Bushnell rangefinders have been the leader in premium distance-measuring devices for quite some time. Although nothing has changed about the quality of the Bushnell units, the competition has certainly increased.
Companies like Blue Tees are offering alternatives that claim to be just as accurate but much more affordable. We put the Blue Tees Series 3 Max rangefinder up against the brand-new Bushnell Tour V6 Shift to see which one is truly better.
The results may surprise you.
The Blue Tees Golf Series 3 Max Rangefinder has all the basic features you would expect from laser rangefinders. These include:
- 7x magnification
- Adaptive slope switch
- Tournament legal
- Auto ambient display
- Flag Lock technology
- Built-in magnet
- Water resistant
- Waterproof leather carrying case
- Microfiber cloth and 3 extra batteries included
- 2-year manufacturer warranty
The Bushnell Tour V6 Shift rangefinder is very similar to the previous model (Bushnell Tour V5) but includes these features:
- 6x magnification
- Slope technology
- On/Off Slope Switch
- Tournament Legal
- PinSeeker with Visual JOLT
- Integrated BITE Magnetic Technology
- Weather-Resistant (IPX6)
- Bushnell Golf App
- Premium Carrying Case
- PlayBetter Microfiber Towel & Two CR2 Batteries
- 2-year manufacturer warranty
Cutting through all of the marketing terms, they’re essentially the same on paper, so let’s get into how they perform on the golf course.
The Bushnell Tour V6 Shift is more accurate than the Blue Tees Series 3 Max rangefinder. The Bushnell Tour V6 Shift is the second most accurate rangefinder we have ever tried (The Colbalt is just slightly more accurate because it measures down to 0.1 yards/meters).
From 200 yards and in the Bushnell Tour, V6 is 100% accurate, giving you the exact distance to the pin. Of course, with laser rangefinders, you have to expect from time to time that it will pick up a tree or a bush behind the pin, but even when it comes to that, the Bushnell is almost always right on.
Accuracy from the Blue Tees Series 3 Max is very accurate under 120 yards; once you get over 120 yards, expect accuracy to be within 1-2 yards. This may not worry many golfers, but for those who are aiming for single figures or below, you should care about this error.
The bottom line: the Blue Tees Series 3 Max is still very accurate considering the price difference and certainly accurate enough for most amateur golfers.
Each of these laser rangefinders is pretty good when it comes to speed. The Bushnell Tour V6 Shift is a little faster to pick up the pin. Overall speed is certainly fast enough from both models that you couldn’t make your decision between these two units by looking at speed alone.
The Blue Tees rangefinders and the Tour V6 Shift that we tested both have slope technology. The good thing is that they can also be used in tournaments, as the slope mode can be switched on and off. The slope feature is about the same for both, with the Bushnell yet again being a little more accurate.
We found there is a slight error in accuracy with the Blue Tees golf rangefinder is also present when slope mode is on. Again, not a concern for most club golfers but worth noting for better players.
Visuals and Optics
The visuals and optics for the Bushnell Tour V6 golf rangefinder and the Blue Tees Series 3 Max are quite good. When looking through the scope of the Bushnell laser rangefinder, it may be just a little more clear.
The Bushnell Pinseeker with Visual JOLT features a red ring that appears around the display to let you know you have locked the pin.
The Blue Tees Series 3 Max has equally cool and clear visuals for its pin seeker mode.
The overall usability of each model is about the same. Magnetic technology to attach the unit to the golf cart helps for ease of use. In addition, the Pinseeker and Flag Lock technology make it easier to grab a quick yardage even if you are used to a golf GPS and making the switch to a laser rangefinder.
When we test usability, we also look at how often we get a yardage that is inaccurate.
From an accuracy and speed standpoint, as great as the Bushnell Tour V6 Shift is, it still has times when it doesn’t grab the pin on the first try. However, as far as the overall rangefinder market is concerned, this is about the most usable and accurate rangefinder you can get.
Blue Tees Series 3 Max has a slightly more compact size, making it easy to hold steady and grab the pin; just know that it will sometimes struggle to lock into the pin the same way the Bushnell Tour V6 does. Expect a few more misreads as it grabs the background from 150-yards and over.
Interestingly, we liked the build quality of the Blue Tees Series 3 Max a little more than the Bushnell Tour V6 Shift. It seems to sit in the hand a little better, and it feels quite premium, considering it is a lower-cost unit.
Both the Blue Tees rangefinder and the Bushnell offer some protection from the elements. However, the Bushnell claims to be the most weather-resistant unit that they have ever created. If you know you have tournament play situations where they will play in any condition, this one is likely the better choice.
The Blue Tees Series 3 Rangefinder is less expensive than the Bushnell Tour V6. Pricing will vary depending on what sale you find. The Blue Tees Series 3 is usually around $199, whereas the Bushnell Tour V6 Shift is $399.
If you go with the non slope model (the standard Tour V6), the pricing is $299. This one is less expensive, but it’s not our favorite choice. If you are going to go with premium and choose a Bushnell, at least get the slope model.
When it comes to value, the Blue Tees Series 3 Rangefinder is certainly a really strong value considering the accuracy and usability for the fair price.
However, whichever rangefinder you pick should last you for many years, so remember to divide the difference in cost over 4-10 years of use.
Golf Insider Verdict
We kept the Bushnell Tour V6 Shift and the Blue Tees Series 3 Max in play for a few weeks to make sure we got the best representation of their features and abilities.
Here’s the bottom line. . .
If you are really on a tight budget, love the looks of the Blue Tees Series 3 Max and don’t mind a couple of yards of error, you’ll be very happy with this as a rangefinder.
We’d personally spend our money on the Bushnell Tour V6 Shift, or if that was out of range, look at a more budget rangefinder, like the new GolfBuddy Laser Lite 2 (full review coming very soon).
Frequently Asked Questions
For our full rundown of the best rangefinders on the market check out this article.
What is the best rangefinder for the money?
The best golf rangefinder we have tried this year is the GolfBuddy Laser Lite. Accuracy, usability, and pricing are all quite good with this model.
Why is my Blue Tees rangefinder blurry?
Your Blue Tees rangefinder may appear blurry because you have not adjusted the scope. Turn the scope open or closed slightly to clear the view and make it easier for you to zero in on the pin. The optics with the Blue Tees are quite good, so if you can’t see, it should be a simple adjustment.
Do Blue Tees rangefinders have slope?
Blue Tees Series 3 Max Rangefinder has the slope feature.
Who makes the most accurate rangefinder?
Cobalt makes the most accurate rangefinders on the market, and it is accurate to within half a yard. In our own testing, we found the Cobalt to be pretty close to 100% accurate.
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