2015 Laser Rangefinders Guide

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Golf Discount’s 2015 Laser Rangefinders Guide

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by Bob Gomavitz

Being an absolute equipment junkie, I was approached by GolfDiscount.com to write reviews and share my findings with you. Having been chosen to write a number of Taylormade product reviews for GolfWRX.com I felt that this would be an excellent opportunity put my knowledge to use.

Whether you are dialing in the distances on your clubs, or not sure how far it is to carry that water hazard, laser rangefinders can be a golfer’s best friend on the course. Like a pocket-sized caddie, rangefinders can help give you the confidence to take on a shot, or appeal to your discretionary senses and nail down the perfect layup distance. There are many options when it comes to rangefinders, most conform to tournament standards, but some have additional features that are not legal in competition play. Take a look at the 2015 Laser Rangefinders’ Guide and find the unit that best fits your game.

Testing was done at Newcastle Golf Course, along with Maplewood Golf Course, which is my home track.

Enjoy the Guide and I look forward to your thoughts, comments and/or questions, and thank you for taking the time to read my reviews.



gx-1i

Leupold GX-1i

  • PinHunter 2 Laser Technology
  • 6x Magnification
  • 7 Selectable Aiming Reticles
  • Weatherproof


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gx-3i2

Leupold gx-3i2

  • PinHunter 2 Laser Technology
  • 6x Magnification
  • Digitally Enhanced Accuracy
  • 3 Selectable Aiming Reticles


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v400

Precision Pro V400

  • Scanning Mode
  • 6x Magnification
  • Flag Seeking Mode
  • 400 Yard Range To The Flag


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Bushnell Tour Z6 Jolt Laser Rangefinder

Gom’s Pick:

The Bushnell Tour Z6 Jolt is on the high end of Laser Rangefinders, and for good reason. Its 6x21mm scope gave me clear views of all my targets, near and far. I really liked the vivid bright red OLED display contrasted against the slightly green colored lens.

The Takeaway

The Bushnell Tour Z6 Jolt is on the high end of Laser Rangefinders, and for good reason. I found the unit to be very sturdy, well built, and offers a second-to-none deluxe carry case. Its 6x21mm scope gave me clear views of all my targets, near and far. I really liked the vivid bright red OLED display contrasted against the slightly green colored lens. I was able to lock into my targets and get a quick read out of my yardages, which was confirmed by a small jolt.

Who’s it for?

The Bushnell Tour Z6 Jolt, with its great looks, compact size, and slick carrying case make this an excellent unit for walkers who enjoy fast and accurate readings while shooting multiple targets. Of course, this rangefinder can be used by riders also, but the Tour Z Jolt is perfect for those that like to walk the course.

Final Take

Not much to dislike about the Tour Z6 Jolt. Compact, sturdy, fun, and easy to use.

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Bushnell Patriot Pack Tour v3 Slope Edition Laser Rangefinder

The Takeaway

The Tour v3 Slope Edition is a compact unit with 5x magnification that easily allows you to pretty much shoot any target needed out on the course. I found locking onto my targets was easy, but also found with its compact size that I had a harder time holding it steady. It took me a few seconds longer to lock down a reading than the slightly larger versions. The slope, which is not legal for Tournament use unless otherwise posted, is the only holdup I had in terms of everyday use.

Who’s it for?

With its lightweight and compact size this is an excellent unit for walkers, especially those that carry, though riders will find its application great as well.

Final Take

The Tour v3 Slope Edition is an excellent choice for players who aren’t looking for a top of the line unit with all the bells and whistles. Steady hands are needed to pick up the targets quickly.

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Bushnell Patriot Pack Tour v3 Jolt Laser Rangefinder

The Takeaway

The Tour v3 is a compact unit with 5x magnification that easily allows you to pretty much shoot any target needed out on the course. I found shooting my targets was easy, but also found with its compact size that I had a harder time holding it steady. It took me a few seconds longer to lock down a reading than the slightly larger versions.

Who’s it for?

With it’s lightweight and compact sizing this is really an excellent unit for walkers, especially those that carry, though players who ride will find it great as well.

Final Take

The Tour v3 unit is an excellent choice for those not looking for the top end units with all the bells and whistles, though steady hands will be needed to pick up the targets quickly.

Read The Full Review Shop Bushnell Patriot Pack Tour v3 Jolt


Bushnell Medalist Laser Rangefinder

Gom’s Pick:

More of a mid-size unit, I found the Bushnell Medalist to be the perfect size for a Laser Rangefinder. I find with this size that my hands can be more steady than the sub-compact versions. I was still able to locate my targets with a 4x magnification, and use the PinSeeker technology to quickly lock onto my targets from 300 yards and in.

