Golf Rangefinders

Garmin Approach Z82 VS Bushnell Pro XE Comparison Review.

So, today I want to run a comparison review of two of the most talked-about high-end golf rangefinders, the Garmin Approach Z82 VS Bushnell Pro XE.

Both of these rangefinders are high-end devices designed with powerful optics and deliver incredible displays and are powered by incredible features and technologies.

In this review, we compared the features and technologies deployed by the different brands to power the performance of the two devices.


Garmin Approach Z82 Golf GPS Laser Rangefinder.

Garmin Approach Z82 Golf GPS Laser Rangefinder  VS Bushnell

The Garmin Approach Z82 is designed to get you the most accurate reading within 10” of the flag.

The device is preloaded with 41,000 courses and has some cool features such as image stabilization, PlaysLike Distance, a flag finder with vibration feedback, and now displays wind speed and direction.

Key Features.

Some of the key features powering the performance of the Garmin Approach Z82 are:

Starting, there is the FIND THE PIN which is an interesting feature. In This feature, the pinpointer tells you the direction of the pin even if you can’t see it, you will know which direction the PIN is which is cool.

Also, there is the Find My Garmin feature that helps you find your device in case you misplace it somewhere and can’t find it.

The Garmin Approach has about 41,000 preloaded courses and you get to view this in a 2-D course view. This is cool, and when you pair it with the App, you get full information about the course and course the hole you are about to play.


Bushnell Pro XE Rangefinder.

Garmin Approach Z82

Bushnell Pro XE Golf Laser rangefinder is a high-end device that comes with slope functionality that easily is toggled on and off to comply with tournament legal.

The slope functionality has Elements and Features that allow you to have more accurate data including the temperature and barometric pressure.

When the slope functionality is activated, golfers would be to see whether you are up and down the hill of your target hole is located, and the adjustment in the distance. With the available data, you will be able to decide on the right club to deploy and also how to shape your shot properly.

Key Features.

Here are some of the key features of the Bushnell Pro XE Golf Laser rangefinder.

Starting off with the features is the advanced PinSeeker with Visual Jolt Vibration. This feature quickly Identifies and locks on the flag and instantly notifies you. Here, a red light will display implying you are locked on the flag.

The Bushnell Pro XE also features a Slope with Elements.

The Elements feature in this device takes into account the temperature and barometric pressure and works in your favor as it combines with the slope feature to deliver the most precise compensated distance.

There is a slope switch that allows golf to switch on and off the slope functionality. Switching on the slope allow golfers to enjoy the slope with Elements functionality to get the most compensated distance on the Golf Course. Switching off-the-slope functionality helps the golfer to play in USGA tournaments.

Finally, the Bushnell Pro XE Has an App that is preloaded with 36,000+ courses worldwide which is an advantage especially if you are playing on a new course, as you would be able to view the entire course setup from the App.



Features: Garmin Approach Z82 Bushnell Pro XE
Slope Mode. Yes Yes, +Wealther compensated Feature(Elements).
Magnification 6X 7X
App with Preloaded Courses 41,000+ Courses. 36,000+ Courses.
Magnetic Cart Mount. No Yes
Bluetooth Connectivity Yes No
Image Stabilization Yes No
WaterProof/Resistance Yes Yes
Pin Lock Vibration Yes Yes


Garmin Approach Z82.

Starting off with the size, the Garmin Approach Z82 is a little more compact than the Bushnell Pro XE.

The Garmin Approach Z82 features an App that comes preloaded with over 41,000 world-class golf courses worldwide. This is a major advantage as you can preview the entire map of the course, especially when playing on a new course.

The Bushnell Pro XE has a similar feature but with only 36,000+ Preloaded courses.

There is also the Find The Pin and Lock On the Flag feature called the PinPointer in the Garmin Approach Z82. Essentially, the feature helps you locate the direction of the flag, and is particularly helpful on a blind shot.

Another feature/functionality in the Garmin Approach Z82 that is not found in the Bushnell Pro XE is the 2D course overlay visible through the 6x magnification lens that displays the distance from the front, center, and back of the green.


Bushnell Pro XE.

The Bushnell Pros XE is bulkier than the Garmin Approach Z82.

Bushnell Pro XE has a Magnetic cart mount that makes it extremely easy to move around the Course with your device safely mounted to your Golf Court which you can easily reach.

The Garmin Approach Z82 has no such feature.

Also, the advanced slope with the ‘Elements’ feature makes the Bushnell Pro Xe a fan favorite.

Here, Temperature and barometric pressure have been added to deliver a more precise compensated distance.

Bushnell Pro XE also has an App that features about 36,000+ preloaded worldwide courses.

Garmin Approach Z82 features more courses, 41,000+


Conclusively, both the Garmin Approach Z82 and the Bushnell Pro XE are high-end gadgets with upgraded features from their previous models and both deliver incredible results.

From the Features listed here, you could both have several similar features as well as some few features peculiar to each one.

The choice of which one to go for ultimately depends on what you are looking to achieve.

The Bushnell Pro XE, in my opinion, features a more advanced slope compensated technology with Elements to give you more accurate data. it even has a Magnetic cart mount which has become an important feature in modern golf laser rangefinders as it makes it easy to carry your device firmly mounted by the side of your golf Cart.

If you found this feature important, you might want to go for the Bushnell Pro XE.

The Garmin Approach Z82, on the other hand, seems more portable and honestly has more features including a 41,000+ preloaded course layout, and with the aid of an App, you get to see the whole score once is connected to a compactable mobile device.

If this is important to your game, you might want to check out the Garmin Approach Z82.

Kindly share your experience with us in the comments section if you have all or any of the Laser rangefinders above.

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