Bushnell Rangefinder & GPS Reviews
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Pro X2: Bushnell’s fastest, most accurate, and most advanced rangefinder
Bushnell Pro X2 Rangefinder at the 2017 PGA Show
The Pro X2's Slope Switch makes it simple for players to activate or disable slope functionality.
Bushnell makes no secret about the fact that the Pro X2 is the top product in its golf rangefinder lineup and frequently refers to its latest release as “the best of its best.”
For a company that in a relatively short time has put together an impressive history of elite rangefinders, those are pretty strong words. But a closer look at the many features and capabilities of the Pro X2 would seem to support such an assertion.
Some of the features of the Pro X2 are not new for Bushnell, however, including its highly popular Jolt Technology.
“Jolt is one of our homerun technologies,” said Bushnell Golf Product Specialist John Novosel. “What that does is when you shoot the laser and it locks onto your flag, it vibrates in your hand. (It) gives you two short vibration bursts and that lets you know that you’re locked onto the target.”
The Pro X2 also features the player-friendly ergonomics and Stable-Grip Technology that Bushnell has incorporated into its rangefinders in recent years to make them easier for golfers to use, most notably by reducing the hand-shaking that many experience when trying to retrieve yardages.
One thing that players will notice, however, is that despite its compact size the Pro X2, at eight ounces, is noticeably heavier than the products in Bushnell’s popular V4 line, but there are reasons for that.
Most notably, the Pro X2 is wrapped in a completely waterproof metal housing. Not only does that enable golfers to use the device in the rain but it also significantly enhances durability.
Of course, there are also new technologies that differentiate the X2 from other high-end rangefinders on the market, and that list starts with Slope-Switch Technology.
“The (slope switch) allows you to go from slope to tournament legal,” Novosel. “The USGA created a new rule that if you can turn slope off of a device it makes the device legal for tournament play.”
More specifically, the Slope Switch conveniently allows players to turn slope functionality on and off with incredible ease, as they simply need to adjust the switch that has been positioned on the side of the device.
By moving the switch to its top position, the slope function is activated for recreational play to allow players to get both actual and adjusted yardages, as well as the degree of either uphill or downhill incline for the shot they’re about to play. Sliding the switch to the bottom position, however, disables the slope function, which makes the Pro X2 completely legal for tournament play.
Also an exciting feature with the Pro X2 is new Dual-Display Technology, which gives golfers two distinct display options to choose from to better accommodate all of the different lighting conditions they’re bound to encounter on the course.
“I love the Dual Display,” Novosel added. “It allows you to have a bright red display or a crisp black display, and usually you’re going to use that red display on lower lighting conditions and the black on a brighter day. It allows you to play in all lighting conditions.”
In addition to those new technological features, the Pro X2 also has enhanced capabilities when compared to other rangefinders in the Bushnell family.
“The X2 unit is very robust,” Novosel said. “It’s our fastest laser we’ve ever created, as well as it’s got great range. You can hit flags at over (400) yards.”
In all, the Pro X2 has a range of five to 1,300 yards, it’s accurate to within a half of a yard, and it’s 6X magnification offers incredibly vivid visuals.
Additionally, a focus ring has been positioned conveniently above the eyepiece to make it easy for players to adjust focus.
Not surprisingly, given all of the functionality of the Pro X2, Bushnell has been able to maintain its position at No. 1 when it comes to laser rangefinders, and its dominance is most evident when it comes to examining usage among the touring professionals who use Bushnell to prepare for their various events on a weekly basis.
“If you look at our Tour numbers, we have 95 percent of the PGA Tour playing Bushnell,” Novosel said. “And they’re using it because of the reliability, the accuracy, and also because of Bushnell’s patented Slope Technology.”
Novosel was also quick to add that Bushnell’s slope technology, which was created as part of a partnership with a former PGA Tour caddie, is something that every recreational player can take advantage of to improve their game.
“What we really want the average golfer to understand is the guys on Tour are using this. You should be, too, to train your eye on how slope works,” he said. “For example, if you have a 150-yard shot and it’s two degrees uphill, that might play 158. That’s a full club. If you shoot that, and learn that, and see that, it’s going to help you play better golf.”
TGW STAFF REVIEW
By CHRIS WALLACE, TGW Staff Writer
As someone who has used Bushnell rangefinders regularly through the years, I can say in all sincerity that I’ve rarely been disappointed.
I mean, let’s face it, Bushnell hasn’t achieved what it’s achieved in the golf laser rangefinder category over the course of the last decade and a half by accident. This is a company that knows what it’s doing.
That said, given everything that I had heard and read about the new Pro X2, my expectations were unusually high when it came to testing this product.
However, while similar scenarios have ruined many a movie for me, the Pro X2 still met or exceeded my expectations on every level after several chances to get it out on the golf course.
