The Best Golf Rangefinders of 2022

By Todd Mrowice

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The best golf rangefinders

Rangefinders have become a necessity on the golf course. There's nothing worse than hitting a perfectly struck shot to the wrong yardage. With advancements in technology, golfers today have a variety of options in a variety of price ranges. For the purposes of this article, we're grouping anything that gives you a yardage on the golf courses into the Rangefinder category, including laser rangfinders, handheld GPS devices, golf watches and phone apps. Here's a look at the pros and cons of each, and our list of the best golf rangefinders of 2022.

Best Rangefinders of 2022

Golf rangefinders are easily accessible to any golfer in one form or another today. Given the importance of knowing your distances, and what you can do with that information, rangefinders should be considered a must-have for any regular golfer. We tested rangefinders from each of the most categories (laser, handheld, watch, app) to find the best of the bunch. Some are from the biggest brands in technology, some are from lesser-known companies. We hope that our list helps you find the best rangefinder for your game.

Product Price Type Standout Feature
Bushnell Pro XE $550 Laser Superior accuracy
Precision Pro R1 $320 Laser Bluetooth connected with locator
Garmin Approach Z82 $600 Laser Course map overlays
Nikon Coolshot Pro II $450 Laser Stability when finding target
Golf Buddy Aim L10 $280 Laser Small, sporty design
Blue Tees Series 3 Max $260 Laser Bang far exceeds buck
Voice Caddie SL2 $600 Laser Color touch LCD display
Precision Pro NX10 $280 Laser The only customizable laser rangefinder
TecTecTec! KLYR $200 Laser Compact design, easy transport
Callaway Hybrid Laser/GPS $320 Laser Easy to read display pairs with laser
Leupold GX-5i3 $550 Laser Crisp optics from near and far
Garmin Approach G80 $500 Handheld GPS Integrated launch monitor plus GPS
SkyCaddie SX550 $350 Handheld GPS Large 5.5" display
Izzo Swami 6000 $160 Handheld GPS Great unit for under $175
Bushnell Phantom 2 $130 Handheld GPS Serves basic need, good price
TecTecTec! ULT-G Ultra-Light $90 Handheld GPS Compact design
Voice Caddie T9 $350 Watch Green undulation readings
Garmin Approach S62 $500 Watch Pairs with Garmin app
GolfBuddy Aim W11 $250 Watch Bright, clear display
ShotScope G3 $130 Watch Square face design
Bushnell iON Edge $150 Watch Bushnell quality for $150
TecTecTec Ult-G $100 Watch Basic needs at low price
Tag Heuer Connected Calibre E4 $2,650 Watch Ultimate luxury and performance
18 Birdies Free (basic) App Leaderboards among friends
GolfLogix Free (basic) App Detailed 3D green views
Arccos Caddie Free (with Arccos sensors) App Tons of data collected each round
Golfshot Free (basic) App Easy to use

Why Do You Need a Golf Rangefinder?

Well, the simple answer is that you don’t really need one. For decades, golfers survived with a combination of yardage books, in-ground yardage markers, and previous course knowledge to navigate their way from shot to shot. So, can you still play golf without one of these devices? Yes.

Do you want to play golf without one of these devices? No. Whether you choose a laser rangefinder, watch, handheld GPS, or use an app on your phone, the benefits of owning one are undeniable. Golf rangefinders are incredibly convenient, they keep pace-of-play moving, and your game benefits from knowing exact yardage.

Types of Rangefinders

Whether it's technically correct or not, we're grouping all distance-measuring devices under the Rangefinder umbrella. If it tells you have far you are to your target on the golf course, we considered it for this list. The four rangefinder options we cover are laser rangefinders, handheld GPS devices, golf watches, and smartphone apps.

Each of these options have different price points, and different pros and cons. Here's more about each type of rangefinder.

Laser Rangefinders

Laser golf rangefinders are point-and-shoot devices that you aim to your target while looking through a scope. Your yardage is shown on the display as you look into the scope. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they all fit in your hand.


  • Laser rangefinders are the most accurate distance-measuring devices on the market. That's because you can shoot different objects, including the flagstick or bunkers, to get a true measurement from your feet to your target (or in some cases, objects you'd like to avoid). Other devices use satellites to measure, which leaves room for error.
  • Most have a vibrating feature that you feel in your hand to ensure you’ve locked onto your intended target.
  • Most models have a magnetic feature so they easily to stick to a golf cart.
  • Most new laser rangefinders also adjust for slope, which is a great tool for when you’re playing courses with elevation change.


