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Nikon’s new Coolshot rangefinders compensate for shaky hands

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Keeping a steady hand is often easier said than done when using a laser rangefinder to figure out the distance to the flagstick. To make matters worse, a shaky hand can cause golfers to get the yardage to the trees behind the green instead of the pin.

Getting the wrong yardage kind of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?

Nikon’s new Coolshot 80 VR and 80i VR rangefinders may just have the answer with its new Vibration Reduction (VR) technology that’s made “to compensate for the human body’s physical inability to be completely still,” according to the company.

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The vibration reduction built into the Nikon Coolshots works by keeping the target on the rangefinder view steady, even if the body of the rangefinder is moving or vibrating inadvertently. That means the user will have an easier time keeping the image steady, and obtaining the correct yardage.

The VR function is not a setting, but rather built into the laser system. After holding down the “ranging button,” users can continuously scan for up to 8 seconds, and Nikon’s “Hyper Read” system provides measurements within a half of a second, measuring between 8-1000 yards in increments of 0.1 yards.

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The Nikon Coolshot rangefinders, which use 6X monocular, also have a “Locked On” setting that can help users determine when they’ve captured the distance to the flagstick, and not to trees behind the green. When the laser is “locked on” the flagstick, a circle will appear in the image, as pictured on the right above.

Nikon’s Coolshot 80/80i VR rangefinders both come with a lightweight body and rubber armor for a better grip and waterproofing. The Coolshot 80i VR, which comes with Incline/Decline technology* that factors elevation changes into shot distance, is now available for $449.95, while the Coolshot 80 VR is available for $399.95.

*Incline/Decline can be disabled for USGA compliance.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Mike

    Oct 14, 2016 at 2:27 am

    These should be banned. Its cheating and everyone who uses one slows the pace of play.

    • Mat

      Oct 16, 2016 at 6:57 am

      Wrong. They speed play. If you have a jerk taking too much time, they would be the guy that steps off 35 paces from a sprinkler and waste time without it.

  2. john

    Oct 13, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    When you’re too stupid to know that 182 is to the trees in the back. Geez.

  3. wkndHacker

    Oct 12, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Go get the Precision Pro Model… It has the scanning and is super cheap!

  4. cgasucks

    Oct 12, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Bushnell already has that technology for shaky hands years and years ago called Pinseeker Technology…I know, I’ve had my first one with that technology a decade ago…

  5. Mr. Wedge

    Oct 12, 2016 at 11:40 am

    The new rangefinders with slope readings and all this other crap is too much. Get an older model Bushnell, (2 or 3). They are accurate to within 1 yard, have the quality you’d expect out of a name like Bushnell, and you can get them now for around $200. What more do you really need?

  6. Jonah Mytro

    Oct 12, 2016 at 11:18 am

    $399 and $449 for a Nikon Rangefinder.. They now have 4 models – 20,40,60,80….Too expensive….flop

    • D

      Oct 13, 2016 at 3:18 am

      And yet you’re happy to pay the same price for a new driver every year or two, or for a new Scotty. Duh

  7. Scooter McGavin

    Oct 12, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Two questions. 1. How does this affect battery life? 2. Does it actually work?

  8. Matt

    Oct 12, 2016 at 9:40 am

    I have used several of Nikon’s VR lenses and the technology works great for photography. Makes sense that I would work well here too.

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