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Best Golf Rangefinder Comparison 2021 (with Comparison Chart)

We Compare the Best Laser Rangefinders in Golf

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Welcome to the PlayBetter Best Golf Rangefinder Comparison 2021! We're talking all the top brands in this article, including Bushnell Golf, Nikon, Garmin Golf, Voice Caddie, and Precision Pro. Get the gist of what makes each one of these golf laser rangefinders special, then check out our comparison table at the bottom to see the side-by-side similarities vs differences!

Who does golf rangefinders best?

This collection of golf laser rangefinders is so impressive—each one is so unique, that it's almost ridiculous to try to select the best one from the bunch! Different brands bring their own signature technology to the table (or the golf course). In this golf rangefinder comparison, we'll be looking at the following top brands and models:

    • The Bushnell Pro EX Golf Laser Rangefinder
    • The Bushnell Tour V5 and Tour V5 Shift (with slope)
    • The Garmin Approach Z82 Golf GPS Laser Rangefinder
    • The Nikon COOLSHOT PROII STABILIZED Golf Laser Rangefinder
    • The Nikon COOLSHOT 50i
    • The Voice Caddie SL2 Active Hybrid GPS Laser Rangefinder
    • The Precision Pro R1 Smart Rangefinder

Short on time? Skip to our Golf Rangefinder Comparison Chart or click on one of the subjects in the Table of Contents below.

Check out this video from Gabe at Let's Play Thru! who recently reviewed the new SL2 hybrid laser rangefinder from Voice Caddie!

Features You Want in a Golf Rangefinder

Slope Technology

Most of these golf laser rangefinders have their version of slope-adjusted distance, which factors in uphill and downhill shots. Check them out for the details that could make all the difference in your buying decision!

Tournament Legal

Be competition approved! Slope mode can be turned off in each of these golf rangefinders that has it. A light or a switch indicates that slope is off during tournament play.

Golf Features

Every one of these premium golf laser rangefinders has some pretty sweet golf features of their own to offer. Get to know them—then get the one you want on the PlayBetter Golf Store!

Flagstick Confirmation

Hit your target with confidence! All of these laser rangefinders for golf offer two ways to let you know you've locked on the flagstick—visual along with either vibration or sound.

Water Resistant

You wouldn't let a little rain or fog drive you off the course—and neither will these golf rangefinders. Each top-of-the-line device in this collection is legit water resistant!

Competitive Price

Most of these highly accurate, golf rangefinders are similarly priced between $450 and $600. The Precision Pro R1, Nikon COOLSHOT 50i, and Bushnell Tour V5 have lower price tags—read on to find out why!

Bushnell Pro XE — Best Golf Laser Rangefinder with Slope

The Best Slope Compensation Technology — Enhanced with Elements!

Why is this premium golf laser rangefinder the best when it comes to slope? Because Bushnell Golf has taken slope compensation next-level.

With the Pro XE, Bushnell Golf enhanced slope compensation with their Elements feature — that's the "E" in the Bushnell Pro XE. Not only do they factor in incline and decline, this worldly golf device considers temperature and elevation above sea level (Barometric pressure) to calculate even more precise distances. That alone makes it invaluable for golfers who travel and get to play a lot of different courses!

Play in the morning next to a mountain view or on a sultry evening in the tropics—play anywhere, anytime and dial into the clubs you need with confidence. The pros love it, and so will you!

The Bushnell Pro XE Slope golf rangefinder also includes a BITE Magnetic Cart Mount, PinSeeker technology with JOLT to give you visual and vibrating flagstick confirmation, and a convenient switch go tournament legal. Slope-Switch Technology lets you easily shift in and out of slope mode. The red crescent next to the switch shows that slope is disabled.

Check out our comparison chart below to see all the Bushnell Pro XE features side-by-side with the other best golf rangefinders of 2021.

