Range Finder Opinions

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By Cathy E

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  1. Cathy E
    Two Harbors, MN

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    Hi, I'm looking for recommendations on purchasing a Range Finder. If you have some experiences that you could share I'd sure appreciate it! Cathy
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    Hi Cathy, My hubby and I use the Bushnell V2 without the slope. If you play in some events, using the slope is illegal so I figured that it would be easier if we didn't have one. It tells you exact yardages and doesn't need a reflective prism to get the yardages. We've had it for about 2-3 years and it has worked perfectly every time.
  3. David L
    fort collins, CO

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    I'm thinking about buying one for my dad and was wondering who had the best prices. I'm looking to spend between $200-$250. Is the Bushnell V2 around that price?
  4. Like the Gun
    Saint George, UT

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    I second this post. My father has used the Bushnell for over a year now. It's right on point and simple to use. I have borrowed it a few times and it has never disappointed. Just need to make sure to double check the yardage a couple times. 

  5. Brent W
    St George, UT

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    Bushnell 1600 or the V2. You can't go wrong with either. I would stay away from GPS units. To many variables with those.

  6. Fred C
    Mansfield, TX

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    Cathy, I concur with Cathi @ Titleist. I have used Bushnell for years and they are reliable, but today, vitually all of the brands are very good. I suggest you get one that uses a standard 9 volt battery as they last longest. If you are interested in a GPS range finder, I endorse the Golf Buddy Platinum as it provides a true overhead satellite view of the hole and, it knows where you are playing automatically, world-wide. It's really great if you play a lot of different courses.

     

  7. Chris92009
    Cincinnati, Ohio

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    I use a Bushnell Pro 1300 Slope Rangefinder during practice rounds before a competition, then during competition if rangefinders are allowed in competition I use a Skycaddie or Nikon's non-slope rangefinder....

     

    May seem like a lot of technology but it makes a difference!  If you do not play in competition's then I would use a rangefinder with slope all the time! It is an amazing tool!

    Cheers!!

  8. Potomac Golfer
    washington, DC

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    Leupold GX-3 is worth considering -- very happy w/ it and it gets good reviews from a variety of golf websites. Leupold & Stevens is a hunting scope/binocular company so the optics are good.
  9. stephen p
    Boynton Beach, FL

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    My suggestion is the Izzo Golf Swami 3000 Enhanced Golf GPS. Very accurate distance, easy operation, easy read numbers, no aiming errors, 20,000 preprogramed courses. Good Luck- sp-
  10. Lefty FPL
    Haymarket, VA

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    Hello Cathy, I agree 100% with Cathi's comments I've had my V2 for 3 years no problems and have used it in the UK and New Zealand
  11. Geoffrey B
    Celina, OH

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    bushnells are good but id just get a gps

  12. eagle3
    Fairfax, IA

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    Depending on whether you want to be purist or not. They are not allowed during tournaments and they can be very pricey. That said, I did use one for a while to see if my yardage estimates were on target. My son-in-law now has mine and I use my eyes to judge distance and am finding that to be more self-fulling.

  13. Brent W
    St George, UT

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    They are allowed in tournaments..  You just cannot use the Slope versions, If you have one you can turn the Slope off I believe.

    But Lasers and GPS are Legal.

  14. Tommy L
    Pasadena, CA

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    Sounds like I'm late on this post.... But I'm looking for a range finder as well. I don't need slope, just something with the target distance to the pin, traps, other target areas, etc.... would be fine.. Any suggestions....

    TL
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    I have a good Experience with Golf Rangefinder I bought from online blog you can review from there
    10rangefinders.com/.../
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    I picked up a Precision Pro NX7 about 2 years ago. For $250 it's a steal. Non slope version is $50 less.
  17. Dale V
    Escondido, CA

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    I don't use a rangefinder but do hang a Bushnell Neo (now marketed as a Phantom) GPS on the bag for front-middle-back distances. That's usually all i need to pick a club.
  18. Don O
    Madison, WI

