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The Best Golf Rangefinders 2024 [Data & Testing]

We’ve tested a lot of rangefinders. Here we review the best of the bunch and help you find the best golf rangefinder for your needs and budget. In our testing, we rate each rangefinder for its features, accuracy, speed, visuals & optics, usability, build quality and value.

Yes – we do sometimes drop them to see if they bounce and survive…but most of all we care about how accurate they really are, and if they are quick and easy to use when we’re out on the golf course.

Click here to learn about how we test rangefinders to make sure they are the best on the market.

Our aim is to help you make the right choice the first time so you can get the best rangefinder for your needs and budget, with no surprises about how it feels or performs on the golf course.

Use the links below to jump to the full review of each rangefinder. Or hit this link below if you want to read more about what to look for in a rangefinder.

Table of Contents

Quick List

  1. Bushnell Tour V6 Shift (Best rangefinder overall)
  2. Cobalt Q6 (Most accurate rangefinder)
  3. GolfBuddy Laser Lite (Best budget rangefinder)
  4. Garmin Z82 (Best rangefinder for tournament golfers)
  5. Blue Tees Series 3 Max (Looks great but…)
  6. GolfBuddy Quantum (Quickest rangefinder)
  7. TecTecTec KLYR (Most compact rangefinder)
Bushnell Tour V6 Shift rangefinder


The 2nd most accurate rangefinder.

The joint best at picking up the flag.

Simple to use.

Great longevity.



Big price jump for the slope version.

Bushnell has dominated the golf rangefinder market for many years. The Bushnell Tour V6 Shift is their latest edition to the market. Rather than boring you by repeating their marketing spiel, here we’ll give you a real-life comparison of how it stacks up against other rangefinders in this review and Bushnell predecessors.


In our golf rangefinder accuracy testing the Bushnell V6 was flawless scoring 100% accuracy on target from 50 to 200 yards. It is the second most accurate rangefinder we’ve ever tested, with the Cobalt Q6 beating it thanks to its measures going down to 0.1 of a yard. However, few golfers are going to need anything better than what the Bushnell V6 offers.

We should note, all rangefinders pick up the background rather than the flag now and again. The Bushnell V6 is again 2nd in class out of all the products we’ve tested, gabbing the flag 97-99% of the time from 30 to 300 yards.


Previous Bushnell rangefinders have been sluggish when it comes to locking onto the target with Pin Seeker mode. However, this is where the V6 has really improved on previous editions. It is quick, sharp and gives a clear jolt when it finds your target.


Bushnell pioneered the scan and pin-seeker modes that you see in most rangefinders and nothing has changed with the V6. These modes can be toggled by a button on top of the rangefinder. The ‘shift’ version of the V6 comes with slope, and a button on the side to switch slope mode on/off to make this tournament legal.

Visuals and optics

The optics and focus on the Bushnell V6 are great and the visual display is the best out there. With fine but clear lettering and a simple design to know your yardage whether you have slope turned on or off. If you want to know more you can read our full Bushnell Tour V6 rangefinder review here.


The carry pouch is well-built, has a waterproof zipper and looks cool. It also has an elasticated toggle to speed up use when you don’t want to use the zip. The only small complaint is that the pouch doesn’t quite open wide enough and doesn’t have elasticated straps.

The Tour V6 also has a magnetic grip for those golfers who like to attach their rangefinder to a golf cart.

Build quality

I can’t fault the build quality of the Bushnell V6 rangefinder or the carry case. It looks cool, is fully waterproof and everything feels like it is built to last. It hasn’t been out long enough for us to report how this wears, but I doubt we’ll see any issues.

However, this doesn’t feel as luxurious as the Cobalt Q6 in terms of design the plastic over metal may appeal to some but if you really care about design and feel the Cobalt will be your best option.

What else do you need to know?

The Bushnell V6 golf rangefinder comes with a battery and is ready to use. If you’ve ever owned a Bushnell before you’ll know what to expect. I would say the only reason to upgrade from a previous model is if you really want a new toy or you want improved pin-seeker functionality.

