Best Golf Rangefinders 2024

A rangefinder can make a significant difference to your golf game. Here, we take you through the best currently available

Best Golf Rangefinders
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When it comes to distance measuring devices you have have three options. There are golf GPS', watches or, like we are looking at in this piece, rangefinders, with the latter heavily increasing in popularity over the last few years.

The reason for their rise in popularity is that they provide golfers with the most accurate reading to the flag or the desired target. Gone are the days where players need to scramble to find sprinkler heads or check course guides, now they can simply pick up their rangefinder, scope out the target and zap it, before a yardage is displayed. It's really that easy! You don't have to necessarily use them for identifying the yardage of the flag either, with a rangefinder also being useful when working out the carry of hazards like ditches and bunkers. If you know how far the targets are, it will help you avoid mistakes and lower your scores out on the golf course. The best golf rangefinders with slope also take into account change in elevation to make sure you get the right numbers as well. However, it's not just accuracy where a rangefinder must perform, they must also have ease of use, waterproof protection, longevity, durability and some degree of value too.

There are many reasons as to why many golfers favor rangefinders over the best golf watches and best golf GPS devices, with players preferring the convenience and speed you find in the device. What's more, rangefinders run on batteries, which means they can be left in your golf bag between rounds and therefore provide a much more hassle-free user experience compared to GPS units, which often need regular charging.

As is the case though when it comes to technology in golf, you are truly spoilt for choice when deciding on a new rangefinder. Are you after a model used by those on the professional circuit? Or perhaps you are looking for one of the best budget golf rangefinders that won't break the bank. Thankfully, Golf Monthly are here to help and, after extensive testing, we've picked out the best and our favorite models, ranging from the cheapest to the most expensive. 

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Best Golf Rangefinders

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Best Overall

Bushnell Tour V6 Shift RangefinderGolf Monthly Editor's Choice

The Bushnell Tour V6 Shift laser

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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

Sitting atop the tree for us is the Bushnell Tour V6 Shift Rangefinder, which offers enhanced accuracy and consistency over the previous Tour V5 model. This is thanks to improved electronics and an improved algorithm for finding the flag, whilst the Slope Switch technology carries over to ensure slope adjusted measurements.

We also think it is a step up in the looks department as well, the grey and white color scheme with flashes of orange certainly looks slicker and more modern. It has a decent weight to it, less so that the Pro X3 rangefinder, but enough that it doesn't wobble about in the wind.

Locking on to the flag was a seamless experience here, it pretty much always is with Bushnell products. That being said the Jolt technology, along with the flashing red ring combine to give that extra bit of reassurance if you should need it. We loved the new display which seemed clearer and brighter than most of the best golf rangefinders, and it is worth mentioning that the V6 also IPX6 protection which should ensure performance even in the elements. Finally we need to mention the price because it is at the top end of the spectrum. This will put many off, but for those who want our top all-round laser rangefinder, then it is worth it.

Best Budget

Inesis Golf 900 Laser Rangefinder lying on grass

The Inesis 900 Laser Rangefinder

Undoubtedly one of the best value for money rangefinders you can buy

Specifications

Range: 5-1300 yards (flag 350 yards)
Magnification: 6x
Protection: Certified IPX2 (can handle light rain)
Battery life: 5000 measurements

Reasons to buy

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Superb distance accuracy
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Comes with slope functionality that can be easily disabled
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Excellent value for money

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks the premium appeal of others visually

As our other equipment guides have proven, we have become fans of Inesis gear of late and the same can be said of the 900 Rangefinder. Not only is it at the budget end of the laser rangefinder price spectrum, but the performance is very solid too, meaning the value is significant.

We actually put this model up against a more expensive model (the Bushnell Tour V5 Shift) and we found it more than kept up with accuracy and ease of use. It features a First target priority function that isolates the flag, while measurements are confirmed by vibration and, rather importantly, it is accurate to +/- 1 yard and can measure in both yards or meters. This unit boasts a Slope Compensation switch so you can toggle on and off slope-adjusted distances. 

You also get 6x magnification, so you get a clear view when looking through the viewfinder and we also liked the weight, durability the way it sits well in the hand. Additionally, you also get a very sturdy case which is really nicely made, along with some instructions, a cloth for cleaning the lens of the rangefinder, a CR2 battery and a clip that allows you to attach the rangefinder to your bag.

Best For Style

man holding the Blue Tees Series 3 Max Laser RangefinderEditors Choice 2022

The Blue Tees Series 3 Max Laser

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A premium model with excellent performance that won't break the bank

Specifications

Range: 900 yards
Magnification: x7
Protection: Water resistant
Battery life: 3,500 - 4,000 actuations

Reasons to buy

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Exceptional clarity and speed
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Premium aesthetics
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Excellent value for money

Reasons to avoid

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Magnetic strap on case often comes loose

Blue Tees Golf is a relatively new name in the industry and it has a simple strategy - To create premium, great-looking products at an affordable price. On the whole, we think the Series 3 Max stuck to that ethos, especially in the aesthetic department. Available in three colors - navy, pink and black - the laser looks sleek and stylish with a thin profile. But performance is not limited to looks though. 

One of our favorite features is the crystal clear display, which is beautifully sharp and crisp, whilst the lock and vibration features assures the user that they have the correct target, which means less guesswork and time spent on reshooting for distances.

Another feature that really stood out to us in testing was the speed at which the distance was displayed - there really is no delay in getting the number you need. All in all, and aside from the magnetic strap which could be improved, this is an eye-catching device that is competitively priced and performs well.

Best Magnetic

TecTecTec KLYR Laser Rangefinder attached to a cart, magnetic KLYR rangefinder

The TecTecTec KLYR rangefinder on a cart

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Compact, stylish, and highly functional at a great price

Specifications

Range: 800 yards
Magnification: 6x
Protection: Premium water-resistant case
Battery life: 40-50 rounds

Reasons to buy

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Vibrant display optics
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Compact, lightweight design
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Tremendous value at its price point

Reasons to avoid

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Device is not waterproof

The TecTecTec KLYR rangefinder is a standout at its price point, and it also recently made our list of the best budget golf rangefinders. It's compact design is easy to handle and it weighs less than 1.25 pounds. 

Given its lightweight nature, it also offers clean, vibrant display optics and retrieves yardages quickly. It also proved to be extremely accurate in our testing and it has many of the features that golfers look for in a rangefinder, including slope functionality, which can be disabled during tournament play, and target lock vibration. In fact the KLYR definitely stood out in terms of how fast it captured yardages and its range. It was noticeable how the yardages were illustrated in the display almost immediately.

It's range measures up to 800 yards and fares well when shooting from longer distances. It also has an excellent magnet on its exterior, that allows the device to be secured to a riding cart during play, and it comes with a magnetic belt clip that allows golfers to essentially wear the device when they're not using it during round. The KLYR is also available in three stylish colors: yellow, black, and white.

Best For Accuracy

Bushnell Pro X3 Golf Rangefinder lying on the grass

The Bushnell Pro X3 laser on the ground

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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