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Top 10 Rated Golf Rangefinders 2014

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Following are our choices for the top 10 golf rangefinders for the year after some testing and research. We’ve taken price, quality, and value into account when developing these ratings. Rangefinders were tested based on the following factors:

1. Weight
2. Size/portability
3. Ease of use when depressing contact
4. Battery Life
5. Speed of display response after depressing contact button (yardage)
6. Ease of viewing yardage(s) on display

Leupold GX-3i  9.5/10

Tournament Legal
Scan Mode
Red LED display
2 year warranty
Magnification 6X
$399

Leupold GX-3i Golf RangefinderAnother great option from Leupold the GX3i combines some great features with a small, tough, heavy compact design. It has the bright red LED lit display to separate it from the GX2i…read more


Leupold GX-2i  9/10

$349
Wide Lens Display
Magnification 6X
Weatherproof
Display Black LCD
Battery Life over 6K actuations

Leupold GX-2i Golf RangefinderThis is a very nice new rangefinder from Leupold which gives the golfer fast feedback and has lots of options and versatility like customizable adjustments for slope, altitude, termperature, and a proprietary feature called TGR – true golf range…read more


$499
7X Magnification
2 year warranty
3-volt battery

Bushnell Pro 1m Tournament Golf RangefinderThis top of the line model from Bushnell has more ability in distance to the flag than almost any other rangefinder out there at 550 yards and a whole mile for other measurements. It also has enhanced accuracy and displays…read more


$350
Touchscreen
Battery: Lithium Ion
Life: 8 hours on GPS rechargeable
2.06 oz.

Garmin Approach S3 Golf WatchOne of the added benefits to the S3 golf watch over the S1 is that this watch can give you yardages to doglegs and layups in addition to the front, middle, and back of green measurements. It’s also much better looking…read more


Bushnell Tour Z6  8.5/10

$399
6X Magnification
2 year warranty
3-volt battery

Bushnell Tour Z6 Golf RangefinderThis rangefinder from Bushnell has lots of nice features but the button is extremely difficult to depress and hold down especially with one hand. This also causes a delay in the yardage information being displayed. The button…read more


Leupold GX-4i  8.5/10

Dimensions: 2.9 inches high x 1.3 inches wide x 4.1 inches deep
Battery 4K actuations
Yards or Meters measurement
800 yard range on reflective target

Leupold GX-4i Golf RangefinderAnother Leupold this model is similar to the model listed above but is less customizable. It has 3 selectable aiming reticles: Plus Point, Bracket Circle, Bracket Circle Duplex and its Fog mode can screen out false readings…read more


Accurate to 1 yard
4X magnification
2 year warranty
$249

Bushnell White Medalist Golf RangefinderThis is my favorite from best runner up in the price category. One of the best features about this rangefinder and the reason it made our top 10 list is the price at $249 and the weight, it’s nice and light. It has an easy to replace 9 volt battery, solid construction…read more


5X Magnification
300yds to pin measure
Pinseeker Tech
$399

Bushnell Tour V3 Slope RangefinderThis is a smaller rangefinder from Bushnell that is more similar to the Leupolds in operation and design. I like the compact , smaller, lighter design. You must hold the button down a sec before getting the distance reading…read more


GPS
$179
Battery: Lithium Ion
Monochrome LCD display

Garmin Approach S1 Watch Golf RangefinderThis little gem will run around $179 and give you yardages to the back, middle, and front of the green on thousands of participating courses in the U.S. And Canada. There is no subscription necessary, just purchase the watch and you are ready…
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Golf Rangefinder Buying Guide

Following are a few tips to help you decide which rangefinder may be right for you.

  1. Consider your handicap and how precise you need to be. The lower handicap golfer may want the yardage in tenths of the yard, while the higher handicap golfer does not need this. As well, the lower handicap golfer may need the pin distance from a longer range and need more accuracy. These are factors that affect the price of the rangefinder.
  2. Decide whether you need a golf watch or rangefinder. A GPS golf watch will give high handicap golfers front, middle, and back of green distances which is all they may need. This will prevent losing a rangefinder and the added time to take out the rangefinder and use it.
  3. Selecting a rangefinder should have the following considerations taken into account:
  • size – smaller the better
  • weight- lighter the better
  • accuracy
  • easy ready display of distance
  • easily depressed button
  • fast response time in delivering the measurement
  • Targeting speed – rangefinder picks up the target quickly
As an avid golfer and tennis player for most of his life, he enjoys researching the latest in golf and tennis technology as well as analyzing his own game. He has been a writer and reviewer for a dozen years… See more about S. Dee Davis

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