There are a number of areas where this rangefinder impresses, and that starts from the moment you pick it up. The metal housing that encases the Pro X2 provides a heavier, sturdier feel that leaves you with no doubt that you’re holding a quality product.
At the same time, however, the X2 still fits perfectly in your hand, and even at its slightly heavier weight it’s easy to operate when it comes to retrieving yardages.
Additionally, the focus ring is perfectly positioned above the eyepiece to bring your target into focus, and with its 6X magnification the visuals provided by the Pro X2 are incredibly vivid.
This is also a device that picks up targets with unbelievable speed. As fast as Bushell’s V4 lineup is when it comes to locking onto a target, the Pro X2 is even faster, and hitting flags from well in excess of 300 yards was never an issue, not that I hit it that far.
And for those who have come to love and rely on Bushnell’s Jolt Technology, which lets them know that they have the correct yardage, the Pro X2 has that popular feature as well, and it’s a feature that should not be overlooked. After all, knowing you have the right yardage provides the confidence to pick the right club and execute the shot at hand, which is invaluable when it comes to scoring.
While the features and capabilities discussed to this point all have tremendous value, in my opinion, where the Pro X2 really differentiates itself are with its Slope-Switch and Dual-Display technologies.
That the Pro X2 has slope functionality is no surprise, as Bushnell is at the head of the class when it comes to slope. But for serious golfers who will need to switch in and out of slope mode to play either recreationally or in tournaments, as is required presently by the USGA, the Slope Switch is a revelation.
There’s no more cycling through modes to disable or activate slope, and there’s no more concern that you’ve teed off in a tournament with the slope function activated on your device. There’s simply a switch on the side on the side of Pro X2. Push the switch up and you have slope capability; push the switch down and you don’t.
I can only imagine that its simplicity belies the technology involved, but either way, Slope Switch is a fantastic feature.
Also a fantastic feature is the aforementioned Dual Display, will provide displays in either red or black, and on a cloudy or rainy day, or late in the evening when there’s less natural light, the red display is an outstanding option.
And speaking of rainy days, the icing on the cake with the Pro X2 is that it’s completely waterproof, so on those days when you have to brave wet conditions you can count on your rangefinder to do its job along the way.
Of course, it should be pointed out that the Pro X2 comes at a premium price point in the golf rangefinder market. But given all of its technological features and its enhanced capabilities as it relates to speed and range, that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
For avid golfers, however, especially those who play tournament golf on a regular basis, I’d argue that the Pro X2 is worth every penny.
This is a rangefinder that flat out performs, as there’s no task on the golf course that it can’t conquer. And its construction ensures a level of durability that creates added value in terms of what you can expect as a life cycle.
In summary, kudos to Bushnell on yet another great product, and if you’re in the market for a new rangefinder, the Pro X2 is unquestionably worth a look.
Slope-Switch Technology raises the bar for the Tour V4 franchise
Bushnell Tour V4 Shift Rangefinder at the 2017 PGA Show
When Bushnell released its Tour V4 Slope golf rangefinder in 2016, it was met by essentially universal praise, and there were a number of reasons for the accolades.
Headlining the list, however, was the V4’s lightweight, ergonomic design.
In creating the Tour V4, Bushnell sought out extensive feedback from its consumers, and request No. 1 was to create a device that would eliminate the hand-shaking that many golfers experience when retrieving yardages with a rangefinder.
Through the use of an incredibly compact, lightweight design and what it calls Stable-Grip Technology, Bushnell was able to create a rangefinder that was easier to operate, thereby addressing the biggest concern that the golfers it reached out to had expressed.
Additionally, the Tour V4 Slope also proved to be incredibly fast and accurate in measuring yardages, it offered tremendous range, and Bushnell once again incorporated its highly popular Jolt Technology into the design to give players obvious feedback that they had locked in on the correct target.
Add it all up, and the V4 was viewed as one of the elite rangefinders in golf, and it was widely used on the PGA Tour, where more than 95 percent of the players and caddies have Bushnell products in the bag for tournament preparation.
All that said, however, the Tour V4 Slope wasn’t perfect, something that Bushnell engineers understood from the outset.
More specifically, turning the device’s slope feature on and off was somewhat complicated and time-consuming, as players had to use the mode function to make the change by cycling through multiple settings, including a switch between yards and meters.
And that process is important when it comes to a slope rangefinder, because according to USGA rule it’s illegal to use slope functionality for tournament play. It is, however, allowed within the rules to use a slope rangefinder if the slope function has been turned off.
To address the convenience issue, Bushnell created Slope-Switch Technology, which provides a switch on the side of the device that allows players to easily turn slope function on or off as necessary. Golfers can simply move the switch to its top position to activate the slope function or slide the switch to the bottom position to disable it.
Bushnell then incorporated its new Slope-Switch Technology into the Tour V4 design to create the brand new Tour V4 Shift, which, not surprisingly, has been even more widely lauded than its predecessor.
