Top 15 Golf Rangefinders under $200 to Level Up Your Game on a Budget

We gathered and analyzed the best affordable rangefinders currently on the market, from slope models to tournament-approved ones.
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Before the year 2019, it was against the rules to use a rangefinder in most competitions. That rule has since been changed, allowing even amateurs to play their best. However, there are some exceptions, such as the PGA tour, where these devices aren’t allowed.

That said, if you aren’t at the PGA tour level just yet and you want to make the best of the new rules, you can get a rangefinder to help you out. Some of the best golf rangefinders under $200 are listed below, making it easier to find one that is affordably priced.

Top 15 Golf Rangefinders under $200 Review 2021

1.

PEAKPULSE 6Pro SlopeEditor’s Choice

Features
  • Magnification: 6x
  • Slope: yes
  • Accuracy: ±0.55 yd
  • Max. range: 656 yd
  • Warranty: 2-year

Other features: Flag Acquisition; Pulse Vibration Technology; Slope-Switch Technology; 905nm Class 1 laser; Fast Focus System; auto shut-off

Opening for our list is the PEAKPULSE 6Pro Slope which is a rather impressive golf tool. It comes with about 6X magnification, so you can see your target flags clear as day. Speaking of flags, this 6Pro device comes with flag acquisition as well.

If you have shaky hands, the vibration makes it so much easier to lock onto targets and betters your shots as a result. Additionally, the vibration feature just serves to confirm that you have the correct range.

The machine comes with a maximum range of 656 yards. Also, within this range, the accuracy of the finder is maintained at ±0.55 yd. In comparison to the rest of the list, the accuracy is definitely among the top four. The 905nm Class 1 laser is one of the reasons why this feat is possible. However, this laser also has the added benefit of being safe for your eyes.

The tool even features slope compensation allowing you to account for the incline or decline between you and your target. Nevertheless, you can choose to disable the slope feature if you feel it adds no value to your game.

The next feature to look forward to is the fast focus system. You only need to turn the knob on your eyepiece as you look through it, and this should bring everything into focus. Also, as you might expect, it easily fits into your hands and might even fit in your pockets.

This compact rangefinder uses a single CR2 battery to power its primary functions, which means you’ll need to buy a replacement cell every now and again. However, the manufacturer does empathize with that situation and has included battery-saving features as well. The machine will shut down automatically after every eight seconds of inactivity.

The last thing we will mention about this rangefinder is the accessories package included in the purchase. It includes a battery, a carrying case, a lanyard, and lastly, the 2-year warranty card.

What we liked: The accuracy is sufficiently impressive even when slopes are involved. Also, the Flag Acquisition and Pulse Vibration Technology make light work of finding the range. The 2-year rangefinder warranty might be a massive help after purchase. Lastly, the machine shuts down after eight seconds of inactivity to save battery life.

What could be better: In comparison to other top-tier golf laser rangefinders under $200, the range on this tool is fairly limited.

2.

Raythor Sport ProBest Value98

Features
  • Magnification: 6x
  • Slope: yes
  • Accuracy: ±0.1 yd
  • Max. range: 1000 yd
  • Warranty: 1-year

Other features: flag-lock with vibration; fast focus system; continuous scan; Advanced Target Acquisition Technology; 3 modes; water-resistant

Next, we have the Raythor Sport Pro, which we consider one of the best value rangefinders in the market and on this list. This tool also offers 6X magnification for easier viewing of flags and other features of the golf course. However, you should realize that you’re looking into an LCD display as you’re looking through the eyepiece.

The accuracy of the machine is exceptional and stands at ±0.1 yards even when you’re finding the range for objects that are almost 1000 yards away. This is further enhanced by the flag lock of the machine. Like the previous rangefinder in the list, this tool will let you know it has locked on using a little haptic feedback.

There is, however, a limit to the flag lock capabilities of the tool where it doesn’t do so well with objects that are further than 250 yards from the user. You might like that the Raythor comes with three working modes that you can toggle depending on the use scenario. Mode 1 is the scan mode. This mode lets you continuously scan the golf course without locking onto anything in particular.

