For most golfers, a rangefinder can be one of the most useful and impactful tools on the course. Rangefinders are simple to use and can keep the pace of play moving along, while potentially helping shave some strokes off your game.
But not all rangefinders are created equally. There are so many options out there that it can be difficult to narrow down the one that will work best for your needs. So we bought them all and did some in-depth testing to come up with our recommendations for the best golf rangefinders in 2022.
Until we got our hands on each of these rangefinders, it was hard to gauge how different each of these products are. Every model has a feature or functionality that really helps it stand out. Read on to get more detailed look at what each of these golf rangefinders has to offer, but for those looking for a quick recommendation, here you go!
It may not surprise you to see the Bushnell name on the list of best golf rangefinders a second time. The Tour V5 Shift was our editor’s pick. Although the technology and high-end features of the Pro XE put it at the top of the list, the Tour V5 was not very far behind. When you consider the fact that this model is also priced better, it’s an excellent second place choice.
The Bushnell Tour V5 Shift is a tournament legal rangefinder that will easily allow you to turn the slope on and off. This is a slightly smaller model than the Pro XE that also fits easily in your hands.
Bottom Line: A very fast and straightforward rangefinder with impressive quality and performance.
The features, functionality, optics, and overall accuracy of the Bushnell Pro XE really helped move this model to the top. Of course, you will have to pay for the quality you get with Bushnell, but it is well worth it if you play a lot of golf.
The Bushnell Pro XE has a new Slope With Elements technology that will give you your yardage, taking into consideration the change in elevation, barometric pressure, and even the wind. This can be a game-changer for playing in the elements or on a track your less familiar with.
Bottom Line: If money ain’t a thing, this is the best overall rangefinder you can get.
The Precision Pro NX7 is a great little range for a great little price. Rangefinders can get really expensive, and then there are some super cheap options that are honestly not even worth trying. The Precision Pro NX7 is the best value because it is a good mix of performance and value.
Another great thing about the Precision Pro NX7 is that it has slope technology. Most rangefinders with slope are going to have a much higher price point. The NX7 has flag lock technology that helped us lock into the pin, even when our hand was a bit shaky.
Bottom Line: Golfers looking for an excellent rangefinder for a fair price will enjoy all that the Precision Pro NX7 has to offer.
Does the Garmin Z82 even belong on this list? It’s debatable because it more than just a rangefinder. It’s a highly advanced computer-rangefinder hybrid that has both laser and GPS technology. Unlike other hybrid models on the market, when you look through the scope of the Z82, you can see information that you would typically see on a GPS unit.
Knowing the exact location of the pin, plus the front of the green and back of the green, can help golfers narrow down the club they need for their golf shot. There are very useful features here like Find My Garmin and while the optics are actually through a screen, the Z82 offers a wealth of knowlege about your next shot.
Bottom Line: If you like technology and can’t decide between a GPS and a rangefinder, this is the perfect option.
When you take a company that has built their business on having the best lenses in the industry, and you task them with creating a rangefinder, the Nikon CoolShot is the result. The Nikon CoolShot takes a bit of time and patience to set up, but once you have things rolling, the optics are better than any other rangefinder I tried.
I also like the rangefinder because it is small, lightweight, and has some really cool stabilization tech. If only It had a built-in magnet, it would have found it’s way into my bag!
Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a crystal clear rangefinder with great graphic overlays, the Nikon Coolshot is a perfect solution.
The GoGoGo GS-24 is a kind of a steal for the pricepoint. It’s not the prettiest and it’s a little bulky, but what this model offers for the price makes it hard to ignore on this list.
The GoGoGo GS-24 has slope technology and a built in magnet(what more do you need?!). In addition, we love the fact that this is powered by Triple A batteries. Triple A is easier to find and cheaper than the typical lithium rangefinder batteries.
Bottom Line: Golfers that want all the basic features for a great price should run to the GoGoGo GS-24.
While not our top spot for “budget,” the TecTecTec VPRO500 had enough to like to earn a spot on this list. The enhanced pin finder technology from TecTecTec will help you lock in on your target and ensure that you have things lined up exactly as they should be.
