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Some of these things are just outrageous... $300... $600... Ummm... $1200?!? 😲 Like wow man.

Like with many things, I'm guessing you get what you pay for and cheaper ones are, for the most part, cheap.

So... are there any options in the $75-100 range that are actually worth buying?

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9 minutes ago, brutal brutus said:

Some of these things are just outrageous... $300... $600... Ummm... $1200?!? 😲 Like wow man.

Like with many things, I'm guessing you get what you pay for and cheaper ones are, for the most part, cheap.

So... are there any options in the $75-100 range that are actually worth buying?

I haven't seen any;  generally the entry level into this market is $150-$200 unless you buy used.  

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I use one from MG Golf that serves its purpose very well, MG600S I think I got on sale for about $90 two years ago. 

Gives accurate yardage and has a slope feature that I never use.

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Go to MGGolf.com they have a terrific range finder for $100.

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Precision pro is pretty reasonable

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I know you are looking for cheap rangefinder but it really comes down to needs vs features. I recently did a review for the Voice Caddie SL2($500). Now this is what I would consider expensive. I will post a link below to the MGS Official review but I can say this with 100% certainty. Mine will not leave the bag until it no longer works. The green undulations weren’t the easiest but the fact that not only does it have pin lock, if you happen to be blocked out by trees or other obstacles, there is a gps function that will still get you your yardages needed all in one unit. 
 

 

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The frustration is quite real as I faced it too. But look for one that fir your needs. Most of the high end variants are for long range snipers, hunters and gun shooter. You can find a suitable golf rangefinder from 100-300$ at hunting manual. Based on ones I used, I would recommend to buy one from callaway or bluetees. Hope that helps!

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On 10/30/2021 at 2:14 PM, Shapotomous said:

I use one from MG Golf that serves its purpose very well, MG600S I think I got on sale for about $90 two years ago. 

Gives accurate yardage and has a slope feature that I never use.

On 10/30/2021 at 10:22 PM, fozcycle said:

Go to MGGolf.com they have a terrific range finder for $100.

Decidedly mixed reviews here https://www.amazon.com/MG-Golf-MG800S-Laser-Rangefinder/dp/B08W5G8P9N/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8#customerReviews and IME you usually get what you pay for.

I bought a PrecisionPro NX7 Pro Slope a couple years ago (when it was a more current model) on sale at $40-50 off and it has served me well, I get the same readings at the same speed as my buddies with $500 Bushnells, etc. You can buy an NX7 Pro Slope for $179.99 today FWIW.

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I have had an MG400s for about 4 years and it works terrific. Cost was only $110. From MGGolf.com now that’s about as cheap as it gets.

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Hybrid: None in bag at the moment

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I have this one and it's fine. Not as precise as a Bushnell obviously but I'm not as precise as a pro so it all evens out.

 

 

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I was in this same boat recently and really frustrated because I wanted the features of the high end at the knock off price lol. I used a little patience and found someone selling a used callaway and precision pro on offer up. A week later I found a used bushnell XE (old model) and quickly bought it and sold the callaway I had bought. I have to say I’m in love. It’s amazing. I have shaky hands and never have an issue getting a read even from 200+ out. It’s helped my approach tremendously and it’s light years better than the newer callaway I originally bought. I would say if you don’t want to dish out the price for the high end just be patient until you can find a used one. There is a reason they cost more and I won’t question it ever again haha. 

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I've used a Mileseey PF210 Pro for the last several years.  I bought it on eBay directly from Mileseey for under $100.   It had 6X optics, flag lock, slope and other features similar to higher end rangefinders.  On eBay now, you can get the same rangefinder for roughly $80 and more updated ones (with magnet holders, etc.) for under $100.  I found them to give fast and accurate measurements as compared with my golfing buddies who own significantly more expensive devices.

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A friend I played with a couple of weeks ago had a Gogogo Sport Pro Laser Rangefinder that seemed pretty nice.  Uses 2 AAA batteries rather than the CR2 which are more expensive and sometimes hard to find around here.  Has Slope, flag lock vibration, continuous scan and mag mount.  I bought it on Amazon Prime Day for $84.  Being delivered today!!  I'll check it out compared to our Bushnell Tour V3 that I got in 2014 and has worked great.  

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09KR87MQT?ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details&th=1

Our course has pink flags this month for breast cancer awareness and US Flags on the appropriate holidays, which makes using my Garmin S62 somewhat less accurate on certain holes without knowing where the flag is located.  My wife has taken over the Bushnell, and I need a laser when she's not playing with me.

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I just bought one of the cheaper ones on amazon (below $80 dollars) that is rechargeable.

I've tried it out once, and so far it seems to work just as fast and reliable as the more expensive ones. I've already lost two brand name rangefinders, so now I am trying this new strategy of buying a cheap one and see which occurs first: it breaking, or me losing it 😉

My longest drive recorded on course is 404 yards.

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On 10/17/2022 at 10:06 AM, Kenny B said:

A friend I played with a couple of weeks ago had a Gogogo Sport Pro Laser Rangefinder that seemed pretty nice.  Uses 2 AAA batteries rather than the CR2 which are more expensive and sometimes hard to find around here.  Has Slope, flag lock vibration, continuous scan and mag mount.  I bought it on Amazon Prime Day for $84.  Being delivered today!!  I'll check it out compared to our Bushnell Tour V3 that I got in 2014 and has worked great.  

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09KR87MQT?ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details&th=1

Our course has pink flags this month for breast cancer awareness and US Flags on the appropriate holidays, which makes using my Garmin S62 somewhat less accurate on certain holes without knowing where the flag is located.  My wife has taken over the Bushnell, and I need a laser when she's not playing with me.

I tried the Gogogo out on Tuesday and it worked well.  It was within a yard of our Bushnell Tour V3; fits very nicely into my hand; and the mag mount is very strong.  Optics are good and the diopter is adjustable for better focus.  My only issue is the mag mount is on the wrong side for me; I almost dropped it when trying to place it on the cart windshield support and it didn't stick!!  Guess that's something I get used to.  I don't use it on each hole, so it will interesting how long the AAA batteries last, but they are cheap and easy to replace.

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Boblov from eBay. Rechargeable with slope. Two seasons in and awesome 

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Seconded on the Mileseey; I got mine on Amazon for around £100 with slope, now cheaper.  

The only negative I've noted is there was a little condensation inside the lenses after being caught in a really heavy downpour with the case open; a radiator fixed that

 

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One way to get to the price range you are looking for and also get a more high end range finder is to go the refurbished route. I scored a refurbished Harry Taylor Black Edition range finder for $99 at GolfEtail Deals. They still have this deal. I am very happy with the range finder.

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Bushnell golf rangefinders run $299 to $599 but they seem to last forever and very reliable.  Some of the seniors that I play with check their yardages against mine to see if their yardage on their other cheaper makes and theirs are normally off around five yards.   Does five yards matter really matter to most on this site.  If I am going to buy a brand, I want the best out there.  If the cheaper brands wear out quicker and are less effective, you will pay the same in the long run.  Get a good one to begin with.   Bushnell and Leupold are the very best rangefinders you can purchase.  Mine cost $549 (Pro XE), is water proof, I change the battery about every year and a half, lightweight, has a magnet to attach to my cart, has slope option, optics are awesome and adjusts for wind and barometric pressure.  Take all of the guessing out of it.  I am retired, worked hard all my life and deserved a few luxuries in my fun years.     

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