Mode 2 is what golfers will depend on for their games and will allow for readings such as target angle, the flag lock we mentioned, slope adjustment and more. The last mode comes in handy when you’re looking at the speed of moving objects in the golf course.

The Raythor comes with a built-in 3.7V/900mah battery and a micro-USB cable to recharge it. It should also be a similar cable to those provided with most smartphones.

What we liked: The range of the finder is relatively impressive in addition to the accuracy. It features flag lock and vibration feedback. The finder also comes with slope adjustment and three working modes for different situations. Lastly, you get a rechargeable battery which means no extra costs down the line.

What could be better: The flag lock feature is limited after the 250-yard mark. Also, there is no battery-saving technology.

3.

Golf Buddy AIM L10Best Targeting Modes

Features
  • Magnification: 6x
  • Slope: yes
  • Accuracy: ±1 yd
  • Max. range: 880 yd
  • Warranty: 2-year

Other features: 3 targeting modes; automatic shut-off; extra-wide LCD display; water-resistant; Class 1 laser

The Golf Buddy AIM L10 is another option with an LCD screen in the eyepiece for easier range readings and visibility. This is coupled with the 6X magnification that is quite common for golf rangefinders from various manufacturers.

Also, it seems that the Golf Buddy is more in tune with a global market since it gives readings both in meters and yards. As such, the user can use the measurement metrics that they prefer.

Notably, this unit is slightly more impressive than the units that came before it on the list because it can use both laser technology and GPS to find your range readings. With both of these technologies, the Golf buddy can give you ±1 yd accurate range readings for targets that are between 5-800 meters.

When looking through the device, you get to pick from three working modes. One is the standard mode that allows you to pick any target, whether it’s a tree, a pin, a flag or something else, and the tool will calculate the range for you. There is the pin with vibration mode and the scan mode option as well.

The pin with vibration mode does give you vibration feedback once you’ve locked onto the target, and you can thus be sure you’re getting the right distance measurement.

Similar to the other top tier golf rangefinders under $200 that we’ve reviewed, this tool gives readings adjusted for slope as well. That said, you aren’t allowed to use this feature in tournament games, and thus the button for turning this feature off might come in handy.

Also, like the PEAKPULSE 6Pro Slope, the manufacturer uses CR2 batteries that are easily replaceable. However, since they aren’t rechargeable, the fact that the machine shuts down after 15 seconds could help you get more out of each set.

What we liked: Battery-saving technology is included. This rangefinder is capable of using both laser and GPS to find the range. The three working modes are impressive and give you various options to work with. The range finder can account for slope in its distance calculations if you’re playing in a non-tournament setting.

What could be better:  This rangefinder is one of the more expensive options on the list. Also, non-rechargeable batteries mean that you’ll have a recurring cost of buying new sets when the old ones are depleted.

4.

Profey VPRO-X5Longest Range

Features
  • Magnification: 6x
  • Slope: yes
  • Accuracy: ±1 yd
  • Max. range: 1,500 yd
  • Warranty: 1-year

Other features: 2 scan modes; flag-lock with vibration; continuous scan; 10-second auto shut-off

If your shots are getting longer and longer, you might want the Profey VPRO-X5 in your arsenal of golf tools. It has a maximum range of 1,500 yd, which puts most of the other options listed to shame. This, however, doesn’t affect the accuracy of the golf tool negatively.

The details on the eyepiece are clear whether you use glasses or not. All you have to do to nail focus is adjust the diopter on the eyepiece to your desired settings. When using this tool to practice for your tournament, you’re free to use the M2 mode, which incorporates angle measurements, slope technology and even flag lock.

The M1 mode is more in tune with your needs for tournament games and provides continuous scanning without any angle or slope adjustments. Also worth noting is that you’re not going to have the flag-lock feature for the entire 1,500-yard range. Instead, you’re limited to a third of that.

The accessories provided with each purchase of the VPRO-X5 include a carry bag, batteries, lanyard, lens cleaning cloth, a carabiner, and even a gift bag. The inclusion of the CR2 batteries also explains why the finder shuts down after 10 seconds of inactivity.

