Best Bushnell Golf Rangefinders 2024

In this guide we take a look at the best Bushnell rangefinders currently available on the market

Best Bushnell Golf Rangefinders
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If you were to ask which company makes the best rangefinders then you many would say Bushnell. Not only do they make some of the best laser rangefinders, but also some of the best golf GPS devices that money can buy. The company have been around for decades and pioneered the laser rangefinder using its precision optics used in hunting. Now, it has a very wide product range that even includes GPS speakers. To help you decide which Bushnell is best suited for you and your game, we've listed the best Bushnell Golf rangefinders you can buy. However, if you prefer other brands, we have also created guides on the best GolfBuddy rangefinders and the best Garmin golf watches so be sure to check them out as a comparison.

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Best Bushnell Golf Rangefinders

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Laser Rangefinders

Bushnell Tour V6 Shift Rangefinder held on the golf course

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Bright and clear optics make the V6 standout

Specifications

Range: 1,300 yards
Magnification: 6x
Protection: IPX6
Battery life: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Exceptional optics
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Highly accurate
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Easy to shoot the flag

Reasons to avoid

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Limited improvements over prior model
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Carry case elastic strap can be fiddly to rehouse

An easy to use and highly practical rangefinder that delivers highly-accurate yardages with a bright display, the Bushnell Tour V6 Shift rangefinder is a premium model that is hard to beat. Visually the Tour V6 Shift is a step up from the Tour V5 Shift. It feels a weighty, which helps to make it feel more stable when held up in the wind. 

Locking onto the flag is automatic and the jolt vibration and flashing red ring deliver more reassurance that you've found your target. The display is clearer and brighter than most of the best golf rangefinders, which certainly helps pick the flag out from far away in dim light conditions. The device is also weather resistant to a rating of IPX6. It is also more durable and offers greater protection against the elements for that reason. 

The Bite magnetic mount on the side also allows you to easily attach this rangefinder to the frame of a buggy so you can unclip it and use it whenever you need. It also comes with a robust case that will keep it safe and secure when clipped to your golf bag. You can also twin it with the Bushnell GPS app, which delivers 3D hole maps and flyovers as well as a scoring functionality. 

Bushnell Pro X3 Rangefinder

Bushnell Pro X3 Golf Rangefinder Review

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Bluetooth app connectivity provides best-in-class accuracy

Specifications

Range : 600+ yards
Magnification: 7x
Protection: Rubber-armored metal case
Battery life: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly accurate
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More secure Slope switch
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Partnering app enhances ease of use

Reasons to avoid

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Heavy, substantial feel

Bushnell are arguably the most recognized brand in the rangefinder market and, with their Pro X3, it appears that continues to be the case. Not only is it fully waterproof, but the weighty feel performs superbly in windy conditions.

It is crammed with technology such as Slope Functionality and also has a Dual Display button which changes the graphics from black to red to make them more visible in duller conditions. It even boasts elevation change.

Another impressive initiative we liked was that you can pair the Pro X3 device with the Bushnell Golf app (make sure you download the new version) via Bluetooth. From there, you’re able to alter the settings far more easily, as well as save stats, games and course information and update the firmware. The app, which is free when you purchase a Bushnell product, also provides full color GPS hole maps with a moveable pointer and flyovers, helping you out on blind shots or if you’re unsure as to what lies ahead.

Bushnell Tour V5 Shift Laser Golf Rangefinder

bushnell tour v5 shift slim laser rangefinder in hand

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A slim laser that fits in the hand well

Specifications

Range: 5-1,300 yards
Magnification: 6x
Protection: Carry case, not waterproof
Battery life: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Rapid, accurate distances
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Easy to use and switch modes

Reasons to avoid

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A tad expensive 

We are big fans of the Tour V5 Shift because it comes packed full of features like Bite technology, which is a magnetic mount with seven pounds of pulling force ideal for attaching to your cart. It also features Pinseeker with visual JOLT technology, which comprises of a red ring that flashes as JOLT vibrates to give the golfer even greater feedback and confidence to know they have locked onto the flag.

In testing we also really liked the Fast Focus System which returns yardages quickly, and there is a flashing red ring in the display which gives an extra dose of assurance that we locked onto the flag. As you would expect this model is excellently accurate too, within one yard in fact. We also liked the range of 400+ yards and the fact it is rainproof is an brilliant element.

GPS Devices

bushnell phantom 2 clipped on bag

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All-round performer

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly easy to use
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Clear graphics 
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Great battery life 

Reasons to avoid

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Integrated app is useful, but drains phone battery quickly.

