Considering buying a rangefinder made by Bushnell?

  1. They are a top golfing brand. You have heard great things about their products and would like to get on board.
  2. You have always used Bushnell and would like to continue. Perhaps, you just want to know what’s out there before picking one.

Or

3. You are buying this as a gift for someone. The only condition that they have put to it is that it has to be from this brand. It makes no sense to you, but each to his/her own.

Who are we to rain on your parade. Whatever reason you have for searching for Bushnell rangefinders is perfectly valid. You will probably know that they have been making these devices for a while now.

There are a lot of models that are available on the market. It is easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer number of them. This is where we come in. We have invested time in researching and testing rangefinders from Bushnell.

In A Hurry?

We have spent hours doing our research and testing a whole load of Bushnell rangefinders so you would not have to. If you love the brand and just want to make sure you get the very best rangefinder that they have to offer, you are in luck. ​

Having considered a lot of them, we have picked 5 that are very good. Some are not the newest model on the market, but one that has been consistent for years.

Getting such a device will guarantee that you will have a device that you can depend on.

Beyond our 5 picks, we wanted to go even further. We wondered which one of these devices we would pick if we had to go with just one. As you will find from our reviews, there are many features that you will fancy from each of the devices.

This is what makes settling for just one particularly difficult. This is from people who live and breath this game daily. We can only imagine how this would feel like someone doing this for the very first time.

If we had to settle for just one, it would be the Bushnell Tour V4. It is one of the newer laser rangefinders.

There are 5 magnification levels that you can choose from. It gives you range coverage of up to a 1000 yards. For pinning the flag, it goes up to 400 yards.

There is a more in-depth review below.

Our Test Winner After 40 + Hours Of Research:

Bushnell Tour V4 Shift Golf Laser Rangefinder

Our Honest Star Rating

Why is it the BEST?

  • It allows you to switch slope mode off.
  • The jolt function assists you at pinpointing the flag.
  • It is very accurate
  • The device automatically shuts down when not in use.
  • It is easy to place in your hand and to use.
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RESEARCHED SOURCES

185

REVIEWS CONSIDERED

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HOURS RESEARCHING

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PRODUCTS COMPARED

Our top 5 Golf Rangefinders Bushnell

Bushnell was founder out of what many would say is direct inspiration from Japan. The founder David had just returned from a honeymoon in Japan. He brought Japanese binoculars back with him.

These would be the very first products that he sold. They were sold via mail order. Their success was mainly because there were no binoculars that were reasonably priced for middle-class consumers.

Over the years the company has grown and increased its market share by buying other companies. Today they carry 13 brands. Their headquarters remain in Kansas.

We wanted to get a mixture of the new models and the older ones. They all had to be models that offer a great user experience. We also sought to find a range of products that would be suitable for those who have a low budget as well as those who are looking to spend a little more money.

It took doing some research and going through the range of rangefinders that Bushnell have put onto the market. Having done this, we took the time to test them.

Our goal is always to ensure that we find out firsthand what these products are like. We are excited to share with you the 5 product that we picked out.

1. Bushnell Tour V4 Shift (Slope) Golf Laser Rangefinder - TOP PICK

Bushnell Tour V4 Shift Golf Laser Rangefinder

Our Honest Star Rating

The Tour V4 is built to deliver accurate results are top speed.

This is the patriot version. It is similar ins functionality to the regular version except for the looks.

There was a conscious emphasis to keep the size as small as can be. It is ergonomic and designed to fit into the palm of your hands without any problems.

Where functionality is concerned, there are over 36000 golf courses pre-loaded on the device. The rangefinder provides guidance and distances between each hole.

It has 5x magnification levels. You can get a range of between 1 to 1000 yards. For getting closer to the flag you will benefit from a range of just over 400 yards. The accuracy level is to within one yard. When locking onto a flag, you will be pleased to

There is a slope level gauging mechanism on the Tour V4. It factors in the distance that your ball would need to travel including inclines and declines of the slope.