You even get a low battery warning so you can get a new set before your CR2 batteries are depleted.

What we liked: The range of this device is the most impressive so far. It can lock onto flags from up to 500 yards away. You get low battery warnings and automatic shutdown when the tool hasn’t been used for a while. It also caters for tournament-style and non-tournament-style play.

What could be better: The range finder uses replaceable batteries. The use modes are limited in comparison to some of the competition.

Features
  • Slope: yes
  • Accuracy: ±1 yd
  • Max. range: 650 yd
  • Warranty: 1-year

Other features: continuous range measurement; angle range compensation; pin-seeking and flagpole-locking vibration; speed measuring; 905nm laser; runs on 2 AAA batteries

The Gogogo Sport Vpro PRO-GS24 uses AAA batteries as opposed to the CR2 cells used in most other range finders. This tournament-legal option allows you to range objects that are as far as 650 yards away with exceptional accuracy. However, do remember that for tournament play, you’ll need to shut down the slope function.

This tool uses multi-coated lens optics, allowing for clearer images when looking through the eyepiece. Of course, the focus adjustment is on the eyepiece like the other devices listed.

The flag pole locking mechanism on the Vpro PRO-GS24 ranges in accuracy depending on how far the target is. If it is 150 yards or closer, the tool can get a lock on the pole. Between 150 and 250 yards, the flag will have to be unfolded for the range finder to pick it up.

Lastly, for flags and flag poles that are more than 250 yards away, the machine is not able to pick them up at all. You will get vibration feedback from the machine if it happens to lock onto a flag.

What we liked: Features a slope mode. It vibrates when it locks onto a flag. The device uses top quality multi-coated optics. It also gives relatively fast distance readings.

What could be better: The instructions are sometimes missing and can be difficult to understand when present. The effective range of the finder is also relatively limited.

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6.

BOZILY BL-X3Best Rechargeable Battery Option

Features
  • Magnification: 6x
  • Slope: yes
  • Accuracy: ±1 yd
  • Max. range: 1,200 yd
  • Warranty: 2-year; 1-year free replacement

Other features: 2 scan modes; continuous scan support; flag-lock with vibration; Class 1 905nm laser; fast focus system

The next rangefinder featured on our list is the BOZILY BL-X3. It plays second fiddle to the Profey VPRO-X5 in terms of range but not by much. Apart from the impressive 1200 yard maximum range, the BOZILY also comes with a Class 1 905nm laser that should allow for accurate readings with a maximum deviation of ±1 yd.

The features available to you when you look through the rangefinder will depend on the mode you use. Mode 2 is pretty popular with amateur golfers. This is because it provides slope distance, angles, vibration tech and flag lock.

On the other hand, Mode 1 is preferred for tournaments since it disables some of the features that might be against tournament rules. This range finder is the second one on the list to have an inbuilt rechargeable battery. A micro-USB cable is also included so you can charge the device using your laptop, a power bank or the sockets you have at home.

The finder is waterproofed so that you can golf through slight showers without a care in the world. Also, you don’t need to stick to yard measurements if you’re more familiar with meters. You can long-press the mode button to toggle between these two metric modes.

Lastly, you have a comprehensive warranty that allows returns for up to one year.

What we liked: The range of the finder is expansive. It uses a rechargeable battery. This tool includes both tournament and slope modes. Also, the warranty is impressive.

What could be better: This tool needs you to have steady hands if you’re to make full use of the maximum range.The battery life is unimpressive.

7.

Callaway 300 ProBest Extra Features

Features
  • Magnification: 6x
  • Slope: yes
  • Accuracy: ±1 yd
  • Max. range: 1,000 yd
  • Warranty: 1-year

Other features: Pulse Technology; Pin-Locking Technology; Magmahold powerful integrated magnet; water- and fog-resistant

As for the Callaway 300 Pro, it is a fantastic machine that is both fog and rain resistant. Therefore, you can use this finder to play golf or find targets during a hunting expedition, even in unfavorable weather.

