Nikon COOLSHOT 20 GII Laser Rangefinder Review

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.



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.

Buy the Nikon Coolshot 20 GII HERE

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  1. Christopher Shively

    Christopher Shively
    High Point NC
    Please and thank you!

  2. Max Szilagyi
    Cary, NC
    9.5 handicap

    Thank you!

  3. Josh Crisp

    Thank you for this TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY! I am a 1 handicap.

  4. Todd Williams

    Looks a like a easy to use winner to me.
    Todd Williams
    Kenbridge, Va
    11 hdcp

  5. Paul Leahy

    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!!

    Galway, Ireland
    H/C 7

  6. Erik Ferner

    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!

  7. corey traverse

    Looks awesome and i really need one…
    Corey Traverse
    St petes, FL
    Handicap unofficially 12 )

  8. 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

    • James Goodhew

      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!

  9. Jared Perdue

    Pick me!!
    Jared Perdue
    Atlanta, Ga

  10. Thanks so much. Dan from Missouri. Handicap of 12.

  11. Frank Pugliese

    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

  12. Mike McCabe

    Nikon makes great products, it’s nice to see such a reasonable price point for this rangefinder.
    Thank you,
    Byram, NJ
    13 handicap

  13. Scott Kefalas

    Scott Kefalas
    Thomasville, GA
    Handicap: 6

    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.
      William Pettigrew
      Medicine Hat, Alberta
      Hdcp 11

  14. Andy Stephenson

    Andy Stephenson
    Ferndown UK
    13 Handicap

  15. Steve doyle

    $200! Sounds reasonable.
    17 hdcp

  16. Nick Berens

    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

  17. Jim Pecoraro

    Jim in Naperville. 6 Handicap.

  18. Sean Lynch

    Fitchburg, WI
    15 hcp

  19. Mark Mrozek

    Mark Mrozek
    Evergreen Park,IL

  20. Jared D Wallace

    Jared Wallace
    Coral Springs, Fl

  21. John Sweat

    John Sweat
    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.

  22. Colby Groneman

    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

  23. J.B. Cobb III

    Seems like a great budget range finder!
    J.B. Cobb III
    Carolina Beach, NC
    26 HCP

  24. Josh Giesige

    Josh Giesige
    Edgerton, OH
    8 HCP
    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!

  25. Brian Barnatt

    Brian Barnatt
    Grafton MA
    3.5 handicap

  26. Awesome product at a fair price!

    Ed S.
    17 HC
    Plymouth MA

  27. Have been waiting to see your review on this you first posted on Instagram, like the sound of the results!!
    Brett in West Deptford
    17.2 handicap

  28. Rick Gallard

    Rick Gallard
    Victoria BC Canada
    16 Handicap

  29. Michael Maddalena

    This would be cool to have on the bag.
    Michael Maddalena
    Pinehurst, NC
    7 handicap(hoping to get to 4 this year)

  30. Evan Dyer

    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!
    Evan Dyer
    Indianapolis, IN
    18 handicap

  31. Luca Djelosevic

    Luca Djelosevic
    Seattle, WA
    Handicap 15

    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.

  32. Dallen Lee

    Dallen Lee
    Tauranga, New Zealand.
    15 ish

  33. Joe Lucero

    Joe Lucero
    Sacramento CA
    5 Handicap

  34. Sean Gates

    Sean Gates
    Kansas City, MO
    Thanks for the opportunity!!

  35. Brian Gustafson

    Brian Gustafson
    Solid 20s, send help!

  36. Chris Garman

    Chris Garman
    Seven Hills, Ohio
    18 hcp

    Seems like a budget friendly range finder that flat out performs. This would be a great addition to the 2020 bag.


    Neil Morris
    Tyrone, Ireland
    22 👍

  38. Jim W Rosteck

    Jim Rosteck in Rio Vista, CA
    Handicap 10
    Please enter me in the drawing.

  39. Stephen Almberg

    I’ve used the NIKON COOLSHOT 20 GII RANGEFINDER and it is great!!

