Nikon Coolshot Pro II Stabilized Laser Rangefinder Review

In this Nikon Coolshot Pro II Stabilized Laser Rangefinder review, we test it out on the course to see how the performance stacks up against the competition

Nikon Coolshot Pro II Stabilized Laser Rangefinder Review
Golf Monthly Verdict

This may be the best handheld laser rangefinder on the market right now. It’s fast, accurate, durable, and feels great in your hands. And its included case easily straps to your bag.

Reasons to buy
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    Fast, accurate and eliminates shaking

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    Durable and well made

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    Top-quality optics

Reasons to avoid
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    Expensive for the category

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    Stabilized feature takes some getting used to

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Nikon Coolshot Pro II Stabilized Laser Rangefinder Review

If your hands shake even the slightest bit while using many rangefinders, they will be useless to you. Nikon has mastered the antidote here, with its proprietary stabilization technology borrowed from its camera and lenses. In our testing, we deliberately trembled - and also did so unintentionally - while seeking the flag, and the view through the eyepiece held steady the entire time. And once it finds the flagstick, it locks onto it within 0.3 seconds by giving you visual and audible confirmation.

The OLED eyepiece magnifies the view by 6x, so that zeroing in on a pin from out in the fairway is never a problem. Nor is finding objects from up to 1,200 yards away. Distance numbers and mode icons pop up in bright, high-visibility orangish-red. You’ll see them just fine against a grass background.


If you’re not playing in an official tournament, you can activate the incline/decline technology with a push of the “mode” button. This displays the slope-adjusted distance, in addition to the actual distance, for an uphill or downhill shot. We tested this out on a very hilly course and it was loads more accurate than the cart’s GPS system. In fact, it saved us several times from using the wrong club, making us contemplate calling this a game-improvement device.

When you are playing in a competition, you can toggle off this feature and an external green light flashes to confirm the tournament mode. You can also continue pushing the power button up top and get eight seconds of continuous measurements as you pan across various targets. All these features make it one of the best golf laser rangefinders around in our opinion, if money is no object.

The device itself is substantial without being too lightweight - a common issue with cheaper devices that are easy to shake. The Nikon is also waterproof and fog proof, so you get that peace of mind if the weather takes a bad, unexpected turn or you simply want to use it all-year round. The lenses are layered multiple times with anti-reflective coating, to maximize light transmission, brightness and contrast. And the monocular eyepiece can be turned to adjust for clarity - perfect if you’re using it with and without glasses during your round.

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 86 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 3.2.

Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: Ping i230 4-UW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 54°. Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge, K Grind

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x

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