The pin locking technology in the machine only allows you to lock onto pins 300 yards away or closer. As always, range finders of this caliber vibrate to confirm that they’ve locked onto the target. However, both the pin locking and the vibration are unavailable for targets that are further than 300 yards away.

As for the 1,000-yard range, this will likely be equal to or surplus to the needs of most amateur golfers. Calculating slope adjusted distance after considering the decline/incline angles on the course is also a piece of cake for the Callaway 300 Pro.

Another feature you might like is the scan functionality of the tool. This is especially handy when trying to find the range of multiple targets. While it does come with a bag, the integrated magnet should also allow you to attach the tool to the metal bars on your golf cart for easier access.

What we liked:

The integrated magnet keeps the rangefinder closer than if you were to put it in a bag. The range is quite extensive by most standards. It incorporates scan functionality. Also, the finder is able to account for slopes and angles. This tool is fog and water-resistant for all-weather use.

What could be better:

Battery life isn’t the most impressive. It’s harder to focus and lock onto a target if you have shaky hands.

8.

Nikon Coolshot 20 GIIBest Warranty

Features
  • Magnification: 6x
  • Slope: yes
  • Accuracy: ±1 yd (under 100 yd), ±2 yd (over 100 yd)
  • Max. range: 800 yd
  • Warranty: 5-year

Other features: advanced pin identification; quick multi-target mapping; rainproof (IPx4); single or 8-second continuous measurement; first target priority

Betting against Nikon when it comes to optical equipment is almost always a losing game, and you can see that in how well the Coolshot 20 GII is built. This tool uses first target priority whereby it locks onto the nearest target out of all the options that are in the scene. Consequently, the distance measurement is usually to the pin and not to anything in the background.

This is, however, only when the machine is locking onto one target. It’s possible for the machine to continuously measure the distance to a variety of targets as well. For this feature, you press the mode button continuously for eight seconds

Notably, the accuracy varies where the Coolshot 20 GII is concerned. If your target is within 100 yards, then the accuracy is ±1 yd. Between 100 yards and the maximum range of 800 yards, the accuracy drops to ±2 yd. That said, this margin of error is still good enough for your golfing needs, especially at that range.

In terms of guarantees, the Nikon Coolshot 20 GII takes the lead out of all options listed with its five-year coverage.

What we liked: The five-year warranty is more than what other range finder manufacturers have to offer. This tool allows for both single and continuous target acquisition. Additionally, it comes with advanced pin identification technology for more accurate readings.

What could be better:  The accuracy is the lowest so far. It’s relatively tricky to keep the range finder steady.

9.

Blue Tees Golf Series 2 ProBest Display

Features
  • Magnification: 6x
  • Slope: yes
  • Accuracy: ±1 yd
  • Max. range: 800 yd
  • Warranty: 2-year

Other features: flag-lock with pulse vibration; HD display; water-resistant; 2 CR2 batteries included

The next top-quality golf rangefinder for a $200 budget is the Blue Tees Golf Series 2 Pro. This weather-resistant golf tool comes with an 800 maximum range which is sufficient for most golfers needs.

It has an HD display inside the eyepiece that should tell you the precise distance to your target. Also, in addition to the weatherproof exterior, this tool is sturdily built. As such, you don’t need to handle it with too much care when you should be focusing more on getting your shots right.

With its slope measurements, the resulting readings should be more accurate, and that may allow you to take your game up a notch. The vibration notification also does an excellent job of telling you every time you get a lock on a specific target.

What we liked: The rangefinder features slope measurements for more accurate distance readings. It also comes with vibration feedback for when the tool acquires a pin. The construction of the range finder is rugged and weatherproof.

What could be better: The cost of this finder is slightly higher than you would expect for the features listed.

10.