Read more about Bushnell Golf products on the PlayBetter blog:

Bushnell Rangefinder FAQ

2021 Bushnell Golf Collection

Bushnell Pro XE vs Nikon COOLSHOT PROII STABILIZED

Bushnell Tour V5 vs Nikon COOLSHOT 50i Golf Laser Rangefinders

Bushnell Phantom 2 Handheld Golf GPS | 2021 Updates Review

Introducing Bushnell ION EDGE Golf GPS Watch | 2021 Upgrades Review

Announcing the Launch Pro | Bushnell Golf's Personal Launch Monitor and Simulator


Bushnell Tour V5 and Tour V5 Shift — The Best Golf Laser Rangefinder for Less

The Best High-End Golf Rangefinder for a Mid-Range Price!

Want a high-end golf laser rangefinder at a mid-range price? Bushnell Golf has made it happen with the Tour V5. It's chock-full of Bushnell's latest generation of precision technology. And you get the option to pay extra for the slope—Tour V5 Shift for $399.99—or go old school with no-slope for $299.99.

Focus on your shot, and not on your golf gadget. With integrated BITE magnetic technology your laser rangefinder is always within easy reach. Bushnell's PinSeeker technology with JOLT doubles flagstick confirmation with a visual flashing red ring and a vibrating pulse. Plus, stunning definition and vivid color with 6x magnification are par for the course along with precise distances with yardage accuracy within 1 yard.

If you opt for the slope-compensated distance feature of the Bushnell Tour V5 Shift laser rangefinder, an enhanced slope algorithm provides even more precise tour-trusted compensated distances that account for the hole’s incline/decline. And like the Pro XE laser rangefinder, you can make it tournament legal with a simple switch. The red crescent next to the switch shows that slope is disabled.

Check out our comparison chart below to see all the Bushnell Tour V5/Tour V5 Shift features side-by-side with the other best golf rangefinders of 2021.

Read more about Bushnell Golf products on the PlayBetter blog:

Bushnell Rangefinder FAQ

2021 Bushnell Golf Collection

Bushnell Pro XE vs Nikon COOLSHOT PROII STABILIZED

Bushnell Tour V5 vs Nikon COOLSHOT 50i Golf Laser Rangefinders

Bushnell Phantom 2 Handheld Golf GPS | 2021 Updates Review

Introducing Bushnell ION EDGE Golf GPS Watch | 2021 Upgrades Review

Announcing the Launch Pro | Bushnell Golf's Personal Launch Monitor and Simulator


Precision Pro R1 Smart Rangefinder — Most Affordable Slope Rangefinder

A Personalized Rangefinder with MYSLOPE™ Smart Slope Technology!

It may not be the most stylish slope rangefinder in the lineup, but the Precision Pro R1 Smart Rangefinder has the most attractive price for features that stand up to any high-end golf laser rangefinder!

MYSLOPE technology in the Precision Pro R1 Smart Rangefinder combines a player's unique ball data with environmental variables. The result is hyper accurate distances that factor in launch angle and spin rate, ball speed, altitude, temperature, and humidity.

Here's the kicker: you get that kind of in-depth analysis for precise distances and many other features ... for only $319.99.

Yes, you should be aptly thunderstruck, because this device is super reliable and jam-packed with other features like GPS distances, 37,000 preloaded course maps, wind assist, magnetic cart mount, and more!

Check out our comparison chart below to see all the Precision Pro R1 Smart Rangefinder features side-by-side with the other best golf rangefinders of 2021.

The Precision Pro R1 Smart Rangefinder

Nikon COOLSHOT PROII STABILIZED — Best Slope Rangefinder for Shaky Grip

Smooth, Stable Slope Adjustment When You Want It!

What good are accurate distances if your rangefinder shakes? Whether it's from a shaky grip or a windy day, an unstable golf laser rangefinder defeats the purpose of using one. That's not something you have to worry about when you have the slope rangefinder with the best stabilization technology to date.

The Nikon COOLSHOT PROII STABILIZED is the golf laser rangefinder that has both super accurate slope distances and a built-in advanced optical stabilization system to reduce vibration. This technology by Nikon sport optics gives you an amazing 80% reduction in hand shake. (But you can expect that kind of technology from the camera experts.)

