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The Bushnell Tour V6 Shift rangefinder has great accuracy and improved range. Visual Jolt leaves no doubt when you’ve captured the pin.
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Certain brand names just carry more weight. No one would ever be mad to receive Titleist golf balls, a Rolex watch, or, the subject of today’s review, a Bushnell rangefinder. With their stranglehold on Tour use and retail sales, Bushnell is unquestionably the biggest name in the category. The question I want to answer in this review of the Bushnell Tour V6 Shift rangefinder is whether or not they’re still making the best devices or just trading on their name.
Set Up & Ease of Use
The Bushnell Tour V6 Shift rangefinder is as easy to use as any laser you can find. After you unbox it, open the battery compartment, remove the plastic tab, and you’re ready to go. One push of the orange power button brings up the aiming reticle and a second displays the yardage.
There is a second button on the top of the device, as you can see above. Holding this down will give you the ability to change from yards to meters and to adjust the brightness of the display. Both adjustments are handled intuitively.
“Shift” in the name indicates that this is Bushnell’s slope-enhanced model. There is a standard Bushnell Tour V6 for players who don’t ever want slope-adjusted yardages. Switching the Tour V6 Shift from slope-adjusted to tournament-legal is as easy as sliding the “B” left or right. The photo above shows the unit in tournament-legal mode. Shifting the “B” to the left reveals an orange background and lets everyone know your rangefinder is adjusting for slope.
Finally, the battery compartment on the Tour V6 Shift is very secure. Some rangefinders open with just a quarter turn, but the Tour V6 requires four full turns. Since changing the battery isn’t required more than once a season (unless you play a lot), I have a slight preference for this more secure closure.
Accuracy & Performance
Being a Bushnell rangefinder, you expect that the Tour V6 Shift would be extremely accurate, and it is. Comparing it to other rangefinders and on-course markings, it produces consistent, precise yardages. It’s also very quick. The moment you release the power button, the yardage appears on the screen.
All of the features found on the Bushnell Tour V5 rangefinders [review HERE] have carried forward to the V6. One of the most popular is the BITE Magnetic Mount on the side. This magnet has a strong grip. I’m not recommending it, but you could probably throw the V6 at your cart and it would stick.
Another key feature is the PinSeeker technology with Visual Jolt. Many golfers aren’t sure if they’ve locked their rangefinder onto the flag. With the Tour V6 Shift, there is no doubt. When the laser has found its target, not only does the device vibrate, a bright red ring encircles your field of vision.
The primary upgrade to the V6 from the Tour V5 is increased range to the flag. You’re now able to capture a flag at 500 yards where the V5 was limited to 400 yards. This rangefinder has 6X magnification, so seeing a flag at that distance is possible, but I wouldn’t label this improvement as a game changer. Bushnell also states that the Tour V6 is their most weather resistant laser ever, meeting the IPX6 standard of being able to resist high pressure jets of water.
The Bushnell Tour V6 Shift rangefinder retails for $399. The non-slope Tour V6 costs $299. Please consider supporting Plugged In Golf by buying your Bushnell rangefinders HERE.
With this rangefinder, you’re paying a premium for the name and a somewhat elevated user experience. This laser feels very sturdy, the button presses are crisper, and the design is more ergonomic. That said, you can get almost all these features from other lasers for half the price.
The Bushnell Tour V6 Shift rangefinder is the kind of premium laser we expect from Bushnell. There is no new ground being broken here, but this is a quality rangefinder that will last for numerous seasons.