Bushnell Pro XE

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The Bushnell Pro XE is one of the best golf rangefinder in the market. If you are looking for accuracy, quality and top features in a device, and ready to pay the price, not the cheapest in the market, that could be a good option for you.

Main Features

This premium product includes top-shelf features and best qualities, especially in the optic and the package.

Bushnell Pro XE
The Bushnell Pro XE has a 7x magnification, which initially will not indicate much of an improvement, but when used, the clarity of image and the display are impressive. That will give you the possibility to aim at the target easier, compared to other devices, because, simply, you can see and identify it.

The only issue could be with the color of the letters and numbers, all red. For most of the users, this could be no problem, but for the color-blinded users, red is not the best option. Other models offer the option to switch to black, but not this one.

The golf rangefinder has a fully-waterproof housing, which will protect the investment in all situations, even if it accidentally falls. Obviously, totally protected for those rainy days. Obviously, this will give the device an extra weight. This could be an issue for some people.

Pinseeker with Visual Jolt technology

The Pinseeker with Visual Jolt technology, will help you to lock the flag with a visual and vibration feedback.

At the beginning, you will need to get used to the red ring flashing, however it is a very easy and confident mechanism.

In general it is a high quality feature joining the visual and vibration feedback to get the distance very fast as soon as the flag is detected. The only issue, based on some users’ reviews, is not finding the flag sometimes, therefore the jolt technology is not triggered and no feedback is received.

Slope with Elements

This device compensates distances with the slope adding what they call elements. The elements are temperature and barometric pressure.

Slope with elements

In this example, the actual distance is 150 yards. Because the flag is 4% more elevated, a corrected distance is given, 155 yards. That would be the normal slope feature in the rest of the golf rangefinders, however in the Pro XE, the temperature, 90ºF, and the high pressure, 5 yards more are added, with a result of 160 yards. Meaning that you should use 1 club more for the approach.

Do not forget to switch this feature off if you are competing in a tournament, it is not legal. It is very easy and noticeable by your colleagues to do so, using the switch in the lateral of the device.

Slope switch off

Bite Magnetic mount

Although it is a bit heavy device due to its fully-waterproof metal housing , compared with other models, the magnetic mount will help you to attach it to any metallic surface,

For me it is a very nice feature. You can attach your rangefinder to your cart bar or the head of your irons. This way you can access to it very fast and will help you to get the distances in no time.

Features

Accuracy: 4.9 out of 5.0 stars

Easy to use: 4.8 out of 5.0 stars

Magnification: 7x

Slope: Slope with elements

Battery: 1 CR2 batteries

Value for money: 4.2 out of 5.0 stars

PROS
  • Very accurate with Pin seeker Jolt technology
  • Magnetic mount
  • Slope with elements
CONS
  • Heavy
  • Expensive

Best Alternatives

Although we consider the Bushnell Pro XE one of the best golf rangefinder in the market, there are very good alternatives if you are not willing to spend that amount of money:

Bushnell Golf Tour V5 Portrait

Same brand and same quality, you will only miss the slope adjustment in this model. The magnification is 6x instead of 7x but a very clear image as well. Price is considerable lower.

Precision Pro Golf NX9 Golf Laser Rangefinder

This is a very good option for a fraction of the price. It has the same features, including pinseeker, magnet cover and slope adjustment. You will be missing the elements compensation. Optic and quality are very good although a bit slower.

Nikon Coolshot 20i GII Golf Laser Slope Rangefinder

Very good option keeping quality at a very good price. It has slope adjustment and 8 seconds scan feature. No pinseeker feature in this model.

Key Differentiators

ModelPinseekerSlopeMagnetMagnification 

Bushnell Pro XE
YesWith ElementsYes7xCheck Price

Bushnell Golf Tour V5
YesNoYes6xCheck Price

Precision Pro Golf NX9
YesYesYes6xCheck Price

Nikon Coolshot 20i GII
NoYesNo6xCheck Price

Final Thoughts

If you are already familiar with Bushnell and their quality products (like the XE) we think that this model is for you, not just for the performance you are used to, but also because you will find exactly what you are expecting for a premium product like this one.

If this is your first golf rangefinder, you may consider other alternatives not so expensive, and still with a very good quality and features. Also you can check even cheaper options in the market quite good. For that you can check our review of The best golf rangefinders of 2021.

Technical Specifications

Dimensions1.5 x 4 x 3 inches
Weight8 oz
Ranging AccuracyAccurate to 1 yard
Range5-1300 Yards / 5-1189 Meters
Magnification7x
Objective Diameter26 mm
Optical CoatingFully Multi-Coated
DisplayBlack Mask LCD with Ultra Enhanced Backlight
Power Source3-volt lithium (CR-2)
Field of View300 ft. @ 1000 yards / 100 meters @ 1000 meters
Extra Long Eye Relief16 mm
Exit Pupil3.5 mm
Inclueded ItemsPremium Carrying Case and CR2 Battery

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