If you’re not Tiger Woods, chances are, you seek some help within your mind regarding your long game. You want a tool to take the guesswork out of the equation and want it to reveal the distance to that distant flag as accurately as possible.
So, basically, you’re looking for a rangefinder but among the overwhelming number of options, you’re not really sure.
On top of that, the question that might be going through your mind is, which type? GPS or Laser?
I’ve always preferred laser golf rangefinder due to their amazing accuracy and speed, and probably I’m the best guy to tell you which laser rangefinder would be the perfect choice for your situation since I’m so familiar with this tool.
Your search for the best laser rangefinder ends here.
Best Golf Laser Rangefinder 2020
|TecTecTec VPRO500||• 450 Yards Range • Pin sensor type • 185 grams weight • With slope|
|Callaway 300 Pro Golf||• 1000 Yards Range • Pin acquisition technology •Weight 7.0 oz. • With slope|
|Bushnell Tour V4 JOLT||• 100 Yards Range • Pin Seeker with Jolt • .75 lbs weight • With slope|
|Bushnell Pro X2 Golf||• 450 Yards Range • Pin sensor type • 185 grams weight • With slope|
|TecTecTec ULT-X||• 1000 Yards Range • Pin sensor with vibration • 1 lbs weight • With slope|
|Garmin Approach Z80||• 350 Yards Range • 2-D Course View mapping • 1 lbs weight • No slope|
|Wosports Golf Rangefinder||• 650 Yards Range • Flag acquisition technology • 10.4 ounces weight • With slope|
|Vortex Optics Impact||• 800 Yards Range • Scan feature mood • 0.55 lbs weight • No slope|
|Anyork Golf Rangefinder||• 1500 Yards Range • Scan feature mood • 10 ounce weight • With slope|
|Golfbuddy Laser||• 800 Yards Range • Pin sensor with vibration • 1.00 lbs weight • With slope|
Best Laser Rangefinder 2020: The Top 10 Picks
01. TecTecTec VPRO500 Golf Rangefinder
TecTecTec VPRO500 is one of the premium yet quite affordable products that we want to start with. Sure the manufacturers’ name is a little awkward, but the product outshines that.
When you don’t really want or need the slope feature but still want a premium laser rangefinder that shines in other sections, the VPRO500 should be one of your top choices.
Or if you must get the slope feature, you should consider the VPRO500S, which is identical to the VPRO500, except that it has slope feature enabled.
The VPRO500 lets you continuously scan targets within 540 yards. This really helps when you need an overview of the distances of the targets that play a role in your game. You just need to press and hold the trigger and move the aim to different targets to get the distance of ‘em all.
Advanced PinSeeker technology
The VPRO500 features advanced pin seeker technology which lets you filter your target out of the background distractions. This tech helps to lock on your desired target and filter out the background.
So you’re not confused about which target you just measured the distance to, the flag or the tree behind.
TecTecTec did an outstanding job with their optics. They’ve featured premium, multi-layered & ultra-clear optics that offers easy read. The lenses are incredibly sharp and clear which helps you a lot with your aiming.
Also, they offer 6X magnification and 7° field of view for easier aiming on your target. The rotating eyepiece helps with adjusting the focus for nearsighted or farsighted people.
The VPRO500 is a quite popular model for what it offers for the price. It shines in almost every sector. When slope ain’t a must, this could be your best bet.
02. Callaway 300 Pro Laser Rangefinder
Callaway is a prominent name in the golf industry, and they make amazing golf products. The 300 Pro is an important part of their golf tool lineup. Under 200 bucks, this tool offers some promising features.
Automatic Slope Calculation
The 300 Pro features automatic slope calculation capability. When the feature is turned on, it’ll automatically consider any slope and show the adjusted result to you. It was quite fast and accurate.
However, there’s another model named the ‘Callaway 300’, without the ‘pro’ that cuts the slope feature to reduce cost. When you’re on a budget you can consider that.
