Is the V3 the best rangefinder for the money?
The Tour V3 is a step up from the V2 which was the rangefinder that really solidified Bushnell’s place in the golf world. Bushnell had been known for its hunting rangefinders and rifle scopes, but added some much needed golf-specific features in the V1 and V2 models.
Compared to the V2, the V3 has a more user-friendly ergonomic feel and adds the JOLT feature which gives you some vibration feedback when it locks on the target. The Pinseeker feature worked well but seemed more refined in the V3 model.
Although the V3 has been out for a few years now, it remains one of the best sellers and is worth considering if you’re in the market. We voted Bushnell Tour V3 Rangefinder with Jolt as the Best Rangefinder for the Money in 2017. The Bushnell V4, an updated version, is our current best Golf Rangefinder for the Money in 2018.
Why it’s worth buying
- It’s compact and fits easily in your hand or good sized pocket
- It shoots fairly quickly
- Target acquisition is easier with the pinseeker
- Water resistant – safe for rain play
- 5-1000yard range; practical range of about 350 yards
Why you may pass on this one
- Magnification is 5x compared to 6-7x on newer models
- Accuracy is 1 yard vs 1/2 yard on newer models
- A little on the fragile side.
How to Use It
The V3 is very simple to use. Press the power/fire button once to turn it on. Next, aim at your target and press the primary button and hold it until you see the distance reading in the lens. After you release the fire button, the unit will automatically turn back off after 30 seconds. If you have trouble locking in on the target while shooting the laser after 10 seconds, just release the button and try again.
How the JOLT system works
How the Pinseeker Feature Works
Bushnell’s Pinseeker technology helps to isolate the flag from other objects, like trees behind it. When the V3 notices multiple potential targets in the crosshair area, it will show an icon with a circled flag in the lower left corner. When you see this icon, the distance reading is to the object closer to you.
How the Slope Feature Works
Note: This is only included on the “with Slope” models of the V3.
A standard rangefinder without slope makes the assumption that you’re aiming at a target that’s level with your position, so it’s not uphill or downhill from you. The problem is your uphill shot will travel shorter than one at a level target because the ball has less time to travel to the target before it hits the ground.
The Slope feature figures out how much uphill or downhill your shot is and crunches the numbers to calculate the real distance to your target. Who really wants to do geometry on the course anyway? Pretty cool.
The Bushnell Tour V3 JOLT takes a CR-2 3-volt lithium battery. While some early rangefinders had issues with the battery life, the V3 has been reported to last 40+ rounds. When the battery is low, you’ll see “loB” in the viewfinder screen.
Is it Tournament Legal?
The V3 Tour with Slope is only tournament legal by local rule, which means the event officials make the decision. The V3 Tour Standard Edition is tournament legal, though.
Should you buy it?
The Bushnell Tour V3 is worth considering if you’re looking for a high quality rangefinder from a quality manufacturer. It has most of the bells and whistles that the newest rangefinders have, but is no longer state-of-the-art. Just like with smartphones, we’ve had so much advancement in rangefinder technology that new models won’t be dramatically different from here on out. If you currently use a GPS that give you middle of the green distances or a cheap-o model, you can’t go wrong with the V3 – it’s going to be a difference maker in your game. It has the best quality-to-price ratio available right now.