If you are like me then you love to play golf but it can be so frustrating at times. It is a game that requires a large amount of precision yet we can’t always find the time to practice to get the precision we need to be consistently good. That is why I try to take advantage of any opportunity to simplify my game. A few months ago I played a round of golf with a good friend and he introduced me to a new product that has helped to improve my game a lot. It is a product called the Bushnell Tour v3 Laser Rangefinder. After using his rangefinder a few times I knew I had to order one for myself.
From the moment I first opened the box I was impressed with this product. It is part binoculars and part delicate electronics so I was really happy with how protective the packaging was. Kudos to Bushnell for the job they did here.
Once the product was unwrapped it was just as expected. It has a very sleek design and it is not much bigger than a hand held camera. The box says it weighs 6.6 ounces but it feels even lighter than that; pretty impressive considering that this weight includes the batteries too. I really liked the silver/chrome look finish and the grips were made of a rubbery type substance which made it very easy to hold. The viewfinder and lens were protected by a heavy duty rubberized plastic which not only kept them from getting scratched but also enhanced the Bushnell Tour v3 Laser Rangefinder’s looks. With the lettering and other details that are built into it, this rangefinder is much better looking than any camera I have ever owned.
It comes in other colors as well, like orange and fluorescent green, but I decided to stay with the more conservative silver/chrome model and after seeing how good it looked I was happy I did.
Setup was a breeze with this product. Once it was unwrapped all I had to do was install the two batteries that were included in the box (I was happy to see they were lithium photo batteries which typically last longer than normal batteries). After reviewing the quick user’s guide I had the Bushnell Tour v3 Laser Rangefinder working and so far I was very pleased with the purchase.
Using it the First Time
I was dying to test it out and see just how accurate this handy rangefinder really was. So for fun I took it down to a local football field to test its accuracy. I placed a flag at exactly the 100 yard mark on the playing field. I walked to the other end of the field and when I got there I focused that Bushnell Tour v3’s crosshairson the flag I had placed exactly 100 yards away. I activated the rangefinder to determine the distance and it gave me a reading of almost exactly 100 yards. It was some pretty impressive accuracy on the device to say the least.
What do I like best about the product? It has to be what the manufacturer describes as their “jolt” technology. The rangefinder is designed to vibrate when it is locked in on a target. This is great because it lets you know that you have not taken an accidental reading that will mislead into thinking an incorrect distance is the one you were seeking. It was really creative design thinking on Bushnell’s part.
Another feature that I really liked is the fact the Bushnell Tour v3 Laser Rangefinder is laser based not GPS based like my old rangefinder. It seems that GPS rangefinders rely too much on several things coming together in order to get an accurate distance measurement. With a laser based system such as the Bushnell Tour v3 Laser Rangefinder has, all that is required for an accurate measurement is pointing at the right target and then the “jolt’ technology verifies it. It gives me a lot of confidence that I am selecting the right club to have a good chance of making a nice shot.
On the Course
Of course the final test had to be on the golf course itself and that came a few days later after it arrived. As I made my way around the course I constantly compared the distances the Bushnell Tour v3 Laser Rangefinder gave me with those the golf cart’s GPS gave me. I found on several occasions there was a club lengths distance between the two. This is not so much a problem when driving or using long irons but forced me to make some tough choices when using my short irons. I found that when I used the distances that were given to me by my new Bushnell Tour v3 Laser Rangefinder that I was much more consistently around the flag than when I judged my distance based on the cart GPS distance.
Needless to say I was quickly sold on this product.
My Final Thoughts on the Product
There is no doubt about it that the Bushnell Tour v3 Laser Rangefinder has really improved my game. There is no more guessing at distances or using course distance markers that are very inaccurate. I simply grab the rangefinder, put the crosshair where I want to know the distance to and then press the activation button to get a precise reading of the distance to my target. I then select the appropriate club and take a much more confident swing since I know the distance accurately.
It is not an inexpensive product but then again not many items I keep in my golf bag are. I will say it was much cheaper than those expensive lessons that were really not improving my score much for the money I was spending.
The Bushnell Tour v3 Laser Rangefinder has easily chopped 3 – 7 strokes per round of golf off of my score. It has also given me a sense of newfound confidence in my golf game and enhanced my enjoyment of it again too. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who plays golf on a regular basis and is looking for a simple way to improve their score.