Keeping the Bushnell name high and mighty amongst fans and enthusiasts alike, the Bushnell Tour V4 is one of the best laser rangefinders from the brand. The Bushnell Tour V4 is designed to sit securely in the hand of the user (which are mostly golfers because the Bushnell Tour V4 us especially designed with golfers in mind.) The Bushnell Tour V4 is also one of the brand’s most affordable rangefinders. But even though it is affordable and ergonomically designed for golfers, the Bushnell Tour V4 does indeed spur some problems for golfers time and again. Other than that the laser rangefinder is also waterproof, in case you’re taking a shot near a pond and happen to drop it in there. It is also equipped with the Bushnell’s JOLT technology that gives you a little haptic feedback when it spots a flag stick or hole. It also has five times magnification with crystal clear vision in any direction you face, so you can take your shots confidently with an accurate feel for the yardage. OK, that’s a lot of amazing features but what about the problems? Well here they are.
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1. Suddenly Stops Working
The Bushnell Tour V4 is used to accurately find the range or yardage around a golf course. That’s to say it is meant to help you to have an clear visual idea of what the golf course looks like from a distance, allowing you to take shots using your golf club to hit the golf ball with insight you normally wouldn’t. Unfortunately the Bushnell Tour V4 can suddenly stop working even with batteries on the inside. The laser rangefinder needs batteries to power its various electronics and sensors. When it’s electronics stop working, it becomes nothing but a monocle. This problem is usually battery power related on the Bushnell Tour V4.
- The Bushnell Tour V4 comes with a battery already installed. So to replace the battery you have to remove the battery cap by lifting the cap tab and then rotating it counterclockwise.
- Be sure to insert a CR-2 3V lithium battery into the Bushnell Tour V4’s battery compartment, placing the negative end first.
- The battery should definitely be replaced after twelve months.
2. LCD Suddenly Stops Working
The display of the Bushnell Tour V4 is also a very important part of the laser rangefinder in that it is what displays all the information and statistics when you look through the eye piece. When the LCD stops working the laser rangefinder is again a monocle with only zooming in and zooming out capabilities.
- When this problem occurs on your Bushnell Tour V4, the first thing to do would be to press the power or fire button so as to reset the laser rangefinder.
- Also try replacing the battery with a CR-2 3 Volt lithium battery always, because a different kind of battery would not be able to handle the power demands of the Bushnell Tour V4.
3. Inconsistent Distances
For you to be able to take accurate and precise shots, you need to know at what distance the point or flag (hole) is. When the Bushnell Tour V4 starts giving you inconsistent distances it becomes a problem because you don’t know how far or near you should shoot your shot.
- When you have areas around the fairway with trees or obstructions like bodies of water and other golfers moving around the golf course with their golf carts and golf trolleys, it can become a problem for the laser rangefinder to accurately measure the distance from where you are. So be sure to use the laser rangefinder in clear fairways as this is where it is most useful.
- If your Bushnell Tour V4 is still giving inconsistent distances, then it might be time to change the battery as the problem might be an indication that the battery power is getting low.
4. JOLT Doesn’t Work Properly
This is one of the Bushnell’s most distinctive features and it is present on the Bushnell Tour V4. When looking through the eye piece, examining the golf course trying to find the flag stick or hole this feature comes in very handy. Sometimes you may find that the flag stick or hole this feature comes in very handy. Sometimes you may pass the flag stick without even noticing, but the JOLT feature on the Bushnell Tour V4 doesn’t let that happen. When the laser rangefinder spots a flag stick it will immediately give a little vibration so that you know there’s a flag stick in case you missed it. You can the imagine the painstaking problem of searching through the golf course without any luck if this feature is not available.
- Most of the problems on the Bushnell Tour V4 are related to the battery. Therefore if your Bushnell Tour V4 rangefinder is not working as intended, the first instinct should be to replace the battery. It has to be a 3 Volt battery for the Bushnell Tour V4 preferably from brands Luke Duracell and Panasonic to assure quality and longevity.
- Do not expose your laser rangefinder to direct sunlight, always store it in the punch it comes with to ensure that no damage is done to it or the battery.
- To clean the Bushnell Tour V4 laser rangefinder, gently blow away any dust or debris that may be caught up in the lenses. Also use a soft lense brush or some cotton, or a microfiber cloth to wipe away any dirt.
The Bushnell Tour V4 does exactly what it is meant to do, it helps scope the yardage of the golf course so that you can take the best possible shots, whilst providing the most helpful information you can ever have on the golf course. However this is not a laser rangefinder for the average or hobbyists golfer, no. It is for professionals who want to drastically improve their game. It is not that expensive but it is not a toy either.