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First Look: Bushnell Phantom GPS Rangefinder

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, May 30th, 2018
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I’m now testing out the new Bushnell Phantom GPS Rangefinder for my full review here at Hooked on Golf Blog. I reviewed its predecessor, the Bushnell NEO a couple of years ago.

My first round of testing the Phantom was today, with great results already. I just have to get used to the very powerful magnet on the device.  More on that later.  Here are a few teaser shots of the Phantom, in action and in retail packaging.

Phantom showing yardages to center, front, back.

Below is the retail packaging.

And here’s the course list which pops up when you power the unit up and hit the play golf button.  My course was automatically selected.

Below shows a little accuracy test. Within two yards either way works for me.

I’ll be posting my review after I have a a fair amount of rounds in the books, but so far I’m digging the Bushnell Phantom GPS. I can already tell this would make a great golf Father’s Day gift.

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2017 Golf Accessory Product of the Year – Bushnell Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder

Bushnell Golf Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder Review


2017 Golf Accessory Product of the Year – Bushnell Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, December 26th, 2017
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It’s the end of the year and time to look back at some awesome golf products and golf courses I’ve covered, and award the cream of the crop with the Hooked on Golf Blog Product of the Year.  To qualify for this award the product has to have been reviewed here at Hooked on Golf Blog during the calendar 2017.

For the first Hooked on Golf Blog Product of the Year award of 2017 I’m starting with the golf accessory category. This award goes to the golf accessory I found to be the best, most important, and most go-to new accessory to my golf gamer bag of 2017.  The envelope please…

Bushnell Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder

Hands down the most crucial and by far the most used accessory in my bag is my laser rangefinder. Boy is my gamer a good one, the Bushnell Golf Pro X2. The Bushnell Pro X2 uses “pinseeker” technology to nail the pin very quickly and give me solid yardages instantly.

Bushnell Golf Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder

Bushnell Golf Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder

This unit is fast, small, easy to use, accurate, well built, and dependable.

Features include rock solid yardages in yards or meters, vibration when locked onto the pin, bright red LED readout or standard black, slope (enable or disable easily for legal play), and a great carrying case.

Check out my Bushnell Pro X2 review for more details.

Congratulations

I get a LOT of golf accessories submitted here for review from golf GPS’s to lasers to training devices, apps, and countless other gadgets.  The X2 stood out above the rest and deserves the great honor of winning a HOG Accessory Product of the Year.

 


Bushnell Golf Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, June 4th, 2017
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On the 15th hole of the City Amateur tournament this weekend two players were using their lasers to get a yardage.   It’s a long downhill par-3.  “248,” the one player said to the other after 10-15 seconds of shooting.  “Yup that’s what I got,” the other player replied.  Seemed off to me but they both shot it.  Player one then proceeded to knock his shot over the green.  I got out my Bushnell Pro X2 laser and shot it at 228.  The green slants toward the tee uphill, and the flag was on the front.  I suspect each of those two guys was aiming at the flag, but their lasers were reading the back of the green and not the pin.  My X2 locked onto the pin instantly.  That’s a great example of my X2 story.  It locks on so quickly and accurately.

Bushnell Golf Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder

Bushnell Golf Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder

Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder Features

  • Pinseeker technology locks onto pin quickly
  • Jolt – the unit vibrates when the pin is locked
  • Slope-Switch Technology – turn slope on or off easily without changing physical hardware
  • Rubber Armored Metal Housing
  • IPX7 Fully Waterproof
  • Accurate to a 1/2 yard
  • Ranges 5-1,300 Yds; 450+ Yds to a Flag
  • Dual Display Technology – red or standard black LED
  • 6X Magnification
  • 2nd Generation E.S.P.
  • Fast Focus System
  • Stable-Grip Technology
  • Small!
  • Solid carrying case which mounts on a golf bag easily
  • Two year warranty

On The Course

As I mentioned above, this laser is super-quick.  I’ve used at least a dozen varying laser rangefinders and the X2 locks onto the pin faster than any of them.  I prefer to use the red LED display, part of the DDT (dual display technology).  The red is very easy to red and vibrant.

