Jump to content

Welcome. You are currently viewing the forum as a guest which does not give you access to all the great features at GolfWRX such as viewing all the images, interacting with members, access to all forums and eligiblility to win free giveaways. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free. Create a FREE GolfWRX account here.

- - - - -

First-Timer: Range Finder Buying Questions

range finder slope buying distance laser first time

  • Please log in to reply
21 replies to this topic

#1 mlido02

mlido02

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 15 posts
  •  
  • Member #: 499160
  • Joined: 04/15/2018
GolfWRX Likes : 8

Posted 22 April 2018 - 11:38 AM

Hey all,

Looking to buy a range finder as one of my friends I play with has one and after playing a few rounds with him, I don't know how I ever played without having one around. Don't want to mooch off him forever, and I have a few questions, as I want to make the most educated purchase I can.  

1. Do all range finders take the slope of the shot into account when measuring distances?

2. What brands are the best brands and what brands are "bang for your buck" brands?

3. Anyone bought used before?

4. What else do I need to know?

Ideally, I'm looking for a good price for something that allows me to know the yardage to a target with the slope factored in. That's really it. And i wouldn't expect anything more for not wanting to pay top dollar.


Thank you!

-Driver: x16 pro 9°
-3 Wood: x16 15°
-Hybrid: XR Pro 20°
-Irons: RSi2s, 4-PW
-Wedges: SM4 50°, 54°, 58°
-Putter: some old Odyssey

Remove This Advertisement Viewing As Guest

    GolfWRX Forums

    Advertisement


1

#2 TN22

TN22

    Masters Champion

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 628 posts
  •  
  • Member #: 65066
  • Joined: 09/06/2008
  • Location:Dallas
GolfWRX Likes : 212

Posted 22 April 2018 - 12:16 PM

Not all rangefinders calculate slope. Of course the models with slope are considerably more expensive.

Iíve bought a used laser here on the BST and have had no issues.

Leupold and Bushnell are the big names and the only ones Iíve used personally.

Currently using an old GX1 and find it more than sufficient.

2

#3 IcemanYVR

IcemanYVR

    Amateur

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,065 posts
  •  
  • Member #: 105885
  • Joined: 04/05/2010
  • Location:Vancouver, BC
  • Handicap:2.4
GolfWRX Likes : 804

Posted 22 April 2018 - 02:58 PM

1) Nope. And if you're playing in USGA tournaments, you need to be able to turn off the slope feature. I don't have this on mine, and I don't miss it... often harder to judge the wind than how much uphill or downhill a shot is.

2) Bushnell is generally regarded as the best, but there are many brands out there (as you probably know)

3) Never bought used, but my buddy bought one on eBay and has had no issues with his

4) I use the Bushnell Tour V3 w/Jolt and I love it. Just make sure you carry spare a spare battery in your bag. They last quite a few rounds, but last thing you want is it dying on the course and no replacement battery around.
Titleist 905R 9.5° | Callaway Diable Octane Tour 15° | Callaway Hawkeye VFT 18° | Mizuno MP-33 3-PW | Cleveland RTX-3 54 | Cleveland RTX-3 60 | Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5 Studio Select | Titleist Pro V1

3

#4 mlido02

mlido02

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 15 posts
  •  
  • Member #: 499160
  • Joined: 04/15/2018
GolfWRX Likes : 8

Posted 22 April 2018 - 05:17 PM

After looking into it after this i'm looking at the Precision Pro NX7. Seems to be reasonably priced and get's the job done based on what i've read. no slope but that's ok. Any experience with this model?
-Driver: x16 pro 9°
-3 Wood: x16 15°
-Hybrid: XR Pro 20°
-Irons: RSi2s, 4-PW
-Wedges: SM4 50°, 54°, 58°
-Putter: some old Odyssey

4

#5 oldmotor

oldmotor

    Rookie

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 70 posts
  •  
  • Member #: 275195
  • Joined: 09/08/2013
  • Location:Auburn, Ca
  • Handicap:15.6
GolfWRX Likes : 28

Posted 24 April 2018 - 07:15 PM

View Postmlido02, on 22 April 2018 - 05:17 PM, said:

After looking into it after this i'm looking at the Precision Pro NX7. Seems to be reasonably priced and get's the job done based on what i've read. no slope but that's ok. Any experience with this model?
I bought one about a month ago and have had zero issues. Mine works really well.