You won’t find this model any more accurate than the last, but it is a bit quicker and has even fewer errors with picking up the background.

Golf Insider Verdict 91.2

Average error 50 – 200 yards = 0.00 yards

Accuracy: 100/100
Features: 90/100
Speed: 92/100
Visuals & Optics: 90/100
Usability: 95/100
Build Quality: 93/100
Value: 85/100

Bushnell has seen many competitors eat into their market. The Bushnell Tour V6 Shift doesn’t do anything new, but it is their best product yet. It feels simple, works well and is speedier at locating the flag compared to previous models. There is no need to buy this if you are on a budget, but if you have the cash to spend this will be a great rangefinder offering you many years of use.

Cobalt V6 Rangefinder with slope in blue and black


The most accurate rangefinder we’ve tested.

The joint best at picking up the flag.

Clearest lens we’ve tested.

Simple to use.

Great build quality.


Expensive (same price as Bushnell).

Most golfers haven’t heard of them.

No magnet.

If you are after accuracy in a golf rangefinder look no further than the Cobalt Q6. In testing, it beats every other rangefinder on the market for accuracy and consistency. It’s so good it’s been the rangefinder I’ve used since we first tested it.


The Cobalt Q6 measures down to 0.1 of a yard, and in testing it produces the most accurate results, but it also produces the same number consistently (rarely deviating by more than 0.1 of a yard even at 200 yards).


On top of its accuracy, it is one of the fastest on the market to grab the yardage and lock onto the pin.


There are no separate modes for pin-seeker and scan. Instead, you point it at any target and it will give you a yardage, if it detects a pin, it will buzz and a pin-lock icon will appear. If you opt for the slope mode there is one toggle that allows you to switch the slope on/off, making the Cobalt Q6 tournament legal.

Visuals and optics

The clarity of the Cobalt Q6 optics is superb, this is only a small point you get to understand after testing many rangefinders, but it is like looking through corrective glasses at your target.


The carry pouch is sturdy and has an elastic loop and hook that allows you to quickly grab this rangefinder from your golf bag. If I’m heading out to play golf I’m either using the Cobalt Q6 slope or the Bushnell V6 – both are brilliant and so easy to use.

Every single rangefinder we test picks up the background now and again over the target. Over 1000s of tests, I’d put this as the best out there for consistently getting your target over the background across a wide range of golfing conditions.

Build quality

This accurate, quick rangefinder is wrapped up in high-end aluminum with nice rubber grips making the Cobalt Q6 feel like a high-end product and making it fully waterproof – great news for most golfers!

With over a year of use, I’m yet to replace the battery, suggesting it is super effective in managing its power usage too.

Link to our full Cobalt Q6 rangefinder review

What else do you need to know?

There are only two cons with the Cobalt Q6. Firstly, this model doesn’t come with a magnet to help it attach to a golf cart if that is how you like to play golf. Secondly, this rangefinder is near the top end of the market in terms of price. Depending on the time of year and where you live, you’ll find this is around the same price as the latest Bushnell.

Is it better than the newest Bushnell? I don’t know, it is more accurate, it has clearer visuals but I feel few golfers will really care enough about these subtle differences as both are very good in every aspect.

What I will say is that we now use Cobalt Q6 as the accuracy benchmark at Golf Insider for rangefinder testing. It beats all over rangefinders we’ve tested so it deserves its place on this list.

Golf Insider Verdict 93.4

Average error 50 – 200 yards = 0.00 yards

Accuracy: 100/100
Features: 90/100
Speed: 90/100
Visuals & Optics: 97/100
Usability: 95/100
Build Quality: 97/100
Value: 85/100

The Cobalt Q6 golf rangefinder is incredibly accurate, quick, simple to use, and built to last. It costs more than most rangefinders but it will last you a very long time and give you great data every time you play. It was so close to being named our best golf rangefinder, so hats off to Cobalt.

GolfBuddy Laser rangefinder


The most accurate budget rangefinder.

Simple to use.

Great value!


A few more errors picking up the background.

Feel & build is more budget.

