What to look for when buying a golf laser rangefinder
Hold up just one second! Before we go on to review our top picks of rangefinders, wouldn’t you like to know how I rated them? Also, what are the aspects that you should keep in mind while trying to purchase one? Don’t worry; buying a laser range finder doesn’t have to be tough, even if you’re a newbie. Here are the following things to keep in mind:
- Ease of use
If you’re new to the world of golf rangefinders, the last thing you’d want is a device that is too complicated to use and get familiar with. Thankfully, most of the products on my list have a broad range of adaptable features like one-button operation, adjustable viewing lens, advanced lock on to targets, slope adjustments, etc.
I can assure you that you’ll find all the products very easy to get used to.
While they are easy to use, you can still have inaccurate measurements if you can’t keep the device steady. If you think this could be a problem for you, see my article on how to keep a golf rangefinder steady.
- Accuracy and distance
The most crucial function of the rangefinder is undoubtedly its ability to measure distance accurately. Unless you have a solid estimation for the yardage required for the next shot, you might as well be shooting in the dark. Luckily, all the models reviewed in my list are highly accurate due to the combination of many advanced technologies.
Nowadays, most top laser rangefinders come with 6-7x magnification and can quickly help you determine the distance between the golf ball and the hole, over 400 yards away. With this kind of advantage by your side, I’m sure your game will become more relaxed in many ways.
- Slope measurement
You’d definitely want to buy a rangefinder with slope measurement if you can afford it. These products not only accurately measure distance but will also let you know if the shot is uphill or downhill. Products that come with the “slope compensation” feature tend to be more on the expensive side, but this feature is deemed to be illegal during tournaments.
- Battery life
Honestly, don’t even worry about battery life. As it so happens, these units come with batteries that can typically last six months to a year. Moreover, some companies also give away free batteries for an entire lifetime (yes!) if you register yourself on their website. Although I do have some doubt on the whole “lifetime battery replacement” claim, it sure does sound good.
- Waterproofing and display technology
It’s never a bad thing to have a rangefinder that is waterproof since you never know when it might start to rain. Now, I know that you can’t be golfing when it’s raining heavily, but sometimes even a few raindrops are enough to cause malfunction. That’s why always check if the product is “waterproof” or “water-resistant.”
Nowadays, golf rangefinders come with displays that show all sorts of stats and settings. In this case, I would advise you to go for something simple if you’re using a rangefinder for the first time. You definitely do not want to get overwhelmed like I did a few times!
I’ve said it time and again that higher price doesn’t equate to higher quality, and for that reason, you should only buy a rangefinder that YOU can afford. Most top-quality models are in the range of $200-$300, but you can find products costing below $150 and over $500 as well (if you try hard enough).
Also, for those of you interested, I made a separate guide on buying the best golf rangefinder on a budget. It should help those looking to save some money while still getting a great product.