ACEGMET Q9Best Flag Lock Technology

Features
  • Magnification: 6x
  • Slope: yes
  • Accuracy: ±0.5 yd
  • Max. range: 650 yd
  • Warranty: 2-year

Other features: Fast Focus and Continuous Scan modes; flag-lock, pulse vibration; built-in lithium battery

The ACEGMET Q9 is also one of the better options where accuracy is concerned. If it does get your readings wrong, it is only to ±0.5 yards of the actual distance. Consequently, you can’t blame this tool if you find your shots are off by a mile.

Like the Nikon Coolshot 20 GII, this tool prioritizes the nearest target when finding the range. Consequently, the surrounding features such as trees, people and other golf course fixtures don’t get to interfere with the range. Of course, this is one reason why the accuracy of the tool is rated so highly.

Also, the manufacturer takes into account the risks involved with using a laser. Since the laser is reflected back to the device, it will inevitably get into your eye despite a filter layer being included. If the wrong unstable laser were to be used in the tool, it could potentially damage your eyes.

However, for this device, the manufacturer uses 905 NM laser tube technology which is more stable. This makes it safer to use. Also, the maximum range of this device is around 650 yards. Amateur players average about 195-205 yards with their drivers. Professionals, on the other hand, average between 280 and 320 yards. Consequently, this range seems more than enough for most golfer’s needs.

Also, slope compensation is included in this tool. There is a limit to this feature where 20° is the maximum the tool will compensate for. The ACEGMET Q9 uses an inbuilt battery that you’ll have to charge regularly using a USB cable. Finally, the last positive is the battery saver features that shuts down the range finder after six seconds of inactivity.

What we liked:  The rangefinder comes with a rechargeable battery. It is highly accurate and offers slope compensation as well. The finder has flag lock and pulse vibration to give users feedback. This device is also capable of continuous scanning. The battery saver included means you don’t need to worry about battery life while you’re at the golf course.

What could be better: The maximum range is limited when compared to other options. No instructions included, and the rangefinder can be tricky to stabilize.

11.

Precision Pro Golf NexusBest for Tournaments

Features
  • Magnification: 6x
  • Slope: no
  • Accuracy: ±1 yd
  • Max. range: 400 yd
  • Warranty: 1-year

Other features: flag-lock; TAG and Pulse Vibration technology; USGA tournament legal; lifetime battery replacement

So far, the Precision Pro Golf Nexus is the most limited option in terms of maximum range. However, since drive shots rarely go past the 320-yard point, a 400-yard range should be enough for most of your needs. The accuracy is acceptable and likely won’t be the reason your shots deviate from the target.

The Nexus uses TAG technology to lock onto flags and vibration feedback to notify you that the range has been acquired. Also, since the range is limited, the shake in your hands will likely not affect the range results that you get.

Vendors ship this rangefinder to you with a carrying case, battery, manual and a cleaning cloth for the glass elements. Also, it’s not lost on us that slope adjustment and compensation has been left out of the machine. Since tournament rules do not allow for slope compensation, you might even be better off with this rangefinder.

As a side note, this finder is also waterproof, so you needn’t worry about it when using it in the rain.

What we liked: The rangefinder is waterproof. It comes with target acquisition technology which makes it easier to lock onto flags. The machine gives vibration feedback when you range your target. It’s also USGA tournament legal.

What could be better: The maximum range of the finder is limited. Also, it doesn’t incorporate slope compensation like most of the other competing rangefinder models.

12.

ACPOTEL PF Series PROBest Dual Screen Option

Features

Magnification: 6x

  • Slope: yes
  • Accuracy: ±0.5 yd
  • Max. range: 750 yd
  • Warranty: 18-month

Other features: external LCD display screen; Point-to-Point Ranging Function; Golf Scan Mode; flag-lock

The ACPOTEL PF Series PRO dual display golf rangefinder with slope for under $200 is another rangefinder option you want to consider buying. It incorporates a display both in the viewfinder and on the exterior of the machine.

Despite having an extra screen, the tool isn’t heavier or larger than other rangefinders in the market. It can fit in the right pocket and will be easy to handle whenever you pull it out. Also, some might say that the extra screen is redundant since it displays the same information as the screen in the eyepiece.

