Critical Golf: Unbiased Golf Equipment Reviews

Laser Rangefinder Reviews - Overall Ranking

2014 - Reviews, ratings and rankings of the best golf laser rangefinders. Our editors test and compare the latest golf laser rangefinders head-to-head to help you determine which golf laser rangefinder is best.  Rangefinders tested include offerings from Leupold, Bushnell, Laser Link and Opti-Logic.

How We Test

Intro to Laser Rangefinders

Leupold GX-3i

Leupold GX-3i

The Leupold GX-3i has a fancy aluminum body and a vivid red OLED readout, all in a great form factor. Enhancements in this model include more rapid distance readings and flagstick range to 400 yards at +/- six inches. While the device quickly provides distance while panning, we experienced difficulties in locking on to flagsticks and found the blinking distance readings to be distracting. Read on for our detailed Leupold GX-3i review.
Retail price: $499.99
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Score

91

Grade

A-


Bushnell Pro 1M

Bushnell Pro 1M

The Bushnell Pro 1M is Bushnell’s top-of-the-line non-slope laser rangefinder, featuring 7x magnification. It’s not only the largest and heaviest rangefinder on the market, it’s also one of most expensive rangefinders without slope information. The new “Vivid Display” technology helps in reading distances against dark backgrounds, but we were disappointed by the limited panning ability. Read our full Bushnell Pro 1M review.
Retail price: $499.00
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Score

91

Grade

A-


Bushnell Tour v3 JOLT

Bushnell Tour v3 JOLT

The Bushnell Tour v3 retains the same magnification (5x), range performance (5-1,000 yards), and accuracy (to 1 yard) as the previous generation Bushnell Tour V2, but adds Bushnell’s JOLT Technology, providing short bursts of vibration to reinforce that its PinSeeker technology has locked on to the distance. At $299, the Bushnell Tour v3 is one of the least expensive laser rangefinders on the market. Read on our detailed Bushnell Tour v3 JOLT review.
Retail: $299
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Score

89

Grade

B+


Bushnell Hybrid Laser GPS

Bushnell Hybrid Laser GPS

The Bushnell Hybrid is the first combination GPS and laser rangefinder on the market. Though the Hybird has only 5x magnification and no panning mode, the benefits of having a built-in GPS (with over 16,000 courses out of the box, and no yearly fees) is clear. Given the size and cost, however, users will likely not only be stacking the Hybrid up against the Bushnell Tour V2 and neo+ (which it essentially is), but also against separate dedicated laser and GPS devices. Read more at our detailed Bushnell Hybrid Laser GPS review.
Retail price: $499.99
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Score

88

Grade

B+


Leupold PinCaddie

Leupold PinCaddie

Leupold has historically offered golf laser rangefinders at the high end of the market. That changes with the Leupold PinCaddie, which at $315 retails as not just the least expensive Leupold, but one of the lower priced laser rangefinders in our tests. The PinCaddie has an LCD display and features Leupold’s PinHunter technology (targets nearest object, though lacks ability to “lock” onto a prism), 6x magnification, and scanning mode. Read on for our detailed Leupold PinCaddie review.
Retail price: $314.99
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Score

88

Grade

B+


Laser Link Red Hot

Laser Link Red Hot

The Laser Link Red Hot is a pistol-styled laser rangefinder that can target any object on the golf course (unlike Laser Link’s QuickShot, which can only target flagsticks with reflective prisms). We liked the Red Hot’s point-and-shoot design and its vibrate mode, which vibrates the device when it has locked on to a target. Our concern about the Red Hot arose from the difficulty in getting a confident reading on targets without prisms at longer distances – a problem that was exacerbated by the lack of any magnification in the viewfinder. Check out our detailed Laser Link Red Hot review for more.
Retail price: $389
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Score

83

Grade

B-


Opti-Logic InSight GL

Opti-Logic InSight GL

The Opti-Logic can’t quite keep up with the rest of the pack. While it does offer the lowest price of any device tested, the lack of any viewfinder magnification (ouch) or ability to scan across objects left most reviewers looking for more. Read our detailed Opti-Logic InSight GL review.
Retail price: $329.95
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Score

82

Grade

B-


Callaway RAZR

Callaway RAZR

The Callaway RAZR Rangefinder (by Nikon) is the company’s most compact rangefinder yet. The device features 6x magnification and provides distance readings to 600 yards in increments of 0.1 yards (though estimated +/-1 yard accuracy). The RAZR has a fully elastomer body design, and is waterproof to boot. Sounds great…but we found the RAZR lacked the sensitivity of competing devices, and the First Target Priority mode just isn’t where it needs to be. Read our detailed Callaway RAZR rangefinder review.
Retail price: $349.95
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Score

82

Grade

B-


Laser Link QuickShot

Laser Link QuickShot

The most simple laser rangefinder in our tests, the Laser Link QuickShot only works for reading distances to flagsticks with reflective prisms. While the QuickShot’s lack of versatility is a bit of a non-starter for us, players who appreciate the pistol-shaped form factor and frequently play on a course equipped with reflective prism flagsticks may be drawn to this device. Read our detailed Laser Link QuickShot review for more.
Retail price: $289
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Score