5

#6 Sean2

Sean2

    #TheWRX (Callaway Trip)

  • ClubWRX Charter Members
  • 30,077 posts
  •  
  • Member #: 29539
  • Joined: 05/23/2007
  • Location:South of Boston
  • Ebay ID:None
GolfWRX Likes : 17491

Posted 24 April 2018 - 07:42 PM

A few years ago I purchased one and after using it wondered what took me so long to get one. I don't have the slope feature as you cannot use it in tournaments and I don't want to get dependent on it.
Callaway Rogue
Callaway GBB Epic 16º/20º/24º
Callaway Steelhead XR 25º
Callaway Apex CF16 6-AW
Callaway MD3/MD-PM 54º/58º
Callaway "O" Works #7

6

#7 Cwing

Cwing

    Hall of Fame

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 7,529 posts
  •  
  • Member #: 37012
  • Joined: 08/10/2007
  • Location:Go Big Blue!!! 8x Champs. Who Dey !!! Go Bengals,
  • Handicap:12.1
GolfWRX Likes : 1544

Posted 24 April 2018 - 07:51 PM

Check here:

http://www.golfwrx.c...k#entry15842642
TaylorMade Kingdom M4 9.5* Red 5S stiff Atmos
TaylorMade M4 3HL 16.5* fairway stiff Atmos
TaylorMade M4 3 hybrid stiff Atmos
TaylorMade M4 4 hybrid stiff Atmos
PING G25 5-U
Cleveland RTX 54*
TaylorMade Hi Toe 58*
Seemore si5 & PING Ketsch refinished by Continental Golf
Garmin g6/Caddytek V2
http://www.golfwrx.c...ings-witb-2013/

7

#8 Z1ggy16

Z1ggy16

    Hall of Fame

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,465 posts
  •  
  • Member #: 430110
  • Joined: 06/22/2016
GolfWRX Likes : 1707

Posted 30 April 2018 - 02:29 PM

Any more info on buying used lasers? I really would like one to use on the courses that don't identify pin placement to use in conjunction with my GPS to figure out where a flag is positioned on the green.

I can't afford any of the brand name stuff new, so I'm considering buying used. Really worried though I'll end up with a dud.
WITB
DR - '16 M2 Speeder Evo II 661 (Srixon Z785 on order)
3W - Rogue SZ Evenflow Blue 75 (F8 2kXV Blue 75 back up)
3h - JPX 850 Tensei Blue 80
Irons - P790 4-PW Modus 120
GW - Cobra Trusty 50/8 Modus Wedge 115
SW - Cobra Trusty 54/10 Modus Wedge 115 for firm turf/Taylormade Fe2O3 56/14 DG S200 for medium & soft
LW - Cobra Trusty 60/6 Modus Wedge 115
P - Custom Oil Soaked Xenon (Odyssey O Works Tank #7 backup)
Ball - Project (a) [Testing Q Star Tour's for WRX]
Sun Mountain 4.5 Bag

8

#9 umassgolfer

umassgolfer

    Tour Winner

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 678 posts
  •  
  • Member #: 58186
  • Joined: 06/17/2008
  • Location:Summit, NJ
  • Ebay ID:frstbaseman18
GolfWRX Likes : 235

Posted 30 April 2018 - 02:51 PM

View PostZ1ggy16, on 30 April 2018 - 02:29 PM, said:

Any more info on buying used lasers? I really would like one to use on the courses that don't identify pin placement to use in conjunction with my GPS to figure out where a flag is positioned on the green.

I can't afford any of the brand name stuff new, so I'm considering buying used. Really worried though I'll end up with a dud.

I'd feel better about a new one of the "challenger" brands than a used one. Precision Pro is a sponsor here I believe. Check groupon/living social. They'll often have some good options + cash back on ebates is 9% right now.