The hardest pick of all is selecting the best budget rangefinder. When we move down from the premium rangefinders price point we enter a world where all the rangefinders are very similar in terms of looks and function.

However, when you get into testing these budget rangefinders you quickly find most pick up the background rather than the flag and some are not as accurate. Here is where the GolfBuddy Laser Lite stands out.


In our testing the GolfBuddy Laser Lite was 99.5% accurate, meaning it was within a yard for all distances between 50 and 200 yards. You can check out our full review of the GB Laser Lite here.


This rangefinder is pretty quick, above the average we tested and is really responsive in both pin seeker and scan mode.


The GolfBuddy Laser Lite comes with slope function and the usual combination of pin seeker and scan mode. The one drawback is that the Pin seeker mode doesn’t always tell you it’s locked onto the target despite it showing you the correct distance.

Visuals & optics

The Laser Lite has 6x levels of magnification; meaning you can see far away targets in the distance. The visual display is super clear and doesn’t feel cluttered even with slope mode on.


This rangefinder is so simple to use, the battery seems to last an age (updating this almost 2 years later), and the carry case has a great elasticated pouch allowing you to quickly grab this before each shot.

Build quality

This is light (143g), small, and has a plastic casing but it feels surprisingly well-built. There are no fancy extras on this rangefinder but it has lasted very well over the course of time we’ve used it for testing and in play.

Golf Insider Verdict 90.8

Average error 50 – 200 yards = 0.43 yards

Accuracy: 99.8/100
Features: 90/100
Speed: 90/100
Visuals and Optics: 88/100
Usability: 91/100
Build Quality: 82/100
Value: 95/100

There are a mass of budget rangefinders on the market, but this one gives the most accurate yardages out of all of the models we’ve tested. Are there any drawbacks? Yes, the pin seeker mode doesn’t function as well as other models, but even if this doesn’t lock on the yardage tends to be correct.

If you are on a tight budget but want an accurate, affordable rangefinder that is easy to use this is the best pick out there.

Garmin z82 Rangefinder Header


Unbelievable data.

Very cool visuals & graphics.

Gives GPS to the front, back, and middle.

Gives accurate rangefinder distance.



Need to pre-load courses.

Slightly overwhelming at first.

Needs recharging every few weeks.

The Garmin Z82 laser rangefinder sounds like the type of tool that golfers dreamed up after a few drinks in the bar. A laser rangefinder, combined with a GPS unit creates a 2D map on your viewfinder as you look through the lens. This all updates as you move around the golf course.


The Garmin Z82 golf rangefinder was 99.6% accurate in our testing across targets from 50 to 200 yards. Accurate enough for any golfer and what we would expect for the price tag. It does pick up the background a little more often than the Bushnell and Cobalt when you get outside 175 yards, but this is a minor note rather than a major concern.


The Garmin is slower than most when it comes to displaying the yardage, however, we can’t be too critical when considering all of the additional sums and computations the Z82 is doing to create the output it offers you. Slower than most, but still well under 1 second between pressing a button and getting your information.


The Garmin Z82 defaults to the full GPS, rangefinder and slope modes set to on. However, there is a tournament mode with the Garmin Approach Z82 that makes it easy to use in a more formal setting on the course. 

Visuals and optics

The Garmin Z82 has a lot to display. The actual view through the lens, the distance to your target, adjustment for slope and the GPS course map. It is overwhelming to begin with, but you do get used to it after a round or two.

The actual optics are a little grainy, as this has to project the graphics over the real background. This is just something to be aware of if you are going down this route.


The initial setup and learning curve is high. You’ll need to download the Garmin app, load courses and fully charge the battery to get this up and running. Then before you head off to a new course you’ll need to find the course and load it before you head out.

There is more prep compared to basic rangefinders, but as we’ll discuss this in our verdict this can be worth it if you are playing events around many different golf courses.

Build quality

As you would expect from a Garmin product, the entire unit and casing come with a sense of quality and premium feel. Based on many reviews online, there is the odd software issue, but Garmin will quickly sort and replace any issues that do occur.