Bushnell is one of the most popular distance measuring device brands and the Phantom 2 GPS reinforces that position while also accounting for significant improvements on its predecessor. The first thing we noticed is that the Phantom 2 is 40 per cent larger than the original Phantom. Despite this, it's still a relatively small device that easily fits into the palm of your hand and your golf bag.

With the larger frame comes a larger screen and this displays much clearer graphics when compared to the original Phantom, with the Phantom 2 featuring Dynamic Green Mapping, which provides you with front, middle and back distance measurements no matter which direction you are approaching the green.

Bushnell Wingman Mini Speaker

Bushnell Wingman Mini speaker review

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A lightweight, compact, premium speaker

Specifications

Sound: Directional
Battery: 10 hours

Reasons to buy

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Built-in GPS adds even more functionality
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Compact and lightweight
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Comes with a carabiner clip and magnetic attachment

Reasons to avoid

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Larger speakers will pack a more audible punch

Starting now in the Bushnell speaker section is the Wingman Mini, aimed mostly at those who carry their clubs on the golf course. It weighs just 6oz in total and its more compact shape fits easily into the palm of your hand. It also comes with a carabiner clip that allows it to attach to the accessory hook on your bag as well as Bushnell's Bite magnet technology. For its size, the Wingman Mini delivers a really clear sound that carries well on the golf course. It means your fourball will be able to enjoy the music without interfering with golfers walking up the adjacent hole.

Like its sister products, it comes with GPS capabilities when connected to the free Bushnell app. While it lacks the screen the Wingman View offers, the Mini does have the ability to read out the distances to the front, middle and back of the green. We also really like the price of this speaker because you can get one for around 100 bucks right now.

Bushnell Wingman View Speaker

Bushnell Wingman View Speaker review

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Specifications

Sound: 360-degree sound
Battery: 10 hours

Reasons to buy

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High-quality sound
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Distances available via LCD screen or audio
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Walk-on announcements adds a real element of fun
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10 hours battery life will last multiple rounds

Reasons to avoid

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LCD screen is somewhat rudimentary vs the competition

This Bushnell Wingman View combines all the power of a Bluetooth speaker with Bushnell's market-leading GPS. The sound quality carries really well on the golf course, the bass has plenty of depth to it and ultimately every member of your four-ball will be able to enjoy the music on tee boxes and around greens.

The main difference is the built-in GPS, which is all visible from the LCD screen built into the side of the speaker. It gets all of its data from the free Bushnell app which, when linked to the speaker, effectively casts all the information from your phone to the speaker. Additionally the speaker comes with a small detachable remote in the top of the device that allows you to control the device from afar. The remote lets you turn the volume up or down, change the song, and announce the yardages to the front, middle and back of the green. This is a superb addition.

Bushnell Wingman GPS Speaker

Bushnell Wingman GPS Speaker

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A speaker that is great to use on golf carts

Specifications

Sound: Omni-directional
Battery: 10 hours

Reasons to buy

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Built in GPS that calls out yardages to the green as you play
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Great sound quality

Reasons to avoid

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GPS only offers front, middle and back yardages

As a speaker, the Bushnell Wingman excels in its own right and provides a powerful sound that you can still hear when you are a decent distance away from your golf trolley or buggy. 

The Wingman speaker comes with Bushnell’s Bite technology which allows the device to be magnetically secured to any appropriate surface – we found it best attached to one of the metal pillars of a buggy. Don’t worry about the Wingman ever falling off a magnetic surface either, as Bushnell’s Bite technology is incredibly strong with its seven pounds of pulling force.

The feature that makes the Wingman one of the very best golf speakers is its GPS feature that provides accurate yardages on the golf course. A small detachable remote is easily carried in your pocket and – with one press of the button – the speaker will tell you front, back and middle yardages to the green you’re about to approach – it really is like having a caddie there with you! A powerful speaker with a great GPS function, it is hard to look past the Bushnell Wingman as the best golf speaker.

Watches

Bushnell Ion Elite Golf GPS Watch Review

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Slope functionality on a GPS Watch

Specifications

Courses preloaded: 38,000
Battery life: 12+ hours
Screen size: 1.28"
Weight: 38g
Straps: Two

Reasons to buy

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Wide variety of features and display modes
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Slope feature and moveable pin enhance accuracy
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Excellent value for money

Reasons to avoid

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Charging connection could be better

The Ion Elite Golf GPS Watch features a brand-new color touch screen, as well as a plethora of new features that makes it perfect for the gadget-loving golfer. Not only does it provide comfort and looks which won't look out of place on-and-off the course, but we think it is extremely simple to use, with just one button on the side serving as the on/off switch. Every other aspect is accessed by the touch screen, which is detailed, responsive and clear.

