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.