Bushnell Tour V3 Patriot Pack Golf Rangefinder
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Bushnell just added a new unit to their award winning line of pro laser rangefinders that have been loved by generations of pro and novice golfers for years. Introducing the Tour V3 Patriot Pack Golf Rangefinder, the latest in golfing technology. Each unit features JOLT technology that allows golfers to hone in on the ball and flag without the need of background targets.
Specs and Characteristics
Like most rangefinders, the Tour V3 is very lightweight. It weighs a mere 6.6 ounces and can fit in the palm of the hand easily enough without slipping. It also comes with an adjustable eye piece that can offer 5x magnification max which means that you can easily see 5 to a 1000 yards easily when you peer through it. Just like other rangefinders, this one does not depend on reflectors and can provide clear visuals to bunkers, flags, trees, and any other object that is based on the golf course.
How the technology works
Pinseeker Technology – the Pinseeker embedded in the device gives off an invisible infrared light or a pulse which is completely safe for the eyes.
ASIC chip – the Tour V3 also contains an ASIC chip or Application Specific Integrated Circuit which is designed to offer as accurate measurements as possible. The inbuilt digital technology can calculate large distances with ease. This it does by measuring the distance that each pulse of light travels from the rangefinder to the target and back to the unit.
Accurate readings – The Tour V3 Patriot Pack has a ranging accuracy that is plus or minus a single yard at most. However, the maximum range it can achieve will depend on the reflective nature of the subject that is being targeted. Most objects can be seen at most 700 yards or 640 meters away, but objects that are shinier need to be at 1000 yards or approximately 900 meters to be visible.
If the sky is overcast for instance, the more range the unit can give you since the limited light will ensure the objects on the green do not become overly shiny. Try not to play on an overly sunny day if you want to use the rangefinder. The sun may give you much needed vitamin D, but the light will only ruin your perception of your own performance if you know what I mean.
JOLT Technology – The Tour V3 has set the standard when it comes to range finding technology and when it comes to grip, design and functionality. The JOLT technology gives off short and vibrating bursts of light that can lock onto a distant flag on the green with ease. Each Patriot Pack comes with a Tour V3, a battery, a carrying case as well as a blue neoprene Skinz protective cover. Use it and feel the JOLT yourself.
Feel the Difference in the Distance
One thing to note is that the distance will vary depending on how reflective the object is along with the weather conditions you are playing in. This includes the finish, the color as well as the size and shape of the object. For instance an object that is very bright in color can appear further than it is. Red ones may seem a long way away than black ones which is the color that reflects the least. Similarly, a shiny finish will seem further away than a dull looking object since it won’t reflect as much and a small target will be difficult to pinpoint as well.
The angle will also play a part in this. If for instance, you swing your Tour V3 at a 90° angle, it will offer a good enough range since the target will be vertical to the angle to the emitting pulsing light. The steeper the angle, the more difficult it will be to get a good visual on the target. Lighting conditions also have a big part to play in this.
Some other features that the range finder boasts include:
- 5 times the magnification
- Legal to use in all golf tournaments
- Comes with a two year warranty
- Offers accuracy at about 1 yard
- Ergonomic design and a rubber grip for a slip free grip.
- Pin Seeker confirms when the unit zeroes in on the flag
- Offers immediate measurements in meters as well as yards
- Comes in white
- Model number is BN201460P
- Size is 12’’ x 8’’ x 1’
- Weighs 1 pound.
How to Operate the Tour V3
Using the Tour V3 Patriot Pack rangefinder is easy enough. When you are looking through the eyepiece, all you have to do is press on the Power or Fire button one time. This will fire up the LCD display. Now position the target or aiming circle (which you will see in the middle of your field of vision) on an object that is at least 5 yards away from you. Then press the power button down until you get a reading on the bottom of the display. If you see crosshairs around the circle that means the rangefinder is transmitting a signal. These will disappear from sight when you take your finger from the power button.
Once the rangefinder is activated it will remain active for at least 30 seconds before powering down. In order to switch to another object depress the button once again and take aim. However, whatever you do, don’t view the emissions from the unit directly or for long periods of time with lenses. You can end up damaging your eyes. The longest the laser can be fired is 10 seconds. In order to re-activate it or re-fire the lasers, press the power button again.
Each unit features illuminated icons and symbols that will tell you the unit of measurement when the laser is being fired once you acquire a target and press the button. Speaking of measurement modes, the Tour V3 can measure distance in both meters and yards. To select between the two all you have to do is press and hold the power button down. The display will start scrolling through the options it has and when it comes to yards and meters release the button on the one you need.
You can also change between yards and meters easily. If you want to change from meters to yards, the Y indicator on the LCD display will light up and the M indicator will turn off. Additionally, each time the Tour V3 is turned on, it will automatically revert to the last unit of measurement.
The ACTIVE LASER Crosshairs are there to ensure accurate readings. Once you acquire a range from the view finder, just release the power button to make them appear and take your finger away to make them disappear. When the latter happens, it means the rangefinder is not transmitting any signals.
If you ever had trouble ascertaining your distance from that flag, then frustration must be your constant companion. You can make that uncomfortable sensation a thing of the past with the PinSeeker LCD indicator which disregards background targets (such as trees) that may have stronger signal strength. The process is similar to the one I mentioned before. Just turn on the unit with the power button and then aim the circle on the distant flag until you see a circle encircle the indicator for the flag. This is actually an indicator to the user that the object is being displayed on the LCD.
Sometimes, the laser may get stubborn and refuse to see more than one object at a time that is in its line of vision of course. In such a case, you can see the distance from the flag or how far you are away from it, but not the circle that will encircle the flag otherwise. This means the Tour V3 was not able to pick up more than one object.
To maximize your chances of success each time you use your unit, make sure to move the rangefinder SLOWLY from one object to the next. Also force the laser to do your bidding by making it hit a number of objects at a time. This will ensure that only the objects that are closest to the subjects are being displayed on screen. No need to worry about the settings. Once it powers off, the Tour V3 Patriot Pack Golf Rangefinder will revert to the last mode it was used in.