Best Golf Rangefinder (updated November 2017)

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A great golf rangefinder can make it or break it on the green. It doesn’t really matter if you are a beginner or a more seasoned golf player, a great rangefinder will make an impact in your performance. Because of that we looked into finding the best ones for you.

Important things to consider when looking for a golf rangefinder:
– Responsive
– Easy to aim
– Fast to acquire pin target (rain or shine)
– Easy to read
– Uncomplicated
– Accurate
– Weatherproof

Bushnell Tour v3 Slope
Scan
1,000 yards
Flag
300 yards
Lens
5x / 24mm
Battery
1 Lithium Metal
Slope
Yes
Tech
– Pin Seeker
– Jolt Vibration
Tournament
No
Warranty
2-year
Size
4.1 x 10.9 x 7.1 cm
Weight
186 g
Price
$$$$
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Leupold Gx-4Ia2 Rangefinder
Scan
1,000 yards
Flag
450 yards
Lens
6X
Battery
CR-2 Lithium
Slope
Yes
Tech
– Digitally Enhanced Accuracy
– Pin hunter 2
– Prism Lock
Tournament
Yes (with chrome faceplate)
Warranty
2 Year
Size
4.2 x 3.0 x 1.4 in
Weight
7.9 oz
Price
$$$$
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TecTecTec VPRO500S Slope
Scan
540 yards
Flag
200 yards
Lens
6x
Battery
CR2 3 Volt Lithium
Slope
Yes
Tech
– FLAGSEEKER Advanced PinSensor
Tournament
No
Warranty
30 Day Money Back Guarantee
2 YEAR Manufacturer Warranty
Size
Weight
Price
$$
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Nikon COOLSHOT 20
Scan
550 yards
Flag
Lens
6x
Battery
CR2 3 Volt Lithium
Slope
No
Tech
– First Target Priority
Tournament
Yes
Warranty
2 years
Size
3.6 x 1.5 x 2.9 in
Weight
4.4 oz
Price
$$
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TecTecTec VPRO500
Scan
540 yards
Flag
Lens
Battery
CR2
Slope
No
Tech
– Pinsensor

Tournament
Yes
Warranty
2 years
Size
104 x 72 x 41 mm
Weight
185g
Price
$
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Bushnell Tour v3
Scan
1,000 yards
Flag
300 yards
Lens
5x / 24mm
Battery
3-volt battery
Slope
No
Tech
– PinSeeker
– JOLT
Tournament
Yes
Warranty
2 year
Size
4.3 × 2.8 × 1.6 in
Weight
Price
$$$$
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Breaking 80
Scan
1,000 yards
Flag
550 yards
Lens
Battery
CR2 3
Slope
No
Tech
Tournament
Yes
Warranty
Unlimited
Size
Weight
Price
$
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Bushnell Tour Z6 Jolt
Scan
1,300 yards
Flag
450+ yards
Lens
6x
Battery
CR2
Slope
No
Tech
– Pin Seeker

– JOLT

– 2nd generation E.S.P.

– Vivid Display Technology
Tournament
Yes
Warranty
2 year
Size
Weight
Price
$$$
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Halo XL450
Scan
450 yards
Flag
Lens
6x
Battery
1 CR2
Slope
No
Tech
– AI
Tournament
Yes
Warranty
1 year
Size
8.5 x 2.5 x 6.5 in
Weight
0.3 oz
Price
$
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Callaway Golf Diablo Octane
Scan
550 yards
Flag
Lens
6x
Battery
CR2
Slope
No
Tech
– fogproof
Tournament
Yes
Warranty
1 year
Size
Weight
Price
$$
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Callaway Golf Diablo Octane Rangefinder Review

Callaway Golf Diablo Octane Rangefinder Review

Callaway Golf Diablo Octane Rangefinder

The Callaway Golf Diablo Octane Rangefinder is the second rangefinder we review today that is produced by Nikon. If there is to chose one great thing about the Nikon products, it’s the optics. They really have the best lenses in the world.