80

Grade

B-


Leica Pinmaster II

Leica Pinmaster II

The Leica Pinmaster II is the supermodel of laser rangefinders. Slim and light, an exceptional form factor. Extremely expensive. You can impress your friends with it. But like a supermodel, it’s blisteringly expensive to acquire, and once you get past the surface, you’ll find it has issues that you really don’t want to deal with on an ongoing basis.
Retail price: $699
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Score

79

Grade

C+


Bushnell 5 x 20 Golf Scope

Bushnell 5 x 20 Golf Scope

The Bushnell 5×20 Golf Scope Rangefinder offers an alternative for players who don’t want to shell out hundreds of dollars for a laser rangefinder. The Bushnell is marketed as “estimating distances to the flag from 50 to 200 yards/meters,” and we appreciate this truth in advertising. In our tests we were able to keep accuracy within 10%, but at 200 yards, that’s about a two club difference. It’s extremely small, has 5x magnification, and doesn’t require batteries, but limitations of targeting make the device, even at $25, desirable to only a specific set of players. And you’d better be playing on a course with 8-foot flagsticks. Read more in our full Bushnell 5×20 Golf Scope review.
Retail price: $24.95
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Score

76

Grade

C


Bushnell Pro X7 JOLT

Bushnell Pro X7 JOLT

The Bushnell Pro X7 JOLT rolls out in 2014 as the top-of-the-line tournament-legal laser rangefinder from Bushnell, replacing the Bushnell Pro 1M. The Bushnell X7 retains all the capabilities of the Pro 1M, and adds Bushnell’s “JOLT” feature that provides vibrating bursts to indicate the X7 has locked onto a target. The Pro X7 offers the next generation E.S.P. that purports to provide yardages faster and more accurately than before. It remains the largest and heaviest laser rangefinder, with a steep price tag. But if you are looking for 7x magnification, this is the (only) way to go. More information is available in advance of our full Bushnell Pro X7 JOLT review.
Retail price: $499.00
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Bushnell Tour Z6 JOLT

Bushnell Tour Z6 JOLT

The Bushnell Tour Z6 JOLT is just what the name implies…the latest iteration of the Bushnell Tour Z6, with the addition of JOLT technology, which provides vibrating bursts when the rangefinder has locked on to a target. Other than that, the device retains all the same specs as the prior generation device: vivid display technology (picture red crosshairs and distances in the display instead of black, but not an OLED display), readings from 5-125 yards with ½ yard accuracy and distances displayed to 1/10th of a yard, and 6x magnification. Read on for more details about the Bushnell Tour Z6 JOLT.
Retail price: $399
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Callaway X Hot

Callaway X Hot

Callaway likes to pair their rangefinders with their latest club names, thus the new Callaway X Hot laser rangefinder. The device features an LCD display with 6x magnification, and distance readings to 550 yards in half-yard increments. As with other Callaway rangefinders, the device has First Target Priority mode always-on, and can pan and display distances for up to 8 seconds. Stay tuned for our detailed Callaway X Hot laser rangefinder review.
Retail price: $299.95
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Laser Link XL1000

Laser Link XL1000

What on earth?! Laser Link gets crazy with their announcement of a golf laser rangefinder that breaks with their traditional and well-known pistol shaped design. As with most laser rangefinders on the market, the XL1000 is held vertically up to the eye and can target objects other than flagsticks with reflective prisms. The XL1000 introduces magnification (6x) for the first time into the Laser Link family, and the ability to scan across multiple objects for distance readings. Read more details in advance of a Laser Link XL1000 review.
Retail price: Not yet announced
Availability: Expected in Spring 2014

Laser Link Switch

Laser Link Switch

Released in 2012, the Laser Link Switch combines the ease of use of the Laser Link QuickShot with the greater versatility of the Laser Link Red Hot at the flip of a switch. Laser Link is the sole company that provides the easy pistol-like shape that allows users to target objects while holding away from your face. The cost places it above average, and the lack of magnification may leave players looking for more. But if you’re a fan of the form factor, and primarily target flagsticks with reflective prisms but would like the option to obtain distances to other objects on occasion, you may wish to take a look. Read more details about the Laser Link Switch.
Retail price: $399.00
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Laser Link White Magic

Laser Link White Magic

The Laser Link White Magic is a pistol-shaped laser rangefinder that is a slight iteration to the Red Hot, providing an additional “know your target” setting to make the device beep if it picks up a flagstick, and vibrate if it hits the trees behind (or any other non-reflective object targeted on the course). There is no magnification of the viewfinder, as opposed to most devices that feature 5x or 6x magnification. Read more in our brief in advance of a full Laser Link White Magic review.
Retail price: $329
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Leupold GX-1i

Leupold GX-1i

Leupold brings their “DNA” technology to the Leupold 1 and 2 “intro” line. The new Leupold GX-1i replaces the Leupold GX-1, which was not revved in 2012. The GX-1i includes all of the USGA-approved Leupold rangefinder features available (scan, fog, PinHunter, Prism Lock), with the exception of the OLED display and aluminum body included in the Leupold 3i. Stay tuned for our detailed Leupold GX-1i review.
Retail price: $374.99
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