Among the technological advances that have aided golfers in recent years, few can claim a greater impact on the game as rangefinders. Today’s rangefinders are engineering marvels that allow you to know with great precision just how far you have to your target.


At A Glance: Top 3 Rangefinders


Many of them also allow for slope. That is, elevation changes can affect the functional distance you are facing. Today’s rangefinders can adjust for that. Here are some of the best rangefinders with slope on the market today.

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Bushnell Tour V4 Shift (Slope) Golf Laser Rangefinder
  • Slope can be turned off
  • Alerts when laser hones in on target
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Bushnell Pro X2 Golf Laser Rangefinder
  • Dual display
  • Waterproof case
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Bushnell Pro X7 Golf Laser Rangefinder with JOLT
  • Extremely powerful
  • More precise at closer distances
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Nikon Coolshot Pro Stabilized Golf Rangefinder Standard Version
Best Overall
  • Extremely stable
  • Continuous measurement
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Leupold 2017 GX-5i3 Digital Golf Rangefinder
  • Aids with club recommendations
  • Accuracy to one-tenth of a yard
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TecTecTec VPRO DLXS Slope Rangefinder White
  • Accurate enough to get the job done
  • Long range
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TecTecTec Laser Golf Rangefinder VPRO500S Slope with Battery
  • Two-year guarantee
  • Rainproof
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Precision Pro Golf, NX7 Pro Slope Golf Rangefinder, Laser Range Finder with Pulse Vibration, 400 Yard Range, 6X Magnification, Flag Lock, Slope Measurement, Battery Replacement
Best Mid-Range Option
  • On or off slope function
  • Six times magnification
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Saybien Golf Rangefinder - 500m Water Proof Golf Range Finder - Laser Range Finder - Tournament Legal - Scan Mode - Flag Lock (Black and White)
Great Budget Option
  • Budget price
  • Continuous scan mode
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Top Rangefinders with Slope


Bushnell Tour V4 Shift Slope Patriot Pack

Bushnell Tour V4 Shift (Slope) Golf Laser Rangefinder

This is an all-around terrific performer from a leader in the field. It has a number of nice features.

First is the ability to switch on and off the slope function. This enables you to be in compliance with the rules during tournament play.

Second is what Bushnell calls its JOLT technology. This is a method of alerting the user when the device has locked onto its target. A series of short vibrating bursts lets you know without any doubt.

Third is the app that is included, which gives you 3D flyovers of the course and hole layouts including distances for more than 36,000 courses in 30 countries.

The Tour V4 reaches 400 yards with five times magnification.

Pros

  • Slope can be turned off
  • Alerts when laser hones in on target
  • App is included

Cons

  • May struggle in low light
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Bushnell Pro X2

Bushnell Pro X2 Golf Laser Rangefinder

Unsurprisingly, this rangefinder has plenty in common with the Tour V4.

The slope can be turned on or off to be in compliance with tournament rules. The inclusion of JOLT technology means you get an alert in the form of vibrations that make it abundantly clear when the device has honed in on its target. And you get the phone app included with your purpose.

You may be wondering then, what’s the difference?

The Pro X2 has a dual display. At the press of a button, you can toggle between a vivid red display and sharp black display, depending on your preference. You might find one or the other superior for your needs depending on the lighting you are in.

All of that is included in a waterproof metal case. This is an excellent rangefinder that has all you need.

Pros

  • Dual display
  • Waterproof case
  • Slope can be turned off

Cons

  • Some users complain about it being overly sensitive
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Bushnell Pro X7

Bushnell Pro X7 Golf Laser Rangefinder with JOLT

This is the third and final rangefinder included here from Bushnell. It is also the finest of the bunch.

In addition to its PinSeeker with JOLT tech that you find on other Bushnell models, you have some impressive power in your hands with this unit.

It is accurate to a half-yard, with ranges extending to at least 550 yards for a pin. It has seven times magnification and is waterproof. Little wonder that Bushnell claims this to be the most powerful rangefinder in the world.