This 6x monocular comes in a compact format, with folded rubber eyecup so the sun won’t bother you in extreme bright days. The diopter for focusing works wonders. It’s simple to use, one press of the button will give you 8 seconds of continuous readings to up to 550 yards. It’s rainproof so if you catch a rain on the course you can continue with winning strikes.

First Target Priority mode help you target the bunker or the flag without the trees in the background. As the name says, it reads the first object it encounters. We believe that is also very useful for hunters to measure the distance to the prey. It’s even more useful for hunting since is filled with nitrogen gas and that will keep away the lens for fogging on cold days so you can make very precise measurements no matter what.

The slim-stratic sleeve comes with a carabiner for easy attach to your jacket or bags.

It’s easy to use, fast and accurate and the optics are nothing short of amazing. Because is lightweight and compact can be used easily by both men and women or even kids. Because portability is key, here or any other sports, being able to carry this around everywhere makes it a great rangefinder to have.

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Pros

  • The most appreciated: fogproof
  • Superior Nikon Optics for crisp, clear images
  • easy to attach to bags or clothes
Cons

  • The biggest complaint: possible oil leak issues
  • make sure it ships with a carrying case

Halo XL450 Review

Halo XL450 Review

Halo XL450

The name of this Halo XL450 rangefinder instantly reminded us of a video game. It comes with four modes, yards normal and with AI and meters and meters with AI. Reads up to 500 yards though anything over 200 it will take longer to get an accurate reading. It’s not just this model but something that happens with all compact rangefinders. Still, this will help more than a GPS watch.

Push and release the button to get a single reading or continuously get the distance by pressing and holding the button. It’s simple like that. It also have slope compensation so if the course is hilly this will definitely help you getting the true range so you can play with the proper club. However like any other rangefinder with degree calculation Halo XL450 is not legal for competitions.

Take it with you, rain or shine, it’s waterproof. It’s very light and convenient to carry around on the golf range. You might as well completely forget you have it in your pocket. Comes with 1 year warranty.

Can be used for hunting as well. Just center the prey in the lens square and get the distance and the slope compensation in no time. The battery lasts long and the auto shutdown helps with that though some people may find annoying the fact that it auto turns off quite fast.

Halo-XL450 lenses provide a clear image and the measurements are accurate. You can test this anytime against a Bushnell and you will see how close they are. However the laser doesn’t seem that sensitive so it may take a couple of tries to get a reading. Despite the fact that the lenses are bright, this rangefinder is not that that great in low light conditions. Also the display can be a bit hard read in extreme light conditions like in a very bright day or when the target is in the shades since the measurements are in black.

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Pros

  • The most appreciated: the slope measurements are fast and precise
  • reads up to 500 yards
  • very light in hand
Cons

  • The biggest complaint: the display is sometimes hard to read based on the light
  • auto shuts down to fast
  • the battery might be hard to install

Bushnell Tour Z6 Jolt Rangefinder Review

Bushnell Tour Z6 Jolt Rangefinder Review

Bushnell Tour Z6 Jolt Rangefinder

If some rangefinders can read up to 800-1,000 yards, Bushnell Tour Z6 Jolt Rangefinder can read up to 1,300 yards with a whooping reading up to 450 yards to the flag. We don’t know about you but we are rubbing our hand, we are ready to golf!

Comes with a crystal clear 6x magnification multi-coated lens, it’s rainproof and most important is legal for tournaments. The display is crisp and clear due to the 2nd generation E.S.P. technology. It’s delivered with a class 1 laser the same one as for other rangefinders. It has Pin Seeker to find the pin easy and fast, then it locks in and gives you a vibration confirmation with the JOLT function. The range appears almost instant so you can get readings right off the golfing cart.

It fits in the hand and can be easily carried around in the pocket or in the rugged carrying care it comes with. It’s accurate and it has a long lasting battery.

As for all the rangefinders we review, you may find it difficult to find flags over 200 yards. As we noted before, the main flaw of small and light rangefinders is the stability so beware you may need to try multiple times in order to get a reading if your target is far away. The best thing about Bushnell Tour Z6 Jolt Rangefinder is that it comes with a red lens and that helps a lot.