Link to our full Garmin Z82 rangefinder review

What else do you need to know?

The Garmin app that goes alongside this rangefinder is very easy to use. It links all Garmin golf products and offers wider functionality, such as keeping your playing stats too. It is free to download and doesn’t require any ongoing subscriptions.

Golf Insider Verdict 90.8

Average error 50 – 200 yards = 0.35 yards

Accuracy: 99.63/100
Features: 97/100
Speed: 81/100
Visuals and Optics: 83/100
Usability: 75/100
Build Quality: 85/100
Value: 81/100

I first used this when I was prepping players to compete at St Andrews in an event. The Garmin Z82 was an unreal tool for prepping to play golf courses for the first time. Having distances to bunkers, front, back of the green and knowing how far it is to the flag all on one screen is a lot, but it is very helpful if you play and compete across many golfer courses.

This is overkill for most golfers, but this is a great tool for those who love data and want to prep the best they can for events.

Blue Tees Series 3 Max rangefinder


Looks super stylish.

Great build quality.

Nice case design.

Has magnet.


Has 1-3 yards of error.

Slope mode numbers are slightly out.

The case doesn’t open wide enough.

Blue Tees are one of the new kids in the golf rangefinder market. Their branding is really solid and they’ve created a lot of interest so we had to test them out. They’ve made on to our ‘best of’ list because it is an excellent product…apart from one aspect. We’ll let you decide if this is the one for you.


In testing the Blue Tees Series 3 Max had 1-3 yards of error on average from 50 to 200-yards. This isn’t criminal levels of error and might be okay for you, but it just feels too much compared to other rangefinders in this price range.

There was also a slight discrepancy in slope mode when we compared this to our two most accurate rangefinders on the golf course. Again, this was only 2 yards difference on a 124-yard wedge shot that was 5 yards downhill, but we’d expect better from a product that shines in every other category.


When it comes to speed the Blue Tees is mid-range, with no speed issues but isn’t the quickest in class.


The Series 3 Max rangefinders all come with slope function and by hitting the mode button you can quickly toggle between scan and pin seeker mode. There is also a nifty switch on the side to help you switch slope mode on/off to make this tournament legal.

Visuals & optics

The optics are really clear and the visuals are great! The auto ambient display changes based on your light conditions and the bright red graphics are easy to see in all conditions. This is one of the nicest rangefinders to use across a range of conditions.


The carry pouch is really easy to use, with elasticated straps allowing you to keep this open. The Blue Tees rangefinder also has a magnetic strip that allows you to store this against the bar of your golf cart if that’s how you roll around a golf course.

Build quality

The Series 3 Max feels like a really premium product, from the cool case to the nice rubber grips on the rangefinder. This feeling of class extends further to the packaging and the 3 branded batteries that come with the Series 3 in the box.

Golf Insider Verdict 88.1

Average error 50 – 200 yards = 0.84 yards

Accuracy: 99.4/100
Features: 90/100
Speed: 90/100
Visuals and Optics: 82/100
Usability: 82/100
Build Quality: 88/100
Value: 85/100

This is almost so good! If it was more accurate it would top our list as the best golf rangefinder out there, but we just can’t justify that when we have a tool designed to measure distance. If you’re happy with a couple of yards error now and again there should be no reason not to buy this, it is great to use, but if you are after more accuracy look elsewhere.

GolfBuddy Aim Quantum Review


The quickest rangefinder on the market.

Small enough to keep in your pocket.

Good price.


Too many errors picking up the background.

Needs recharging every few rounds.

GolfBuddy have established themselves as a solid go-to option for rangefinders. The GolfBuddy Quantum is a niche product. It’s at a mid-price point between their initial budget range of products and the top-of-the-range Bushnell and Colbalt rangefinders. However, the GB Quantum offers two unique features – it’s very small, designed to live in your pocket when playing golf and it is super quick (hence the name).


The GolfBuddy Quantum rangefinder had an accuracy score of 99.3% in testing, meaning, on average, it was within a yard from 50 to 200 yards. All rangefinders do pick up the background now and again on the golf course, and the Quantum rangefinder does pick up the background from time to time.

