On the market for a new rangefinder?

  1. You have been told that one has not played golf until they use one of these tools. You will be damned if you don’t buy one.
  2. You have had one for a while. It is time for an upgrade. The old faithful needs to make way for a newer and better one.

Or

3. You are just browsing for golf devices. Perhaps you’ll end up seeing a rangefinder that really speaks to you.

Your reason is your reason. It does not need to make any sense to anyone but you. Buying golf devices is a key part of the game.

Technology gives us a platform to figure out some of the things that would have otherwise come down to one person’s estimation against that of another.

Having the perfect dataset allows you to make better decisions on the golf course. It will influence the irons that you pick up at any given time.

In A Hurry?

If you feel that 5 is still too many to choose from, we can understand that. You are presented with devices and brands that you may not have ever heard of.

Making the right choice cannot be easy. Or can it not? We went a step further in our quest to make your life that little bit simpler. Our list of five went through more testing and research.

The result was one rangefinder that we thought is slightly ahead of the rest. I say slightly in the most truthful manner.

All five are solid picks. The ones we went with just pipped the others.

We chose the TecTecTec ULT-X.

It provides maximum ranging distance with a low rate of inaccuracy. The brand is one that we have learned about and liked.

You will find a more detailed review below.

Our Test Winner After 40 + Hours Of Research:

TecTecTec ULT-X Golf Rangefinder

Our Honest Star Rating

Why is it the BEST?

  • The device is very easy to use.
  • It is reasonably priced.
  • It includes the slope mode.
  • It is tournament legal.
  • The Jolt motion makes it much easier to lock onto the flag.
  • There is accurate data collected and delivered at top speed.
97%
Our Score

25

RESEARCHED SOURCES

185

REVIEWS CONSIDERED

40 +

HOURS RESEARCHING

16

PRODUCTS COMPARED

Our top 5 Golf Rangefinders Ratings

The one thing that most golfers will be aware of is their own strength. They would know how far their drives go.

They would also be aware of what irons they would need to use if they are to get the distance that they desire at any given moment. This knowledge is futile if you do not know the golf course.

Knowing how far a certain part of the golf course is from where you are will tell you which iron you need to be using. It will also tell you how hard you should be looking to hit the ball.

We know that does not guarantee instant improvement. However, we also know that if you have all the information that you need and are still unable to deliver the shot, the issue may lay with your skills. Getting a good rangefinder gets rid of one more excuse that may be holding back your progress.

To make sure that your search would not be too difficult we thought we would help you out.

We set out to find some great rangefinders so we could provide a rating for the top 5.

1. TecTecTec ULT-X Golf Rangefinder - TOP PICK

TecTecTec ULT-X Golf Rangefinder

Our Honest Star Rating

It will be very difficult to find a better-presented package than this one.

TecTecTec’s focus was to reduce the hassle that it can be to lock onto a target using a rangefinder.

To achieve this they introduced their Target Lock Technology. It is designed to rapidly pick up flags and other targets on the course. The range that it covers is up to 1000 yards.

This includes a 6-time magnification level. You cannot possibly hope for clearer images.

For distances of up to 300 yards, it gives you an accuracy level of within 0.3 yards. For double the distance, your accuracy level goes to an equally impressive 0.5 yards.

As for 1000 yards, your accuracy level will be to within 1 yard.

It is a device that is very easy to use. All you may want to remember is that the yellow side of the lever is for the slope and the black shows that it is switched off.

When the target is locked you will get the vibrating jolting motion. If you want to get a feel of the surrounding, keeping the device set to scanning will get you results of the obstacles around you.

There is a faceplate in place to make sure that the device complies with USGA regulations.

When you have the slope mode switched on, the distance that you get factors in the elevation of the course.

For the sake of durability, they have made the device both rainproof and moisture resistant. You will also get a free case to keep it in.

There is a 2-year warranty cover as well. If for any reason you are not pleased, you can get your money back within 100 days. If you just need some support, TecTecTec is more than happy to oblige.