There are a lot of threads on the forums with peoples experience using different brands. I don't think there were many outright "bad" models. I will say as a new rangefinder user this year, there is no going back and I would 100% recommend it as the first piece of equipment to add if you don't have one.

9

#10 gee2626

gee2626

    Member

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 122 posts
  •  
  • Member #: 85093
  • Joined: 06/09/2009
  • Ebay ID:gee2626
GolfWRX Likes : 16

Posted 30 April 2018 - 03:29 PM

View Postmlido02, on 22 April 2018 - 05:17 PM, said:

After looking into it after this i'm looking at the Precision Pro NX7. Seems to be reasonably priced and get's the job done based on what i've read. no slope but that's ok. Any experience with this model?

The Pro model has slope for only $50 more. I've had mine for a couple months now and it works great.

My WITB
Taylormade M1 9.5º
Callaway XR 3W 15º
Callaway Steelhead XR Hybrid 19º, 22º, 25º
Srixon Z545 (6 to PW)
Ping Tour Gorge S 50º, 54º
Callaway Mack Daddy Forged 58º
Ping Milled Anser 5
Titleist ProV1

Remove This Advertisement Viewing As Guest

    GolfWRX Forums

    Advertisement


10

#11 Z1ggy16

Z1ggy16

    Hall of Fame

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,465 posts
  •  
  • Member #: 430110
  • Joined: 06/22/2016
GolfWRX Likes : 1707

Posted 30 April 2018 - 05:13 PM

View Postumassgolfer, on 30 April 2018 - 02:51 PM, said:

View PostZ1ggy16, on 30 April 2018 - 02:29 PM, said:

Any more info on buying used lasers? I really would like one to use on the courses that don't identify pin placement to use in conjunction with my GPS to figure out where a flag is positioned on the green.

I can't afford any of the brand name stuff new, so I'm considering buying used. Really worried though I'll end up with a dud.

I'd feel better about a new one of the "challenger" brands than a used one. Precision Pro is a sponsor here I believe. Check groupon/living social. They'll often have some good options + cash back on ebates is 9% right now.

There are a lot of threads on the forums with peoples experience using different brands. I don't think there were many outright "bad" models. I will say as a new rangefinder user this year, there is no going back and I would 100% recommend it as the first piece of equipment to add if you don't have one.
I guess it comes down to a used Bushnell X2 vs a brand new Caddytek or Precision Pro, etc. All the more expensive models seem to be favored from a pure performance point... but I do worry a used one will stop working quickly then I've wasted $200+.
WITB
DR - '16 M2 Speeder Evo II 661 (Srixon Z785 on order)
3W - Rogue SZ Evenflow Blue 75 (F8 2kXV Blue 75 back up)
3h - JPX 850 Tensei Blue 80
Irons - P790 4-PW Modus 120
GW - Cobra Trusty 50/8 Modus Wedge 115
SW - Cobra Trusty 54/10 Modus Wedge 115 for firm turf/Taylormade Fe2O3 56/14 DG S200 for medium & soft
LW - Cobra Trusty 60/6 Modus Wedge 115
P - Custom Oil Soaked Xenon (Odyssey O Works Tank #7 backup)
Ball - Project (a) [Testing Q Star Tour's for WRX]
Sun Mountain 4.5 Bag

11

#12 jut111

jut111

    Major Winner

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,441 posts
  •  
  • Member #: 205837
  • Joined: 10/04/2012
  • Location:North of Boston
GolfWRX Likes : 917

Posted 30 April 2018 - 07:28 PM

View PostZ1ggy16, on 30 April 2018 - 05:13 PM, said:

View Postumassgolfer, on 30 April 2018 - 02:51 PM, said:

View PostZ1ggy16, on 30 April 2018 - 02:29 PM, said:

Any more info on buying used lasers? I really would like one to use on the courses that don't identify pin placement to use in conjunction with my GPS to figure out where a flag is positioned on the green.

I can't afford any of the brand name stuff new, so I'm considering buying used. Really worried though I'll end up with a dud.

