If you’re a dedicated golf player and want to up your game, you’ve probably considered getting a laser golf rangefinder to help you adjust the force behind your strokes to the distance between you and the hole. The problem: there are tons of rangefinders, so how are you supposed to pick the best golf rangefinder for your game? That’s where we come in. Our research team took on the green conducting 20 golf rangefinder reviews. The result is the list of great golf laser rangefinders below. We’ve narrowed the choices down to the top ten best rangefinder models to fit different needs and budgets. Before we start, take a look at what specs and features to watch for when buying.
Minimum Range - The minimum range of a golf rangefinder is the shortest distance from you that it can measure. Most often that is five to ten yards, but we found that this minimum end is not as important as the maximum range, especially since there can be a couple of yards of variance in what the rangefinder measures and the actual distance. Hopefully, you don’t need a rangefinder for putting, but who knows (it’s not our place to judge).
Maximum Range - The maximum range is one of the main features that affects the price of a golf rangefinder. Our top pick has a maximum range of 1,000 yards, while many other models hover around 500 to 600 yards. Since the average golfer can drive about 214 yards, a 1,000-yard rangefinder might be overkill for some. But if you want to use the rangefinder for other outdoor activities like hunting, 1,000 yards might be a great feature to have.
Magnification - The magnification available in a laser golf rangefinder can help you strategically play the terrain for a long drive and check out potential obstacles. Our top golf laser rangefinder picks all fall within 5x to 6x magnification, giving you a wide monocular view of what’s ahead or behind. This is on par (ha ha) with your average pair of binoculars, which tend to have a range of around 7x up to 10x for people who need a close-up view.
Dimensions - The amount of space a rangefinder takes up can determine whether you keep it nearby or forget it in the car. Compact rangefinders that can fit in your pocket are ideal. However, it’s important to balance a convenient size with the other specs you’re looking for, like maximum range, as well as features like weatherproofing (if needed). Our rangefinder picks are all close to the same size and easy to fit in your bag or in your pocket.
Weight - Similar to the size issues you may deal with when shopping for a golf rangefinder, the weight also has an effect on how much you actually end up using your new device. A small, light, yet full-featured model is the ideal golf rangefinder since it is easy to carry and hold up to your eye one-handed, as well as to store and transport. The lightest rangefinders on our list weigh just 4.4 ounces, but they average around 6 ounces.
Includes Case - An included case with a lanyard or carabiner clip can protect your high-quality golf rangefinder as you move between courses or pack and unpack your clubs. Even if you purchase a weatherproof rangefinder, a case is a handy option for heavy downpours and for transporting your equipment without crushing the rangefinder. All of our top picks come with cases, though some are tough nylon while others have a hard shell.
All of our time on the course paid off: here is the top ten list of golf laser rangefinder reviews. You may recognize some of the brands, but we tested lesser-known models as well and found a few “diamonds in the rough.” Keep an eye on warranties and features like continuous scanning, which can help you get the lay of the land. Most of these rangefinders are tournament legal because they don’t include Slope technology, but try the Bushnell Tour X if you want Slope capabilities. We hope that many different rangefinder options, including the high-end Bushnell Tour V4 and our budget pick, can help any golfer improve their game. Enjoy!