Golf GPS Bushnell: Understanding Their Rangefinder Models

When it comes to Golf GPS, Bushnell own the laser rangefinder market.  It’s what they’re good at and what they’ve done successfully for years.

Providing binoculars, scopes, night vision devices and range finders for outdoor activities, hunting, shooting and astrology. This is what they’re good at and why they’ve made such a strong, successful cross-over into golf.

With Bushnell you have a choice of three product categories for the fairway – the rangefinder, GPS or combine the two with the hybrid rangefinder and GPS system.

You have their range of laser range finders which will allow you to manually measure distance to the flag, your ball or any other object (eg. a hazard) on the course. All you have to do is view it through the 5x magnification scope, click a button and look at the reading — all accurate to plus/minus 1 yard.

Bushnell have 6 laser rangefinders on the market.

Their unique PinSeeker Technology comes as standard with their range finders, using reflection on the flag to separate it from the trees that might be in the background.

The Pro 1M, Pro 1600, and Tour V2 all come in either Slope or Tournament Edition.

The slope edition adjust the distance based on the incline or decline of where you’re hitting the ball to. Essentially they don’t just tell you how far away you are, they tell you how far to play the ball based on the slope.  Expect to pay up to $100 more for the slope editions, even with online savings and discounts.

Be WARNED: Slope Editions are illegal in competition so if you’re worried pick up the Tournament Editions.

The Bushnell Pro 1M

Bushnell Pro 1M

Brand new for 2012, the Pro 1M has superior ranging capabilities up to 1 mile (1600 meters) and is their premium product. With 7x magnification and extra features that include a PowerBoost and Vivid Display Technology. The PowerBoost provides up to 35% more acquisitions of target and maximizes battery life. While the Vivid Display is an enhancement to the optics, improving the clarity, contrast and light transmission. It also means the display is brighter for digital readouts.

  • Battery: 9V
  • Reflective Surfaces: 1760 yards (1600m)
  • Trees: 1000 yards (900m
  • Flag: 500 yards
  • Slope or Tournament Editions available

The built in rain mode compensates for precipitation to guarantee accurate distance measurement in rain and snow.

The Bushnell Pro 1600

Bushnell Pro 1600

With 7x magnification the Pro 1600 comes with built-in rain mode, rubber Armour to protect it and is completely waterproof. The standard scan mode lets you scan across the course while continuously updating the LCD display of the distance of you and the target.

  • Battery: 9V
  • Reflective Surfaces: 1600 yards (1450m)
  • Trees: 1000 yards (900m)
  • Flag: 400 yards (360m)
  • Slope or Tournament Editions Available

The Bushnell Tour V2

Bushnell Tour V2

The Bushnell Tour V2 is compact and rest comfortably in your hand. It comes with the standard scan mode, pinseeker technology and 5x magnification. It has the built-in rain mode plus a built-in tripod mount and comes in a range of colors (grey, white, blue and pink).

  • Battery: 3V
  • Reflective Surfaces: 1000 yards (900m)
  • Trees: 700 yards (640m)
  • Flag: 300 yards (270m)
  • Slope or Tournament Edition Available

The Low-Cost Bushnell Medalist

Bushnell Medalist

The lowest priced family member, the medalist is Bushnells value rangefinder but don’t let that fool you, it gets lots of very happy user reviews. With 4x magnification, pinseeker technology, standard scan mode and the built-in rain mode. It does all the hardwork with the same range finding capability of the Tour V2 simply with slightly less magnification.

  • Battery: 9V
  • Reflective Surfaces: 1000 yards (900m)
  • Trees: 700 yards (640m)
  • Flag: 300 yards (270m)

The Bushnell Neo+ Golf GPS

Golf GPS Bushnell NeoThen you have their Neo+ GPS system. A small, sophisticated yet simple device that uses satellite positioning to determine the distance of the device to the front, middle and back of the green. With over 20,00 courses mapped you can play your regular course or bring it on your golfing holiday.

In the world of increasingly expensive GPS devices this is a simple yet very low cost solution if all you’re interested in is the distance to the front, middle and back of the green.  The battery life is great at 16 hours (compared with 8 hours for some) and it clips right onto your belt.  This is very understated, great value little GPS in my opinion.

The Bushnell Hybrid Golf GPS Rangefinder

Golf GPS Bushnell Hybrid

Finally, for the golfer who can’t make up their mind, you have the worlds first hybrid laser rangefinder and GPS all in one. Bringing the best of both worlds together, you have the accuracy and flexibility of the laser rangefinder with the convenience of a GPS device.

The Hybrid has the funky features you’d expect from Bushnell, the pinseeker technology and 5x magnification it has the automatically recognize the course you’re on and give you readings to the front, middle and back of the green. Only negative is that using a GPS is harder on your battery life so expect it to only last 1, maybe 2 rounds while a pure laser rangefinder can last weeks or months!

What do you want to pay?

Now which you want will boil down to a variety of factors, including price. For a laser rangefinder, expect to pay $300 – $350 for the Pro 1600 or Tour Editions.  The Medalist retails around the $200 mark.

The GPS units are great value for money around $100 (very low for the GPS market) while you can expect to pay $399 upwards for the hybrid golf and GPS.  Ultimately, you get what you pay for and in all of Bushnell’s laser rangefinder products the technology is ultimately the same with PinSeeker technology and rain-modes.  It’s the extra features, improved magnification and differences in the distance capabilities you pay for.

Without doubt, Amazon is one of the best places to keep an eye on prices.  They’re ultra-competitive, great with shipping (and returns) and pass on savings only someone who sells stupid volumes can compete with.

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