Martin Hopley

The key feature of the Nikon Coolshot 20 Laser rangefinder is its size, or rather its lack of it.

Nikon Coolshot 20 Laser

At just 9cm by 7cm this is one of the smallest lasers on the market and is 2cm shorter and 55 grams lighter than the original Nikon Coolshot.

Nikon Coolshot 20 Laser

This gives it a big advantage over most of the other lasers on the market as it is thin enough to be easily slipped into a trouser or jacket pocket between shots so you don't have to keep reaching into your bag.

Nikon Coolshot 20 Laser

The Coolshot 20 features a 6x magnification lens that is accurate up to 500m or 550yds, so not quite as far as the Coolshot, but I doubt anyone hits it that far anyway.

Nikon Coolshot 20 Laser

The Coolshot 20 is very easy to use. You just point it at your target and then push the rear button that then turns the device on so you can get the target in the crosshairs. After around 8 seconds it automatically turns it off to save battery power and there is a battery charge meter on the screen to keep an eye on this.

Nikon Coolshot 20 Laser

The front Mode button is for changing from yards to metres, making the device simple and intuitive to use.

The lens uses Nikon's First Target Priority system so that it will always pick out the flag from the background and the distances are shown in 1 yard/metre increments clearly on the screen in good sized numbers

Nikon Coolshot 20 Laser

It was very easy to pick up flags or other objects up to 200 yards, but like the Coolshot before, it sometimes requires a little more time to recognise the flag over 200 yards, especially in windy conditions.

For those who are visually challenged the Coolshot 20 is easy enough to use with glasses, or you can adjust the focus on the eyepiece if you want to use with the naked eye to accommodate any long or short sightedness, which is a good feature.

Nikon Coolshot 20 Laser

Below it is the battery compartment that takes the standard CR-2 battery and you can usually get several months’ use with average levels of play, so no re-charging or downloading is required.

Nikon Coolshot 20 Laser

If you have already experienced the Coolshot then I think the Coolshot 20 is a worthy upgrade, principally for the size as it does the same job to the same high standard, but in a design that can be carried on your person rather than in your bag.

It is also one of the cheapest laser rangefinders on the market and I like the rain proof white cover that fits easily in your hand and provides an element of protection should it accidentally get dropped.

Overall the Nikon Coolshot 20 is a great value for money laser from one of the leading names in the business so set your sights on getting one.

Golfalot Rating: 5 stars


Nikon Coolshot 20 Golf GPS Rangefinder - Product Details

UK Launch09 December 2014
UK Launch RRP£189.99
Device TypeLaser
Shot MeasurementYes
Power OptionsBattery
DimensionsWidth: 91mm, Height: 73mm, Depth: 37mm
Device Weight125 grams
Manufacturer's WebsiteNikon Website

User Reviews

N. Cook
July 2017

Not bad, but not great. Small compact size is a huge plus, but don't count on it picking anything up over 200 yrds. Also doesn't work well in wind, fog, or sometimes cloudy conditions. Other than that it works well for the price and would recommend it to anyone on a budget.

March 2017

Lost battery cover on coolshot and while waiting to see if I could get a replacement, bought the coolshot 20. Great new feel and size. My son will get my old model

September 2016

Looking for a laser I weighed up all the pros and cons of the various models, what I found was that the Nikon Coolshot 20 had everything you need. It possesses a range that goes from 6 yards all the way out to 550, so you should be able to get the yardage you need for any shot that comes up during a round (if you are more than 550 yards out, you should probably just swing away).

Small and RAIN PROOF, the I found the Nikon Coolshot to be a great addition to my bag, with the continuous scanning coming in handy in particular!

I recommend!

December 2015

I did a lot of research into this before I made the purchase and affordability was high on the list as they all do the same thing don't they!! Because it's light, you do need a steady hand so it's not for everyone. That being said, mine is and I got it on Black Friday for £154 delivered so there's a target price as well. I'm giving it 5 stars on the basis that I like to use it from 175yds in and that's where I think it shines. 200 yds+ and I don't really need accuracy to +/- 1 yard!!

October 2015

Great review and made my mind up ,,,looks a must for the Christmas list!

October 2015

Just bought this model and must say its like haveing another club in your bag !! I'm really please and it's so easy to use. I carry 4 wedges and now can be really actuate with my approach shots.

Would highly recommend it.

PJD Surrey

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