What to look for when buying a Rangefinder

Rangefinders are wonderfully affordable devices that are extremely helpful and can provide a considerable boost to your overall goal of lowering your scores. 

With a host of terrific features, the best golf rangefinders on the market today will create a precise and accurate picture for each shot during your round. If you can stretch your wallet and go for a top-tier rangefinder, you’ll find additional features that could really change the way you see golf.

More specifically, the slope feature on rangefinders detects elevation changes to provide accurate adjustments to the shot distance needed to reach the green. 

Instead of hitting shots off the back of the green or just short of the putting surface, rangefinders can give you a precise distance that allows you to hit the perfect length every time you step to the golf ball.

When shopping for a rangefinder, we suggest looking for the following attributes.

A reliable and accurate reading from a rangefinder is the device’s primary function. Shoddy rangefinders that give imprecise yardages are pointless to own. When searching for a stable and worthwhile golf distance finder, search for models that will deliver accurate measurements within a yard of the target. 

The slope function helps determine the exact yardage needed for a shot when accounting for the elevation difference from the fairway to the hole. Advanced golfers love having the slope function for shots inside 150 yards due to the precision of the readout. Birdie putts from shorter distances have a higher percentage of going in; therefore, it is wise to have the most accurate information when hitting that second shot.

Much like top-flight binoculars, good rangefinders have high-quality optical lenses to help determine targets and yardage. Top of the line rangefinders have magnification that goes up to x6. The higher the magnification, the closer it will appear you are to the target. Most rangefinders worth their price will give you a range that stretches well over 1,000 yards and provide you with a distance to the flag inside roughly 450 yards.

The majority of rangefinders use batteries that you’ll be able to find in most stores. They don’t use a large amount of power when doing their readings, so batteries should last over many rounds before they need to be changed or recharged.

Scan speed
Scan speed is the time it takes the golf rangefinder to lock into a target. The better the rangefinder, the quicker it will find the target due to its increased processing speed.

The best rangefinders are waterproof, making them completely safe to use in rainy weather. It is vitally important to dry the device between uses in the rain so that the residual water does not remain on the rangefinder.



Bushnell are the world leader in rangefinder technology, and are used by 99.3% of players on the PGA Tour.

Fast Focus System
The fast focus system gives the golfer immediate results without having to slow down play. Bushnell has updated its technology to build rangefinders that can separate background objects quicker, like trees from the flag, for example. As a result, Bushnell’s rangefinders provide fast focus to lock in yardage for no delays in play.

Stable Grip Technology
All Bushnell rangefinders have stable grip technology that allows the golfer to hold the device steadier than other similar rangefinders. Using a rigid rubber overlay, the rangefinders from Bushnell are more comfortable to grip and assure the golfer that they won’t drop the device and potentially break it on a harder surface.

Bite Magnetic technology
Integrated BITE magnetic technology makes attaching Bushnell Rangefinders to the cart bar easy.

Pinseeker with Jolt Technology
Bushnell rangefinders have Jolt Technology that focuses onto the target then jolts in your hand when it locks onto a target, like the pin. This feature assures the golfer that they have the correct target and distance when measuring their shot. 

Slope-switch Technology
Since slope technology is illegal to use in tournaments, Bushnell has made it easy to disable the slope feature with a simple flip of a switch on the side of the rangefinder. When you are ready to use the feature during practice play, you can simply flip the slope feature back on.