Laser rangefinders are one of the most popular ways of seeing yardages on the golf course. They're quick and simple to use and provide extremely accurate distances to the pin or specific locations on the hole, such as bunkers and water hazards.
They vary in price and technology, so below we have listed a few of our favourites laser rangefinders that are currently on the market if you're looking to buy a new one for your 2021 season.
Bushnell Tour V5
The Tour V5 rangefinders feature Bushnell’s “BITE” technology. The BITE magnetic mount allows the laser rangefinder to be secured to a golf buggy without the need for any aftermarket accessories. With 7lbs. of pull strength, golfers can be assured their rangefinder will stay put.
JOLT has been taken to the next level with the all new PinSeeker with Visual JOLT Technology. A red ring now flashes as JOLT vibrates to give the golfer even greater feedback and confidence to know they have locked onto the flag.
Features of the Bushnell Tour V5 Laser Rangefinder
- Improved speed & ranging capabilities
- Visual JOLT
- Bushnell BITE
- Positive locking switch
- Easy update Y/M button
- Fully rubber front face for easy grip
- Coated lenses to avoid solar burn
- Upgraded carry case
- Water resistant
- 2 Year warranty
- 3-Volt CR2 battery included
- 6x Magnification
- Upgraded carry case included
Garmin Approach Z80
The Z80 has some unique features that sets this laser apart from the rest. When you look through the view finder a 2d map of the hole you are playing is shown as an overlay inside and once you aim at a target a shot arc appears on the overlay showing you where your shot would finish. This really is a game changing feature in a golf laser rangefinder as it shows you everything that is in play at that distance, and is a massive help when deciding on a strategy to play a certain hole. When you aim the laser at the flag and it locks on to the pin then a detailed overlay of the green complex is shown inside, making it easy to highlight the areas that would be dangerous to hit the ball into.
The Garmin Z80 Laser Rangefinder also benefits from image stabilisation which, combined with their clever flag finder technology, makes locking onto the flag a far easier task on windy days or if your hands are a little shaky. As soon as the laser locks onto the pin the it automatically moves to the green view. There is also a pin-pointer mode which will show where the flag is on blind shots. This is a huge advantage over other lasers on the market.
The Z80 is the most accurate laser range finder available today offering a staggeringly impressive 10” accuracy level over 320 yards and it also comes with an inbuilt ‘plays like’ feature. If a shot is uphill or downhill it will not play its yardage and the Garmin Z80 will tell you what yardage the shot will actually play. Most golfers would be amazed at the difference playing uphill or downhill can make and so this feature can make a massive difference to your score. This feature is not legal to be used in competition and is easily switched off for competition use.
Price: £399 (was £579!)
Featuring a Pin Finder function and capable of calculating distances from 5 up to 1200 yards to within 1 yard, the water resistant V1 Rangefinder provides golfers with a cutting-edge distance measuring device at a highly competitive price point.
The ‘Slope Compensation’ mode, which can be turned off for use in tournaments, takes into account elevation changes to provide precise distances from every location. Designed for comfort the large eyepiece and high-quality 6x magnification viewer ensures a clear image of the green.
Also incorporated in the pioneering technology from Volvik is the ‘Priority First Goal’, which allows the user to quickly measure the distance to their desired object, such as a bunker. The distance is measured in either yards or metres and is confirmed by a vibration once detected.
ZOOM Focus X
The Zoom Focus X Rangefinder offers a true flagship approach by offering all the key premium features in an affordable package.
This rangefinder offers exceptional clarity combined with 6x magnification and easy to read distances. With quick scanning, it delivers very fast results, flagpole scanning and target vibration mode with an accuracy of +/-0.5m.
The Zoom Focus X also features Slop Switch Mode, delivering the straight distance and slope adjusted values but with the ability to adjustable turn the slope mode of your compeition play.
Packed with premium features at an affordable price, the Zoom Focus X is the right size, has excellent aesthetics, is lightweight and offers a premium experience on the course.
GolfBuddy Aim L10V
- New ergonomic and sporty design
- Simple audio distance measuring device
- Pin finder with vibration mode
- 3 targeting modes (Standard, Scan, Pin)
- 6x Magnification
- Slope on/off switch provides slope-adjusted distances for elevation
- Wider LDC for better visibility
- Automatic shut-off after 15 seconds when left unattended
- USGA / R&A compliant – legal for handicap & tournament play
Shot Scope Pro L1
The Shot Scope Pro L1 Golf Laser Rangefinder is their first entry into the laser market and follows closely behind the release of the fantastic ShotScope G3 golf watch which was released this year to universal acclaim. The Pro L1 appears to be a similarly superb device and at a price that is over half as much as the most expensive on the market.
The Shot Scope Pro L1 Golf Laser Rangefinder is one of the lightest lasers available today and is extremely easy to hold in one hand, textured surfaces aid with a solid grip and make it easy to keep the laser nice and steady.
It offers a slope mode, which up until this point has only been available on the most expensive lasers. Slope mode is a vital part of learning how to club correctly on uphill and downhill shots as the amount of slope can make huge differences to how far a yardage will actually play. Tour pros will have their caddies map slope differences before a tournament, and make notes on how much difference certain shots will play. This mode is not legal in competitions and is easily turned on and off, with a red indicator light appearing on the laser when it is in competition mode.
There are two modes on the Shot Scope Pro L1 Golf Laser Rangefinder, scan and flag-finder. The scan mode allows you to scan the horizon and get distances for any hazards that may be lurking in the distance. When in flag-finder mode the laser will actively look for a flag as you scan, helping you to lock in on the target. When it has successfully locked-in, the laser will vibrate giving you confidence building assurance that you haven’t scanned the trees 25 yards over the back of the green.
With accuracy of 0.1 yard, it is just as accurate as any of the most expensive laser rangefinders on the market and its superb styling gives it a premium look. It also comes with a sporty carry case to keep it protected when not in use.