About Range and Accuracy
The 300 pro laser golf rangefinder offers an impressive range of 5-1000 yards. That’s more than many expensive laser rangefinders but we usually don’t need that much. However, it doesn’t hurt to have the luxury.
But the accuracy is questionable in a few cases. Whenever it gets right, it gets it right within a yard. But there are complaints that sometimes it misreads the accuracy by 20-30 yards which is not cool.
So you have to put a little sense in practice when getting one of these on the ground. If the measurement it provides feels fishy to you, you have to re-read to confirm.
That’s a little drawback you have to live with when you want to get other premium features under 200 bucks.
PAT Technology with Continuous Scan
PAT (Pin Acquisition Technology) refers to the target locking mechanism. It’s just a fancy name by Callaway, just the way other companies also give fancy names to this piece of tech.
It provides effective pin-locking within 300 yards even in continuous scan mode, which is impressive. Another convenience feature is that it has the ‘BIRDIE’ tech in place which basically creates an audible ‘Chirp’ sound just like a bird when you’ve successfully locked on the target, so you get the confirmation conveniently.
Good LCD, 6X magnification
The Callaway 300 pro features a nice and easy-to-read LCD display that’s highly usable in all lighting conditions. The optics are nice and crystal clear. The 6X magnification helps you with easier & faster aiming at the target.
The Callaway 300 Pro is a good overall rangefinder that has its clear drawbacks. It shines with accurate slope calculation, PAT with continuous scan mode, build-quality, and accuracy in most of the cases.
However, the accuracy messes up in other cases is something you have to learn to deal with if you get one of these.
03. Bushnell Tour V4 SHIFT Golf Laser Rangefinder
Bushnell had already rocked the market with its Bushnell Tour V3 laser rangefinder. This is the upgraded V4 so we had high expectations from it already. Bushnell did not disappoint us, as the very first improvement we noticed is that it was 30% smaller than the predecessor.
That makes it an even more compact rangefinder with all the convenience of the V3 and a few more.
Slope feature that’s Easier to Toggle
Bushnell V3 already had a highly accurate slope calculation ability and that has got better on the V4. However, that’s not the best part. The best part is how easy it is to toggle the slope feature.
Many other rangefinders have a colored faceplate that you need to remove to turn the slope feature off. You could easily damage or lose that single component.
To address the issue, in the V4, Bushnell enables you to turn on or off the slope feature with the press of a button.
This is Bushnell’s fancy way of naming their pin seeker technology. Bushnell’s very own JOLT technology helps you to aim at the right target that you want to, and also confirms you of that.
You’ll not be mistakenly measuring the distance to the tree behind the flag. JOLT will lock your target on the flag and will confirm you of that with a strong vibration.
More Compact than Ever
The V3 was already a comfortable device to hold. The V4 got 30% smaller and has made it even more convenient to hold and use the device. On top of that, the ergonomic design and rubber grips help with that even more.
Not only has it got smaller, but faster as well. This device is twice as fast at measuring the distance as the already fast V3. So it’s a more powerful package with a smaller footprint.
The Bushnell Tour V4 is smaller and faster and a noticeable upgrade over the V3. The compact form factor yet more speed and accuracy is just overwhelming. However, what’s not overwhelming is its price tag. One might need to break the bank to get this into the course.
04. Bushnell Pro X2 Golf Laser Rangefinder
The ‘Pro’ series of Bushnell actually means the name. Bushnell categorizes their top of the line products in the “Pro” series, which is incomplete without the “Pro X2”.
While it gets the basics absolutely on point, it offers additional premium features that you won’t find on anything else.
The Pro X2 offers a dual display that you won’t see on any other laser rangefinder. The optics are great and you get to switch between a sharp black display vs. a bright red vivid display.
This really helps for the best viewing experience under different lighting conditions. The bold and pronounced black display helps with the best viewing in the vivid morning sunlight whereas the red vivid display is unbeatable in overcast conditions and in the latter part of the day.
