- Bushnell Tour X: The Reliable Golf Rangefinder That Improved My Game
- Bushnell Tour X Laser Golf Rangefinder Review
Bushnell Tour X: The Reliable Golf Rangefinder That Improved My Game
When Bushnell started selling the Bushnell Tour X Laser Rangefinder in 2015, I waited for a bit to see what other people said before taking it out on the course. It had great specs on paper, but it was expensive. Was I going to be disappointed?
Nope. I was hooked. I love this laser rangefinder. It’s fast, it’s accurate, I can use it for practice and in tournaments. I don’t know if I’ll ever upgrade because it does everything I need in a rangefinder.
Why I love the Tour X
Here is a quick overview of why I appreciate this rangefinder:
- Reads slopes for practice rounds
- Swap faceplates and it’s legal for tournaments
- Very fast at ranging all the way out to 1300 yards
- Accurate down to 1/2-yard at a distance of 5 to 125 yards
- JOLT vibrates the rangefinder when it locks onto the flag so there’s no mistake
- Looks like a golf accessory, not a hunting scope, and feels nice in my hand
- Choose either red or black readouts with the push of a switch
- Comes with the perfect carrying case
A couple of shortcomings
Nothing’s perfect, but the Bushnell Tour X is pretty close. It does have a couple of things I don’t like. Since it has 6x magnification, sometimes the view is a little shaky. That’s easy to solve if I brace my arm against my chest and control my breathing.
Also, if I don’t pay attention to what I’m doing, I end up bumping the focus adjuster dial on top, so then I have to re-focus.
Now let’s put the Tour X virtually into your hands so you can review it with me.
Bushnell Tour X Laser Golf Rangefinder Review
Pleasant feel and appearance
First, the Bushnell Tour X rangefinder has a rubbery grip over a solid metal housing. Its design makes it look like a pro golf accessory. It fits nicely in the palm of my hand. Everything about it is very straightforward.
Getting started with the Tour X is easy. The battery hatch is located under the eyepiece. You won’t need a screwdriver or even a coin to open it. Just flip up the latch and turn it. Pop in the battery and you’re ready to start. Hold the Tour X up to your eye and press down the red button on top. Go ahead, look through it with me now.
Under 125 yards, the Tour X is accurate down to 1/2-yard. Try getting that kind of precision with GPS.
Over 125 yards, it’s accurate down to plus or minus 1 yard. That’s the standard for many other laser rangefinders now. What makes the Tour X even more precise to use is its PinSeeker Mode.
With 6x magnification, I can see far down the fairway. The Tour X ranges all the way out to 1300 yards so I can often find the flag right off unless there’s a dog-leg.
PinSeeker Mode locks on to the flag
PinSeeker Mode takes the doubt out of measurements. Every time you turn it on, the Tour X is ready to find the flag. While you hold the red button down, use the reticule, or crosshairs, to help you aim.
If you scan the flag, the Tour X will vibrate twice to tell you it found the pin. If the laser found both the pin and trees behind that, the display will show the distance to the pin, and put a circle around the icon of a flag.
Once you’ve locked on the to target you want, you can move your finger off the power button. Double-check that you’ve measured the distance you want (like to the sand bunker instead of a tree behind it) by forcing the rangefinder to acquire various targets. Only the closest target distance should be displayed on the screen. Bushnell took the guesswork out of ranging. You won’t have to pace off yardage or eyeball a shot.
Slope Technology is your new caddy
Slope reading is my favorite feature of the Tour X. It’s done a lot to improve my game, and it will help yours, too. It’s like having a wise caddy who hands you exactly the right club.
Put the red faceplate on the front of the Tour X and scan your target. The display will automatically show the amount of slope in front of you in degrees, the actual distance, and the “play-as” distance. The display will show something like “119.7Y” with “+3° → 123.”
The “play-as” distance may be more or less than the actual range depending on whether the slope is uphill or downhill. Believe me, once you get to know your abilities better, the slope function will make it easy to choose the right club.
Yes, carrying around a second faceplate may be a little bit of a pain, but it’s much better than carrying around two rangefinders. The black faceplate makes it obvious to anyone that you’re not cheating in the game.
The theme of red and black is worked into the design of the housing, the faceplates, and in one more detail – the display.
Adjust the display in one second flat
Is it just before sunrise or a bright sunny day? Bushnell provides a brilliant solution make your readings clearer to see.
It’s simple to change between the red and black readouts. Slide the switch under the eyepiece to the left for red or to the right for black. The switch reveals which color is in use before you even put Tour X up to your eye.
If you need more than just a change of color, you can dive into the menu.
Change the brightness
If the display is too dark even after you’ve switched view modes, you can up the brightness. This is yet another reason to love the Tour X rangefinder.
Look through the viewfinder and press down for 3 seconds on the button located on the side of the rangefinder. The SETUP menu appears. There are 4 levels of brightness. Briefly pressing the MODE button switches between them. The current setting will flash so you know which one you selected.
While you’re in the SETUP menu, there is one more option you should view.
Change between meters and yards
Playing in Europe? The second option on the SETUP menu will allow you to choose either meters or yards as the unit of measure displayed on the screen. For example, yards are indicated with a “Y” after the measurement, like “120.5Y.”
Now that we’re done discussing the fine points of the case, let’s move on to a final summary to wrap up this review.
Pros and Cons
At the beginning, you saw the brief list of features I liked and a couple of things I didn’t. To recap, Bushnell claims that this is “the world’s ultimate golf laser rangefinder.” That’s a high standard to perform up to, but I believe the Tour X is up to the task. It’s very user-friendly, but its simplicity doesn’t mean it lacks function. It is versatile, powerful, and accurate.
As for the cons, those depend on the user. They aren’t defects per se. The higher 6x magnification can mean a shaky view, but you can compensate for that by holding the rangefinder in a steady position. Bumping the focus dial only takes a couple of seconds to correct. Neither of these cons are deal-breakers at all.
Things We Liked
- 6x magnification
- Very accurate to the 1/2 yard under 125 yards
- JOLT vibrates when locked onto pin and scan mode to range other obstacles
- Shows true range with slope but tournament legal (w/black faceplate)
- Adjustable to various lighting conditions
Things We Didn't Like
- Shaky hands make for a shaky view
For the fans of technical specifications, here are the rest of the details about the Tour X.
- Weighs 8 ounces and measures 4 inches long by 3 inches wide by 1.5 inches thick
- Objective diameter: 21mm
- Field of view 393 feet at 1000 yards – angular FOV 7.5°
- Extra long eye relief 16mm and exit pupil 3.5mm
- Bushnell offers a 2-year limited warranty
If you want to improve your golf game, accuracy is key. The Tour X is a precision tool that will help you up your game. It is a fine product that is useful to golfers with a wide range of ability. It performs well enough for pros, and will help beginners play difficult shots better.
The Tour X is an investment that will pay off over time as you play better on every course. I recommend the Bushnell Tour X for every golfer who is serious about the game.
I hope you benefitted from this review of the Bushnell Tour X. I want to help you find the best rangefinder to improve your game. In my opinion, the Tour X is worth every penny.