  • The biggest con to laser rangefinders is the price. If you want to highest-end model you’re looking at spending $600, although there are some great value laser rangefinders under $200.
  • Laser rangefinders are somewhat easy to lose.
  • Most models run on batteries, which means you need a spare battery or two in your golf bag in case it dies on the course.

Handheld GPS Units

Handheld GPS units used to be so expensive that it was rare to see golfers using them. With advancements in material and satellite technology, manufacturers have made them more cost-efficient. For golfers who don’t want to use a laser rangefinder or wear a watch, a GPS unit is great because it’s basically like holding a high-resolution map in the palm of your hand.

GPS units provide crisp and accurate views of the golf course with live distance updates as you move. If you’re playing a new course, those views come in handy because you’ll have a better understanding of where to hit your shots, including bunkers and water features that may not be in plain sight. GPS units are sleek and easy to transport.


  • Most handheld GPS units come pre-loaded with golf courses ready to go.
  • They can provide users with larger, easy-to-read color displays.
  • Some are very small and easily fit into your pocket.
  • When used with a cart mount, the unit is displayed for convenience throughout your entire round.


  • Some models require yearly updates to get the latest courses and renovations.
  • For units that have highly detailed maps, you will likely pay a premium.
  • Due to the screen details, battery life for handheld GPS units can be a little low.

GPS Watches

GPS watches are a convenient and practical approach to golf course distances. If you prefer to stay away from a handheld GPS or a laser rangefinder, a golf watch is your best bet.

A GPS golf watch operates in a similar fashion to a handheld GPS in that it provides multiple distances, and in some cases maps, with the convenience of a watch. Golf watches are powered by rechargeable batteries and come in a variety of different band options depending on your preferences.


  • Golf GPS watches are a great way to bring together golf and fashion and many can be worn as everyday watches.
  • Golf watch technology improves each year.
  • You never have to fumble around for a device to measure yardage because it's always on your wrist.


  • GPS inside the watch makes the face bulky and somewhat uncomfortable.
  • Each watch is different, but they have the smallest display and some can be harder to read.
  • When paired with your phone you'll potentially get notifications during play.

Smartphone GPS Apps

Smartphone GPS apps have come a long way in recent years. The data displayed on today's golf GPS apps run the gamut from ultra simple to the very intricate. GPS apps use your phone's location to connect to satellites and essentially operate the same as a handheld GPS or golf watch from there. Many of the even pair with modern smart watches like an Apple Watch.

You'll find plenty of free golf GPS apps, most of which offer an upgraded version for a one-time or monthly charge. The biggest draw to using a GPS app on your phone is the convenience factor. You're likely already bringing your phone with you, so you don't need to bring anything extra.


  • Conveniently located on your phone with no additional device required.
  • Large, colorful displays for most apps.
  • Easy to record your score and round details in one place.
  • Many offer valuable data and insights into your game.


  • GPS apps drain your phone battery, so you may need to carry a charging cable in your golf bag.
  • If you're busy with work or life, phone calls, emails, and text messages may interrupt your screen.
  • By using a golf GPS app you put your phone in jeopardy of getting wet, broken, or lost.

Optical Rangefinders

Optical rangefinders were one of the early options available for accurately measuring distances on the golf course. Optical rangefinders were widely used by hunters and came into popularity with golfers in the early 1990s. There was no need for course downloads, subscriptions, or batteries as it worked by converting the size of an object to distance through pre-loaded scales. The optical rangefinder was a great option during its time, despite giving a slightly lower degree of accuracy compared to today's rangefinders.

Optical rangefinders are monocular devices with built-in scales. The height of the pin in the eyepiece is measured and then converted to a distance reading using preloaded conversion charts.

They work by using the principle of parallax, a form of triangulation. There are two lenses at opposite ends of the rangefinders that focus on the object. A focusing knob then superimposes these two images on each other. This knob is calibrated with the scale that converts the reading into the distance.

It was important to point the rangefinders at the pin and focus with care. The accuracy depended on how precisely you focus the instruments.

While optical rangefinders were a pioneer of sorts in the golf rangefinder category, they are mostly discontinued today. If you dig around on eBay or other sites, you'll likely come across one on the cheap if you're interested in trying the process.


  • They were a cost-efficient option.
  • Optical rangefinders required you to do some work to get your yardage (might be a con for some).


  • Optical rangefinders are no longer produced, for the most part.
  • Today's technology has created better and more convenient golf rangefinder options.