With ±0.5 yard accuracy, you can hardly blame this tool if you skew your shots. The range for the tool is about 750 yards. However, the flag lock feature is one of the most impressive so far. After all, it can lock onto flags that are even 600 yards away. Also, it locks out interference from trees and other objects close to your target to ensure the correct distance measurement.

You even get slope compensation up to 20°. Another positive attribute of this range finder is the build. The soft rubber exterior is not only comfortable to hold, but it’s also waterproof. It even enhances grip so the finder won’t fall from your hands as easily.

There’s also the issue of guarantees from the manufacturer. Buyers are given a 30-day money-back guarantee in addition to the 18-month replacement option and technical support for the whole time they own the rangefinder.

What we liked:  The warranty terms are impressive thus far. You have dual screens included. The accuracy is top-tier. Also, the rangefinder has multiple use modes depending on the readings you want.

What could be better:  This rangefinder is trickier to use compared to the competition. Also, it seems to slow down a bit when you’re using slope mode.

13.

Precision Pro Golf NX7Best Construction

Features
  • Magnification: 6x
  • Slope: no
  • Accuracy: ±1 yd
  • Max. range: 400 yd
  • Warranty: 2-year

Other features: Pulse Vibration Technology; water- and fog-resistant; free lifetime battery replacement

The next golf range finder on the list is the Golf NX7 by Precision Pro. Given that it’s made by the same manufacturer as the Pro Golf Nexus, you should note some notable similarities. One is the range. They both max out at 400 yards, with the accuracy rating being similar as well.

Additionally, this option won’t give you slope-compensated distance readings. However, there is a pricier version of the Golf NX7 that includes slope compensation.

The NX7 uses the same TAG technology as its predecessor to ensure your distance readings are as accurate as possible. It will also give a short vibration burst once you’ve locked onto your target flag.

One extra feature you might like in this rangefinder is the free lifetime battery replacement offered by the manufacturer. The only pre-requisite for this is to register the device after purchase. Since the included battery is non-rechargeable, this will save you some money in the long run.

Also, some of you might appreciate the option to read the distance in terms of meters.

What we liked: Offers readings both in terms of meters and yards. You can get battery replacements for free from the manufacturer. The rangefinder is water- and fog-resistant.

What could be better:  You will need to pay extra to get slope adjustment features. Also, the 400-yard maximum range is quite limited.

14.

TecTecTec VPRO500SBest for Moist Conditions

Features
  • Magnification: 6x
  • Slope: yes
  • Accuracy: ±1 yd
  • Max. range: 540 yd
  • Warranty: 2-year

Other features: Target Lock Technology; pin seeker and continuous scan modes; long-lasting CR-2 lithium battery

Our next pick for the list is the TecTecTec VPRO500 which comes with CR-2 lithium batteries as the power source. The finder is highly rated by users, and the pin seeker feature used to run the target lock technology is just one of the reasons for this.

Additionally, the continuous scan modes may also come in handy in various use situations. The exterior construction is not bad either since it is moisture-proof in addition to being durable. As you can see, it’s also made to enhance grip for easier handling.

The slope mode included is also almost standard at this price range. Furthermore, there is a 2-year warranty activated when you register the purchase. For easier transport to and from the golf course, you’re provided with a zippered case. That said, this isn’t the only extra accessory. The first battery, a microfiber cleaning cloth and a wrist strap are all provided.

What we liked:

Target lock technology is one of the highlights of the rangefinder. Also, it incorporates continuous scan modes. The construction is made to withstand moist conditions.

What could be better:

The activation buttons in this tool are stiff, especially in cold weather.

15.

WOSPORTS H-100AGBest Rangefinder for Newbies

Features
  • Magnification: 6x
  • Slope: yes
  • Accuracy: ±1 yd
  • Max. range: 650 yd
  • Warranty: 18-month

Other features: flag-lock with vibration; distance, speed, and angle measurement; Class 1 laser; 10-second auto shut-off; CR2 battery

To complete our list, we have the WOSPORTS H-100AG, which again uses CR2 batteries like most of the other options listed. This 650-yard range device is priced at slightly over $100, which is well within your budget range. However, this price is subject to change over time.

