Best Golf Rangefinders With Slope 2023

We take a look at the best golf rangefinders on the market with Slope functionality

Best Golf Rangefinders With Slope
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Best Golf Rangefinders With Slope

A rangefinder has become one of the most important pieces of equipment in anyone's bag over the past few years, with players using them to get the most accurate yardages as possible when out on the golf course.

With the advancement of technology, rangefinders have also changed hugely over that time, with a lot of models featuring Slope functionality. For those not familiar with it, Slope refers to the ability of a laser rangefinder to compensate for changes in gradient and adjust the distance to the flag or object accordingly. When you are hitting uphill, the shot is actually playing longer and a Slope distance will reflect this. Conversely, a shot hit downhill will travel further.

Although Slope functionality is not currently legal in competition rounds, it is a fantastic tool to have when playing socially, or for when you are partaking in a practice round before a tournament or club competition. It is also extremely useful on hilly courses, when elevation and drops play a huge part in the overall layout.

The majority of the best golf laser rangefinders feature Slope functionally and, because it isn't legal for tournament play, they have a quick and easy toggle to turn it on and off depending on the round you are about to play.

Most golf rangefinders with slope account just for the change in elevation, but there are some units like the Bushnell Pro XE that factor in environmental elements like temperature and altitude as well, which also effect how far the ball travels and therefore provides an even more accurate adjusted distance number.

VIDEO: Watch rangefinder expert Joel Tadman test 13 of the latest models on the course

Because there are so many models available, it can be difficult to narrow down your search. Perhaps you want a rangefinder that has Slope functionality but won't break the bank? Or perhaps you want a model that is a bit more pricey, but has a lot more to offer than just Slope.

That's why we at Golf Monthly have tested a many of the best golf rangefinders with Slope currently available. All the rangefinders in this guide have been reviewed by our team, but if a rangefinder with Slope isn't for you, then why not check out our guides on the best golf GPS devices or even the best golf watches.

Best Cheap Rangefinders With Slope

inesis-golf-900-laser-rangefinder

One of the best value rangefinders you can buy

Specifications

Weight: 175g
Range: 5-1300 yards (flag 350 yards)
Magnification: 6x
Protection: N/A
Battery life: 5000 measurements

Reasons to buy

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Excellent level of features for the price
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Easy to be use and proven to be accurate

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 from Decathlon and the same can be said of this rangefinder. Competitively priced, this unit boasts a Slope Compensation toggle that turns on and off slope-adjusted distances easily for practice and competition play. 

When we put this model up against a more expensive rangefinder, we found the Inesis more than kept up in terms of accuracy and ease of use, both huge factors when reviewing a laser.

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. Some other features to mention include a 6x magnification, so you get a very clear view through the viewfinder and, what's more, it's really nicely made as it sits well in the hand with the right weight to it.

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 laser to your bag.

Zoom Focus S Laser Rangefinder ReviewEditors Choice 2022

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A simple to use, great looking option

Specifications

Weight: 170g
Range: 650+ yards
Magnification: 6x
Protection: Premium carry case
Battery life: 10 hours

Reasons to buy

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Detailed slope functionality
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Fast target acquisition
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Excellent value for money

Reasons to avoid

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Buttons could be more tactile

A brand that has made huge strides in the laser category over the last few years is Zoom. We were big fans of the Focus X and the Focus Tour and now, with its newest version, the Focus S, it has just gotten better. 

Thanks to excellent vision, fast target acquisition, impressive accuracy, x6 magnification, vibration feedback and slope mode, the Focus S performed superbly. It comes in a sturdy case and the overall look of the laser we liked as well - both the black and black/silver options look stylish, whilst its ergonomic design allows the device to sit perfectly in the hand.

volvik-v1-laser-rangefinder

Comes in three colours but has substance behind the style

Specifications

Weight: 125g
Range: 1300 yards
Magnification: 6x
Protection: N/A
Battery life: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Colour choices enhance appeal
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Accurate and picks out flags with ease

Reasons to avoid

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Lightweight design may reduce stability

The Volvik V1 rangefinder features a range of technologies to help you get the right yardage every time. Firstly, it features a Pin Finder function, which is capable of calculating distances from five to 1,200 yards to within a yard. We found that this function is absolutely seamless, as it enabled us to lock onto the flag and get an accurate yardage first time, every time.

