With a super compact design and ease of use that recommend it even for beginners, the Bushnell Tour V2 Standard Edition Golf Laser Rangefinder is a relatively recent addition on the dedicated market. The major selling point of this rangefinder is its brand new look and ergonomic design that makes it easy to hold and operate. In fact, this is currently the smallest device of its type in the world, which makes it quite popular among golf enthusiasts, especially in the United States. Unlike horizontal rangefinders, which are often similar to binoculars in the way that they can only be horizontally mounded, this device can be held in vertical position and operated with only one hand. What’s more, it’s legal for tournament use. But is the Bushnell Tour V2 Standard Edition Golf Laser Rangefinder the best device in its class and is it worth the investment?
In terms of ease of use, the answer is yes. The handheld device feels very comfortable, weighing no more than 9 ounces. It’s battery powered and the rubber armoring prevents the user from dropping it. Another good reason to invest in this device is the price. Retailing at about $300, the rangefinder is a pretty good choice for those who are looking for good performance without making a huge investment. Pre-owned devices may also be available starting from $200. With comfort and affordability set as two main benefits, it’s time to analyze what really matters, which is accuracy and performance. Here are the features that Bushnell advertises for this device:
Bushnell Tour V2 Standard Edition Features:
- Automatic scan mode + PinSeeker. The use can change between the two modes by pushing a button.
- Range up to 300 yards
- PinSeeker does not capture background targets
- Lighting fast distance readings
- Two distance seeking modes: panning mode and pin-locating mode
- 24mm lense
- 5x zoom
The PinSeeker is the most interesting features out of the above and, in theory, it solves the problem of determining distances when there are other objects around it. We found that in most situations this mode works, but it is not without issues. For maximum efficiency, we advise you to conduct measurements multiple times to make sure the PinSeeker doesn’t lock on targets in the background. The automatic scan mode, though it might take some getting used to, can provide more accurate results, especially if you’re a pro and you’ve used a rangefinder before. Try aiming at the flag or the base of the flag to increase accuracy.
Bushnell advertises a range up to 300 yards. However, beyond 250 using the device is quite difficult to use, especially if there are unfriendly weather conditions or low contrast between the tress and flags. 150 yards is the distance that provides the most accurate readings. Over 200 yards, we recommend using the auto scan mode instead of PinSeeker mode. Overall, we’ll give accuracy an 8/10.
Taking everything into consideration, the Bushnell Tour V2 Standard Edition Golf Laser Rangefinder is a solid middle-range device that caters for beginner’s requirements. While it may not be the most feature-packed out of all Bushnell products, the amazing price tag and ease of use make it a good choice, especially if you have a limited budget or don’t require high-end solutions for tournaments.