We pick out the best laser rangefinders the market in 2021 has to offer, all of which are designed to give you accurate distances to the flag and fit perfectly in your hand
Best Golf Laser Rangefinders
Laser rangefinders, possibly one of the best golf GPS pieces of kit you could invest in, give golfers pinpoint flag accuracy and that’s one of the reasons many golfers favour them over the best golf GPS watches and other golf GPS devices.
They also usually run on batteries and so can be left in your bag between games for a much more hassle-free user experience than GPS units, which need regular charging.
If you’re specifically on the lookout for a new laser rangefinder in 2021, we’ve got you covered with this guide to the best models on the market. They do come at a cost, but then so does a new top-end driver, and some of the new technology is a life-saver out on the course.
Our video testing eight of the best laser rangefinders out on the course
Below are some of the best golf laser rangefinders available to buy right now and we also recommend taking a look at some of our other guides on GPS equipment, such as the best golf GPS apps or best golf launch monitors.
Best Golf Laser Rangefinders 2021
Best For Features
Bushnell Tour V5 Shift Laser Golf Rangefinder
+ Excellent optics and range
+ Easy to toggle between modes
– Premium priced
Bushnell are a brand synonymous with the best golf laser rangefinders and the Tour V5 and V5 Shift continue that trend. Both come packed full of technology such as Bite technology which is a magnetic mount and Pinseeker with visual JOLT technology which is 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.
Both also have a Fast Focus System and are accurate to within one yard. The difference between the Tour V5 and the Shift is that the Shift comes with a new and improved slope algorithm and Slope-Switch technology which allows the user to turn the slope function on or off.
Garmin Approach Z82 Rangefinder
+ Hole overlays assist with strategy, especially off the tee
+ Accurate and surprisingly easy to use
– One of the most expensive units on the market
The Approach Z82 provides 2-D overlays for both full-colour Course View and Green View detail through the lens. When looking through the viewfinder, a full-colour 2-D Course View mapping is displayed on the left-hand side of the lens view, showing distances to hazards and the green. The flag finder feature will lock on the flag and give precise distances to the pin.
The Laser Range Arc will be drawn on the green at the distance ranged to the flag, so the golfer can see if the pin is in the front, middle, or back of the green. The arc can also be used to see what else is in play when ranging other targets on the course. There’s also a PlaysLike Distance feature that accounts for slopes and Pin Pointer feature, which points to the middle of the green on blind shots. Also if you like Garmin make sure you check out our guide on the best Garmin golf watches too.
Motocaddy Pro 3000 Laser
+ Nice level of useful features with simplicity
+ Can be clipped securely to Motocaddy trolley accessory station
– Lacks the wow factor of others
Compared with everything else we’ve tested, you’ll be hard pressed to find one more simpler to use than the Pro 3000. It stands out from the crowd with its sheer array of features as well as the case’s special connection to the Motocaddy accessory station and the two-year warranty.
Nikon Coolshot Pro Stabilized Golf Rangefinder
+ Exception clarity through the display
+ Ideal for golfers with unsteady hands to quickly lock in on the flag
– Stabilisation feature takes some getting used to
The Coolshot Pro features the stability of the Coolshot 80’s vibration reduction in a more streamlined design, helping golfers find their target faster. Locked On Technology means overlapping targets are never an issue, with a green circle confirming the target, which means users aren’t guessing at the flag and getting an ‘incorrect’ reading. Meanwhile, ID Technology calculates incline and decline to display a slope-adjusted distance for how far the user should hit their ball.
Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder
+ Grippy sections make it easy to hold securely in the wind
+ Addition of GPS enhances user experience
– Dated, somewhat clunky design
Another worthy inclusion in this best golf laser rangefinders list, the Bushnell Hybrid combines laser and GPS yardages together. Exact distances to the pin are provided through the Hybrid’s laser function powered by a CR2 battery, while a GPS display on the side, powered by a USB rechargeable lithium ion battery, delivers front, middle and back yardages to help when golfers have blind shots or need quicker, more general information. The Hybrid also boasts PinSeeker with Jolt Technology, providing short, vibrating bursts to isolate the target and lock onto the flag.
GolfBuddy Laser 1 Rangefinder
+ Easy to use with enough useful modes
+ Quick to display distances
– A little basic in functionality
The Laser 1 and Laser 1S provide laser measuring performance at a lower price point. Both models are lightweight with an ergonomic and sporty design. They offer 6 x magnification and a wider LCD screen to ensure better visibility of measurements, and feature three different targeting modes standard, scan, and pin.
With vibration option to confirm target lock and a one-click scan feature, simplicity of use is at the heart of the design. The Laser 1S differs by featuring a Slope function to account for any slope in the terrain between golfer and target. Definitely one of the best GolfBuddy rangefinders in the current range.
Bushnell Pro XE Laser Rangefinder
+ Arguably the most accurate laser on the market
+ Ideal if you play hilly courses in lots of different conditions
– Extra features may go redundant for many users. Expensive
One of the best Bushnell golf rangefinders you should consider is the Pro XE. There are many factors that influence the distance the ball will travel and how far the pin is away from you. The new Pro XE takes even more of these into account, including temperature and altitude as well as Slope, to give you an unprecedented level of accuracy on compensated yardages. Admittedly these features aren’t legal for competition use, but a button on the side quickly and easily disables them for your monthly medal.
In tournament play, you can benefit from the improved PinSeeker with Visual Jolt feature, on which a red ring now appears through the viewfinder along with a vibrating burst when the flag has been detected from the background. This extra reassurance should boost your confidence as to the club required for the upcoming shot. Another unique feature of the Pro XE is the Bite magnetic mount. This allows it to be stuck to almost anything metallic, the most convenient of which being the frame of a buggy.