This is where the premium rangefinders really separate themselves from the rest and if you are used to a Bushnell rangefinder you will find the Quantum does throw up a few more errors than you are used to.


The GolfBuddy Quantium is rapid when it comes to getting a yardage and locking onto the pin. We hypothesise this is why there are a few more errors in picking up the background. If you are fed up with a slow, sluggish rangefinder then this will be a dream pick for you.


Similar to most rangefinders on this list, you’ll find a scan and pin-seeker mode on the GolfBuddy Quantum. Both can be switched between with a press of a button. You also have a button at the front to toggle between slope and non-slope mode making this tournament legal.

Visuals and optics

The clarity of the lens is superb and as good as a Bushnell. This is also paired with some clean visuals that make this a really nice rangefinder to use on the course whatever the conditions.


If you dream of having a compact rangefinder you can keep in your pocket then this is the rangefinder made for you. It is a slightly different shape, but not far off carrying a mobile phone in your pocket. The GolfBuddy Quantum has an in-built rechargeable Lithium battery, meaning no need for new batteries, but you will need to charge this every 5-10 rounds (depending on your use and how long it is left between rounds).

Build quality

The compact GolfBuddy Quantum is housed in a sleek metal case, only weighing 143g (5 oz), but still offering a premium feel and finish. GolfBuddy states that this is water-resistant, not fully waterproof, but after a round out in the great British weather, I’m happy to report no issues with the GB Quantum playing in some solid rain for 4 hours.

What else do you need to know?

This comes with its own charging cable, with a USB adapter, meaning you’ll need an iPhone plug, laptop or USB socket to charge this.

Golf Insider Verdict 89.3

Average error 50 – 200 yards = 0.59 yards

Accuracy: 99.3/100
Features: 85/100
Speed: 98/100
Visuals and Optics: 86/100
Usability: 85/100
Build Quality: 88/100
Value: 84/100

This is one of the more unique rangefinders we’ve tested. It sits in between the more budget and premium rangefinders. It is the smallest rangefinder we’ve come across, making it great to carry in your pocket and offers super-speedy yardages.

TecTecTec rangefinder


Great price.

Super cool design and branding.

Can turn slope on/off.

Quick yardages.


Not as accurate as premium rangefinders.

Picks up the background too often (outside 150 yards)

The TecTecTec KLYR golf rangefinder is a value-priced rangefinder with top ratings. This device is great for golfers who just need to know the yardage and don’t want to pay a hefty price.

This follows on from the very successful TecTecTec VPro rangefinders and offers a slope on/off switch as standard, making it tournament-legal.

Just like the Bushnell, this product also comes with Pin-sensor technology and 6x optical zoom and comes with pin-seeker technology. This works very well within 150 yards, but gives a few more errors when you get further away from your target.

The TecTecTec KLYR comes in a range of cool colours, and has a very nice carry case and built-in magnet which helps make this super usable if you are carrying your clubs or using a cart.

Golf Insider Verdict 88.8

Average error 50 – 200 yards = 0.90 yards

Accuracy: 99.3/100
Features: 90/100
Speed: 95/100
Visuals and Optics: 85/100
Usability: 88/100
Build Quality: 79/100
Value: 85/100
Value: 85/100

This is still a very good rangefinder for the price. Is it the best rangefinder you can get for the price? We’d suggest you go for the slightly less cool, but more accurate GolfBuddy Laser Lite rangefinders if you care about performance.

Nevertheless, this is still accurate enough for high handicap golfers and casual golfers wanting an affordable rangefinder.

What we look for in rangefinders

golf rangefinder accuracy


We test every rangefinder to measure how accurate they are between 50 to 200 yards.

rangefinder speed


We share how quickly rangefinders respond to show a yardage and comment on how well they lock onto the pin.

rangefinder optics


We discuss how clear the lens in each rangefinder is and how clean or cluttered the displays look.

rangefinder usability


We test each rangefinder in practice and for multiple rounds on the golf course to find out how easy it is to use.

rangefinder build quality


We test the rangefinder itself and the case and accessories to share how robust each rangefinder is.

rangefinder value


We evaluate all of the above and the price to share the value we feel each rangefinder offers. Price doesn’t always align with value.