Additionally, it comes with ‘Slope Compensation’ mode, which takes into account elevation changes to ensure you are always getting the right yardage. Volvik has also introduced ‘Priority First Goal’, this allows the user to measure to specific objects like flags and bunkers. It's not just the technology that many will like, as the three colour choices on offer are all very smart.

GolfBuddy Laser Atom Rangefinder

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A compact yet brilliant rangefinder with all the bells and whistles

Specifications

Range : 880 yards
Magnification: x6 magnification
Protection : Luxury case
Battery life: 5000 acutations

Reasons to buy

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Very fast measurements
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Scan, Pin and Slope modes boost practicality
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Ultra premium carry case included

Reasons to avoid

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Compact design won't be useable for everyone

If you're after a compact, yet premium rangefinder with all the bells and whistles, then this is your best bet. The GolfBuddy Laser Atom Rangefinder is one of the smallest rangefinders on this list, making it easy to carry and handy to use. But its size doesn't detract from how much it can deliver, with this rangefinder packing a punch in terms of what it can deliver. It can seek and pinpoint accurate distances to targets up to 880 yards away, boasts a battery life that will see you get 5000 actuations in, and comes in a luxurious protective case that you can slip in your pocket or attach to your bag. 

Once you're out on the course, you'll see how useful this rangefinder can be, using its scan mode, pin mode and slope compensation - which you can turn on and off. It is very easy to use and the bright LCD display is easy to read coming in big and bold text. The unit will also vibrate when you lock onto the flag, even on busy backgrounds. The premium carry case meanwhile adds an extra element of class to your golf bag, being made of a luxurious ivory coloured textured leather and with shiny chrome, screw-style carabiner. 

golfbuddy-laser-lite-in-hand-webEditors Choice 2022

For golfers that prefer a lightweight laser rangefinder

Specifications

Weight: 143g
Range: 5-880 yards
Magnification: x6
Protection: IPX4 light rain.
Battery life: : N/A

Reasons to buy

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Provides fast, accurate yardages
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 Very competitive price point

Reasons to avoid

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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. Normal mode enables you to get a distance for anything you aim at and confirms it with a vibration when you’re locked onto something. 

With Scan mode, it allows you to move between different targets with their distances each displaying, up to a total of 10 seconds, while Pin mode helps you identify the flag when there are obstacles behind it by starting off it and then moving onto the pin, with a vibration when it locks on. 

In our testing we found Normal mode to be effective and Pin mode is excellent. However Scan mode seems a bit redundant given the quality and ease of use of the other two modes.

Bushnell Pro X3 Golf Rangefinder Review

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Bluetooth app connectivity provides best-in-class accuracy

Specifications

Weight: 340g
Range: 600+ yards
Magnification: 7x
Protection: Rubber-armored metal case
Battery Life: N/A

Reasons to buy

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The first Bushnell on the list is the Pro X3, which doesn't just include Slope Functionality, but also a Dual Display button which changes the graphics from black to red to make them more visible in duller conditions. There's also an elevation change feature, which can be accessed via the app.

Talking of the Bushnell Golf App, that you pair via Bluetooth, 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.

Voice Caddie L5 Rangefinder

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Perfect for those who want a simple to use slope rangefinder

Specifications

Weight : 150g
Range: 1,200 yards
Magnification: x7
Protection: N/A
Battery Life: N/A

Reasons to buy

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When it comes to a rangefinder, some just want it to be simple to use and, with this Voice Caddie L5, that is certainly the case. Like many other models, it has Slope functionality and it also has two modes - Normal and Pin, with the former useful for continuous scanning so, if you're picking out certain bunkers to avoid, then this is a great addition.

In Pin mode, the main reading that it gives you is the one that's been calculated with the Slope so below it will tell the actual distance and how much it's playing up or downhill. All distances come in yards and are even given in decimal places which is some level of detail.