    Stephen Almberg
    Hampton, VA
    12 Handicap

  40. Great review as usual.
    Nigel Smith
    Hamilton, Canada
    9.1 Handicap

  41. Genaro Iniquez

    Genaro Iniquez
    El Paso, Texas
    18 handicap but will probably double due to the lack of golf and practice 🤣😂 #FUCovid19

  42. Brian Vincent

    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.
    Brian Vincent
    Saugus, California

  43. Darren Tan

    Darren Tan

  44. Awesome, thanks for the contest!

    Chris Larres
    Forked River NJ
    ~16 hcp

  45. Michael Billings

    Mike Billings
    Ottawa Canada
    13 Hdcp
    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

  46. Thomas Oberholzer

    Thomas Oberholzer
    Salzburg / Austria
    Hcp 14,8

  47. Ken Mykietowich

    Ken Mykietowich
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    Hdcp 13
    Great review

  48. Marilyn Murphy

    Marilyn Murphy
    St Pete’s , FL
    Handicap approx 184 😳

  49. John Richards

    John Richards
    Titusville, NJ
    3.9 handicap
    Looks like a great product at a great price

  50. Looks good ,compact look even better in my bag

  51. Brice Reusink

    Brice Reusink
    Lorena, TX
    7 Handicap

  52. Jamie Cameron

    Jamie Cameron
    United Kingdom
    13 hcp
    Stay safe everyone !!!

  53. Patrick Lockley

    Patrick Lockley
    New Zealand
    Hcp. 25
    Still learning but loving it.

  54. Laurens Oele

    Laurens Oele
    Phoenix AZ

  55. Allan Kim
    Leonia NJ
    15 handicap

  56. Richard Bialkowski

    Finally, great tech at good price.
    Richard Bialkowski
    Canberra, Australia
    HCP: 22

  57. Mike Hahn

    Looks a great unit. Perfect asset to help my game.

    Cape Town
    South Aftica
    Hcp 8.5

  58. Julien Negus

    Jules Negus
    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!

  59. Robert Scalise

    Robert Scalise
    Erie, Pa

    Thanks guys!

  60. Name-Francis Steffler

  61. Roy G Hyden

    roy hyden
    chandler az
    love the nikon opitics

  62. Philip J Boyle

    Phil Boyle
    Bluffton, S.C.
    9.9 hdcp.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win*

  63. John Mullett

    John Mullett
    Danville, OH

  64. Andy LaCombe

    Andy LaCombe
    Cincinnati, OH
    Nice review

  65. Roger Sorey

    Looks great. If I’m lucky enough to receive it, maybe my distance control will be immensely better (sure…).

    Roger Sorey
    Springboro, Ohio
    14 handicap

  66. Keith Finley

    I currently use a Bushnell GPS which is handy but I would love to know exact distances to specific targets etc
    Keith Finley
    London Ontario
    Hdcp 8

  67. Sean Philby

    Great looking product.
    I need all the help I can get!
    1 Harewood Close
    RH2 0HE
    Hcap 6

  68. Why not me?
    Lakeland, Fl about a 16 handicap

  69. Asgeir Henden

    Asgeir Henden
    Oslo, Norway
    Getting my greencard this month, hopefully. Considering buying one, so will try here first.

  70. Ken Varisco

    Cool product!

    Ken Varisco
    Pace, Florida
    HCP: 12.2 GHIN

  71. Bradley LaVallee

    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.
    Bradley LaVallee
    New York
    15 handicap

  72. Kenneth Dietrich

    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.

  73. Mark Johnson

    Mark Johnson
    Towson, MD

    Great review. Would be a great upgrade!

  74. Eugenia P Linder

    Would love to have one of these

  75. Bob Orminski

    My range finder finally broke last year and could really use this in my bag

  76. John McNeil

    Great review. Thanks for the opportunity.
    John McNeil
    La Palma, California

  77. Mike Northup

    Nice to see a rangefinder of this size, quality and price. Thanks for the contest.

  78. Mike Northup

    Thanks. It’s nice to find and new smaller rangefinder that is affordable, and accurate.

  79. Paul Schmick

    Nikon makes great products at reasonable prices.

  80. Jack Chin

    Jack Chin
    Fairfax, VA
    HC ~ 20

  81. Mark Peters

    Mark Peters
    Looks a nice bit of kit

  82. Lasse Koskela

    Lasse Koskela
    Brooklyn, NY
    Hcp 20

  83. Elliott Pyon

    Elliott Pyon
    North Potomac, MD
    HDCP 7.8


    Ken Clark Massachusetts Hcp. 10.6 If it’s anything like there cameras should be a great product.

  85. George Nix

    Dacula Ga
    A nice package of features.

