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Help! Bushnell V4 shift or Nikon 80i vr?


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#1 Londoner

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Posted 01 December 2017 - 04:30 PM

Santa is going to bring me one of these (she'd  better). Bushnell sv4 shift or nikon 80i vr.?

I have a Garmin   s6 approach but want a Laser.  Our home course is hilly and 90% of my golf.

Whats the best one to go for? To date i haven't tried either and no local retailer has both.

Users opinions will be much appreciated.  Thx guys.

Edited by Londoner, 01 December 2017 - 04:32 PM.

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Posted 03 December 2017 - 04:27 PM

Hahahaha my wife has bought me (for crimbo) the V4 shift......
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 04:57 AM

View Postian-500, on 03 December 2017 - 04:27 PM, said:

Hahahaha my wife has bought me (for crimbo) the V4 shift......
Oh good has "she" tried one? :taunt:
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 12:39 PM

What does "shift" mean in Bushnell-speak?

I have a Coolshot 80 VR (the non-slope version, not the 80i) and honestly would not consider buying a non-VR rangefinder again.

Maybe "Shift" mean vibration reduction in which case Bushnell would be good. But if not, no-brainer to go with the advanced tech that really, truly makes a massive difference.
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 01:59 PM

View PostNorth Butte, on 05 December 2017 - 12:39 PM, said:

What does "shift" mean in Bushnell-speak?

I have a Coolshot 80 VR (the non-slope version, not the 80i) and honestly would not consider buying a non-VR rangefinder again.

Maybe "Shift" mean vibration reduction in which case Bushnell would be good. But if not, no-brainer to go with the advanced tech that really, truly makes a massive difference.
Cheers North. The shift means slope switchable. The bushnell vibrates when you lock on the nearest thing, usually the flag.

Some report the VR keeps hoping about.

I have the garmin g6 approach gps and am convincing myself i need laser as well. Any thoughts on that?

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 02:15 PM

I've read those complaints. The day I got mine, I took it out on the front porch and tried getting distances to various things around the neighborhood. For the first 5 minutes I didn't quite have the knack. Once I got used to it no problem.

I've handed it to 3-4 guys I play with. They try it for two shots and say, "It moves around, I can't use that" and hand it back completely uninterested.

The issue is, the VR motor has a limited range of motion. So if your hand moves too much, it loses the lock and has a half-second delay before re-locking again. When it catches up, the image jumps.

Once you've shot 10 or 20 targets you get used to it and it's amazing. But for whatever reason that steady-steady-steady-steady-steady-jump-steady-steady... type of behavior drives some people nuts. They rather have it wobbling around continuously I guess.
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Posted 07 December 2017 - 06:29 PM

Iíve tried the V4 shift and is simple and easy to adapt to for the first time using a laser. Initially finding where it suits you to hold it and how to hold it takes a couple zaps but after that itís as easy as anything.

I  would personally go for the shift because you can switch between slope and non slope whereas I believe you cannot with the Nikon. I donít know if this is a problem for you if you play in competitions?

However once youíve played a few times round our own course with a slope setting youíre going to know our yardageís pretty accurately so not really vital unless you hit it the exact number.

I think technology between the two brands is virtually identical. Theyíre both going to tell you the exact same yardage which is the primary use. After that just ask the question:

Do I need to switch between non conforming (slope) and conforming for competitions?

Which do I prefer the look of/feel/weight/size/features?

And I donít know for you but which is the best value for money? But this certainly is for me being a student.

Sorry itís lengthy but i has a similar dilemma and learnt a lot so hope this helped



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Posted 07 December 2017 - 06:42 PM

View PostSam Bennett, on 07 December 2017 - 06:29 PM, said:

I've tried the V4 shift and is simple and easy to adapt to for the first time using a laser. Initially finding where it suits you to hold it and how to hold it takes a couple zaps but after that it's as easy as anything.

I  would personally go for the shift because you can switch between slope and non slope whereas I believe you cannot with the Nikon. I don't know if this is a problem for you if you play in competitions?

However once you've played a few times round our own course with a slope setting you're going to know our yardage's pretty accurately so not really vital unless you hit it the exact number.

I think technology between the two brands is virtually identical. They're both going to tell you the exact same yardage which is the primary use. After that just ask the question:

Do I need to switch between non conforming (slope) and conforming for competitions?

Which do I prefer the look of/feel/weight/size/features?

And I don't know for you but which is the best value for money? But this certainly is for me being a student.

Sorry it's lengthy but i has a similar dilemma and learnt a lot so hope this helped
Cheers Sam and welcome to the forum. Ive not been here too long myself. Theyre mostly a good bunch. :taunt:
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