Blazing fast and Accurate
The Pro X2 beats every fast laser rangefinder that I can think of. There’s almost no delay between you aiming at the distance and getting the measurement. It’s similarly fast even when the slope feature is turned on.
Accuracy is on another level as well. This tool is accurate to half of a yard and it showed the perfect distance every time.
Accurate Slope Compensation & Convenient Slope Toggling
Slope compensation is as accurate as it can get on a rangefinder. People that are a little weak in their long game and need exact distance with slope compensation turned on, this is their tool.
Since this is a ‘Pro’ rangefinder, chances are many pro golfers will use it for their tournament play as well. That’s why the convenient slope toggling is there as well, just like the Tour V4 shift. A press of a button will do, no need to add/remove a faceplate.
PinSeeker with JOLT
Bushnell’s own PinSeeker tech had to be present on one of the most premium rangefinders and even improved this time. It locks on target faster and also produces a more substantial vibration upon locking. I suppose it’s equipped with a better vibration motor.
The Bushnell Pro X2 is simply one of the best golf laser rangefinders that you can get. It leaves me no chance to complain. If you can afford one, get a Pro X2.
05. TecTecTec ULT-X Golf Rangefinder
Want the touch of all modern features but don’t wanna break the bank? The ULT-X could be the rangefinder you’re looking for.
Sure the name of this manufacturer is a little awkward but their product is top class. The ULT-X is a great all-rounder from TecTecTec. Being priced at an affordable range, it offers goods of all worlds. It’s one of the most balanced golf rangefinders that you can get.
The ULT-X is capable of compensating slope when you want it to do so. The distance calculation when considering slope is pretty accurate as well.
When you want to turn it off for tournament legality, you have to swap between two faceplates to do so. The yellow faceplate is for slope calculation whereas the black faceplate does not bring slope calculation into play.
TecTecTec claims that the ULT-X rangefinder is accurate to 0.3 yards within 300 yards, ± 0.5 yards at distances of up to 600 yards and ± 1 yard at distances up to 1,000 yards.
The 1000 yards maximum range is for Hazards while the maximum number for the flag is 400 yards.
Now, that’s some impressive numbers from a comparatively affordable rangefinder, when you consider the much pricier Bushnell’s Pro X2 or Tour Shift V4. It offers 6X magnification as well which makes viewing easier at such distances.
TLT with Vibration
TLT refers to TecTecTec’s Target Lock Technology that easily locks on flagsticks of up to 450 yards away and hazards of up to 1000 yards away. It vibrates upon locking to confirm you of that.
It also offers continuous scan mode at such a price point where even many premium and more expensive rangefinders lack that.
The ULT-X from TecTecTec will be an effortless choice for many since it’s an all-rounder yet doesn’t cost a fortune. There are no major deal breakers in it and it stands in the sweet point between budget and features.
06. Garmin Approach Z80 Golf Laser Range Finder
Got some money to spend? You can get something like the Garmin Approach Z80, which offers features as nothing else does. The full 2-D course view, laser range arc, etc will make your game way better than ever before. It simply is one of the best laser rangefinders that money can buy.
Let the other convenience features wait, the rangefinder does an amazing job at the basics. Take the incredible accuracy for example. It’s accurate within 10” of the flag for up to 350 yards. What better could a golfer ask for?
Full-Color 2-D Course view
The Garmin Z80 operates like a 2-in-1 rangefinder. It sure works primarily with the laser but also shows a full-color 2-D course view just like a GPS model. This gives you an even better overview of the shot to be taken.
It has over 41,000 courses mapped worldwide and your course is overlaid on the viewfinder.
plays like Distance Feature
Don’t recognize this one? Well, it’s nothing but the slope compensation feature of the tool. Garmin has chosen a fancy name for this tech and also engineered it to work with perfection.
Laser Range Arc
The Laser Range Arc feature will draw an arc on the 2-D course view map where your target is. It allows you to have the visual of everything that is in play at that distance, so you can consider everything to take the most perfect shot.