The last noticeable aspect of the L5 is the size of it. It fits so easily into one hand that it makes it so straightforward to use. The case is sturdy and easy to get in and out of through an elasticated opening but, if you just want to have it quickly to hand, then it's so small that you can simply leave it in a handy pocket.

Blue Tees Series 3 Max Laser Rangefinder ReviewEditors Choice 2022

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Premium performance that won't break the bank

Specifications

Weight: N/A
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

Another model from perhaps a lesser-known brand to make this list is the Series 3 Max from Blue Tees. Available in three nice colors (navy, black, pink), one of its best features is the crystal clear display. There is also a lock and vibration feature, which assures the user that they have the correct target, which means less guesswork and time spent on reshooting for distances.

Additionally, a 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 and, talking of speed, the slope function can be easily turned on or off with the button on the side. Our only slight criticism is that the magnetic strap on the case could be improved.

Best Feature-packed Slope Rangefinders

GolfBuddy Aim Quantum Rangefinder

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Specifications

Range : 800 yards
Magnification: x7 magnification
Protection: Folding and wearable carry case
Battery Life: 5000 uses per charge

Reasons to buy

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Fast and accurate
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Feature packed
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Lots of storage options

Reasons to avoid

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Not as easy to keep it steady

One of the most unique rangefinders on the market, this distance measuring tool from GolfBuddy certainly breaks away from the mold of the traditional golf rangefinder, and there's a lot to like here. The Quantum packs in a ton of features, but is one of the most compact rangefinders on the market, shorter in height than a credit card. Having took this laser for a spin on the golf course, we loved the design and how the device sat in our hand. It boasts three targeting modes, including a Scan mode that provides 10 seconds of continuous measurements as you pan the horizon. 

The Pin mode, does as it says, picks out the flag on a busy background, and will vibrate when it's locked on. The Slope function, which can be turned on and off, will  deliver accurate readings that are compensated by slope. One of the coolest things about this rangefinder is the excellent carry case it comes with. You can attach it to your belt or golf bag, and it unfolds quickly to reveal the rangefinder which can be pulled out and pointed at any target on the golf course. It charges up via USB C cable and you'll get 5000 uses per charge out of it, making it one of the best for battery life. 

Shot Scope Pro LX+ reviewEditors Choice 2022

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A cutting-edge, 3-in-1 piece of golf equipment

Specifications

Weight: 201g
Range: 900 yards
Magnification: x7
Protection: Water resistant case
Battery life: Approximately 5800 measures

Reasons to buy

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3-in-1 functionality
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H4 GPS is an excellent, compact device that enables shot tracking
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Laser/GPS combination improves strategy

Reasons to avoid

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Pro LX laser sometimes struggled to pick out the flag from a busy background

The Shot Scope Pro LX+ is the first of its kind as it offers three-in-one functionality that combines the pinpoint accuracy of a laser rangefinder, the convenience of a handheld golf GPS device and shot tracking performance analysis.

While the GPS and shot tracking functionality goes through the H4 GPS, which is a very compact device that magnetically attaches to the front of the Pro LX laser rangefinder, the laser features Slope mode and the option of a red or black display depending on the light conditions.

The speed at which the distance is displayed is much faster than on the Pro L1 rangefinder, but it did struggle at times when the flag was set against a busy background.

Garmin Approach Z82 Laser Rangefinder Review


Seamlessly combines GPS hole maps with fast and accurate laser functionality

Specifications

Weight: 232g
Range: 450 yards flag
Magnification: 6x
Protection: IPX7 Waterproof
Battery life: 15 hours

Reasons to buy

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Hole overlays assist with strategy, especially off the tee
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Accurate and surprisingly easy to use

Reasons to avoid

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Complex functionality takes some getting used to

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, while 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. This arc can also be used to see what else is in play when dialling in other targets on the course.

Along with the Laser Range Arc and Course and Green View, there's also a PlaysLike Distance feature that accounts for slopes and also Pin Pointer feature, which points to the middle of the green on blind shots. 

