By Zack Buechner
50 Words or Less
The Nikon Coolshot 20 GII laser rangefinder is a compact, simple, and effective yardage tool for the golfer that’s on a budget.
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Nikon’s involvement in the golf industry only dates back to the mid-2000’s, but their manufacturing of optic lenses technology spans the last century. Nikon’s latest contribution to golf is the Coolshot 20 GII laser rangefinder. New for 2020 is the increased measuring distance and a scanning ability for up to 8 seconds to gauge any bunker, hazard or pin across your landscape.
Set Up & Ease of Use
The Nikon Coolshot 20 GII is an easy to navigate laser rangefinder that is almost ready to use right out of the box. The convenience of an included battery makes set up a breeze.
Once the battery was installed, I used the rotating eyepiece to zoom focus on the object while pressing the PWR ON button to lock in a yardage. From there, it was just point and shoot.
My first thought out of the box was how small and lightweight it was. Compared to its competitors, the Nikon Coolshot 20 GII is certainly among the smallest. At 4.6 ounces, this laser rangefinder has just as much tech as the leading competitor, and yet it’s lighter and smaller which is especially crucial for those spending a lot of time walking golf courses.
Accuracy & Performance
As I navigated the rangefinder both on the course and in my backyard, it easily locked onto targets and spit out numbers with no delay. As I panned down the street, it grabbed multiple targets that were scanned. Using multiple yardages across a body of water or large sand trap helped determine target lines and safe landing areas. Each and every yardage was accurate as I compared it to both my cart’s GPS screen and an old school method of sprinkler heads and yardage plates.
The Nikon Coolshot 20 GII laser rangefinder is both high-quality and budget-friendly. Priced at $200, it gives instant yardage feedback, an ability to zoom and focus on both near and far targets, and won’t add weight or take up room in the golf bag. There is also something to be said about a 5-year warranty. Plenty of value packed into a small handheld device that can even fit inside your pant pocket.
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Small, light-weight, budget-friendly, and enough technology to get accurate yardages, the Nikon Coolshot 20 GII is perfect for any golfer looking for a laser rangefinder. Plus, with a 5 year warranty, this is a low-risk investment into making sure you get the right yardage to any target.
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High Point NC
Please and thank you!
Thanks PIG & Nikon
Have used an older Nikon, was easier to use than the brand I w used at that time. Love the panning!
Something new & seems like it would be very useful to golfers.
Thank you for this TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY! I am a 1 handicap.
This would be useful for me hitting from adjacent fairways as I slice AND hook the driver.
Looks a like a easy to use winner to me.
Always favoured GPS over rangefinder because I spend so much time on adjacent fairways or behind trees so line of sight to the flag isn’t always available but this looks like a great piece of kit and could be the rangefinder to win me over!!
Having a compact, light and user-friendly rangefinder is a great tool to have in the bag. Especially since walking 18 with a smaller, lighter golf bag with less storage space is the reality in today’s world. The Nikon Coolshot 20 GII would be a welcome addition to any golfer’s setup!
Looks awesome and i really need one…
St petes, FL
Handicap unofficially 12 )
Ludlow mass 10 handicap have never used a range finder but when I’m playing with guys that do I try to guess yardage to see how good I am at judging my yardage sometimes to make it fun we put a couple shekels on it
I have a golf buddy but the crazy thing goes haywire after just nine holes if that! I’ve always been interested in trying out a actual range finder this one sounds and looks like a very nice one, I’d love to try it!
Accurate range finding is critical to proper club selection. Next is proper execution of the shot by me. 🙂
James Goodhew. Montrose, Michigan. Handicap 12
Thanks so much. Dan from Missouri. Handicap of 12.
A very cool and sleek looking rangefinder. Love the color and how light it is. With a 20+ handicap I can use all the help I can get, especially since I am not very good at judging distances. This will certainly take a few strokes off my rounds. Frank Pugliese, New York
Nikon makes great products, it’s nice to see such a reasonable price point for this rangefinder.
Great review on what sounds like a very good and affordable rangefinder. My current unit is at least 5 years olds and this one sounds like it would represent an upgrade without breaking the bank.
This would appear to be the the perfect device for the walking or riding golfer that requires accurate consistent distance measurements.
Medicine Hat, Alberta
$200! Sounds reasonable.
I have been looking for a rangefinder for a year now and can’t decide which one this one looks pretty well made and the accuracy is good as well. Nick Berens Columbus, OH 20 handicapper
Jim in Naperville. 6 Handicap.
I’ve used GPS but never a rangefinder. Would love to try.
Coral Springs, Fl
Warner Robins, GA
Handicap – 15
That is a very solid price point and I have found that the optics on the Nikon’s are top notch.
Awesome of you to do review and giveaway at this time with all going on in the world. Thanks! I’m Colby G, Utah, handicap 15
Seems like a great budget range finder!
