If you’re a golfer, whether be it a beginner or scratch player, you’re always looking for a way to cut a few strokes off your game. The ever-improving technology in clubs and balls has certainly helped make that happen in many cases. As has equipment like laser rangefinders, which are used to determine the accurate distance to points on a course like the flagstick or hazards.
Quality rangefinders can range in price from anywhere between $150 and $400 — some even slightly more. It goes without saying, shelling out for the more expensive ones will get you extra features, but there are definitely top-notch rangefinders to be had for the budget-minded shopper.
Browse a wider selection of golf laser rangefinders if this list doesn’t have what you’re looking for. But keep reading below to check out 10 of the most popular rangefinders on the market today.
Note: the products listed below are in no particular order
1. TecTecTec VPRO500 Golf Rangefinder
TecTecTec isn’t exactly a household name when it comes to golf products, but the France-based company recently jumped into the rangefinder business. But that hasn’t stopped them from making an immediate impact with the VPRO 500. which has been getting rave reviews. Affordable (roughly $150 at Amazon), lightweight (6.5 ounces) and portable (measuring 4.09 by 2.83 by 1.61 inches), the VPRO500 has a laser range up to 540 yards with a continuous scan mode and advanced PinSensor technology. This technology allows the VPRO to provide quick measurement with 1 yard accuracy and also measures flagsticks and hazards with 6X magnification. It also features a water- and dust-resistant body and comes equipped with a shock-resistant case, a free CR2 battery, wrist strap, and a microfiber cleaning cloth. Another plus — a 1 Year Warranty & TecTecTec Happy Customer Guarantee. The TecTecTec VPRO 500 offers a high quality rangefinder while also helping you save a few bucks.
Price: $149.99 (25 percent off MSRP)
2. Bushnell Pro X7 Golf Laser Rangefinder with JOLT
Whereas the above TecTecTec VPRO500 is a relative unknown in the golf industry, Bushnell has cemented itself as an industry leader in rangefinders for over a decade. And the company’s top laser rangefinder on the market today is arguably the Pro X7 Golf with JOLT. The Pro X7 is as powerful and accurate as you’ll find. Featuring range capability of 550-plus yards to a flag and accuracy to 1/2 yard from 5 to 125 yards, the Pro X7 has 7x magnification with HD optics for ultra clear images. Other highlights include: Slope Technology (which provides compensated distances for elevation changes), it’s waterproof, it’s PGA Tour certified, a 2 Year Warranty, a 3-Volt 123 battery, and a premium carry case. And according to the Bushnell website, the “PinSeeker with JOLT provides the golfer with short vibrating pulses to give a tactile confirmation that the laser has locked onto the flag. Jolt Technology removes all doubt.” It is slightly bigger at 5.5 by 4.25 by 2 inches and the price is nearly $400, but the Pro X7 is a superior product.
3. Nikon COOLSHOT 40 Golf Laser Rangefinder
Nikon, a name synonymous with imaging and optics, have become major players in the golf laser rangefinder market. The COOLSHOT 40 features HYPER READ technology, which provides lightning quick and accurate measurements — roughly half a second — regardless of your distance to the target. It’s the most powerful USGA-approved rangefinder of all Nikons, with ranging capabilities from 8-650 yards (in 1/2 yard increments) with an accuracy of +/- 2 1/4 feet. Another cool function is the First Target Priority Mode. This technology will give you the distance reading of the closest targeted object, which is an immense help in finding quick distances to the flagstick and hazards. Compact (4.4 by 1.4 by 2.8 inches and 5.6 ounces), waterproof and featuring 6X magnification and an 8-second continuous measurement range, the COOLSHOT 40 is very user-friendly. It also comes with a 2-year warranty.
4. Bushnell Tour V4 Rangefinder
We’ve come to Bushnell‘s second entry on the list. But as mentioned earlier, they are big-time players in the rangefinder game. Like the Pro X7 listed above, the Tour V4 features PinSeeker with JOLT technology, which gives you short Vibrating bursts when you’re locked onto the flag. Built with 5x magnification, it accurately ranges from 5 to 1,000 yards and 400-plus yards to the flag within one yard. The Tour V4 is Tour certified and comes with a carrying case, battery and a 2-year limited warranty. Another plus is the compact size; it measures 3.11 by 1.57 by 4 inches and weights 6.6 ounces.
