Which Rangefinder to buy?

jgleas1jgleas1 Members Posts: 108
So I am looking to order a rangefinder, but I can't decide which one. There is the Bushnell, Nikon, Leopold and then brands like Precision Pro.



What brand and model do you use and what has been your experience with each. Pro and Cons ... don't hold back.



If I can save some money that would be nice because there is alway something that I "NEED".
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  • cb24cb24 Members Posts: 1,690 ✭✭
    I love my callaway 300 rangefinder from Costco. Was only $150 and gives solid reading to a yard or two of accuracy
  • riehlgriehlg Lets Go Pens Members Posts: 927
    I've got a Breaking 80 rangefinder. I got it for about $100 using a promo code off of reddit. I've had it for over a year now and it works beautifully. It's always within a yard of my brother's Bushnell at a fraction of the price. The pros are it's accuracy and ease of use. Cons would be that when you're about 220+ out, it's a little tough to get the pin locked on. For me though that's not a huge issue as it's really not key for me as from that distance, I'm just looking to hit the center of the green. I just need a ballpark figure to go off of and the location of the pin on the green.
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  • xjohnxxjohnx Members Posts: 2,005 ✭✭
    In my opinion unless you really need something like an OLED screen there is absolutely no reason to spend 2x more on something other than the Precision Pro NX7 Pro. I've tested it side by side with several of the big names. You'd be wasting money.
  • Sean2Sean2 #TheWRX (Callaway Trip) Members Posts: 30,826 ✭✭
    I like Leupold. Not only do they make very fine rangefinders, but there customer service is outstanding.
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  • joe293joe293 Members Posts: 111
    I've got the Leupold from PGASS. Used a gift card from Christmas 2015, worked well all last year. That being said I also have a regular gps range finder. There's been a few times I don't have line of sight to a flag so a Garmin or Sky Caddie helps.
  • jbsg02jbsg02 Members Posts: 264 ✭✭
    a rangefinder was one of the best golf purchases I've ever made, I don't know how I went so long without one now
  • Crooksc17Crooksc17 Members Posts: 768 ✭✭
    Leopold 2i2. Can be found for a reasonable price now and has a lot of features including slope. I have had no problems but I've heard they have excellent customer support
  • Firegolf26Firegolf26 Members Posts: 439 ✭✭
    All depends on your budget. Some pricier models (I have Leopold) are worth it. Last longer, OLED display doesn't strain the eye, well built, not cheap feeling. I play tournaments and a lot of golf, so it was worth it to me. Their customer service is second to none.



    But even the most basic ones will measure fairly accurate. Just not sure how long the displays/tech will work or what customer service they have. Good luck!
  • KARL MKARL M Members Posts: 656 ✭✭
    I'm using a Bushnell Tour X that I bought using a discount coupon. It locks on target quickly. It can be switched between red and black display. I don't really see much use for the red display.
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  • Ryan5508Ryan5508 Members Posts: 465 ✭✭
    Nikon 80i VR



    Stable and easy to laser your target without having to rest against a cart/tree.

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  • I_HATE_SNOWI_HATE_SNOW Members Posts: 3,274 ✭✭
    edited Mar 28, 2017 #12
    Compare warranties. Rangefinders tend to quit working. Leupold just sent me a replacement for my 5 year old model. Sent me the newest model for free. I tried that with my previous Bushnell, they offered to sell me one at a slight discount. That is why I have a Leupold.



    Golf models, I had a 1500 Bushnell w/slope and a GX 4i, now have a GX4i2
  • FoofightersFoofighters Members Posts: 207 ✭✭
    edited Mar 28, 2017 #13
    riehlg wrote:


    I've got a Breaking 80 rangefinder. I got it for about $100 using a promo code off of reddit. I've had it for over a year now and it works beautifully. It's always within a yard of my brother's Bushnell at a fraction of the price. The pros are it's accuracy and ease of use. Cons would be that when you're about 220+ out, it's a little tough to get the pin locked on. For me though that's not a huge issue as it's really not key for me as from that distance, I'm just looking to hit the center of the green. I just need a ballpark figure to go off of and the location of the pin on the green.