You have the option to switch off the slope mode when you are not using it. This will comply with the USGA rules. When looking to zero in on the flagpole, you will benefit from the pin seeker that gives as jolting motion when the laser has locked in on the target.

You can keep track of your performances on the Bushnell Golf app. This comes with the rangefinder.

Some of the proceeds from the sale of the patriot pack version go to the Fold of Honour Foundation.

An HONEST Review

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Pros

  • It allows you to switch slope mode off.
  • The jolt function assists you at pinpointing the flag.
  • It is very accurate
  • The device automatically shuts down when not in use.
  • It is easy to place in your hand and to use.

Cons

  • It’s difficult to use as it gets dark visibility becomes an issue.

2. Bushnell Phantom Golf GPS

Bushnell Phantom Golf GPS

Our Honest Star Rating

The Neo Ghost is a flagship device from Bushnell. It comes with more than 35000 golf courses already loaded on it.

There is an option to add more courses by connecting it to your computer and using the iGolf software.

You will never be required to pay any membership fees for the maps that you have access to. These include most of the popular golf courses on all continents, as well as those in the world’s major cities.

If you are playing in the US or the UK you will likely find your course here without trouble.

There is an auto course recognition feature that uses GPS to figure out what courses are near you as well as whichever one you may be on at the time. As you go through the game, you will not have to select anything to move to the next section.

The auto hole advance automatically moves on with you. It figures out when you have completed a hole and begins to present you with data tailored to the needs of your next challenge.

This such a simple device. It provides you with all the information that you may need without overwhelming you at any point. The front, centre and back distances are all presented.

You will also know how far you are from the closest 4 hazards on each hole. This should keep you conscious of the water and sand at key moments. You can also measure the distance of each shot that you take.

To do this, you’d need to select the function just before you take the shot. It will record the distance between where you are at this point and when you find the ball.

You get a multi-function clip with the rangefinder. It makes it easy for you to attach it to clothing. A USB cable is also included for charging the device. It takes about two hours to get a full charge.

Each fully charged battery will take you across the entire course without trouble. Be sure to charge it after completing one round.

AN HONEST REVIEW

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Pros:

  • No extra membership fees to be paid.
  • Comes with 35000+ maps already on it.
  • It is easy to operate.
  • It is very accurate in its measurements.
  • The price is very competitive.

Cons:

  • There were reports of some devices struggling to locate the satellite in cloudy conditions.

3. Bushnell Tour v3 Laser Rangefinder

Bushnell Tour V3

Our Honest Star Rating

The Bushnell Tour V3 boasts of the pin seeker technology that we love so much. It gives you a vibrating jolt once it has locked in on a target.

You can find your range at a distance of between 10 and 1000 yards.

If you are looking to pin the flag, you can do so from up to 300 yards away with an accuracy level of within a yard. When scanning an entire area keep on eyes on the monitor as it will pick up on various targets and give you an update of them. You can view this data on the LCD screen.

Bushnell made sure that they followed the USGA regulations for this rangefinder. It complies with tournament rules.

The design is ergonomic. There is a combination of ease of use and portability. It has an easy to grip the outer casing. You will be pleased with the 3 key elements that the device provides.

It captures design, performance and feel. They sought to bring to the casual golfers the same quality of technology that is used by top-level players.

No matter what course you play on there are bound to be ups and downs. The Tour V3 accounts for both incline and decline through their compensated swing yardage.

Each of these devices is fitted with a 3 V battery. They all come with a 2-year warranty that guarantees your replacement if something was to go wrong. They have taken some precautions to try and negate the risks.

The device is weather resistant. It can take some water without falling apart. It is not waterproof, but resistant. The battery area is quite compactly protected.

AN HONEST REVIEW

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Pros:

  • It is very easy to use.
  • It comes with a 3V battery.
  • There is a 2-year replacement warranty.
  • The data provided is very accurate.
  • It is tournament legal.
  • It is weather resistant.

