Bushnell Tour V4 Laser Rangefinder Review
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The Bushnell Tour V4 JOLT Rangefinder is golf technology that will lower your handicap. In this detailed review I’ll explain exactly why you’ll shoot lower scores using this technology…
Why buy a laser rangefinder?
Why do most good golfers use laser range finders? Well, simply put it is because they give you the most accurate yardage readings.
While GPS based range finders are slightly more convenient, I mean you just look at the yardage number on your GPS device and pick a club, laser range finders are much more accurate. They give you the exact yardage to the flagstick or any other object in seconds.
You look through the lens and find your object while holding down the button on the top of the rangefinder. It vibrates when it hits sees the flagstick, then locks onto the exact yardage, showing you that number in the display.
Remember, GPS yardage devices give you number to front, middle and back of the green. Then you have to manually figure out exactly where the pin is and add or subtract that “guessed” yardage number. Wouldn’t you rather have the exact number to the flag? Of course you would.
When it comes to buying a laser rangefinder for golf, you should first know that there are many different models available from various manufacturers including Callaway, Leupold and more. They range in price from a couple hundred dollars to $500 and even higher.
Which Bushnell Rangefinder is best for golf?
I like the Bushnell Tour V4 JOLT Rangefinder because it is a mid-range priced range finder, it is fast and easy to use, and it is small enough to manage easily. This is a great range finder for golfers of all ability levels.
This is not their first model. In fact, Bushnell had a tall order in trying to improve on its highly successful V3 rangefinder. I know first-hand because the V3 is the first range finder I ever owned. And I absolutely loved it.
It helped me get down from a 10 handicap to a 7.8 in one year.
Bushnell made the V4 by taking the feedback they received from golfers using their V3. The result was a superior model in many aspects. The most common complaint V3 customers had was not being able to hold their hands steady enough to lock into the pin.
Now I’m in my fifties and even though I rarely had a problem with that using the V3, it did happen on occasion, especially when the adrenaline was flowing. (Like after a big drive and I was my distance for my second shot into reachable par five!) So I’m happy to report that the V4 improves on that aspect greatly.
The v4 is smaller and lighter than the v3. Which also pleases me. Because the V3 was a bit too big to fit in my pants pocket, so I was constantly having to take it in and out of my golf bag. With the V4, Bushnell engineers created a product that is 30 percent smaller than the V3 and weighs just 5.6 ounces, making it easy to operate, even with just one hand.
Speed is the next biggest improvement.
The V4 retrieves yardages twice as fast as the V3 model thanks to the use of improved processors in the device. It also has a new focus ring above the eyepiece that makes adjusting focus easier than ever.
But what about range?
The V4 has a range of five to 1,000 yards, it is accurate to within a yard, and it can instantly lock onto flags as far as 400 yards away. It also has 5x magnification which ensures that players can clearly see and lock in on the right target.
Most importantly however, is that the highly popular JOLT technology from the V3 remains in the V4. That means it will vibrate when it locks in on the right target, letting you know that you have the correct yardage. I love that feature!
I can still remember the “old days” when we relied on those white 150 markers to decide which club to hit. Now with a laser rangefinder you know your yardage down to the yard! While that may not sound like a big deal to you, would you rather have a 2 foot putt for birdie, or a 20 footer?
Come up just seven yards short with your approach, or go 7 yards long, and that’s what will happen. And there is nothing more frustrating than hitting the perfect 8-iron then walking away with a par or worse, a bogey on the hole.
Where are Bushnell rangefinders made?
Bushnell Corporation, also known as Bushnell and Bushnell Outdoor Products, is an American company specializing in optics and imaging. They are headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, USA. Bushnell’s products include binoculars, spotting scopes, telescopes, night vision equipment, GPS devices, laser rangefinders, riflescopes, holographic weapon sights, game cameras and other high-end optical equipment.
Which Bushnell Rangefinder is best for golf?
While my first rangefinder was the Bushnell V3 with jolt technology, the newer models are easy to use and lock onto the target faster, even if your hands are not too steady. These models include the Bushnell Pro X7 and the Bushnell V4 Laser Rangefinder with Jolt.
The V4 is also water resistant and comes with a two-year warranty, and it has settings that will retrieve measurements in both yards and meters.
The Patriot pack includes a nice lite blue weather proof on-course shell. This cover can be slipped over the range finder on rainy days. The “Stabi-grip Technology” and ergonomic design of the V4 makes it fit the hand better and allows for a more user-friendly experience, including less shaking of the hands while getting yardages. Oh, it also comes with an easy-open carrying case and clip if you want to attach it to your golf bag.
A laser rangefinder is truly a must for every golfer who is serious about their game, and the Bushnell Tour V4 JOLT Rangefinder has everything you need in a range finder. The V4 is well worth the asking price and will lower your handicap, especially when you use it in the 30-100 yard range to gauge your pitch shot landing spots. That is where it shines, and that is where I save the most strokes using this awesome piece of golf technology.
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