What Should I Look For When Buying A Golf Rangefinder?

The most important features to look for in a golf rangefinder are accuracy, usability, and value. A secondary level then should focus on build quality, longevity and functionality.

Let’s dive into each area.


There are two factors that determine how accurate a golf rangefinder is in practice. The first factor we term ‘factory accuracy’.

Factory Accuracy

Factory accuracy is the number that the manufacturer provides for the average level of accuracy in an ideal testing situation, usually ±1-yard or ±0.5-yards on more expensive models. This is determined in static, indoor testing with a fixed target/screen.

However, factory accuracy doesn’t tell the full story. There are lots of factors that might lead to you getting an incorrect figure when using the rangefinder on the golf course.

Functional Accuracy

Functional accuracy is arguably just as important as factory accuracy and isn’t often measured or mentioned. This references the average error (mean value) and spread of readings (standard deviation), when using rangefinders in real-life situations from known distances.

We currently test on the setup below where we have a flag situated 6-yards in front of a backdrop of trees and bushes. We find this really separates the rangefinders that are accurate and consistent on the golf course vs those that aren’t.

functional rangefinder testing

We test 20 times with each rangefinder to minimise the effect of variance and human error, but we must stress this will never be as valid as lab-based testing. However, we find this really gives a good indicator of how rangefinders perform on the course.

The best functional accuracy we have seen is ±0.5 yards which is very impressive in this setting, the worst is ±3 to 4-yards off between 50 and 200 yards. Manufacturers that claim factory accuracy of one yard may have true functional accuracy of 2 yards or more. 

We estimate this error/accuracy is linked to the software used to detect the flag and the strength and frequency of the signal sent out and received by the device.


Rangefinders speed up the pace of play. Not having to pace out your yardages will undoubtedly help to encourage a faster round of golf. However, some rangefinders, especially those with advanced features and functionality, can take time to load up. 

When reading rangefinder reviews try to find out two factors:

  1. How quickly a yardage displays.
  2. How quickly pin-lock/pin-seeker mode take to kick in.

From our testing, we find many rangefinders show the correct yardage quickly, but then take an extra 0.5 seconds to buzz and confirm this is the pin. A little delay is fine, but a sluggish rangefinder should be avoided, it becomes surprisingly annoying over time.


Some of the most important features in a golf rangefinder include pin locking, slope, display configurations, an adjustable diopter (focus), and magnification. In most cases, max yardage isn’t something you should worry about (unless you are a long-drive champion). 

The slope technology is something that almost all golfers can benefit from, but you must find a rangefinder that allows you to turn the slope on and off. Rangefinders fixed on slope mode are not legal in tournament play. 

Slope functionality is not nearly as expensive as it used to be, and from our experience doesn’t vary in accuracy between $200 and $500 models. So your key buying questions should be:

  1. Does it have slope mode?
  2. Can slope mode be turned on/off?

Visuals & Optics

GolfBuddy LV10 rangefinder display

Most golfers overlook how important the visuals and optics are on a rangefinder. You are correct if you think it’s hard to spot a pin 250 yards away with a blurry and unstable rangefinder. Companies like Nikon and Bushnell invest significant sums of money to ensure that looking through the rangefinder scope is like looking through a camera lens. 

Rangefinders also vary in how much and how they display all the data. The graphic above shows the GolfBuddy LV10 – this is about the maximum amount of graphics you’ll want before they start to get in the way.

More expensive rangefinders tend to have slightly clearer visuals, but if you pick wisely, you can still find a good budget rangefinder with clear visuals (check out our best budget rangefinders here).


Most rangefinders have pin-locking technology that makes it easier to scope out the pin and pick the proper golf club. Look for a rangefinder that fits well in your hand and allows you to get one-handed yardages at times. 

