The Bushnell Pro XE adjusts yardages for temperature and air density but how does it perform in the heat of battle? Steve Carroll takes the company’s latest bit of tech out for a spin
Bushnell Pro XE laser review: The results
Sandburn Hall is a course with a lot of raised greens and, on an exposed site, temperatures can fluctuate between holes so I was really interested to put the elements mode through its paces.
It’s a very impressive feature. I was finding variations of eight to ten yards on some shots and the proof of accuracy was in the pudding.
When I executed the shot properly, I hit more greens. The calculated yardages – clearly and easily displayed on the simple to understand LCD screen – were a revelation.
Bushnell say the Pro XE can range more than 500 yards to a flag and this is also an accurate claim. On Sandburn Hall’s par 5 1st, which is playing more like a long 4 in the winter, I could range right through to the pin.
The magnification, which goes through to seven times, also produced a clear image.
If I had one minor issue, it was that the JOLT feature was intermittent. Sometimes I wouldn’t get the buzz, or the red circle, from yardages of 80 yards and in – with the viewfinder centred right on the flagstick.
But the numbers were so accurate that this wasn’t anything more than a cosmetic concern and it will probably perform better as the weather improves.
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We all know Bushnell make outstanding rangefinders and the Pro XE is no different. It’s a very well made unit, the housing is extremely durable, and accuracy with standard yardages is everything you would expect.
Slope with Elements, though, is the feature that will set this apart – and has the ability to make a huge difference to our games.
Of course, we’ve always taken wind, and other environmental features, into account when calculating our yardages. We know that differences in temperature affects how far the ball travels.
It’s quite impressive, though, to see that expressed in a definitive number and the reliability of the algorithm was quite confidence boosting. Once I trusted it, I began to discard the measured figure and take the adjusted number as read.
I simply hit more greens using this feature. It’s not legal in competition play but as I got used to seeing those numbers regularly, I could actually estimate the number to add on and that knowledge I could take into a competition.
The Pro XE is another exceptional rangefinder.
More information can be found on the Bushnell website.
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