This is undoubtedly one of the very best golf laser rangefinders you can buy. While it's premium priced, the user experience is second to none and the way GPS technology and hole maps have been incorporated into a rangefinder is extremely impressive.

Cobalt Q-6 Slope Rangefinder

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Fast, accurate, and visually vibrant

Specifications

Weight: 300g
Range: 2500 yards (600 flag)
Magnification: 7x
Protection: Waterproof (IPX7)
Battery life: 2000 range cycles

Reasons to buy

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Retrieves yardages quickly and accurately
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Display optics are best in class
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Easy to use on the course

Reasons to avoid

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Adjusted and actual yardages can't be displayed together

Cobalt Golf's Q-6 Rangefinder is an impressive device across the board. Not only does it provide some of the most exceptional display optics we've seen from a laser rangefinder but, in our testing, it also offered impressive speed and accuracy when retrieving yardages. 

The Q-6 Slope also looks visually sharp also and offers a sturdy, durable feel during use that is the result of its quality construction. Furthermore, in testing, we also found the Q-6 Slope to be easy to use in terms of its design. Golfers can use Cobalt's SmartSwitch, which is located on the side of the device, to turn slope functionality off and on as needed and for tournament play, while also adjusting the brightness of the display to account for the lighting in any given playing conditions. Additionally, there's a button available that enables players to switch between yards and meters.

The Q-6 Slope is fully waterproof and also comes with a durable carrying case. Plus, Cobalt offers a lifetime warranty to repair or replace any device that becomes defective or damaged during use.

bushnell tour v5 shift slim laser rangefinder in hand

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Combines speed with easy accuracy

Specifications

Weight: 226g
Range: 1300 yards (400+ flag)
Magnification: x6
Protection: Rain proof
Battery life: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Excellent optics and range
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Easy to toggle between modes

Reasons to avoid

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More affordable models out there

Bushnell are a brand synonymous with the best golf laser rangefinders and the Tour V5 and V5 Shift continues that trend. Both are packed full of technology such as Bite, which is a magnetic mount and Pinseeker with visual JOLT technology, this 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 terms of ease of use, it couldn’t be simpler, as all you do is point and shoot, with the flag being picked out quickly thanks to the crystal clear display and adjustable Fast Focus System toggle. You can also change from metres to yards in a flash with the button on the side.

So, what is the main difference between the Tour V5 and the Shift you may ask? Well, 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. Both though are waterproof, which is an excellent feature when you think it also comes with a sturdy carry case as well.

Voice Caddie SL2 Active GPS Hybrid Laser ReviewEditors Choice 2022

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A stunning blend of aesthetics, GPS technology and functionality

Specifications

Weight: 220g
Range: 1,000 yards
Magnification: x6
Protection: N/A
Battery life: Laser mode 45 hours, GPS mode 20 hours

Reasons to buy

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Combines GPS and laser functionality
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Lots of extra, useful features
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Easy to use
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Premium look and feel

Reasons to avoid

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Battery life could be improved

Voice Caddie is synonymous with high-quality and, with their SL2 Active GPS Hybrid Laser, it is no exception as this state-of-the-art device has numerous features to get to grips with.

One of the most impressive features is the hole layouts and green yardages. Getting a bird’s eye view of the hole helps you to identify danger, it gives you a green light of when to attack. However, what really sets this laser apart is the undulation data that it provides. Each green looks like a heat map, with different colors highlighting the severity of the slopes up ahead on the putting surface.

Finally, the design team at Voice Caddie took their inspiration from luxury yachts and, as such, it has white leather and aluminium exterior which really is premium. The case adds to that allure as well.

GolfBuddy Laser 2S Rangefinder Review

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Simple to use with lots of features that help on the course

Specifications

Weight : 218g
Range: 880 yards
Magnification : x6
Protection: IPX4 Water-resistant
Battery Life: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Easy to use
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Plenty of useful features
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Display is clear, bright and wide

Reasons to avoid

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Slope mode time consuming to switch on/off

The water resistant Laser 2S comes in a premium carry case and weighs 218g, which strikes the perfect balance of being stable but not tiresome. It also has a boxy shape, which we found fitted well into our hand when testing.