Once purchased, you get flag lock features that incorporate vibration as well. Additionally, you can get readings on speed, the angles and the distance to that flag you’re eyeing in the distance.

Also, since this rangefinder uses a class 1 laser, it is safe for your eyes. Remember that you’re not limited to golf use with this device. Using it for hunting is also not against any rules.

What we liked: The 18-month warranty is a nice touch. It offers flag lock with measurements for distance, angles and speed. The 10-second auto shut-off also preserves battery life.

What could be better: The accuracy seems to dip slightly the further away you are from your target.

Things to Consider

Some of the golf range finders you find in the market, even at such an affordable price, are top quality devices. They are accurate, have all the right features, and their construction is durable. However, if you have never bought or used a golf rangefinder, the options available can confuse you. Consequently, you may end up with a $200 device that doesn’t give you enough value for your money.
Having studied exceptional golf rangefinders in detail, we are in an excellent position to tell you what to look for in potential purchases. This information is collated in the buying guide below.

Benefits of using a golf rangefinder

You may be wondering why you have to get a golf range finder in the first place. After all, you can get yardage measurements from your caddie and his yardage book whenever you want to. While this is true, the golf rangefinder gives you more accurate readings on the distance. After all, it isn’t prone to human error.

Another benefit is that it doesn’t take as long as a caddie to give you distance measurements. The readings, whether you’re using a GPS or laser rangefinder, are taken almost instantaneously. This, of course, increases the pace of the game and allows you to take less time in each round. Conversely, caddies have to rely on calculators and their yardage books, with the result being a lot of time wasted.

Also, these tools make it easier to avoid hazards. Since they can measure the distance to most of the landmarks in the golf course, you can determine whether your shot will land on the hazard or not even before you take a swing.

Lastly, for those using GPS-based rangefinders like the Golf Buddy AIM L10, it’s so much easier to get out of a blind spot during a round.

What to expect from a golf rangefinder under $200

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Since these rangefinders are in the same price range, there are bound to be similarities that cut across most of the models. One example is that almost all of them have a maximum range of between 500-1000 yards.

Additionally, most models priced at under $200 use a laser to calculate the range, although a few models use GPS. The construction on these rangefinders is relatively durable and, more often than not, features some weather protection.

Another thing you can expect from these rangefinders is a simple design. They tend to have a maximum of three buttons in addition to the adjustable eyepiece.

Warranty coverage that ranges between 1–2 years is also commonplace.

Some other standard features include target lock, slope compensation and scan capabilities.

Features to consider before you buy a golf rangefinder

You likely want the best device that your money can get you. However, to make this a reality, you need to know more about rangefinder features in general. That way, you can tell if you’re being overcharged for a rangefinder or not. The list below tells you exactly what features to look out for and why.

Optics and magnification

All rangefinders have glass components as part of their structure. These let in light so you can see the target and easily lock onto it. However, you should know that they affect image quality as well.

If the manufacturer uses the right optical elements, this will translate into clearer images as you’re looking through the eyepiece. However, if the optics are substandard, the images could be blurry and make the rangefinder unusable.

The multi-coated lenses in the Gogogo Sport Vpro PRO-GS24 are one example of top-quality optics. Also, most of these tools offer magnification to make target acquisition easier. The normal range is between 5X-6X, with the higher magnification being preferred since it makes it easier to see targets.

Range and accuracy

The range is another thing you can use to check the quality of a rangefinder. Typically, you can make do with a 400 or 500-yard range while golfing. As such, anything above that might be overkill. However, let’s not forget that rangefinders can be used for hunting applications as well. In such a scenario, the larger the range, the better.

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You also want an accurate rangefinder so you can plan for your shots. If the device is off by a few yards, it could mislead you and be the reason why you lose the game.

Slope compensation

You’re discouraged from using slope compensation in a tournament setting. It’s against the rules, and you might even be disqualified for that. However, slope compensation is an incredible tool when you’re playing golf for fun. It allows you to find the exact distance to the target even when there is an incline or decline between you and the hole.