Bushnell Tour Z6 Jolt Rangefinder can be used for bow hunting or rifle hunting if this is your thing – the case can be easily attached to your hunting jacket through a carabiner. The slope calculator will help you with the degree adjustment so you can get your prey successfully. Or if your plan is to drop a couple of strokes per round, this rangefinder might be the right one for you.

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Pros

  • The most appreciated: jolt vibration is perfect for confirming you are on the pin
  • extremely accurate
  • long lasting battery
Cons

  • The biggest complaint: Unreliable for over 200 yards to the flag
  • it might get confused with tree or shnning objects
  • the booklet could have been more clear

Breaking 80 Golf Rangefinder Review

Breaking 80 Golf Rangefinder Review

Breaking 80 Golf Rangefinder

Breaking 80 Golf Rangefinder might be the first rangefinder that comes with a lifetime warranty. We saw 1 or 2 years warranty for rangefinders but this brings the game to a new level. It also comes with 60 days money back no questions asked. We loved it!

If you ever wondered if you have the right club, this rangefinder with the 550 yards distance reading will make sure you do. It’s easy as a point and shoot. Nothing complicated, it just gets the job done.

It’s 4 inches long, 2.9 high and 1.4 wide so it will fit easily in any bag. The flag mode is designed to show the closest object distance so the only thing you have to do is locating the flag, the bunker or whatever you need to measure, point at it and you will have the distance in a second. Just press and hold the button until you get the reading and you are good to pick the right club and swing.

It comes with a rubbery body, in two colors, orange and black. It looks really good and you also don’t have to be worried about forgetting it in the golf cart. The battery can last you up to six months of use easily if you play a couple of times a week or at least 50-60 rounds.

It ships with a cloth padded carrying pouch and we recommend you keeping the rangefinder in after using it to prevent scratches or banging it inadvertently when playing.

It does not vibrate when you scan a target but the price is really sweet, only 160 dollars at the time of this review so you may wanna chose this over a double or triple priced one.

All in one, Breaking 80 Golf Rangefinder can compare easily with Bushnell or any other top rangefinders if you take off the bells and whistles and only look for an accurate range finder that works fast and has a great battery life.

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Pros

  • The most appreciated: lifetime warranty cannot be beaten
  • great price for a simple but reliable rangefinder
  • looks great
Cons

  • The biggest complaint: a hard case makes more sense for rangefinders
  • not that stable

Bushnell Tour v3 Laser Rangefinder Review

Bushnell Tour v3 Laser Rangefinder Review

Bushnell Tour v3 Laser Rangefinder

Bushnell is one of the top companies producing sports equipment and their rangefinders are top of the line.

Bushnell Tour v3 Laser Rangefinder comes with a compact ergonomically body, easy to use with one hand and with a 5 times magnification 24 mm objective that operates up to 1,000 yards, 300 yards to the flag. What we liked a lot about this is the vibrations feedback (JOLT technology) when it locks on the flag so if for whatever reason you don’t see clear through the lens, you feel it in your hand and that reassures you you’ve got the correct measurement.

The class 1 laser provides a 1 +/- yard accuracy and comes with a 2-year warranty, the same as we saw with TecTecTec. We liked the Scan mode that continuously scans and measures the distance as you move the rangefinder. Really useful when you try to get readings other than just the flag. As with the other rangefinders we review today, Bushnell Tour v3 Laser Rangefinder can be successfully used for bow or riffle hunting as well.

If you don’t like having stuff in your pockets and don’t want this in your pocket, it comes with a carrying case and it slips easily in and out for fast use. It has a rubbery grip so it won’t sleep off your hands. What this rangefinder has that other may not is the compensated swing yardage which basically calculates the slope for you and puts the elevated or downhill targets into equation. But the best part truly is that despite the compensation measurement, you can take Bushnell Tour v3 Laser Rangefinder to tournaments play.

Great performance, ergonomic design and nice solid feel in hand. Weather proof, use it rain or shine. The 3 volt battery gives you over 30 rounds of continuous play. Probably the most overrated thing is the autonomy but what is better than being able to play for a long time without being worried, the rangefinder will run out of juice? 30 cannot be beaten that easily.

