Nikon Coolshot 20 GII Laser Rangefinder Review

We test this compact laser rangefinder from Nikon to see what experience it can offer golfers

Nikon Coolshot 20 GII Laser Rangefinder Review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

The Nikon Coolshot 20 GII laser rangefinder is an ideal option if you want a device that simply delivers yardages quickly, easily and accurately. The display is good, and the eight-second continuous measurement option is something that a lot of golfers will find very useful in a variety of situations. It represents good value for money at this price point.

Reasons to buy
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    Lightweight and compact

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    Delivers accurate yardages quickly and easily

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    Eight-second continuous scan measurement is a helpful feature

Reasons to avoid
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    Doesn’t have slope adjustment

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    Velcro strap on the case may not be as secure as a traditional clip

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Nikon Coolshot 20 GII Laser Rangefinder Review

The Coolshot 20 GII is the lighter and more basic option in the impressive Nikon range, which includes the cutting-edge Coolshot Pro Stabilised, but that can be a positive if all you need is quick and simple yardages without paying for additional bells and whistles that you’re not going to make the most of.

It’s a pretty compact unit that fits nicely in the hand and the case isn’t too obtrusive on the side of your bag. It’s worth noting that while most rangefinder cases attach using a metal loop, this has a Velcro strap – it’s simpler to take on and off your bag, but it might not be quite as secure when going over lots of bumps in the terrain.


The yardages are accurate and in line with what you would expect from the best golf laser rangefinders and visible on a bright and clear display. The First Target Priority algorithm is designed to make sure you measure the closest object when there are things overlapping – such as trees behind the flag – and this works really well in practice. It also picks up other objects like the edge of bunkers if you’re trying to judge carry or run-out distances.


The ability to hold down the power button for up to eight seconds and move the device to get yardages for multiple objects is an excellent feature to make sure you get the yardage to the flag if your hands can be a bit shaky or give yourself as much information as possible about where hazards, trees and mounds are positioned around the flag. It also comes in handy off the tee, picking out the lips of bunkers or trees to judge where the fairway runs out.

Aesthetically, it’s somewhat squarer and more angular than other rangefinders. The white and black colouring looks slick and modern, without being too in-your-face. In summary, if you're looking for a budget golf rangefinder, there's lot to like about what the Nikon Coolshot GII has to offer.

Kit Alexander

Kit Alexander is a golf broadcaster and journalist who commentates and presents for the DP World Tour, PGA EuroPro Tour and Rose Ladies Series. He has over 15 years’ experience of magazine and television work in the golf industry and is a regular contributor to Golf Monthly.