Bushnell Pro XE

Bushnell Pro XE rangefinder
Price $550 [Buy at PGA Tour Superstore]
Battery Life 3 months +
Standout Feature Superior accuracy
Additional Features On/Off slope, JOLT vibration, magnetic cart mount, IPX7 fully waterproof

Bushnell produces some of the best products in golf technology today. The Bushnell Pro XE rangefinder is Bushnell's top-end of laser rangefinder. Slope-Switch technology allows you to toggle the slope feature on and off to ensure tournament legality. It also has JOLT, which not only vibrates the unit when you’ve locked in but it also displays a red ring so you can visually see that you’re locked onto the correct target.

When the PGA of America began allowing rangefinders in its biggest tournaments, Bushnell models dominated the scene. It's harder for consumers to relate to the golf clubs professionals use the average amateur golfer can't play the same blades that Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm are swinging. But with rangefinders, pros and amateurs alike use the same unit. If it's good enough for the best in the world, then isn't it good enough for everyday golfers?


  • Accuracy
  • Optical clarity
  • Quality and durability


  • Pricing in on the high end
  • Black only color option makes it easier to leave behind

Precision Pro R1

Precision Pro R1 rangefinder
Price $320 [Buy at PGA Tour Superstore]
Battery Life 24 hours
Standout Feature Bluetooth connected with locator
Additional Features MySlope data, wind assist, pairs with app, rechargeable battery

At $319.99, the Precision Pro R1 is an absolute steal. It’s magnetic, has a pulse vibration for target lock, slope on/off function, and a rechargeable battery (huge bonus). The R1 pairs with the Precision Pro free app to create MySlope which takes into account numerous variables to give you precise measurements on every shot. When you input your shot data with each club -- including launch angle, ball speed, spin, and distance -- the R1's MySlope feature gives you personalized club recommendations.

In addition to doing everything a laser rangefinder should do, the Precision Pro R1 also takes into account the elements, including wind direction, temperate, and humidity to give you the most accurate data. Our standout feature, however, is that you'll never lose this unit because of its Bluetooth connection and ability to locate it when paired with the Precision Pro app.


  • Outperforms its reasonable price
  • Great for tech and statistic lovers
  • Bluetooth connection
  • Rechargeable battery


  • Larger feeling in your hand

Garmin Approach Z82

Garmin Approach Z82 rangefinder
Price $600 [Buy at Golf Galaxy]
Battery Life 24 hours
Standout Feature Course map overlays
Additional Features Green views, on/off slope, pin lock vibration, Laser Range Arc, hazard view, wind speed, pairs with app

Garmin is as trusted of a brand as any in the golf technology space and the Z82 rangefinder is no exception. With over 40,000 courses pre-loaded, the Garmin Approach Z82 rangefinder pairs the data you shoot with wind direction and course layouts, including green and hazard views, to assist you as you look through the scope. On blind shots, PinPointer actually locates hidden pins. You can also track stats using the Garmin Golf app.

The Garmin Approach Z82 combines detailed course mapping along with the point-and-shoot accuracy that you'll find with a laser. While more expensive than other units, the trusted Garmin name and the brand's longevity of creating superior golf technology items can't be ignored.


  • Course maps within unit display
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Green contour view


  • Price
  • Battery life

Nikon Coolshot Pro II

Nikon Coolshot Pro II rangefinder
Price $450 [Buy at PGA Tour Superstore]
Battery Life 3 months +
Standout Feature Stability when finding target
Additional Features Clear and sharp clarity, fast reading, on/off slope, visual and audio target lock, waterproof, fog proof, built-in magnet

Nikon makes some of the best optical devices money can buy, and the Coolshot Pro II is among the best golf rangefinders in the business. Keeping a steady hand is a common issue with using laser rangefinders, but the Coolshot Pro II counters shaking to give you an accurate read. If one of your biggest reasons for not using laser is a less than steady hand, this model is for you.

If optics were the only category we judged, the Nikon Coolshot Pro II would win in a landslide. A pin or an object hundreds of yards away looks like it's only a few feet away. We're also big fans of the ergonomic grip that not only feels great, but also won't slip.