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    Every now and again, a GPS will have bad coordinates for a hole. If the distance is off, then a rangefinder becomes invaluable. Over the winter, Bushnell had a sale on reconditioned units. Paying $125 for a 4 year old $300 unit has worked out well. On courses I'm familiar, the GPS is faster than pulling the range finder, especially if I'm first to hit when I get to the ball. ...Pace of play. 4 players can extend a round by 15-20 minutes if each is reading each shot onto the green.
  19. Dale V
    Escondido, CA

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    Don O said:

    Every now and again, a GPS will have bad coordinates for a hole. If the distance is off, then a rangefinder becomes invaluable. Over the winter, Bushnell had a sale on reconditioned units. Paying $125 for a 4 year old $300 unit has worked out well. On courses I'm familiar, the GPS is faster than pulling the range finder, especially if I'm first to hit when I get to the ball. ...Pace of play. 4 players can extend a round by 15-20 minutes if each is reading each shot onto the green.

    I get it Don. GPS also helps when there are blind shots with no line-of-sight options for a rangefinder. i find my GPS yardages are more accurate than my ability to actually hit the distance needed which tells you a lot about my iron game. Our course has let the 200/150/100 markers grow over and most of the sprinkler head markers are gone. My GPS gives me that quick reference. Nice that there are options for everyone, GPS, rangefinders, and old school yardage books. I'm sure Cathy will find what works best for her. Bushnell even makes a combo rangefinder/GPS unit that my buddy has. He has no excuses!
  20. Rick D
    Weston, WI

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    Dale:

    The new combo laser rangefinder/GPS is an interesting option. I'd like to see one in action. I use a range finder, a Bushnell I've had for several years. A present from my wife when I played a practice round at an unfamiliar course ahead of a tourney, only to find there wasn't squat out there to tell you distances, such as marked sprinkler heads, red/white/blue markers, etc..

    I like knowing exact to the pin and I can also shoot obstacles, like to clear tops of bunkers, etc.. Sometimes, though, I'd like to know just how far that flag is from the front of the green and the range finder doesn't give me that. A combo would be good in those situations.

    Bottom line is there are a lot of choices. Depends on personal preferences and how much one wants to spend.
  21. 19hole
    Woburn, MA

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    I use a Nikon Coolshot 80VR. It does not have a slope function so it can be used in tournament play. A great feature is the vibration reduction or image stabilization. It makes it very easy to get accurate distances.
  22. N Anthony S
    Portland, OR

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    I use the Bushnell V2 as well. It has always been accurate for me. I have compared it with a GPS and it has always been spot on.
  23. No'l
    Palmdale, CA

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    I've had the Nikon 500G. It was a very simple device for distance. It uses very little battery and I only changed battery once in the 5 years or so that I had it.

    I've also had the Nikon Coolshot 40. It had an added feature to click once and wherever you point and move to different target, it will give you the distance so no need to keep clicking. The battery only last for a year or so.

    I now have a Bushnell V4. It has a vibrate feature.

    The Nikon optics I've had in those two had a larger image of the target. It was easier to focus and shoot. The Bushnell has smaller image of the target.

    I would gladly go back to the plain and simple Nikon 500G if could.
  24. Angelo F
    San Diego, CA

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    I’ve had my Bushnell Tour Z6 w/jolt for over 3 years and it’s been solid and accurate to this day. Small, light and fast. I’ve played with others with newer models and we all come up with the same readings every time. If you can try some out at the store, I encourage you to do so. I picked mine since it was comfortable and easy to use. Plus it had red indicators in the viewfinder which made it easier to read.
  25. Tom B
    Northborough, MA

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    My favorite is my Leupold 3xi. Their customer service is outstanding, like Titleist. However sometimes it doesn't always grab things that don't reflect real well. I've also got a Bushnell V4 that seems to grab the distance to anything. Can't go wrong with either of them
  26. Lewis K
    Red Deer Alberta CANADA

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    I like my bushnel, works well and never had a issue
  27. Doug E
    Urbana, MD

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    Had a Bushnell Tour V2. Excellent!
    Now a Bushnell Tour V4 Shift. Excellenter!
  28. Cathy E
    Two Harbors, MN

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    Hi all!
    I ended up with a Bushnell V2 and it's awesome!
    It's really nice to have when playing another golf course - I've learned my depth perception is pretty horrible!! Now if I could just get my clubs to hit the distances I figure out!
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