Best For Value
Inesis Golf 900 Laser Rangefinder
+ Excellent level of features for the price
+ Easy to be use and proven to be accurate
– Lacks the premium appeal of others visually
Competitively priced at £129.99, this unit boasts a Slope Compensation toggle that turned on and off slope-adjusted distances easily for practice and competition play. A First target priority function isolates the flag while measurements are confirmed by vibration. It is accurate to +/- 1 yard and can measure in yards or metres.
Volvik V1 Golf Range Finder
+ Colour choices enhance appeal
+ Accurate and picks out flags with ease
– Fiddly to use at times
Volvik introduced its V1 rangefinder last year and it comes with a range of technologies to help you get the right yardage every time. First, it features a Pin Finder function, which is capable of calculating distances from five to 1,200 yards to within a yard. Additionally it comes with ‘Slope Compensation’ mode which takes into account elevation changes to ensure you are always getting the right yardage. Finally, Volvik has introduced ‘Priority First Goal’, which allows the user to measure to specific objects like flags and bunkers.
Shot Scope Pro L1 Laser Rangefinder
+ Easy to switch modes
+ Lightweight design ideal for bag carriers
– Distances take longer to appear than most
We tested the Shot Scope Pro L1, the company’s first ever laser rangefinder, and found it a very decent first stab into the market. While the Pro L1 isn’t the perfect laser rangefinder, it offers more than enough features as well modern styling to justify the price tag and was easy to use overall.
EasyGreen 1300 Rangefinder
+ Simple to use
+ Decent value for money
– Lacks wow factor and shelf appeal
With a range of 1,300 yards and accurate to within one yard, EasyGreen’s 1300 model is an entry level laser that comes with ‘Slope Compensation Technology’ which allows greater accuracy when measuring inclines and declines. It also vibrates when locking onto the flag, comes with a premium carry case, and with an RRP of less then £200 it is considerably cheaper than most of its competitors.
GolfBuddy Laser Lite
+ Provides fast, accurate yardages
+ Very competitive price point
– Unnecessarily complicated to switch modes
Offering fast measurement of 0.5 seconds, this entry-level laser vibrates when the target is locked, provides slope adjusted distances and boasts three modes (Normal, Scan, Pin) for different situations. It weighs just 143 grams and also offers IPX4 Level water resistance, making it one of the best laser rangefinders on the market given the modest price tag.
Precision Pro NX7 Laser Rangefinder
+ Simple but accurate
+ Easy to adjust the settings
– Looks budget
Built with a shock-proof and water resistant design, the Pro NX7 by Precision Golf has Pulse Vibration Technology to help pick out the flag whilst the Target Acquisition Technology allows even those with the shakiest of hands to get an accurate reading. It’s a great option for those looking to save a few pounds who just want simple distances to the flag.
Best For Ease Of Use
Bushnell Tour V5 Slim Edition Laser Rangefinder
+ Streamlined shape will fit more golfers’ hands better
+ Still packed full of useful features
– Doesn’t offer anything extra over the original Tour V5
On the new Tour V5 Shift Slim Edition laser for 2021, the battery housing has moved to the back of the unit and the outer casing has been slimmed down so it fits more snugly into the palm of the hand.
This creates minimum interference when acquiring a target on the golf course and means these lasers can be held steady by all users in all conditions, creating greater confidence in distances when out on the course.
It still features the magnetic Bite feature and vibrating Jolt when the flag has been detected, while the Tour V5 Shift Slim Edition has the improved slope algorithm technology ideal for hilly courses.
Leupold Golf GX-4i3 Golf Rangefinder
+ A host of impressive, unique features
+ Displays distances quickly
– Sometimes tricky to pick out the flag from a busy background
Leupold’s DNA (Digitally eNhanced Accuracy) engine and advanced infrared laser provides fast measurements and increased accuracy displayed to the nearest 1/10 of a yard.
It even features a Club Selector tool, which can be disabled for tournament play, providing club recommendations based on personal hitting strengths, slope, and current environmental conditions.
PinHunter 3 technology increases the pulse rate of the rangefinder, which ignores user movement to identify the pin, while the audible Prism Lock lets you know you’re locked on to the target.
GolfBuddy Aim L10V Rangefinder
+ Cutting-edge design
+ Impressive clarity in the display
– Audio option likely to mostly go redundant
The Aim L10V is the brand’s most advanced laser rangefinder to date but it also incorporates simplicity of use. The unique audio option in the L10V gives spoken confirmation of distances, providing extra confidence and ease of use to the golfer. This combines with three targeting modes – standard, scan and pin – and 6 x magnification to ensure precision and clarity of results through the wider LCD screen. Additionally it comes with a slope on/off option to provide increased accuracy for various elevations.
Zoom Focus X Rangefinder
+ Lots of useful features that are easy to use
+ Micro USB charging port adds convenience
– Wide shape might be troublesome for some
New rangefinder brand Zoom has introduced it’s first product, the Focus X. It has a multitude of premium features, such as the premium optics and six times magnification as well as Slope adjusted distance technology that measures distances adjusted to compensate for the elevation of the target. Given the quality of the product it is surprising to see it come with a modest RRP of £219.99.
Nikon Coolshot 20 GII Laser Rangefinder
+ Ideal for quick use in competitions
+ Velcro strap on case provides rapid access
– Doesn’t have slope mode
Compact and weighing just 130g, it features a First Target Priority algorithm that measures the distance to the closest of overlapping subjects to pick out the flag and other hazards more easily. It can also measure continuously for up to eight seconds when scanning the terrain.