Being somewhat of a rules stickler, I’ve never used slope on any lasers in the past.  During some non-tournament rounds on my very hilly home course I decided to try out the slope.  For years I’ve calculated yardages by experience and feel.  The slope in the Pro X2 shows the estimated yardage the shot would play if it was flat.  For instance, the par-3 6th at my home course is 186 but quite a bit downhill.  The slope rating in the X2 made it pretty clear why I’ve often hit my shots too far.  I’ve calculated the downhill as 10 yards, so playing to 176 but according to the X2 it plays as 170, about another half club.

The slope switch on this unit is quite convenient.  Unlike the previous slope model Bushnell, there’s no taking off a plate to change the slope.  That was somewhat inconvenient and the plates could be easy to lose.

The size of this unit is great.  It easily fits in the palm of my hand.  The technology is getting better, allowing for smaller devices.  In the old days the Pinseeker models were obnoxiously large.

The Jolt feature is one I’ve grown to depend on.  When the unit is locked onto the pin, it gives a quick buzz or vibration.

I’ve played in several rain storms with the X2, a couple quite heavy.  No issues at all so the waterproofing works well.

Conclusion

The Bushnell Pro X2 is an industry leader without a doubt.  The features, technology, and performance are unmatched.   That performance and quality comes with a sticker price of $499 which is well worth it in my opinion.  There are definitely less expensive options out there, if you like hitting your 248 yard club for shots that are 228.


First Look: Bushnell Golf Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, May 13th, 2017
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The battery to my (now former) laser rangefinder died last week on the first fairway.  I was quite surprised how accurate I was during that round with guessing yardages.  Thankfully I don’t have to go to the store and find one of those weird CR2 batteries or whatever they are. I’ll be replacing that dead battery and laser with a whole new laser I’ll be testing, the Bushnell Golf Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder.

Bushnell Golf Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder

Bushnell Golf Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder

Bushnell Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder Features

  • Pinseeker technology. If you haven’t used a Pinseeker unit, they’re awesome.  The laser easily locks onto the flagstick, even with shaky hands
  • “Jolt” technology vibrates the unit when the the laser locks onto the pin to confirm the right yardage
  • Accurate to 1/2 yard (more accurate than a GPS)
  • Can give ranges to the flag up to 450 yards for you big hitters
  • Slope technology with a switch to turn it off and be USGA legal for tournaments
  • Dual display: bright red or black
  • Waterproof
  • 6x magnification
  • SMALL! Much smaller than older lasers!

Father’s Day Golf Gift Alert!

My review is pending my testing. I’m compelled to point out that Father’s Day is coming up and the arrival of the new Pro X2 is perfect timing.  Based on my previous reviews of Bushnell Golf’s products I’d be willing to place a bet that dad will think you’re the most awesome person ever if you pick him up a Pro X2.  I’m confident I’ll be backing up those statements in my full review around the 1st of June.

Stay tuned.

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First Look: Bushnell Excel GPS Rangefinder Watch

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
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Father’s Day golf gift alert…  I’ve just spent a few minutes setting up my new Bushnell Excel GPS Rangefinder Watch, loading the accompanying mobile app, and setting it up on my Google Pixel phone (Android).  See photo below.

This GPS Watch does more than a typical golf GPS. Here’s a short list:

  • GPS yardages
  • 35,000 courses
  • Book tee times
  • Record scores during and/or after play
  • Pedometer/Fitness tracker
  • View smartphone notifications (incoming calls, texts) from the watch

Mobile App (integrates with GPS watch)

  • Full color aerial views of hole layouts with distance
  • 3D flyovers with distances
  • Scorekeeping
  • Book tee times
  • Swing analysis stats

I’ll be starting my testing tomorrow in Wednesday league and posting a review before Father’s Day, hint hint.


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