  • Clarity
  • Audio and visual sound when locked on target
  • Stability


  • Small and light, might be easier to lose

GolfBuddy Aim L10

Golf Buddy Aim L10
Price $280 [Buy at PGA Tour Superstore]
Battery Life 3 months +
Standout Feature Small, sporty design
Additional Features Sporty design, on/off slope, vibrating pin finder, IPX4 waterproof, true and slope yardage displayed

If you’re looking for a more compact design, the GolfBuddy Aim L10 is a great option, especially for junior golfers or anyone with smaller hands. It has an ergonomic and sporty design with three target modes: standard, scan (scans the area providing continuous yardages), and pin (automatically locates the pin). You also get a vibration when you’ve located your target, and a slope on/off switch. For $280, GolfBuddy is a brand you can trust and the Aim L10 gets the job done and then some.


  • Compact design
  • Durability
  • Direct and slope yardage displayed


  • Carrying case durability and zipper

Blue Tees Series 3 Max

Blue Tees Series 3 Max Rangefinder
Price $260 [Buy at Golf Galaxy]
Battery Life 3 months +
Standout Feature Bang far exceeds buck
Additional Features On/Off slope, pulse vibration, HD display, built-in magnet, ambient display, flag lock pulse

Blue Tees has made quite an impact in the golf rangefinder category in a short amount of time. The company aims to provide products that are just as good as the highest end, but far less expensive. They also offer a free 60-day trial on their products.

The Series 3 Max is available in black, navy, or pink and has an auto-ambient display for different playing conditions. The built-in magnetic strap, adaptive slope switch, pulse vibration, and Active Flag Lock are among the features that make Blue Tees worthy of consideration.


  • Incredible value
  • Multiple colors availale
  • Great feel in your hand


  • Slightly harder to use for glasses wearers

Voice Caddie SL2

Voice Caddie SL2 rangefinder
Price $600 [Buy at PGA Tour Superstore]
Battery Life 20-40 hours depending on mode
Standout Feature Color touch LCD screen
Additional Features On/Off slope, green undulation view, OLED display, GPS pin assist, high clarity lens, continuous scan mode

The SL2 from Voice Caddie looks like a small Mercedes that you hold in your hand, but it also produces some serious results on the back of state-of-the-art technology. It has a high-resolution touchscreen with dynamic coloring to show you the course layout. It has slope technology, advanced stabilization, and even noise filtration to give the most accurate readings. The green views even display undulation and give you the best angle into every green.

There might not be a more advanced laser rangefinder in existence. Does it come at a high cost? Yes. This type of unit, however, cannot be cheap to produce. When you hold the SL2 in your hands you know that you have something luxurious and special.


  • Sleek design
  • No detail left out
  • Fits well in your hand


  • Price

Precision Pro NX10

Precision Pro NX10
Price $280 [Buy at Golf Galaxy]
Battery Life 3 months +
Standout Feature The only customizable laser rangefinder
Additional Features Target Acquisition Technology, magnetic cart grip, free battery replacements, on/off slope, pulse vibration, HD optics

Precision Pro comes up with another model on this list with the NX10 rangefinder. This model was released in the summer of 2022 for the player who wants all of the accuracy of a laser rangefinder, but desires a custom look. The NX10 is the only rangefinder that has swappable skins which allows you to change the main body of the unit and the color that surrounds the optics. Choose from floral, patriotic, solid colors, or get creative and design your own.

Aside from the cool colors, the NX10 also has the great features you'd expect from a Precision Pro laser including pulse vibration when the target locks, on/off slope, great optics, and a comfortable design. Bonus, Precision Pro also supplies free replacement batteries.


  • Custom skins
  • Great value
  • Durable


  • Not as many stock skins available yet

TecTecTec KLYR

TecTecTec KLYR rangefinder in Yellow
Price $200 [Buy at PGA Tour Superstore]
Battery Life 3 months +
Standout Feature Compact design
Additional Features Magnetic belt clip included, on/off slope, target lock vibration, included magnetic ball marker

TecTecTec! hit it big from 2016-2020 by becoming a huge seller on Amazon. Once people began using its products and sharing that these rangefinders were just as good as the big companies at a more reasonable cost, golfers flocked. Now, TecTecTec! produces more advanced rangefinders like this KLYR unit. It has crystal clear optics, on/off slope switch, vibration when you lock onto the pin, and other features you'd expect in a quality unit.

The key feature, however, is the KLYR's pocket-sized design. In fact, it's comparable to a credit card in width. If you have smaller hands or are looking for the perfect laser to buy a junior golfer, the KLYR is tough to beat, especially considering its budget-friendly price point of $200.