I'd feel better about a new one of the "challenger" brands than a used one. Precision Pro is a sponsor here I believe. Check groupon/living social. They'll often have some good options + cash back on ebates is 9% right now.

There are a lot of threads on the forums with peoples experience using different brands. I don't think there were many outright "bad" models. I will say as a new rangefinder user this year, there is no going back and I would 100% recommend it as the first piece of equipment to add if you don't have one.
I guess it comes down to a used Bushnell X2 vs a brand new Caddytek or Precision Pro, etc. All the more expensive models seem to be favored from a pure performance point... but I do worry a used one will stop working quickly then I've wasted $200+.

I sold an older bushnell (V2 I think) for $200 and bought a new Caddytek with slope for $150 last year.  Easiest $50 I ever made.  The Caddytek is more then fine, and now I have slope.

12

#13 lawsonman

lawsonman

    Major Winner

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,389 posts
  •  
  • Member #: 171857
  • Joined: 03/29/2012
  • Location:Freeport, Illinois
  • Handicap:None
  • Ebay ID:pingguy1970
GolfWRX Likes : 3573

Posted 01 May 2018 - 06:07 AM

View Postmlido02, on 22 April 2018 - 05:17 PM, said:

After looking into it after this i'm looking at the Precision Pro NX7. Seems to be reasonably priced and get's the job done based on what i've read. no slope but that's ok. Any experience with this model?

If you order on their website and enter code golfwrx you get $20 off . Plus there is a $30 rebate form. Got my NX7 yesterday and I'm very impressed with everything about it. I don't think you can go wrong with precision golf.
Welcome to where dumb opinions are better than no opinion. :)

Ping G400 9°
Ping Anser 16.5
Ping Anser 20,23 Hybrid
Ping  G25 5-GW
Ping Glide 54
Ping Piper S Redwood
Snell MTB Black
Ping DLX Bag

13

#14 bcsquare

bcsquare

    Member

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 148 posts
  •  
  • Member #: 486266
  • Joined: 11/07/2017
  • Handicap:7.5
  • Ebay ID:tangray06
GolfWRX Likes : 26

Posted 01 May 2018 - 08:15 AM

If you're looking for reasonably priced models, the Golf Buddy LR5 is a good simple one.  They're $139 from most places when you Google it.  I've been using one since l last year; it doesn't do slope so just rely on your judgement after that.  

I'd only caution you if you're shopping on Amazon for a rangefinder; there's a lot of knockoff type products out there and honestly don't think it's worth the money taking a chance to save a few bucks.
Ping G400 SFT, Alta B
Ping G400 3w, Tour 75
Ping G400 22* hybrid, Alta CB
Titleist 716 T-MB 4i, DG AMT
Titleist 716 AP2 5-PW, KBS Tour V
Titleist SM7 50*, 56*, KBS Tour V
Toulon Madison

14

#15 Z1ggy16

Z1ggy16

    Hall of Fame

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,465 posts
  •  
  • Member #: 430110
  • Joined: 06/22/2016
GolfWRX Likes : 1707

Posted 01 May 2018 - 01:43 PM

View Postjut111, on 30 April 2018 - 07:28 PM, said:

View PostZ1ggy16, on 30 April 2018 - 05:13 PM, said:

View Postumassgolfer, on 30 April 2018 - 02:51 PM, said:

View PostZ1ggy16, on 30 April 2018 - 02:29 PM, said:

Any more info on buying used lasers? I really would like one to use on the courses that don't identify pin placement to use in conjunction with my GPS to figure out where a flag is positioned on the green.

I can't afford any of the brand name stuff new, so I'm considering buying used. Really worried though I'll end up with a dud.

I'd feel better about a new one of the "challenger" brands than a used one. Precision Pro is a sponsor here I believe. Check groupon/living social. They'll often have some good options + cash back on ebates is 9% right now.

There are a lot of threads on the forums with peoples experience using different brands. I don't think there were many outright "bad" models. I will say as a new rangefinder user this year, there is no going back and I would 100% recommend it as the first piece of equipment to add if you don't have one.
I guess it comes down to a used Bushnell X2 vs a brand new Caddytek or Precision Pro, etc. All the more expensive models seem to be favored from a pure performance point... but I do worry a used one will stop working quickly then I've wasted $200+.

