Do you have a caddy? I didn’t think so…
Long are the days where you need to find a yardage marker and walk off 40 + steps to see your distances. Distance measuring devices are widely accepted out on the course whether that be with:
- GPS on your mobile device
- GPS watches
- GPS on the golf carts
If you don’t know what a rangefinder is, it is a small, handheld device that you can use to measure distances around the course with the click of a button. But which one do you go with? What’s the best rangefinder?
- My go-to rangefinder is the NIKON COOLSHOT 40 RANGEFINDER. I have used this model in many tournaments and practice rounds.
Why I Chose the Nikon Coolshot?
First off, I’m sure you’ve heard of the company, Nikon right? They make high-quality cameras and have been around for years. With many unknown companies making rangefinders these days, it’s best to go with a trusted and reliable company.
- The Nikon Coolshot is 4.4″ x 2.8″
- It is very accessible and fits comfortably in your hand
- It’s a “point and click” rangefinder making it extremely easy to use
- The Nikon Coolshot 40 has a feature called Hyper-read, which gives accurate distances in approx .5 seconds
- After a click, it reads distances for up to 8 seconds, so there is no need to keep holding
- Reads distances of 6-650 yards
- First Target Priority Mode (Measures closest object in a group of objects)
- It is weatherproof
- You can use it to scope out flags, hills, hazards, and trees out on the course
The best thing about the Coolshot is that it really isn’t that pricey compared to other rangefinders, just around $200.
Personally, I don’t think you don’t need these expensive rangefinders that read slope and vibrate when you aim at the flagstick. (Note: rangefinders that read slope are against USGA Rules when playing in tournaments)
The Coolshot is simple, straight to the point and super easy to use. Why complicate things and overpay for a device you are only using to find distance?
Who is the Coolshot For?
The Coolshot 40 is for ANY golfer looking to get accurate distances when out on the course.
- The convenience
- Easy to use technology
- Reasonable Cost
- Well known company
As I said earlier, I use this rangefinder and have experimented with many different models and brands to find the best one.
How to Use it?
All you have to do once you have the Coolshot is:
- Install the batteries (Should be included but you can always get extra from the link above)
- Turn the lens to zoom in and out
- Use mode button to switch between meters/yards
- Push the power button to turn on and to see distances (remember it will read for 8 seconds)
- Use the crosshairs to line up your target (flagstick, tree, hazard, etc.)
It’s that easy!
If you are looking for something very similar but a little cheaper, I love this option here.
- The Nikon Coolshot 20 is the smaller, yet still very effective version of the Nikon 40. Take a look at the info below for all of its features!