Golf Rangefinder Reviews – Bushnell Tour V4 Shift Golf Laser Rangefinder

Golf Rangefinder Reviews - Bushnell Tour V4 Shift Golf Laser Rangefinder
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In our golf rangefinder reviews series, we simply cannot ignore the Bushnell brand. It is the leading rangefinder maker in the marketplace with many innovative and well-loved products. Bushnell’s flagship golf rangefinder product is the Bushnell Pro X2. But that is a premium product at a premium price.

The Bushnell Tour V4 Shift Golf Laser Rangefinder costs less than its big brother at around $360. However, it incorporates some similar really nice to have features seen in the Pro X2. It includes a switchable slope mode for angle compensation and uses the same Pinseeker technology with Jolt for locating pins accurately. Its accuracy is specified as +- 1 yard. While the X2 Pro is accurate to +- 0.5 yards.

Bushnell 2017 New Tour V4 Shift Slope & Non Slope Edition Patriot Pack Golf Laser Rangefinder & 1 Custom Ball Marker Hat Clip set (Eagle US Flag)The Bushnell Tour V4 Shift has a weatherproof body, unlike the Bushnell Pro X2 which has a compact rubber armoured fully waterproof metal housing. The Bushnell Tour V4 Shift is the perfect compromise of size, speed, accuracy, slope and Pinseeker with JOLT technology. Bushnell also sells the 2017 New Tour V4 Shift Slope Edition Patriot Pack. This pack includes the rangefinder and a red silicone sleeve for extra weather proofing protection.

Bushnell Tour V4 Shift Pinseeker with JOLT technology

The Pinseeker targeting technology with Jolt gives the user feedback when ranging a flag. By pulse vibrating the rangefinder body,  it signals when a flag is correctly ranged. This gives the golfer confidence that they have indeed correctly ranged the distance to the flagpole.

The Tour V4 Shift It is able to separate the flag from any background objects like trees. This works even when the background objects are close to the flag. As soon as the rangefinder rapidly locks on a flag the body vibrates to confirm a locked on an accurate reading of distance to the flag. This is the characteristic Bushnell ‘jolt’. feature.

Bushnell’s slope technology

Bushnell’s slope technology is its name for a targeting angle compensation feature. It provides compensated distances for shots with large decline or incline angles say when playing up and down a hilly course. It measures the true horizontal distance to the target flag, helping the golfer to choose the right club for the shot.

Also, If you’re playing a course on the side of a hill this rangefinder slope feature can be a great help. Players competing in USGA tournaments may use this slope compensation feature to mark their yardage cards in practice rounds. Having the ability to disable the slope technology with a simple switch also renders the X2 an acceptable legal device in tournaments.

The Tour V4 slope switch is located on the side of the rangefinder.Tour V4 Shift Slope Switch

The Tour V4 slope switch is located on the side of the rangefinder. You simply flick back and forward to move between normal and slope compensate range modes. This convenient feature is quick and easy to operate, giving the golfer the benefit of both modes simply by toggling a switch. The Bushnell patented slope function ensures your laser can be tournament legal and conform to USGA Rule 14-3/.05.

Tour V4 Shift Display Indicators

The Pro X2 display incorporates the following illuminated indicators:

  • LCD display
  • PinSeeker™ Indicator
  • Aiming Reticle
  • Active Laser
  • Distance Displayed in Yards/Meters
  • Slope Compensated Distance
  • Battery Indicator Blinks – Battery needs to be replaced

Bushnell Tour V4 Shift Golf Laser Rangefinder Specifications

  • Magnification: 5x
  • Obj. Lens: 20 mm
  • Dimensions: 4.1 x 3.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Weight: 5.6 oz
  • Battery Type: 3-Volt Lithium (CR-2) included
  • Range:+/- 1 yard Range: 5-1000 Yards / 5-914 Meters
  • Ranging Accuracy: +- 1 yard
  •  Water Proof: No, weather proof
  • Eye Relief: 17mm
  • Exit Pupil: 4.0mm
  • Optical Coatings: Multi-Coated Patent #’s
  • Field of View: [email protected] yds
  • Class 1 laser with <0.5mW average power output
  • Carrying case included

Golf Rangefinder Reviews – Bushnell Tour V4 Shift – What We Like

In our golf rangefinder reviews series, as we said you simply cannot ignore Bushnell. The Tour V4 shift is a good combination of size, speed, accuracy, jolt and slope. The V4 shift contains slope-switch technology that lets you easily toggle in and out of Bushnell patented slope function so your laser can be tournament legal and conform to USGA Rule 14-3/.05.

Pinseeker with jolt technology provides you with short vibrating bursts to let you know your V4 shift has locked onto the flag and eliminates any doubt. The V4 shift comes with a battery, premium carry case and two-year limited warranty.

The easy on/off  Slope mode switch makes is really convenient to switch mode. There is no need to change attachments like on older Bushnell models. Furthermore, the patented multi coated optics combined with 5X magnification gives the V4 shift a clear and crisp display.

Pinpoint Accuracy and Jolt locking confirmation

The Bushnell Tour V4 Shift ranges from 5 – up to 1000 yards while ranging flags up to 400+ yards. The Pinseeker JOLT technology ensures that the golfer has an accurate distance reading to the pin, giving extra confidence in club selection. Also, when the slope compensation mode is employed it adds extra distance compensation to ensure even better accuracy.  The V4 shift is equipped with an adjustable eyepiece (+/- 2 Diopter Adjustment) that allows you to focus the display.

Also, the Tour V4 shift golf laser rangefinder comes with a 2-year warranty from the date of purchase. Bushnell also offers a trade-up scheme where users can trade in older models for newer ones.

Golf Rangefinder Reviews – Bushnell Tour V4 Shift – What We Don’t Like

The Tour V4 shift is a good combination of size, speed, accuracy including the jolt and slope features. It lacks perfect weather proofing unlike its big brother the X2. To compensate for this Bushnell also sells the 2017 New Tour V4 Shift Slope Edition Patriot Pack. This pack includes the rangefinder and a red silicone sleeve for extra weather proofing protection. In the end, you really get what you pay for.

Our Verdict

In our golf rangefinder reviews series, we have established that the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift is a popular choice for a laser golf rangefinder. It has many good reviews and is a top seller on Amazon. While feature packed it lacks the rubber armoured metal waterproof housing of the Bushnell X2, But there again the X2 is a premium product at premium price. But having the slope switch mode like the X2 and the Pinseeker Jolt technology it is great for competitive golf practice rounds, then simply switching it off, making it legal for tournaments. In our judgment, the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift comes in near the top of our golf rangefinder reviews.