The Takeaway

More of a mid-size unit, I found the Bushnell Medalist to be the perfect size for a Laser Rangefinder. I find with this size that my hands can be more steady than the sub-compact versions. I was still able to locate my targets with a 4x magnification, and use the PinSeeker technology to quickly lock onto my targets from 300 yards and in.

Who’s it for?

Players who do not have the steadiest hands will enjoy the size, as it’s not too small, nor too big. With the mid-size shape comes more weight, but so much extra weight that the walker would experience a noticeable difference compared to the smaller, lighter versions available.

Final Take

I have used the Bushnell Medalist Rangefinder for years. I am rarely interested in targets past 300 yards, so the 4x magnification does not bother me. I needed something that was light enough to carry, yet large enough for me to find my target quickly, and with accurate readouts.

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Leupold GX-1i Laser Rangefinder

The Takeaway

The GX-1i is compact Rangefinder with some very nice features like a 6x23mm setup, and bunch of different modes that can be very useful under various conditions. For some reason, the green color made me think of hunting rather than golf when I first took it out of the box, but after that it was all about golf. One of the modes that really caught my eye was the Fog/Rain mode.

Who’s it for?

With its lightweight and compact size, this is an excellent unit for walkers, especially those that carry, though players who ride will find this great as well. A great choice for those that do not play in perfect weather all the time.

Final Take

Even though the Green made me think hunting, I found this to be an excellent unit with plenty of nice features. It’s an excellent step down from the other high end units that Leupold has to offer.

Read The Full Review Shop Leupold GX-1i Laser Rangefinder


Leupold GX-3i2 Laser Rangefinder

The Takeaway

The GX-3i2 is a super-compact rangefinder with some very nice features like a 6x22mm setup, and bunch of different modes that can be very useful under various conditions. The unit, which is quite small and solidly constructed, comes with a very nice carry case for protection from you and the elements at all times. One of the modes that really caught my eye was the Fog/Rain mode.

Who’s it for?

With its lightweight and compact size, this is really an excellent unit for walkers, especially those that carry, though players who ride will find this great as well. This rangefinder is an awesome choice for those that play in less than perfect weather conditions all of the time. Players with exceptionally steady hands will love this unit.

Final Take

If you have steady hands, this super-compact, well built unit is about as good as it gets. Some great features/modes, an excellent visual experience, and the brilliant red OLED display really helps lock in your targets super quickly.

Read The Full Review Shop Leupold GX-3i2


Perfect Pitch Precision Pro V400 Laser Rangefinder

The Takeaway

The Precision Pro V400 is a simple, compact, easy to use rangefinder. I was able to see my targets clearly and lock into them quickly with its 6X magnification. Its ergonomic shape on the bottom side of the unit fit in my hand quite nicely.

Who’s it for?

Another great compact unit that is lightweight and great for walkers. Of course, this unit can be used for anyone looking for a simple, no frills, compact unit that works smoothly. As with most compact units, a steady hand is needed to lock into your target.

Final Take

While the Pro V400 unit offers little in extra features it gets the job done quite well. However, I did find it to be a few yards shorter than a major competitor’s unit throughout my round.

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Bob Gomavitz

Bob Gomavitz Age: 59 Handicap: 4.6 Introduced to Golf: Age 10 Years Playing: 47 Hole In Ones: 2 Double Eagles: 1 Years in the Golf Industry: 14 Rounds Per Year: Over 100 Favorite PGA Tour Course Played: TPC Sawgrass Favorite Local Course Played: Royal Colwood Victoria, B.C. Most Famous Golfer that I played with: Fred Couples Most Famous Person that I played with: Kenny G (High School Teammate) Current WITB Driver: Taylormade 2016 M2 9.5 45" D-3 Graphite Design Tour Ad 60 Stiff 3 Wood: Taylormade RBZ 13 Degree TS Oban Revenge 7 Stiff 43.25” D-3 Hybrid: Taylormade R1118 Degree Matrix Altus Stiff Hybrid: Taylormade R11 Rescue 21 Degree Matrix Altus Stiff Irons: Taylormade Burner 2.0 4-PW KBS Tour Stiff Std Lie, Lofts and Lengths Wedges: Taylormade Rac Black 54 Degree TT DG Wedge Flex Wedges: Callaway X Tour 58 Degree MD TT DG Wedge Flex Putter: Odyssey Versa 90 degree #7 Super Stroke 3.0 34” Ball: Titleist Pro V1x, Srixon Z Star XV Yellow Trackman Driver Swing Info Club Head Speed: 98-101 Ball Speed: 148-151 Angle of Attack: +1.7 to +2.6 Launch Angle: 12.7 to 14.1 Spin: 2400-2750 Angle of Descent: 39.8 to 37.3 Carry: 234-242 yards Distance: 258-272 yards Path: 0.7 to 2.4

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