“(The V4 Shift) has the slope switch. If I need to play in a tournament, I can switch it out of slope mode,” said Bushnell Golf Product Specialist John Novosel. “It’s ergonomic as well, so it feels great in your hand. Also, it’s got Jolt Technology, those vibrating bursts to let you know you’ve locked onto the target.”
The V4 Shift also remains incredibly fast in retrieving yardages, it’s accurate to within a yard, has a range up to 1,000 yards, and can capture distances to a flag up to 400 yards. It also has 5X magnification to provide incredibly clear displays.
And as was the case with the original V4, the Tour V4 Shift is incredibly light, as it weighs just 5.6 ounces.
“It’s super light,” Novosel said. “If you’re a guy that has a lightweight bag and walks the course a lot, the V4 is so lightweight, great for carrying in your bag.”
However, where Bushnell believes that the Tour V4 Shift has the most value, as is the case with many of its other products, is when it comes to the company’s patented slope technology, which came about through a partnership that began in 2005 with former PGA Tour caddy Don Thom.
Since that time, Bushnell has continued to modify and advance its mathematical algorithm for slope technology to get to the point it is today as the clear industry leader in that regard.
“What we really want the average golfer to understand is the guys on Tour are using this,” Novosel said. “You should be, too, to train your eye on how slope works.”
More specifically, when using the slope function with the Tour V4 Shift, the device will provide an actual yardage to the target as well as an adjusted yardage, the latter of which is based on the uphill or downhill incline of the shot you’re about to play.
And it is always the adjusted yardage that is the more important of the two because that’s how long the shot will play.
“For example, if you have a 150-yard shot and it’s two degrees uphill, that might play 158,” explained Novosel. “That’s a full club. If you shoot that, and learn that, and see that, it’s going to help you play better golf.”
Excel GPS Watch: Aptly named in terms of comfort, style, and functionality
Bushnell Excel Golf GPS Watch at the 2017 PGA Show
Laser rangefinders have been Bushnell’s bread and butter since its foray into the golf market just over 15 years ago, but in recent years the company also has ramped up its efforts when it comes to GPS devices.
New for 2017 is the Excel GPS Golf Watch, and it’s a product that Bushnell believes is going to meet the needs of a wide array of golfers.
“We’re really excited about (Excel),” said Bushnell Golf Product Specialist John Novosel. “It’s got all the simplicity that you’ve come to love with Bushnell GPS. If you want, you can just go play. Just turn it on and go play. It’s very simple to use, but there’s also some other really great features.”
As a GPS golf watch, the Excel has everything that a golfer needs from an information standpoint on the course.
It comes with more than 35,000 preloaded courses, and its vivid, easy-to-read display screens offer yardages to the front, center, and back of every green, as well as up to four hazard distances for each hole.
Additionally, the Excel provides an automatic brightness adjustment feature for its displays, as well as auto course recognition and hole advance. It also delivers exceptional battery life, as golfers can expect to play three full rounds before having to recharge their device.
Also of note, Bushnell’s highly popular golf app comes with the purchase of the Excel GPS Golf Watch, and among its capabilities are swing analysis statistics, aerial layout views and distances for the golf holes you’ll play, scorekeeping options, and the ability to book tee times.
All of those features, however, are just the starting point for the Excel, which also utilizes Bluetooth integration to pair easily with a smartphone. That compatibility allows players to receive calls and messages on their watch, as well as weather reports and new course updates, with there being no charges for the latter or the need to use a computer for downloads.
The Excel also offers fitness tracking capability for players, it has the functionality to work as a stopwatch or alarm when needed, and it will track the tempo of your golf swing during a round to provide valuable feedback if you start hitting a few loose shots.
Also noteworthy is that Bushnell engineers went to significant lengths to ensure that as a watch the Excel provided golfers with exceptional comfort while they’re playing, which has been accomplished by making the device both lightweight and thin.
And finally, players also have three color options to choose from, as the Excel is available in black, white, and charcoal.
“It’s our best band we’ve ever done,” Novosel said. “It’s very comfortable. It looks good, it feels good, and it’s really got a lot of cool features.”
Tour V4 and Tour V4 Slope
Released early in 2016, Bushnell’s Tour V4 and Tour V4 Slope golf rangefinders are taking things up a notch in terms of performance, most notably as it relates to the speed and accuracy that they provide when it comes to measuring yardages.
Additionally, both of these rangefinders have been designed with improved ergonomics to make it easier for golfers to lock in on a target without having to deal with their hands shaking, which is a common complaint that many players have when it comes to using rangefinders.
Making that possible is their compact, lightweight designs, as each device incredibly weighs just 5.6 ounces.
And when it comes to slope functionality, the adjusted yardages that the V4 Slope provides based on the degree of uphill or downhill incline for a particular shot is unmatched in golf having been fine-tuned for more than a decade.