Bushnell 1500 vs Nikon 500g Which is better for golf??
The Bushnell Elite has a slightly greater ranging capability, more modes and is waterproof, making it a better choice if you also want a field laser rangefinder, but the Nikon 500G is smaller and more compact. Both execellent golf LRFs.
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About the only drawback to the 500G over the Bushnells is that I found it harder to get a yardage reading on the Nikon when trying to keep the crosshairs on a very distant object. I am not sure why, but I think that the yardage numbers are displayed higher above the crosshairs with the Nikon than with the Bushnells. This requires you to take your eye off the crosshairs that are on the target in order to read the distance, and at long distances it is not always easy to keep the crosshairs on your target (due to slight movement in your hands).
Another concern with the Bushnell was how long the battery would last, as it is not a common battery that you can get at any store, but I did see them at Walgreens. I have used my Nikon G for 5-6 rounds, and several practice sessions on the range, and it still shows a full battery charge. By the way, the Bushnells do not have a battery gage on them, they just tell you when the battery is low. That happened to me in a tournament and I didn't have a replacement battery with me.
The last comment on the 500G (and the Bushnell Medalist) is that they are near target priority only rangefinders. That means if you have 2 objects in your line of sight, it will only give you the yardage to the closer object. This is what you typically want for golf, i.e. you want the distance to the flag and not to the tree behind the green. The Bushnell 1500 can switch between near and far target priority.
Waterproof - The Nikon 500G and Bushnell Medalist are Water Resistant. The Bushnell 1500 is Waterproof.