There is a battery and a cleaning cloth also included.

An HONEST Review

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Pros

  • The device is very easy to use.
  • It is reasonably priced.
  • It includes the slope mode.
  • It is tournament legal.
  • The Jolt motion makes it much easier to lock onto the flag.
  • There is accurate data collected and delivered at top speed.

Cons

  • The flagstick pinning was hit and miss.

2. Bushnell Tour Z6 Golf Laser Rangefinder with JOLT

bushnell tour z6 review

Our Honest Star Rating

You will likely be drawn the contours that are spread across the top of the device.

They give it a guaranteed feel of good grip. It is firmly built and easy to hold in your palm.

The range that it covers is between 5 and 1300 yards. It can pick up the flag from a maximum distance of about 450 yards. There is a high accuracy level of just half a yard when you are pinpointing from a distance that is between 5 and 125 yards.

The device has 6 levels of magnification. This allows you to get as much clarity as you would need within the view. To further enhance the view, Bushnell has used their 2nd generation E.S.P and Vivid Display Technology.

It breathes in a new life of contrast, clarity and better lighting. For the sake of durability, as well as that of peace of mind on a rainy day. You will be pleased to note that this is fully waterproof.

There is also a carry case included for those who don’t trust waterproofing. If that does not work you can always fall back on the two-year warranty that comes with it.

For your precise shot, the Pinseeker has a Jolt Technology embedded in it. When you have locked in on your target the device will give you a quick vibrating jolt within your palm.

This will tell you that the laser has picked up and locked on the target. This happens at an impressive speed. The one thing missing on this is the slope distance adjustment feature that we have gotten used to. I have no idea why they did not include it.

You can use this as a distance marker for tracking how far your shots are going.

AN HONEST REVIEW

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Pros:

  • It delivers accurate results at top speed.
  • The device could not be any easier to use.
  • Allows you to measure yardage on your shots.
  • It has a battery meter to show you when you need to get it charged.
  • There is a two-year warranty on it.
  • It is suitable for tournament use.

Cons:

  • When fully magnified it becomes quite shaky in the view.
  • It is on the higher end of the pricing scale.

3. Nikon Coolshot 20 Golf Rangefinder

Our Honest Star Rating

Nikon has been at the forefront of imaging as well as lenses for a long time now.

If we can trust any brand with this, it has got to be this one.


This rangefinder measures a range of up to 550 yards. It delivers a 6-time zoom. As you would expect with Nikon, the view is clear and the distances are accurate. The scanning mode will pick up your entire surroundings.

The size is a great thing. You would not believe that something so tiny could deliver the performance level that it does. It weighs just over 4 ounces. Its consistency will give you a great platform on which to build your game.

It will influence your club selection as well as game management. Just knowing which iron to use at each point goes a long way.

You will also be able to use this device in tournaments. It complies with all of USGA’s tournament rules. Beyond this, Nikon ensures that they considered the player’s perspective when designing this.

For mapping your surroundings, you can make use of the continuous scanning mode. It picks up various targets in the same instance. The scanning takes place in bouts of 8 seconds.

To engage it, you only need to hold the power button.

There is an emphasis placed on the most imminent hindrance. When various targets are picked the distance of the closest one is displayed. You can use this when approaching a flagstick that is surrounded by individuals or forestry.

For the sake of durability, you will be pleased to note that they made this weatherproof. This is to say that it can take a battering from the rain and from the sun and keep going.

AN HONEST REVIEW

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Pros:

  • The device is very easy to use.
  • It is compact and easy to carry. You can put it in any pocket.
  • The battery life is incredible.
  • Provides great value for money.
  • The device is durable.

Cons:

  • It requires a very steady hand to get an accurate reading.
  • The battery cover is not as strong as it ought to be.

4. Simmons LRF 600 Rangefinder

Simmons LRF 600 4x20 Rangefinder

Our Honest Star Rating

The Simmons LRF 600 is our final pick. It is capable of covering a range of between 10 and 600 yards with reflective targets considered.