All in one, Bushnell Tour v3 Laser Rangefinder gives you what you need. It’s dependable on all counts being easy to use, accurate, fast and running long on a single battery. The uphill / downhill compensation and the fact that you can score with it at competitions makes it a great friend to have around.

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Pros

  • The most appreciated: tournament legal elevation compensation reading
  • fast, accurate, easy to use
  • feels great in hand
Cons

  • The biggest complaint: doesn’t come with a strap
  • like other light-weighted rangefinders you may need steady hands

TecTecTec VPRO500 Golf Rangefinder Review

TecTecTec VPRO500 Golf Rangefinder Review

TecTecTec VPRO500 Golf Rangefinder

TecTectec is a family owned manufacturer of cameras, hunting and leisure sports products like laser rangefinders. The rangefinders produced by TecTecTec are lightweight, usually weather resistant, durable and easy to depend on, coming with 2 years or more of warranty.

TecTecTec VPRO500 Golf Rangefinder is a compact rangefinder that can be used easily for rifle or bow hunting as well. It’s a small, easy to carry on rangefinder, measuring only 104 x 72 x 41 mm and weights 185g. You can put it basically in your pocket and forget about it when you don’t need it.

The pinsensor technology provides a fast and accurate measurement of targets up to 540 yards. It’s really easy to use, just point and press the button. The clear 6x magnification coated multilayered lens offers various information like the distance to the flag within one yard true measurement precision. It has a diopter adjustment so it got you covered if you use eyeglasses. The lens also shows the battery meter which is handy especially when planning a whole day or even multiple days of golf or hunting.

It has three different scanning modes and a measurement locking function to easy lock on the flag for accurate reading and keep other things like trees off the way. It’s also impressively fast, returning the yardage pretty quick. To get the pin, switch to pin mode to show the flag. Just for distance reading, point to the flag on the green and press the power mode.

The full package contains a premium shock-resistant carrying pouch with a strap which is not something everyone offers these days, a CR2 battery, a cloth for cleaning and of course the user manual which is simple enough for easy understanding. If you don’t want to carry it in the holster like you would carry a camera, you can easy slip it in your pocket. It’s really portable for such a handy tool.

I don’t know if you can call it a downside but it only comes in a black color. Since the carts interior are usually black it may be easy to forget it in the cart and lose it. Also because is so small and light, you may need a steady hand when trying to get the flag reading otherwise it may feel a bit shaky and it may be harder to get a reading.

It does a great job in finding the flag, reading accurately the distance and is fast. It doesn’t have any complicated menus to get lost into and it has enough battery to make you forget when did you change it last time. All in one, TecTecTec VPRO500 Golf Rangefinder is a great one to have at hand when needed. It compares easily with all top contenders. If you need a rangefinder and don’t want to break the bank this one has all the bells and whistles of the big boys without being expensive. Check it out.

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Pros

  • The most appreciated: Lightweight, fast, accurate
  • Pocket size
  • Bright lenses
  • 2-year warranty
Cons

  • The biggest complaint: only black color, easy to forget it in the cart, try changing the strap to a more vivid color
  • Needs steady hands

Nikon COOLSHOT 20 Golf Laser Rangefinder (US Version) Review

Nikon COOLSHOT 20 Golf Laser Rangefinder (US Version) Review

Nikon COOLSHOT 20 Golf Laser Rangefinder (US Version)

Measuring 3.6 x 1.5 x 2.9 inches and weighting only 4.5 ounces, Nikon COOLSHOT 20 Golf Laser Rangefinder might be one of the smallest and most compact rangefinders we ever saw. It is in fact the most compact model of rangefinders from Nikon. Coming with a clear 6x monocular lens and reading up to 550 yards using the First Target Priority technology that quickly scans and identifies differentiating the flag from the background, this rangefinder it’s just impressive. The 8 seconds window for scanning helps especially when the weather conditions are not ideal, giving you more time to find the flag and lock on it. All you need to do is press and release the power button and it will automatically scan for you.