    I just saw this offered again the other day. And I believe it now has a lifetime warranty. I'd prolly grab one if I didn't already own a rangefinder.
  • NorbooNorboo Members Posts: 2,216 ✭✭
    I had serval Bushnell and currently use Z6 original. I tested many along the way and they all work well. It's matter of preference and budget.

    I would recommend buying the smallest that fits your hand and don't spend too much. I mainly use my watch for general yardages and hazards. Laser only gets used on several approach shots and par 3's.
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  • Hawkeye77Hawkeye77 Countdown to The Masters! ClubWRX Posts: 17,699 ClubWRX
    Leupold for me. Used a hunting model for years, then bought my oldest daughter her own rangefinder for Christmas 3 years ago (Leupold golf, non-slope model) and liked hers so much got myself one, too! Accurate, reliable, batteries just keep on going.
  • Sean2Sean2 #TheWRX (Callaway Trip) Members Posts: 30,826 ✭✭
    Hawkeye77 wrote:


    Leupold for me. Used a hunting model for years, then bought my oldest daughter her own rangefinder for Christmas 3 years ago (Leupold golf, non-slope model) and liked hers so much got myself one, too! Accurate, reliable, batteries just keep on going.




    I had one that quit working after more than two years. I contacted Leupold and they asked me to send it in, which I did. They ended up sending me a brand new unit of the most current model. I was certainly surprised by that as the original was no longer under warranty. I just thought they would fix it and bill me the cost of the repair.
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  • BillyZ2BillyZ2 Members Posts: 5,248
    I had a Bushnell Neo X GPS watch that crapped out right after the warranty expired, but I called Bushnell anyway to see what they would do they told me to send it in. They sent back a brand new watch of the updated model the Neo XS at no cost. I know we are talking how about laser range finders and not watches but I wanted to share the customer service I encountered with Bushnell.
  • sodak77sodak77 Members Posts: 224 ✭✭
    Has anyone tried the new rangefinders by MG golf?
  • hlcahlca Members Posts: 485 ✭✭
    edited Mar 29, 2017 #19
    I have the Leupold GX-2i2 which I just bought for $169 off eBay. It replaced a Callaway Micro Laser that I got off Amazon for $150, which I returned after a round b/c it was inaccurate, slow, and cheap feeling. Plus I wanted slope. The 2i2 is small and well constructed without being really expensive. The other one I would consider if I wanted to spend more money is the Nikon 80i VR, but that goes for $450. The VR really makes a huge difference. Just try it out at a store.
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  • pgetzenpgetzen Members Posts: 200 ✭✭
    I had the Leupold GX-4i2 and the 2i2. I bought them due to outstanding reviews of customer service. In the end, though, it took longer to hit a target than my old Bushnell, and while that's not a big deal for some, it was bothersome to me. Went back to Bushnell with the Tour V4 and haven't looked back. If you are OK spending the money, that is a great rangefinder.
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  • PaullyPPaullyP Members Posts: 78
    Sean2 wrote:


    I like Leupold. Not only do they make very fine rangefinders, but there customer service is outstanding.
    Good to hear, I am sending my GX 3i in, hopefully it gets fixed because I love it. I just bought a GX 2i2 for 150 so I hope it serves as a good backup until I hear back from Leupold.
  • hacker49hacker49 Members Posts: 483 ✭✭
    I work at an outdoor retailer and the folks who work the optics area say Leupold make some of the best. It's probably the ones they recommend the most. And like many have said their customer service is excellent.
  • ShakesterShakester Members Posts: 461 ✭✭
    I was looking for a rangefinder for a good price. I saw the Nikon Coolshot 20 for $160, read a bunch of reviews and ordered one. It doesn't have all the fancy stuff like vibrating when you get a target or even slope (that version is much more expensive), but if you're looking for a no nonsense rangefinder, then I'd recommend the Coolshot 20.
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  • cristphotocristphoto Members Posts: 3,311 ✭✭
    edited May 5, 2017 #24
    I just got a Bushnell Tour V4 last week. Small enough to keep in pocket while playing and it can easily read flags on par fours out to about 350 yards. Super fast lock-on time for closer yardages. Currently on sale at all Bushnell dealers.



