The 5 Best Golf Laser Rangefinders to Buy in 2020

Looking for the best golf rangefinders but can’t decide what to pick? Well, your search ends here!

I’ve been using a variety of rangefinders over the past three years, and I can say with complete confidence that there’s more to these units than what meets the eye. 

And if you happen to be a beginner, choosing a product can be especially tricky because there are just so many features and factors to keep in mind. 

So, today I’m going to take you through reviews of my favorite products that you can also use. And I promise that by the end of this guide, you’ll be ready to pick a product without any hesitation.

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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:

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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!

  1. Price

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.

TOP golf laser rangefinders of 2020 reviewed

TecTecTec VPRO500 Laser Range Finder

Okay, if I had to pick one product and declare it the winner, then it would

be the VPRO500 from TecTecTec. Why? Simply because it’s so easy to use! As a
senior architect, I rarely find time to get away from work and add to that a
wife and 2 kids, golfing has now become a thing of leisure. 

So, when I hit the fields, I always make sure to carry equipment that makes
things a little easier. This product is one of those things that’s always in my
bag, and here’s why:

  1. Design

This laser rangefinder feels premium, and you’ll definitely notice the
difference if you’ve used cheaper products before. It has a durable and
water-resistant body that I think is a cut above the competition. And I
especially liked how portable it is, weighing only 185g. Because of the weight,
I can even carry it in my pocket and not notice any significant difference.

  1. Features and performance

I say the VPRO500 is my personal favorite not only because it is sleek and
reliable, but it also comes with a broad range of features that make my game a
lot more “convenient.” This model boasts of measuring up to 540 yards, and I’ve
personally found that to be true to a considerable extent. And it can measure
fast thanks to the pin sensor technology that measures with 1-yard accuracy.

So, even if you want to measure overlapping objects like wooded areas, golf
flags, water hazards, etc. you can do so easily. Don’t know about your area,
but The Dairy State (Wisconsin), has many golf courses that have more “hazards”
than normal grounds. It might sound improbable, but you have to see them to
believe.

  1. Ease of use

Right, I did mention this product is straightforward to use, didn’t I? Well,
the first feature that makes it so is the easy-to-read lens display that shows
distance and battery life. Add to that a continuous measurement mode, which
makes getting yardage in between swings fast and efficient. 

Oh, not to forget the add ons such as carrying pouch, cleaning cloth, strap,
and battery, which makes this an excellent value for money purchase.

Pros
Cons
Weighs only 185g and measures 104x72x41 mm
The brand is not as reputed as Garmin or Bushnell, so I can’t guarantee long term durability
Ultra-clear, premium, multilayered optics
Water and dust-resistant body
Two year TecTecTec Happy Guarantee and lifetime support
Callaway 300 Pro Golf Laser Rangefinder

The Callaway 300 Pro is my second pick due to its simplicity and can be an excellent choice for those who are on a budget. This Laser Rangefinder has plenty of features that I believe are worth admiring, but these are the most prominent benefits:

  1. Design

Like the VPRO500, this one also comes with a sleek and sophisticated body design that makes it stand apart. But it is not only about the looks, the ergonomic soft casing also makes the unit water and fog proof. Don’t believe me? Well, let me tell you that I used it countless times during the foggy winter months, and it has rarely disappointed.

  1. Features and performance

The first feature that I’d like to talk about is the slope feature that measures slope incline/decline and automatically produces an average adjusted range. I can’t begin to explain how many times this has helped me! With 6x magnification, this unit promises to let you see from up to 1000 yards, but I noticed that accuracy does suffer a bit beyond the 600-yard point.

The P.A.T. or Pin Acquisition Technology makes target lock on super easy from a distance as far as 300 yards. Also, there’s a scanning system that will let you mark multiple targets at one go if you want. This product comes second on my list, and not first, is for a particular reason. It is that sometimes I’ve found the accuracy to be off by quite a considerable margin. 

  1. Ease of use

What makes this laser rangefinder easy to use? Well, to be honest, there’s not really anything above ordinary here, but they’re still worth admiring. To start, I’d say that the LCD is easy to read, and the product’s weight itself (198 grams approx) is admirable. Also, this unit is compact, and I take it with me quite frequently these days, and it never feels like a drag.

There’s something called the “birdie” feature that makes a chirping sound (cute!) to confirm the target lock with a flagstick. Awesome, isn’t it?

Pros
Cons
You can measure in both yards and meters
Accuracy can falter once in a while
Comes with CR2 3V lithium battery for long life
The chirp feature is useful, but vibration would’ve been better as I prefer not to alert fellow players
Excellent slope setting that determines incline or decline angle
Ability to turn off the slope measurement
Pin Acquisition Technology that makes quick target lock-on
Bushnell Pro XE Golf Laser Rangefinder

Okay, I’ll be honest with you right now– the Bushnell Pro XE is NOT for everyone. And that is because of its price, which is actually almost double than the products we’ve reviewed above. But does that mean you shouldn’t try it out? Definitely NOT! It is a heck of a product with many features that are well worth the money.

  1. Design

To begin describing this great product, we have to start with its sleek and stylish design, which is far superior to its lower-priced counterparts. It is also fully waterproof like the other models in my list and comes with a rubber-coated metal housing that further adds to the durability. This unit just feels “premium” to both sight and feel, and that’s no easy feat.

