Critical Golf: Unbiased Golf Equipment Reviews


The Nikon COOLSHOT AS is essentially the same device as the Nikon COOLSHOT golf laser rangefinder (and thus the Callaway RAZR), with $70 more (retail) getting you slope-adjusted distance readings with the company’s ID technology (so yes, this laser can’t be used in competitions, even with a local rule permitting distance-measuring devise). This carries over the ID technology reviewed earlier in the (now discontinued) Callaway idTECH, though the COOLSHOT AS does not have the (unnecessary) external display as did the idTECH – all of the slope and adjusted distance information is available via the internal viewfinder.


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A black body with bright lime green accents make for a flashy device that is otherwise nearly identical in form factor to the COOLSHOT, just a bit heavier, also backed up by an laser with an LED offering continuous measurement up to 8 seconds, 6x magnification, Nikon’s “First Target Priority” (aka finds the closest object in its line of sight), and distancing to 600 yards. The COOLSHOT AS is waterproof (10 minutes up to 1 meter), with a water resistant chamber that holds one CR2 battery.

Retail price $349.99
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the Nikon COOLSHOT 40i
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