Zoom Focus S Laser Rangefinder Review

The combination of Zoom's best two laser rangefinders, how did the Focus S fare out on course?

Zoom Focus S Laser Rangefinder Review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

A laser rangefinder that is packed with functionality and comes in at a very competitive price. While the overall finish of the product could do with some finessing, the speed and accuracy of this device make it a main player in the category.

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

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Zoom Focus S Laser Rangefinder Review

ZOOM is a brand that has made big strides in the laser rangefinder category over the last few years. First came the Focus X, then the much-improved Focus Tour – and now we have the new Focus S, which combines the best of the two previous models.

The brand labels this new device as an “all-rounder” – and it’s a pretty good one at that, offering plenty of the premium functions that you find on models from some of better-known brands, yet at a very competitive price. 

The ZOOM Focus S boasts excellent vision, fast target acquisition, impressive accuracy, x6 magnification, vibration feedback and slope mode. What’s more, the various functions are all very user-friendly, so it’s not going to slow you down when you’re playing.  

Slope functionality on the Zoom Focus S Laser Rangefinder

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Selecting the right club can be tricky when you have to take into account changes in elevation, but the slope mode, which can be easily switched off during tournament play with the touch of a button, can dramatically improve your approach play and proximity to the hole by giving you the ‘real’ length of shot.

The wide field of view (7°) is a great asset, too, especially off the tee, helping you to pick out hazards, including those you may not otherwise have spotted. In short, it gives you a better chance of avoiding danger and shooting lower scores, and when you’re playing a course for the first time, this is a feature that you’ll really come to appreciate. 

The carry case for the Zoom Focus S laser rangefinder

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True, this might not save you shots like the features can, but it does add to the appeal, as does the protective bag that can be attached to a strap or golf bag. Both the black and black/silver options look stylish, whilst its ergonomic design allows the device to sit perfectly in the hand. It’s also weighted nicely so the user can lock in on a target without being affected by any wind.

For us, the buttons used at the top of the device could be softer and more tactile. We often found that you had to press them quite firmly and there wasn't much in the way of a 'click' or 'press' feeling to know you're zapping the pin. This is only a minor inconvenience however in an altogether complete laser rangefinder package at what we consider to be a very competitive price. 

Dan Parker
Staff Writer

Dan has been with Golf Monthly team since 2021. He graduated with a Masters degree in International Journalism from the University of Sussex and looks after equipment reviews and buyer's guides, specializing in golf shoe, golf bag and golf cart reviews. Dan has now tested and reviewed over 30 pairs of golf shoes and is an expert in the field. A left-handed golfer, his handicap index is currently 6.5 and he plays at Fulford Heath Golf Club in the West Midlands. 

Dan is currently playing: 

Driver: TaylorMade Stealth 2 

Fairway: TaylorMade Stealth 2 15°, Ping G425 Max 21°

Hybrid: Ping G425 

Irons: Cobra King Tec Utility, Ping i230 (5-PW) 

Wedges: Ping Glide Forged Pro

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour X

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x