For trees and the flag pole, you can measure a range of up to 400 yards.

If you are looking for some versatility of use, you will be pleased to note that it can also pick up furry animals from up to 200 yards away. There is a 4x magnification to give you a clear view as you scan the area.

The view is bright and clear.

The data gathered is presented back to you through the LCD screen that is in-view. To get accurate horizontal distances, the devices have tilt distance embedded in its functions.

We were not happy to find that we had to purchase the battery separately. This is always an anticlimax when you are waiting for a device to arrive. Only to realise that you will not be able to use it immediately.

That being said, the batteries are fairly common. It is powered by a single 9 Volt battery.

The distance can be delivered to you in both metres and yards. There is a simple toggle that allows you to switch between the two. There is a free lanyard included with each purchase.

The case that comes with can be looped onto your belt to make it easier to carry with you.

aN HONEST REVIEW

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Pros:

  • The device is very easy to use.
  • It is lightweight.
  • It offers you the versatility of using it in other sports and activities.
  • It is reasonably priced.
  • It picks up targets quite swiftly.

Cons:

  • Long-distance ranging was difficult to get right.

5. TecTecTec VPRO500 Golf Rangefinder

TecTecTec VPRO500 Range Finder

Our Honest Star Rating

You will be pleasantly surprised to note that this device performs a recalibration after every shot that you use it for.

This is what maintains an impressive level of accuracy throughout the course.

It delivers accuracy of with one yard on a range of up to 600 yards. For those who want the versatility of being able to use this for hunting, you will be pleased to know that it can pick up furry animals from about 200 yards away.

There are 4 levels of magnification that you can use. These deliver a bright and clear view at all times.

The focus of this design was to provide consistency and efficiency at all times. This is something that Simmons has achieved. It weighs just under 10 ounces.

You can probably tell that this is not your weak product types. Durability and integrity of design were at the core of the manufacturing process.

The one thing that we certainly did not appreciate was the fact that we needed to get a 9 Volt battery before we could use the device. It does not come with one.

They do include a carry case though. I am not sure if that is enough compensation for the battery.

There is an LCD display that shows your data as you go through the course and engage the scanning. For the sake of durability, the outer case is made to be weather-resistant.

It can take the rain, heat and the cold.

AN HONEST REVIEW

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Pros:

  • The device provides a great level of accuracy.
  • This is an incredible value for money product.
  • It offers you the versatility of using it for hunting.
  • It comes with a belt loop carrying case and a lanyard.

Cons:

  • It is not the quickest device at gauging range.

Golf Rangefinders Ratings Buyer’s Guide

We have presented you with our reviews and rating for 5 good rangefinders. Nothing has been kept from you. You were made aware of the areas in which they excel as well as where they are weak. Getting the full picture allows you to make a better choice when you are choosing between them. You will note that this is not quite as simple as we make it seem. A lot of time and effort goes into understanding products before forming a conclusive opinion. Even then we often find ourselves still torn. There are things that you may want from one device that it does not have. You would find these features on a device that you may not like. This complicates things.

The purpose of our buyer’s guide is to bring a little more simplicity to this process of decision making. We consider the questions that you may have about the products and the brands behind them. There are also some terms and features that would be potentially confusing for you. We try to define any that we can identify within the article.

Who makes Tectectec rangefinders?

The founder of TecTecTec is Renan Lore. He is a French native who currently resides in Bali. He founded the company in 2014 with the help of two of his childhood friends who are also engineers. Today their products are sold in over 20 countries. Their team is made up of 7 different nationalities.

Renan is a keen surfer who has travelled to over 40 countries across the world. Today the company employs people in various parts of the world. Their core team is based in Bali. They also have a team in Brittany, where Renan is from.

The goal when founding the company was to cut out the middle man and keep the price affordable for the end-user. This is a perspective that was developed from the experience of running another company that was making great good but not making nearly enough sale. Their problem was that they had to pay too many people before the product got to the consumer. The price would then be too high for the customer. This is a company for users! The team reads and keeps every single letter that is sent to them by customers.

