Bushnell Phantom GPS Rangefinder Review: Cheap and cheerful

If you're in the market for an accurate GPS rangefinder, you won't get anything better for under £100 than the Bushnell Phantom.

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Charlie Lemay
Tue, 8 May 2018
Bushnell Phantom GPS Rangefinder Review: Cheap and cheerful

Need To Know

Easy to use; accurate; small and light; cheap
Only basic functions
Our score:
PRICE: £99.00 YEAR: from 2018

The Bushnell Phantom is designed for players that are after a stripped back, no frills GPS rangefinder.

And by purely doing the basics well, the brand are able to pitch this product at under £100, which puts it into a very attractive and vanishingly rare price bracket for a product of this kind.

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Bushnell Phantom - Design and Build

Very simple and effective. There’s a bunch of colours you can choose from, including red, blue and black, and even a special edition 2018 Ryder Cup design if you don't mind opening yourself up to some funny questions later down the line.

Bushnell Phantom - Performance

Preloaded with more than 36,000 courses, the Phantom gives just the front, middle and back. It’s as accurate as any other GPS device out there, and gets the digits up quickly. Golfers can also see up to four hazard distances to boot.

There’s a magnetic backing added in 2018, allowing players to attach this to their belt or anything metal - like the frame of a golf cart. It’s strong and didn’t fall off despite some aggresive cart driving. When attached to your belt you can whip a yardage from the hip rather than having to mess about opening golf bags/cases.

There’s also a new Bluetooth addition, which syncs with the Bushnell app allowing users to make course updates if needed through their phone.

Bushnell Phantom - Battery Life

The battery is decent, allowing for roughly two rounds of use.

Should you buy the Bushnell Phantom GPS rangefinder?

The Bushnell Phantom is an excellent budget option. At this price, you can't ask for much more than accurate yardages, plus the magnetic back is an excellent addition.

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