I'm always on the lookout for products that offer the same performance, but at lower costs, because I know how expensive this game can be. Over the past several years, many golf tech gadgets have come down in cost considerably - one area, in particular, is with rangefinders. While companies like Bushnell still charge big dollars for their products, there is a crop of budget-friendly rangefinders that have good reputations. One company, in particular, is Precision Pro Golf.
They've been around for a few years now, and their line of rangefinders has positive reviews all around. The best part is that they only cost between $149 - $249.
Recently, I got a chance to test out their flagship model - the NX7 Pro. It offers all of the bells and whistles that premium rangefinders have, such as adaptive slope measurements, but at a much lower cost. On top of that, the company offers a few guarantees above and beyond what I've seen from other golf manufacturers.
Most Rangefinders Work Well At This Point
If you go on Amazon right now (let's face it that's where we all make our purchases now), you'll see a ton of rangefinders available. There are premium options available from companies like Bushnell and Leupold that cost upwards of $399 or more.
However, the growth in the marketplace is at the lower end. Brands like Precision Pro, GolfBuddy, TecTecTec, and several others are all competing at the $249 and below price point.
Aside from the murky, cheap imports, you'll find that a lot of these products will quickly and accurately measure the pin distance for you. I have been using the GolfBuddy LR5 for some time now and it works perfectly fine.
However, when most golfers think of rangefinder their minds immediately go to Bushnell. Why? Well for starters they have been in the industry forever, are one of the pioneers, and make great products. On top of that, you'll see their commercials with golfers like Rickie Fowler on TV. There's a cost for all of that branding though, and it's baked into their products.
If you can look past the branding, you'll be hard pressed to find out what a Bushnell does better than some of the rangefinders that cost more than 50% less.
The Precision Pro NX7 Pro
Precision Pro has managed to separate themselves a bit in the value category. If you look up their Amazon listing for their flagship product NX7 Pro, the reviews are overwhelmingly positive, which is why I was interested in trying it out.
At $249 this is their most expensive product and has many of the premium features that the Bushnell V4 has, but for $150 less.
After using it I can see why golfers are so happy with its performance. It's light, offers incredibly clear views, and locks on to the target quickly.
On top of that, it has adaptive slope technology, which factors in the change in elevation of your shot. This was the first time I have used a rangefinder that factors in slope to your yardage. It's very useful for courses like mine that have plenty of elevation changes. What I like most about it is that it's tournament legal, and the slope feature can be turned off with the push of a button. I play anywhere between 10-20 competitive rounds a year, so this is an important feature for me.
Long story short, the NX7 Pro does its job, and it does it very well. There isn't too much you can do to separate yourself in this category anymore, but for the collection of features and the price, it's hard to beat the value here.
The Bigger Value
One issue golfers might encounter with budget technology products is not necessarily how well the unit works, but its longevity and durability. You can buy a rangefinder for less than $100, but what do you do when it stops working after three times? You are likely to have little recourse with the manufacturer and hope the retailer who sold it does the right thing.
This is where Precision Pro has (smartly) separated themselves. They stand behind their products in a way I haven't really seen from many other golf companies.
If you purchase their NX7 or NX7 Pro rangefinder you get access to their "Precision Care Package." The benefits include:
- 90-Day money back guarantee
- 30% Trade-In allowance if you want to upgrade in the future
- 2-Year Warranty
- They will send you a new battery when yours runs out
No other company offers this kind of service or guarantee at this price level or even above. If you go on their website there is a customer service number and all of the representatives of the company are clearly shown with contact information.
This is refreshing to see and truly shows that they stand behind their products and actually care about their customers.
Put It On The List
I've reviewed a ton of products on this website over the past several years. My goal is to always give all of you honest feedback, help you save money, and discover brands you might not have heard of.
Precision Pro checks off everything on my list. You're getting performance, value, and peace of mind that somebody is standing behind what you purchased.
Alternatively, if you are looking for a premium rangefinder option with GPS functionality, you can check out our review of the Voice Caddie SL1.