  86. James Thomas

    Looks to be a winner

  87. Mike G
    Syracuse, NY
    5 hcp

  88. Gary Newlon

    Looks like a nice piece of equipment that could be very useful for my golf game.

  89. Paul Furlong

    I would love to have this CoolShot Rangefinder!
    Paul Furlong
    Lake Suzy, FL
    Handicap 10.8

  90. Michael Pasvantis

    Michael Pasvantis
    Boca Raton, FL
    Handicap: 9

    Thank you for this contest and please stay safe.

  91. Sam Guillory

    $200 dollars for a range finder on a course that’s mark off already is bit pricey for an average golfer.
    Sam Guillory
    8 HCp.
    Lafayette, LA USA

  92. Rod Gardner

    11.2 cap
    Fan of the short reviews on products.

  93. David J. Daubert

    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.

    Poinciana, Florida
    19 handicap.

  94. Ready for new finder! Mine just crashed.
    7 handicap
    Midland, TX

  95. Nicholas Roczkowsky

    Something new & seems like it would be very useful to golfers.
    No established handicap.

  96. Vaughn P White

    20 handicap

  97. Larry Hill

    Larry Hill
    Pittsburg KS

  98. Perfect: small enough to keep in your pocket.
    Really believe that they help speed up play.
    Jim Iken
    Georgetown Texas
    Hdcp: 16



  100. Mary Beth Morrissey

    Love all your reviews.
    Aliquippa, PA

  101. Curtis Nadon

    Curtis Nadon
    Claremont, CA

    Lasers are great for the less than full shots inside 100 yards.

  102. Brini Brennan

    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:)
    Brini Brennan
    Dove Mt, AZ

    HI … 16

  103. Mike Bernard

    I continue to be impressed by your product reviews. Keep up the good work!

  104. Evan Peace

    Fort Myers Florida
    Handicap +17

  105. Keith Drake

    Keith Drake
    Watkinsville, Ga.
    6.7 handicap

  106. Gerald Garbett

    Jerry Garbett
    ST. Anthony, MN
    12 Handicap
    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

  107. Ralph Currier

    Ralph Currier
    South Bend, IN


    JOHN YANDRASITS LONG ISLAND N.Y. 13.5 72 years old

  109. Michael A Castro

    can’t wait to get back out on a golf course.
    Mike Castro
    Livermore CA
    HCP 15

  110. Jerry Radu

    Very nice to have.
    Jerry Radu
    Calgary Alberta
    hcp – 13

  111. Jim Rewolinski

    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.

  112. Andy
    Seattle, WA
    Handicap 21

  113. Tommy Sneddon

    Looks very compact use my wife’s so would like my own
    Hcp 14

  114. Tom Duckworth

    Tom Duckworth
    Kansas City
    H. 10
    Very cool nice simple I would give this to my granddaughter who is golfing in high school.

  115. Ed Leon
    Calgary, AB, Canada
    20 handicap

  116. Tim Cotroneo

    With the Nikon Coolshot I can see golf in my future.

  117. Mitch Holton

    Would love to win.Thanks for another great review.
    Mitch Holton
    11 Handicap

  118. Joe Hall
    Algonquin, IL

  119. Mike
    Oakdale, MN
    Handicap – 13

  120. Dale Wedan

    Dale Wedan
    Wichita, KS
    Around 7
    Some of my shots aren’t cool. I need a Coolshot 20

  121. Mike Droll

    With COVID-19, I find myself walking the course more often…a lightweight rangefinder like the Nikon Coolshot 20 would be a welcome advantage.
    Mike Droll
    Palm Coast, FL
    18.4 hcp

  122. A great Nikon quality product.
    Mel Hart
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
    10 Hcp.

  123. David Stein

    David Stein
    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?

  124. That sounds like a great range finder. love the price
    Ken Mack
    Handicap 5
    New Jersey

  125. Great offer, good luck to all but I would love to be picked. Stay safe.

  126. James Jaworski

    Jim Jaworski
    Las Cruces,NM
    15 ish handicap
    Just love golf and a rangefinder would be great to have

  127. Charles W Keller

    Charles Keller
    Skokie IL

  128. Jeff Stewart

    Love to try this.
    West Chester Pa.
    14 handicap

  129. Tien Leon
    Calgary, Alberta
    30 handicap

  130. Bill Jochum

    Bill Jochum
    Lakewood, CA
    Use a GPS watch but would prefer not.