J.B. Cobb III
Carolina Beach, NC
I have primary only used GPS devices but finding myself borrowing playing partner’s laser more and more to get distance to specific targets. And I really like the compact design of this one. Thx for opportunity!
Awesome product at a fair price!
Have been waiting to see your review on this you first posted on Instagram, like the sound of the results!!
Brett in West Deptford
Victoria BC Canada
This would be cool to have on the bag.
7 handicap(hoping to get to 4 this year)
Looks like a great option, I am tired of using the on course markings and having to “eyeball” the yardage…particularly when I am playing off the beaten path!
Great review, playing in the NW it’s hard to gauge yardages with some many hills and elevations. The tech has made it easier to decide what to play.
Tauranga, New Zealand.
Kansas City, MO
Thanks for the opportunity!!
Solid 20s, send help!
Seven Hills, Ohio
Seems like a budget friendly range finder that flat out performs. This would be a great addition to the 2020 bag.
Jim Rosteck in Rio Vista, CA
Please enter me in the drawing.
I’ve used the NIKON COOLSHOT 20 GII RANGEFINDER and it is great!!
Great review as usual.
El Paso, Texas
18 handicap but will probably double due to the lack of golf and practice 🤣😂 #FUCovid19
A couple of the kids on the golf team I coach have the cool shot, Had the chance to use it before the rona, I liked the compact size. Read out was clear and was easy to spot the flag.
Awesome, thanks for the contest!
Forked River NJ
Have tried a couple GPS watches and found they are thrown out of sync by wrist cock forcing watch against the arm. Holes don’t advance and battery life was horrible. Cart based GPS can sometimes give yardage to a pin on another fairway and not calculate your pin correctly. This forces you to find a yardage marker. Having a handheld device assures me that I am getting the correct yardage and is protected in my pocket
Salzburg / Austria
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
St Pete’s , FL
Handicap approx 184 😳
Looks like a great product at a great price
Looks good ,compact look even better in my bag
Stay safe everyone !!!
Still learning but loving it.
Finally, great tech at good price.
Looks a great unit. Perfect asset to help my game.
Best in the market – looks good, accurate and improves game giving confidence in correct yardage to hit – to green or landing area. Will take shots off your round!
love the nikon opitics
Thanks for the opportunity to win*
Looks great. If I’m lucky enough to receive it, maybe my distance control will be immensely better (sure…).
I currently use a Bushnell GPS which is handy but I would love to know exact distances to specific targets etc
Great looking product.
I need all the help I can get!
1 Harewood Close
Why not me?
Lakeland, Fl about a 16 handicap
Getting my greencard this month, hopefully. Considering buying one, so will try here first.
HCP: 12.2 GHIN
I have been wanting a rangefinder for a couple of seasons now, it would be nice to take the “guess work” out of approach shots. I love that this Nikon is light and simple to use! Thanks for the opportunity.
I am a 16 handicap and have always wanted one. I have only been playing for the last 3 years and at age 60 I struggle with correct distances. I feel something like this could help my game. Thanks for an opportunity to win one.
Great review. Would be a great upgrade!
Would love to have one of these
My range finder finally broke last year and could really use this in my bag
Great review. Thanks for the opportunity.
La Palma, California
Nice to see a rangefinder of this size, quality and price. Thanks for the contest.
Thanks. It’s nice to find and new smaller rangefinder that is affordable, and accurate.
Nikon makes great products at reasonable prices.
HC ~ 20
Looks a nice bit of kit
North Potomac, MD
Ken Clark Massachusetts Hcp. 10.6 If it’s anything like there cameras should be a great product.
A nice package of features.
Looks to be a winner
Looks like a nice piece of equipment that could be very useful for my golf game.
I would love to have this CoolShot Rangefinder!
Lake Suzy, FL
Boca Raton, FL
Thank you for this contest and please stay safe.
$200 dollars for a range finder on a course that’s mark off already is bit pricey for an average golfer.
Lafayette, LA USA
Fan of the short reviews on products.
I would love to have a Nikon COOLSHOT 20 GII to help find my correct distances to hazards and pin. At age 75, my vision is not what it once was and I am leaving shots short more often. With a five year warranty, it could be the answer to my misreading the yardage. I have a place all picked out for my new rangefinder.
Ready for new finder! Mine just crashed.
Something new & seems like it would be very useful to golfers.
No established handicap.
Perfect: small enough to keep in your pocket.
Really believe that they help speed up play.
JOSEPH ZAREMBA PUNTA GORDA FL . 14 Hcp
Love all your reviews.
Lasers are great for the less than full shots inside 100 yards.
Thank you Mtt for giving us such a great review on the Nikon coolshot 20. Sounds like the perfect tool for me to use. User friendly, too:)
Dove Mt, AZ
HI … 16
I continue to be impressed by your product reviews. Keep up the good work!