Like other GolfBuddy models, it has the three modes - Standard, Scan and Pin - which are accessible via the button on top. All three are very handy when assessing the terrain, especially on elevated tee shots. 

The display itself is also large, bright and clear, with even dimmer conditions not being an issue. There is also the handy addition of a focus dial around the eyepiece, but when we tested it we never needed to call upon it to adjust our view and improve the clarity.

nikon-coolshot-pro-II-laser-rangefinder-review


Designed for golfers with unsteady hands to pick out the flag more easily

Specifications

Weight: 180g
Range: 1,200 yards
Magnification: 6x
Protection: Waterproof and fogproof.
Battery life: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Ideal for golfers with an unsteady hand
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Waterproof protection is rare in this category

Reasons to avoid

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Stabilisation feature may frustrate initially

Nikon’s latest all singing and dancing laser rangefinder is packed full of assistance to get you quick and accurate distances to the points you want. It does this by its stabilisation feature, which is said to reduce hand shake by approx. 80 per cent and, while it takes some getting used to, with practice it certainly seemed to help us lock on to a flag more easily when testing. 

There’s nothing more frustrating that not being able to get the correct distance and this rangefinder should help, especially when this laser can provide an audible and visual flagstick confirmation for extra reassurance. There is also four different measurement modes for golfers that play lots of hilly courses.

It may be a lot of money, but the waterproof protection and automatic brightness adjustment level goes a long way to justifying it, helped by the unique stabilisation feature. If your hands are unsteady, you play a lot of different courses and money is no object, it’s probably your perfect match.

bushnell-pro-xe-laser

Arguably the most accurate laser rangefinder and a popular choice among tour caddies

Specifications

Weight: 312g
Range: 500+ yards to flag
Magnification: x7
Protection: IPX7 Waterproof.
Battery life: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Arguably the most accurate laser on the market
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Ideal if you play hilly courses in lots of different conditions

Reasons to avoid

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Extra features may go redundant for many users.

One of the best Bushnell golf rangefinders you should consider is the Pro XE. To being with, the Pro XE takes a number of factors into account, including temperature, altitude and even 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 Slope Rangefinders For Simplicity

Motocaddy-Pro-3000-laser-rangefinder

Easy to use and provides simple point-and-shoot functionality

Specifications

Weight: 196g
Range: 1300 yards
Magnification: x7
Protection: Rainproof.
Battery life: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Nice level of useful features with simplicity
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Can be clipped securely to Motocaddy trolley accessory station

Reasons to avoid

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Perhaps lack shelf appeal

Compared with everything else we’ve tested, you’ll be hard pressed to find one more simpler model 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.

The first thing we noticed was the boxy shape which fitted well in the hand. Because of the weighty feel, it also meant we could get a steady hold of it when trying to measure a yardage. 

What's more, from a visual perspective, the display is bright and clear, with the rapid detection also helping off the tee when scanning the hole, with the distance changing almost constantly as you move to different targets. The Pin Lock mode also made it very easy to pick out the flag too with a reassuring vibration.

In slope mode, we particularly liked that it displayed both the legal and adjusted distance so you, as a player, can get a feel for elevation changes somewhat. The battery level in the display is a welcome addition also, letting you know when a replacement power source is soon required.

easygreen-oled-vision-pro-laser-rangefinder

For golfers with smaller hands that still want the Slope feature

Specifications

Weight: 145g
Range: N/A
Magnification: N/A
Protection: Water resistant (IXP4)
Battery life: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Bright, wide display
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Slope functionality easily disabled

Reasons to avoid

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White sections discolour easily

One of the lightest rangefinders you’ll find and also one of the smallest. Despite this, it still seems to fit well but keeping it steady is a little more tricky. The display is surprisingly wide and bright, especially in dim conditions and you can change the opacity of the graphics if you feel the urge.

You can access a decent level of features within this rangefinder and, on the whole, it seems intuitive to navigate through them and get the distances you want. It perhaps lacks the wow factor but, for the price, there is competitive value for money for golfers seeking a faff-free user experience as well as the option of slope-adjusted yardages.