  • Compact design
  • Available in black, white, and yellow
  • Pin lock feature is very quick


  • Not the best option for people with larger hands

Callaway Hybrid Laser/GPS Rangefinder

Callaway Hybrid Laser/GPS Rangefinder
Price $320 [Buy at PGA Tour Superstore]
Battery Life 10 hours
Standout Feature Easy to read display pairs with laser
Additional Features All-in-one design, scan feature, on/off slope, exterior display, water and fog resistant, pre-loaded with 38,000 courses
  • Callaway has made laser rangefinders for many years, but over time the equipment giant fell short in the distance-measuring technology. That's far from the case with Callaway's Hybrid/Laser GPS rangefinder, which gives golfers the best of both worlds with an accurate laser and a clear, readable exterior display. After pointing and locking your target you can see your yardage in the scope. If you prefer, you can also look at the screen under the eye piece for front, back, and center yardages. This model also has the most advanced optics we've seen in a Callaway rangefinder.


  • Exterior display is convenient
  • Nice grip in your hand
  • Quick yardage display


  • Battery life

Leupold GX-5i3

Leupold GX-5i3 Rangefinder
Price $550 [Buy at PGA Tour Superstore]
Battery Life 3 months +
Standout Feature Crisp optics from near and far
Additional Features True Golf Range technology, adjustable brightness, Line of Sight measurements, on/off slope, bright red target lock with pulse vibration, audible Prism Lock sound

Leupold has been in the business of optics long before golf products. The company is one of the biggest and best producers of binoculars and hunting scopes. Making the leap into the golf world was a no-brainer. Leupold makes some of the best all-around laser rangefinders including the GX-5i3, which combines a sleek look and deadly accurate results.

No other rangefinder can duplicate the feel of the GX-5i3. It simply feels amazing with no risk of slipping, even on hot, humid days. Its True Golf Range (TGR) technology takes into account temperature, altitude, inclines, and declines to give you amazing accuracy with optics that need no adjusting.


  • Superior optics
  • Target lock function is one of the best
  • Superior in-hand feel


  • Price

Garmin Approach G80

Garmin Approach G80 rangefinder
Price $500 [Buy at PGA Tour Superstore]
Battery Life 15 hours
Standout Feature Integrated launch monitor plus GPS
Additional Features 3.5" touch screen, 41,000 courses, practice mode, Garmin app connection, tempo training

The Garmin Approach G80 is more than a display map, it's also a launch monitor. The launch monitor function displays carry, clubhead speed, ball speed, smash factor, and tempo. Player's who want a rangefinder and are also interested in owning a launch monitor, it's the answer to both.

Aside from providing accurate course data on a 3.5-inch crystal clear display, you can practice with a purpose using the G80's practice function. One of our favorite aspects of this unit is that you can play simulated golf rounds from the driving range using the practice feature and compete against your friends.

The Garmin G80 is pre-loaded with 41,000 courses and has the added bonus of being made by a brand that has been at the forefront of golf technology.


  • Built in launch monitor
  • Bright display
  • Lightweight
  • Perfect size to fit in any golf bag pocket


  • Price
  • Limited launch monitor data

SkyCaddie SX550

SkyCaddie SX550
Price $350 [Buy at Amazon]
Battery Life 14 hours
Standout Feature Large 5.5" display
Additional Features 40 geo-referenced targets per hole, easy to use hole view, accuracy, yardage arcs for easy lay-ups, Intelligreen reading, shot tracking

The SkyCaddie SX550 is the best GPS in the category. The 5.5-inch LCD display is incredibly detailed and responsive, you simply will not find a better display. The HD graphics provide multiple views, so you always know where the proper shot placement should be. We love the yardage arcs that show up in multiple spots so you always know your cut or lay-up distance. Its multi-core processor makes updates so fast you’ll never even notice.

You’ll also never need to connect the SX550 to a computer as it connects and updates via WiFi. The battery has 14 hours of life before recharge, it’s pre-loaded with over 35,000 courses, and comes with a 1-year prepaid membership.


  • Great display
  • Perfect unit to mount to golf cart
  • Best in category accuracy


  • Worldwide courses require upgraded plan

Izzo Swami 6000

Izzo Swami 6000
Price $160 [Buy at PGA Tour Superstore]
Battery Life 16 hours
Standout Feature Great unit for under $175
Additional Features 38,000 courses, no downloads, scorecard with GIR and PPR stats, strong magnets for cart mounting

If you’re in the market for a handheld GPS device but don’t want to spend a lot of money, the Izzo Swami 6000 is more than sufficient. It has a 2-inch color display and comes with over 38,000 pre-loaded courses. You can use it directly out of the box and it not only measures front, center, and back distances but also layup and hazard yardages.

