Below is a breakdown of three cool new models that can help you save strokes, and time, while navigating the links.
Bushnell Tour V4 Rangefinder
Price: $300; $400 for Slope Edition
What you get: The ergonomic Tour V4 is twice as fast as the company's Tour V3 and 30% smaller with dimensions of 4" x 3.11" x 1.57". It weighs 6.6 ounces, has a range from 5 to 1,000 yards (400 yards to flags), and 5x magnification. The Slope Edition has patented technology to compensate for elevation changes, and is legal for tournament play as long as the Slope mode is turned off.
Coolest Feature: The unit provides short vibrating pulses when it locks onto flags—even when your game is off, you can claim a great "feel" for distance.
What you get: The successor to the GX-2i features a new high-definition LCD display and the company's updated pin-finding technology that delivers faster, more precise distances by better filtering out background objects. The 6.8-ounce unit (4.2" x 3.0" x 1.6") can also capture distances through fog, has 6x magnification and seven aiming reticles (crosshair styles), and works with pins outfitted with reflective prisms up to 800 yards away. Plus, the rangefinder has a "True Golf Range" mode that provides measurements that factor in slope, temperature and altitude to within one-half yard. (The mode can be turned off for use in tournaments).
Coolest Feature: Like a good caddie, the device recommends clubs and lets you know when you're between clubs while using the True Golf Range mode (based upon iron lengths you input).
Scoreband Pulse Rangefinder
What you get: The Pulse features 6x magnification, a range up to 400 yards (250 yards to flags), a user-friendly flag-lock display, is accurate by plus or minus one yard, and can display distances in meters. It also weighs less than five ounces and fits comfortably in your hand with dimensions of 4" x 3" 1.5".
Coolest feature: The $170 price tag proves that good things can come in small, not-too-pricey packages.