There is nothing more frustrating than hitting the perfect shot than to see if fall short of the green due to wrong choice of club, simply because of misjudging the distance.
Though if you have access to a good rangefinder you can get the exact distance and therefore get the perfect club for the job. So, you really can focus on what’s at hand – the actual golf.
Below are my top 3 choices for a golf rangefinder with quality and affordability being the things I am looking for the most.
Best Budget Golf Rangefinder – The Top 5
Great All Rounder
#1 TecTecTec VPRO500 Golf Rangefinder
This TecTecTec unit is the one of the best-selling rangefinders out there and that’s no surprise after using it. If you are looking for the most accurate or top-notch rangefinder this may not be for you but what this rangefinder does – it does quite well and at a very affordable price.
It has the one button quick reading option and the scan option for quick multiple readings. The readings are accurate and usually with 1-2 yards of being perfect which is good.
The build quality seems better than the price point would suggest though it’s not perfect, also it is both water and dust resistant which is definitely an advantage.
This is a good rangefinder for the more casual golfer or someone who wants to get the most value for their money!
- Great value for money
- Quite accurate
- Ideal choice for beginner
- Feels a little lower quality than its competitors
#2 Premium Golf Rangefinder By SereneLife
This golf rangefinder is not on the radar of lots of people but I was pleasantly surprised, so I had to include it here in my top 5!
While this golf range finder may not be the most portable or lightweight option it’s still quite good overall in these areas. Because of being a lower price point the materials on this rangefinder are of lower quality but the functionality I was quite happy with. It’s simple to use with a one button to get the distance straight away or you can use the pin seeker feature which works quite well.
The accuracy of this rangefinder was like the TecTecTec above, it worked constantly well always about right only up to a few yards off which is solid especially considering the price of this rangefinder.
This rangefinder comes with an included carrying case which is useful as I store the rangefinder in the same compartment of my bag as my golf balls and tees so that helped keep it protected from damaging them.
- Bargain price
- Easy operation
- Nice pin seeker functionality
- Occasionally has lock on issues
Higher Quality Choice
#3 Bushnell Tour V4 JOLT
Bushnell are renowned when it comes to rangefinders, so it’s no surprise to see this product making my top 5. This Tour v4 option the most expensive option in my list but this is a case where paying that little extra is worth considering.
This rangefinder is quite a popular option amongst golfers and I can see why – it offers a nice mix of quality and value for money in one product.
The first thing you will notice when using this product is the quality of it. It’s one of the best I have used when it comes to how well it feels in the hand and the materials they have used.
The accuracy is amazing and the best in this list. The pin seeker function works 400+ yards and the regular LOS mode works up to 1000 yards. You also have access to a 5x magnification which is useful on occasion.
The battery life on this one is very good, it can easily last 12 months with frequent use (2-3 rounds a week) and it’s still on going for me, so you definitely don’t need to worry about battery life with this one!
- Long battery life
- Brilliant pin seeker feature
- Great design and build quality
- Very accurate
- Lightweight and portable
- Little pricey
#4 Breaking 80
The first thing that I liked about this breaking 80 rangefinder is the simple design and the nice red color. For operation, you have 2 buttons one to measure the distance and the other to range the current mode you are using. The 2 modes that are available are one the standard Line of sight(LOS) mode that measures the direct distance to your target.
The other mode is called Flag mode. With flag mode, you should point your target to something near and behind the green ideally, once you have that in your target you should press and hold the power button to get the first reading and then as you are holding the button you move it to point towards the flag. It works relatively well but its isn’t as seamless as some other rangefinders.
- Great value
- Lifetime warranty
- Quite accurate
- No off button means more battery drain than necessary
#5 Nikon COOLSHOT 40 Golf Laser Rangefinder
While Nikon are not known for rangefinders and so I was unsure about how this rangefinder would fair.
In terms of design this is one of my personal favorites. It looks quite classy and has a nice sturdy build. On the tap of a button you will get access to the distance which only takes half a second which is very fast and responsive. So, you can easily tap it for multiple reading or use the 8 second measurement scanning which as I’m sure you have guessed updates distance continuously for 8 seconds. It’s nice with this rangefinder you have the option to use it how you like and the versatility is great.
It’s also worth mentioning this Nikon also comes with a carrying case so you can put in it your bag without worrying if it could get damaged.
- Great design
- Useful scan mode
- Fast and responsive
- Not as accurate as its competitors
- Had problems targeting the pin sometimes