Where this watch stands out though is in the features department. Specifically, the Slope Functionality, which is extremely rare even among the best golf watches. You can access it via the golf settings, where you can choose to toggle the Slope feature on/off. Another great addition is the tournament mode setting, which gives you 100% clarity on whether the set-up is legal for tournament play.

Bushnell Ion Edge GPS Watch

Bushnell ION Edge GPS Watch

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Basic graphics but offers a wide array of features, including a moveable pin and hazards

Specifications

Courses preloaded: 38,000
Battery life: 16+ hours
Screen size: 2.7cm
Weight: 32.5g
Straps: Two

Reasons to buy

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Neutral styling and comfortable to wear
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Has ability to keep your score
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Front-middle-back yardages are clear to read and highly accurate.

Reasons to avoid

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Touchscreen could be more responsive

The entry-level Ion Edge offers the golfer long battery life (15+ hours), a new touchscreen display, GreenView with moveable pin placement, Dynamic Green Mapping (front and back distances are shown based on golfer’s line of play), shot distance calculator, and the ability to get up to six hazard distances per hole.

It instantly recognizes courses and will find you on any hole on any course anywhere in the world. It features auto-hole advance, which automatically changes from one hole to the next, providing front, middle and back distances without touching any buttons for the rest of the round. 

This is the perfect option for golfers that want accurate distances at a glance that don't cost the earth. Users also gain access to the Bushnell Golf GPS app, which includes full color hole maps and flyovers for extra detail.

How we test Bushnell rangefinders

At Golf Monthly we have a comprehensive testing procedure around DMDs (Distance Measurement Devices). As you would expect, this involves using different models out on the course, over a number of rounds and importantly in different conditions too because this gives us an idea on how particular models deal with sunlight, rain and wind. 

As the entire team are regular golfers, DMDs usually get a thorough testing and often get compared to one another side by side to test for things like accuracy, waterproofing, durability and other features. That way we can give honest and insightful feedback to you, the reader. The final thing we wanted to mention in this section is no manufacturer can buy a good review. Our testing team reviews golf equipment and makes its own opinion on how good or bad the product is. 

Laser v GPS v Watch

So, which of the three GPS devices should you go for? If simplicity and convenience are important to you then a watch will deliver this, whereas some players may prefer the pinpoint flag accuracy of laser rangefinders. In the case of larger handheld GPS units, the chief benefit is the larger screen which gives a lot more detail and the touch screen functionality will be familiar to most users of modern phones.

When looking to answer which kind of GPS option is right for you, have a think about the below factors:

Your routine

A glance at a watch is much quicker than taking a device out of its case or dragging pointers on the screen, so weigh up if extra detail or less disruption is most important to you.

Your course

If your course has lots of doglegs, blind tee shots, or you play at other clubs in matches or socially, then you might want the extra information a GPS offers over a laser.

Added extras

The larger GPS units often include scorecard and stat tracking capabilities, while some devices measure shots or steps taken, so bear all this in mind.

Battery power

Laser rangefinders run on powerful batteries that are easily replaced every six months to a year, while GPS devices normally need charging regularly via a USB, so consider if you have the discipline to keep it topped up ready for your next round.

Features

If you’re looking for your standard front, middle and back GPS yardages then a budget model will do the trick, however there are some great GPS devices out there that offer much more.

Alternatively, there are devices which can go into much greater detail when providing yardages, course detail, hazard information and so on. Obviously there are models with larger screens too which can be a particularly useful feature. Some also can help you record your score, track your shots, and many also have fitness features for off the golf course as well.

Versatility

Speaking of off the golf course, when it comes to watches in particular, many brands make models that can be used on and off the golf course because of the range of features, and overall styling. If that is important to you, then several models above will cater to this need.

Budget

Finally we should mention budget. For lasers, GPS watches and GPS devices there are lots of brands that make models at different price points so have a think about how much you are willing to pay. 

FAQs

Does Bushnell make good rangefinders?

Yes, arguably the brand makes the best rangefinders on the market, with the company certainly one of the most recognized when it comes to premium performers.

Do I need Slope on my rangefinder?

Although Slope is not allowed in tournament play it is an extremely useful feature to have, especially when you're playing practice rounds or social rounds with friends. Slope is designed to compensate for changes in gradient and adjust the distance to the flag or hazard accordingly.

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