The TecTecTec VPRO500 is a very basic model that will work for both hunting and golfing. It does not have slope technology, but the accuracy is quite good and gives you quick yardage.
Bottom Line: Golfers that like simplicity for a fair price will enjoy the TecTecTec VRPO500.
If you’re one to play through the elements and are looking for a good value range, then give the Precision Pro NX9 a look. Luckily this is a water-resistant golf rangefinder that is durable and has all the features you will need, including slope.
The NX9 Slope does have a built in magnet to help make it easier to use the rangefinder. In addition, Precision Pro will provide lifetime battery replacement for this product. Overall, it’s not as sleek or feature rich as a Bushnell or Nikon, but it certainly has the durability and water resistance that you need as a golfer.
Bottom Line: Golfers that play often and want a rangefinder that will hold up through rough days on the course will like the Precision Pro NX9.
Blue Tees is an up-and-coming golf rangefinder brand that has made quite an impact in the market. Overall the look and marketing surrounding the Blue Tees brand add to the exerperience. The Series 2 Pro will also get you all the same, basic features of other standard rangefinders
It does not come with a built-in magnet, but does have a strap that accompanies the Blue Tees Series 2 to help with that. This isn’t ideal and makes it less sleek looking but for a quick read, accurate number, and fair pricing, this is a good option.
Bottom Line: If you want to be the cool kid on the golf course, the Blue Tees Series 2 is a great choice; clean looking design with accuracy and durability.
Now that you have our picks for the best rangefinders of 2022, it’s time to narrow down exactly how you can choose one of these models from another. We were lucky enough to test each one out, but that can obviously be costly and time-consuming. However, there are some key features that you will have to decide on as a customer to see if a rangefinder is a good fit for your needs.
The construction of the rangefinder will include its durability as well as its size. Golfers that play a lot of will like a rangefinder that has a durable outer case. This case will ensure that if the rangefinder is tossed on the seat of the cart or falls to the ground after reading, it will still make it to the next round of golf.
In addition, there is some variation in the size of these products. For instance, as much as we love the Bushnell Pro XE, but it feels substantial. If you prefer a lighter weight, smaller option there are some great alternatives.
Like all golf technology, some rangefinders are easy to use, and others require some time spent with the owner’s manual. The golf rangefinder is typically easier to use than a GPS as it is a simpler device. However, players still need to consider ease of use when shopping for the rangefinder.
If you are not a really techie person, think about going with a cheap point and shoot model that has fewer features and functionality; in the end, it may be better than the expensive options on the market.
Looking through a rangefinder to find a target should not be difficult. Players will not want to feel as though they are squinting and trying to find the target. The magnification, as well as the clarity, are important factors to consider.
For players that wear glasses or have difficulty with eyesight, it’s really important to keep advanced optics at the top of your list of qualifications and features that you may want.
The price of a golf rangefinder will range in price from around $100 to more than $400. The price of the rangefinder you purchase will likely come down to how you budget personally, but there is another important factor here.
If you are a golfer that plays twice a year and you purchase a $400 rangefinder, the value is not really there. However, if you play golf three times a week and purchase a $400 rangefinder, it was likely well worth the money that you paid for it.
Years ago, golfers had to pay quite a bit extra to have the slope feature in their rangefinder. However, as times have changed, the slope functionality has become more affordable and is now easier for rangefinder manufacturers to include in their base models.
Slope is a great feature to have as it can give you more details about the hole you are playing. However, if your golf rangefinder has slope, just be sure that you can turn it off. Slope is not allowed in a tournament, and therefore, the ability to turn it off makes your rangefinder more versatile.
Most rangefinders come with a warranty. The warranty is typically one to two years, and this is an important feature. We highly recommend looking at the quality of the case that comes with the rangefinder your purchase; if it isn’t a great quality case, think about purchasing an additional one. Most golfers come across issues with the rangefinder when they store it in their bag, especially for extended periods.
When we first started this rangefinder testing, we figured there would be some tough-to-beat brands. Now that all is said and done and we have had these rangefinders in play for several months, there definitely are some standouts. However, it really comes down to your personal needs. As rangefinders continue to get more popular and grab a larger market share, it will be interesting to see how the top brands retain their position.