Its second generation ESP (Extreme, Speed, Precision) technology allows the rangefinder to hone in on its target faster than ever. And the nearer your target, the more precise it gets. From inside 125 yards, Bushnell claims an accuracy to one-tenth of a yard.

The display is enhanced to improve visual clarity in low light.

It comes with a two-year warranty and a hefty price tag. You do get an awful lot of power for the price, though.

Pros

  • Extremely powerful
  • More precise at closer distances
  • Bright and sharp display

Cons

  • Pricey
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Nikon Coolshot Pro

Nikon Coolshot Pro Stabilized Golf Rangefinder Standard Version

First, let’s admit that this is an expensive rangefinder, coming in at nearly $500. But you do get a beautiful piece of equipment for your money. So if you focus on value instead of price, you might find this one worth the money.

Nikon has been in business for more than century, and has used its camera expertise here to create a remarkably stable rangefinder. That stability goes beyond the viewfinder to include the outbound laser.

That stability is great for the user experience but the internals of this machine also are first-class. A background contrasted display is easy to read in even challenging lighting situations.

Continuous measurement allows you to hone in on distances for multiple objects quickly. And what Nikon calls its LOCKED-ON 2 technology provides a green circle around pins and other targets to distinguish from background objects.

Many rangefinders are waterproof, as is the Coolshot Pro, but few go so far as to be fogproof. A nitrogen-filled chamber accomplishes that feat.

There is little that escaped Nikon’s attention is this rangefinder, possibly the finest on the market.

Pros

  • Extremely stable
  • Continuous measurement
  • Waterproof and fog proof

Cons

  • It’s expensive
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Leupold GX 5i3

Leupold 2017 GX-5i3 Digital Golf Rangefinder

While the Nikon is fog proof, meaning the viewfinder avoids condensation on the inside, Leupold fights a different type of fog, the outside kind that can trip up a rangefinder. Leupold promises its GX 5i3 can fight right through fog to hone in on the target.

It also goes a step farther than many other rangefinders with its club recommendations. Once you enter average distances for a few of your clubs, the GX 5i3 can take that information, add in slope and other environmental factors to recommend the correct club for you. This feature is not allowed in tournament play, but it can be turned on and off.

Leupold’s DNA (Digitally eNhanced Accuracy) promises faster and more accurate readings, correct to one-tenth of a yard, even against challenging backgrounds.

Its Pinhunter laser technology filters out background noise, enabling the device to be even more accurate. The Prism Lock feature alerts you when the rangefinder has found its target.

The GX 5i3 has a two-year warranty and has a range of 450 yards.

Pros

  • Aids with club recommendations
  • Accuracy to one-tenth of a yard
  • Filters out background

Cons

  • Some users questioned reliability
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TecTecTec VPRODLXS

TecTecTec VPRO DLXS Slope Rangefinder White

TecTecTec’s rangefinders are a bit less expensive than some of the others on this list. They can still get the job done, with perhaps a few less bells and whistles.

The VPRODLXS is accurate to within one yard and allows for multiple targets up to a range of 600 yards.

The company lists this product as “rainproof” but not waterproof. It comes with six times magnification to help you zone in on the target.

The slope function can be toggled on or off for conformity to rules.

Pros

  • Accurate enough to get the job done
  • Long range
  • Two-year guarantee

Cons

  • Not as many functions as others
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TecTecTec VPRO500S

TecTecTec Laser Golf Rangefinder VPRO500S Slope with Battery

We include this rangefinder even though there are few differences between this model and the previous one from TecTecTec.

What’s the difference between the VPRO500S and the VPRODLXS? About $20 in price and about 60 yards in range.

This one is the less expensive of the two.

Pros

  • Two-year guarantee
  • Rainproof
  • Pin-Sensor technology

Cons

  • Not very powerful
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Precision Golf NX7 Pro

Precision Pro Golf, NX7 Pro Slope Golf Rangefinder, Laser Range Finder with Pulse Vibration, 400 Yard Range, 6X Magnification, Flag Lock, Slope Measurement, Battery Replacement

Precision’s rangefinder is a nice middle-of-the-road option. It is more affordable than some of the fancier choices, while maintaining enough functionality to get the job done.