Other COOLSHOT PROII STABILIZED slope rangefinder features incluce super-fast .3 second readings with HYPER READ technology, Dual Locked on ECHO technology (audible and visual target confirmation), tournament legal indicator, accuracy of ±0.75m/yd, and more!

Check out our comparison chart below to see all the Nikon COOLSHOT PROII STABILIZED features side-by-side with the other best golf rangefinders of 2021.

Read more about all Nikon rangefinders on the PlayBetter blog:

Nikon COOLSHOT PROII STABILIZED UPGRADES

NIKON COOLSHOT PROII STABILIZED VS BUSHNELL PRO XE

Nikon COOLSHOT 50i and PROII STABILIZED Announced

Watch our partner, Gabe, compare Nikon golf rangefinders in the Let's Play Thru! video comparison!


Nikon COOLSHOT 50i — Most Accurate Golf Laser Rangefinder for the Money

Accurate Distance Readings—Even Without Slope!

You don't want to drop $600.00 on a high-end rangefinder. But you want the most accurate measurements. Unlike a lot of rangefinders, Nikon golf rangefinders measure to tenths. And even though it does not have slope, there's a whole lot more to this laser rangefinder, like: top-shelf ergonomics, a mounting magnet that makes it within reach at all times and out of your way when you don't need it, and it's not much bigger than a smartphone, weighing in at only 6.3 oz! It shuts itself off after 8 seconds, so you literally only have to stick it back on your cart or clubs. It also has Dual Locked On QUAKE technology (visual and vibration target confirmation) and the superior optics of Nikon. Plus, survey your surroundings (for up to 8 seconds) to get exact distance to trees, water features, sand traps, and other hazards.

Check out our comparison chart below to see all the Nikon COOLSHOT 50i features side-by-side with the other best golf rangefinders of 2021.

Read more about all Nikon rangefinders on the PlayBetter blog:

Nikon COOLSHOT 50i Upgrades

Nikon COOLSHOT 50i vs Bushnell Tour V5

Nikon COOLSHOT 50i and PROII STABILIZED Announced

Watch our partner, Gabe, compare Nikon golf rangefinders in the Let's Play Thru! video comparison!


Voice Caddie SL2 — Best Hybrid GPS Laser Rangefinder with Slope

Slope Adjustment with Green Undulation!

Who dropped a fully loaded GPS golf watch into a golf laser rangefinder that has slope and the ultra cool Green Undulation feature? Voice Caddie did! And it's as amazing as it sounds. The Voice Caddie SL2 hybrid rangefinder shows course and green features on a color touchscreen below the viewfinder on the device.

This hybrid GPS laser rangefinder provides you with slope compensated distances and then gives you even more information about the green, so you can know the risky areas. The Voice Caddie SL2 Active Hybrid Slope Rangefinder helps you remove the guesswork with Smart Course View™ features that allow you to see the landing area of your driver from a preset driver distance, touch bunkers and hazards to see the distance to the front and end, zoom in for enlarged views, and get the distance from a selected point to the pin. The SL2 is also loaded with Active Green View™ features that include a more realistic and intuitive Green Undulation experience, a zoom screen that allows you to move the pin and navigate around the green, and the "active" part of this feature rotating the green according to your location, and more!

Check out our comparison chart below to see all the Nikon Voice Caddie SL2 features side-by-side with the other best golf rangefinders of 2021.

 

Read more about the Voice Caddie SL2 rangefinder on the PlayBetter blog:

Voice Caddie SL2 Active Hybrid GPS Laser Rangefinder with Green Undulation


Garmin Approach Z82 — Slope Laser Rangefinder with the Most Golf Features

Garmin PlaysLike Distance Plus a Whole Lot More!

PlaysLike Distance is Garmin's slope technology, which, as you would expect from Garmin, gives you hyper accurate distances with uphill and downhill elevation factored in. Also in keeping with the Garmin brand, you get a whole lot of other golf features in the this premium golf laser rangefinder with slope.

