Nikon COOLSHOT 20i GII Laser Rangefinder Review

By Zack Buechner

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The Nikon Coolshot 20i GII rangefinder is a light-weight, ultra-compact, and reasonably priced slope measuring device for the golfer who wants one less variable to account for.


For over 100 years, Nikon has been known for its optical lens designs, particularly in its line of cameras.  Using its long history of lens design experience, Nikon jumped into the golf optics business in 2008 with the debut of its first laser rangefinder.  Nikon has since built upon that success and created a compact and lightweight laser rangefinder that has all the bells and whistles of its competitors including an optional slope-measurement but at a lower price tag.

Set Up & Ease of Use

With a toddler at home, there seems to be nothing more frustrating than opening a new toy only to discover that “batteries are not included.”  Thankfully, in this case, a battery comes standard with each new “toy.”

Once the battery is popped in, it’s pretty straightforward to use.  PWR ON gets the target lines on, and a second push will activate finding a target.  MODE can be used to switch between yards and meters as well as turn on and off the slope measuring feature.  It took me a few tries to figure out all the button combinations, but overall, it was easy to use.

Accuracy & Performance

Accuracy can be hard to measure, but I calculated my own yardage the old fashioned way and every single time, the Coolshot 20i GII was spot on.  I also compared it to my cart’s GPS system and it was always within a yard or two.

The speed with which it found its target and gave me a reading was almost instantaneous.  I’ve noticed that some rangefinders in this same category can be a bit slower to lock on and spit out a yardage.  I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to review this one, and it will be permanently in the bag for 2020, replacing my old rangefinder which was actually at a higher price point.


With a highly-reputable name like Nikon attached to a laser rangefinder that is accurate and gives you the option to measure slope, the Coolshot 20i GII is a major value at $230.  Many of its direct competitors are higher in price and some don’t even have the same features.  This is one of the most accurate and budget-friendly slope-measuring devices on the golf market today.

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The Nikon Coolshot 20i GII golf laser rangefinder is a compact, light weight, easy to use tool for a golfer who needs one less variable in their game.  Measuring slope in an official event typically is not permitted, but for those recreational rounds, it makes it a little easier to hit the right club and calibrate distances.  I am fond of this model because its so much smaller than its competitors and locks onto its target instantly.  Easiest decision I have ever made to my bag.

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Zack Buechner

Zack has been a contributor at Plugged In Golf since 2018. Zack has worked in healthcare for over 12 years and currently works from home in health care technology. His previous work experience includes stints in the NFL, NCAA D-1 athletics, and PGA Tour Champions. Zack lives in southern Connecticut with his wife Ashley and their 2 children (Beau (5) & Lunden (1)) and their dog. Although he only started playing golf after college, Zack is passionate for the game and the journey to getting better while regularly participating in state and national amateur events all across the northeast.


  1. Jim Aenchbacher

    So one is able to turn the slope function off and on, correct? Also, does it have pin acquisition vibration or other indication?

    • Zack Buechner

      Yes you can turn the slope on and off using the Mode button.

      There isnt a vibration for the pin acquisition but it has a “scan” feature where you can hold the laser button down and scan across a green with to easily identify the pin.

      Thanks for the comment,


  2. I just had this rangefinder come but can’t get the slope turned off (even after being on the phone with Nikon customer support)

    Can you help with getting it to the actual distance mode and saved to that mode?

  3. Needed a budge Rangefinder to go with the Voice Caddie T8 Watch. And this one fits the bill. What I really like about it is that it fits into my rear pocket during play. It is small, lite, and unobtrusive. Have used it for one round, and yes, a vibration feature to lock on would have been nice, but that is $70 more in Nikon dollars. I press, let go, or scan. Since I have the T8, this is for when I need a flag reading. As I said, it’s in the back pocket. Incredible.

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