When money isn’t a concern and you simply want the best in the business, the Garmin Approach Z80 is yours too of choice. It delivers for the extra premium that it charges.
07. WoSports H-100AG Golf Laser Rangefinder
Who wants the absolute value king of a laser rangefinder? Look nowhere else than the Wosports H-100AG if you’re one of them.
Costing you just over 100 bucks, it offers you almost everything that you need to take the perfect shot, including the slope compensation feature as well.
Range and Accuracy
This finder can measure between 5 to 650 yards which are all we need on the course. It’s accurate within 1 yard of the target. That is enough accuracy we could ask for to take the shot.
Asking for slope compensation on a rangefinder that costs around 100 bucks would be too much to ask for if it wasn’t for the Wosports H-100 AG. I was quite surprised to see this feature on this budget rangefinder, and it calculates pretty accurately as well.
Many golfers fancy the slope feature but it often gets out of their hand to get a tool with that feature enabled. The H-100 AG is the best bet for them.
It can log on to flagsticks within 180 yards. This means it’ll differentiate the background and lock the aim onto a flagstick that is within 180 yards from you. This is not the best distance we’ve seen but it’s enough for most shots we take.
I’d rather appreciate that this feature is there, with vibration upon locking on the target.
The continuous scan mode is present on this tool which is missing even on many premium and costly rangefinders, like the Bushnell Pro X2.
And it’s also thoughtfully engineered, features like innovative battery cover design that prevents the battery cover from getting lost are just the proof of that.
The Wosports H-100 AG is an amazing rangefinder for the money. It’s quite surprising that it offers so many things for this inexpensive pricing. People on a tight budget that don’t want to sacrifice much, will love this tool.
08.Vortex Optics Impact 850 Laser Rangefinder
This rangefinder was primarily designed for hunting but it was more than welcomed to the golf course by the golfers, since the mechanism is the same and the effectiveness on the golf course is equally on point. It’s a good rangefinder to consider under 200 bucks.
Range and Accuracy
The manufacturer claims the maximum range to be 850 yards on paper and they’re absolutely correct here. Many other rangefinders claim similar numbers but struggle to get there. But this tool was different and it was actually capable to measure that far.
Slope Compensation in a Different Name
Since it’s primarily a hunting rangefinder, the terminology is a little different. It primarily measures on the HCD (Horizontal Component Distance) Mode which is basically the slope compensation enabled mode, in a different name.
When you want to toggle the slope compensation, you switch to LOS (Line of Sight) mode that does not consider slope.
And both modes are equally effective on a golf course like any other “golf” rangefinder.
It has a non-illuminated, multi-coated display that does well in all situations but particularly shines in the latter part of the day. It offers great light transmission so it performs with charm in low light conditions.
The menu is intuitive but it sometimes gets a little hard to read.
It’s an overall small & lightweight package that is water & shockproof. The continuous scan mode is there which works just fine. However, it does not have the pin seeker mode that helps you to differentiate your target from the background, which is a little underwhelming.
The Vortex Optics Impact 850 is a decent rangefinder for the price. There’s a reason why we included a ‘primarily-not-a-golf-rangefinder’ into this list. It keeps up well with the feature demands you have on a golf course.
09. Anyork Golf Laser Rangefinder
Anyork is an underdog in the golfing industry and they offer a value champion that most are not even aware of. But we had to bring this hidden piece of gem into the light.
Apart from it having features like slope compensation, it gets all the basics right, yet it’s priced even under 150 bucks. Had it been from a big name, this thing wouldn’t go any cheaper than 300 that I can tell you.
Range & Accuracy
Having the capability to measure between 5 to 650 yards, this rangefinder gets accurate within a yard, which is the standard you can say. No golfer is going to need further coverage and accuracy I suppose, so full marks on this.