How to change Simmons rangefinder from meters to yards?

There is probably not a method that will work on all of Simmons’ rangefinders. We have not had the pleasure of all of them. The one that we tried is the Simmons LRF 600. To do this you need to first switch the device off. Once the device is switched off make sure that you are looking through the viewfinder. Press and hold the power button.

A lot of icons will soon come into your view. Keep holding the button down. The icons will fade away to leave the measurement ones on there. They will be on your right-hand side. It will start switching between yards and metres as you keep the power button pressed down. Once it moves to the unit of measurement that you want, simply release the power button. That is all. I know we all would have preferred a simpler way of doing it.

Is the Nikon Coolshot 20 waterproof?

The Coolshot 20 is certainly not waterproof. Nikon advertises this rangefinder as being weatherproof. This means that it is designed to give you an acceptable level of functionality even in the worst weather conditions. It is expected to take some rain, heat and cold and remain usable. If it is exposed to water in the context of being submerged, it will most likely stop working. The design of the device while being compact does not create a vacuum. There is still room for movement of air. Wherever air can pass through, you can guarantee that water will do the same. It may not be at the same speed, but it will get through.

Final Words

You have been presented with 5 rangefinders that we have rated based on testing and research. If you are to get one of them, you would be assured that you are buying a device that you know. We have covered them in enough detail to ensure that you would be comfortable with your decision when you pick one of these. It is up to you to take the time to read each review and compare the devices based on their strengths and weaknesses. Some of the key factors that we considered in our choices of these were as follows:

Battery

You will find that some manufacturers do not provide a battery with their rangefinders. I feel that this in many ways is an abdication of their duty to the consumers. Batteries are one of the main components that could be troublesome in most devices. By letting you pick your own, they do not have to bear the responsibility of batteries that underperform.

For the ones that come with the batteries, you would want to consider how long the battery lasts. The most common one used is the CR2. These are very cheap. It is easy to constantly replace them without ever realising how expensive the use of your rangefinder becomes.

The best-case scenarios are getting one that comes with a rechargeable battery in it. These tend to be more expensive. It will come down to convenience and the maths behind it. Does it work out cheaper to pay more for the device and save on battery replacements or to buy a cheaper rangefinder without the batteries? Another factor to consider is that the rechargeable batteries are much more expensive to replace in the event of a fault.

Customer Support

Most of us do not consider customer support when buying things. We expect that our new device will work as expected and things will be amazing. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. It is always good practice to find out who would be responsible for resolving your problems if you were to encounter them with any of these devices. The best-case scenario would be that there is a telephone number provided for you to reach the customer support if needed.

Just knowing that they provide contact details or an address to return the device goes a long way.

Range Coverage

The reason that you are buying a rangefinder is to get as much range coverage out of it. There are two things to consider in this case. The first truth to swallow is that most manufacturer’s advertised range will be one that can be achieved under the best conditions possible. It will be highly unlikely that you would ever be replicate it. Once you have accepted this, we can move on to what you can do. You want to set a range in your mind that you would say is the least that you would be happy with.

In most cases, you should be able to get at least two-thirds of what was advertised. Divide whatever number they have promised you by 3. Then multiply it by 2. Whatever you get is a more realistic expectation to have.

Reliability

We have tested rangefinders that perform well on one instance but are unable to maintain that level of performance over time. For the sake of your peace of mind, you want to have a rangefinder that delivers optimal performance consistently. This is probably the most difficult metric to measure before purchasing the device. Reading our reviews will certainly help.

Warranty

If a manufacturer believes in what they have made they should be able to back it by offering a warranty. A warranty gives you the option to either return a faulty device to get it repaired or replaced with a functional one. This is common practice. You also want to check what procedures they have in place for redeeming it. In some cases, manufacturers make it so difficult to redeem it that most customers will just let it go. They may ask you to pay the shipping cost to and from their premises, which is annoying when you know that they are at fault for this problem. If they have a return address that is local to you, that is even better.

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