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Bushnell Tour V4 with Slope Review

‘Bushnell Tour V4 Slope’

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This is our Bushnell TourV4 with Slope Review. If you are looking for the Standard model, see our Bushnell Tour V4 Review.

Bushnell Tour V4 Slope User Rating:
4.37 Stars 4.37 out of 5 (93 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

The Bushnell Tour V4 with Slope ushered in a new era in laser golf rangefinders. This is wholly the result of the USGA changing the rule about devices that measure conditions that are not allowed under the rules.

Here is a little history… Formerly, any device that measured anything that wasn’t allowed (such as Slope), was considered a violation of the rules. In an effort to make things easier for golfers who wanted to use Slope sometimes but not all the time, Leupold and Bushnell managed to get USGA approval of devices that could turn on the Slope feature by attaching a brightly colored faceplate. That way, it was easy for a rules official or fellow competitor to see if Slope was being used. (See Bushnell Tour X and Leupold GX-4i2)Now, the USGA has made a provision that does allow these devices to be used, as long as those features that are against the rules are not used. The new rule doesn’t even require a faceplate or anything to make it obvious. It’s back to the honor system.

The problem for older rangefinders with Slope is they do not have the ability to turn off the Slope feature. Thus a new era arrives and the Bushnell Tour V4 is one of the first to add the ability to simply change the mode and turn off the Slope. It’s much easier and quicker than attaching a faceplate and likely less expensive to manufacture.

So back to our Bushnell Tour V4 Slope Review…

Bushnell Tour V4 Slope Notable Features
  • Slope AND USGA Legal – The best of both worlds… Slope when you need it or turn it off when it’s not allowed.
  • PinSeeker with JOLT – provides short vibrating pulses to give a tactile confirmation that the laser has locked onto the flag.
  • 5x Magnification – brings the target in closer.
  • Fast focus system – allows you to change the focus easily with your index finger.
  • Ergonomic design with Stabi-Grip technology – more comfortable and secure grip.
  • Water resistant – no worries if you play in the rain.
  • 2 Year warranty
  • 3-Volt CR2 battery and premium carry case included

Although the ratings for the Bushnell Tour V4 with Slope are pretty good, Bushnell replaced this unit very quickly with a nearly identical model, the Tour V4 Shift. We believe the reason was because the menu for switching in and out of Slope mode was confusing to some users. To switch modes, you press and hold the Power/Fire button and it cycles through four options* and you release when it’s on the option you wish to use. If you understand how to use it, then no problem. So on the newer “Shift” model, there is simply a switch on the side of the unit that you slide up or down to change in and out of Slope mode. Just from looking at the switch, you can tell which mode you are using.

That said, we think the Bushnell Tour V4 with Slope is an excellent golf rangefinder. If the issue above doesn’t matter to you, you may want to compare the price of these two rangefinders!

We scoured dozens of user reviews and observed the most common likes and dislikes about the Bushnell Tour V4 Slope model and by far the positive comments outweighed the negative comments. One thing we noticed that many reviewers were using a rangefinder with Slope for the first time and they really enjoyed having the feature available. Here’s what else we found…

Bushnell Tour V4 Pros (positive comments in order of frequency mentioned)
  • Accuracy – Most users felt it was very accurate.
  • Ease of Use – This was a very common theme.
  • Slope – Many users discovered how helpful the Slope feature was.
  • Size / Weight – The lightweight compact size was mentioned frequently.
  • Improves Game – A common theme was about how it helped improve scoring.
  • Speed – Quite a few users commented on how quick the unit locked onto the target.
  • Clarity – Several users mentioned the clarity of what they were seeing.
  • Value – Several users mentioned that it was well worth the price.
Bushnell Tour V4 Cons (negative comments in order of frequency mentioned)
  • Accuracy / Pinseeker – A few users felt that they were unable to get accurate readings.
  • Slope Menu – One user disliked the Slope Menu that we mentioned earlier and felt that it made it too easy to accidentally switch into Slope mode in a competition.
Bushnell Tour V4 Slope Specifications

Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder Review

‘Bushnell Hybrid’

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For our Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder Review Summary, we read dozens of user reviews and noted the most commonly mentioned pros and cons. Here’s our takeaway…

Bushnell Hybrid User Rating:
4.50 Stars 4.50 out of 5 (93 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources.

  • The Bushnell Hybrid gives you more pertinent information regarding golf distances than any rangefinder currently on the market.
  • It has the accuracy of laser and the extra information provided by GPS. That’s hard to beat if you like a complete picture when you’re playing golf.
  • Competition may come, but for now, there is nothing like the Bushnell Hybrid. Even with no competition, the price has come down quite a bit and certainly makes it worthy of consideration.

Take a quick look at the pros and cons mentioned by users or scroll down for our full assessment and the product specs.

Most Mentioned Pros:

Listed in order from most mentions to least

  • Having GPS and laser in the same device.
  • Easy to use
  • Accuracy of laser
  • Worth the money
  • Accuracy of GPS
  • Improves scoring ability
  • Good battery life
  • No fees
  • Size and weight
  • Shot distance measuring feature
  • Pinseeker makes getting yardage to the flag fast and easy
  • Lots of golf courses
  • Preloaded
Most Mentioned Cons:

Listed in order from most mentions to least

  • Having to manually find the course. (Note: Auto course recognition is a feature of this the Bushnell Hybrid rangefinder. One user mentioned that after updating courses online, the problem with auto recognition disappeared.
  • Battery life too short (If you’re used to only replacing the battery once a year in a laser, remembering to recharge can be an issue.)
  • Accuracy of GPS
  • Not worth the money (the price has dropped dramatically on this, so it may depend upon how much you paid)
  • On long distances, it requires steadiness
  • GPS features are basic
Golf Rangefinder Shop Assessment

Having GPS and Laser in the same device, was mentioned by more people than anything else in the nearly 50 reviews I read. Laser gives extremely accurate yardages to any target that you can get in its sights. The GPS gives distances to the front, middle and back of the green, as well as various hazards and layup positions. Those types of targets are difficult, if not impossible to get with a laser. That’s why we believe the Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder is the best overall rangefinder on the market, at least until it gest some competition. That said, there was a surprise in the my analysis of the results that causes me to qualify that opinion in a big way.

Here it is… The Bushnell Hybrid Golf Rangefinder IS the best overall rangefinder (GPS & laser) for SOME users. If you’re the kind of person who is going to remember to regularly charge your rangefinder, then this is an excellent choice for you. What could really be better than having GPS and laser in the same device? But if you’re like me and just want to leave your rangefinder in your golf bag and have it ready to play at a moment’s notice, this may not be for you. In fact, you might want to head right on over to our Best Golf Rangefinder post.

My expectation before reading the reviews was that the laser and GPS battery would be separate, thus even if the GPS was dead, you could still use your laser. That’s not the case – the Bushnell Hybrid uses a single rechargeable battery and if it’s dead, neither the laser or the GPS will function. I’ve been using a laser for a long time and I carry an extra 9-volt battery in my bag, for the once a year when it dies. Considering how random my golf schedule is, I can’t imagine that I would be able to have my Bushnell Hybrid charged up for every round. For me, that is a deal breaker. But I know plenty of people who use GPS and remember to charge it up regularly. Their the ones I think would do well to make this purchase.

I’m still impressed with the GRS Score this device received. In GPS, it ranks very close to the top of models with similar GPS features. In Laser, it’s ranking isn’t at the top, but we believe that is largely because units with GPS rarely rank as high as laser.

Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder Features and Specifications

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