The Izzo Swami 6000 even offers nice stat-tracking features so you can analyze your greens in regulation (GIR) and putts per round (PPR) numbers. One of our favorite features is how quickly it connects to the satellite and gets you up and running before you even get to the first tee box.


  • Cost efficient
  • Available in blue or yellow
  • Stat tracking and scorecard


  • Display can scratch easily

Bushnell Phantom 2

Bushnell Phantom 2
Price $130 [Buy at PGA Tour Superstore]
Battery Life 18 hours
Standout Feature Serves basic need, good price
Additional Features Front/Back/Center yardage, green view with pin placement BITE Magnetic, 38,000 courses, compact design, includes belt clip and carabiner

You can say that the Bushnell Phantom 2 is a basic handheld GPS unit, and that is true in many regards. For golfers who want accurate yardages without a bunch of frills in an easy-to-use and inexpensive package, this is the GPS for you.

This unit has some great features packed into a small package. In addition to your basic front, back, and center yardages, the Phantom 2 also offers a green view which allows you to move the pin to its appropriate location. You will also notice up to six hazard yardages per hole. Yardage adapts quickly as you move. We give the Bushnell Phantom 2 the award for best "small, but mighty" rangefinder.


  • Compact design
  • Hazard and dogleg yardage
  • Very durable


  • Smaller, easier to lose

TecTecTec ULT-G Ultra-Light GPS

Price $100 [Buy at Amazon]
Battery Life 12 hours
Standout Feature Compact design
Additional Features 1.09 oz, front/back/center yardage, hazard distances, 38,000 courses, instand course recognition, pin placement.

Much like the Bushnell Phantom 2, the TecTecTec! ULT-G Ultra-Light GPS is designed for the player who wants the minimum amount of technology from an accurate handheld unit. At only $100, you can't find a less expensive distance-measuring devince in golf with the accuracy of the ULT-G. It weight a mere 1.09 oz and can go unnoticed in your pocket. If you're a walker and don't want to be weighed down by a heavier GPS unit, this one is your answer.


  • Light-weight
  • Hazard distances
  • Battery life is about 2.5 rounds


  • Smaller, easier to lose

Voice Caddie T9

T9 Hybrid Golf GPS Watch
Price $350 [Buy at PGA Tour Superstore]
Battery Life 6 hours (golf), 10 hours (lifestyle)
Standout Feature Green undulation readings
Additional Features 40,000 courses, shot and putt tracking, full color touchscreen, slope calculation, full hole views, practice tempo mode

If you read about the SL2 laser rangefinder above, you know we're big fans of Voice Caddie products. The Voice Caddie T9 watch might be our absolute favorite, though. If you're not a GPS watch person, the T9 will make you re-think your decisions.

The hat map green reading is incredibly accurate and helpful. The instant shot tracking feature is accurate about 98% of the time, in case you have "trouble" counting your strokes. The full color touchscreen display is responsive and the silicone band is comfortable even on hot, humid days. After your round, sync your data to the MyVoiceCaddie App to get an in-depth look at your statistics, data, and scorecard. The watch comes in black or grey, which is convenient because it easily transitions to a nice accessory away from the course.


  • No fees associated with purchase
  • Heat map green view
  • Accurate and stylish


  • Golf mode battery life

Garmin Approach S62

Garmin Approach S62
Price $500 [Buy at PGA Tour Superstore]
Battery Life 20 hours (golf), 14 days (lifestyle)
Standout Feature Pairs with Garmin app
Additional Features 41,000 courses, adjustable brightness, shot and stat tracking, customizable watch faces

Garmin integrates its GPS technology seamlessly into the Approach S62 watch. This device has a durable ceramic bezel that comes with your choice of a black or white silicone band. The screen's brightness adjusts to the conditions, so it’s always easy to read. The 1.3-inch screen is crisp and you even have the option of downloading custom watch faces. Connecting the watch with the Garmin Golf app allows you to access all of your data including specific club distances to help your game.


  • Good size display, 1.3"
  • QuickFit Bands for easy changing or replacing
  • Comfortable and light in weight


  • Price

GolfBuddy Aim W11

GolfBuddy Aim W11
Price $250 [Buy at PGA Tour Superstore]
Battery Life 13 hours (golf), 10 days (lifestyle)
Standout Feature Bright, clear display
Additional Features Full-color touchscreen, IPX7 waterproof, front/back/center yardages, green undulation, pin placement, digital scorecard, 40,000 courses

The Aim W11 from GolfBuddy costs $250 and packs a lot of great features. It’s IPX7 waterproof, so getting caught in the rain is no worry. The green undulation view is not only detailed, but also allows you to move the pin to a specific location. The Aim W11 has a digital scorecard and casts to the GolfBuddy app, which is free and accessible on your phone. A majority of the time you'll actually be able to snag this watch for around $200, which is an even better deal given how many great features it offers. 


