The rangefinder is one of the most popular devices used in golf and this explains the multitude of models available on shelves. While most units feature either a laser or a GPS technology, there is the Bushnell White Hybrid GPS/Laser that manages to successfully incorporate both. This makes it extremely user-friendly and increases its accuracy. The price matches its performance but judging by how it can improve your golf game, it’s worth the investment.
When testing a golf rangefinder, its accuracy is the main aspect you take into consideration because this is the reason why you want to buy it in the first place. The Bushnell White Hybrid GPS/Laser is an innovation in the field so the manufacturer put all their efforts into designing a very efficient device. It relies on the Bushnell pin seeker technology that helps it recognize a pin among other items and obstacles. The Bushnell White Hybrid can spot targets to the front, back, and center of the green and provides a 5x magnification which is lower than in other models but satisfying enough. In addition, it has a 21mm eye relief that allows it to obtain a full angle of view. The range of this device is 10-1000 yards with 300+ yards to the flag. To make sure you won’t have trouble using it in direct sunlight, it provides a 367-feet field of view at 1000 yards, which is better than in most other models. However, we have one complaint about this unit and that is the +/- 1-yard accuracy that is rather small compared to a tenth of a yard seen in other units. All in all, the performance is quite satisfying and the readings will be of great help in achieving precise shots.
The size of a golf rangefinder is important not in terms of design but in terms of convenience and comfort in use. This model manages to combine all its useful features inside a housing that measures only 12 x 9 x 5” and weighs only a pound so it’s very easy to hold and carry around in a pocket. It is a little heavier than the models that use only one type of technology but it’s still light enough to be easily portable. It’s available in a white finish and has a large GPS display on the side which makes it look and feel wider. Thankfully, the rubber on the top and bottom ensures a firm grip. We couldn’t find any information on the waterproof feature o we are not sure if you will be able to use it during rain.
The main special feature of the Bushnell White Hybrid GPS/Laser is its ability to work as a laser and GPS rangefinder so it’s basically all you could need during a golf game. When set to GPS, it comes with auto hole advance and more than 16,000 pre-loaded maps of golf courses in North America. In addition, it includes other 30,000 courses in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and a multitude of countries in Europe such as Denmark, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Norway, and Sweden. Unfortunately, this model doesn’t include the slope and jolt technologies that Bushnell usually puts in the units they design. While this is a downfall most of the times, it can be an advantage for players who participate in tournaments. Since slope models are forbidden in official games, lacking this feature makes this unit more useful.
You might think that using a hybrid golf rangefinder is more difficult and you will have troubles getting the hang of both technologies but rest assured as you have nothing to worry about. All the functions of the device are easy to understand and thanks to the combination of laser and GPS, you will be able to hit targets from behind trees and you can measure distances to the back and front of the green. Also, because it can be attached to your golf bag and it is tripod adaptable, the device is very convenient and will save you many trips to the golf cart. Moreover, the display is very large and easy to read even for those who are not familiar with these devices. This device allows you to set 4 custom points that you can use as guidance when locking on your target.
As expected, the Bushnell White Hybrid GPS/Laser is powered by a lithium-ion battery and includes a USB plug that allows you to conveniently recharge it at home, in the car, or from a laptop. When fully recharged, the battery lasts for around 15 hours so you will be able to play a series of golf games without worrying about the battery. At the first recharge, the unit requires at last 6 hours but after that, charging will take less. The warranty of the golf rangefinder is a standard 1-year that covers its defects in workmanship and material but not in improper handling. For added protection, it comes with a carry pouch with both zipper and magnetic closure that makes sure you won’t drop your device.