I sold an older bushnell (V2 I think) for $200 and bought a new Caddytek with slope for $150 last year.  Easiest $50 I ever made.  The Caddytek is more then fine, and now I have slope.
I bought the Caddytek. Everywhere I look it has great reviews and it's cheaper than even a used Bushnell. I don't need Jolt... and what's a few extra seconds to find the flag?

WITB
DR - '16 M2 Speeder Evo II 661 (Srixon Z785 on order)
3W - Rogue SZ Evenflow Blue 75 (F8 2kXV Blue 75 back up)
3h - JPX 850 Tensei Blue 80
Irons - P790 4-PW Modus 120
GW - Cobra Trusty 50/8 Modus Wedge 115
SW - Cobra Trusty 54/10 Modus Wedge 115 for firm turf/Taylormade Fe2O3 56/14 DG S200 for medium & soft
LW - Cobra Trusty 60/6 Modus Wedge 115
P - Custom Oil Soaked Xenon (Odyssey O Works Tank #7 backup)
Ball - Project (a) [Testing Q Star Tour's for WRX]
Sun Mountain 4.5 Bag

15

#16 Skaffa77

Skaffa77

    No place like the Sand Hills!

  • ClubWRX Charter Members
  • 6,488 posts
  •  
  • Member #: 23067
  • Joined: 12/24/2006
  • Location:Omaha, NE
  • Ebay ID:Skaffa77
GolfWRX Likes : 551

Posted 01 May 2018 - 01:56 PM

I've owned a Leupold GX2 for years...and it was great.  It had slope and was very accurate.  It just died about a month ago and I had the dilemma of buying a new one.  At first, I wanted to get either Leupold or Bushnell...and thought about used to keep it affordable ($200-$250), but after reading a lot of reviews...I bought a Precision Pro NX7 Pro (has slope).  It's been great...no regrets...BUY ONE.

16

#17 cfmgolf

cfmgolf

    Tour Winner

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 517 posts
  •  
  • Member #: 74758
  • Joined: 02/07/2009
  • Location:Southern OH
  • Handicap:5-9
GolfWRX Likes : 118

Posted 01 May 2018 - 02:03 PM

Definitely 2nd the Precision Pro.  Great customer service and products are a great value.  They are typically on this forum also, or you can contact them directly with questions.  I have an older Bushnell today, and would go to Precision Pro if I needed a replacement.  Also have a couple of buddies with them and they are very happy.
Callaway Rouge SZ 9* w/ Aldila Rouge Silver S
Callaway Epic 4/5W
Cobra Fly Z 3/4H w/ Aldila Tour Green 85S
Ping G700 4-U w/ Project X LZ 6.0
Cleveland RTX 3.0 52*
Cleveland RTX 3.0 56*
Odyssey O Works

17

#18 Precision Pro Golf

Precision Pro Golf

    Member

  • Sponsors
  • 212 posts
  •  
  • Member #: 414432
  • Joined: 03/04/2016
GolfWRX Likes : 83

Posted 11 May 2018 - 01:37 PM

View Postcfmgolf, on 01 May 2018 - 02:03 PM, said:

Definitely 2nd the Precision Pro.  Great customer service and products are a great value.  They are typically on this forum also, or you can contact them directly with questions.  I have an older Bushnell today, and would go to Precision Pro if I needed a replacement.  Also have a couple of buddies with them and they are very happy.

Thanks so much for the recommendation!

Mlido02... if you haven't purchased yet, be sure to use golf GOLFWRX on our site for $20 OFF. You can also still redeem the $30 mail-in-rebate even after using that code. If you're still in the "research mode," might I suggest taking a look at our reviews from verified customers. These are 100% verified reviews from real golfers.

