Six of the best laser range finders
To suit every budget
Bushnell Tour V4 Shift £339 www.bushnellgolf.eu
Tech moves at a slower pace when it comes to rangefinders, but Bushnell insists the Tour Shift is a giant leap forward as it produces slope adjusted distances at the flick of a switch. With the slope function turned off its legal for competition use.
Bushnell Pro X2 £449 www.bushnellgolf.eu
Waterproofing isn’t the first thing most golfers think about when buying a rangefinder... until you pull yours from its case after a downpour and its viewfinder is misted up. The X2 is waterproof, and capable of toggling between slope and standard distances.
Callaway Hybrid £329 www.brandfusionltd.co.uk
Having a GPS for longer shots and a rangefinder for accurate approaches sounds like a perfect set-up, but it’s expensive. Callaway’s Hybrid gets over the issue by combining a GPS inside a rangefinder, giving you the best of both worlds. Genius.
Golfbuddy LR7 £249.99 www.gpsgolfbuddy.eu
If you primarily use a rangefinder inside 150 yards, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get distances. The LR7 is a simple affair. It’s water-resistant, legal for tournament play (as there’s no slope function) and its soft body is designed for a stable grip.
Nikon Coolshot 80 VR £379.99 www.europe-nikon.com
Nikon’s latest rangefinder features “vibration reduction” to reduce shake when you’re trying to pinpoint the flag. The 80 doesn’t give slope adjusted distances (the 80i does for £419.99), which means it’s legal for tournament play. It’s also a very compact unit.
Leica Pinmaster Pro £510 www.leica.co.uk
Leica are legends when it comes to lens tech, making everything from cameras to microscopes over the last 100 years. The Pinmaster Pro isn’t cheap but its carbon-fibrereinforced body is super light and the images are crystal clear.