To lock on the target properly, it does have both the flagpole lock (up to 150 yards) and pin seeker technology. On a golf course, the flag-pole lock is the more accurate technology, but I’m overwhelmed that it features both.
You asked for slope compensation under 150 bucks and you’ve got it, courtesy of the Anyork’s laser golf rangefinder. It’s quite surprising that such a budget rangefinder features slope compensation that works accurately every time.
It features a nice LCD display that shows all the information you need. The fast focusing speed is really enjoyable. It also features diopter tech that enhances the clarity and increases the accuracy even more.
The golfers that have own this device have given it much love. It’s truly a value champion but still to be recognized by many. I don’t think one can get anything better than this for less than 150 bucks.
10. Golf Buddy Laser 1S Rangefinder
To sum up the list of best golf laser rangefinders, we have the Laser 1S rangefinder from Golf Buddy. It’s another ‘bang for the buck’ product that budget buyers will find handy.
Slope Compensation, Pinseeker
The Laser 1S too has the slope compensation being a budget rangefinder. It was accurate every time as well.
And the pin finder tech that it has worked with slope mode enabled too. The continuous scan mode is there when you need it.
Range & Accuracy
The 1S has a range of 5 to 880 yards. While in real life it can not measure that much distance, we don’t need that either in the golf course. And it was accurate within a yard so no complaints.
This model features a wider display than many other similarly priced rangefinders which helps in better viewing. However, this display is not that sophisticated, so I guess a corner was cut here.
For other features, it automatically shuts itself down after 10 seconds of inactivity which helps to save battery. It’s also IPX4 rated water-resistant, and the carrying pouch for this particular model is really nice.
The 1S makes itself a really good option in the budget segment. It’s a rangefinder that won’t let you down very soon.
Guide to Buying the Best Laser Rangefinder for your money
What makes the best, the best? How do you pick the best one for yourself among these overwhelming options? When you know which things are to look for in a rangefinder, then you know how to pick your winner.
Range & Accuracy
The first and foremost question to ask about a general rangefinder is, how far it can measure the distance to, and how accurately it does so.
However, since we’re talking golf, usually the range is not the very first concern since almost all of the rangefinders offer an adequate range that we may require on a golf course.
Many of these tools claim that they can measure over 1000 yards which I feel to overpromise. You don’t need that much distance coverage on a golf course anyway.
When your rangefinder can measure at least up to 500 yards in real life, it’s good enough. I say real life because most of the rangefinders have a little less maximum range than they claim. So you want to read reviews, not to get convinced only by what they claim.
What’s more critical is accuracy. The more accurate it gets, the better it is for your game. Usually, most rangefinders claim that they’re accurate within a yard of the target and most of them get close to that claim.
A little less or more won’t be a big deal either as you’re a human and it’s very less likely that you’ll hit the ball exactly that far as it shows in the rangefinder.
However, if it alters by a bigger margin, for example, some cheap quality rangefinder could be inaccurate by 20 to 30 yards which is a dealbreaker.
Ease of Use
You want to spend as much time and effort as possible on taking the perfect shot and as little of that to figure out the distance. So you need a tool that’s easy to use and takes less time.
Now, what makes a rangefinder easy to use?
Fast-focusing. Oftentimes it gets hard to focus on the target with a cheap rangefinder, which is not desirable. You want your rangefinder to be able to focus fast.
Stabilization. Everyone’s hands shake a little so if your rangefinder is too sensitive to that, it’ll not be the easiest one to use. Some premium rangefinders have separate stabilization mechanisms to deal with extremely shaky hands.
However, a decent rangefinder should be able to function with a little shakiness.
Speed. How long does it take your rangefinder to give you the distance after you’ve done everything from your side? It’s tiring to hold the tool for long so the quicker it gets, the better it is.
There are a number of features that add value to the basic operation of the rangefinder.
Slope Adjustability. You already know what this does and it’s a lifesaving feature for a beginner and intermediate golfer. Previously, slope compensation capability was a feature that was only limited to premium rangefinders but these days few affordable rangefinders have introduced this feature to themselves.
