When buying a golf rangefinder there are some important things that you should consider, to ensure that you are making the right choice. Golf Rangefinders generally have one main purpose and that is to make your life easier on the golf course by providing you with accurate distance measurements.
How successful they are at achieving these distance readings will depend on a variety of factors including the quality of optics, ease of use and technology used. Golf rangefinders do vary in price considerably and you can end up spending as little as under $100 or anywhere up to $600, so deciding how much you are willing to spend on one is probably the most important factor to consider.
If you are serious about improving your game and want a golf rangefinder that is going to provide you with accurate results, that are consistent and reliable, then you need to be prepared to spend over $200 at least. If you are not that concerned about accuracy and are happy with ball park distance measurements then you should save your money and consider buying one of the cheaper models.
If you are looking to spend anywhere between $200 – $300, then the Callaway LR550, Callaway Diablo Octane and Bushnell Tour V2 are great options. Although these rangefinders are a year or so old now and wont offer you the speed and pinpoint accuracy as some of the newer models do, they are still extremely fast and are accurate enough to help the majority of golfers improve their scoring.
The next level up is really between $300 – $400 and in this price range you can buy some of the newer models like the Callaway RAZR Laser, Leupold GX-1 and Bushnell Tour Z6. These models offer superior optics for better visibility and utilise the latest cutting edge technology to provide faster, longer and more accurate distance ranging. They also tend to be lighter and more compact, making them easier to handle and carry around.
Finally you have the top end of the market, where you can spend anywhere from $400 – $600 for the new 2102 Bushnell Pro 1M and Leupold GX-3i models. For this amount you can also buy a golf rangefinder that offers you additional features that can further help to improve your accuracy.
These type of golf rangefinders are called Slope Editions and they provide you with adjusted yardage measurements to take into account the angle of slope and in some cases even make suggestions on which club you should use for your next shot.