Packs More than Expected
At first glance, the Nikon COOLSHOT Best Golf Laser Rangefinder is subpar to other brand models with the same specifications; but judging a book by its cover has always been wrong. This small handheld device packs a bag full of technological wonders on par with the more expensive brand name rangefinders. It is actually $50 cheaper than the Bushnell brand rangefinder. That is the reason why this wonderful gizmo is often ignored. Yes, you get what you pay for, but there are surprises from time to time. Price wise, the Coolshot 20 is a very nice surprise for golfers. Even cooler, this little box is certified for tournament use by the USGA.
- 4” x 1.5” x 2.8” Dimensions
- 6x sharp Magnification
- 9 ounces Weight
- 18 mm Lens (Objective)
- Range: 10 to 550 meters
- CR2 type Lithium battery
- Unique Pin Technology feature
Beneath the Cover
Underneath its basic white, weather proofed exterior, the Coolshot delivers a host of functionalities that will really surprise every golfer. People never expected David to win against Goliath. In the same way, people never expected the Coolshot to have almost the same specifications of similar models from other brands; not with the retail price attached to it. The Coolshot has become a dark horse of sorts.
- Range of measurement: 11-600 yards or 10-550 meters
- First Target Priority Mode. Turning this on will instruct the Coolshot to measure the nearest object within a cluster of objects. For example, the flag amongst a background of trees.
- Eight second continuous scanning. Simply hold down the power button for 8 seconds and the Coolshot will scan all the objects it can. Minimizing hand movements will help a lot.
- Get high quality, bright and clear images with the Coolshot’s 6x monocular with multilayer coating.
- See a bright view of the field thanks to higher light transmission.
- The eye lens is 8 mm. Big enough for comfortable viewing.
- 5 degree field of view
- LED backlights for dark conditions, illuminating the display for easy reading.
- Both the outer casing and battery doors are waterproofed but should not be submerged in water.
In addition, the Coolshot 20 is tolerant of temperatures ranging from -10C to 50C. Quite a good buy for a small and cheaper package.
- Certified for tournament use by the USGA
- First Target Priority Mode allows for easy range finding amidst a cluttered background
- 18 mm ocular lens gives a wide measurement range
- LED backlight for easy reading in dark conditions
- Batteries included
- Temperature tolerance from -10C to 50C
- Clearer viewing with focus control
- Golfers with prescription glasses will find it more comfortable to use with the longer eye relief design
- The small, compact design, means a smaller LED display and smaller letters
- It is waterproofed, but not submersible
- Does not come with Slope
What people think of the Nikon COOLSHOT Golf Laser Rangefinder
The smaller size of the Coolshot requires steadier hands. Unlike the Bushnell model, which will latch onto an object with ease, the Coolshot needs more delicate handling. Aside from that, there aren’t that many negatives. One reviewer commented on how the more expensive brands were more accurate. If the Bushnell could be accurate to a yard, then the Coolshot is accurate to two yards.
The greatest selling point of the Coolshot is its retail price. It’s about $50 cheaper than Bushnell, but it contains almost all the same features. Of course, the Bushnell has a vibrating alarm when locked on to a flag, and the maximum range for the Bushnell is a thousand yards. That may look like a big difference, but it isn’t really.
A par 5 hole would usually measure 600 to 700 yards on average. One of the longest holes is a double dog leg 1007 yards. So unless you get a hole of over a thousand yards without any curves or doglegs, you won’t be needing the thousand yard range. It would be cool to have it, sure, but you will most likely not get to use it anyway. As one reviewer said, if all you need is to measure the distance from shot to shot, or from tee to flag, then the Coolshot does its job. Quite the practical advice from a golfer like you.
The Coolshot also has something similar to the Pin Seeker feature. The little gizmo is capable of locking on to a flag. But, there are those complaints mentioned above. Most reviewers contend that you need a steadier hand to get a pin lock. Amusingly enough, other golfers say that it reads the pin instantly. Maybe they already have steady hands?
Finally, the Coolshot20 is an award winning product. That means that there’s something underneath that cheap veneer. If it was really bad, it would not get that award; much less be certified for tournament use by the USGA.
To Sum it All Up
The Nikon COOLSHOT Golf Laser Rangefinder packs a hell of a lot of value for its price. You may be getting one at retail, but consider yourself to have gotten a bargain. Its functions are comparable to most rangefinders of the same caliber. Admittedly, it has some shortcomings such as a shorter maximum range and the need for steadier hands, but that does not detract from its overall functionality. It can lock on to pins and find the range of a flag even when the background is a cluster of trees; just like the more expensive models.
The wider lens of the rangefinder also churns out a wider display. This is Nikon’s advantage over most other rangefinder brands. Unfortunately, the compact size of the little gizmo reduces the size of the LED display. And because it is smaller, it requires a bit more delicate and steady handling.
But, again, the best statement about the Nikon was written down by a reviewer. If all you needed to do was to measure the range for your next shot, then the Coolshot does its job well.