How Far is it? | Bushnell Tour V4 Rangefinder Review
Update: I have owned the Bushnell Tour V4 since March 2019. It is still in great condition and on the original battery. The case is in great shape and quality of teh product has not been disappointing. I can fully recommend it.
The Bushnell Tour V4 Rangefinder is the perfect addition to the bag for any serious golfer. It’s perfect combination of size and accuracy will improve any player’s game and it also comes in two great variants. The Bushnell Tour V4 and the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift.
Hi, my name is Ian Allen and today I am really excited to be reviewing the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift.
Bushnell Laser Rangefinders are the Best!
Bushnell has been in the optics business since the early 1950’s. They produce some serious gun sights and pioneered the Laser Golf Rangefinder back in 1993.
For decades the Bushnell Laser Rangefinders have been the number one choice for PGA Tour Players and today, more than 97% of PGA Tour Players choose to use the Bushnell rangefinder to prepare between tournaments. So with this in mind, it’s no wonder that when I came to look at which Rangefinder I wanted to put in my bag, I choose the Bushnell.
I was so excited when the nice DHL delivery man knocked on the door. A quick signature and a bit of cardboard ripping later, and I was gazing upon my new toy.
Bushnell’s name is synonymous with quality, and when holding the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift, this reputation holds fast. The grip texture and casing are certainly sturdy and have a very robust feel about them. I choose a to accessorize my Bushnell with a Silicone Protective Cover. Whilst the rangefinder is water resistant, it’s not 100% waterproof, and with the cost, around £300, I figure it is money well spent.
However, if you do find that something goes wrong with your device, Bushnell provides a 2 year warranty with all its products, giving you peace of mind.
You Have Two Choices of Bushnell Tour V4 Laser Rangefinder
The Bushnell Tour V4 comes in two models. The Tour V4 and the Tour V4 Shift which I’m reviewing today. The tour V4 Shift has the addition of Slope Technology, yet both models benefit from the following key features;
- PinSeeker with JOLT technology
- Legal for Tournament Play
- Accurate to 1 yard
- Ranges 5-1,000 yards; 400+ yards to a flag
- 5x Magnification
- Fast focus system
- Ergonomic design with Stabi-Grip technology
- Posi-Thread battery door
- Water resistant
- 2 Year warranty
- 3-Volt CR2 battery and premium carry case included
Slope Switch Technology
As I said above, the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift has the added benefit of Slope Switch Technology. This lets the golfer easily toggle in and out of Bushnell’s patented Slope function, allowing the golfer to conveniently utilise ‘Slope’ to get compensated distances around the course when playing into greens uphill or downhill. Plus, as it is ‘switched’, you can turn the function off allowing it to conform to tournament play regulations. I will find this particularly useful when playing in my club matches.
On my home course we have a couple of blind greens. A sneeky Par 3, a Par 5 and our hardest hole, a Par 4 which I absolutely hate with a vengeance.
Whilst playing these holes, the Slope Function helped my club selection. On the Par 5 for instance, despite being at the 150 yard markers, the slope uphill meant I was having to play a club to carry 170 yards to the pin. For me that’s two extra clubs and something I wouldn’t have always known to do.
Easy to Use
The most important thing for any piece of equipment you take onto the course, is that it has to be easy to use and the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift is certainly that.
The carry case that is supplied is fantastic quality. It’s sturdy, well designed, looks stylish and clips easily to the bag. Once I arrived at my ball, I simply unclip the elastic strap from the case and within seconds the Bushnell is in my hands.
Being more compact, about the size of a passport, and lighter than it’s predecessor at only 5.6oz, the Bushnell Tour V4 has ‘Stabi-Grip’ surfaces around the contact points of the case. These allowed me a secure grip on the device, even in inclimate weather and allowed quick and painless operation. Within a few seconds, the distance was taken and the device safely returned to its case.
Pinseeker with Jolt Technology
Taking the distance is really easy with the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift. It is fitted with Pinseeker technology with JOLT. This provided me with a reassuring burst of short vibrations to let me know that it has locked onto the flag. It almost eliminated all doubts that I was getting an accurate reading.
How was it on the Course?
As I said before, the Bushnell is really easy to use. I recently changed from my Motorcaddy Trolley, to carrying and it was simple to find a comfortable place for my device.
The first round with the Bushnell Tour V4 was not the typical round at all. You simply don’t need to take measurements at every shot, and it all honesty, you will probably only use it on every other approach, or when you need to be certain to carry hazards. That said, as it’s easy to use and dangling from your bag, you might as well benefit from it at every opportunity.
On the 1st hole I took a reading to the dogleg. Focusing on the stake marker on the other side of the fairway was simply and I immediately received a reassuring Buzzzzz from the device – with the number 213 yards.
Once I had arrived at my tee shot, I took another measurement to the green. Upon sighting the flag, another Buzz was felt with the number 162 yards to the flag.
This easy operation was really the theme of the day. At no point was the device confused by trees behind the green or sunlight. It even performed well a few rounds later when playing in rain.
All in all it has made my golf a lot more precise and relaxing. I can take distances to hazards such as trees, bunkers and ditches. Not to mention readings to the front of greens or to banks at the back, in case I want to play off of those too.
My Conclusion on the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift
I have reviewed amny golf gps watches such as the Garmin Approach S60, S20, X10, and X40. I have also reviewed the handheld GPS devices such as the Garmin Approach G30 and G10. Yet golf rangefinders are in a diferent league.
I would happily recommend the Bushnell to anyone looking for a laser rangefinder to help improve their playing experience. The Bushnell Tour V4 Shift, is by far the best value laser rangefinder that I have tested. No it isn’t as good as the Bushnell Pro X2, but that is £50 more and I would only see the need for spending that kind of money, if you need a metal housing and surety from it being 100% waterproof.
If you’re looking to upgrade from your old Bushnell Tour V3, then I would think twice. The V3 is a little heavier, slightly slower but if that doesn’t bother you, then stick to what you have. Otherwise the Bushnell Tour V4 is a great investment!
Despite being in the upper end of the price range, this is by far the best value rangefinder on the market. The statistics in the opening paragraph tell the story. The fact that 97% of PGA Tour Players trust Bushnell over anyone else is the best endorsement any manufacturer could have.