Thanks so much for your interest in Precision Pro Golf! Please let us know if you have any questions.
Swing with Confidence. Hit More Greens.
$20 OFF with Discount Code GOLFWRX.
www.precisionprogolf.com

Posted Image

18

#19 ZAP

ZAP

    Major Winner

  • ClubWRX Charter Members
  • 1,312 posts
  •  
  • Member #: 165699
  • Joined: 02/23/2012
  • Handicap:4
GolfWRX Likes : 907

Posted 12 May 2018 - 05:33 AM

I can also vouch for Precision Pro.  My schools athletic booster club bought our golf teams 6 of them a few years ago and they are still going strong.  No complaints at all.

19

#20 mlido02

mlido02

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 15 posts
  •  
  • Member #: 499160
  • Joined: 04/15/2018
GolfWRX Likes : 8

Posted 15 May 2018 - 11:19 AM

View PostPrecision Pro Golf, on 11 May 2018 - 01:37 PM, said:

View Postcfmgolf, on 01 May 2018 - 02:03 PM, said:

Definitely 2nd the Precision Pro.  Great customer service and products are a great value.  They are typically on this forum also, or you can contact them directly with questions.  I have an older Bushnell today, and would go to Precision Pro if I needed a replacement.  Also have a couple of buddies with them and they are very happy.

Thanks so much for the recommendation!

Mlido02... if you haven't purchased yet, be sure to use golf GOLFWRX on our site for $20 OFF. You can also still redeem the $30 mail-in-rebate even after using that code. If you're still in the "research mode," might I suggest taking a look at our reviews from verified customers. These are 100% verified reviews from real golfers.

Thanks so much for your interest in Precision Pro Golf! Please let us know if you have any questions.


Just pulled the Trigger on the NX7 Pro. have to say getting a reply directly from the company on my post put me over the edge to buy from you. as well as seeing all you reply's on other threads to golfers. Can't wait for it to come on Friday or Saturday!

-Driver: x16 pro 9°
-3 Wood: x16 15°
-Hybrid: XR Pro 20°
-Irons: RSi2s, 4-PW
-Wedges: SM4 50°, 54°, 58°
-Putter: some old Odyssey

Remove This Advertisement Viewing As Guest

    GolfWRX Forums

    Advertisement


Wanna get rid of this ugly yellow box? And remove other annoying "stuff" in between posts? Create a FREE GolfWRX account here.

20

#21 Precision Pro Golf

Precision Pro Golf

    Member

  • Sponsors
  • 212 posts
  •  
  • Member #: 414432
  • Joined: 03/04/2016
GolfWRX Likes : 83

Posted 15 May 2018 - 02:51 PM

View Postmlido02, on 15 May 2018 - 11:19 AM, said:

Just pulled the Trigger on the NX7 Pro. have to say getting a reply directly from the company on my post put me over the edge to buy from you. as well as seeing all you reply's on other threads to golfers. Can't wait for it to come on Friday or Saturday!

That's awesome! We hope you love your new NX7 Pro!

Also, you might be interested in reviewing our Precision Care Package so you can see all the benefits that come with becoming part of the Precision Pro Golf family. ;) Thanks again!
Swing with Confidence. Hit More Greens.
$20 OFF with Discount Code GOLFWRX.
www.precisionprogolf.com

Posted Image

21

#22 payerasjl

payerasjl

    Advanced

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 473 posts
  •  
  • Member #: 444444
  • Joined: 10/21/2016
  • Location:MIA-CLO
  • Handicap:12
GolfWRX Likes : 184

Posted 17 May 2018 - 10:19 AM

View PostPrecision Pro Golf, on 15 May 2018 - 02:51 PM, said:

View Postmlido02, on 15 May 2018 - 11:19 AM, said:

Just pulled the Trigger on the NX7 Pro. have to say getting a reply directly from the company on my post put me over the edge to buy from you. as well as seeing all you reply's on other threads to golfers. Can't wait for it to come on Friday or Saturday!

That's awesome! We hope you love your new NX7 Pro!

Also, you might be interested in reviewing our Precision Care Package so you can see all the benefits that come with becoming part of the Precision Pro Golf family. ;) Thanks again!

wish i could trade in my bushnell for one of your products!
CLO-MIA-DCA-BOG
Get scratch or die trying

22



0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

GolfWRX Sponsors