With the Garmin Approach Z82 golf laser rangefinder, you basically get all the golf features you get in their fully loaded Approach S62 golf watch, plus the laser rangefinder side of things. It's kind of the gladiator among these slope rangefinders! Other features you have to look forward to on the range or the golf course include Green View for distance to the back, middle, and front of the green, Laser Range Arc to see everything in play at that distance, Hazard View, Account for Wind, PinPointer to know where to aim, even on blind shots, Flag Lock On with vibration, 42,000 preloaded course maps worldwide, and more!

Check out our comparison chart below to see all the Garmin Approach Z82 features side-by-side with the other best golf rangefinders of 2021.

 

Read more about Garmin Golf on the PlayBetter blog:

2021 Golf Rangefinder Comparison

The Best Garmin Golf Watches for 2021 | Golf GPS Watch Comparison

Best Garmin Golf Watch for Women | 2021 Comparison

Garmin Approach R10 Golf Launch Monitor and Simulator | Announcement and Features Review

 

Watch our partner, Gabe, unbox and review the Garmin Approach Z82 in this Let's Play Thru video!


The PlayBetter Golf Rangefinder Comparison Table 2021

Space Bushnell Pro XE Bushnell Tour V5 Precision Pro R1 COOLSHOT PROii Nikon COOLSHOT 50i Voice Caddie SL2 Garmin Approach Z82

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Release
Date

2019

2020

2021

2021

2021

2021

2020

Slope

Yes

Yes for the
Tour V5 Shift;
No for the Tour V5

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Flagstick
Confirm-
ation

visual/haptic

visual/haptic

visual/haptic

visual/audible (chirp)

visual/haptic

visual/haptic

visual/haptic

Features

  • Elements technology
    (distances with
    temperature and
    barometric pressure
    factored in)
  • Slope-compensated
    distances
  • tournament legal
    with a switch
  • Magnet cart mount
  • Dual confirmation:
    PinSeeker technology
    with JOLT
  • Optics: 7x magnification
  • Accuracy within 1 yard
  • Waterproof
  • Slope-compensated
    distances
  • tournament legal
    with a switch
  • Magnet cart mount
  • Dual confirmation:
    PinSeeker technology
    with JOLT
  • Optics: 7x magnification
  • Accuracy within 1 yard
  • Waterproof
  • MYSLOPE technology
    (combines your ball
    data with environ-
    metal factors)
  • GPS Distances 
  • Preloaded with 37,000
    courses worldwide
  • Wind Assist
  • Built-in magnetic
    cart mount
  • 6x magnification
  • A pulse vibration
    confirms you're locking
    on your target
  • Alerts you if you
    leave it behind
  • Precision Pro Golf app
  • Stabilization tech-
    nology reduces
    shake by 80%
  • HYPER READ tech-
    nology for instant-
    aneous distances
  • Dual Locked On
    ECHO technology
  • Slope adjustment
  • Light indicates when
    tournament legal
    (slope off)
  • 6x magnification and
    crystal-clear OLED
    display
  • Waterproof/fogprooof
  • Dual Locked On
    QUAKE technology
  • Magnetic cart mount
  • Continuous measure-
    ment mode
  • 6x magnification and
    crystal-clear OLED
    display
  • Rainproof
  • Hybrid GPS and
    laser rangefinder
  • Smart Course View
    features (see above)
  • Active Green View
    features (see above)
  • GPS Pin Assist
  • Background and
    Hone in on the Pin
  • Slope Integration
    with Tournament Mode
  • Color Touch LCD Screen
  • Course layout/
    GPS yardage view
  • Green Undulation,
    Course Layout View
  • Continuous Scan Mode
  • Vibration on Target Capture
  • 2 Color OLED
    for Low Light Play
  • Optical Angle/High
    Clarity Lens
  • PlaysLike Distance
  • Green View
  • Laser Range Arc
  • Hazard View
  • Account for Wind
  • PinPointer
  • Measures shot
    distance
  • Tournament light
    indicator
  • Flag Lock On
  • Preloaded with over
    42,000 maps worldwide
  • Digital scorecard and
    stat tracking
  • Find My Garmin

Water-
proof?

Yes, IPX7

No

Yes, and fogproof

Rainproof, IPX4

N/A

N/A

Yes, IPX7

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