The Bushnell Tour V3 offers a big step up from their past model, the V2, which was a golf rangefinder that really put Bushnell on the map. Previously, the manufacturer had been more known for their rifle scopes and hunting rangefinders, but their Tour line quickly gained the attention of golf lovers everywhere.
Their newest model features a more ergonomic feel and user-friendly design. It also includes the popular Jolt feature which alerts the golfer when the rangefinder has successfully locked onto a target. The Pinseeker feature is another consumer favorite that helps to improve rangefinder accuracy.
As you can see, this feature-loaded model has a lot to offer golfers of all skill levels.
Overview and Features
When you’re forced to lug all your gear from hole to hole, you don’t need a bulky device weighing you down. Which is why the small, compact design of the V3 is a huge plus. The manufacturer makes a big deal out of the rangefinder’s comfortable grip and streamlined design.
This model was clearly designed with ease of use in mind, so you don’t have to worry about adjusting any unnecessary settings when you’re out on the course. Using the V3 is just a matter of pointing and shooting. It’s that simple. Golfers even claim that the device is able to lock onto a target and calculate a distance in just three seconds, which is pretty impressive.
The rangefinder’s compact design allows it to fit easily in your hand and your pocket, unlike the Bushnell Pro X7 golf rangefinder which features a bulky design.
It also offers an impressive range of five yards up to one thousand yards, which is much higher than the Leupold Gx 5I3 golf rangefinder, one of Bushnell’s top competitors.
The V3 features a simple, user-friendly design. To use, just press the fire/power button to switch it on, aim at your target and press the fire button. Hold the button until the distance reading pops up on the lens. Once you release the fire/power button, the device automatically shuts off after a period of thirty seconds. If you have issues locking onto a specific target, just release the fire button and try again.
Bushnell’s Pinseeker technology helps to isolate the flag from other objects, like trees behind it. When the rangefinder detects several targets in its crosshairs, it displays a circled flag icon. When this icon pops up, it will display the distance for the object that’s closest to you.
When you use a basic rangefinder that doesn’t have the slope feature, the device will automatically calculate the distance between you and the flag, without taking into consideration any slope in the terrain. Instead, that device automatically assumes that the terrain is entirely flat. This means, uphill shots will travel shorter, compared to one at a level target because the ball will have less time to travel before it reaches the ground.
With the slope feature, the rangefinder will determine how much downhill or uphill distance there is and calculate an accurate distance to the target.
The rangefinder runs on CR23 lithium battery. Early models of rangefinders had poor battery life, offering only a few hours of use before they needed a charge. Newer models of Bushnell rangefinders have evolved. The V3 can work for up to one year on a single battery, or up to a minimum of fifty games.
Is the V3 Competition Legal?
If you’re a beginner, you’re probably just learning the rules of golf, such as how many golf clubs in a golf bag you’re allowed to carry, and what type of devices are legal for competition use. Whether or not a rangefinder is tournament legal often varies from model to model. Unfortunately, since this model has the slope functionality, it’s not tournament legal.
As we’ve mentioned, this device offers an impressive range up to one thousand yards, with a one-yard accuracy. It will show the distance using the Pinseeker feature in addition to the popular Jolt feature which automatically activates when the Pinseeker is used. This model also offers 5x magnification, allowing you to zoom in on a target. Unfortunately, 5x magnification is rather low, with most higher priced models offering a minimum of 7x.
However, the display itself is large and vivid, allowing you to easily read the computer’s calculations. The screen is easily viewable in a wide range of lighting conditions.
If you’d like to learn more about rangefinder optics and magnification, click here to read our extensive golf rangefinder buyer’s guide.
With each model, it seems that Bushnell is focusing on making their rangefinders smaller and more pocket friendly, which is a huge plus for the golfer who walks from hole to hole.
The V3 features a single-hand vertical grip with an ergonomic, lightweight design combined with the rubber coated exterior for improved durability.
Many high-tech rangefinders feature complicated controls that need to be constantly adjusted in order to ensure the rangefinder is accurate. But not the V3.
This model features a single top-mounted button that’s used mainly to power the device on and off. The button can also be used to adjust the settings and fire the laser. The rangefinder’s scan mode provides updated info as you track across the landscape.
The V3 is equipped with rain-resistant coated optics so it can be used in light to heavy rainfall.
- Ergonomic design
- Rubber coating for improved durability
- Jolt technology
- Pinseeker feature
- Easy to use
- 5x magnification
- This model is not tournament legal