7 Most Common Bushnell Tour V5 Problems

The Bushnell Tour V5 range finder is an advanced laser range finder comprised of digital technology and turbo processors. This allow the user to find and lock in on the distance of certain locations like golf flags without being interrupted background targets. It offers greater speed and accuracy and next level clarity and brightness due to the Pinseeker with Visual Jolt. The Bite Magnetic Mount allows the Tour V5 to be attached on a cart bar easily. The Pinseeker allows one to know when the laser has locked in on a target thanks to the vibrating pulses and a flashing red ring. The Bushnell Golf app also provides vital information including distances, hole layouts and 3D flyovers. Due to its great precision, accuracy and light weight of just 8.0 oz it preferred by 99.3% of PGA tour professionals.

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Bushnell Tour V5 Working Principle

The Bushnell Tour V5 emits invisible, eye safe, infrared energy pulses. The advanced digital microprocessor and ASIC (Application-Specific Integrated Circuit) chip uses the reflected back pulses to produce instantaneous readings. The Bushnell Tour V5 uses an integrated Bite magnetic cart mount for easy handling and the Pin seeker with visual JOLT which offers improved magnification and clarity. The Bushnell Tour V5 shift offers the patented slope technology that provides golfers with the most precise compensated distance in golf. The Bushnell Tour V5 uses an LCD screen to display all the vital information. It is also powered by a 3-volt Lithium (R-2) battery that allows for good and long battery life. The Bushnell Tour V5 offers 6X magnification for greater clarity and range of 5 – 1,300 yards. It also has range accuracy of 1 yard and allows a field of view of 330ft at 1000 yards

1. Insufficient Water Proofing

The Bushnell Tour V5 range finder is water resistant, but it should not be exposed to heavy rain or other direct streams of water. It will not withstand submersion into water or other liquids without developing problems and potentially damaging its electrical components. The Bushnell Tour V5 range finder eyepiece should not be put in direct sunlight to prevent problems and damage to the display and internal components. When storing the Tour V5, it is advisable to store in a case for additional protection. The Bushnell Tour V5 also does not offer Bluetooth connectivity for convenient connection with other devices hence this should be taken into consideration when purchasing the range finder.

2. Laser Range Limitation

The ranging accuracy of the Bushnell Tour V5 is affected by the reflectivity of the target. The tour V5 will therefore range 400 yards/366 meters to a normal golf flag, while for highly reflective objects, the maximum range is 1300 yards/ 1189 meters. To minimize this problem, ensure the Tour V5 is used with reflective flags that will enable a longer range. The color, surface finish, size and shape of the target all affect reflectivity and range. A white or silver and shiny or glossy finish provides more range than a dull black surface. A smaller target is also more difficult to see hence to solve this problem it is advisable to use bigger targets.  Environmental conditions also cause problems with the range of the Bushnell Tour V5. The lesser the sunlight shinning down (e.g., overcast skies) the father the unit’s maximum range will go. To reduce the problem, it is advisable to limit usage on very sunny days as this will decrease the unit’s maximum range.

3. Angle Limitation

The angle to the target also affects the range of the Bushnell Tour V5 range finder. Shooting to a target at a 90-degree angle (where the target surface is perpendicular to the flight path of the emitted energy pulses) provides good range while a steep angle on the other hand, provides limited range. To minimize this problem, ensure the Bushnell Tour V5 range finder is used on level ground.

4. Bite Magnate Health Risk And Problems

The Neodymium magnet used as the bite magnet, incorporated into the right side of the Bushnell Tour V5 range finder could cause problems and affect the functioning of pacemakers and implanted heart defibrillators. To solve this problem when using the Bushnell Tour V5, keep sufficient distance from the magnet. The magnet also has one problem in particular where it can lose part of its adhesive force permanently if exposed to temperatures above 1750 F(800C). The magnet used in the Bushnell Tour V5 range finder produces far-reaching, strong magnetic fields. These magnetic fields could damage media, mechanic watches, hearing aids and speakers. To eliminate the problem, keep the Tour V5 away from devices and objects that could be damaged by strong magnetic fields. The magnet also has strong magnetic fields which can pinch skin and fingers hence use caution when attaching the Tour V5 to a metal bar.

5. Debris Build Up

Dirty and debris can build up on the Bushnell Tour V5 range finder lenses. The lenses are multi-coated for the highest light transmission as such special care is needed when cleaning. Using a coarse cloth or unnecessary rubbing may cause problems of scratching the lens surface and eventually resulting in permanent damage.  Use the supplied micro-fiber cloth and rub in circular motion to remove dirt or finger prints. Simply breathe lightly on the lens to provide a slight amount of moisture, then gently rub with the micro cloth to avoid any problems developing with the lens. For more thorough cleaning, photographic lens tissue and photographic-type lens cleaning fluid or isopropyl alcohol may be used. Always apply the fluid to the cloth and never to the lens directly to avoid any problems developing with them.

6. Battery Problems

The Bushnell Tour V5 range finder should never be disassembled as problems can arise and irreparable damage can result from unauthorized service attempts which will void the warranty. The batteries can also develop problems as such replace with a good quality CR2 3-volt Lithium battery if the batteries get damaged. The lithium battery used in the Bushnell Tour V5 range finder can overheat and cause damage if physically abused. To prevent any problems developing with the Bushnell Tour V5 range finder, do not use batteries that are damaged or show signs of physical wear.

7. Harmful Radio Interference

One problem in particular with the Bushnell Tour V5 range finder is that it can radiate radio frequency energy, and if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. Ensure the Tour V5 is always used accordingly. If interference results, increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver and reorient the receiving antenna. Consult a trained professional if the problem persists. Care must be taken when disposing of the Bushnell Tour V5 range finder and its batteries. Ensure it is done accordingly, if possible, give the range finder to proper recycling facilities.


In conclusion the Bushnell Tour V5 range finder is an incredibly useful tool to a golfer as it measures all the required parameters like distances on the golf course. In order to guarantee the Bushnell Tour V5 range finder always functions as intended and no problems arise ensure it is taken care of and used accordingly.