Remember that distance is essential in helping you figure out how to hit the golf ball and which club to use. If you do not account for the slope, you’re likely to overhit or under hit the shot.

Most of the rangefinders listed above feature slope compensation, except for the Precision Pro Golf NX7 Slope and the Precision Pro Golf Nexus. However, these two options may not be so bad if you intend on playing in tournaments. The lack of slope compensation may help you up your game.

Flag acquisition

Another feature that should be a tremendous help to any golfer is the flag acquisition. Not all rangefinders in this budget range have this feature, but those that do are able to get a lock onto the hole much easier.

Additionally, pin locking technology in the rangefinder will lock onto the pin holding the flag. Also, the machines without flag acquisition may struggle to calculate the correct distance since they may end up locking onto something other than the flag, e.g. the trees behind the pin.

Modes

Rangefinders priced at under $200 tend to have two or three working modes. One example of a mode that you may encounter is the continuous scan option. Here the rangefinder will take continuous distance measurements without locking onto any particular target.

Another mode that you may encounter is the slope mode that incorporates slope compensation in its distance measurements. You may even encounter a mode that measures the speed of moving objects.

You don’t know what modes a device will have until you look carefully at the features list. Also, the more modes available, the better.

Dimensions and weight

You should realize that you’ll have to carry your rangefinder all around the golf course. This is in addition to the other golf equipment that you have to lug around. As such, if the rangefinder is too heavy, it could present a problem. The same is the case if you end up buying a reasonably bulky device.

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Consequently, it’s wise to get a compact and lightweight rangefinder that will fit into your pocket and is easy to handle.

Warranty

A closer look at the fifteen golf rangefinders listed above should reveal that most of the options in this price range have warranties covering buyers for 1-2 years. While these guarantees are sometimes sufficient, some manufacturers go above and beyond to give you additional coverage.

One example of this is the 5-year warranty provided with the Nikon Coolshot 20 GII. Additional terms to look for with regard to the warranty are money-back or replacement guarantee. This will notify you of the form of compensation to expect should your device be defective or unsatisfactory in performance.

Extra features

There are also some extra features you can find in various golf rangefinders in the market. The vibration feature, for instance, is not necessary but seems to be included in the majority of the devices.

If you look at the ACPOTEL PF Series PRO, you’ll notice that it has an extra screen, although one is more than enough. Another example is the Callaway 300 Pro magnet that allows you to stick the tool onto golf carts.

These extra features may not be the norm in most of the rangefinders in the market, but they do serve a purpose and add to the functionality of the optical device. Consequently, the more extra features included, the better.

FAQ

The USGA recently allowed golf rangefinders to be used in games. However, some additional rules come with these changes. One is that you cannot use the rangefinder to measure slope and wind.

As such, the USGA-legal rangefinders are like the Precision Pro Golf Nexus that don’t allow for slope compensation. However, even most of the other golf rangefinders qualify as tournament-ready since you can disable the illegal features.

Most rangefinders with the speed feature calculate it by dividing the distance travelled by the time. As such, they need to take two readings of the object in transit at different distances to make this happen.

Our Verdict

With accuracy being one of the top features you look out for, it’s no surprise that the PEAKPULSE 6Pro Slope ranks so highly on our list. However, this can also be attributed to the excellent all-around qualities of the tool. The flag lock is superb, and the maximum range, while less than what is offered by some of the competition, is still enough for golfing.

The Raythor Sport Pro, with its 1000-yard range and three use modes, is another reasonably impressive golf tool. You’ll probably also like the advanced target acquisition technology you use to target your pins and flags.

Another golf rangefinder in our top three picks is the Golf Buddy AIM L10. It gives the Raythor Pro a run for its money in terms of modes included. Also, the wide LCD in the eyepiece is comfortable to use.

That said, all fifteen rangefinders listed are fairly impressive in their own way. Whether you like them for the tournament suitability, battery saving features, cost or more, you will likely have to take an introspective look at your needs before you can settle on your pick of the best golf rangefinder under $200.

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