Another factor to consider here is the distance that the pin-locking technology kicks in. Some rangefinders will lock with the pin when they are 100 yards and in, others 200 yards and in. This tends to be an attribute that correlates well with the price you pay – more expensive rangefinders lock in quick and from further away with fewer errors.

Build Quality

The more money you pay for your rangefinder, the more durable it will be. This is like any other golf tool or piece of equipment – what is your intended use, how often will you use it and how long are you wanting to keep it for?

Mid and high-price rangefinders can be used for 10+ years if they are well looked after, so it is a tool worth investing in if you are a regular golfer.


Rangefinders from $100 up to $500 can all be very accurate if used with a lot of care. The cheaper ones just tend to throw in more errors when you don’t have a steady hand, or when there is a background close behind your target.

More expensive rangefinders get the correct number quicker, with less precision required from the user.

Along with accuracy, we tend to see build quality shift with price too. However, functionality and features are surprisingly similar across a range of prices.

Our top tip would be – if you play golf more than 10 times a year we’d suggest you spend more than $100, if you really are a casual golfer then feel free to dip below this mark.

What Should You Prioritise?

The most important thing to prioritise is a rangefinder with high levels of accuracy, followed by speed and usability.

Don’t get distracted by the fancy features and extras of these rangefinders, try to remember the goal of this tool is to give you an accurate yardage so you can hit a great golf shot. 

What is the best rangefinder for your money?

The best golf rangefinder for your money is the Bushnell Tour V6 Shift or the GolfBuddy Laser Lite based on our testing. Both are at very different price points but offer great value depending on what you are looking for.

Is it worth buying a cheap rangefinder?

The main difference between the most expensive golf rangefinders and budget golf rangefinders is their accuracy and ability to lock onto the target. There are some rangefinders that are between $100 and $200 (those listed here) that are only 1-2 yards less accurate, but many perform worse.

Are expensive rangefinders worth it?

As you can see from our testing, there are only minimal differences in performance between good-quality mid-range laser rangefinders and the most expensive rangefinders. However, it is worth remembering that a good rangefinder will last you 5-10 years or longer. Remember this when considering the value of any additional cost in build quality, usability and performance.

Do you really need slope on a rangefinder?

From my experience coaching, golfers are not very good at estimating how much elevation will affect the distance their shots will travel. From this perspective, I would push golfers who are keen to get better to get a rangefinder with slope.

Which is better GPS or rangefinder?

GPS units are far less hassle, you are able to walk up to your golf ball and get a yardage to the front, back and middle of the green. However, you will never know the exact yardage to the hole. This can often result is guessing the yardage and being off by 2-5 yards.

As with the answer above, I’d suggest causal golfers go with what they enjoy most, but golfers who want to shoot lower scores to get a rangefinder.

How accurate are rangefinders on long and short ranges?

Golf rangefinders offer accurate distances between 5 and 400 yards. The longer distances do require a very steady hand to capture your target, but higher cost rangefinders tend to be better and more consistent in giving accurate distances for targets over 175 yards.

What rangefinder do pro golfers use?

Bushnell is the most used make on both the PGA and LPGA Tours. Historically, Bushnell produced the most accurate golf rangefinders. However, it is fair to say that all top brands now offer similar levels of accuracy.

Some of the top manufacturers out there are Bushnell Golf, Callaway Golf and Garmin. Golf pros are not allowed to use rangefinders during tournament play but do use them when preparing for tournaments.

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Best Golf Rangefinders – Summary

That concludes our top picks of the best golf rangefinders on the market. A laser rangefinder can be really beneficial as you make your way toward shooting lower scores. For more equipment reviews check out our roundup of golf training aids and swing analyzers.

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Happy Golfing – Will @ Golf Insider

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Will Shaw, PhD, MSc, PGA Pro

Will is a PGA golf professional, with a PhD in Biomedical Science and MSc in Sports Biomechanics & Psychology. He spent 10 years lecturing part-time at Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds in Biomechanics and Motor Control before becoming the Head of Golf for the University of Exeter. He currently runs Golf Insider UK, Sport Science Insider around wider consulting and academic roles in sport performance and motor control.

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