  1. Features and performance

The Slope Switch is easily accessible, and even someone who’s not “tech-conscious” can become familiar with it in a short period. Not to mention that the switch is incredibly useful and can make your device legal in tournaments once you press it to turn the slope feature off. 

Thanks to the company’s Slope with the ‘Elements’ feature, you now get the benefits of Temperature and barometric pressure for the most accurate compensated distances. I used this product to measure over 500+ yards, and every time I found it to be dead accurate.

  1. Ease of use

Despite being an expensive model with many advanced features, the one thing that makes this device user-friendly is the PinSeeker with Visual JOLT feature. This ‘Visual JOLT’ adds a vibration with a red ring display that allows the user to know for sure that the unit has got a lock on to the flag. Honestly, this is far better than the “birdie chirping” feature of the Callaway 300.

Oh, and there’s a Built-in BITE Magnetic Cart Mount to attach the device easily on your ride around the field. That’s quite a nice feature put together by Bushnell.

Pros
Cons
Has the highly popular Bushnell Golf App
Expensive
Is completely legal to use in tournaments
JOLT technology is something I admire
Ability to turn off the slope measurement
Up to 7x magnification
Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro Slope Laser Rangefinder

Fourth on my list comes a product that I never intended to try in the first place! A friend of mine lent me The Precision Pro Golf NX7 and asked about my honest opinion, seeing how I keep reviewing golf equipment. And after trying it out a handful of times, I can say that it is worth the money. Here’s everything I like about it.

  1. Design

My first impression of this model wasn’t anything special, honestly. Given how many Rangefinders I’ve used and tested in the past, this product’s design didn’t come off as “extraordinary.” But soon, I learned that it is waterproof and will let us play in less than ideal situations. It is also incredibly portable and is very close to fitting the size of the palm of your hand.

  1. Features and performance

Tom (the friend who lent me this model) couldn’t stop bragging about the slope measuring technology, and I sometimes wondered, “what’s the fuss all about?” Well, he was right because the Adaptive Slope Technology present here is definitely a cut above the rest. It is so accurate and user-friendly that even at my very first try, it felt like I had used it many times before.

This product also offers 6X magnification and has a max capacity of 400-yard, to allow accurate measurements over long distances. What happens if you want to use the unit in a tournament? Well, there’s always the option to turn off slope measurement. This product made selecting clubs so easy for me that I momentarily forgot how it felt doing that.

  1. Ease of use

Like other products on my list, this one also comes with a notification system to confirm lock on to the flag. The Pulse Vibration system does the job well and is just strong enough to grab your attention and not of those around you. Tom doesn’t really care about extra flashiness, and neither do I, so the simplicity and effectiveness of this product just works out for us.

Pros
Cons
Gives quick yardage of the golf ball to the hole
Some reviews say that it cannot detect yellow flags
Displays 1/10-yard measurements and is accurate to one yard
Free Lifetime Battery Replacement
Additional accessories like Carrying case, Lanyard, CR2 3c battery, etc.
Bushnell Tour V4 Shift

Last but not least, I have another product from Bushnell to talk about. And in many ways, this product is great as the Bushnell Pro XE despite being a little cheaper. You can buy this in standard and Bonus slope versions, with the latter offering an additional protective skin. The product I’m reviewing is the standard edition, and I think you should try it for the following reasons.

  1. Design

When it comes to quality and design aesthetics, very few can match Bushnell products. This model is built like a tank…okay, maybe that’s taking it too far, let me try again. This model is built really well and is of the perfect size and weight. The rubber wrap gives a sense of security that I don’t find in other laser rangefinders.

  1. Features and performance

The Jolt function reminds you of the lock on to a flag, even though sometimes it took me a couple of tries to get it to actually work. Accuracy is good as well, and even though I didn’t get enough chances to test its limits, I can say that it measures up to 300 yards really well. I just wish the unit performed equally well in low light and shaded areas. 

  1. Ease of use

What’s especially great about Bushnell laser rangefinders is the fact they’re incredibly easy to use. With 5x zoom and shaky hands, I was still able to get quick-lock on to the targets. You can toggle between slope and no slope, based on your preferences. Honestly, this is one of the best models I’ve ever used in terms of user-friendliness.

Pros
Cons
Very stable and easy to use
Has some issues in low light
Looks good, feels good, and has a rubber wrap for extra durability
PinkSeeker with Jolt technology is convenient

Verdict

Now that you know all about the best golf rangefinders and how to buy the
one right for your needs, go ahead and choose one! All the products I’ve
reviewed here are excellent in their own way and will surely help you take your
golf to the next level. But if you’re still confused about which model to
choose, then let me give you a quick recap of the suggestions.

The TecTecTec VPRO500 would be my first recommendation due to its ideal
blend of useful features and price. The Callaway 300 is the product to pick if
you’re on a tight budget, and the Bushnell Pro XE is perfect if you don’t mind
spending extra to get better durability and few additional advanced features.

The other two products are good as well, and I would recommend them for their
own little quirks. Bottom line: you cannot go wrong with any of these items!

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Joshua Bennes
Joshua Bennes

Hi, I’m Joshua, a full-time architect with a knack for internet marketing. My true passion, however, lies in the golf courts where I visit every chance I get and have been doing so for the past 20 years or so. Using my experience, my goal is to help others select the best golf equipment and become better players.