Nikon-Coolshot-50i-laser-rangefinderEditors Choice 2022

Provides a high level of features and accuracy at a decent price

Specifications

Weight: 175g
Range: 1200 yards
Magnification: 6x
Protection: IPX4
Battery life: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Tacky areas on the casing enhance grip
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Built-in magnet for convenient storage on a buggy

Reasons to avoid

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Lightweight feel reduces stability in the wind

The Coolshot 50i strikes a nice balance between being reasonably priced while offering a competitive level of features. In your hand, the grippy textured sections on the top and bottom mean you’re unlikely to drop it, but coming in well under 200 grams means it’s a little shaky in the wind and it doesn’t have the stabilization feature of the Coolshot Pro II Stablised model to negate this.

The red graphics in the display are bright - helpful in overcast conditions - and the optics are generally very impressive. We were able to gun everything we wanted to, with the distances flashing up quickly. 

This model though is for the golfer with a steady hand who plays a lot in a buggy and wants the option of slope-adjusted distances available.

zoom-focus-tour-laser-rangefinder

For golfers that want to add a touch of class to their kit

Specifications

Weight: 210g
Range: 850+ yards
Magnification: 6x
Protection: N/A
Battery life: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Exceptional clarity in the display
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Premium, elegant aesthetics

Reasons to avoid

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Wide fit won’t suit those with small hands

Where this laser rangefinder sets itself apart is how it looks. Thanks to its hybrid metal design, it boasts a premium, elegant aesthetic that users will be proud to own. It doesn’t skimp on functionality either, with a Slope mode that can easily toggled via a switch on the side giving users more accuracy on hilly courses.

It also has a scan mode, which is useful off the tee when seeing how far it is to clear bunkers, as well as a flag mode that works well at picking out the target from the background on approach shots. 

Lastly, the display is one of the best around, with a vibrant and wide outlook meaning you get a clear view of everything that lies ahead regardless of the time of day you are playing. It’s light, but not excessively so, and combines a wealth of useful features at a competitive price.

sureshot-pinloc-5000-ips-laser-rangefinder Best Golf Laser Rangefinders

An underrated option that provides accuracy and great user experience

Specifications

Weight: 175g
Range: Up to 1000 yards
Magnification: x6
Protection: Not waterproof
Battery life: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Flag distance remains in the display for 15 seconds
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Variety of useful, easy to use modes

Reasons to avoid

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Gold trim reduces visual appeal

While the gold trim provides an element of tackiness, we can’t fault the user experience this rangefinder provides. We liked how in flag mode, the distance locked will stay in the display for 15 seconds so if you do go to get a club, get distracted and then forget the distance, you haven’t got to zap the pin all over again. 

What's more, the identifying process of distances on the Sureshot is made easier by the Priority loc feature, which ignores background images and prioritizes focal points. It also has a scan mode and slope that can be toggled on and off with a button underneath the eyepiece. 

The distances we clocked stacked up well against other rangefinders with more premium prices, but the carry case is a tad budget and basic, however, for golfers looking for performance on a budget, it’s a strong contender for a place on your bag.

golfbuddy-aim-l10v-laser-rangefinder Best Golf Laser Rangefinders

A compact device that provides audio confirmation of distances

Specifications

Weight: 150g
Range: 5-880 yards
Magnification: x6
Protection: IPX4 light rain.
Battery life: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Cutting-edge design
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Impressive clarity in the display

Reasons to avoid

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Audio option likely to mostly go redundant

The Aim L10V is the brand’s most advanced 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.

How we test for the best golf laser rangefinders with slope

It is an obvious statement to make but the best way of testing rangefinders is to use them at every opportunity on the golf course, and at Golf Monthly we do just that, over a number of rounds and in different conditions too because if a rangefinder only works in the sun then it is half as useful as it should be right?

As the entire team are regular golfers, rangefinders 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. One last thing about our testing ethos, no manufacturer can buy a good review. We make our opinions on how the testing goes, nothing else.