  • Value
  • Element and weather ready
  • Green and undulation view


  • Construction is a little cheaper

ShotScope G3

Shot Scope G3 rangefinder
Price $160 [Buy at PGA Tour Superstore]
Battery Life 10 hours (golf), 8 days (lifestyle)
Standout Feature Square face design
Additional Features Color screen, multiple band colors, front/center/back yardages, hazard distances, 36,000 courses, automatic course recognition, pairs with mobile app

If you’re looking for a golf watch that serves its purpose without getting overly fancy (or expensive), the G3 from ShotScope is a great pick. For $160 you get a quality watch that provides yardages to the front, back, and center, along with carry distances for hazards. The watch is also super light, you’ll barely notice you’re wearing it. It has over 36,000 courses pre-loaded, and ShotScope also has a free app for updates. Our standout feature is the design, In a world of rounded golf GPS watches, this ShotScope G3 goes in a more squared direction which is a nice change of pace.


  • Design
  • Available in black, grey, red, or teal
  • Free updates


  • Hole-to-hole transition is a little slow

Bushnell iON Edge

ION Edge
Price $150 [Buy at PGA Tour Superstore]
Battery Life 15 hours (golf)
Standout Feature Bushnell quality for only $150
Additional Features Up to six hazards per hole, front/center/back yardages, 38,000 courses, moveable pin placement, green mapping, pairs with mobile app

Above you learned about the Bushnell Phantom 2, which is a small handheld GPS unit. Bushnell took all of the great features of that unit and put them into a lightweight, easy to use watch that incredibly durable. At $150, the Bushnell iON Edge is one of the best values in the golf watch game. It's incredibly accurate and updates yardage as quickly as you move. Whether you choose the black or grey band color this watch has a cool splash of orange with the side buttons. The iON Edge also pairs with the Bushnell app, allowing you to track data and improve your game directly from your smartphone.


  • Simple and stylish look
  • Great value
  • Instant updates as you move


  • Display could be a little brighter

TecTecTec Ult-G

Price $100 [Buy at Amazon]
Battery Life 12 hours (golf)
Standout Feature Basic needs and low price
Additional Features 38,000 courses, front/back/center yardages, auto course and hole recognition, hazard distances, 

TecTecTec! brings to consumers, yet another, low-cost distance-measuring device that delivers with its ability and durability. Much like the ULT-G handheld GPS that we detailed above, this ULT-G watch gives you all the basics that you need. If you're not sure if you're a GPS watch person, this model is perfect for you to take a leap of faith. With an investment of only $100, we're sure you'll enjoy it from your first round on. With 38,000 courses pre-loaded and auto course recognition, you're only the press of a button away from a great value watch that's light and has a great battery life.


  • Value
  • Hazard distances
  • Risk-free 30-day trial


  • Display can be hard to read

Tag Heuer Connected Calibre E4 Golf Edition Smartwatch

Tag Heuer Connected Calibre E4 Golf Edition Smartwatch
Price $2,650 [Buy at PGA Tour Superstore]
Battery Life 12 hours (golf) 25 hours (lifestyle)
Standout Feature Ultimate luxury and performance
Additional Features Ceramic bezel, performance tracking, 40,000 courses, interchangeable straps with integrated ball marker, shot and stat-tracking with app, full touchscreen display

We can go on about the best value for this and that, but sometimes you just have to splurge and get the absolute best. The Tag Heuer brand carries a lot of weight and is synonymous with luxury, so you can imagine how sweet this Connected Calibre E4 Golf Edition Smartwatch is. Do you need a golf watch that costs more than many people's mortgage payments?Probably not, but for those who can afford it, the Calibre E4 is an Avant-Garde design for your wrist that won't let you down.

The connected app is next level, as it recognizes your first drive and tracks you the rest of the round with incredible accuracy. The digital score keeping not only auto-recognizes your score but also stores all data from your round in the Tag Heuer Golf app. You can even score a match in stroke, Stableford, or match play. The touchscreen has 2D and 3D mapping and you'll receive club recommendations as you move through your round.