  131. This NIKON would be a great addition to my attempt at getting better !
    20 handicap…. from Alhambra, CA

  132. Karl Kurz
    Burnaby, BC Canada

  133. John Caldwell

    sounds like a great way to improve one’s game
    14 handicap

  134. John Blick


  135. Walt Shymkiw

    At a $200 price tag, PLUS a 5 year warranty from an optics company like Nikon, what there not to like?

    Walt Shymkiw
    13 HDCP.

  136. Brady lybbert

    Chandler, AZ
    Brady Lybbert
    Handicap 7

  137. David Zacek

    Dave Z
    Whitesboro, NY
    5 handicap.
    I use a gps device, but would like to try a laser. This one appears to be very good for a walker

  138. Nikon has good optics.
    Bob Ross
    20 handicap
    Chantilly, VA

  139. Albert Eng

    I’ve always used a Bushnell rangefinder and would love to try a Nikon.

    7 handicap

  140. Tom Wallace

    Tom Wallace
    Brentwood, CA

  141. John Sturgell

    Nice product, Good price point. Great camera’s so looking forward to checking out your rangefinders.

    John Sturgell
    18 handicap
    Chino, CA

  142. Josh Bart

    Josh Bart
    San Diego, CA
    Handicap is 21

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  143. Eric Simpson

    I don’t need it to tell you how far it is to mail it, but I’d love to have it.
    Eric Simpson
    New Zealand

  144. Parmer Hill

    Parmer Hill
    Royal Oak, MI
    9 Handicap

  145. Ken Wolfe

    I live in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. My handicap index was hovering around 10 at the end of last season.

  146. Dave Sampson

    Dave Sampson
    Greenville, SC
    Handicap Index 11.3

  147. John Tokarsky

    I like the fact that the range finder has scan ability

    John Tokarsky
    Toronto, Canada

  148. Dan Goldstein

    This Nikon GPS sounds great. A lot of features for a very low price. Lightweight too!
    Dan Goldstein
    Boca Raton, Fl
    12 Handicap

  149. David Anthony Bernard

    thanks for the good articles
    David Bernard
    Auburn Al

  150. Rohan Blake

    Can’t wait to see what difference a quality lens in a rangefinder will make. Thanks for keeping us plugged in.
    H/C 9

  151. Rohan Blake

    Rohan Blake
    Wheelers Hill
    Can’t wait to see what difference a quality lens in a rangefinder will make. Thanks for keeping us Plugged In.
    H/C 9

  152. Matthew Scheidegger

    Matthew Scheidegger
    Reynoldsburg, OH
    Handicap is 16


  153. Omg – would love to win this – lost my other one on a golf tour and have been struggling since.

  154. Marcus Bagley

    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.

  155. Charlie Wilson

    Having left my first range finder in a golf cart, soon after its purchase, I’d love to try the Nikon Coolshot.

  156. Charlie Wilson

    14 HCP
    Having lost my last range finder, shortly after its purchase, I’d love trying the Nikon Coolshot.

  157. Darryle Kenyon

    I have used an old Nikon and it was very good, if the new Nikon is better it must be very good.
    14 handicap

  158. Sounds like a nice rangefinder, especially for the price.
    18 handicap
    Crestwood, IL.

  159. Bob Langmaid

    Bob Langmaid
    San Diego

  160. Brian Melville

    Brian Melville. 7.5 handicap.
    65 years old.
    Monifieth, Scotland.
    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.

  161. Kevin McGallion

    Kevin McGallion
    Beaumont, TX

  162. Jonathan Blum

    Sounds great. Jon Blum. Shavertown Pa. 9

  163. nicole bowers

    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!

  164. Ed Ceva
    Mount pleasant SC

  165. Todd Spence

    I like that this rangefinder is small and light.
    Todd Spence
    Columbus, OH
    HC: 12

  166. Justin Luccio

    I would love to get dialed in with the Nikon COOLSHOT 20 Gll. Handicap 10

  167. Dougie Barnard

    Dougie Barnard
    Atlanta, GA

  168. Angela Lamina

    Angela Lamina
    Philly, PA

  169. Kenneth Dietrich

    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.
    Thanks again,

  170. Paul Popovich

    Paul Popovich
    Torrance, CA
    16 HCP

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