What to consider when buying a laser rangefinder

So you have decided you want a laser rangefinder, but what are some of the things you should be aware of before buying? Let's take a look.

Accuracy - This is the most important factor when buying a laser. If it isn't accurate, it is pointless because it will provide misinformation which could lead to you playing the wrong club and a bogey or two may ensue. Accuracy is what usually separates the models we have selected above, and the ones you can find on Amazon, so be wary of how inconsistent and unreliable some very cheap models can be.

Slope - Do you want your model to offer slope measurements too? If so check out the technical specifications of certain models but all the models featured in this guide offer slope functionality, compensating for changes in gradient.

Waterproofing - A good laser will work just as well in the rain as it will in the sun, which makes waterproofing important. Here we would recommend doing research on which models offer full waterproof protection, and those that are only water-resistant as that can be a big difference especially if you play a lot of golf in the rain.

Strength - Linking with the above point, good lasers have to be able to sustain a drop or two because we all drop things every now and again. Here check out which models have some degree of impact resistance, and be sure to check if the laser comes with a case because lots of models come with strong cases that conveniently clip onto your golf bag now.

Convenience - Speaking of convenience, lasers have to be quick and easy to use. Get it out, measure the flag, put it away in its case. If a laser is complicated or takes a while to display a measurement, then it adds time rather than saves it. To work this out, we would often recommend trying out some models in retailers and pro shops.

Budget - Be aware of how much you are willing to spend on a laser because there are good models at every price point these days. For example the Inesis 900 is one of the cheapest on this guide and we thought it offered excellent performance, whereas if you want to spend more and go towards the premium end of the spectrum, you can also do that with models like the Garmin Approach Z82.

FAQs

Are golf rangefinders with slope legal?

Yes, but only in social play and not competition play. Rangefinders that have Slope Reading – This gives you the degree of elevation of the shot you are playing and will show you the actual yardage and ‘plays like yardage’ and Weather Conditions, are allowed in casual play with your friends, but must be disabled for competition use. If they are not, then you will be disqualified.

Are rangefinders worth it?

Yes! We believe so! Firstly, they save a lot of time, last a long time, are convenient and simple to use, offer in-depth detail of the shot you face, and can sit easily on your golf bag. 

With a laser, no longer do you have to find a sprinkler, or guess yardages, because you can simply zap the flag or hazards to help you plot your way around the course.

What is Slope mode on a rangefinder?

A slope edition rangefinder gives you the distance to the flag and the degree of elevation to the target. The change in elevation (Slope) will give you a yardage to play for, so you can calculate the right club for the shot based on the yardage and slope.

GolfBuddy Laser Atom Rangefinder

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A compact yet brilliant rangefinder with all the bells and whistles

Specifications

Range : 880 yards
Magnification: x6 magnification
Protection : Luxury case
Battery life: 5000 acutations

Reasons to buy

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Very fast measurements
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Scan, Pin and Slope modes boost practicality
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Ultra premium carry case included

Reasons to avoid

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Compact design won't be useable for everyone

If you're after a compact, yet premium rangefinder with all the bells and whistles, then this is your best bet. The GolfBuddy Laser Atom Rangefinder is one of the smallest rangefinders on this list, making it easy to carry and handy to use. But its size doesn't detract from how much it can deliver, with this rangefinder packing a punch in terms of what it can deliver. It can seek and pinpoint accurate distances to targets up to 880 yards away, boasts a battery life that will see you get 5000 actuations in, and comes in a luxurious protective case that you can slip in your pocket or attach to your bag. 

Once you're out on the course, you'll see how useful this rangefinder can be, using its scan mode, pin mode and slope compensation - which you can turn on and off. It is very easy to use and the bright LCD display is easy to read coming in big and bold text. The unit will also vibrate when you lock onto the flag, even on busy backgrounds. The premium carry case meanwhile adds an extra element of class to your golf bag, being made of a luxurious ivory coloured textured leather and with shiny chrome, screw-style carabiner. 

Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.


One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.3.


Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-7 iron, TaylorMade P7MC 8-PW 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and a Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge 

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x