Cons:

  • The warranty redemption process is not clear.

4. Bushnell Neo Ghost Golf GPS

Bushnell Neo Ghost Golf GPS

Our Honest Star Rating

If you would rather have a GPS rangefinder for whatever reason, this is a good pick.

The Neo Ghost is the epitome pocket-sized. You probably could not go any smaller in size without compromising on the quality of the screen view.

This view will present you with data of the front, centre and back of the course. It also provides you with the distance to any hazard. This is important whether you are playing on a golf course for the very first time or returning to your usual one.

It comes with over 35000 golf courses on it. Chances are that one of these is yours. If your course is not on there, you have the option to add more. For updates Bushnell provide this data free of cost on their iGolf website.

This is also where you would be able to find out if your course comes preloaded or not. To access this data you will be required to register your rangefinder.

When you are near a course or on the course, the device automatically tells you which course you are on. It will also automatically figure out which hole you are on and move on to the next one once you’re done there.

Such as the simplicity of this device that you will not need to charge it too often. We were able to play 4 full rounds of golf without charging it. To be safe, I would say 3 is the maximum. The device will be able to simultaneous alert you to 4 hazards at each hole.

The interface is easy to understand. There really isn’t much to it. To make it easy to carry, Bushnell includes a multi-function clip. There is also a USB cable included which you would use for syncing and charging the device. Your usual phone charger or computer port will do the job.

aN HONEST REVIEW

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Pros:

  • The device is functional and portable.
  • The battery will take you through at least 3 full rounds without running out of power.
  • The system is easy to operate.
  • There are over 35000 courses on the device.
  • It is fairly cheap.
  • The data is as accurate as you can get.

Cons:

  • The iGolf system has operating system limitations.
  • GPS issues are likely to occur when the weather conditions aren't favourable.

5. Bushnell Tour V2 with Pinseeker Laser Rangefinder

Bushnell Tour V2 with Pinseeker Laser Rangefinder

Our Honest Star Rating

When the V2 was released, Bushnell marketed it as the smallest and most advanced rangefinder that the world had ever seen.

As you can imagine that has since changed.

Competitors have come up with their own devices that take this accolade. Bushnell has also brought newer models that are improved. This is no slouch. The V2 picks up a range of between 5 and 1000 yards. It can pinpoint the flag from up to 300 yards away.

The accuracy is to within one yard.

When targeting the flag you will have the PinSeeker technology to guide you. It brings together accuracy and consistency. You will also be able to get results much quicker than if you were to do the pinpointing without it.

The PinSeeker technology knows to differentiate between the flag and the usual golfing backdrop. If you pick up multiple items when scanning, the device will present data on the most impeding one.

If you use the SCAN mode, the rangefinder will collect data consistently and present it to you on the LCD screen. When using it, you can look at the course through the 24mm lenses.

Distance is given to you in both metres and yards. The device has a magnification of 5x. The exterior of the device is made out of very strong rubber to make it easier for you to clasp your hands around it in all types of weather conditions.

If that is not enough, a carry case is also included.

AN HONEST REVIEW

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Pros:

  • The battery used is fairly common.
  • It provides accurate data.
  • The design is compact and easy to hold.
  • There is a carry case included.
  • You get a 2-year warranty.

Cons:

  • Bushnell may charge you for repairs even when the product is still under warranty.

Golf Rangefinders Bushnell Buyer’s Guide

You will obviously be aware that choosing the best golf rangefinder can be a mountainous task. There is all sort of things that you should take into consideration. Some of these are factors that we took into account when picking our top 5. Most golfers would either not be aware of some of these factors or all of them in some cases. This is how we end up with inadequate gear. Seeing as you are considering a good brand, Bushnell, take some credit. You obviously know a thing or two about good rangefinders. On the off chance that you would like to find out more, we have created a buyer’s guide to provide more information.

Where are Bushnell rangefinders made?

