 yards, this shouldn’t have an impact on your decision. Nikon provides optics at 6X magnification and accuracy of 1 yard (under 100 yards) and 2 yards (over 100 yards). It’s user friendly for golfers that wear glasses and displays bright clear readouts. The Nikon Coolshot uses First Target Technology to help differentiate a flagstick on a green surrounded by woods in the background. The only thing missing is a slope calculation feature available for around $40 by stepping up to Nikon’s Coolshot G20i GII.

Bushnell Tour V4 JOLT Laser Rangefinder

Bushnell has taken the binocular-like focus feature and put it into the Tour V4 JOLT laser rangefinder. This focus allows golfers to adjust image presentation to their specific vision for a clear and accurate display. This unit has a fast focus system that provides 5X magnification and accuracy up to 1,000 yards (400+ yards to a flag). A great feature of the Bushnell Tour V4 is JOLT technology. Players will know they’ve locked on a target when they feel the JOLT or vibration in their hands.

Garmin Approach Z80 Laser Rangefinder

Garmin boasts having one of the most accurate laser golf rangefinders, offering distances to within 10” (that’s inches!) of the flag. This rangefinder is full of useful features like image stabilization and 2-D CourseView mapping for over 41,000 courses. Golfers will appreciate the Green View feature that automatically provides a distance to both the front and back of the green. Slope adjustments are offered but can be turned off when required. This Garmin packs a lot of punch for under $375!

Bozily VPRO X2 Laser Rangefinder

If you’re not someone that must have a name brand, Bozily may be the laser golf rangefinder for you. Bozily offers golfers on a budget the chance to calculate accurate distance up to 1,300 yards (max 350 yards to a flagstick). Bozily offers a feature-rich laser rangefinder with on/off slope mode, focus adjustment to your vision, flag lock with vibration and a legal tournament mode. This one really does keep pace with the big names in rangefinders.

ACPOTEL Laser Rangefinder

Acpotel? Yeah, we weren’t too sure either, and full disclosure, we haven’t used this one yet. However, we decided to include this one based on two things. You can’t beat the price ($75.85), considering it comes complete with a carrying case, battery, lanyard, and a cleaning cloth. And the reviews are incredibly favorable. So if you're looking for accurate distance measurement on a budget, this one’s for you.

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