You get a slope feature that can be turned off for tournament play. The device yields yardage results quickly with six times magnification.

Other pluses include a lifetime battery replacement, two-year warranty, and a trade-in allowance.

Now for the areas where it falls short.

The range is 400 yards, shorter than most. It is merely water-resistant, not waterproof. It is not quite as accurate as some other rangefinders.

Still, those shortcomings are hardly deal breakers for most golfers.

Pros

  • On or off slope function
  • Six times magnification
  • Lifetime battery replacement

Cons

  • Not as many options as others
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Saybien Golf

Saybien Golf Rangefinder - 500m Water Proof Golf Range Finder - Laser Range Finder - Tournament Legal - Scan Mode - Flag Lock (Black and White)

Here is another budget option that will prove to be robust enough for many golfers.

It has continuous scan mode and slope mode, which can be turned off for tournament play. It has six times magnification with a 2mm objective lense, offering a clear picture.

The body is made of durable rubber and is fairly lightweight.

The Flag Lock feature identifies the flag instead of the trees behind the green.

Pros

  • Budget price
  • Continuous scan mode
  • Durable body

Cons

  • Lacks robust functionality
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For many years, golfers had to rely on yardage markers in the fairway to get yardages to the pin.

Just about any rangefinder with slope will allow you to turn on and off the slope function. The reason for that is, while rangefinders are now legal for play, the slope function is not.

For most golfers, that really doesn’t matter. For recreational play, just leave the slope function working and enjoy the modern convenience.

Rangefinder Components

Aside from the slope function, most rangefinders share some aspects in common.

The range for each will vary, generally from 400 yards and up. Obviously, this is fine for your next shot, as not even the longest hitters will find targets farther away than 400 yards. Still, you might want to plan your hole by knowing the complete distance on your target line. If that’s the case, choose a rangefinder than extends up to 600 yards or so.

The display should be well lit and easy to read. You might think this is something every rangefinder manufacturer would know and follow, but there is a distinct difference between the best and the worst. Like other devices that have a display, such as a watch, condensation inside the display can be a killer.

Magnification is a personal choice, but it should be enough for you to see clearly. Most rangefinders have a magnification of six times or greater.

Most, if not all, rangefinders have some way of alerting you when the distance is figured. Typically, this will come in the form of an audio alert, such as a beep. It might otherwise be a vibration.

Stability is a big plus for a rangefinder. These are handheld devices. Some of us have steadier hands than others, but you want to have a rangefinder that will give you a helping hand. This is one area where the better rangefinders will really stand out.

The case for your rangefinder needs to be sturdy enough to handle the rigors of outdoor use. Although golf is hardly a contact sport, chances are the rangefinder will find itself being jostled about quite a bit, and even occasionally being dropped to the ground. Rubber, hard plastic, and metal can all be good choices.

Similarly, you want a device that can handle a variety of weather conditions. It should perform in both hot and cold situations. Rain, of course, can be a killer if your rangefinder is not waterproof. Be careful, since the terms waterproof and water resistant are not interchangeable.

Accuracy may not matter as much to you unless you are an excellent golfer. Some devices are accurate to within a yard, while others claim accuracy down to one-tenth of a yard. You should test the device to know that it meets your accuracy requirements.

Recommendation

Rarely is there such clarity when making this sort of recommendation, but the Nikon Coolshot Pro stands out above the crowd in this category.

Yes, it is more expensive than other rangefinders. But the quality you get is such that it still holds value. While awards can be deceiving, the Coolshot Pro has earned its distinctions from a variety of sources. The superior craftsmanship make this rangefinder the best in the business.

What really stands out here is the remarkable stability. Nikon has invested decades in the technology in its cameras and other equipment that it has applied here to overcome hand movements. It is likely the most accurate rangefinder on the market, so much so that it can determine a distant object within less than two yards from 1,000 yards away.

While you may never need a distance of 1,000 yards, that still indicates the quality of this machine.

It is not just stable, but fast and accurate. That helps speed up play. The Nikon Coolshot Pro is worth every penny.