As we mentioned earlier, the Bushnell brand came into prominence by making devices cheaper. They were able to achieve this by importing goods from Asia. Their manufacturing has not strayed far from these roots. Most Bushnell rangefinders are designed in the US and manufactured in Asia.

Are Bushnell rangefinders waterproof?

Depending on the model that you get, some Bushnell rangefinders are waterproof. You will find that with the newer models that are slightly pricier, this has become the norm. Most of the predecessors were made to be water-resistant, but not waterproof.

How to reset my Bushnell rangefinder

Most Bushnell rangefinders have a menu. If you go into the menu you will find a settings section. Within that setting section, there is an option to factory reset your device. You should be aware that when you factory reset a device, all of the data that you have put on it will be wiped out. It will be returned to the state that it was in when you first opened the box.

This would be a concern for those that have uploaded maps or update the old one with newer ones that may be more accurate. However, if you find yourself in a position where you are considering doing a factory reset, chances are that it is necessary. In which case, the maps on the device would be the least of your worries. Most factory resets are done to resolve some sort of device malfunction. These are usually firmware issues. Resetting it would allow you to go back to the firmware that you know was working.

How to change Bushnell rangefinder from meters to yards

This will differ slightly from device to device. The general idea here is to go into settings and find your measurements. On the laser rangefinders, you will note that the two measurements are denoted by the letters YD and M. Pressing through the options that are indicated on your mode button will eventually get you to where you can height either YD or M. If the case of changing from meters to yards you want to make sure that you highlight the Y.

How does Bushnell rangefinder work?

Bushnell rangefinders are not different in functionality to any others that are on the market. They come as either laser or GPS. The laser rangefinders work by casting out a laser beam towards a target of your choice. The device would then record how far the laser beam had to travel before it hit the target. This is the distance that is then presented to you on the device.

GPS rangefinders work by pairing golf course maps that come preloaded on the device with the power of satellites. They make use of GPS signals from the satellites to determine the exact position where you are at any given time. As you move, the position changes. The satellite identifies this change and feeds your new position onto the device. The rangefinder is able to pinpoint where you are in relation to the map.

What battery goes in Bushnell rangefinder?

This will differ from one device to another. You will find that the ones that are use disposable battery may use the CR2 which is 3V. This is commonly used in GPS rangefinders. The laser rangefinders tend to require more battery power. As such, you will find that they use 9V batteries.

Final Words

We have considered 5 fairly impressive rangefinders. These cover both GPS and laser categories. As you already know these two categories have some starking differences. It will usually come down to personal preference as to which one of the two is more suitable for you. The laser gives you the benefit of being able to pair your eyes with the tool to get distances to objects that you can see. The GPS one alerts you to things that your eyes may not have picked up on as yet.

Make sure that you read the review so that you can form an informed opinion of each device. This will make it slightly easier to make a pick. While considering each device you will also find out about some functionality and nuances that make each product that little bit more interesting.

All of the products that we picked deliver on the simplicity of use. We wanted to make sure that your device would not be a cause for worry. These are tools that you are paying your hard-earned money for. They should not be causes of frustration. Instead, they ought to make your golfing experience more pleasant.

Before settling for one of these devices it may be worth considering the functions that you would say are “must-haves” on any rangefinder that you will end up with. If you do not define these from the first instance you will usually find that it is easy to not do it at all. Being presented with all the wonderful things that rangefinders can do will cause you to neglect your own requirements. However, if they are predefined, you will always have something to refer back to.

Consider how many time you have gone into a store with one thing in mind and come out with things that you did not go in for. You can go as far as writing down your requirements before you start looking through the item. Tick these off as you find out about what each device has to offer. A checklist provides you with a visual aid to measure how close any device is to be the perfect choice for you.

Our buyer’s guide will also have presented you with answers to some of the questions that you may have had before starting your search. Consider how any of the answers impact your requirements. If they do, go back to the reviews of each product and consider it with the updated requirements in mind. This should make life a lot easier for you. Otherwise, Happy Golfing!

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