Bushnell Tour V5 Shift Review
If you are searching for the best golf rangefinder, you should take a look at the Bushnell brand. This company was launched in 1948 and is now the industry leader in high-performance optics.
Their artifacts include spotting scopes, binoculars, GPS devices, and some of the best rangefinders for golf.
These products have won many design and performance awards and are used by both first-timers and professionals.
Bushnell’s guiding principle is to provide the most reliable and affordable sports optics products with the highest quality possible.
The Tour V5 shift is a great addition to their award-winning line of golf rangefinders.
It is packed with features like PinSeeker technology and JOLT signaling which makes it a perfect match for any serious golfer.
The new Bushnell Tour V5 shift features “BITE” technology to secure rangefinder to a golf cart without using any extra accessories.
Bushnell V5 shift has a visual Jolt feature that flashes a red ring along with vibration to give feedback once you’ve locked the flag.
- Range of 5-1300 Yards / 5-1188.72 Meters
- 6x magnification
- PinSeeker and Visual Jolt technology
- USGA approved
- Fast focus system
- 2-year limited warranty
- Can be used by both right and left-handed golfers
Bushnell Tour V5 Shift Review:- Video
If you’ve ever been frustrated by how hard it is to get a correct distance to the flag, you’ll love this feature. Bushnell’s advanced pin seeker technology is a game-changer.
In fact, it’s been engineered into all of Bushnell’s laser rangefinders. With the PinSeeker technology, you can quickly lock onto your target with incredible accuracy.
You just press and hold down the power button; when the circle surrounds the PinSeeker indicator you’ve confirmed that multiple objects have been acquired, but only the distance to the flag is displayed.
You’ll never have to guess if you got the tree or that house back there.
Another thing that will happen when the PinSeeker locks onto the object is that your rangefinder will give you two short vibrating bursts, similar to the ones you feel when you get a call on your cellphone.
This is what Bushnell calls JOLT, and will allow you to not only see the distance but feel it. It gives you confidence that you’ve got the right number and you’ve acquired the flag.
Thanks to the slope mode you can not only measure the exact distance to a bunker or hazard but also the exact distance to the pin, whether on an uphill or downhill slope.
The Tour V5 uses a built-in inclinometer that shows on the LCD the exact slope angle, from -20 to +20 degrees of elevation. It is accurate at a rate of +/- 1 degree.
The best way to understand how this works is by using an example. Imagine having a mark distance on the tee box that shows the green as 216 yards away.
However, the tee box is elevated and the hole is well below the tee, so you know it will play shorter.
But how much shorter? The Tour V5 Rangefinder calculates the drop off from the tee box to the flagstick -which on this hole let’s say is 145 vertical feet, a slope of 12 degrees, and an actual tee to flag distance of 211 yards.
With the simple push of a button, the Tour V5 shift will calculate the vertical slope drop and show that the effective yardage for this hole is actually 170 yards, not 216.
So, if you were playing this as a level hole you would play it at 170 yards, but the ball will pass through that point and, with a good shot, you’re on the green ready for your birdie putt.
If you hadn’t used the V5 shift Rangefinder and had played the actual yardage on the tee box, your shot would have been 46 yards long.
Using this mode on your rangefinder is easy to do. You press the power button to get a distance to the target.
Once the distance is showed to you, after holding down the power button for a couple of seconds the inclinometer will measure the slope and a degree of angle and compensated range is shown on the LCD.
This rangefinder is powered by a CR2 3-volt battery. Replacing it is quite easy, you just need to lift the battery cap and rotate the cover counter clockwise.
The Bushnell rangefinder’s display has a low battery indicator which will alert you when the battery should be replaced.
Bushnell has packed all the Tour V5 shift’s features into an ergonomic, compact unit. It weighs only 5.6 ounces so carrying around will be no problem The Tour V5 shift rangefinder includes a plastic sleeve to protect it from bumps and scratches and a convenient carrying case with a belt loop for storing it safely.
The adjustable eyepiece has a +/- 3 diopter adjustment. This helps you focus the LCD relative to the image by rotating the eyepiece until both the reticle and the object you are measuring the distance to are in focus to your eye.
If you use eyeglasses you’ll appreciate this feature since it means that you can use your rangefinder without having to take your glasses off and still see a crisp, clear picture.
5x magnification and Nikon’s famous multi-coated optics give you a clear view of your target. The objective diameter is 20mm, and the rangefinder’s field of view is rated at 420 ft. at 1,000 yards.
Using the Tour V5 Shift Rangefinder is as simple as can be, and can be done with just a few fingers. You press the power button to turn it on and activate the LCD.
Then place the aiming circle upon the object you need to measure the distance to and press the power button again.
The distance measurement will be displayed on the LCD for 10 seconds. And measurements are almost instantaneous!
Modes and Units
Although the Rangefinder is pre-set to show measured distances in yards, it can be changed to show the distance in meters by pressing and holding the power button until the desired unit is shown on the display.
The modes and units will cycle through the following options: yards with slope; yards; meters with slope; and meters.
Once you set your favorite mode it will be memorized, and each time the rangefinder is turned on it will continue using it until you select a different one.
In 2016 the USGA revised a rule to allow measuring devices. However, this rule specifies that these devices must only measure distance and not other conditions such as the slope of the ground. (Rule 14-3 Note and Decision 14-3/0.5).
Since all it takes to disable the slope mode on the Tour V5 Shift Rangefinder is to press the mode button, this unit complies with regulations and can be used during tournament play.
Bushnell Tour V5 Shift Review:- Conclusion
The Tour V5 Shift is designed to provide many years of usage. Compact, lightweight, and easy to use with one hand. With its PinSeeker and JOLT technologies, plus lightning speed and unrivaled precision, it is the best golf laser rangefinder and gives you real value for your money.