For some golfers, the idea of forking over at least $300 for a top-of-the-line laser rangefinder makes them gag. That could be five or more green fees.
But, if you're a bogey-or-better golfer, than having a laser rangefinder will truly make golf more enjoyable. It'll help dial you in on every shot, save shots and improve scores.
So is there a solid rangefinder out there that fits the bill without breaking the bank?
There is. It's the Scoreband Pulse laser rangefinder.
The product, priced at just $180, is simple to use, just like any other device in the category. Pop in the battery, look through the scope, find the target and shoot away to get your number. There are two buttons on the top of the rangefinder: one to shoot your target and the other to change between yards and meters.
The scope is a good size and it's easy to see your target through it. The readings come in quickly and, if you miss the target, reshooting is fast, too.
A couple of features present in higher-end models are missing here. The digital readings come out in black, which may be tough for some eyes to see in certain conditions, but is a rare problem. You also have to rely on your own hands and eyes to shoot a good number; there's no feedback that you've absolutely hit your target. However, on most golf courses, you have good context to know if you're within a few yards of your target.
For the price point, the Scoreband is wonderful. It gets the job done, isn't cumbersome and fits most anywhere. If you don't play golf too often, you won't feel guilty about spending the money. If you're looking to try out a rangefinder to see if it's for you, there's no reason not to give it a try.