Bushnell has been the market leader in laser rangefinders for a while. They have been at the forefront of innovation with all of their Distance Measuring Devices. Bushnell’s latest device, Bushnell Hybrid, continues this innovation trend by combining the newest laser and GPS technologies in one device. Bushnell’s goal was to combine the accuracy of a laser with the big-picture information provided by a GPS. The Bushnell Hybrid tries to give players at every level all the information they need or want on the course.
Why is Bushnell calling this device “Hybrid”? The Hybrid brings a precise laser and GPS yardages at the same time! This gives the golfer the flexibility to pick the yardage they want to use in any situation. The most golfers favor a laser because they want to get the most accurate yardages, but it is also good to have a GPS for those blind shots and having distances up to hazards. Therefore, this could be perfect for anyone that likes this flexibility.
The Hybrid’s laser function acts as a normal laser that you already have in your bag. It gives accurate distances to the pin, front and back of the green and/or hazards. But what makes this rangefinder different is the GPS display on the side of the device that clearly states yardages to the front, middle and back of the green. This helps you when you are faced with a blind shot or just want quicker more general information.
A cool feature of the Bushnell Hybrid is its Dual Power Technology, developed to support the power required by the combination of GPS and laser technology in the same device. Dual Power Tech allows the golfer to use the laser even if the GPS is not charged and vice versa. There is a USB rechargeable lithium-ion battery that powers the GPS and a CR2 battery that powers the laser part of the device. This isn’t the only convenient feature that is on this device though.
Are you always wondering how far you hit the ball? Another awesome feature that the Bushnell Hybrid has is shot measurement. Simply tap the ‘Golf’ button after hitting your tee shot then walk to your ball and it will give you the distance you hit the ball. This is a lot easier than guessing or stepping out each yard. As other lasers that Bushnell has, the hybrid features Pinseeker with Jolt Technology, providing short, vibrating bursts to isolate targets and lock in the flag. This is how you know with absolute certainty the laser is focused on the pin and you are getting the accurate yardage.
Just like any Bushnell GPS device, it comes with an app for your smartphone to get even more out of your GPS. The Bushnell golf app is packed with many helpful features and it will make the rangefinder process more immersive and helpful on the course. When you purchase your Hybrid you can download the Bushnell Golf app, available in iOS and Android. Inside this app, you will find layouts, including distance and 3D course flyovers with distance overlays. This will give you a view of the course even when you are not on the course. This is a great way to look at the course before committing to a round with your buddies. If this isn’t enough for you to try the app you have the ability in the app to schedule tee times for 7,000 participating courses, input your score history, SwingPro, and a pedometer and fitness modes to help track and train your way to a better golf game. There are many golf courses that are already preloaded. The device comes preloaded with over 36,000 golf courses in more than 30 countries. You can play just about anywhere in the world and this GPS will have you covered.
In conclusion, the Bushnell Hybrid is very simple to use and doesn’t take long to get used to. You get the familiar functionality of a standard rangefinder with the advanced technology of a GPS. Not only does the device give you the distance to the pin; it gives you yardages to the front middle and back of the green along with Hazards! It even comes with access to the Bushnell app, which includes hole layouts, 3D flyover graphics for every golf course! With a reasonable price of $399.99, we think it’s a steal!