Your rangefinder should allow you to turn off-slope compensation for tournament legality. And toggling this function is a task itself so if it allows easier toggling with buttons, it’s a plus.
Target Lock. Many manufacturers name this piece of tech in their own fancy way but the basic function is the same – it helps to isolate the target from the background noise.
It is necessary to ensure that you’ve just measured the distance to the target, but not to the tree just behind that. Without this feature, there’d be no confirmation of that and you’d have to hope that you have the distance to your target.
Most of the tools have pin seeker technology for this purpose but a few have flagpole lock. It’s even better since it’s specialized for golfing, whereas a pin seeker helps to lock on any target, be that a golf pole or a tree.
Flagpole works in a more efficient way to lock on flagsticks, which is mostly what we need to measure the distance to.
Continuous Scan. We often need to get the idea of the distances to multiple targets in an area. We need a continuous scan feature for that. Many of the rangefinders offer this feature while some don’t. I think it’s always a handy feature to have to save time.
An important aspect that you shouldn’t overlook. The quality of the lenses and display help to make or break the overall experience.
The lenses should be crystal clear for easy viewing. The more magnification it has, the easier it’d be to properly aim and lock on the target. 5X is standard magnification, but some offer 6X and even 7X, which is great.
The display needs to be vivid and should be able to clearly present all the necessary information. Some rangefinders have really sophisticated displays which are great.
Build quality matters. Your rangefinder will not sit at your home, rather it’d be somewhat abused on the course. It needs to be sturdy and rigid. Most importantly, water and fog proofing are lifesaving as they’re vulnerable to water damage on the course.
It’s on to you how much you’re willing to spend to get one of these. You can get a good rangefinder at $150, or on $450 as well. Usually, the more expensive ones offer more features and overall better experience of using the device.
Our list consists of the best options for all the price segments, so it should help you to choose accordingly.
Frequently Asked Question About Laser Golf Rangefinder
How does a laser golf rangefinder work?
The function is pretty simple. When you aim at a target and press the trigger button, it emits a laser that reflects off the surface of your target. The system notes the time required for the laser to emit from the system and come back to it.
As it already knows the speed of light, it can thus calculate the distance by the time it needed for the laser to go and come back reflecting off the target.
What are the Advantages of Hybrid Laser Rangefinders?
Hybrid laser rangefinders offer the best of both worlds. GPS golf rangefinders are better known for the overwhelming amount of data it provides. Whereas, the laser ones are better known for pinpoint accuracy and speed of operation.
On a hybrid rangefinder, you enjoy both benefits simultaneously.
Can I use my golf laser rangefinder for other sports?
Yes. As long as the nature of that sport requires measuring the distance to a target, you can use your rangefinder for that. Archery can be one such sport.
What does x-magnification mean?
It indicates how many times your rangefinders’ lens is capable of zooming in on the target. For example, if a target is 150 meters away and your rangefinder is 5X zooming capability, the target will appear to you in size as if it was 30 meters away (150/5=30).
This helps with easier aiming at targets that are quite far from you. The more ‘x’ that your rangefinder offers, the bigger your target will appear to you, and the easier it’ll be to aim at that.
What is “Pin Pointer” and how does it differ from “Pin Sensor”?
Pinpointer gives you a compass that not only shows the distance to the target but also shows the direction to it. This helps with taking a better shot in the bad weather or in case of having an object like a tree between you and your target.
Whereas pin sensor is found in laser rangefinders that assures you that you’re aiming at the desired target but not to any other objects close to that.
Best Laser Rangefinder – Wrapping Up
It’s okay to be picky about your rangefinder since this tool impacts your game quite a lot. When the rangefinder is doing its job properly, it takes the guesswork out of the game and makes your game easier.
But when it’s showing inaccurate readings, it’ll impact your game negatively. So put your time to research thoroughly and pick the best model for your money.
Good luck with your long game.