First Target Priority helps you find the flag stick when there are no reflectors, where you have trees, objects or people in the background and it helps in low light, rain or other bad weather conditions. It’s obviously weatherproof so you can take it with you anywhere, rain or shine.

Nikon takes pride into their lenses so expect this rangefinder to offer a clear, sharp and bright sight no matter what. There are ofcourse other rangefinders over there with red optics or so that can pick up on the elevation change and wind but Nikon COOLSHOT 20 Golf Laser Rangefinder offers almost as much as a top expensive one does so why spending double or triple the money on something that offers pretty much the same thing?

Nikon COOLSHOT 20 Golf Laser Rangefinder picks up fast on targets though sometimes it may measure first the distance to the tree behind, the pond in front of the green or the bunker edge instead of the flag, more often when your hands are shaky.

While with Nikon COOLSHOT 20 Golf Laser Rangefinder you can pick easy on anything closer than 150 yards, it may be difficult to get accurate readings or even o lock in the flag when the distance is higher. Is not necessarily a problem with this rangefinder but most likely with all one-hand compact rangefinders. Because of the light weight you need steady hands, the bigger the distance the more steadier you need to hold the rangefinder.

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Pros

  • The most appreciated: beautiful clear and sharp lens
  • Fast reading
  • First Target Priority comes in handy
Cons

  • The biggest complaint: so small that steady hands is a must for targets over 150 yards
  • may take multiple readings to get the flag reading right

TecTecTec VPRO500S Slope Golf Rangefinder Review

TecTecTec VPRO500S Slope Golf Rangefinder Review

TecTecTec VPRO500S Slope Golf Rangefinder Review

Best price

As you can see, TecTecTec has multiple entries in our top 10 best golf rangefinders and it’s for a reason. They are really great at providing rangefinders that work well, are dependable and last standing.

TecTecTec VPRO500S Slope Golf Rangefinder comes with a 6x multi coating lens magnification, measuring up to 540 yards with various modes like Scan and Flagseeker with its Advanced PinSensor Technology modes which you may use the most but also the Slope mode with the PinSlope technology which is a great one to have in any occasion – where there are bunkers there are slopes and we don’t know any golf courses without bunkers.

You can hit the ball with the right club after measuring the right trajectory with the Slope Mode. It measures the distance based on the incline or decline. This combined with the PinSlope that helps eliminating the noise like the background trees or people gives you an accurate reading of the pin on the green.

Something notable about this rangefinder is the pan feature which make it easier to find the pin when your hands are shaky. If you compare with Bushnell it may appear Bushnell has a slight edge over TecTecTec but if you look furthermore if you get to the money part you may be more inclined to go with TecTecTec VPRO500S Slope Golf Rangefinder since the differences may not justify the double price you would pay for Bushnell.

Advanced PinSensor Technology is durable, made of high quality materials, offering a clear sight. Comes packaged with a nice case, strap, microfiber cloth, a battery and one year warranty.

All in one, TecTecTec VPRO500S Slope Golf Rangefinder is easy to use, accurate and the pin mode and the slope technology with degree of slope and slope based distance parameters, makes this a tool to always have with you when you need fast and precise distance measurements. Don’t get fooled by price. While it may be half or more cheaper than other guys, TecTecTec VPRO500S Slope Golf Rangefinder makes a great content to the top of our list.

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Pros

  • The most appreciated: the slope measurement technology
  • fast
  • easy to use
Cons

  • The biggest complaint: too light for shaky hands to get easy measurements
  • hard to lock on on flag sometimes

Leupold Gx-4Ia2 Rangefinder Review

Leupold Gx-4Ia2 Rangefinder Review

Leupold Gx-4Ia2 Rangefinder

Best value

Leupold is another compact rangefinder suitable for both golf and hunting. Has a total line of sight up to 700 yards with a 6x magnification and up to 450 yards to the pin. Some of the technologies used are: PinHunter, High-performance DNA (Digital Enhanced Accuracy), TGR (True Golf Range) and Smart Key. They may sound like just another made up names but we assure you, they aren’t just some names in the specs. Let’s see what each of this does.