    Edit: just saw a review of several rangefinders on ****. The Bushnell's did quite well. Oddly no Leupold models were included.



    https://www.****.com/the-best-laser-rangefinders-in-2017/
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  • GolfGrouchGolfGrouch Members Posts: 460 ✭✭
    PaullyP wrote:

    Sean2 wrote:


    I like Leupold. Not only do they make very fine rangefinders, but there customer service is outstanding.
    Good to hear, I am sending my GX 3i in, hopefully it gets fixed because I love it. I just bought a GX 2i2 for 150 so I hope it serves as a good backup until I hear back from Leupold.




    How did you buy a Leupold GX-2i2 for $150?
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  • fanofsaosinfanofsaosin Members Posts: 572
    I'm going with leupold with this one. My uncle handed down me his Leupold gx-2i, recently I have had a hard time getting yardage on pins. I called customer service up and told them the issue, also mentioning I am not the original owner. They said no problem send it in and we will look at it and fix it with no charge. They have won me over as a customer for life.
  • GungHoGolfGungHoGolf SkyTrak Afficionado Austin, TXMembers Posts: 864 ✭✭
    GolfGrouch wrote:

    PaullyP wrote:

    Sean2 wrote:


    I like Leupold. Not only do they make very fine rangefinders, but there customer service is outstanding.
    Good to hear, I am sending my GX 3i in, hopefully it gets fixed because I love it. I just bought a GX 2i2 for 150 so I hope it serves as a good backup until I hear back from Leupold.




    How did you buy a Leupold GX-2i2 for $150?




    Close, $170: https://www.ebay.com/itm/391697024457
  • thebadbaronthebadbaron Clemson Tigers Members Posts: 55 ✭✭
    jgleas1 wrote:


    So I am looking to order a rangefinder, but I can't decide which one. There is the Bushnell, Nikon, Leopold and then brands like Precision Pro.



    What brand and model do you use and what has been your experience with each. Pro and Cons ... don't hold back.



    If I can save some money that would be nice because there is alway something that I "NEED".




    I went through this same dilemma last season with the whole laser vs watch and slope vs no-slope debate. After lots of research and indecision, my girlfriend surprised me with a tectectec slope laser rangefinder for xmas. After using it for a handful of rounds and plenty of times at the range here are my thoughts...



    About me; I'm a high single digit handicapper with a somewhat obsessive compulsive personality (meaning I like precision). I play 2-3 rounds per week and I like to play FAST. If I'm alone I can knock out 18 in under 2.5 hours. I thought I wanted the laser rangefinder.



    About my experience using the laser; I don't love it. In fact, I'm pretty sure I dislike it. It slows you down, especially in a larger group when your buddies want you to shoot everything. It takes at least 2 or 3 attempts to confirm that you're shooting the correct target. At times, you may still be hitting something behind the pin (which I have done on more than one occasion and resulted in me air-mailing my approach). On top of that, I'm always worried about damaging it or having it fall out of the cart so it takes even more time to take in and out of the case. The slope function is almost useless because 90% of the time you're target is level. The other times its fairly easy to guesstimate how much to add or subtract based on common sense. I guess it's nice to have at the range but chances are you already know how far you hit your clubs which works just as well as using the laser.



    I guess what I'm saying is that I wish I had gotten a GPS watch. It just seems faster and easier to use/access. I thought that the precision of laser would suit me better but I was wrong. I can't imagine that brand to brand makes that much of a difference. But at the end of the day I'd recommend getting a watch.
  • BillyZ2BillyZ2 Members Posts: 5,248
    QUOTE

    I guess what I'm saying is that I wish I had gotten a GPS watch. It just seems faster and easier to use/access. I thought that the precision of laser would suit me better but I was wrong. I can't imagine that brand to brand makes that much of a difference. But at the end of the day I'd recommend getting a watch.

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    The above quote is very good advice that I agree with. The watch is so easy and very accurate with a bit of common golf sense.
  • tjcorderotjcordero Members Posts: 98
    Leupold GX-4i2 for me. I went with i based on Leupold's reputation of great customer service.
  • TeamtempoTeamtempo Members Posts: 272
    Leopold Gx2i2 or Precision Pro ? after the rebates they are about the same price. Any input from anyone with the PrecisionPro?
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