Fort Myers Florida
ST. Anthony, MN
Never owned a yardage locator did the old fashioned way step off your yardage from golf course yardage markers. Winning the Nikon Coolshot would improve my distance control and lower my handicap. Thanks for the great opportunity
South Bend, IN
JOHN YANDRASITS LONG ISLAND N.Y. 13.5 72 years old
can’t wait to get back out on a golf course.
Very nice to have.
hcp – 13
My old (10 years) is on iots last legs. Served my well in the past but now uploading coursed is a time consuming problem.
Therefore I’m shopping for something new. This Nikon Cool Shot 20 GII laser range finder may be my answer. Price is right.
And maybe Ill be a winner.
Plugged in golf website is a winner. That’s for sure.
Looks very compact use my wife’s so would like my own
Very cool nice simple I would give this to my granddaughter who is golfing in high school.
Calgary, AB, Canada
With the Nikon Coolshot I can see golf in my future.
Would love to win.Thanks for another great review.
Handicap – 13
Some of my shots aren’t cool. I need a Coolshot 20
With COVID-19, I find myself walking the course more often…a lightweight rangefinder like the Nikon Coolshot 20 would be a welcome advantage.
Palm Coast, FL
A great Nikon quality product.
Nikon luck coming this way
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
My handicap is the old joke, “golf'”. I came back to the game after many years and when my back was a total wreck, but I enjoy my time out on the course. Since I have travel figuring out my distance this little rangefinder would certainly help with my club selection. Wondering when we will be allowed back on our courses up here in Canada?
That sounds like a great range finder. love the price
Great offer, good luck to all but I would love to be picked. Stay safe.
15 ish handicap
Just love golf and a rangefinder would be great to have
Love to try this.
West Chester Pa.
Use a GPS watch but would prefer not.
This NIKON would be a great addition to my attempt at getting better !
20 handicap…. from Alhambra, CA
Burnaby, BC Canada
sounds like a great way to improve one’s game
At a $200 price tag, PLUS a 5 year warranty from an optics company like Nikon, what there not to like?
I use a gps device, but would like to try a laser. This one appears to be very good for a walker
Nikon has good optics.
I’ve always used a Bushnell rangefinder and would love to try a Nikon.
Nice product, Good price point. Great camera’s so looking forward to checking out your rangefinders.
San Diego, CA
Handicap is 21
Thanks for the opportunity!
I don’t need it to tell you how far it is to mail it, but I’d love to have it.
Royal Oak, MI
I live in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. My handicap index was hovering around 10 at the end of last season.
Handicap Index 11.3
I like the fact that the range finder has scan ability
This Nikon GPS sounds great. A lot of features for a very low price. Lightweight too!
Boca Raton, Fl
thanks for the good articles
Can’t wait to see what difference a quality lens in a rangefinder will make. Thanks for keeping us plugged in.
Mucked this one up soz, left out my location…
Can’t wait to see what difference a quality lens in a rangefinder will make. Thanks for keeping us Plugged In.
Handicap is 16
Omg – would love to win this – lost my other one on a golf tour and have been struggling since.
Marcus Bagley, Sydney Australia, 30.6
I introduced my wife to the wonderful game of golf only two years ago and she’s taken to it like a duck to water. She took group and private lessons right from the get-go and this helped her to enjoy the game more quickly. She’s now at the stage where course management is a normal part of her game and being able to figure the distances around the fairways, etc is increasingly important. This sophisticated rangefinder will definitely assist with her club choice and shot options and overall course management skills.
Thanks to Nikon for the opportunity to win the Coolshot 20 GII laser rangefinder.
Having left my first range finder in a golf cart, soon after its purchase, I’d love to try the Nikon Coolshot.
Having lost my last range finder, shortly after its purchase, I’d love trying the Nikon Coolshot.
I have used an old Nikon and it was very good, if the new Nikon is better it must be very good.
Sounds like a nice rangefinder, especially for the price.
Brian Melville. 7.5 handicap.
65 years old.
I’ve used the original Nikon rangefinder for years to good effect but it’s now showing it’s age and is not picking up the target as it should. A new model would be fantastic.
Keep safe all.
Sounds great. Jon Blum. Shavertown Pa. 9
WOW! I’d love 2 #win a FREE NIKON COOLSHOT 20 GII RANGEFINDER! I need some help with my 19 handicap here in the Big D, Texas!! Much appreciated, Nicole Bowers!
Mount pleasant SC
I like that this rangefinder is small and light.
I would love to get dialed in with the Nikon COOLSHOT 20 Gll. Handicap 10
Handicap 10 Cockeysville Maryland
Good morning. I guess I didn’t win but congratulations to whoever did. Mostly I want to thank you for having made the contest. I hope to see more in the future.