  • Ultimate luxury
  • Superior interface and app
  • Mapping


  • Price

18 Birdies

Screenshot of 18Birdies rangefinder
Cost Free (basic) [Download]
Standout Feature Leaderboards among friends
Additional Features Handicap tracking, group games, tee shot planner, club recommendations, stat tracking

18 Birdies is the top rated golf GPS app for many reasons, so if you haven't downloaded it yet, what are you waiting for? It has all of the necessities you'd expect from a top golf app including accurate GPS positioning, updates as you move, and a ton of stat tracking for you to analyze after your round. It's the extras that make 18 Birdies the best. You can play a multitude of games with friends right on the app, including Sixes, Skins, Wolf, Match Play, Nassau, Vegas, and many more. You and your friends can even have a live leaderboard going, even if you're not playing the same golf course. After you've taken your licks, the AI-Powered swing coach is a great way to improve your game and lower your handicap.


  • Additional games and features
  • Easy to use
  • Bright, detailed course maps


  • Need to have friends on the app to get full experience of additional features


Price Free (basic) [Download]
Standout Feature 3D green views
Additional Features In-round stat tracking, detailed mapping, advanced scorecard, optimal putt line display, 3D approach view, 

GolfLogix is the leader in the clubhouse in green mapping. They are the main site to visit if you're looking for a hard copy green book, as they have most courses already mapped out. They also offer an outstanding app that is great for yardage, and really shines when you get to the green. Aside from displaying heat maps for breaks, you also get arrows all over the greens to help guide you. In addition, you'll also see an ideal putt line which helps you drain those much-needed birdie and par putts.


  • Appraoch view
  • Green view
  • Highly detailed


  • Phone battery gets drained quickly

Arccos Caddie

Arccos Smart Grips product image
Price Free (with Arccos Smart Sensor) [Buy at Golf Galaxy]
Standout Feature Completes Arccos setup
Additional Features AI Rangefinder, shot tracking, easily pairs with Arccos Smart Sensors, real-time insights and data, Ask Caddie feature

Arccos Smart Sensors are some of the most advanced technology that the game of golf has seen. By simply plugging the sensors into the ends of your clubs, you receive data broken down not only by round, but by individual club and each facet of your game. If you're purchased the Smart Sensors you're eligible for the Arccos Caddie app at no charge. We reviewed the whole Arccos setup in more depth, but the final verdict is, it's a winner.

The app pairs with the sensors to take you on a journey within your own golf game. The GPS function provides highly detailed maps where you're free to touch anywhere for exact yardage readouts. It also seamlessly pairs with many smart watches, including the Apple Watch, to give you easy access to all this information throughout your round. As you use the app and sensors more, the Ask Caddie feature becomes more intelligent and recommends club selection based on previous data and outcomes.


  • Easy to use
  • Great value for purchasing Smart Sensors
  • Updates automatically


  • App can drain your phone battery
  • Annual subscription required to get the most data


Price Free (basic) [Download]
Standout Feature Easy to use
Additional Features Auto shot tracking, accurate GPS, detailed mapping, augmented hole views, voice assist distances, tracks handicap

The Golfshot app is one of our favorites because it combines numerous features without an over-complicated interface or ability to actually use the app on the golf course. One of our favorite features in the post-round flyover where you can watch your round, shot-by-shot. It brings some proud moments and a few that you just have to laugh at. The app gives you access to 45,000 golf courses, all of which have beautifully laid out maps that are updated frequently. If you track your handicap, you can add your GHIN number and GolfShot automatically updates as you post your scores.


  • Easy to use
  • Hole mapping is easy to see, easy to read
  • Not overly complicated in any function
  • Handicap integration


  • Voice prompt for yardage is best left off, unless you're playing alone

Expert Rangefinder Takeaways

Golf is hard as it is. Products such as laser rangefinders, handheld GPS devices, GPS watches, and smartphone apps help players get around easier and make the game more enjoyable. The best part is this technology doesn’t have to cost as much as a new set of irons anymore. You have options available from under $100 and up to get accurate yardage. There's no reason to continue walking off your distances, looking for markers, or hitting the wrong club.

About the Author

Todd Mrowice is a Staff Writer for GolfLink. His experience spans over 15 years and he has covered all aspects of the game including travel, products, business, and professional tours. Todd has also put his deep knowledge of golf equipment to work as a club fitter and in several marketing roles in the golf industry. He has a hole-in-one on his playing resume and appropriately gave his son the middle name “Ace.”