The PinHunter is, as may guess related to the pin. It uses a laser that basically scans permanently for the pin until it finds it and locks on it. This rangefinder specifically uses PinHunter 2 which is the newest version of it at the time of this review.

High-performance DNA stands for Digital Enhanced Accuracy makes the distance reading fast and acurate in combinations with Prism Lock Technology. When you are battling others for the first place, the last thing you need is something to hold you back. The measurement can be done to the pin, bunker, trees or whatever else you need the distance to.

The True Golf Range, in short TGR provides more useful information regarding the range combined with your personal preferences. Add the Club Selector for a true recommendation for the club to be used and it will make you become a golf master in no time.

Leupold GX-4iA2 Golf Rangefinder features a brights vivid red OLED display and multi coated lenses for improved clarity. When you first time use it, it’s almost too much information but you will quickly get used to it and appreciate all the little extra info this rangefinder gives you.

Can be used at tournaments when local rules are in effect as per United States Golf Association, rule 14-3/0.5. When permitted you will have to replace the gold smart key place with the chrome one. This way the TGR and the Club Selector won’t be accessible anymore so you are left with the range finder functions.

It features a quick set menu with 3 selectable aiming reticles. Comes with a fold down rubber eyecups, similar with what you see in binoculars. It also ships with a CR-2 battery. Everything fits nicely into a well made cordura case.

It’s quite small measuring 4.2 x 3.0 x 1.4 in. Weights 7.9 ozs. Leupold gives a 2 year warranty which is always good to have and a great sign this is built to last.

Being quick, easy to use and carrying this much technology may make you forget the money you spend on it. It may be not as fast as Bushnell but it come pretty close and the lenses used are really great.

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Pros

  • The most appreciated: easy convertible to tournament use by switching to the chrome plate
  • True Golf Range and other great features
  • feels great in hand, fast and accurate
Cons

  • The biggest complaint: it doesn’t always fast snap to the pin
  • the top button feels stiff and might be hard to use by women
  • too much information that may feel overwhelming at the beginning

Bushnell Tour v3 Slope Laser Rangefinder Review

Bushnell Tour v3 Slope Laser Rangefinder Review

Bushnell Tour v3 Slope Laser Rangefinder

Editor choice

Single handed operated, Bushnell Tour v3 Slope Laser Rangefinder calculates both the actual yardage and the adjusted yardage due to the slope calculator, +/-1 deg of angle. The slope calculator will help you chose the type of club based on the projected ball trajectory.

It uses pin seeker and jolt for lock confirmation. Has a compact ergonomically design and it will find objects for you up to 1,000 yards, up to 300 yards to flag. Provides almost instant target acquisition and very fast distance readings. The 24mm lens has a 5x magnification and is equipped with a class 1 laser with less than 0.5nW average power output.If you are looking for something to ramped up your game, this rangefinder can easily brush off a couple of good strokes.It's shipped with a carrying case, which we wish it was a hard case and a 3 volt battery which will last you over 20 rounds of golf, more than 2k readings. As for other Bushnell rangefinders we review today, this comes with a 2 year warranty.Bushnell Tour v3 Slope Laser Rangefinder is easy to use, light but with a good grip, fitting right in your hand. If you have steady hands you shouldn’t have any issues finding the flag. The jolt technology is a must have but beware to lock on the flag and not on another object.

The view through the lens is bright and crisp and we noticed how easy is on the eyes, no strains or other issues.

If you are looking for a rangefinder to count on, responsive, easy to use, great for yardage compensation, this one may be for you. It’s nothing sophisticated about, it’s just doing the job.

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Pros

  • The most appreciated: the Jolt technology makes this rangefinder such a must have
  • instant lock on the target
  • continuous distance reading
Cons

  • The biggest complaint: the reading may appear to simplified
  • the battery cover may need screwed in from time to time
  • by pressing the button for too long or repeatedly you may end up with menu changes you don’t want, always have a manual at hand
  • like any other slope version of rangefinder, this is not legal for tournaments

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