Price: $274.99 (8 percent off MSRP)
5. Callaway 300 Pro Laser Rangefinder with Slope Measurement
If you’re a golf fan, you know Callaway. Breakthrough technology has led to top-of-the-line clubs and other equipment which have been staples of the company’s brand for years. And now they’ve taken to the technological side of golf with laser rangefinders after originally using Nikon as their manufacturer. The 300 Pro is highlighted by the slope feature, which measures the angle of the incline or decline and automatically calculates the slope adjusted distance. Another top feature is the Pin acquisition technology (P.A.T.), which quickly calculates the pin distance from up to 300 yards away. And the BIRDIE technology “chirps” when you’re locked into the pin. Just a cool feature to separate Callaway from its competition. With 6x magnification and range from 5-1000 yards with +/- 1 yard accuracy, the 300 Pro stacks up with most rangefinders on the market today. It is water and fog proof and measures a compact 4.25 by 3 by 1.75 inches.
6. GolfBuddy LR5 Golf Laser Rangefinder
The GolfBuddy LR5 Golf Laser Rangefinder doesn’t have the bells and whistles like some of the products above, but it certainly gets the job done at a bargain price. It does feature three modes — standard, scan, and pin — which is of immense help when you need to focus in on your target. Standard mode shows the distance to your target. The scan mode continuously scans for 10 seconds with a simple click of a button to show target distances. And the pin mode will scan then show the distance to the closest target. With 6x magnification, the LR5 offers accurate measurements and clear readings and has accuracy to within 1 yard. Other highlights include: water resistance, battery inclusion and a travel case with clip for easy storage when on the course.
7. Premium Golf Rangefinder By SereneLife
If you’re on a budget, but still want to take your game to the next level with a quality rangefinder, then this product from SereneLife could be the one for you. Obviously with a price hovering at $130, you won’t get all the benefits of the Bushnell or Nikon products, but the SereneLife rangefinder certainly has all you need to help improve your game. It has a measuring range of 5.5 to 546.2 yards with a +/- 1 yard accuracy and features 6x magnification. SereneLife’s rangefinder also has a “pin seeker” setting, which is a technology that locks onto the flagstick and quickly calculates the distance. Compact at 4.0 by 1.6 by 2.9 inches, it comes with a carrying case and CR2 (Lithium, 3V) battery.
8. TecTecTec VPRODLX Golf Rangefinder
Here’s TecTecTec‘s second rangefinder to make the list and, once again, it’s a bargain. This version has a measuring range from 5 to 600 yards with 1 yard accuracy. The PinSensor technology is extremely accurate in measuring distance to the flagstick when surrounded by overlapping objects like trees and hazards. The waterproof VPRODLX comes equipped with a carry bag, strap, microfiber cleaning cloth and and a battery. A major plus is the VPRODLX can be had for about $180, which is roughly 55 percent off the MSRP.
Price: $179.99 (55 percent off MSRP)
9. Nikon COOLSHOT 20 Golf Laser Rangefinder
Nikon‘s second COOLSHOT to make this list is also their most compact. Measuring 3.6 by 2.9 by 1.4 inches and weighing just 4.4 ounces, it’s small enough to carry in your pocket. But despite it’s tiny stature, the COOLSHOT 20 offers big-time accuracy. With 6x magnification, you’re also guaranteed to get bright, crystal clear images and precision measurements up to 550 yards. Complete with the First Target Priority technology, the COOLSHOT 20 can quickly and accurately identify the flagstick from background trees and other on-course hazards. The waterproof laser rangefinder also features an 8-second continuous scanning, which quickly measures multiple targets.
10. Breaking 80 IS500 Golf Rangefinder
The budget-friendly Breaking 80 Golf Rangefinder not only keeps the green in your wallet, but it’s precision accuracy will have you hitting more greens on the course. With accurate measurements up to 550 yards, the IS500 features the “flag mode” which is designed to display the closest distance — the pin, for instance — among a group of targets such as background trees or hazards. Compact at 4.0 by 2.9 by 1.4 inches, the Breaking 80 rangefinder comes with a lifetime replacement plan. If it gets damaged for any reason after the 1 year warranty period, it’ll be replaced for $99 (the IS500 model only).
Price: $158.45 (39 percent off MSRP)